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Page 3 Whats New Page 4 From the Council Members Desk Page 5 School District Journal Page 6 Political Commentary Page 7 E Pluribus Unum Page 8 Student writers neededPage 9 New! Whip it upŽ foodie buzz Page 10 Travel Page 11 Mandarin Library hosts Navy Band Page 12 Mandarin Womens ClubPage 13 Third Thursday LecturePage 14 Back to School Guide Page 19 Teen library volunteer honored Page 21 Faith News Page 24 Join the Mandarin Community Club Page 27 Yard of the Month SERVING THE MANDARIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2006 MandarinNewsLineSM Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.comMEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS 2014 4 Mandarin NewsLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223 What’s Inside Volume 8, Issue 11 August 2014Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 Time for our Annual Back to School Guide Call (904) 886-4919 It was a very festive day at the recent luncheon and meeting of the River City Womens Club„the members came dressed in their most beautiful out“ ts and hats! There were lots of ” owers, feathers, ribbons and jewels on the hats the ladies wore to the luncheon. There was even a hat in the shape of a frog worn by Betty Harrelson, who is a past president of the club. As one looked around the room, one saw red hats, pink hats, purple hats, straw hats, velvet hats, a cowboy hat, green and blue hats. It was a beautiful sight to see! The discussion at the tables were about hats our mothers made us wear as girls, hats our grandmothers wore to church and how fashion has changed over the years. Some members wished it was still the style to wear hats to church and some were so glad we dont do that any longer. The ladies had a great time dressing up and enjoying a day of friendship. Dr. Keith Holland and several of his team of divers who recovered artifacts from the Civil War shipwreck, The Maple Leaf, will be present at Mandarin Museum on August 17 and August 30 to meet you and personally answer all of your burning questions about the shipwreck site that is Duval Countys only National Historic Landmark. Currently on display are rarely seen artifacts that represent military items, personal e ects of Union soldiers and articles taken by the soldiers from plantation homes in South Carolina on the way to Florida. Hear about the ship, the archaeological expedition and the artifacts from those who know “ rst-hand … the men who actually dived into the dark waters of the St. Johns and touched Kathleen Johnston is a recent graduate of Mandarin High School (MHS) and a member of Girl Scout Troop 1405 at St. Jo-Girl Scout project ghts hunger Kathleen Johnston earned her Gold Award.sephs Catholic Church. Over the past 18 months, she has spoken to thousands of elementary students and collected 7,530 items to donate to the Mandarin Food Bank through her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Food Fight!Ž Her project was inspired by her experience at the Oxfam Hunger Banquet during the Hugh OBrien Youth Leadership Conference in June 2012. At the banquet, the ambassadors were split into three groups, which represented the three levels of income distribution around the world. The upper income class was presented with food from McDonalds; the middle income class was presented with beans and rice; and the lower income class (which was the largest of the three levels) was presented with one tortilla. This experience was remarkable River City Women have fun with Hat DayBy Contributing Writer Betty Waldrep Hats and more hats!As we enjoyed our lunch, there were two judges who picked out the Prettiest Hat and the Silliest Hat. After lunch, the judges announced the winners. Ruth Buerger won for the prettiest hat. She wore a large straw hat with lots of pretty lavender ” owers and ribbons. Of course, the frog hat worn by Betty Harrelson won as the silliest hat. This hat was bright green with "Meet the Maple Leaf Divers" at Mandarin Museum in Augustevery piece that was retrieved. Also enjoy the informative 150th Anniversary exhibit, see the beautiful model of the ship, view the actual diving suit of lead diver Lee Manley and listen to Manley and Keith Holland talking to each other on a tape that was made during one of the earliest expeditions on the shipwreck site in the late 1980s. Come see the hand-carved wooden pipe of Sgt. Victor Quillard, 13th Indiana Infantry. Sgt. Quillard immigrated to America from France shortly before the American Civil War. Maple Leaf Divers Steve Michaelis, Larry Tipping, Chris Manley and Keith Holland. Hat Day cont. on pg. 25 Girl Scout project cont. on pg. 23 Maple Leaf Divers cont. on pg. 24


Page 2, Mandarin NewsLine € August 2014 € Ander Crenshaw is the proven conservative. He gets things done. Please contact us about joining the Crenshaw Team. 7235 Bonneval Road, Suite 214 € Jacksonville, FL 32256 € (904) 281-0081 Paid for by Crenshaw for Congress www.andercrenshaw.comFollow Ander on Twitter. Like him on Facebook. OBAMACARE OPPOSED FROM DAY 1! VOTED 50+ TIMES to defund/dismantle/repeal SECOND AMENDMENT ENDORSED by the NRA VETERANS FOUGHT for Veterans Cemetery and Veterans Clinic in Jacksonville PRO-LIFE RATED 100% by National Right to Life FAMILY RATED 100% by the Christian Coalition JOBS, DEFENSE & SECURITY BROUGHT New Ships & Missions to Local Military Bases ECONOMIC FREEDOM RATED 94% by Americans for Tax Reform CONSERVATIVE FOR CONGRESS ISSUE CRENSHAWS CONSER ATIVE CHECKLIST Vote August 26th!

PAGE 3 € August 2014 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 3 At RT Publishing we welcome Letters to the Editor. We request they be no more than 250 words. All letters must include writers name, address, and telephone number. Only the name will be published. E-mail to editor@ Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy Like us on Facebook mandarinnewsline Whats New Community HappeningsDo you have community or club news you would like included in Mandarin NewsLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: or 886-4919. Mandarin NewsLine Community Newspaper is a free monthly publication distributed via bulk mail to all addresses in Zip Codes 32223, 32258 and selected routes in 32257. Submission of articles and photographs are received by mail or email, although email to editor@ is preferred. The writers’ opinions do not necessarily re ect the opinion of RT Publishing, Inc. Advertising Rates are available by request. 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McClure DMD, MAGD, ABGD Board Certi“ed General Dentist Master in the Academy of General Dentistry Dr. McClure served for seven years as a Naval Aviator, ying P-3s.Honors received: Dentistry. We accept most major insurance plans and we will be happy to submit all insurance forms on your behalf. Now Accepting New Patients in our NEW state-of-the-art facility! We provide: The Mandarin Council of the JAX Chamber hosts monthly networking events. In August they are hosting a Chamber Social with the South and Health Councils. The Summer Safari Social is taking place on Friday, August 8 at Swimming Safari Swim School and a portion of proceeds will be donated to WaterProof Jacksonville. The Mandarin Councils next lunch meeting is on August 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bucca di Beppo at The Avenues Mall. The next breakfast meeting will take place at the Red Elephant Grill and Pizza on Thursday, August 28 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Save the date for the annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook-O happening on Saturday, November 15. Learn more about the Mandarin Council and RSVP for these events on their Facebook page or at www.mandarincouncil. org. We live, work and play in Mandarin! Mandarin Garden Club announces their annual $1 clothing sale, to be held at the Mandarin Garden Club on August 8 and 9. The sale has been so successful that the club is having the clothing sale two days this year instead of one. The main room in the garden club will be “ lled with tables of clothing for men, women and children. Purses, hats, scarves, jewelry, belts and shoes will be laid out for sale. There is a boutique for very “ ne clothing. You might just be able to “ nd that special evening gown, business suit, cocktail dress, new coat or jacket and even lovely evening purses! The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. each day and will close at 2:00 p.m. This sale is great for “ nding gently used clothing for back to school for the kids. The ladies of the Mandarin Garden Club are looking forward to seeing all of their former customers at the sale and will be waiting to welcome new ones. For information about the sale, renting the club for a special event or information on becoming a member, please visit the clubs website at www. or call 268-1192. The North Florida Acoustic Neuroma Support Group will meet on Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Please call 287-8132 for additional information. The North Florida O.R.C.A.S. (Operational and Radio Control Association of Shipwrights) host fun sailsŽ on the third Saturday of each month at Losco Park in Mandarin from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The O.R.C.A.S. are a group enthusiasts whose purpose is to promote the building and running of radio controlled model boats. For additional information, please visit www. north” The Mandarin Toastmasters Club meets the “ rst and third Saturd a y of each month in the South Mandarin Library, located at 12125 San Jose Boulevard. The meeting time is 10:15 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The meetings are open to all and visitors are always welcome. Please contact the Mandarin Toastmasters at and/or president, Morgan North, at 268-9380. SCORE Jacksonville, which is a liated with the federal Small Business Administration, is o ering four workshops for start-ups and small businesses: August 5, Foundations for Your Business; August 12, Business and Financial Basics; August 19, Marketing Strategies; August 26, Create Your Plan for Business. The cost of the full series is $99 or $30 per workshop. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by workshops at 6:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, located at 3 Independent Drive, in downtown Jacksonville. Reservations are required; please RSVP at The August general meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, August 18 in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The meeting will be followed by a quilting program and Show and TellŽ by work by members. Visitors are welcome! For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit at” /allstarquiltguild and www.facebook/ allstarquilters. The Mandarin Chapter of AARP meets the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at Augustine Landing, located at 10141 Old St. Augustine Road. We are a non-pro“ t, nonpartisan membership organization, a liated with the national AARP. Our activities and programs are designed to help people age 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Augusts meeting will be held on Friday, August 15 and will feature Isha Kothari, a senior at Nease High School, performing a traditional Indian dance. Visitors are welcome! Please join the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society for Childrens Story Time on Saturday, August 16. Each month three themed books will be read on the front porch of the museum, followed by a related simple craft activity. This program is ideally for children ages three through six, but please feel free to bring the siblings as we read our way through some age appropriate picture books, get active with music and movement, and create a fun craft. We do ask that the parent or guardian accompany their child during story time. Bring a picnic, go on a nature walk on a walk through the beautiful ten acre Walter Jones Historical Park and look for manatees at County Dock and brown bunnies near the farmhouse. For more information, please contact 268-0784 or mandarinmuseum@bellsouth. net. Shu eboard is played on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at park entrance. Beginners are welcome! Just show up unless it rains. The MOMS Club of Jacksonville/Mandarin-SE o ers support for stay at home and part-time working moms living in zip code 32258. With the club you will have enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you need the most support. A sample of activities include park days, beach days, monthly socials, playgroups and “ eld trips to the zoo and museums. For additional information, please email semandarinmoms@ The Italian American Club will reopen on August 1 for rentals. The club will open for the fall season on August 10 with its monthly dinner and general meeting. Many exciting events are coming at the club so join us! Were the best kept secret in Mandarin. For additional information, please visit The Friends of the South Mandarin Librarys second annual book sale is over and plans will begin for next years event. Sadly, our cute little popcorn popper wasnt up to the task of making lots of popcorn quickly. That will also be a project„to provide a machine able to keep the popcorn coming! There will be other worthy causes for aiding our library. We look forward to meeting new members; please join us on the second Thursday of each month at 2:15 p.m. at the South Mandarin Branch Library. Our meeting follows the lively discussions of the Book Club which starts at 1:15 p.m. Support your local Lighthouse of Learning! Sierra Club, Northeast Group will host Alexis Meyer, State Panther Campaign Director for Sierra Club. She will discuss the decline of the panther in our state and ways to ensure their survival. The meeting will be held on September 8 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, located at 2001 University Boulevard West in the educational building. Social time is from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and all are welcome! For additional information, please contact Janet Larson at 247-1876.Time for our Annual Back to School Guide Call (904) 886-4919


