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Mandarin Regional Library

celebrates Silver Anniversary
By Contributing Writer Ali Lofton, Jacksonville Public Library

July 2011

Event benefits Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation

Fun, family and fitness at

Bartram Springs Elementary
By Karl Kennell

Tommy Hazouri (foreground), Board of Library Trustees Chair Jim Selzer and
City Council President Jack Webb (both background).

The Mandarin Regional tion for a quarter of a century
Library celebrated its 25th an- of commitment to providing
niversary in June and a crowd outstanding resources and
of library customers, community services. Guest speakers former
leaders and city officials turned City Council President Jack
out to commemorate the occa- Webb and former Mayor and
sion. Duval County School Board
The library has served the member Tommy Hazouri ex-
Mandarin community for more pressed their sincerest gratitude
than two decades and the at- for their home branch library.
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the area more than 17 years
ago, this was the only library
and so my children spent a lot
of time here as well as my wife
to keep a family of three busy,"
Webb said.
Hazouri recalled memo-
ries of his experiences with the
Jacksonville Public Library as
a young boy and voiced his
dedication to advocating the
importance of libraries to a
"I have always believed that
the library system and librar-
ies across this country are the
heart and mind of every great
city. I am committed to working
with Mayor Alvin Brown and
the Jacksonville Public Library
as a school board member and
also as a citizen of Mandarin to
continue keeping our libraries
open," Hazouri said.
Mandarin citizen Rabbi Jo-
seph Hirsch shared his apprecia-
tion of the Mandarin Regional
Library, citing its excellence in
service and large collection of
Jewish resources in electronic
and print formats.
Silver Anniversary con't. on page 8

What better way to get the
family interested in fitness than
with a family festival? That is
what Bartram Springs Elemen-
tary School did on May 24
when it hosted its first annual
Family Fitness Night. It was a
night when parents and chil-
dren gathered for a festival of
fun and fitness, to raise cancer
awareness and earn donations
for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

Have a sweet tooth?

This is the group for you

By Donna Keathley
Visions of sugar plums
dance through their heads and
their hands produce some unbe-
lievable art work. I am speaking
of the local chapter of the Sugar
Arts Guild. Jane Koon, presi-
dent, had these visions back in
2007 when the guild was born.
She dreamed of taking her
birthday cake decorating skills
to a new height.
Other sugar artists in the
area followed her lead and the
guild was born. Beginning with
decorating classes taken at the
local craft stores, these frus-
trated artists needed to grow by
taking more advanced classes,
sharing skills and educating
each other. Purchasing the
Wilton brand of cake decorat-
ing tools, reading the back of
the package and venturing into
the unknown was what they
had all been doing in their own
private kitchens. Now they

were dangerous in their new
numbers, urging each other
on to new heights.
When they joined the
International Cake Explo-
ration Societe' they really
grew into another area-
competition-and they love
it! The members are now
traveling all over the south-
east with their confections
dujour in tow; sleeping in
hotel rooms with sugary Th
confections literally at their Gi
feet. Repairing little mis-
haps with their portable fix-it
kits of warm water, gum paste
and blow dryers to get their art
work spiffed up and ready for
the judges' eyes is part of the
Each member has a spe-
cialty that they have made their
niche, whether it is working
with sugar, fondant, gum paste
or chocolate. They have be-

The event was sponsored
by the school's Box Tops for
Education program. The ac-
tion-packed evening focused
on building and maintaining
healthier lifestyles. This event
served as a P.T.A. fundraiser in
addition to benefiting the Tom
Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation.
Not only was it an opportunity
to get the word out about fami-
lies keeping active and making
Fun, Family con't. on page 6

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e Guild's entry in the 2007 Rotary
ngerbread Extravaganza.
come a master of their art and
have trophies to prove it. The
members come alive when they
discuss their road trips to the
shows. They love the fact that
they are motivated to "think out
of the box." They also admit that
they get to the point that they
analyze themselves to death in
getting their work to the perfec-
tion it takes to win.
Sweet tooth con't. on pg. 9

What's New
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From the Council
Member's Desk

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Page 7 Political Commentary
Page 9 Fore our Students
Page 10 Jacksonville Zoo
Page 12 I want to be part of
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Community Happenings

The Mandarin Chapter of The
AARP meets the third Friday North F
of every month at 2:00 p.m. at at the S
Augustine Landing, located at located
10141 Old St. Augustine Road. levard.
We are a non-profit, non- of suga
partisan membership organiza- and coi
tion, affiliated with the na- east Flo
tional AARP. Our activities and together
programs are designed to help watch
people age 50 and over im- sample
prove the quality of their lives. Our pui
Visitors are welcome! For ad- creative
ditional information, please call tion in
733-0516 or email alex9520@ art, chc
comcast.net. and jus
that can
The July General Meeting of We wel
the All Star Quilters Guild will in meet
be held on Monday, July 18 at siasts a
9:30 a.m. in the First Christian techniq
Church of Jacksonville, located blogspo
at 11924 San Jose Boulevard.
The program will be "Christmas Sht
in July" presented by Group Tuesday
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642-6574 and visit us at www. Beginn
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Do you have community or club news you would
like included in Mandarin NewsLine?
Then contact Martie Thompson at:
editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919.

e Sugar Arts Guild of
Florida meets monthly
South Mandarin Library,
at 12125 San Jose Bou-
We are an organization
r artists, cake designers
ifectioners from North-
)rida who enjoy getting
er every month to visit,
a demonstration and
each other's creations.
rpose is to promote
ty and experimenta-
cake (h i ..iliri . sugar
)colate, pastries, candies
t about anything edible
in be done decoratively.
come anyone interested
ing other sugar enthu-
nd swapping ideas and
ues to visit www.sagnfl.
)t.com for meeting dates.

uffleboard is played on
ys at 9:30 a.m. at Man-
ark (south end of Man-
oad) next to the tennis
at the park entrance.
ers are welcome! Just
p, unless it rains.

with a BBQ and general meet-
ing. Rentals for the month of
July are always welcome. The
club is also open for new mem-
bership. Our membership year
runs from July 1 through June
30 each year. For further infor-
mation, please phone the club at
268-2882 or check our website
at www.iacofjacksonville.com.

The Women's Center of
Jacksonville's Bosom Buddies
program is now offering hope
and a support system to women
and men battling breast cancer.
Trained and caring advocates
will help schedule doctor's
appointments, attend medi-
cal appointments, take notes
and review information with
patients. If you are interested
and need the help of a fellow
survivor call Bosom Buddies at
722-3000 ext. 224 or visit www.

The MOMS Club of Jack-
sonville/Mandarin-SE offers

support for stay at home and
part-time working moms living
in zip code 32258. With the club
you will have enriching activi-
ties for you and your children,
during the day when you need
the most support. A sample of
activities includes park days,
beach days, monthly socials,
playgroups and field trips to the
zoo and museums. For addi-
tional information, please email

The Toast of Jax - Toast-
master Club meets each Satur-
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The River City Women's
Club will hold its July meeting
at the Ramada Inn on Wednes-
day, July 20 at 11:00 a.m. Come
and enjoy a Polynesian luau
type luncheon with authentic
steel drums for entertainment.
The River City Women's Club is
open to all women and meets
the third Wednesday of every
month at the Ramada Inn. For
more information or to make a
reservation, please call

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The Northeast Florida State
Association of Rehabilitation
Nurses is sponsoring an educa-
tional program "Aging is Not
a Dirty Word" on July 20 at
Shands Jacksonville Towers in
the 10th floor banquet room.
The morning session is open to
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The Italian American Club
is celebrating its 60 year an-
niversary and wants to thank
all its members for their support
all these years. The club will be
closed the month of July for
alterations and some new decor.
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The Sheriff


By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford,
Duval County Sheriff

Summer is here!
Please remember these safety tips

Property crimes go up in
the summer for a couple of
reasons. Some of the crimes oc-
cur because we've accidentally
created "opportunities" for them
to happen.
School is out, which means
the kids are home. If garage
doors are left open or the house
is left unlocked, that means
you've paved the way for a
"crime of opportunity" to take
place. You've just made it easier
for someone to come in and
take your property. Sadly, it
only takes a couple of minutes
for someone to back up a car or
truck to a house and take what
they want.
Do you have your driver's
license number etched onto
your televisions and electronics?
Recovery of stolen merchandise
is unlikely without some form
of identification on the device.
Some criminals, both adults
and juveniles, "cruise" neigh-
borhoods and watch for these
kinds of opportunities - open
garage doors and gate; unlocked
doors; even when you're doing
yard work in the back, someone

can enter the house through the
unlocked or open garage com-
mitting a burglary - with you
just feet away!
This raises some other ques-
tions for you to think about:
"Who are my kids 'hang-
ing out' with this summer?" Do
you know their friends and their
friends' parents? Do you have
phone numbers where you can
reach these people?
"Are my kids telling others
our personal business?" Crime
prevention experts have grow-
ing concerns that kids who
use social media excessively
(MySpace, Facebook, Twit-
ter) might not be using good
judgment in their messages.
When they tell people in a text
that "no one is home" or the
family is on vacation, you've
essentially told the whole world
that your house is empty. Talk
to your kids about their blog-
ging and messaging and make
sure they know your boundar-
ies about what topics to discuss
with friends and when they are
Curfew - Jacksonville has

a curfew law and if you're a
parent, you need to know what
it says. That is because a par-
ent is accountable, by law, for
knowing the whereabouts and
activities of their underage chil-
dren. (Jacksonville's Children's
Curfew Ordinance can be found
at coj.net). Basically, children
under 18 cannot be out at night
after 11:00 p.m. (12:00 a.m. on
weekends) without a guardian
or adult or unless they are en-
gaged in a sanctioned activity,
such as work.
Now is a great time to join
a Sheriffs Advisory Council
(ShAdCo) or start a Crime Watch
in your neighborhood if you
don't have one. Call 630-2160
or go online at coj.net/sheriff -
click Community Affairs.
We want citizens reporting
suspicious activity. Neighbors
looking out for each other and
communicating with police
about things that aren't "quite
right" is a good thing. With
many homes for sale and empty
and renters moving in and out
with growing frequency, make
sure you know your neighbors
(and the neighborhood children)
and have a sense of what is go-
ing on in the area.
Another reason property
crime goes up in the summer?
The unintended consequences
of bad judgment. And some of
these bad choices are actually
criminal behavior.
"I'm just running in there
for a minute!" This is not a
reason to leave your automobile
unlocked or worse, to leave the