Page 4, Mandarin NewsLine € August 2014 € From the City Council Member’s DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6 Whether you need a one-time gift card, reloadable card for yourself, or one for a family member (or employee) we have a card for you! Pre-paid cards are tied to your 121 Financial Credit Union account and can be loaded and unloaded online. Gift cards are one-time load and are available to anyone. Already have an account with 121 FCU? You can order your personalized card online today! Federally Insured by NCUANot a member? Open an account today! Mention this ad, and get $50 when you open a new account with direct deposit (totaling at least $200/month). Pre-paid cards are great to use online, when traveling or to help you budget! Or call for more info 723.6300 Life changes. Your insurance agent can help you stay in step. DEB EVESON 904-400-6450Let me help you get the protection you need. 59267Insurance subject to availability and qualifications. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company: Northbrook, Illinois 2009 Allstate Insurance Company. TargetedPromotional Development...DesignedforYourBusiness!NowOeringaComplimentaryMarketingAnalysis! Callustoday! 904.287.7574 450-106StateRd.13N#274Jacksonville,FL32259 PROMOTIONALPRODUCTSTHATLEAVEALASTINGIMPRESSION Mandarin News: I am working on several projects which will improve and impact our Mandarin neighborhood. First, the rebuilding of the sidewalks on Beauclerc and Scott Mill roads which are in disrepair, and second, the improvements and modi“ cations to County Dock which will provide better access for kayaks, canoes and most importantly, you, the residents of Mandarin. If you have never been to the dock, you and your family should go. Its a beautiful public pier where you can enjoy the scenic views of the St. Johns River. As residents of Mandarin, please be respectful of those who live on County Dock Road, observe the posted signs and do not park on the residents property. Even though the economy is still bouncing along the bottom, there seems to be a revival of activity in the housing market in Mandarin. In fact, a rundown apartment complex in Mandarin was recently purchased. I viewed the work in progress on the property and Im delighted with the coming upgrades which will bring the 40-year-old property into the 21st century. Speaking of upgrades, the Blight Committee is asking District 6 for a list of its 10 most blighted roads. This list will be used as a basis for a new mowing schedule. Please send me suggestions for easements along roads that you believe need to be mowed more often than they are currently. Finally, if you attend my Town Hall meetings, you may have noticed that we have outgrown the auditorium at Hello again to everyone. I hope all of you are enjoying the summer. Its hard to believe, but by the time you read this our summer will be more than half over and the kids will soon be back in school. Fall activities will soon be upon us„but remember, we are still in the midst of hurricane season and at this writing, the “ rst storm of the season has brushed by us. Let me remind you to be vigilant and prepared in case a storm does come knocking on our door. We are now getting afternoon rain events every day or two. Make sure sprinkler systems are not coming on during rain events or immediately following rain. Lets do our part to conserve our precious resource. The Duval Soil and Water Conservation District continues to work and plan for future activities. As I have mentioned before, three new supervisors will be elected to the board in November. I will at a later date provide you with information on who I believe will be best suited for the jobs. A couple of Loretto Elementary School. My next Town Hall will be held at the South Mandarin Library on Wednesday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. and we will have a general discussion about the happenings in Mandarin and at City Hall. Speci“ c community meetings for speci“ c issues will be announced when necessary. City Hall News: As stated in the City Charter, the mayor presented his budget on July 14 and then the City Council will review it during the months of August and September, with the “ nal approval on September 23. Two weeks ago, JEA management spent two hours giving several other City Council members and me an update on their operations. Hopefully, the mayor will heed their advice because according to them, JEA has no excess money and in fact will be hit with additional rules and regulations from the federal government which could substantially increase our electric bills. Unfortunately, in Obamas world, regulating coal out of existence is good for customers. Its not and JEA is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on meeting the overload of new rules and regulations mandated by his administration. As I have previously stated, our electric rates will be going up in 2016 or earlier and JEA can ill a ord to comply with Mayor Browns request for an additional $40,000,000 a year to commit to the unfunded pension liability. Like Obamas regulations, the mayors proposal will burden JEA and the costs will be passed on to us, the taxpayers. Hopefully the mayor will come up with a more thoughtful solution, and soon. Please do not hesitate to contact me at or 630-1388. Duval Soil and Water Conservation District Board updateBy Contributing Writer Greg Tisonmonths ago I told you I would be one of those candidates; however, events in recent days have provided me with another opportunity. It pleases me to tell you that I am now a candidate for the Jacksonville City Council, At-Large Group 3. This election will take place next spring. I look forward to the opportunity to serve all of Jacksonville and making her a great city. If you have any questions concerning the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District please email me at lgtison@ See you next month.Recognize the symptoms of a strokeStrokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States and the third-leading cause of death. Prompt treatment can limit the damage and save lives. If you suspect someone near you is suffering from a stroke, remember the acronym FAST: F = Face. Examine the person’s features. Ask him or her to smile. If one side of the person’s face droops, it’s possible that a stroke is coming on. A = Arms. Can the person raise both arms above his head? S = Speech. Listen to the person speak. If the words are slurred or the person can’t answer questions clearly, the brain may be impaired. T = Time. Act fast if the person exhibits any of these warning signs. Get him or her to a hospital right away. got news? 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PAGE 5 € August 2014 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 5 NEW PATIENTS ALWAYS WELCOME! SATURDAY AUGUST 23 open house: 10AM-2PM7015 AC Skinner Parkway, Building 100 Jacksonville, FL 32256 OPEN HOUSE {{ we invite you to join us! Did you know that in Duval County Public Schools children are being punished for simply defending themselves? Unfortunately, students are being punished for self-defense. Ill be frank, when I ran for the School Board in 2012 I would have never guessed that to be true. The topic of a students right of self-defense came up at the most recent meeting of the Duval County School Board during the discussion about the 2014-2015 Student Code of Conduct. There were several changes to the new Student Code of Conduct. Some of those changes included: € A separate Code of Conduct for elementary students and secondary students € Fewer punishments with out-of-school suspension € All Class IV o enses, including arson, now include the possibility of expulsion € New punishments for recording and posting “ ghts on social media € Di erent consequences for “ ghting depending on whether a student was the attacker or the victim Just how many victims were punished last year for self-defense? At this point no one has clear data because the districts student code of conduct punished everyone the same, regardless of their role in the altercation. While the change to di erentiate between the attacker and the victim is a step in the right direction, the change does not The St. Johns River Water Management Districts Governing Board on July 8 approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers and funds major District initiatives, including projects to protect the regions springs and improve water quality in the Indian River Lagoon and St. Johns River. The tentative 0.3164 millage rate would result in $81.8 million in revenue that would be part of a total $141.9 million budget for “ scal year 2014 … 2015, which begins October 1, 2014. The budget also is funded through state, federal and other District sources (including timber sales, cattle leases, interest earnings and permit fees). The millage rate adopted by the board is approximately 3.6 percent less than the current years tax rate. Under a 0.3164 millage rate „ 31.64 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value „ the owner of a $200,000 house with a $50,000 homestead exemption would pay $47.46 in the coming year in property taxes to the District. The tentative budget will allow the District to continue the momentum on its strategic priorities and to implement critical projects that will result in greater protection for our springs and improved water quality in surface waters,Ž said Governing Board Chairman John Miklos of Orlando. We are maximizing our “ nancial and technical resources through dozens of partnership projects with local governments, utilities and other entities.Ž The tentative budget includes $22 million in cost-share funding for construction of projects that will help to de-School District JournalBy Contributing Writer Jason Fischer, School Board Representative, District 7 go far enough. As your School Board Member I proposed a change to the Student Code of Conduct so that self-defense, similar to self-defense law, included the ƒuse of appropriate physical force necessary to stop the person from attacking you.Ž The proposal did not pass, but this is an issue that will not go away. This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart and I will continue to stand up for our children. After all, what kind of message does it send to bullies when they know their victims cant do anything to stop them? What kind of message does it send to victims when they cant reasonably defend themselves without fear of being punished? Do we really want our children to grow up in a world where bullies cant be stopped and victims must be helpless and made to feel guilty for being attacked? If you have any thoughts on the situation please feel free to email me at FischerJ@ Important Dates: August 5: Regular School Board Meeting August 11-15: Employee Planning and Inservice Days August 18: First Day of School Thought for the Month: Knowing whats right doesnt mean much unless you do whats right.Ž ~ President Theodore RooseveltDistrict board votes to reduce tax rate By Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management Districtvelop traditional and alternative water supplies, conserve water and reduce nutrient loading in springsheds and other water bodies. Another $8 million is designated for other cooperative agreements with government partners, including reclaimed water and stormwater projects, water conservation, muck removal and restoration activities. Major projects included in the tentative budget concentrate on District initiatives supporting minimum ” ows and levels prevention and recovery strategies, springs protection and water quality protection in the Indian River Lagoon, the Northern Coastal Basins and the middle and lower St. Johns River basins. The tentative budget also includes funding for: € Completion of the Fellsmere Water Management Area and the “ nal phase of the Canal 1 Rediversion Project in Brevard and Indian River counties, which are among the “ nal components of the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project € Construction of the 1,300acre C-10 Reservoir in Brevard County, which will provide additional water storage and treatment and nutrient reduction bene“ ts € Construction of Lower Floridan aquifer wells, which will help to expand data collection to support priority District initiatives. Public hearings will be held at 5:05 p.m. on September 9 and September 23. The “ nal budget adoption will occur at the September 23 meeting. For additional information, please visit 0www.” oridaswater. com.A message from the St. Johns River Water Management District...During Daylight Savings Time, residential lawn watering is limited to two days per week: • Homes with odd number addresses: Wed./Sat. • Homes with even number addresses: Thurs./Sun. • Nonresidential properties: Tues./Fri. Restrictions apply to water from private wells and pumps as well as public and private utilities. Water for no more than one hour per zone Water only when needed and not between 10 AM and 4 PMwater lessVisit www. Then our Advertisers!As a non-subscription publication we rely on our fine advertisers to finance the production of your community newspaper! Be sure to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw them in Mandarin NewsLineThank Do you enjoy receiving Mandarin NewsLine each month?


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Stop suering from: Now accepting Blue Care HMO! Later on this month (after a break thats been too short for some and too long for others), our kids will return to school. For this months article, I wanted to mention an education-related event that will loom large for the foreseeable future: the adoption and implementation of Common Core. Theres not much else in the “ eld of education that has been as controversial. In 2010, Floridas Department of Education … a department led by Governor Rick Scotts appointees … adopted Common Core and within a year, schools in Florida were implementing Common Core. Common Core has always had its critics, but recently, the number of critics has grown, the voices of those critics have grown louder and most notably, those critics now include liberals, conservatives and everything in between. As a parent and as a person who cares about the future of our city and state, I want to cut through the politics to see if Common Core could bene“ t our kids. Everything else … special interests, teachers unions, and charters school … is secondary. Ill admit, I like some of Common Core. Encouraging new approaches to age-old problems (e.g., teaching math The Duval County School Board often has a daunting list of priorities; some it deals with well, others it gets completely wrong. Most of the time the School Board … an elected body … is made up of the least politically savvy of all elected o cials in Jacksonville and people pay the least attention to this most critically important elected body of all elected groups in the city. The School Board has taxing authority and a budget which runs into the high mil-Political CommentaryCommon Core and the Common Good?By David Miltonand English skills to kids) is necessary, especially since not every childs learning style “ ts a single mold. Consistent benchmarks and methods of measuring progress can also be bene“ cial. For instance, the right benchmarks can help us determine how well were preparing our kids to succeed academically and, ultimately, professionally. But benchmarks … and the testing that often accompanies the benchmarks … can be dangerous. Its good to aim for excellence in math and English. The danger arises, however, when the pursuit of excellence in those areas (where success is measured by a single highstakes, high-pressure, end-ofthe-year test) squashes a childs curiosity or creativity. Education should stretch our children, but it goes too far when it breaks them. Our kids arent mere cogs in the impersonal machinery known as The Economy; theyre our young people, each with in“ nite worth. There has to be a better way to encourage learning and ensure accountability. Thats my main issue with Common Core: it doesnt address the apparent con” ict between learning the Three Rs and exploring the arts. In fact, Common Core might make the con” ict worse. Perhaps lowering the ratio of teachers to students could reduce some of the con” ict, giving good teachers more time to spend with each student or to cover a wider variety of subjects. But nobody ever wants to hear this because lowering the ratio of teachers to students would require raising our investment in good teachers. I wish I had all the answers, but I dont. However, Jacksonville resident Julie Delegal … a public education advocate and parent … has written numerous in-depth articles on Common Core. Her articles can be found at: www.context” Take a look at what shes written. Get informed and get involved. Education matters. After all, to quote John F. Kennedy, Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.Ž Dave Milton is a husband, father and local attorney whos interested in doing his part to make sure Jacksonville is a city where every person feels at home and every person have a chance to pursue his or her American Dream. If you have any thoughts or other comments to share, please email Dave at CommentaryIt was good to have an old warhorse on the School BoardBy J. Bruce Richardsonlions of dollars. It determines what our children will learn, how they will learn it and who will teach them. It is a body which passes its own type of legislation and hires a superintendent to enact that legislation. Most people just dont realize how critical this body is to our future. In many cases, school board races are low pro“ le and dont draw much media attention. Thats too bad, because too many inexperienced, often silly people are elected to the School Board. It should be just the opposite. When the School Board recently had now term-limited former mayor Tommy Hazouri on the board, it had a seasoned leader who understood how government works, requiring no on-the-job training. While its always good to have fresh faces with fresh ideas, it was also favorable to have an old warhorse who knew the ropes. A combination of new and old personalities is always welcome, as long as there is always someone new. The priorities of any School Board should be three things: € The best education available for students. € The best teachers available, paid a fair wage, but fully accountable for their performance and the ability to replace them when necessary. € The best value for taxpayers; forget the feel-good frills and education fads; concentrate on a useful education for all students which doesnt include underwater basket weaving classes, but does include classes about art, music and living and work skills. In the School Boards history since the school superintendent changed from an elected to appointed post, the board has made some terrible choices to lead the school system, from a maniacal despot who instituted a reign of terror on his former fellow workers to a Looney Toon who had no sense of reality, but knew how things were done in LaLa Land. One thing the School Board has to do is start getting the superintendent selection process right. Jacksonville is not a backwater town where superintendents should come to get their “ rst taste of leadership or come to end their careers quietly without major challenges. Jacksonville is a dynamic city deserving dynamic leadership to provide the best academic system possible for our children. If we go cheap today on the school system, we are merely cheating our future leaders who will be making decisions for us in our later years. Do we want future decisions makers to be well educated or merely products of a school system which can say it did everything using the lowest bidder or cheapest personnel? J. Bruce Richardson is a longtime journalist and consultant who writes in Jacksonville print publications exclusively for RT Publishing, Inc. He has led projects in Washington as well as Ottawa, Canada, and authors an Internet-based transportation column which is read in more than 60 countries. He lives and works in Jacksonville. D L F Drews Law Firm(904) 367-8700 www.DREWSLAW.NET4455 Baymeadows Road Suite 102 Jacksonville, FL 32217 Be Thankful! Michael S. Drews Board Certied in Business Litigation Visit us online!