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car running unattended. That is
like sending a car thief a printed
Sometimes people leave
a child left behind when "just
running in for a minute" be-
cause it's cooler in the car or in-
convenient to take them along.
The outcome can be tragic. (The
same rule applies to pets.)
Unlocked cars sitting in
front of a house or apartment
or business are prime targets for
thieves. Cell phones, any form
of ID, electronics such as GPS-
these are easy to grab and easy
to sell on the street for cash.
Put it away, lock it up. Your car
(and your home) should always
be locked, whether you're inside
or outside.
Interesting fact: Our of-
ficers ask the victims of auto
burglaries if they left their
cars unlocked. Honest citizens
report that in almost one third

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Inn Mandarin in the conference
room located in GiGi's restau-
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parent or retiree, Toastmasters
is the best way to improve your
communication and leadership
skills. Toastmasters can help you
lose the fear of public speaking
and learn skills that will help
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The North Florida Acoustic
Neuroma Support Group will
meet on Saturday, August 13,
2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Mandarin
United Methodist Church, locat-
ed at 11270 San Jose Boulevard.
Please call 287-8132 or 738-
5063 for additional information.

La Leche League provides
information and encourage-
ment to all mothers who
are breastfeeding or want to
breastfeed their babies. We of-
fer mother-to-mother support,
encouragement, information
and education to breastfeed-
ing and expectant mothers at
several meetings each month.
Pregnant women, mothers and
babies are always welcome! The
Jacksonville group meets the
first Wednesday of each month
at 7:00 p.m. Please call a leader
for directions to the meeting
location: Elisabeth, 534-6999;

of the reported incidents, they
did leave their cars unlocked.
We suspect that number may
be higher. Wouldn't it be great
if we could prevent 32 percent
of all auto burglaries in our
community, simply because we
"hardened the target" for the
Thank you. Have a safe and
enjoyable summer!

Author's Note: If you are
a member of a civic, social
or religious organization that
would like a member of the
JSO to come and talk to you
about these issues and offer
other crime prevention tips,
please call Community Affairs
at 630-2162. You can also view
and download more than 75
Crime Prevention handbooks
and pamphlets on our website,
atjaxsheriff.org on the Commu-
nity Affairs pages.

Laura, 994-1896; or Pat, 371-
2730. For additional informa-
tion or help, please go to our
website at www.lllflorida.com.
All meetings are free.

Grab a glass and toast the
First Coast's furriest friends
at the Jacksonville Humane
Society's 13th annual Toast to
the Animals on Friday, August
19, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00
p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville
Hotel. Guests will enjoy more
than 100 varieties of wine and
beer, gourmet hors d'oeuvres
and desserts at the fundraiser.
Silent and live auctions will
feature fabulous items. Tick-
ets are $40 per person or $35
per person for people under 35
years of age. Tickets are avail-
able at www.jaxhumane.org or
by calling 725-8766. (Tickets
for designated drivers are $30
per person. VIP Preview tickets
are available for $65 to taste
premium wines from 5:00 p.m.
to 6:00 p.m.)

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From the

City Council

Member's Desk
By Contributing Writer Jack Webb,
City Council Member, District 6

Greetings District 6:
Over the past four years,
one of the aspects of serving as
your representative on Jackson-
ville City Council that I have
most enjoyed is the opportu-
nity to communicate with you,
my constituents, through this
monthly submission to Manda-
rin NewsLine (MNL). I have en-
joyed working with the staff at
MNL and, as well, have enjoyed
the feedback from constituents
and general appreciation for the
information and insights pro-
vided to the residents of District
6. As you all well know, given
the results of the recent election
on May 17, this will be my last
During the recent election
cycle, at one point I observed
to one of my supporters my
belief that every citizen has the
right to run for office; however,
it is very few who are actually
afforded the privilege of serv-
ing in that capacity. Having
said that, although disappointed
with the result, not so much for

me and my family as for those
members of the community
who supported me selflessly
and unwaveringly, I can say
unequivocally that the past four
years, although challenging
in many respects both from a
personal and professional per-
spective, have been some of the
most rewarding years of my life.
The opportunity to serve the
community at a time of great
challenge, combined with the
privilege of witnessing tangible
results on behalf of that com-
munity, for me is quite a gift to
have been granted. Moreover,
the satisfaction of serving in
a leadership role on the City
Council in a relatively short
period of time while remaining
mindful of the inherent dignity
of all as I have gone about the
business of serving as presi-
dent, is so gratifying that it has
served to eradicate any disap-
pointment for myself. As such,
I have no regrets. I am proud of
the manner in which we have
conducted ourselves whether

on the campaign trail, in the
Council chambers of City Hall,
on the telephone with constitu-
ents or in town hall meetings in
the District and of the efforts we
made to effectively and respect-
fully serve the constituents of
District 6.
As I prepared to write this
article, I flipped through some
old submissions in an effort to
place matters in some perspec-
tive. I came across the article
I wrote immediately after last
year's painful budget cycle. In
that article I wrote the follow-
ing, "All that I have to guide me
as I serve as your representative
on Jacksonville City Council
and as I do my best to guide
the Council in moving the city
forward is my firm belief in the
necessity to do what I believe is
right despite personal or politi-
cal hardship." That is who I was
I when I took office. It remains
who I am as I leave office. I
thank God for that.
Thank you for the privilege
of having served as your repre-
sentative on Jacksonville City
Council for the past four years.
God Bless
P.S. I would be remiss if I
failed to thank my Council as-
sistant Suzie Loving for all of
her help, support and loyalty
over the past four years, not just
for me but for all of the resi-
dents of District 6.

New name for local Christian school

Mandarin Christian School
announced their new name,
Christ's Church Academy, offi-
cially during services at Christ's
Church-Mandarin in June. It
may be a new name, but they
are proud to continue building
on the 16-year history of MCS.
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school to be better recognized
as a ministry of Christ's Church,
located on Greenland Road.
"We have always been a
ministry of Christ's Church,"
says Dr. Steven Blinder, head
of school for Christ's Church
Academy, "But when the church
changed its name a few years

ago, the school's name remained
the same; however we've always
been one ministry. We're just
simply re-aligning ourselves
with the church from a commu-
nity point of view."
Christ's Church Academy is
kicking off their name change
with some exciting renova-
tions at the school's campus,
located on St. Augustine Road.
The entire facility is getting
a makeover! This makeover
includes a brand new arts room,
a cutting-edge science lab and a
new permanent stadium at their
Field of Dreams.
Christ's Church Academy is
currently accepting applications
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Statistics compiled by the
Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles show that
in Florida during 2009 drivers
ages 15 to 19 had the highest
rate per 10,000 licensed drivers
of crash involvement. Drivers
18 years of age had the high-
est rate of crash involvement in
all crashes and that drivers 17
years of age had the highest rate
of fatal crashes. Twenty-one
year old drinking drivers had
the highest involvement rate in
all crashes.
The 2010 data regarding
young drivers in Northeast Flor-
ida indicates that since 2007,
the number of young adults (16
to 21 years old) motor vehicle
fatalities in Duval County has
dropped by almost half. This
decrease is a result of the hard
work of area law enforcement
agencies, the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation and the
members of area Community
Traffic Safety teams.
In 2010, 35 young adults in
Duval, St. Johns and Clay coun-
ties were killed in motor vehicle
fatalities and of those, 27 were
not using seatbelts. Clay and St.
Johns counties did not see the
same decrease in young adult
Too many youths take an
"it will never happen to me at-
titude," but fatal crashes happen
every day.
"We all know that using
your safety belt is the single
most effective way to protect
you, co-workers, friends and
loved ones against injury in a
traffic crash, but some people
still choose to believe that they
will never be in a crash," said

Andrea Atran, Community
Traffic Safety program manager
for the Florida Department of
Transportation. "Denial will
not save your life or the life of
someone you care about. Only a
safety belt can do that."
The agencies presented an
initiative to reach the cam-
pus community in an effort
to instill that a seat belt is the
best way to stay alive, day or
night. Regular seat belt use is
the single most effective way to
protect people and reduce fatali-
ties in motor vehicle crashes. A
seatbelt will halve your chances
of being killed or badly injured
in a serious crash.
The Florida Highway Patrol,
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office and
other law enforcement agen-
cies will deliver the message of
the Click It or Ticket campaign
and the importance of always
bucking up. Florida achieved a
record high last year, when the
safety belt usage rate climbed to
87.4 percent. In 1994, the usage
rate was at 60 percent. The fine
for a seat belt ticket in Duval
County is $114.