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We boys always liked that because we were certain we would annihilate those silly girls. All too often, though, we were quickly humbled by our own annihilationƒand I dont think the little red-head ever noticed, either. Imagine that same game, but instead of one rope being tugged from each end, you have three ropes tied together at a center point„or even “ ve, 10 or 100 ropes„a new tug-of-war involving any number of competing sides. Lets also put at the center point one person with all the ropes tied to him or her and all of the competitors pulling in every possible direction. Now say the center person being pulled represents the United States government; the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Baptist Medical Center South, which share a single hospital license, ranked No. 1 among metro Jacksonville hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report annual Best Hospital rankings for 2014-2015. This is the third consecutive year the hospitals have received this honor. Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South also ranked fourth out of more than 260 hospitals in Florida. The Best Hospitals rankings are intended to help patients with life-threatening or rare conditions identify hospitals that excel in treating the most di cult cases, according to U.S. News & World Report. For patients seeking care locally, the U.S. News Best Regional Hospitals highlights high-performing hospitals by state, region and metro area. Hospitals are ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report in 16 specialties including cancer, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South were among 144 facilities in the nation … roughly 3 percent of the 4,743 analyzed … to be ranked as high-performing in one or more of the 16 specialties. These specialties included: € Cancer € Gastroenterology and GI surgery € GeriatricsSan Mateo, Louis Shef“ eld and Southside Estates elementary schools are making the grade, according to the school accountability grades released today by the Florida Department of Education. These schools, which achieved the highest point increases of 112, 111, 105 respectively, earned an A, up from point totals last year that equated to a D letter grade. These gains were achieved under the leadership of principals placed in those schools last year. In Mandarin, Bartram Springs, Greenland Pines, Loretto and Mandarin Oaks elementary schools as well as Mandarin Middle School all earned AŽ grades. Crown Point Elementary, Twin Lakes Academy Elementary and Twin Lakes Academy Middle School each earned a grade of C.Ž High school grades will be released later this year. This environment is ex-E Pluribus Unum: Civics for one and allBy James A. Lee, M.Ed., Ed.D. ABD, jal@rtpublishing.comConstitution, the courts, Congress, the president, all of the agencies and bureaucracies and the states too, of course, all together in one person. Then, all those competitors at each end of all of those ropes are American citizens. At the ends of some ropes are individuals pulling alone, some strong, some weak. At the ends of other ropes are groups of people (we sometimes refer to these as interest groups) teamed up together to improve their chances of winning. But, there are many teams and many individuals of varied strengths making it very di cult for any one competitor to control the government. We have yet another consideration to add to this new playground game: the government itself. It has its own ability to pull in di erent directions. Elected and appointed o cials as well as the sta s in all of those departments, agencies and bureaus, all have their own ability to pull and tug in their own direction. So now that person in the center being tugged at by all of those competitors is no longer one person, but thousands, even hundreds of thousands pulling against everybody else. We just created an extraordinarily complicated and competitive new version of tug-of-war. Way cool! Well, of course, this new game is not so new. It was created in 1789 in Philadelphia. Well-known people like Madison, Hamilton and Franklin along with the less well-known like Ingersoll, Spaight and (my favorite) Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer all contributed to our constitution. Their goal was to create a government that re” ected the will of the people, but would also not be controlled by any one person or group„a many-ended tug-of war, if you will. Thats exactly what we have, of course. A government that is re” ective of our society: diverse, complex, competitive and sometimes downright muleheaded. It is and it always has been. Its called a republic. Just District maintains same percentage of AŽ schools and district grade of CŽactly what Duval County Public Schools seeks to build in all of its schools with an innovative philanthropic initiative, led by the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. Quality Education for All (QEA) is a $50 million investment of private dollars that incents high-performing principals and teachers to serve students in Duvals highest-need schools. We have great challenges in front of us, especially in our historically lower performing and high-poverty schools,Ž said Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Schools. I am proud and grateful for the work that was done in all of our schools. This year was marked by tremendous change from leadership to curriculum. Establishing a new way of work is not easy and likely caused some “ rst-year implementation dips; however, these reforms will better position us for the new Florida standards. The clarity and focus for all of us will be stronger next year and into the future.Ž This is the last year school accountability grades will be calculated using data from student performances on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The FCAT will be replaced by the Florida Standards Assessments. School accountability grades are determined by pro“ ciency in reading, math, writing, and science, overall learning gains in reading and math, and learning gains of the lowest quartile of students, and participation and performance in accelerated courses at the middle school level. In Duval County Public Schools, 30 schools (23 percent) earned an A; 13 schools (10 percent) earned a B; 41 schools (32 percent) earned a C, 28 schools (22 percent) earned a D; and 16 schools (13 percent) received an F. These results do not include charter schools where two (11 percent) are A; three schools (16 percent) are B; six (32 percent) are C; two (11 percent) are D; and six (32 percent) are F. Medical centers No. 1 among Jacksonville hospitals€ Gynecology € Nephrology € Neurology and neurosurgery € Orthopedics € Pulmonology € Urology In addition to receiving the top ranking in the metro area, Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South was ranked nationally among the best hospitals for diabetes and endocrinology for the third consecutive year. In addition, Wolfson Childrens Hospital was once again ranked nationally among the 50 Best Childrens Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery. We pride ourselves on providing the best patient experience while focusing on high-quality outcomes. These rankings are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our employees,Ž said Michael Mayo, hospital president for Baptist Jacksonville. Ron Robinson, hospital president for Baptist South, added, Rankings from a wellknown organization such as U.S News & World Report are always a rming for the wonderfully committed physicians, clinicians and support sta that we have working at Baptist. We always strive to provide excellent care and a high level of patient satisfaction and this ranking is an indicator that we are achieving these results for our community.Ž remember the story of Benjamin Franklin as he left the convention. Someone asked, Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?Ž He responded simply, A republic, if you can keep it.Ž So, everybody, keep on tugging. Advertise inMandarin NewsLineIt’s good for business!886-4919In print or onlineMandarin NewsLine is YOUR Community Newspaper!


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For instance, for many seniors Osteoarthritis is a progressive onset that starts showing up with di culty getting up and down the stairs, on and o the toilet and in reaching items in the lowest cabinets. Barriers in the bathroom may become apparent. Are you still able to safely step over the tub to get a shower? Can you stand in the tub without holding onto something? What about when you close your eyes to wash your hair, are you steady in your balance? Holding onto a towel bar is not a safe way to steady yourself. Can you get through the bathroom door with your walker? Aging-in-Place is taking a good look at your physical needs as you age. Modi“ cations can be done in steps or The 2013-2014 Advanced Placement (AP) scores recently released by The College Board reveal that Duval County Public Schools students are achieving at higher levels. The district posted its highest single year gain in at least a decade. Overall, Duval students passed their AP Exams with a 3, 4 or 5 score at a rate of 37.05 percent, a 28 percent increase from the prior year. In a strategic e ort to place students in the acceleration area where students are likely to be most successful, there was a 16 percent decline in AP participation (number of exams taken) this year. This decrease was deliberate as those students and more participated in other acceleration programs including dual enrollment, Advanced International Certi“ cate of Education (AICE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. The district has already experienced an increase in both participation and performance in these areas over the past year and anticipates greater increases this year when “ nal data is released. This means that more students are taking acceleration courses Members of the Southern Genealogists Exchange Society (SGES) met recently for their monthly business meeting and program at the Mandarin Library in Jacksonville. Mike Lawson, vice president of SGES, introduced guest speakers Gaylord Bridegan from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Ellin Iselin from Florida State College. The presentation that caught everyones attention was entitled, How to use DNA in Genealogy Research.Ž Bridegan opened the event by sharing his DNA report with the audience, noting, As you can see in this report, I have over 1,200 living relatives that have been identi“ ed by matching DNA. Now Im interested in contacting them and getting to know them.Ž Bridegan took the audience from the beginning to the end of the DNA process. Many of his relatives were found all over the world, he said. He further explained that he sent emails to each of the relatives with a list of his surnames in hope that they could “ nd their common ancestry. Then he shared a story about one of his email contacts. One relative responded to his initial message, writing that she had lived in Germany for a few years and that she speaks German. Bridegan shared he too lived in Germany for two years and he speaks German as well. The relative wrote to say she now lives in Florida. Bridegan was excited to further learn his relative lived in Jacksonville the same city as he did, but it Duval County Public Schools post highest single year AP scores gains in a decadeand more are successful in the process. This data is encouraging as it speaks to the fact that we have been successful in increasing access to courses that prepare students for college or the workforce but strategically ensuring that we are placing them on a pathway where they can be most successful,Ž said Superintendent Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti. We have transformed the cookie-cutter, one-size-“ tsall approach to acceleration programming where we treat students as widgets to seemingly increase acceleration participation numbers while students su er. The district is beginning to accomplish both„increase access to acceleration coursework while improving performance.Ž The data further indicates that the number of exams passed this year exceeded last years by 441, even with a reduction of exams attempted. Additionally, the last time Duval County Public Schools had fewer than 20,000 AP tests administered was 2006-2007 where even less exams were taken and the passing rate during that school-year was 28.81 percent, 8.24 percentage points lower than this years accomplishment. Notable performance increases at the school level (with a minimum of 50 passing scores) included Mandarin (35 percent), Atlantic Coast (27 percent), First Coast (88 percent), Robert E. Lee (148 percent) and Sandalwood High Schools (71 percent).Aging-in-Place de nedBy Contributing Writer Melanie Carlson RPT, CAPS, ECHM, Staying Homeall at once. If you are able to walk now and get around, you may not need to consider a ramp or chair lift to the second story; however, if you are con“ ned to a wheelchair, doorways may need to be widened and counter tops lowered to accommodate your sitting position. As a homehealth physical therapist, I have seen good and bad modi“ cations. Without taking the individual physical needs of the individual, serious mistakes can be made and money wasted. Always consult a professional with a CAPS (Certi“ ed Aging in Place Specialist) designation. This professional has been trained in assessing the needs unique to older adult. For additional information, please contact melwes1981@ Genealogists Exchange Society hosts guest speakerswas the next email that really surprised him„she said, I think were colleagues at the same college.Ž Sure enough, Iselin and Bridegan both taught classes at Florida State College for years without knowing they were related to each other. Now they are the best of friends and sharing their message on the importance of DNA in genealogical research. The audience was enthusiastically engaged in the subject matter. Many people wanted to know about paternity testing and how DNA could tell them where their ancestors came from. Bridegan stated that DNA testing is becoming more popular, cheaper and easier to do. Iselin made the point that the paper trail is important also and that we shouldnt rely just on DNA results alone. She used her DNA information and compared it to some family photographs; it was easy to see the inherited features of her relatives, one to another. Iselin encouraged the audience to get their DNA tested saying, I hope each of you will take advantage of this opportunity to get to know your living relatives, after all, they may have some genealogy to share with you.Ž The presenters concluded their remarks by saying that DNA testing is a wonderful tool that can help people discover their living relatives no matter where they are. After the inspiring presentation, the speakers were given an energetic round of applause by a large group of genealogists and other interested people. Mandarin NewsLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads I Need a Home!Call for viewing and adoption: 725-8766 BabyDomestic Shorthair Mix Female 8 years old Spayed Mandarin ParkBeginners welcome! Just show up!Shuffleboard! 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Peel the garlic cloves and place them around the sides of the cooker. Cover the cooker and If youve ever shopped for a hearing aid, youve no doubt encountered a very confusing marketplace. As hearing aid technologies have continued to advance, so too have the number of avenues to purchase a hearing aid. Online solicitors (many of which are illegal), chain hearing aid stores, drug stores o ering personal sound ampli“ ers,Ž warehouse clubs, insurance companies advertising discountedŽ mail-order devices and medical practices Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of a healthy diet, but many people do not eat the recommended number of servings of produce. Thats especially true among growing children, who can bene“ t greatly from the vitamins and nutrients fruits and vegetables provide. According to the latest data from the NPD Group, a market research “ rm, Americans eat a little more than half a cup of fruit and a cup of vegetables per day. This is less than half of what the government recommends. Anyone who eats roughly 2,000 calories per day should strive to consume between two to three cups of vegetables and two cups of fruit per day. Produce helps to “ ght disease because it contains healthy antioxidants, “ ber, minerals and vitamins. Eating four cups per day may seem di cult, but there are many ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into everyday recipes. € Substitute pureed fruit, like “ gs, pears and apples, for oil in recipes for cakes and cookies. This will ensure the baked goods are moist but with a lot less fat. € Add fresh berries or raisins to breakfast cereals and oatmeal. € Add cauli” ower or squash to boiled potatoes before mashing them to increase the nutritional punch and ” avor $3 Off Lunch or Dinner Specialwith purchase of two lunch or dinner entrees Excludes Speedy Gonzalez and Daily Lunch Specials. 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Serve with sweet potatoes fries and slaw. For you beef lovers, heres one recipe to just ladle over noodles. Serve with a can on green veggies and you have a great meal! Burgundy Beef 1 boneless beef chuck pot roast 1 can beef mushroom soup 1 can creamy onion soup 1 cup mushrooms or chopped onion (optional) Trim excess fat from meat. Cut meat into one-inch pieces. Place in slow cooker. Stir in soups. Cover and cook on low for nine hours. Theres nothing like a slow cooker to make your day easy; just add sides like bag salad, rice noodles and veggies to make your family a healthy meal. Stay tuned to my column each month for additional easy whip it upŽ goodies!Shopping for a hearing aid? Here are some tipsBy Contributing Writer William J. Eblin, Jr., AuD., CCC-A, F-AAA, ABA, Lead Clinical Audiologist, Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Instituteare all competing for your business. Navigating this landscape can be a di cult, frustrating endeavor. Approaching a hearing aid purchase, like any other retail transaction, can be dangerous and lead to poor outcomes. Remember, hearing loss is a medical condition and should be evaluated by an audiologist and physician who is trained in ear disorders. We agree with Consumer Reports (Consumer Reports, July 2009, How to buy a hearing aidŽ) that the best place to obtain a hearing aid is a medical practice where physicians and audiologists work together. In this case, patient safety is held paramount and comprehensive evaluation precedes any hearing aid sales pitches. It is also important to consider service when purchasing a hearing aid. Research shows that patients who receive best practice dispensing techniques are happier with their devices and require less follow up visits. Unfortunately, only about onethird of hearing care practices employ best practice measures. This often leads to unnecessary appointments and hearing aids that sit in the patents drawer. In addition, it is bene“ cial to choose a clinic that o ers hearing aids from multiple manufacturers. No one hearing aid manufacturer has a product suitable for every individual patient. Ultimately, its important to “ nd a professional who youre comfortable with. Fitting a hearing aid is a process, and youll likely visit your professional several times a year. When properly adjusted, hearing aids can signi“ cantly improve your quality of life. For additional information, please contact to sneak fruits and vegetables into any recipe of mashed potatoes. € Blend fruits and vegetables to create smoothies for breakfast or lunch on the go. € Bake hearty mu ns or breads with sweet potato or carrots in the batter. € Mix stewed tomatoes in with your broth soup base to make a vegetable or chicken soup even more nutritious. € Opt for vegetables piled high atop a slice of pizza in lieu of meats or extra cheese. € Divide your dinner plate into quadrants, “ lling half of the plate with vegetables, one quarter with meat and the remainder with a whole grain. € Replace lettuce on a sandwich or burger with a fresh leaf of spinach. While youre dressing your sandwich, add a slice of tomato, too. € Substitute fresh vegetables and fruit slices for chips when serving dips and salsas. Kale chips are growing in popularity. € Give children a cup of sliced grapes with their lunches as a refreshing and healthy snack. 8 Shred vegetables into a hearty slawŽ and top it with a vinaigrette or a typical mayonnaise-based dressing. € Blend other vegetables into your pasta sauce. € Use vegetables instead of pasta in traditional dishes. Layer eggplant slices to make a lasagna. Or use a spiral slicer to slice zucchini or carrots when making homemade noodles. € Fruit salad is often a refreshing snack or dessert. Having fruit already diced in a large bowl makes it more convenient to eat and possibly more enticing to children. 8 Make a vegetable roll-up, “ lling pizza dough with broccoli or spinach and shredded cheese. € Mix together an avocado, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 1/4 cup honey to create a healthy alternative to chocolate pudding. € Use pureed vegetables to thicken cheese sauce for macaroni and cheese recipes. € Shred vegetables and add them to beaten eggs for omelets or scrambles. need customers?886-4919 Businessnot as bigas it used to be?Call for a free consultation & we’ll work at increasing your business!Mandarin NewsLine886-4919