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District Journal

By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri,
School Board Representative, District 7

Congratulations to all of
our high school graduates of the
Class of 2011 and to their fami-
lies. Celebrating its 21st annual
commencement, Mandarin High
held its graduation ceremony on
Friday, June 10. Mandarin High,
class of 2011, was the last high
school this year to have their
graduation ceremony. It was
held once again at the Jackson-
ville Veterans' Memorial Arena,
where a record 719 Mandarin
seniors received their diplomas.
Congratulations to all of our
Mandarin High graduates and a
very special congratulations to
Valedictorian Kurt Butler and
Co-Salutatorians Alisha Dicker-
son and Anna Lewis.
The budget is still the topic
of the day as the School Board
and Superintendent continue to
cut and paste its way through
the $91 million budget shortfall.
Athletics, Magnet transporta-
tion and employee furloughs,
as of this writing, continue to
be the major issues remaining
and the Superintendent, who
has already identified over 150
district employee cuts, continues
to pore through the budget to
identify more items to get to a
balanced budget as required by
the State Constitution.
And speaking of the Florida
Constitution, citizens and edu-
cators alike continue to wonder
when the Governor and State
Legislature will obey the law
and adequately fund our public
education system as required by
the State Constitution. It's about
priorities, Governor and mem-
bers of the Legislature. Why is
it that we spend more money on
prisons than we do on educat-
ing our children? Education is
the great equalizer.
I want to recognize and

Summer is a time for being
outdoors, barbequing, vacation-
ing-and just enjoying the nice
weather. Unfortunately, it is not
an enjoyable time for everyone,
For those dealing with disease,
illness, injury or poverty, those
who have no home or no food,
those who are abused or alone,
summer is a time of pain and
You can help by donating a
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thank all of our educators who
will be retiring from the Duval
County School system this year.
And on a personal note, I want
to congratulate my wife, Carol,
who after 43 years of teaching
in our district schools will also
be retiring this year. She has
taught at Crown Point Elemen-
tary School since it opened over
30 years ago and is one of only
a few remaining teachers and
administrators who opened the
school. In all those years there
have been only four principals:
Mildred Logan, Sherry Adams,
Kathy Cooley and current prin-
cipal Jayne Owens-Thompson.
It seems like just yesterday
when, as a Crown Point parent,
I served on the Crown Point
LSAC (Local School Advisory
Council.) And, as a member of
the Mandarin Rotary, our club
had constructed and donated
the wonderful bell that hangs
in the tower atop the school.
Thank you, Carol and every pro-
fessional, for your many years
of service to Duval County's
school children.
Important Dates:
July 4: Independence Day -
Office closed
July 21: School Board Meet-
ing: 10:00 a.m. Room 613,
1701 Prudential Drive
July 21: Board Workshop:
10:30 a.m. Room 613, 1701
Prudential Drive
Thought for the Month:
Cutting the deficit by gut-
ting our investments in innova-
tion and education is like light-
ening an overloaded airplane
by removing its engine. It may
make you feel like you're flying
high at first, but it won't take
long before you feel the impact.
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it was an evening that gave
families an opportunity to play
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greeted by a large banner dis-
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Hearts were in honor of some-
one and Hands were in memory
of someone. The students were
given the opportunity for a
nominal donation of $1 to dedi-
cate a Heart or Hand to loved
ones faced with the challenge
of cancer. Followed by their
parents, children made their
way through multiple stations
to help them begin their Pledge
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the children create the themed
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students and the local commu-
nity. The pride of the students
for their baskets could be seen
on their faces as they led their
parents to the display table
showing off their handiwork.
The baskets surely exceeded
More than 500 people at-
tended this first annual event
and over $3,400 was raised
for the Tom Coughlin Jay
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resounding success, not just for
the donation but for the fun
way that it successfully shared
with families and children the
benefits of a healthier lifestyle.
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Political Commentary

How different would life be in Mandarin

without 1967's consolidation referendum?
By J. Bruce Richardson

"Nobody told me Hell froze
over" was the wry phrase Victor
Francis used when told about
Alvin Brown being Jackson-
ville's new mayor. Francis, a
California American of color, as
a student of the South, was fas-
cinated by Jacksonville's history
since consolidation in 1968.
Locals know we have a
single, combined county and
city government, the result of a
1967 referendum, when Jack-
sonville was a one-political-
party town of nearly all-elected
Democrats. There were many
chamber of commerce and anti-
corruption reasons why city
fathers wanted to combine the
two governments.
One reason few will admit
was a fear Jacksonville would
have a minority race city gov-
ernment. In 1967, at a time the
"N' word was still commonly
heard and after downtown sit-
ins at Woolworth's lunch coun-
ter, thought of a minority city
government brought flutters of
panic to many otherwise stout
breasts. The answer? Create a
city so large, minority voters
would be outnumbered, pre-
venting election of a minority
race mayor.
That worked, for 44 years.
Mandarin's other newspaper
and the Jacksonville broadcast

media hailed the 2011 city elec- What matters in Mandarir
tions as "historic" because of are the current results of the
Brown's election. This mediocre 1967 referendum. If Manda-
argument can be made because rin was still in Duval County
of the visibility of the mayor's instead of the City of Jackson-
office, but it downplays the ac- ville, how much lower would
complishments of Nat Glover, our taxes be? How much bette
the first elected American of police services? How many
color sheriff in Florida. It also fewer problems would we be
ignores the accomplishments of faced with as county, instead
the early, brave pioneers of col- city, residents? Look at Tampa
or such as Sallye Mathis, Mary and Hillsborough County, whi
Singleton and Earl Johnson, is what Jacksonville would
who took the stage in the 1960s be today without consolida-
when their very lives could have tion. Life is pretty good there
been in danger because they and city problems are left to
won popular election. Don't those who choose to live in ar
forget Warren Jones, the first urban environment. Mandarin
city council president of color. residents can relate to that: le,
Oh yes, and that other politician government, better life, lower
whose election was supposed to taxes, fewer problems.
end the race discussion - Barack If the voters of 1967 had

Each one of these achiev-
ers won their elections, just as
Brown did. Brown stands on
their shoulders, as they made it
possible for him in 2011.
Much irrelevant analysis
has been ongoing about why
Brown won. He won simply
because he had a better cam-
paign, a better idea, was more
appealing to voters and his
vanquished opponent was too
arrogant - thinking like it was
1967 - that a Democrat Ameri-
can of color could never win in







visualized how costly their
future would have been sim-
ply because some were afraid
of equality, maybe their votes
would have been more thought-
ful and better for the future.

J. Bruce Richardson, a resident of
Jacksonville, has created many suc-
cessful marketing, advertising, public
relations, fund-raising and political
campaigns. A former newsroom staff-
er of the late Jacksonville Journal,
Mr. Richardson has an educational
background in management and
finance. His column will be appearing
monthly in Mandarin NewsLine.

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mended homeowners, businesses
and industry for practicing
year-round water conservation,
thereby reducing the potential
for drought impacts to drinking
water supplies.
Rainfall is currently between
seven and 24 inches below
normal for the past 12 months
in northeast and east-central
Florida. Despite recent isolated
rains, most of the region is
experiencing moderate to severe
drought conditions. Current
groundwater levels in some
areas of the Floridan aquifer are

approaching record lows set in
the 2000-2001 drought. Lake
levels also are experiencing
declines in many areas.
District staff members regu-
larly monitor rainfall, lake and
well levels and updated infor-
mation is presented monthly to
the Governing Board.
"While the data paints a
rather grim picture of our cur-
rent hydrologic conditions, the
good news is that district-wide
irrigation restrictions and more
efficient water use by the public
are helping to protect our water
resources from harm, as well as
delay - perhaps avoid - wa-
ter shortages;' said Governing
Board Chairman Leonard Wood.
"We recognize the seriousness

of drought conditions on water
supplies and making an extra
effort to conserve water now
may avoid more short-term
irrigation restrictions to deal
with drought impacts, should
the traditional rainy season be
The district has the statutory
responsibility of implementing
water shortage restrictions when
water supplies are inadequate to
meet needs, though water supply
utilities may enact additional
restrictions for their customers
when their facilities cannot meet
peak demand periods. At this
time, no water supply utilities
have reported problems access-
ing water supplies under the
current hydrologic conditions.

Local government watering
restriction ordinances and en-
forcement efforts, and utilities'
conservation programs have also
been instrumental in minimizing
the drought's impacts on water
supplies, Wood pointed out.
The district's conservation
efforts are aimed at preventing
wasteful use of water and harm
to Florida's water resources. The
agency promotes year-round
conservation through its manda-
tory landscape irrigation restric-
tions, which help to ensure the
efficient use of water for lawn
and landscape irrigation.
During daylight saving time
(second Sunday in March until
the first Sunday in November),
irrigation is limited to no more

than two days per week on
scheduled days.
* Residential irrigation is al-
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Saturday at addresses that
end in an odd number or
have no address.
* Residential irrigation is
allowed on Thursday and
Sunday at addresses that end
in an even number.
* Nonresidential irrigation
is allowed on Tuesday and
* Irrigation is prohibited be-
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The Florida Department of
Education has released the 2011
Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test (FCAT) results for
grade three reading and math-
ematics. For the fifth straight
year Duval County Public
Schools' grade three math
scores continue to improve. This
year's math scores are a full five
points over the state average.
Duval County Public
Schools' third-graders demon-
strated more improvement in
their math scores than any other
large urban district in Florida
or neighboring counties. In the
past five years, math scores for
Duval County public school
third-graders have jumped 14
points, more than any other
large urban district in the state
of Florida.
Third-grade FCAT reading
scores maintained their levels
from last year which is a one
point increase over scores from
2009. FCAT 2.0 is a new test
but continues tracking changes
in scores the same way the last
edition of the FCAT was scored.
"We are pleased with the
work our principals, teach-
ers and students are doing in
terms of the increased scores

for math. We are also encour-
aged over these scores showing
such an improvement after the
implementation of new state
standards and curriculum," said
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dan-
nals. "We still feel significant
work can be done on improving
reading efficiency in the third-
grade. The district feels these
reading results show the need
for a city-wide focus on reading
to ensure every student is read-
ing at grade level."
Here are a few statistics
from this year's 2011 FCAT
2.0 Grade 3 Math and Reading
* In reading, Duval County
stayed the same with 69 per-
cent of the students scoring a
3 or higher compared to the
state, which also stayed the
same at 72 percent scoring a
3 or higher, and
* In mathematics, 79 percent
of Duval County's third
grade students scored a 3
or higher, an improvement
of 5 percentage points over
last year while statewide the
scores remained the same
as the previous year at 78