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The island offers attractions that range from the adventurous (like the underground caves, zip-lining and rappelling) to the historic, 500year old walls of the El Morro fort, part of the United States National Park system. There are plenty of options between the two extremes, but here are my top reasons to visit Puerto Rico. 1. No passport is needed as Puerto Rico is a United States territory. 2. There is no need to exchange money, just use your United States dollars. 3. Getting there is fast and easy, especially on direct ” ights. JetBlue runs a non-stop from Jacksonville to San Juan for around $400. Flights to some other Caribbean islands require ” ying “ rst to Miami, then transferring to smaller airlines and possibly shuttling again via a ferry boat. 4. The Caribbean waters Northeast Florida Conservatory was recently awarded grants from Hall-Halliburton Foundation for $35,000, including $10,000 for Lauras Friends, the philanthropic outreach project to take music to the underprivileged and $25,000 for the conservatorys mission to bring music to the community. Presenting the checks to Executive Director Richard Dickson are Fran Moulder and Mark Pavlik from the Foundation board.10 reasons to visit Puerto RicoBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.comthat surround Puerto Rico shimmer crystal clear and soft; white sand beaches beg you to go barefoot. All water sports are possible, including sur“ ng or rental of any equipment. 5. Puerto Rice is among the top 10 places worldwide to see a rain forest and El Yunque Tropical Rainforest is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest system. The display of colorful green foliage bursts with sound of Coqui, the song of the local tree frogs. Youll “ nd with a variety hiking trails, from easy to di cult, scenic waterfalls, a helpful introductory movie in the Visitor Center. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Puerto Rican Parrot, an endangered species only found here. Dress for wet conditions as El Yunque receives 100 billion gallons of precipitation per year. De“ nitely my favorite attraction on the island. 6. Bioluminescent bay kayak or boat tours. After sunset, the sky and waters emit a blue glow from the half-plant, halfanimal microorganisms. Stir up the water with an oar and see bioluminescent dino” agellates living in the bay. Very cool! 7. Taste ” avorful food. Start your day with robust co ee, grown on the island. By afternoon youll be ready for a laid back rum punch. Island rum wont break your budget. Consider a culinary tour or cooking class and discover delicious cuisine with a Caribbean kick. 8. Puerto Ricos geographic position made San Juan one of the key historic outposts of Spains West Indies dominions. San Juan National Park includes two forts, both larger than Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, but very similar. Castillo San Cristbal helped guard the city from land attacks while Castillo San Felipe del Morro guards at the entrance to the San Juan Bay. 9. Puerto Rico is a golfers dream with 15 world class courses. Serious enthusiasts can arrange to stay in one of the fabulous all-inclusive resorts. 10. Resplendent resorts can be found throughout the island to meet any budget or extravagance. For ease, some lie very near the San Juan airport, so only a short taxi ride is needed. Mandarin NewsLine is YOUR Community Newspaper! Send us your community news! Tell our advertisers you saw them inMandarinNewsLine Support our fine Advertisers!

PAGE 11 € August 2014 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 11 Come visit our well trained, caring, and compassionate sta. Dr. Samira Meymand Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon AUGUST SPECIALS: FREE WISDOM TOOTH CONSULTATIONS $200.00 OFF DENTAL IMPLANTS Call for appointment today!(904) 886-2667Board Certied Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon 11571 San Jose Blvd, Unit 1, Jacksonville FL 2014 Top Doctor in Jacksonville Magazine Water... Water... Everywhere!Kathie & Neil McGuinness8702 Perimeter Park Blvd. Jacksonville, Fl 32216 ~ 2690 State Road 13 Switzerland ~ $1,099,999 Old FloridaŽ at its best! Located home has been updated with a MLS# 723199 ~ 10 10th St., #51, Atlantic Beach ~ $659,000 MLS# 716139 The South Mandarin Branch Library celebrated Independence Day with a concert by the Navy Band on Saturday, July 5. The NAS Jacksonville Navy Band played patriotic music to the delight of an audience of 50 adults and kids. Those attending the festivities were also treated to displays on the history of the American ” ag and the American Revolution, refreshments, face painting and craft making. An added bonus was the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Jim Patterson in costume. Patterson is a retired librarian who works as a part-time library clerk at the branch. What a wonderful way to celebrate Americas 238th birthday. Happy Birthday, USA from the South Mandarin Branch Library! The Mandarin and South Navy Band celebrates USA Birthday at the South Mandarin Branch LibraryBy Contributing Writer Lynne Baldwin, Branch Manager/Senior Librarian, Mandarin Branch LibraryMandarin Branch Libraries are Early Voting Sites for 2014 Primary Election taking place August 15 through August 24. The Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, August 26. Other Early Voting Sites include the Supervisor of Elections Main O ce, the Argyle Library, the Beaches Library, Bradham-Brooks Library, Gateway Town Center, Highlands Library, Legends Community Center, the Main Library, Murray Hill Library, Oceanway Community Center, Pablo Creek Library, Regency Library, San Marco Library, Southeast Library, University Park Library, WebbWesconnett Library and the West Regional Library. The hours of operation for the Early Voting are 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., but please be aware, times may be subject to change. Please note that anyone registered to vote in the State of Florida and living in Duval County may vote at any Early Voting site during Early Voting. And dont forget that the General Election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections Main O ce at 630-1414. Computer classes will now be o ered each Wednesday at the Mandarin Library from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. beginning on August 6. E-library Specialist Donna Peretzman will continue to o er computer training each Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Mandarin and each Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at South Mandarin. For a complete schedule of computer classes and appointments, please call the Mandarin Library at 2625201 and the South Mandarin Branch Library at 288-6385. The Mandarin Branch Library Book Club will be discussing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin on Thursday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. The discussion is always lively and stimulating. Come join the fun on Thursday, August 6 at the Mandarin Branch Library. What better way to spend the lazy hazy crazy days of Library Clerk Jim Patterson reads the Declaration at the Independence Day Celebration at the South Mandarin Branch Library on July 5summer than by reading a really great book? Here are some recommendations from the sta at the Mandarin Branch Library: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd Natchez Burning by Greg Iles The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (movie adaptation directed by Angelina Jolie will be released in December) Saras Key by Tatiana de Rosnay The Senators Wife by Sue Miller Star Trek: The Shocks of Adversity by William Leisner All of these titles are available at the Jacksonville Public Library. If you arent a member of the Jacksonville Public Library, you dont know what you are missing! Stop by your local library and get a library card. Its the best value in town. The Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 5 at the South Mandarin Branch Library featuring music by the Navy Band. Branch Manager Keli Likins is pictured with the Navy Band. Student Writers Needed! MHS & ACHS students needed to write monthly columns on general school happenings and school sports. Perfect for those who would like pursue a career in journalism! Contact Martie Thompson


Page 12, Mandarin NewsLine € August 2014 € 904-268-5211 Free Moen chrome shower valve and trim (value of $250.00) Tub to Shower Conversion Starting at: $3490.00 (up to the removal of a 60Ž x 30Ž bath tub and tile to 84Ž high) @ Roger D. Robinson Jr., D.M.D., M.S.Michael A. Chanatry, D.D.S Phone: (904) 737-2040 3595 Cardinal Point Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32257 Specializing in Periodontics and Dental Implant Services for over 30 years. On July 3, an energetic group of residents at Wyndham Lakes Senior Living community in Mandarin put on a patriotic show that raised the roof with a full house that left standing room only! The show was complemented by surprise guest Lady Liberty (resident Vy Shutterly) and Uncle Sam (resident Steve Halleck). Pre-show entertainment was provided by our Patriotic clown Pixzy, also known as volunteer Judy Ricket while complimentary miniature ” ags and patriotic beads were distributed by resident Glenda Norton. The show featured many di erent and unique talents that were introduced by our lovely mistress of ceremonies, resident Marion Higgins. The show started with resident and veteran Ray Theidke proudly leading the audience in the The Pledge of AllegianceŽ followed by lovely resident Maniah Kanawall leading the audience in the National Anthem with volunteer Frank Favale on the piano. Yankee Doodle DandyŽ was colorfully performed by residents Loretta Tirado, Vy Shutterly and Betty Bell. There were poems beautifully recited by resident Patriotism at its nest!By Contributing Writer Nancy Cross Pixy clowning around at the Patriotic Show Our MC practicing her lines The stars of the Wyndham Lakes Patriotic Show were surprised with a pizza party!Purnell Collicut, veteran Tom Begley, veteran Steve Halleck and Eleanor Simangan„and we all learned to enjoy ourselvesŽ through a comical solo performed by a resident called Lady Bug! We all learned some interesting facts about the Fourth of July through residents Melba Lovett and Bill Williams followed by three lively melodies performed on the harmonica by resident Steve Ligeikis that brought a lot of toe tapping and clapping from the audience. Resident Betty Bell intrigued everyone with her solos, Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the MorningŽ and Its a Grand Old Flag.Ž The participants of the show gallantly lead the audience with God Bless AmericaŽ and Battle Hymn of the Republic,Ž accompanied by Frank Favale on the piano. There was a fascinating speed painting of the Statue of Liberty that was painted in under two minutes by our lovely volunteer Juliana; everyone was amazed! She also signed and donated the painting to Wyndham Lakes. The program wound down with residents Loretta Tirado and Tom Begley singing This is My CountryŽ during which residents Bill Williams and Steve Ligeikis, both veterans, unveiled the Wyndham Lakes Veterans Wall,Ž which is a veterans recognition project created by Wyndham Lakes associates Julie Davidson, Amanda Ferranti and Nancy Cross. The veterans wall consist of photographs of Wyndham Lakes veterans and their branch of service; the wall will hang in our main lobby to remind our veterans, guests and family members of much we appreciate them! For the “ nale of the show, all participants sang a variety of patriotic songs accompanied by volunteer Frank Favale on the piano and audience participation. The following week there was a pizza party for the participants and appreciation awards, sponsored by Wyndham Lakes associate Julie Davidson, that were distributed to all participants for their dedication and hard work to make this “ rst ever Resident Patriotic ShowŽ a huge success! The Mandarin Womens Club had a large group of ladies playing Mexican Train on Wednesday, May 21 at the home of Fran Walch and since it was her birthday, she got a basket full of birthday cards! Pictured are: Ginny Brunzel, birthday girl and hostess Fran Walch, Tess Hart-Ross, Diane Frisco, Elly Willis and Martha Bowen. This is just one of the activities the friendly ladies of the Mandarin Womens Club enjoy! Others include Bunco, bridge, dining out, game night, antique shopping and travel excursions to interesting places. Luncheons with informative programs are held each month from September through May, but not during the summer; however, we are still open to new members and always welcome any and all ladies who would like to join the fun regardless of where they live. Were always eager to meet new friends! For further information about the club and how to join, please call Suelynn at 571-0730. Check out the Mandarin Womens Club!

PAGE 13 € August 2014 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 13 AdvertismentDr. Thomas and his wife Tracy have been involved with chiropractic and alternative health care for over fteen years. Throughout that time they have served in many different capacities focused on one main objective, changing health outcomes for everyone they meet. Recently the couple took the greatest step forward by opening Vibrant Life Health Center in the Jullington Creek … Mandarin area of Jacksonville Florida. Vibrant Life Health Center seeks to passionately and sincerely inspire, empower, and heal families, friends, patients, and people within the community they have yet to meet so everyone can achieve complete health in their lives. The Health Center offers a comprehensive list of services that include: vous system function and proper biomechanics throughout the body. back pain, neck pain, and extremity dysfunction. for professional, amateur, and school age athletics. hormonal and neurotransmitter disruptions that block fat burning and result in challenging health issues. nology and essential oils for customized health plans to address numerous health challenges Vibrant Life Health Center is the result of events that occurred in the couples life that led to what they call The end of the road for modern medical careŽ regarding health challenges Tracy experienced. They came to a point were their General Practitioner, deliverer of their four children, and personal friend told them that there was nothing more the medical model could do and that they would need to seek alternative health care. a journey, and mission, that not only cured Tracy of her issues and addressed health challenges the children had; but, created a new denition of Health and Wellness. Health and Wellness is not the absence of pain or sickness, its not taking prescriptions that snowball into more and more prescriptions. Health and Wellness is knowing how well your nervous system is functioning, what goes into your body, and onto your skin. It is choices; making better bad choices, reading labels and ingredients, walking or just moving to the best of your ability. It is making a plan with real measurable outcomes. you and develop a plan for you to achieve a balanced healthy life. The Third Thursday Lecture for the month of August will be held on August 21 with refreshments served beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 7:00 p.m. This month the focus will be on Hurricane Dora. Dora was the “ rst recorded hurricane to strike northeast Florida … and there has not been another storm this strong in the last 50 years. Millions of dollars in damages occurred across the county, including Mandarin. Thankfully no one in Not many boat operators navigate extremely inebriated or stoned. Unfortunately, many do make the decision to propel power and sail craft after having a few drinks or a drug and that can a ect them, passengers, other boats, skiers and swimmers. Florida law states for Boating Under the In” uence (BUI): € It is a violation to operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or other drugs. A vessel operator suspected of BUI must submit to sobriety tests and a physical or chemical test to determine bloodor breath-alcohol content (BAC). € A vessel operator is presumed to be under the in” uence if their BAC level is at or above .08. € Any person under 21 years of age having a BAC of .02 or higher and operates or is in actual physical control of a vessel is in violation. Tables will show you technically how much intake raises your BAC, but what they dont “ gure are the conditions that increase BAC … sun, wind, medications and fatigue. The Auxiliary doesnt enforce laws and is interested as a supporter of boating safety. That perspective and good old logic dictate that the best policy is for operators to not use or have recently used alcohol or illegal drugs. BUI has improved markedly since 1983. That year the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that at least 33 percent of all people killed in recreational boating accidents had a BAC of 0.10 percent or higher. That BAC was the general State of Florida de“ nition of intoxication of motor vehicle drivers. In 2013, nine people died from boating accidents in Florida related to alcohol and Third Thursday Lecture: Remembering Hurricane DoraJacksonville was killed, but ” ooding and downed trees made life very di cult for those who were here. Mandarin Road was blocked in many places by huge live oak limbs. The Church of Our Saviour lost its sanctuary, including the Stowe Window made of beautiful stained glass by the Ti any Company, due to a hickory tree falling directly on it. The Mandarin Community Club parking lot and the Mandarin Store and Post O ce were covered in fallen trees, limbs and Spanish moss. Electricity was out for a week or more for most families. Winds reached 70 to 115 mph. It was fortunate that only a few thousand people resided in this then-rural community. If the same storm passed through here today, with 80,000 people and dense services and housing, it would be a worse outcome than in 1964. Hear George Winterling (in a very recently recorded interview on DVD), discuss his experience with Hurricane Dora at the August Third Thursday Lecture. Winterling was the WJXT meteorologist and the only one to accurately predict the path of this storm. He was well known, beloved and trusted because of this throughout his long career. He explains in this interview how he made the right call and warned people to be ready. Also at the lecture will be several long-time residents who lived through the storm, sharing their memories of what happened and how they coped. Photographs of damage in the area will be on display. Presented by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society in partnership with the Mandarin Community Club, the program will be held at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Road. For more information, please call 268-0784. Learn more about these organizations at and States Coast Guard Auxiliary updateBoating dryŽBy Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8drug use. That represents 15 percent of the states annual boating fatalities. Many others were injured and property damaged. No doubt, many escaped arrest after causing havoc. The last weekend in June, law enforcement agencies participated in the nationwide Operation Dry Water to increase BUI enforcement and raise awareness. O cers always look for BUIs. If caught you may be “ ned and jailed, your boat may be seized and you could lose your boating privileges. Being under the in” uence of alcohol or drugs impairs a boat operators vision and reaction time and they are susceptible to injuries or falling overboard because of impaired coordination and balance. Check out the operation and BAC tables at: Experienced boat operators teach our About Boating Safely course at the Florida Tackle and Gun Club, located at 9010 San Jose Boulevard. Please call Bob at 721-1346 to reserve a place in the August 9 class or check our website at got news?


Page 14, Mandarin NewsLine € August 2014 € Back to School Guide BIOFEEDBACK ASSOCIATESof Northeast FloridaMOST INSURANCES The American Academy of Pediatricians has given neurofeedback the highest grading of effectiveness for ADD/ADHD. Provides a non-drug approach for diagnosing and treating ADD/ADHD and is based on research that has been widely replicated all over the world. ADD/ADHD without MEDICATIONSOther bene“ts include: completed Fall Registration (Across from Zaxbys) (Classes Begin August 25) ( C l a s s e s B e g i n A u g u s t 2 5 ) Mandarin Oaks Elementarys Extended School Year program for students in Exceptional Student Education commenced on July 2. Every year, students from various schools take part in the extra academic support offered. Students in Elizabeth Cunninghams class were engaged in computer lessons speci cally targeting the needs of the students who are using them. Technology is incorporated into lessons to reinforce skills learned in class. Activities like these will ensure that they will be ready to go once school begins in August.Students learn many important lessons while in middle school and high school. Assignments get progressively more di cult and students grow accustomed to being independent thinkers and largely responsible for their educational accomplishments. In addition, students may learn other lessons, such as how organization can play a critical role in success and bene“ t them both in the classroom and out of it. Students are typically introduced to lockers during high school or middle school. As elementary school students, kids use classroom desks to store books and supplies and how desks are organized is often governed by teachers who have “ rm rules regarding the condition of desks. Lockers are an entirely di erent story. Students are solely responsible for organizing and maintaining their lockers and may be tasked with following a few rules set forth by the school. Students may overlook the importance of organized lockers and in such instances lockers can easily become disaster areas. But a messy locker can add unnecessary stress to a school day. Getting lockers organized requires some e ort and upkeep. € Color code the locker. Grouping subjects by color can make it easier to “ nd notebooks, textbooks and folders in a locker. If materials necessary for math class are colored in red, students can quickly “ nd these materials en route to class. € Remove trash. Remove anything that does not belong in the locker, including garbage and old projects. Students should not use their lockers to store items they dont need for school. That only takes away space for the stu kids do need for class. € Group according to schedAn organized locker can lead to an organized studentule. In addition to employing a color-coding system, students also can group books by daily schedule. Organize the locker based on which classes are held in the morning and afternoon. This makes it less likely that students will forget supplies they need for class. € Think about extra accessories. Lockers have the basics, which are usually a shelf and a hook for coats. All sorts of locker accessories exist to customize the interior. An extra shelf may be helpful for storing books or smaller supplies. Look into a message board or more hooks that can be hung on the inside of the door. Figure out what your child can use to keep items from piling up on the ” oor. € Develop a maintenance plan. Old assignments may begin to accumulate inside a locker. This can be remedied by maintaining a cleaning schedule for a locker. A few minutes each week can keep a locker clean and clear of clutter. Mandarin’s Family Friendly Community Newspaper!Check out each issue to see someone you know! Share your community news! Mandarin NewsLine

PAGE 15 € August 2014 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 15 Back to School Guide Convenient Appointments Before & After Work or School! Call today for your FREE consultation! With the school year quickly approaching, marching season is gearing up for the Mandarin Mustangs. Two weeks of rigorous camp are designed to perfect the Mandarin marching style. These two weeks are spent with the goal in mind of completing the whole show, with the whole band, in just one week! With leadership taking the reins, steering the Marching Mustangs, this goal could possibly be reached this year. In the past years the Marching Mustangs have come closer and closer to this goal and this could be the year they accomplish such a daunting feat! Although the goal for band camp is to complete the show, the returning veterans are all aiming to make this years performance even better than last years. To accomplish this everyone has to put in 110 percent„not just during practice, but also at home memorizing the music. With these goals in mind Students at Mandarin Oaks Elementary celebrated the heat of summer with their annual Water Fest Day in July. Each year, students in Extended Day Summer Camp have an opportunity to enjoy a day in the sun with water slides, games, and sno-cones. All hands were on deck with over 100 students who participate in the camp each year.MHS Mustang Band updateBy Contributing Writer Dawn Childress Mandarin Band drum majors, Matt and Hailey, attending an FSU leadership camp to become better leaders for the Mustang Band.and the amount of time and dedication needed to pursue them, the band becomes a close knit family unit. Amazing friends are met due to the amount of time spent working on the show and going to competitions; bonds are quickly formed that last a lifetime. These bonds are what make band special. You will not “ nd a closer group at Mandarin High, where they openly accept everyone walking through their doors. Hail to the Band! If you would like to know more about the Mustang Bands performances and schedule, please visit their website at Bus Stop = Must Stop!Please drive carefully near bus stops! Back to School Guide Call (904) 886-4919 Appearing again next issue! Dont miss out!


Page 16, Mandarin NewsLine € August 2014 € JDC Educational Enterprises, IncLending a Helping Hand to Families Specializing in reading, language arts, writing, social studies, and study and organizational skills for grades K-12.Deborah Hansen (904) 568-0786 Back to School Guide At San Jose Episcopal Day School, academic excellence begins with our unique preschool program that is fueled by creativity, individualized attention and fun! We provide an exceptional educational experience that prepares students to excel at the areas most prestigious secondary schools. Come see for yourself why an education at San Jose Episcopal Day School is an investment in a brighter future.SJEDS welcomes quali“ ed applicants in grades Pre-K3 through 6 without regard to race, sex, creed, religion or national origin. Accredited by FCIS, FKC, SACS and the Board of Regents of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. (And thats all before lunch time.) 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Sporty types enjoyed outdoor activities such as ” ag football, Team Playball, volleyball and archery. Art, Camp Yummy and an American Girl Doll book club were popular choices among our creative campers, while our youngest campers participated in age-appropriate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities. For our mad scientists, LEGO robotics, video game design and chemical engineering were cool ways to spend hot days. Campers also enjoyed “ eld trips to Sally Corporation, JAXEX at Craig Airport and Peterbrooke Chocolatier, as well as visits from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and the Jacksonville Sheri s O ce. Also, we are welcoming a If you want the sky to be your limit and are between the ages of 12 and 19, you now have a unique opportunity. If you are interested in ” ying, learning to lead, getting in shape and pushing yourself to new limits, you can now take to the sky by joining the new Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Program in Fruit Cove. Called the Fruit Cove Flight, it is an extension of the CAP St. Augustine Composite Squadron. The Civil Air Patrol took ” ight in the late 1930s when more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and ” ying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Today CAPs aerospace education e orts have become the focus of many CAP cadets. The programs ensure that all CAP members, both seniors and cadets, have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program. Workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology. Fifteen year-old Fruit Cove Flight Cadet Sta Sergeant Katrina Diduryk says about the aerospace programs, I like participating in the aerospace program and ” ying the most about the Civil Air Patrol.Ž She continues with a sparkle in her eyes, I recently got to go on glider rides and in an airplane. Summer Encampment at Camp Blanding was also a lot of fun.Ž The bene“ ts of CAP are best expressed by Fruit Cove Flight Commander 1st Lieutenant Al Uy SER-173, What the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for the youth provides is strong guidance on good leadership principles, physical and mental discipline and it promotes education. Youth that come into the CAP inherently attach themselves to something they enjoy outside of school„activities such as marching, learning about ” ight dynamics, search and rescue, Summer camp fun at schoolfew new hires: Patti Price, formerly of Southside United Methodist Preschool, joins the SJEDS family as our Pre-K 4 teacher. Kelly Gallagher, formerly of Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, joins our “ rst grade team. Ana Ponce-Henriquez, formerly of Duval Charter School at Baymeadows, has been hired as our Spanish teacher. Rebecca Hare has been named assistant director of extended day. Ellie Longstreth, recent graduate of Ole Miss and an SJEDS alumnus, joins the extended day team. We are thrilled to announce that Brandon Foster, who has been one of our sixth grade teachers for the past several years, will be stepping up as physical education teacher in addition to sixth grade math.Reach the sky with the Civil Air Patrol Fruit Cove FlightBy Karl Kennellbuilding the community and other aspects of CAP.Ž Or as 12 year-old Cadet Airman Basic Christian Sexton sums it up, It is a great way to get to know people. De“ nitely a lot of fun!Ž To become a cadet, you must be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets meet every Tuesday night in Fruit Cove. The meeting place is located in building Annex 106, Oak Leaf Lane and North Ridgecrest Lane from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. For more directions and information, contact Lt. Al Uy at auy@” Also, check out www.gocivilairpatrol. com. One of the greatest feelings is seeing when they have achieved their next rank, the smile on their face when their parents or other cadets pin the new rank on their collar. We have a lot of Kodak moments,Ž Uy said, sharing his pride.Cadet Katrina Diduryk