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The Jacksonville Humane errand.
Society (JHS) is urging people Ensure your pet has ample
to keep their pets safe from the hydration. Pets can get dehy-
summer heat. The animal adop- drated very quickly, so it is
tion and education center offers important to make sure they al-
five tips to protect pets from the ways have plenty of clean, fresh
summer sun and high tempera- water, especially in the hot sum-
tures. mer months. If you take them to
"Heat can cause serious the beach, make sure your pet
problems for pets in the hot does not drink saltwater because
summer months," said Dr. Jenni- it can make them sick.
fer Broadhurst, director of veter- Exercise pets in the early
inary services at JHS. "The high morning or evening hours.
temperatures can cause dogs While pets still need to get
and cats to overheat, potentially plenty of exercise during the
leading to organ damage or summer, owners should walk
death:'." animals when temperatures
Broadhurst offers the fol- are cooler. The heat can cause
lowing tips for pet owners: hyperthermia (elevated body
Never leave your pet in the temperature) or heat stroke in
car. In just minutes, the inside animals. Signs of hyperthermia
of a car can heat up to 120 include heavy panting, di ....lh!i.
degrees. Pets left in cars can unsteadiness and vomiting. To
quickly become overheated, so help prevent heat stroke, limit
it is best to leave your pet at exercise to the early morning
home where they can stay cool. and evening hours.
If you have to transport your Keep pets off hot asphalt
pet for some reason, never leave and sand. Hot asphalt or sand
the animal alone in the car, can burn your pet's paws and
even if you are running a quick lead to hyperthermia. Pets

Silver Anniversary con't. from page 1
Mandarin Library's first
branch manager, Margaret
Smith, served as mistress of cer-
emonies and emcee of the event.
She was grateful to see so many
supporters of the library.
"There was a great deal of
excitement about the opening of
this library and one of the main
reasons this library has suc-
ceeded has to be the customers,"
Smith said.
The Mandarin Library is lo-
cated at 3330 Kori Road and is
open Monday through Thursday
from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday from 10:00
a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and closed
on Sunday. For additional infor-
mation, please call the library at


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as by sweating through the pads
of their paws, so hot asphalt
can limit an animal's ability to
cool itself. Walk dogs on the
grass and keep walk times to a
minimum during the summer. If
you take your pet to the beach
or pool, make sure to bring an
umbrella to provide your pet
with shade.
Protect your pet's skin with
sunscreen. Just like humans,
pets can get sunburned, so put
sunscreen on your animal's nose
and ear tips. This is especially
important in pets that have
white fur and pink skin. Try
to limit your pet's exposure to
sunlight to no more than 30
minutes at one time.
"Summer is a great time
to enjoy the outdoors with the
family pet,"' said Broadhurst.
"Owners just need to remember
to keep their pets cool so they
can enjoy all the fun summer
has to offer."

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Youth Arts Update

Prelude Chamber Music

Camp provides range of

musical opportunities

By Danielle Wirsansky
The brainchild of Jackson-
ville Symphony Orchestra col-
leagues Jeanne Majors, Chris-
topher Chappell and Vernon
Humbert, the Prelude Chamber
Music Camp was born. Founded
in 2002, the camp welcomes
students of all ages and abili-
ties. While the focus is on string
instrumentalists, other musi-
cians including pianists are ac-
cepted. The faculty-student ratio
is one-to-four, so the instructors
can provide opportunities to
really "fine-tune" a student's
ensemble-playing abilities.
There are three tracks a mu-
sician may be enrolled in within
the camp. First there is the Pri-
mary Track, which is for first-
timers or those who are younger
or not quite ready for the pace
of the Prelude Track camp
experience. After that is the
Prelude Track, in which campers
must be at least eight years old
and demonstrate an ability to
read music and perform music
from at least Book 2 of Suzuki
(or equivalent) at the placement
auditions. Lastly there is the
Intensive Track, which is only
for advanced students inter-
ested in tackling serious works
from chamber music literature.
Enrollment in this track was by
invitation based on the place-
ment auditions.
The Prelude Chamber Music
Camp is held annually at Hen-
dricks Avenue Baptist Church,
located at 4001 Hendricks
Avenue. In addition, this year,

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This cake was a group project donated
raising event for St. Jude Children's Ho

Patrice Drinkard, who works
with sugar, makes wedding
accessories among other cake
topping shapes and has won in
her category many times. She
proudly displays her tiny tea
cups, flowers and other artwork
and loves to teach anyone inter-
ested in her craft. She has sto-
ries galore about competition;
one in particular was about a
tussy mussy made of gelatin
that was over the top. Judy
Morgan is into gingerbread; her
gingerbread castle won a "Gin-
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one session will be held at the
San Jose Campus of the Bolles
School. There are two one-
week sessions offering coached
small and larger ensembles;
theory instruction; a special
event each day featuring
faculty or campers; techniques
classes; and weekly concerts
and outreach programs for the
"Also, lots of Jacksonville
Symphony players come in
to teach and hold workshops,
which is amazing!" says
camper Rebekah Pape, who has
been attending the camp for
several years.
Factors such as the low
camper to teacher ratio, the
central location which makes
attendance convenient to the
whole community and per-
formance opportunities for all
participants during and after
the camp sessions are some of
what make this Jacksonville
camp unique.
For Edward Latimer, who
will be taking part in the
Intensive Track as a return-
ing camper, "Organizing our
own small ensembles or being
assigned to an ensemble by the
faculty is a really great experi-
ence to have under your belt. I
also really appreciate that the
camp provides opportunities to
explore other aspects of music-
making with their electives
programs. It really helps, as a
musician, to have this spe-
cifically chamber style music

fragile items like
newborn baby
models which are
molded by hand
and shaped in
silicone molds.
Along with
sharing their
talents by educat-
ing others, they
have done a lot
of philanthropic
work on the First
Coast utiliz-
to a fund ing their skills.
spital. A gingerbread
house was auc-
tioned off with the funds going
to the Rotary Club; St. Jude's
has earned dollars from their
donated creations too. They love
baking monthly birthday cakes
for Community Connections
in Jacksonville, where under-
privileged children are given
birthday parties. They are proud
to be called "Hero Bakers" by
anchor woman Jeannie Blaylock
for their efforts.
The Sugar Arts Guild meets
monthly on the fourth Thurs-
day at 7:00 p.m. at the South
Mandarin Library on San Jose
Boulevard. Please visit their
website at www.sagnfl.blogspot.
com for more information!

Fore Our Students aims to keep golf in

high schools
By Contributing Writer Michael E. Lynch, PGA, President, Northern Chapter, North Florida Section PGA;
Board President, North Florida Junior Golf Foundation

Due to certain cuts in edu-
cation spending by our state,
the Duval County School Board
has decided to eliminate the
boys' and girls' golf teams from
their budget for the 2011-2012
season. This means a potential
17 high schools in Duval County
will no longer offer our high
school students the opportunity
to play golf for their school. The
Northern Chapter, North Florida
Section PGA and the North
Florida Junior Golf Foundation
in conjunction with the local
Club Managers Association and
Golf Course Superintendents
Association with the approval of
the Duval County athletic direc-
tor are launching the "Fore Our
Students" fundraising campaign.
The goal is to raise $70,000
by August 1, 2011 and the ef-
forts will be focused around
our "Fore Our Students" Super
Raffle. Twenty-five foursomes of
complimentary golf have been
donated from the most exclusive
golf facilities in North Florida
and surrounding areas. Sup-
porters will be able to purchase
raffle tickets for $100 apiece for
a chance to win 12 foursomes
for first place, eight foursomes
for second place and five four-
somes for third place. Tickets
will be sold by PGA members
at many local golf shops. The
drawing will take place on Fri-
day, July 29, 2011. This cam-
paign will also include the "Fore
Our Students" charity golf event
at Jacksonville Golf and Country
Club on July 18, 2011. The North
Florida Junior Golf Foundation
has set up a sub account using
the NFJG's 501(C) (3) non-profit

status making these donations
tax deductible.
Some may think "I don't
live in Duval County...this
doesn't concern me" or "My
kids go to private school...this
isn't my concern." Here is how
intertwined the high school golf
programs are in North Florida.
The private schools play a lot
of the public schools and all
schools play schools from all
counties in North Florida. This
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"Fore Our Students" fundraising
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sign up for the golf tournament
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Bravo Friday Musicale
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

Last year at this time I was
berating the community for its
tendency to discontinue all the
regular series of musical pro-
grams for the summer. Yes - of
course there is plenty going
on, especially wonderful arts
oriented camp programs for the
younger generation. But what
about the older community
who thrive on the inspiration of
music and other regularly pre-
sented theatrical performances?
Well- last year after reading
the article, Henson Markham,
Jacksonville's gem of a musical
entrepreneur, decided to gamble
and present two pilot "Sum-
mer Music Festival" concerts at
Friday Musicale, to gauge the
interest of the public for per-
formances during the summer
months. These two concerts,
staged in August, were attended
by capacity "standing room
only" audiences!
Based on that experience,
Henson, the current president of
Friday Musicale, is scheduling a
total of six concerts this sum-
mer. Four of these are under-
written by a Blue Cross Blue
Shield grant. Friday Musicale is
one of five organizations receiv-
ing awards underwritten by


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to let go of

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them and the Cultural Council
of Greater Jacksonville, to focus
on art education, appreciation
and awareness, as well as to
promote multicultural aware-
ness and diversity.
The grant received by Fri-
day Musicale will fund a four
concert Summer Music Festival
featuring accomplished young
musicians performing classical
and jazz music. Directing the
series will be renowned musi-
cians and educators Michael
Mastronicola and Timothy Ed-
wards. Soloists will include 18
talented young musicians from
the Jacksonville area. The con-
certs are scheduled on Friday,
July 29 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday,
July 31 at 6:00 p.m., Friday,
August 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun-
day, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. and
will include works by Mozart,
Brahms and Milhaud.
In addition to the Summer
Music Festival, Friday Musi-
cale will present two additional
concerts featuring professional
artists. On Thursday, July 21
at 7:30 p.m., a performance by
renowned cellist Victor Menke
Huls is scheduled and on Fri-
day, August 19 at 7:30 p.m., a
concert by dual pianists Michael
Mastronicola and Gregg Spiess
will be featured. Bobb Robinson,
baritone, will join Mastronicola
in performing songs by Timothy
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Jacksonville Zoo is a little gem!
By Donna Keathley

Mandarin resident Tony
Vecchio, executive director of
the Jacksonville Zoo,
boasts that the First Coast's
zoological park and gardens is
quite a "gem." As he celebrates
his second anniversary with the
facility in July he says he's very
proud to be here! He touts that
this zoo can be the San Diego
Zoo of the south, vying that
facility with its reputation and
visitor numbers.
"There's room to continue
to grow," says Vecchio. "The 20
acres that have already been
developed were certainly done
right," he adds. The board of
directors recently purchased 30
more adjoining acres with the
foresight of more great things to
The zoo is quite a business
venture, with a $13 million
annual budget. The facility is
owned by the city and run by
a volunteer group which makes
up their board of directors. Only
10 percent of its annual bud-
get is provided by city funds;
the remainder of the operating
funds must come from admis-
sion fees, gifts, food services
and special events. The staff is
made up of 220 full and part

time employees, one-third
of which work in animal
care positions while the
remaining two-thirds make
up the business office.
The gardens attached
to a zoological park are
special-to have them
integrated together puts
the Jacksonville park in an
elite position. The business
strategy of the zoo is that
every new exhibit feature .
will have something inter-
active included. A visit to
the zoo is an educational
experience for everyone,
not just a three-year-old.
Adult educational oppor- Exec
tunities are there too, to Tony
include a travel program.
This year the zoo is of-
fering a wildlife viewing trip
to Kenya in October. For more
information call the zoo offices
at 757-4463.
Last year the park experi-
enced a record year in its at-
tendance numbers. Vecchio says
that typically his business is up
in a lower economic period. The
new "stay-cation" idea really
worked, with a record one-third
of the attendance coming from
southern Georgia. Last year he
started a new exercise with his

utive Director of the Jacksonville Zoo
employees, counting tags from
every state in the union. With
the first stop being the zoo after
crossing the Florida state line,
tourists pack the parking lot.
Tags from Guam, Puerto Rico,
the Cayman Islands and even
Hawaii were spotted by the
Goals in the future include
developing more partnerships
with the University of North
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cians. A great need of growth
is in their volunteer program;
local volunteer opportunities are
in place for all ages. Janet Streit
has been recently hired as the
volunteer coordinator for the
facility. If you or someone you
know is interested in a great ex-
perience at the zoo, she can be
reached at 757-4463 ext.176.
Vecchio began his career as
a teen volunteer at the Pittsburg
Zoo; he then went into part time
work for the zoo as a seasonal

employee before completing his
education in Wildlife Man-
agement. His first job was in
Columbia, South Carolina and
he has since been at the helm of
six zoos in the United States to
include the Atlanta Grant Park
Settling in Mandarin with
his wife and family, he says he's
proud to be here: "The Jackson-
ville Zoo is top notch and I plan
to finish up my career here if I
am allowed!"

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Mandarin Relay for Life Luminaria ceremony speech

First person account: "I want to be part of the cure"
Contributed by Jennifer Harrington

Allie Fliess, age 14, read
the following speech the night
of the Mandarin Relay for Life
in front of hundreds of people
during the Luminaria ceremony.
Fleiss was on team Kids 4 a
Cure but formed her own team
this year and was the team cap-
tain. Her team was made up of
girls from her Girl Scout troop
and adult leaders.
"My name is Allie Fliess.
Unfortunately, I learned what
cancer was when I was only
eight years old. My dad was
diagnosed with cancer. I didn't
fully understand what cancer
was. All I knew was is that can-
cer changed my life forever.
"Because of his cancer
treatments, my dad couldn't
go to work. He began to lose
weight and his hair. At the time
we lived in Chicago; my dad
worked for the railroad and
we pretty much moved every
two years. So we didn't have
close friends or family nearby.
Fortunately, my dad has a large

extended family and they took
turns coming to help my dad
with doctor appointments and
help me and my sisters
"During this time, my aunt
and uncle and cousins started
participating in Relay for Life.
My dad would tell us about
their team 'Kids 4 A Cure' and
how it was started in honor of
him. I had never heard about
this event and I couldn't re-
ally picture what Relay was
all about. All I knew was that
people far away cared about
my dad just as much as I did.
When my Aunt Jennifer would
call and tell my dad that people
from their childhood had do-
nated to Relay in honor of him,
you could see the joy on his
face and just see how it encour-
aged him.
"He wanted to come to Flor-
ida so bad, I think he wanted to
come because it's so beautiful
here! Florida is one place where
you can see God every where.
I know everybody has fears-it

can be from failing a test to
losing a person you love. It just
depends on the person but that
was mine. My fear was losing
my dad and I just wanted him
"A year after all the radia-
tion and the chemo his cancer
went in remission. I vividly
remember the day, we were in
the car driving and the doctor
called. They talked for just a
little bit and by the end of the
conversation my dad was cry-
ing. He told us he was cancer
free. When I heard that I was so
happy; there was nothing more
in the world that I wanted then
to hear that. We got to call (our)
family and tell them the great
news. That summer we went to
Florida to celebrate his recovery.
It was great, I am so thankful
we took that vacation because
now I have great memories of
my dad when he wasn't sick.
"Six months later we
got the news we had hope to
never hear, my dad's cancer

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Eight-year-old Mandarin
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to military families, earned her
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Oysters in Apalachicola
By Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.com

The maritime town of
Apalachicola, on the Florida
panhandle, 80 miles southwest
of Tallahassee, produces 90
percent of the oysters consumed
in the our state and 10 percent
of the national bounty. Pretty
amazing for a mere population
of 11,500.
Apalachicola sits within
Franklin County which pro-
motes the tag-line "A Natural
Escape" and it's spot-on as
evidenced by bear crossing
signs, undeveloped land and
building codes limiting all
structures to no more than
three stories. Beaches are never
crowded. While relaxing at this
seafood lover's haven on the
banks of the Apalachicola Bay,
I toured two oystering plants
and learned the difficulties of
harvesting and handling the
succulent mollusks.
Oystermen (and women)
typically work in pairs and ven-
ture into the bay to make their
first catch around dawn. They
manipulate 40-pound tongs to
scrape along the bottom and
heft the masses to the surface.
By law, the rough looking shells
must measure three inches
minimum or go back in the sea.
In the early afternoon they hope
to harvest enough to make a
profitable return to shore.
Relationships are everything
in the industry and most oyster-
men sell to a specific supplier
on a regular basis. When the
oysters leave the dock, they

- Liaison Office at the United
States Embassy in Barbados)
Photo courtesy of Sessions and local physician, Dr. Kim
Modeling Agency Barbel Johnson.
National PTA for In her winning choreogra-
hotography, Visual phy, she performed a lyrical duo
Composition, Film, with her brother Joshua John-
- Dance Choreogra- son, a middle school member of
n was the youngest the Episcopal Dance Team and
ner and the only matriculating seventh grader at
i Duval County Episcopal High School.
state winners. Johnson attends Jackson-
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iator Lt. Colonel a Duval County Public School
hnson (who is cur- magnet for the gifted and aca-
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Meet the Sassy Tappers-a group of senior tap dancers from the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center who
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direction and choreography of Patty Zipperer since 2002 and presently have 26 women and one gentleman
in the group. Their latest show, to be performed throughout August and into the fall, is called "Let's Go to
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must be opened or shucked by
hand. No machine exists to do
this job; however, a motor-
ized drill pops a small hole in
the shell thereby helping the
shucker's knife pry the halves
apart. The workers perform this
tedious, messy and difficult job
at their own station, along-
side their fellow shuckers. The
operation is deafening and the
strenuous job causes many to
eventually suffer from carpal
tunnel syndrome.
Shuckers remove the trans-
lucent glob of oyster meat and
drop the empty shells onto a
conveyor belt that runs below
the shucking stations. The belt
runs to outside the building
where the shells are dumped
onto an ever-growing pile. The
buckets (150-200 oysters per 10
pound pail) of cleaned oysters
are weighed and the shucker is
credited for the grueling ef-
fort. The oysters are then rinsed
and other employees take over,
cleaning, scanning and remov-
ing pieces of the shell and
preparing for shipment.
At the Leavins plant the
oysters go into a bubbling cold
water bath that spews foam like
a witch's cauldron. The oysters
rise to the top and are scooped

Photos courtesy Bylandersea
out and transferred for final in-
spection and shell removal. The
processed oysters are then slid
into restaurant-supply buckets
that are individually labeled
with harvest location, date pro-
cessed and expiration date.
At Leavins, oysters are
also flash frozen with liquid
nitrogen gas to maximize shelf
life. Some are even frozen in
individual compartments-like
on half shell-and once thawed;
the oysters will appear and taste
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Local resident who "shouldn't be alive"

celebrates 107th birthday
By Martie Thompson

Westminster Woods resi-
dent Nina Johnson will turn 107
this July, but according to her,
she was born a premature baby
back in 1904. Weighing just a
little over two pounds, the mid-
wife who delivered her did not
expect her to live. Her mother,
however, had other ideas. The
tiny baby was wrapped in cot-
ton, tucked in a shoebox and
fed with a medicine dropper.
Growing up in Ohio, John-
son proved to be a very intel-
ligent child who skipped first
and second grad because she
had easily learned to read at
home. She credits her mother,
a first generation Irish, who
was a teacher and loved music
and laughter. Her father was a
first generation Scotsman who
was thrifty, hard working and
artistically talented. He and
Johnson's oldest brother built
the home where they lived and
to her understanding, the house
is still in use to this day.