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This year, the penalty was reduced to approximately $300,000. Reducing the penalty this past year was accomplished through extensive work completed by principals and school and district sta ,Ž said Superintendent Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti. Last year, the board and I made a commitment to reduce the penalty and be in fuller compliance with the class size mandate. The savings will mitigate the anticipated revenue loss from charter school enrollment on the district-wide budget.Ž During the 2013-14 school year, Duval County Public Schools increased the number of classes in compliance by 15 percentage points from 80 percent in 2012-13 to 95 percent in 2013-14. This is the highest compliance rate the district has accomplished since compliance was measured at the classroom level rather than the school level in 2010-11. The district went from 8,483 sections out of compliance in 2012-13 to 1,075 sections in 2013-14, an 87 percent decrease. Moving into 2014-15, the board and superintendent have strategically decided to shift the focus of class size to the school level as a result of the new theme status of all district schools. This strategy will allow Children who are not regularly consuming a healthy and balanced diet may not be receiving the nutrients su cient for sustained energy and mental acuity. Junk food and high-sugar snacks can a ect the body in a number of ways. A 2009 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that children who routinely ate a diet high in junk foods were more likely to be hyperactive than those who did not. Hyperactive children may struggle to concentrate on simple tasks or “ nd it di cult to focus on more complex matters, such as those presented in a classroom. The Womens and Childrens Health Network notes that diet can in” uence childrens study habits. Foods high in sugar can deplete energy levels and compromise a students ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. In an Oxford University study published in FASEB Journal in 2009, researchers tested the cognitive e ects a high fat and junk food diet had on rats. After nine days, the rats that ate the junk food were put into a maze and tested against rats that ate a more balanced diet. Rats fueled by the junk food struggled to navigate the maze and made more mistakes than the rats that were given a healthy diet. Concentration is not the only problem linked to a poor diet. Children who regularly eat junk food have a higher risk for obesity and other conditions. According to the Prevention Institute, junk food shoulders some of the blame for rising rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke, and children who regularly consume junk food have higher rates of chronic illness. Children who are routinely sick and have to stay home from Class size e orts by DCPS result in penalty decrease schools to focus on reducing the teacher to student ratio in all classes, not just those mandated by the state to meet class size. Despite reducing class sizes in those classes mandated by the state to be lower, we listened to stakeholders this past year who felt that the logistics that must be used to make class size at the classroom level district-wide was too disruptive to the learning environment,Ž said Vitti. By making class size at the school average, we will limit the disruption at the school level with less movement of teachers and students from one classroom to another.Ž First Day of SchoolDuval County Public SchoolsAugust 18 Diet can help or hinder children in the classroomschool may miss important lessons and fall behind in their studies. Childrens obesity that is linked to poor food choices may have higher levels of depression and poor self-esteem. These psychological conditions can have their own profound e ects on learning ability and concentration. Disinterest in school or in being around peers may set in. Nutritionists at The Mayo Clinic say that eating high amounts of junk food may result in depression. The e ects of junk food and other dietary choices can easily be changed by altering a childs eating habits. Children who eat foods made from complex nutrients often experience a renewed ability to concentrate and focus. Diets high in complex carbohydrates, “ ber, lean protein, fruits and vegetables will release a steady supply of energy through bodily metabolism and this will help prevent the blood sugar peaks and crashes associated with foods high in re“ ned sugar and simple carbohydrates. The addition of omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in walnuts, oily, cold-water “ sh, olive oil and ” ax seed, can keep children feeling full and improve their mental acuity. All brands of baby formula currently sold in the United States are now forti“ ed with omega-3 fatty acids in the form of DHA and ARA. Some studies in infants suggest that including these fatty acids in infant formulas may have positive e ects on visual function and neural development over the short term. It can be easy to blame declining school progress on insu cient study habits or poor connection with a teacher. However, a childs diet can help or hinder his or her academic performance as well. Tell our advertisers you saw them in the MandarinNewsLine Support our fine Advertisers!Back to School Guide


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Videos, activities, games, music and much more will be offered. explore. learn. play. grow. WWW.THELEARNINGEXPERIENCE.COM904-880-169511945 San Jose Blvd. Suite 500 Jacksonville, FL 32223 LICENSE NUMBER: C04DU1056 Mark Spivaks Institute &Dance Extension Register for Fruit Cove, Mandarin, Julington Creek or Tumbling Kids! Dates: Visit our website for schedule & Forms | 774 N SR 13 Located half mile from Publix 106 Julington Plaza Corner Racetrack & Flora BranchMandarin 3740 San Jose Blvd. One Block North of Crown Point Oering Outstanding Dance Instruction For All Ages For 3 Decades! Classes Starts Aug. 11th The “ rst day of school brings many changes. Students must acclimate themselves to a new routine and curriculum, while teachers must acquaint themselves with an entirely new crop of students. The “ rst few weeks of school are a time to ease into the coursework and get to know everyones strengths, weaknesses and personality traits. On the “ rst day of school, students may be seated in alphabetical order, but over time seating assignments may change as the teacher quickly learns who is friends with whom, which students tend to be disruptive, which may need extra motivation and which may need to hone their concentration skills. Many teachers “ nd that seating charts make it easier to manage a classroom and facilitate the learning process. But a seating assignment that makes things easier on a teacher does not always bene“ t the student. A 2007 study by Holly Heindselman, Rhemie Mentac and Kristina Wesler at Hanover College found classroom seating arrangement can a ect the level of interaction between teacher and student, which may impact test scores and learning potential. In general, as students sit further away from the action zone,Ž an area of the classroom that comprises the center and the front rows, participation declines and absenteeism increases. Various older studies referenced in the Hanover College material illusTrevor Walsh, a student at UNF and graduate of Bishop John J. Snyder High School (2011), won a prestigious student “ lm competition in Hollywood for his “ lm The Timekeeper.Ž Approximately 120 colleges/universities participate in the annual Campus MovieFest (the worlds largest student “ lm festival) which focuses on short “ lms. Planning time is unlimited, but the movie must be shot within a speci“ c one-week period and the movie must not exceed “ ve minutes in duration. At UNF, there were 68 entries. The TimekeeperŽ won Best Drama,Ž Best ActorŽ (Brian Shields) and received a special award, rarely given at universities, a Silver Tripod AwardŽ for cinematography. Walshs movie and another movie from UNF (Salts) won all the awards and they both advanced to Hollywood to be judged against the winners from other universities. Walsh then learned he was nominated for the Golden Tripod AwardŽ for cinematography. Walsh and his dad, Brian Walsh, ” ew to Hollywood to attend MovieFest where 1,000 delegates attended workshops with presenters such as Grant Heslov (Academy Award winner for Argo ). On June 19, the win-Does seating impact behavior and learning? trated that the distance between a students seat and the teacher a ected test scores. Researchers at Montana State University found seating charts to be very e ective in terms of the comfort, con“ dence and e ectiveness of the teacher. But researchers discovered that teachers were more likely to feel unhappy and uncomfortable in classrooms in which students chose their own seats. But the right seating arrangement can bene“ t students. Students who were not performing well in the classroom performed better on the Montana CriterionReference Test after they were carefully seated by teachers. The results showed that there was a huge attainment increase for those students with lower abilities. In addition, the arranged seating did not have an adverse e ect on the high ability students. But some students prefer to sit where they feel most comfortable. Comfort may play a role in classroom performance and assisting with students ability to maintain their focus. But students who choose their own seats to be close to chatty friends or stare out the window are doing themselves a disservice. Teachers need to weigh the pros and cons of seating charts to determine which method produces the best results in terms of student performance and behavior. Educators may have to experiment with a few di erent arrangements before “ nding a system that works. UNF student wins national lm competition Trevor Walsh with his award for The Timekeeper.Žning movies from the various universities ran simultaneously in three theaters at Universal City Walk. They showed six movies, then question and answer sessions were held featuring the representatives who were present. Walsh was asked about his equipment, lighting used and theme development. Sundays “ nal awards were presented at the Globe Theater with presenters such as Carl Reiner and Kathy Bates. Missi Pyle read the nominations and Walshs competition was from San Francisco State University, San Diego State, South Carolina and Georgia Tech. Then came the announcement: The Golden Tripod Award winner for cinematography was The Timekeeper.Ž Assisting Walsh in the production of The TimekeeperŽ was his friend David Oliveros. Mandarin’s Family Friendly Community Newspaper!Check out each issue to see someone you know! Share your community news! Mandarin NewsLine S t u d e n t Student W r i t e r s Writers N e e d e d Needed!MHS & ACHS students needed to write monthly columns on general school happenings and school sports. Perfect for those who would like pursue a career in journalism! Contact Martie Thompson

PAGE 19 € August 2014 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 19 Back to School Guide Marinela M. Nemetz, D.D.S.Robert J. Nemetz, D.D.S., M.S. | | Mandarin South Business Center Julington CreekSan Jose BoulevardRace Track Rd. Loretto Rd.Less than 1/2 mile from Julington Creek N We are in-network providers with Metlife, Delta, Cigna, United Healthcare and most other PPO Plans. The dawn of a new school year is an exciting time. Kids may not want to say goodbye to days spent lounging by the pool, but such disappointment is often tempered by the prospect of returning to school with friends. For parents, getting kids ready for a new school year is about more than updating their wardrobe or organizing carpools with fellow parents. Re-acclimating kids to the routine of school after a relaxing summer is a signi“ cant undertaking, and the following are a handful of ways for parents to get a head start as the school year draws closer. € Establish a routine over the last few weeks of summer. Summer vacations typically lack the structure of the school year and that lack of structure can help kids unwind and make the most of the freedom that summer vacation provides. But as summer starts to wind down, parents can begin to reintroduce some structure into their kids lives to make the transition back to school How to help kids transition back to the classroom after summergo more smoothly. Plan morning activities so kids can readjust to waking up early each day. In addition, serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time you typically serve it during the school year so kids bodies can begin to readjust as well. € Take kids along when shopping for school supplies. If you plan to buy your child a new computer or other supplies for the upcoming school year, take him or her along on your shopping trips. Kids who get to choose their supplies might be more excited about returning to school than those youngsters who are given what they need without offering their input. € Monitor or assign summer reading. Many students are given summer reading lists to keep their minds sharp over the summer and prepare them for upcoming coursework. Parents should monitor kids progress on such reading lists and even discuss the books with their kids when possible. Read the books along with them if you think it will help engage them. If kids were not assigned summer reading lists at the end of the school year, assign your own books, rewarding kids when they “ nish a new book. Kids who read throughout the summer may be more likely to start the school year o on the right foot than those who dont crack a book all summer. € Encourage kids to sign up for extracurricular activities. Many school-aged athletes get a head start on the new school year by trying out for sports teams. Such tryouts often commence a week or two before a school year is scheduled to begin, and this can help kids ease their way back into the school year. But even nonathletes can begin pursuing extracurricular activities before the “ rst school bell of the year rings. Theater programs may begin auditions or encourage interested youngsters to attend orientation meetings before the dawn of the school year and such sessions can be a great and pressure-free way for kids to ready themselves for a new school year. The arrival of a new school year can be both exciting and daunting. But parents can help their youngsters readjust to school in various ways after a relaxing summer. Want your school’s Good News to appear in Mandarin NewsLine?Let us know what is happening in your school or classroom and we’ll share it with your neighbors in Mandarin!Send an email to editor@ mandarinnewsline.comDeadline is the 10th of each month! Bus Stop = Must Stop!Please drive carefully near bus stops!Happy 150th Birthday DCPS!The year 2014 marks the 150th birthday of Duval County Public Schools. During the spring of 1864, J. M. Hawks opened the rst free public school in the state of Florida in Jacksonville. This year is also the 145th year for the Duval County School Board. In March of 1869, Duval County's rst Board of Public Instruction was appointed by the State Board of Education, with ve members. Later that year, the rst Superintendent of Public Instruction was appointed. Congratulations to Mandarin Library volunteer Dipayan Banerjee, who was selected by the Duval County Public Schools to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) on Business and Innovation held at Stanford University, California from July 16-23, 2014. Banerjee is a senior at Stanton College Preparatory School and has been a volunteer at the Mandarin Branch Library since he was 12. The all-expense paid trip was sponsored by the Duval County Public Schools.