from the flu epidemic of World
War I, to gas lights, lack of
running water in the house and
taking baths on Saturday nights
in the kitchen.
She recalls meeting her
husband-to-be, Remus John-
son, who was a "real Southern
gentleman" in North Carolina.
The young couple made a living
driving around in a Model T
Ford, selling eggs door-to-door,
but the depression proved the
end of this business.

pride in her two young children.
She spent the child-rearing
years of her life working in re-
tail and helping out in the com-
munity, where she started a Girl
Scout troop in the coal mining
neighborhood where they lived.
She says she always wished
she could have been a nurse,
so at age 56, she passed the
Practical Nurse training course
in Pennsylvania. She was the
oldest person to ever complete
the course and she subsequently
spent eight years in nursing.
Eventually, the Johnsons
retired to Ocean Pines, Mary-
land to be close to their daugh-
ter. They enjoyed their golden
years together singing in the
choir at church, painting and
volunteering. Remus Johnson
passed away in 1991 after 59
years of marriage.
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likely than younger adults to re-
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annual cost of chronic pain in
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Groundbreaking celebration of new
Southwood Village Homes

On Wednesday May 11,
Westminster Woods on Jul-
ington Creek celebrated the
groundbreaking of their new
Southwood villa homes.
The Southwood Village
neighborhood will feature a to-

tal of 47 two-bedroom/two bath
with den (or third bedroom)
villa homes. Each home also has
a two car garage. Southwood
will be built in three phases
with expected completion of
Phase 1 by the end of this year.

Phase 1 will include 14 villa
homes, a new clubhouse and
lap pool as well as a marketing
welcome center and two model
villa homes. The builder is R.D.
Westminster Woods sits on
86 acres on beautiful Julington
Creek. The Southwood neigh-
borhood will offer gated access
to the Bartram Walk shopping
area featuring restaurants,
shops, Shannon's Irish Pub and
is near tennis, golf, grocery,
banking and churches.
Residents of Westminster
Woods enjoy a very wide vari-
ety of activities and services in-
cluding a state-of-the-art fitness
center, massage therapy, a full
service beauty salon, transpor-
tation to shopping and medical
appointments, country store, a
huge library, computer center,
boutique, a museum, art and
painting classes etc. The conve-
nient location offers easy access
to downtown Jacksonville, St.
Augustine and the airport and is
just 15 minutes from Naval Air
Station Jacksonville.
Westminster Woods on
Julington Creek is part of the
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the American Lighting Associa-
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"Often, the first thing people
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notes Terry McGowan, director
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he says. "Research shows that
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Most of the commonly found
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Is there a magic light bulb
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Mandarin's Divine Mercy
House, a home for pregnant
women who are 18 and over,
was the focus of Seacoast Chris-
tian Academy's monthly mission
project this last May. The stu-
dents and teachers of Seacoast
pre-school held a "baby shower"
collection for the mothers and
infants residing at the Divine
Mercy House which amounted
to a truckload of much needed
items such as diapers, wipes,
baby clothing and other baby
To the delight of the Divine
Mercy House staff, the items
were dropped off on a sunny
afternoon in May by Seacoast's
representative Bobbie Rountree
who stated that they "were just
glad to help!"
The 4,000-square-foot

Christian maternity home off of
Old St. Augustine Road is open
to all faiths and can accommo-
date up to five women and their
babies. Women who come to
the home are expected to arrive
during the mid-term of their
pregnancies and are cared for
until well after the baby is born.
They learn job skills, child care,
budgeting and many other valu-
able life skills during their stay.
The women are also encour-
aged to start their education or
learn a trade, which will help to
ensure a more stable future for
themselves and their children.
For more information on
the program, ways you can help
or to donate, please contact the
Divine Mercy House Executive
Director Jodie Cetnar at

Mandarin Women's Club

seeks treasures
Submitted by Sharon Weed, Mandarin Women's Club

On Friday the 13th of
May, there wasn't a supersti-
tious soul among the 12 avid
"antique-ers" who headed north
from Jacksonville to spend the
day looking for treasures in
St. Mary's, Georgia. The An-
tiques and Collectibles Group
of the Mandarin Women's Club
started their search at Heavenly
Treasures and our avid Jaguars
fan bought a Coke bottle with
an early era Jags logo. A real
On down the road to The
Consignment Shop we went,
where there was a sale going on
and more treasures were found.
For lunch we found ourselves at
the Mad Hatter
Tea Shop where
the fan favorite
was scones, clot-
ted cream and
jam-and a bit of
tea also!
On to the
Golden Pineapple
and The French
Quarter, where
a real, authentic
chastity belt was
for sale. Need-
less to say, it got

left on the wall! With one last
stop for ice cream and a cool
one for the road, the 12 intrepid
shoppers headed home, with the
thought that the best treasure of
all was the friendship that we
have and it didn't cost a penny!
Attending were Sharon
Weed, Mimi Grenville, Laura
Czaplicki, Tamara McKay,
Shirley McCall, Pat Hickenbo-
tham, Dolly Smothers, Laurel
Yost, Flora Home, Carol Walker,
Pat Wojciechowski and Eleanor
Serich. For information about
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Mandarin United Method-
ist Church, located at 11270
San Jose Boulevard, will offer
Music Camp, where children
going into second through sixth
grades will prepare and perform
the musical "Splash Kingdom"
from July 11 through 17 from
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The
performance is at 11:00 a.m. on
July 19. The fee is $40 per child.
Please register online at www.

All Souls Church, located
at 4042 Hartley Road, will host
a Blood Drive on June 29 from
3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. You
can call the church at 268-
4600 for an appointment so
you won't have to wait in line.
Please help with this life-giving

Mandarin United Method-
ist Women are offering a book
discussion on the book Sold by
Patricia McCormick on Thurs-
day, July 14, at 7:00 p.m. in
the Kasey Mogle Fellowship
Hall. The book is a heartbreak-
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life in Nepal until her father
sells her into prostitution. Part
of McCormick's research for
this novel involved interview-
ing women in Nepal and India
and her depth of detail makes
the characters believable and
their misery palpable. For ques-
tions or additional information,
please contact Linda McAnar-
ney at 230-6563.

"His Big House" is held
every Saturday at All Souls
Church beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Come and enjoy crafts, bas-
ketball, mentoring, games, and
meet new friends! Please call
the church at 268-4600 for
more information.

Church of God
(Seventh Day)

Meeting Saturday
Bible Study: 10:00 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am
Meeting at Life Church
10584 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32257

fncepenclence cay facts
Here are some fun facts to
share with your family and
friends on the Fourth of July
while waiting for the hot dogs
to cook on the grill:
. Three presidents died on
July Fourth: Thomas Jefferson
and John Adams in 1826,
and James Monroe, in 1831.
Calvin Coolidge was the only
president born on July Fourth,
in 1872.
* The Massachusetts General
Court was the first state legis-
lature to recognize July Fourth
as a state celebration, in 1781.
* The first recorded use of the
name "Independence Day"
occurred in 1791.
* The U.S. Congress estab-
lished Independence Day as
an unpaid holiday for federal
employees in 1870. It became
a federal paid holiday in 1931.

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Red, White and You
By Allie Olsen, www.gracefullmom.com

Three cheers for the red,
white and blue!
Our six year old, Timothy's,
favorite holiday is the Fourth
of July. Why? Because he's
proud of the freedom Americans
fought to obtain? Umm, no.
Because his uncles and many
family friends have served our
country in times of peace and
war? Nope. Because he loves
guns, battles and all things
explosive? Closer... but still no.
Actually it's because he likes the
glow-sticks we give out every
year at dusk to occupy the chil-
dren until the fireworks.
It's understandable, really. I
mean-he's only six. How could
he know the significance of this
all-American holiday? How can
he understand why we launch
fireworks and why we enjoy
BBQs with neighbors of every
cultural background, together as
Americans? Amid the bustle of
everyday busyness, the "minor"
holidays are often a welcome
relief. Many head to the wa-
ter or paint the house like any
Saturday. It's wonderful to have
some time off to enjoy life and
have a little fun! So what sets a
commemorative day, like July 4,
apart in your children's minds?
I'm looking ahead to Inde-
pendence Day and this year, I'm
asking questions. Like, how can
we make family memories while
teaching the history, values and
sacrifices that made our country
"Like most holidays, differ-
ent people have different levels

of engagement and different
ways of participating;' com-
mented local dad Eric Lowe.
He and wife Meg, a teacher,
are establishing traditions like
fireworks, a BBQ complete with
the perennial favorite "blue-
berry flag" cake and time spent
with neighbors and friends.
"Although the song came along
many years after we gained our
independence, the Star Spangled
Banner always brings a tear to
my eye;' adds Meg Lowe.
Here at the Olsen home,
we enjoy the annual neighbor-
hood parade-brimming with
patriotically decorated bikes,
home-built floats and a color
guard from the high school. The
children love the candy and
the fire truck, I love the day off
from lunch duty-all the neigh-
bors share pizza at the amenity
center afterwards! It's a wel-
come break before the evening's
cookout, games and fireworks.
Across the First Coast, cel-
ebrations range from simple-a
picnic lunch and special prayers
for servicemen-to elaborate
multi-family parties. Some love
spreading a blanket amidst the
vibrant crowd for fireworks over
the Castillo, others look forward
to a Phantom Fireworks run
to choose the perfect backyard
And even this diversity-the
freedom to choose your perfect
celebration-is quintessentially
American! I love my country.
I'm grateful for the opportu-
nity to celebrate freedom and
teach our children about their

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Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday - 8:00 a.m.,
10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon
Spanish Mass
Sunday - 9:00 a.m.
Historic Church
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heritage: Irish, Lebanese, Nor-
wegian, English and Cherokee
great- grandparents who loved
this land and fought for the
freedom we celebrate today as
We can be so forgetful; so
every year, take a few minutes
from your 4th, whether relaxing
or full, to share some history
and gratitude with your chil-
How exactly should we
celebrate Independence Day?
Together. Happy 4th!