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Start getting ready now: ID your pet: Make sure that your cat or dog is wearing a collar and identi“ cation that is up to date and visible at all times. Youll increase your chances of being reunited with a lost pet by having him or her microchipped. Put your cell phone number on your pets tag. It may also be a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area„in case you have had to evacuate. Put together your disaster kit: Every member of your family should know what he or she needs to take when you evacuate. Youll also need supplies for your pet. Stock up on non-perishables well ahead of time and have everything ready to go at a moments notice. Keep everything accessible and stored in sturdy containers (du el bags, covered trash Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonpro“ t Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white ” owering dogwood trees through the Foundations Trees for America campaign.The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each members area, which falls between October 15 and December 10. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in August!The sixto 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees.Dogwood trees will add color and beauty to your yard throughout the year, with their showy spring ” owers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds in the winter,Ž said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. New members of the Arbor Day Foundation also receive The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care and a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundations bimonthly publication. To receive the free white ” owering dogwood trees, send a $10 membership contribution to: Ten Free Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by August 31, 2014 or join online at list for protecting your pets in a disastercontainers, etc.) that can be carried easily. Any dry pet food should be stored in air-tight containers and refreshed every six months. A basic disaster kit contains food and water for at least “ ve days for each pet, bowls and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food. Keep an extra gallon of water on hand if your pet has been exposed to chemicals or ” ood waters and needs to be rinsed. Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container and a “ rst aid kit. Cat litter box, litter, litter scoop, garbage bags to collect all pets waste. Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets cant escape. Current photos of you with your pets and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated„and to prove that they are yours once youre reunited. Pet beds and toys, if you can easily take them, to reduce stress. Find a safe place to stay ahead of time: Some communities have groups that have solely focused on providing emergency sheltering for pets and other communities simply dont have the resources. Before disaster hits call your local o ce of emergency management to see if you will be allowed to evacuate with your pets and that there will be shelters that take people and their pets in your area. And just to be safe, track down a pet-friendly safe place for your family and pets. If you evacuate, take your pet. Rule number one: If it isnt safe for you, it isnt safe for your pets. Even if you think you will only be gone for a few hours, take your pets. You have no way of knowing how long youll be kept out of the area and you may not be able„or allowed„to go back for your pets. Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed. Those left inside your home can escape through storm-damaged areas, such as broken windows. And pets turned loose to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food or water or accidents. Leaving dogs tied or chained outside in a disaster is a death sentence. Rule number two: Evacuate early. Dont wait for a mandatory evacuation order. Some people who have waited to be evacuated by emergency of“ cials have been told to leave their pets behind. If you stay home, do it safely. If your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together. Make that safe area animal friendly: Close o or eliminate unsafe nooks and crannies where frightened cats may try to hide; move dangerous items such as tools or toxic products that have been stored in the area; be sure to close your windows and doors, stay inside and follow the instructions from your local emergency management o ce. Bring your pets indoors as soon as local authorities say trouble is on the way. Keep pets under your direct control; if you have to evacuate, you will not have to spend time trying to “ nd them. Keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers and make sure they are wearing identi“ cation. If you have a room you can designate as a safe room,Ž put your emergency supplies in that room in advance, including your pets crate and supplies. If there is an open “ replace, vent, pet door or similar opening in the house, close it o with plastic sheeting and strong tape. Listen to the radio periodically and dont come out until you know its safe. Keep taking care even after the disaster. Your home may be a very di erent place after the emergency is over and it may be hard for your pets to adjust. Dont allow your pets to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone and your pet will probably be disoriented. Pets can easily get lost in such situations. While you assess the damage, keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house. If your house is damaged, your pets could escape. Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routines as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems caused by the stress of the situation. If these problems persist or if your pet seems to be having any health problems, talk to your veterinarian. www.Mandarin W W W WWWVisit our website: The term colorblindness is misleading. Many people who are colorblind are actually color de“ cient, which means they have di culty distinguishing certain hues. 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PAGE 21 € August 2014 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 Faith News H H H H H H a a r r d d d d d d a a g g e G G G G G G i i i i i d d d d d d d d d d d d e n n s F F F F F u n n e r r a a l l l l l l H H H H H o o m m e o o f f f f f f M M M M M a a n n d d d d d d a a r r i i i i i n n n 9 04-288-002 5 H GHARDAGE GIDDENSFUNERAL HOMES & CEMETERIES 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 904-268-5422ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH Main Church MassSaturday„5:30 p.m.„Sunday Vigil Sunday„8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noonReconciliationSaturday„4:30 p.m.„Marian Center You may also call the of“ce for an appointment, 268-5422Historic Church Mass in Polish10:00 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each monthMass in PortugueseSunday„6:00 p.m.Mass in SpanishSunday„8:30 a.m. Thursday„7:00 p.m.Traditional Mass in LatinSunday„11:15 a.m.Daily MassMonday-Saturday„8:00 a.m. (During the school year, Friday Mass is in the Main Church at 8:15 a.m.) Tuesday and Thursday„6:00 p.m. First Christian Church, located in Mandarin at 11924 San Jose Boulevard, is hosting its eighth annual auction and dinner on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. The theme this year is Summer Picnic.Ž Coordinator Sue Trojnarski says that the dinner o ered will have an all-American theme featuring chicken, macaroni salad, fresh vegetables and other goodies. All proceeds from the dinner will go to support the Mandarin Food Bank. The auction, a major fundraiser for the church, features donated items such as handcrafted jewelry, Disney tickets, furniture, gift baskets, gift cards to local restaurants and businesses, artwork„an eclectic mix of treasures.Ž There will be both a live and silent auction and all proceeds will go towards outreach ministry programs of the church. If you care to donate an item, please call Sue Trojnarski at 379-2226 or the church o ce at 262-1662. The community is invited and encouraged to come to this event! There is no charge to attend; however we do take donations at the door for the dinner and these pro-As I am writing this article, the Fourth of July is approaching and I cant help but remember how important this holiday was to my hometown of Ellenville, New York in the Catskills (the Borscht Belt). The long-awaited summer tourist season was a “ nancial boon to all the many hamlets in our area, as the population doubled and tripled with tourists and campers and summer workers who vacationed and/or worked in the many bungalow colonies, camps and hotels. This was the late 50s, early 60s. Prior to the Fourth of July holiday, local businesses would begin stocking their shelves in anticipation of thousands of visitors. Bungalow colony owners would put the “ nal touches and repairs on the small bungalows and casinos, (recreation buildings) as they awaited summer season renters. The hotels would spruce up their outdoor recreation areas and begin the process of hiring and training their additional summer personnel. As locals, we learned many important lessons about growing up and working in a tourist area where we were privileged to meet new lodgers and new customers all the time. Good customer service was positively related to the success and popularity of our area; It is time to take advantage of summer time “ shing as “ shing begins to peak. Whether you “ sh from the shore, a dock or pier or own your own boat, our area o ers us a variety of “ shing choices that are just moments away from our own backyards. Making a “ shing trip happen may be easier than you would think. We can start with our neighborhood ponds as nearly all our ponds o er some pretty good “ shing that the whole family can enjoy. With bream, bass and cat“ sh being plentiful, Dad can work his baitcaster or practice casting ” ies, while the kids and mom are soaking worms, bread balls and even hot dog pieces waiting for that bream or cat“ sh to bite. With just a little more e ort we can pack the gear and the family into the car and make a quick trip to one of the many nearby docks that are located on the St. Johns River or one of its feeder creeks. Historic County Dock o of Mandarin Road provides great river accessibility to nearly every species of “ sh that an angler may encounter in our area of the river. Red“ sh, sheepshead, black drum and croaker are some of the saltwater species you can expect to catch, along with bream, bass, cat“ sh and mullet for some of the freshwater species. Similar river “ shing can be expected at the old Shands Pier in Orangedale where State Road 13 meets State Road 16 at the tra c light. Both locations can be excellent for shrimping if a shrimp run should occur in the upcoming weeks. For a little more serious freshwater “ shing with the same easy access and easy planning, the dock located at Mandarin Park o Mandarin Road on Julington Creek or the old Pacettis Fish Camp docks and bulkhead located south of Orangedale on State Road 13 on Trout Creek are certainly worth a try. The ceeds go to the Mandarin Food Bank. Hope to see you there! First Coast Jacksonville Womens Connection invites you to a luncheon on August 13 at the Ramada Inn … Mandarin, located at 3130 Harley Road. Floral designer and vocalist Diane Green will share What Flowers Say about You.Ž The price for the luncheon is $18; please RSVP by August 8 to Linda Bowman at 262-2170 or Weekly, members of the public gather to participate in a conversational life study where personal experiences about one of lifes many perplexing issues are shared. These refreshment and conversation events are held at Lifetree Caf right here in Mandarin and Southside. You will meet friendly people and share experiences, opinions and stories about the topic of the weekŽ in a small, intimate setting. Your thoughts are welcome; talk if you like, listen if you prefer. Take a break, join the experience. During August, we will discuss: August 5: Overcoming Childhood Pain,Ž facing unresolved family issues; August 12: Why Do They Hate Us?Ž understanding radical Islam; August 19: Encountering God,Ž what ancient practices can teach us today; and August 26: Bouncing Back,Ž turning disasters into opportunities. Lifetree Cafe is held Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. at Mandarin Senior Center, located at 3848 Hartley Road. Admission and refreshments are free. Find out more about topics and location from the MandarinNewsLine or SouthsideNewsLine online calendar entry or call George Treiber at 731-0731. St. Joseph announces their 11th annual Fun and Craft show to bene“ t St. Joseph Catholic School, to be held on Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic School, located at 11600 Old St. Augustine Road. Funds raised will bene“ t the individual classrooms with updated school curriculum and to assist with providing students with the advanced tools they need to succeed. This is the 11th annual show the school has sponsored and its a great opportunity for vendors to display their goods, just in time for holiday shopping. There is also an a ordable place for young shoppers, The Peeps Table. We invite the community to come shop, eat and have fun at the St. Josephs Fun and Craft Show! If you want to meet the newest among us, come to Jewish Java on Wednesday, August 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Village Bread Caf on San Jose Boulevard. Last months July Java greeted nine newcomers who were welcomed and engrossed in conversation within minutes of entering. They not only met our friendly regulars, they met other newbies and, from my experience, can be the start of lasting friendships. Consider stopping by and saying hello. Village Bread o ers free co ee or tea with any food purchase. Bring a friend and join us. The Jewish Federations Shalom Jacksonville is the of“ cial Jewish welcome wagon of northeast Florida. For more information, please contact Isabel Balotin at 448-5000 x 206 or shalomjax@jewishjacksonville. org. Federations Shalom meets the CatskillsBy Contributing Writer Isabel Balotin, Shalom Jacksonville DirectorCaptain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David LifkaMandarin Park dock comes with amenities that make it a familyfriendly location. Besides being a safer than usual platform for the younger ones to “ sh from, there is also a playground, picnic tables and restrooms. If you are hoping for a trophy bass or a stringer of bream then the old Pacettis Fish Camp is de“ nitely worth wetting a line. With a variety of live baits for sale right on the premises and hundreds of feet of Trout Creek access by bulkhead, Pacettis o ers some of the best freshwater “ shing around without a boat. If you happen to own a boat, you too can take advantage of what our area has to o er and be just be moments away from “ shing the St. Johns. For most boats, nearby access would include boat ramps at Goodbys, Hood Landing, Mandarin Park, Pacettis, Trout Creek and Palmo Fish Camp. Whether its freshwater “ shing or saltwater “ shing, from shore, dock, pier or boat, our “ shing our opportunities are many and just moments away from our own backyards. Fishing Report: Summer rain has slowed much of the “ shing for saltwater species. Start looking for improvement in coming weeks if heavy rains hold o Bream and bass on docks from Buckman south. Start testing the waters for shrimp. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent “ shing will last a lifetime.however, the greater goal of the townspeople was to create a friendly, welcoming community where the tourists would feel at home, would want to frequent our businesses and would make plans to return to our resort area the following summer. The lessons I learned about relationships during those years have served me in good stead throughout my life in the peopleŽ business. Today, 50 years later, I am again anticipating this summer season with excitement. While some Jewish organizations suspend many of their activities during the summer, Shalom Jacksonville is in high gear, meeting and greeting new arrivals to the Jacksonville Jewish community. Our mission is to help our newcomers make new JewishŽ friends in the Jacksonville Jewish community. To that end, we have planned meet and greets and our popular monthly Jewish Java get-togethers. In addition to initiating friendly phone calls and emails, face-to-face gettogethers are always special for me and our newcomers. 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The following tips can help anyone select wines to go with their menu or the type of occasion. € Work from light to dark. Just as you begin a dinner service with some appetizers and salad before moving to heavier courses, the wine should follow suit. Select People frequently refer to the month of August as the dog days of summer.Ž The dog days of summer get their name from the star Sirius, commonly known as the Dog Star.Ž In ancient times, when arti“ cial lights did not obscure the stars, people looked to the sky as a source of inspiration and answers to questions they otherwise could not explain. Groupings of stars known as constellationsŽ were used to tell stories, and these A message from the St. Johns River Water Management District...During Daylight Savings Time, residential lawn watering is limited to two days per week: • Homes with odd number addresses: Wed./Sat. • Homes with even number addresses: Thurs./Sun. • Nonresidential properties: Tues./Fri. 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Rather, the heat is a direct result of the Earths tilt on its axis during this time of the year. Simple rules for wine and food pairingslighter wines to accompany the earlier course before opting for deeper, richer wines as the meal progresses. € Consider champagne to accompany appetizers and opening courses. Champagne works particularly well with salty foods, which is why it is often a good match for hors doeuvres. If yours is a cocktail party only, you may want to exclusively serve champagne, which typically pairs well with passed “ nger foods and even bite-sized desserts. € Opt for sauvignon blanc when you do not want the ” avor of the wine to be overwhelmed by the food. Sauvignon blanc works with early courses that pack a ” avorful punch. Sauvignon blanc can be grassy or tropical in ” avoring, depending on the region in which the grapes were grown. It is commonly described as crisp and fresh in ” avor and is often recommended with sushi. € Match delicate seafood dishes with a light wine. Pinot grigio or chablis are delicately ” avored and will pair well with seafood. Fish that is served in a rich sauce may be better matched with a heartier chardonnay. € Make rose your go-to wine when serving cheese. Although some cheeses work great with white or red, rose is typically a safe bet when serving cheese because of its acidity and fruity character, o ering the best of both worlds. € Hearty meats, such as steaks and chops, pair well with rich reds. Cabernet sauvignon and bordeaux are great when paired with meat. Malbec and shiraz can hold their own if meats are spiced and extremely ” avorful. € Rustic wines will work best with rustic recipes. Try to “ nd a wine from the same region from which the meal originated. 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PAGE 23 € August 2014 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 23 Continued from page 21Shalom Jaxchild might make a new friend at camp or you might casually be introduced to someone Jewish. If this happens, we hereby bestow upon you the honor of Jewish Community Ambassador.Ž All we ask is that you warmly welcome our newcomers and share all the wonderful things you know about our community. In addition, we ask that you get their contact information and pass it along to us so we, too, can add another friendly touch.Ž While the summer is our busiest season,Ž Federations Shalom Jacksonville is a yearround organization. We need your help, so we can continue to grow and build a community where there are never any strangers, only people waiting to be met, no matter what the season. Please dont hesitate to contact me at 448-5000 x 206 or I look forward to hearing from you.because it taught the ambassadors about hunger and how it a ects peoples lives throughout the world. Six months later, Johnston decided to involve several schools around the city of Jacksonville in a food drive in order to spread awareness about the issue of hunger, while contributing aid to families who struggle to support themselves. In May 2013, three elementary schools participated in Food Fight!Ž collecting 2,780 items for the Mandarin Food Bank. During the 2013-2014 school year 4,750 items were donated to the Mandarin Food Bank on behalf of Food Fight!Ž Bonnie McNulty, co-director of the Mandarin Food Bank, expressed her gratitude stating, These donations have made a huge impact on our shelves. Even more than that, we are deeply heartened by how these donations were organized and collected.Ž After every food drive, teams of at least 30 students from MHS Interact Club volunteered their Friday afternoons to pick up and sort the donations. Volunteers disposed of food that was not up to par and grouped items as they would be stored at the food bank. Johnstons project will be sustained through the MHS Interact Club, under the guidance of faculty advisor Scott Price. She hopes her project will continue to grow and expand as more schools participate in Food Fight!Ž each year. After 13 years as a Girl Scout, Johnston will receive the highest and most prestigious award that scouting has to offer„she will be presented with her Gold Award at the Medals of Honor Ceremony in the fall of 2014. Community MarketplaceAttention Small Businesses!!!For just $41per issue you can reach 29,000+ addresses (min. of 6 issues) Call 886-4919 today! Mandarin NewsLine Marketplace ads!886-4919 Help WantedOncology RN – Full Time CSNF Southpoint Two years oncology experience, will provide nursing care for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. 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Fine Line Painting & Drywall Local philanthropists Debbie and Je Parker have been supporters of River Garden for more than 25 years and are delighted to be able to chair this years event. Je Parkers mother, Barbara, was the “ rst Gala chair and chaired two other galas as well. Debbie Parker, a Foundation board member, has been on the Gala committee for 22 years and brings her expertise of chairing and serving on committees throughout the city. Along with River Garden, the Parkers support The Bolles School, Jewish Family and Community Services, the Jacksonville Jewish Federation, the Torah Academy and the Jewish Community Alliance. Je and Debbie Parker also started a scholarship fund for exceptional students seeking degrees Happy Birthday to Kalia Smith, who just celebrated her 10th birthday on July 13. She has celebrated every birthday at Don Juans restaurant in Mandarin, which coincidentally is also celebrating 10 years of service to Mandarin this year.Happy Birthday, then and now! Gala chairs announced Debbie and Jeff Parkerin engineering at the University of North Florida and the University of Central Florida. Je and Debbie Parker are also known as one of the most fun couples in town, so we are in for quite an evening! The formal event will be held this year at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort on November 22, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Entertainment will be by The Atlanta Party Band and this year for the “ rst time there will be an After Party ExperienceŽ music will keep playing and playing. This event bene“ ts River Garden Hebrew Home/Wolfson Health and Aging Center. Once again we are proud to announce that SunTrust is our premier sponsor. Please contact Kathy Osterer at Kosterer@rivergarden. org for ticket information. Did you know...that Harriet Beecher Stowe, best known as the author of Uncle Toms Cabin, was once a part-time resident of Mandarin? Indeed, the Stowe family wintered in Mandarin in the 1870s and 1880s at a location along the St. Johns River just o what is currently known as Mandarin Road. Stowe wrote Palmetto Leaves while living in Mandarin. Published in 1873, the book describes Northeast Florida and its residents in 1870. Also during her time in Florida, Stowe founded an integrated school in Mandarin for children and adults. The building that is now home to the Mandarin Community Club was built in 1872 for use as the Mandarin School after a “ re destroyed an earlier building on the site. Stowe herself spearheaded the building project. An o cial Florida State historical marker comNews from the Mandarin Community ClubBy Contributing Writer Lynn Cuda, Mandarin Community Club board member and 2014 MCC Membership Chairwomanmemorating the Stowe family in Mandarin is located on in front of the Mandarin Community Club on Mandarin Road. This makes the marker near, but not exactly at, the former site of a church where Calvin Stowe, Harriet Stowes husband, once served as a minister and across the street from the approximate location where of the Stowes residential cottage once stood. The Mandarin Community Club celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2013. The school building, located at 12447 Mandarin Road, was presented to the club as a gift in 1936 by Edwin and Carr Mina Jones. For further information on the Mandarin Community Club, please visit their website, www. from page 1 Maple Leaf DiversHe enlisted in 1862 and his baggage was on the Maple Leaf when it was sunk by Confederate torpedoes on April 1, 1864 at Mandarin Point. Quillard left Jacksonville with his regiment to “ ght in Virginia and he was killed on the “ rst day of battle at Cold Harbor on June 1, exactly two months to the day of losing all of his possessions on the Maple Leaf.Learn more by purchasing the book Maple Leaf … An Extraordinary American Civil War Shipwreck.Ž This book is the only book written about this ship, the dives and the cultural material that is so historically important. It was out of print for 20 years, but Dr. Holland has allowed the Mandarin Museum to reprint it as a 150th Anniversary edition. Buy a copy and have it autographed by the very men you will see pictured in the book. It is a treasure that you will want to pass down through your family. Special wooden magnets of the ship are also available in the museum bookstore as well as beautiful note cards.Mandarin Museum is located in the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Road. For more information, please call 268-0784 or visit their website:

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Sadly the numbers of monarch butter” ies overwintering this past year in Mexico were the lowest on record. The widespread use of herbicides in crop “ elds has wiped out a great deal of the milkweed which monarchs need to reproduce, so they need all the help they can get, not pesticide-tainted plants. As for our own plants and yards, maybe we are part of the problem; who intentionally buys plants with insect damage or even minor infestation? By being scrupulous about our plants, have we set unrealistic standards which the stores and growers need to live up to? Whatever their reasons for using neonicotinoids, I would like to have known what Ive been bringing into my garden. Currently I see no way around this, other than to buy plants from nurseries who can„ hand on heart„promise that no such insecticides have been used or to grow my own, using untreated seed and organic growing media. 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Research has shown that nature is good for us and it need be no more than the butter” ies that visit the pretty planter on your deck or a great view from your window of a tree canopy, complete with visiting birds. Whatever you can manage will work. huge eyes and frog legs on the side of the hat. The winners were presented with a small gift. The club has its monthly meeting the third Tuesday of each month at the Ramada Inn of Mandarin, beginning at 10:30 a.m. It is a group of women who meet together to form friendships and do good works for our community. There are Bunco groups, a lunch bunch, an arts and crafts group, a travel group and shu eboard group at Mandarin Park. If you are looking for a great bunch of women to have a good time with and form lasting friendRuth Buergers hat was judged the Prettiest Hat.Ž The frog hat worn by Betty Harrelson won as the Silliest Hat.Ž Mandarin’s Family Friendly Community Newspaper!Check out each issue to see someone you know! Share your community news!editor@mandarinnewsline.comMandarin NewsLine Mandarin NewsLineis delivered to you monthly due to our “ ne advertisers. Thank them with your patronage!Continued from page 1Hat Day ships, River City Womens Club is for you! The next meeting of the club is July 16, 2014 at the Ramada Inn of Mandarin. Social hour starts the meeting at 10:30 followed by a business meeting and lunch. The members for this meeting will be dressed in period clothing of a year they chose to represent. You are invited to join us and become a member of the club. Please call 904-636-7573 for membership information and to make a reservation for lunch.


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PAGE 27 € August 2014 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 27 Tree WorkbyMitch Drake & Sons (904) 703-5040 (904) 287-3819Licensed, Insured & Workmans Comp 2012 Angies List Super Service Award Over 35 Years Experience Driving down Mandarin Road in the late afternoon, you will come upon a beautiful neighborhood called Mandarin Place. Betty Waldrep, publicity chair and members Marilyn Clark, Diane Frisco and Eileen Hauge were headed to the home of Barbara Poust in this neighborhood to award her the Mandarin Garden Clubs Yard of the Month. As you arrive at the Poust home, you will see the lovely front yard Poust has created. She and her family (she greeted us holding her beautiful grandson) moved to the property 28 years ago. She told me everything was bare when she arrived except what the builder had installed. Having lived in California and Georgia before moving to Jacksonville, she had to “ gure out North Florida gardening. And believe me she has! Poust works from home and enjoys her gardens all day long. Her neighbor, Diane Frisco, nominated her for the Yard of the Month and tells me Poust works in her yard every day after work. Poust said she had always enjoyed gardening no matter where she lived. She has created a little heaven on earthŽ for her family, friends and neighbors to enjoy. We started our tour on the left side of her house where she has a beautiful rain chain hanging from a gutter. As we walked around the house, we saw huge snake plants, Birds of Paradise, blue saliva, purple passion vines, Mandarin Garden Club announces Yard of the MonthBy Contributing Writer Betty Waldrep Its of cial! Yard of the Month! Water gardensun” owers, bird houses and feeders, roses and other plants and ” owers I forgot to write down. I was so thrilled with what I was seeing! Heavens, as we walked into the back yard, my fascination continued„ Poust has created a beautiful water garden with huge gold“ sh swimming around. There was an angel fountain pouring water into the water garden. Pots of coleus, caladiums and other plants surround the pond and fountain. It was a very peaceful place to sit and enjoy the quiet and beauty of the summer evening approaching. When you turn around and look into the backyard, Poust has a huge butter” y garden. She has planted loads of milkweed, lantana, daises, herbs and every kind of plant that attract butter” ies. She has installed several lovely butter” y houses. I was just amazed at all of the Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Sulfurs, Swallow Tails and Skippers ” ying around. It was a beautiful sight in the late afternoon. Her yard has large trees and tall ferns surrounding the trees. The birds were singing and butter” ies were ” itting around. It was indeed a pretty sight! We continued around the right side of the house where there are large light green caladiums planted and the approaching evening light caught their beauty. Then we proceeded to the front yard and installed the Yard of the Month sign. What a lovely visit we had to her yard and gardens! We all agreed it was worth a trip down Mandarin Road. To nominate a neighbors yard for The Mandarin Garden Clubs Yard of the Month program, you can contact us at or call 268-1192. Back to School Guide Call (904) 886-4919 Appearing again next issue! Dont miss out!


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