Crown Point celebrates Accelerated Readers
By Contributing Writer Mary J. Eyler, Inclusion Teacher, Crown Point Elementary

On June 2, 15 students from
Crown Point Elementary School
ate lunch with the principal,
Jayne Owens-Thompson. The
luncheon was a part of Crown
Point PTA Accelerated Reader
(AR) Program celebration.
Renee Ware, AR chair, orga-
nized the event with assistance
from Andrea Fay, PTA president
and Kathie Smith. Jack Avery
from Iberia Bank attended the
luncheon and presented the top
five readers from each grade
with a $50 savings bond. The
top reader from each grade level
also received a trophy. All 15
students received a Certificate of
Recognition and enjoyed deli-
cious cupcakes donated by Katie
Dixon, owner of Kakes by Katie.

Thank you, Crown Point
PTA, for a job well done and to
our business partners... thank
you for making the celebration
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As soon as you step outside,
the hot, merciless sun attacks.
Because I love gardening but
despise sweating, I have learned
a few tricks over the years to
reduce the time I spend roasting
under my straw hat.
Perhaps the Golden Rule of
working less, growing more is
putting the right plant in the
right place. If a plant needs sun,
give it sun. If it needs space,
give it space. Don't plant large
trees and shrubs too close to
the house. Give a plant what it
needs and you won't be replac-
ing plants as much or working
as hard to keep them healthy
and in bounds. And remember,
all plants need regular water-
ing when first planted, even

drought-tolerant ones.
I'm sure some garden-
ers reading this column would
expect a recommendation to
use native plants as a way of
simplifying one's yard. Certainly
natives are desirable, but native
does not mean easy. Like all
plants, natives have a preferred
set of conditions when it comes
to amounts of water and sun
and soil conditions. Some na-
tive plants grow well in sand,
for example, but many others
do not. Some are salt tolerant,
some are not. Bottom line, if
you are not sure of a plant's
needs, check it out before you
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Movie Review

Red Riding Hood
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke. Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman
and Billy Burke. Review byT. G. Stanton

Rating: Left Before it Finished (1 4 out of 5,
bordering on 0)

This month's review belongs
to the recently released Red
Riding Hood, a fantasy-thriller
based on a children's fairy tale.
In a small forest town, a
wolf rules the livelihood of
those living there. The town
pays monthly homage to the
wolf and to keep the villagers
safe they provide animal sac-
rifices. Amanda Seyfried plays
Valerie, a young girl in love
with her childhood hero; how-
ever, her family has made other
arrangements. Her grandmother
provides her with a red riding
cape for her wedding, hence the
title. The movie begins with her
sister murdered by the wolf and
this sets a new terror for the
town that believed they were
safe. As more of locals are fod-
der for the wolf, the town calls
in a renowned werewolf hunter,
Father Solomon, played by Gary
Oldman, who soon determines
that the werewolf may very well
be one of the very citizens who
called for him. Valerie's family
is torn apart by the loss, secrets
are uncovered and she soon
finds that she has ties to the
wolf. Those ties may very well
lead to more deaths.

and the costumes poor quality,
especially if anyone has seen
Eclipse or True Blood-now
those animals can shape-shift.
The movie was also very dark. I
heard once that the X-Files used
the dark lighting because they
had a very small budget and
this movie seems to be using a
similar technique or it was to
hide the poor costumes and sets.
The movie revolves around one
very small town and a small
forest, in which the families are
almost too familiar and inter-
The acting was also sub par.
Gary Oldman's Father Solomon
was theatrical at best and over
the top at worst and the charac-
ter travels with his children on
werewolf hunts-hardly a hero.
Amanda Seyfried was insipid
and uninspiring; her character
seemed more in a daze the ma-
jority of the film with very little
focus and she was certainly no
heroine. The wolf was the most
interesting character of them
all, when he showed up; he was
quick and had a strong bite. The
other actors are forgettable and
not worthy of mention. After
seeing it once, I will not be

Gardening con't. from previous page
The best trick of all to save
yard work is a simple no-brain-
er. Mulch everything except
grass and citrus trees. In fact,
eliminate some of your high-
maintenance lawn by creating
large mulched areas around
mature trees. Grass is needy and
grows poorly under trees any-
way, so why not give both you
and the tree a break?
Lay mulch at least two but
preferably three inches thick,
more if you are trying to keep
things moist, less if your soil is
already moist. Besides helping
with moisture, mulch keeps the
soil cooler, keeps weeds down
and makes the landscape look
so wonderfully manicured. My
favorite is pine bark mulch,
composed of very small pieces
of bark, much smaller than nug-
gets which I avoid. I also pass
on shredded mulches because
they can form a mat that keeps
water from penetrating into the
I hope these tips will help
you keep your yard thriving and
you out of the sun. Find online
help with all your gardening is-
sues at the University of Flori-
da's website www.solutionsfory-

This movie was a Snooze... looking for a sequel.
The action was very limited

Conserve water to protect our river
By Contributing Writer Jimmy Orth, Executive Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper

One of the easiest ways for
us to be "river friendly" is to
conserve water. Because of inef-
ficient and wasteful water use
practices, we are reaching the
limits of what our aquifer can
provide. Each of us living in the
watershed of the St. Johns River
uses approximately 140 gal-
lons of water every day. Over 50
percent is typically used outside
the home for lawns and plants.
This is the same water that we
drink, feeds our wetlands, cre-
ates our springs and provides 20
to 30 percent of the flow of our
river. If we continue using water
at this rate, we run the risk of
degrading our aquifer and dam-
aging our wetlands, springs and
the St. Johns.
By paying close attention
to our actions and making more
informed choices, we can all
dramatically reduce the amount
of water that we use. In the
process, we can avoid the need
to extract water from our river
and we can protect our water
resources for future generations.
Here is how you can get
started on the "river friendly"
path. Frequently adjust your
irrigation schedule and timers
based on weather and rainfall
patterns. Often, rainfall pro-
vides all of the water that our
lawn and plants need. Over-
watering (and over-fertilizing)
can actually result in a shallow
root system, making our lawn
less drought-tolerant and more
susceptible to weed growth, dis-
ease, fungus and insects. Also,
carefully inspect and adjust
spray heads on a regular basis,
making sure that sprinklers are
not also watering the sidewalks,
driveway or street.
The type of plants and
grasses that we use has a major
impact on our water use. By
gradually expanding beds with
native or drought-tolerant

plants and reducing the size
of our lawns, we can eventu-
ally save a tremendous amount
of time, money and water. The
rule here is "right plant, right
place." Pick the plants that are
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specific conditions of your yard
(sun or shade, moist or dry soil,
etc.) that will require the least
amount of water and fertilizer.
If you have an irrigation
system, consider installing a soil
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sive devices can cut your sprin-
kler system water usage in half
by preventing your sprinklers
from operating when watering
is not needed.
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* During daylight savings
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Sports events galore during

4th of July weekend
By Chad Cushnir

The NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series returns to Daytona Inter-
national Speedway on Saturday,
July 2 with the Coke Zero 400.
This race will begin at 7:30
p.m. and will be televised live
on TNT. Martina McBride will
perform in a pre-race concert
beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Sub-
way Jalapeno 250 which is a
Nationwide Series race will take
place on Friday, July 1 at 7:30
p.m. This race will be televised
on ESPN.
Racing of a different sort
will be taking place on Monday,
July 4 at 1st Place Sports on
Baymeadows Road. The 20th
annual Celebration 5K begins at
7:30 a.m. and there will also be
a one mile fun run at 8:30 a.m.
The Jacksonville Suns will
be at home for six game series
against the Birmingham Barons
beginning on Tuesday, June 28
and ending on Sunday, July 3.
Each night of this home stand
has a special promotion begin-
ning with the 50 Cent Family
Feast Night on Tuesday, June
28. Hot dogs, peanuts and ice
cream treats will be on sale for
50 cents. Also, there is a buy
one ticket, get one free offer if
you bring a Kraft Singles pack-
age wrapper to the box office.
June 29 is "Wicked Wednes-
day" which means that ladies
will receive "2 for 1" tickets,
and everyone can receive two
for one cocktails and $2 beers
from Miller. Free tickets for kids
can be picked up at any Gate
store while supplies last. The
first 1,500 fans to arrive at the
Baseball Grounds of Jackson-
ville will receive a free Biggie
racing bobble head doll. Also,

the Geico Toyota Sprint Cup
#13 Car of Casey Mears will
be on display outside the gate.
Fans who dress in their favorite
driver's colors can win tickets
to the Coke Zero 400 and other
great prizes.
June 30 is "Thursday Night
Throwdown" in which Buds will
be on sale for a buck and there
will also be other specials avail-
able on cocktails.
On Friday, July 1, "Bird-
Zerk" will be on hand to enter-
tain the crowd during the game.
The Blood Alliance BloodMobile
will be on site and the first 25
fans who donate blood will
receive two free tickets to the
game as well as a mini-bat, hot
dog and a soda. After the game,
there will be a fireworks show
presented by Napa Auto Parts.
Saturday, July 2 is Military
Appreciation Night. The Suns
will be wearing special patriotic
jerseys which will be auctioned
off during and after the game
to benefit the USO. The Blood
Alliance BloodMobile will be on
site again with the same deal
available from Friday night's
game (see above). There will
be a fireworks show after this
Sunday, July 3 is the 88th
birthday of Peter Bragan, Sr. He
is the long-time owner of the
team. There will be another fire-
works show after this game.
One final note: The Jack-
sonville Sharks have home
games scheduled on Saturday,
July 9 and Friday, July 22. The
Arena Football League playoffs
begin on July 29.

Jaguars offering fans great value in 2011

The Jacksonville Jaguars
have been working hard behind
the scenes during this football
off-season. Macky Weaver,
Jaguars senior vice president
of sales and marketing and his
staff have been going non-stop
to promote season ticket sales in
their efforts to ensure EverBank
Field is full for the Jaguars' 10
home games this fall.
The Jaguars started the
year with a call to their existing
season ticket owners, launch-
ing their "Keep the Pride Alive"
message following the success
of last year's Team Teal and
Revive the Pride efforts. These
programs effectively eliminated
blacked out games from Jack-
sonville during the 2010 season.
In May, the team introduced
"Round Two" of its promo-
tional efforts under the title of
"Payback Time," a moniker that
explains the exceptional value
the Jaguars are providing their
season ticket owners. Payback
Time comes in the form of four
fan loyalty programs: Teal Deals
and Jaguars Rewards and two
new initiatives, Jaguars Advan-
tage and the 30 Days of Teal
which ran throughout June.
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gift certificate savings at
more than 90 First Coast
businesses, many of them
restaurants. The program,
started by local business
owners Brian Flynn and Joe
Adeeb, was a huge suc-
cess last season with over
200,000 gift certificates
redeemed. The 2011 edition
features even bigger and
better deals with more than
20 new partners coming on Mac
board. The full list of deals Mac
can be viewed at www.
Jaguars Rewards is a
popular discount card that fans
receive with their season tickets.
The Rewards card can be used
to redeem offers and discounts
at over 100 First Coast busi-
nesses. And new for the 2011
season, the Jaguars have just
introduced Jaguars Advantage
which gives season ticket own-
ers the chance to earn credit for
future season ticket purchases
or cash back when they register
at www.jaguarsadvantage.com.
As Weaver explained, "We
have introduced these programs
to pay our season ticket owners
back for their loyalty and sup-
port. If they can take advantage
of them, they can effectively re-
alize hundreds of dollars of sav-
ings which will go a great ways
to help offset the cost of their
initial season ticket purchase.":'
The Jaguars are leading the
rest of the National Football
League in service and value to
its fans. Four season ticket own-
er loyalty and benefit programs
are unprecedented - many NFL
teams don't even have one -
and the Jaguars were recently
ranked No.1 in the NFL for fan
satisfaction in two independent
league-wide surveys.
"We want to get the mes-
sage out that we've taken the
risk out of being a season ticket
owner while providing tremen-
dous value at the same time,"
Weaver said. "It's also worth
mentioning that no matter what
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The Jaguars face the Atlanta
Falcons and St. Louis Rams in
the preseason before kicking off
the regular season against AFC
South Division rivals Tennes-
see Titans at EverBank Field on
September 11. The Jaguars will
host two Monday Night games
- against the Baltimore Ravens
on October 24 and then on De-
cember 5 against the San Diego
Chargers - before rounding out
the regular season on January 1
against the Indianapolis Colts.
For season tickets, fans should
call (904) 633-2000 or visit

Come celebrate the
100th anniversary of the
Mandarin Store and Post Office
with the
Mandarin Museum Et
History Society
and the
Mandarin Community Club
Saturday, July 2
10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
To learn more about Mandarin
history, please visit
the Mandarin Museum Et His-
torical Society in the
Walter Jones Historical Park,
11964 Mandarin Road.
For more information, please
call 268-0784.


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Mandarin Garden Club Yard

of the Month
By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm, Mandarin Garden Club

Ann and Bill Dumire's yard
located in the Brady Manor
neighborhood has been selected
as the Mandarin Garden's Club's
Yard of the Month for June. The
yard was nominated by a neigh-
bor who is also a member of the
Mandarin Garden Club. To reach
the Dumire residence, I traveled
south on Brady Road from the
north end of Mandarin Road
enjoying the scenic drive that
stretched past Orange Picker
Road to eventually reach Brady
Manor. I arrived early in the
morning to see neighbors walk-
ing on leaf covered sidewalks

the massive
oaks com-
mon to the
blissful un-
spoiled areas
of Mandarin.
canopy of
Sam trees seemed
t - to open up
to showcase
the Dumires'
..... i p rich grass
turf that
the well-cultivated floral design
that predominantly adds to the
beauty of the front yard. Lots
and lots of colorful flowering
impatiens amidst lots and lots
of variegated ivy are part of the
curving design that meanders
under the shade of a live oak
tree that centers the front yard.
The same design stretches to
the right of the yard with more
flowering impatiens and ivy
serving as ground cover and
beautifully complementing the
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are learn-
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the soil in
Florida, new
and the
plants that
do well in
Florida;'," she
explains. -
Ann -
Dumire -, ,J
indicates she
misses the hostas which were
plentiful in her yard in Ohio as
she loved to propagate them for
displays. Although slightly dis-
appointed at her lack of success
with the hostas, her efforts were
highly rewarded with an abun-
dance of amaryllis that sprouted
impressive blooms in May from
garden bulbs she brought from
Ohio. Because of her love of
"blue color plants," she would
like to experiment with Russian
Sage, she says. Meanwhile, she
is already expanding the plum-
bago in her backyard which was
already existing and intertwin-
ing with the shrubbery in the
back yard.
Blue Spruce and Norwe-
gian pine were among the 25
pine trees that were part of
her residential landscape in
Ohio. Their enjoyment of trees
is now supplemented by the
queen palms, pigmy date palms
and fan palms that Bill Dumire
planted in their backyard. The
palms combine with the dense
foliage from the oaks to provide
a beautiful tropical like back-
drop to their swimming pool.
Other plants started by the
Dumires to add to the Florida
ambiance include lantana,
ginger, native ferns and sweet
potato vine which is blending
nicely with the green colors of
the coleus. A rain barrel system

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major in finance and economics,
Genivieve is a member of the UNF
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of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha
Beta Gamma. The Homecoming
Queen uses her God-given talent
as vice president of finance in Delta
Gamma (DG).This promising student
is currently interning at CSX and is
interested in pursuing corporate law
when she graduates thisyear with
High honors from UNF's Business
School. Genivieve models that it is
just fine to be blonde, beautiful and
smart tool

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Mandarin Garden Club Business Beautification Award
By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm, Mandarin Garden Club

Celia Renm, tnris Iraa ana assistant m
Garden Center.
On May 26, the Mandarin
Garden Club presented Chris
Trad, manager of Trad's Garden
Center with the club's annual
Business Beautification award.
The award was presented to
Trad's Garden Center in rec-
ognition of their outstanding
efforts to educate, enhance and
preserve practices that maintain
the natural beauty of the Man-
darin area.
The business sits on a five
acre plot off San Jose Boule-
vard. The business was pur-
chased in 1971 by Lou and
Betty Trad. Lou Trad is still

actively in-
volved with
the busi-
ness as the
Samples of
his work can
be viewed
at their San
Jose loca-
tion where
displays a
large variety
manager of Trad's of plants to
Lou Trad and his son, Chris
Trad, are agriculture school
graduates from the University
of Florida. Together, they have
established a solid legacy of
hard work, honesty, exceptional
knowledge and commitment to
With his educational and
family background combined
with farming experience ac-
quired in the Ashville, North
Carolina along with his famil-
iarity of Northeast Florida, Chris
Trad has an impressive mix of
well suited qualifications to lead
a dedicated permanent staff in

serving the needs of the com-
munity. They are well versed in
the care of Florida ornamental
plants and turf. Trad's Garden
Center is one of a very few
centers that actually grow many
of our own plants specializing
in plants that are appropriate to
the Jacksonville area.
An educational commu-
nity program consisting of free
weekly seminars has been estab-
lished in response to the needs
of the community.

"Our customers asked the
questions and we answered,"
says Chris Trad. A monthly
newsletter is also sent to all
customers that subscribe to
receive it.
"We are seeing a resurgence
in vegetable gardening," con-
tinues Chris Trad. Not one to
lag behind, the garden center
established and now maintains
a large display vegetable garden
for educational purposes. A
community charity also benefits

from the vegetable garden as all
produce is donated to the United
Community Outreach Ministry
Additionally, a fun "kid's
area" has been established with
various stations that include
worm . ..i. ....liiwg,. a chicken
coop with chickens that lay eggs
(also donated to the UCOM), a
vine covered trellised shade area
and a root view station where
root vegetables are grown.
"We are a community
minded business," says Chris
Trad. "We are supported by the
community and in turn give
back to the community."

Why Wait

To Feel Better?

Fast pitch softball team
brings home the hardware
Submitted by Coach Dan Giroux
Congratulations to our very during the three seeding po
own Mandarin Sports Associa- games. The seeding leads in
tion (MSA) eXplosion 14U All- double elimination bracket
Stars team for finishing as the games separated into Gold
Silver division runner up at the Silver groups.
Queen of Diamonds Southern The team played eight
Shootout. Each year this event games; from pitching, defe]
attracts some of the best teams and hitting the team played
in girls' fast pitch softball to ally well given it was their
southeast Georgia. tournament together in this
The MSA 14U eXplosion Stars season. The champion

team had the opportunity to
play in this great tournament
the weekend of June 4 and 5.
The format allows the teams
to get all the players involved


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games finished 1-4 in seven
Thanks to all the parents
and volunteers supporting our
players and association!

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rissey, Kristen Pfortmiller, Danielle Spence, Adele Fuqua, Ashley Nammour,
Bailey Peacock, Coaches Dan Giroux, Jay Peacock, Greg Fuqua and Traci
Collie (taking pictures) Not in the picture: Alexa Antar, Jocelyn Clark, Brittany
Fowler and Jailisa Linares.
St. Johns Country Day School graduates 57
St. Johns Country Day School held
commencement exercises on Satur-
day, May 28, 2011 at the Thrasher-
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of 2011 included two National Merit
Scholars, two National Merit Com-
mended Scholars, two graduates who
received Navy ROTC scholarships, one
who received an Army ROTC schol-
arship and five were recipients of
athletic grants-in-aid. As a class, the
graduates generated over 3.2 million
dollars in merit scholarships offered.
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