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SERVING THE MANDARIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2006 MandarinNewsLineSM Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.comMEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS 05 5 Mandarin NewsLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223 What’s Inside Volume 9, Issue 7 April 2015Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 Page 3 Whats New Page 4 From the Councilmember-ElectPage 5 The Sheriff Reports Page 6 Political Commentary Page 7 Letters to the Editor Page 8 Rare Disease Day Page 9 Mandarin Library NewsPage 10 Congrats, Miss Aggie! MCC membership Page 11 Mandarin Womens Club history Page 12 Mandarin Band updatePage 13 Faith News Page 14 Mandarin Garden ClubPage 15 News from Friends of S. Mandarin Library Page 16 Coast Guard update Page 17 JC Prop Club Page 18 Summer Camp Guid e In is Issue and May Summer Camp Guide 2015 The Mandarin Art Festival returns on April 4 and 5 for the 47th year with some exciting changes! Mandarin Community Club, host of the Mandarin Art Festival, hosts the show with a Each year, Mandarin Rotary is proud to honor our Teachers of the Year at their respective Mandarin schools. On Tuesday, March 3, we hosted the teachers and their principals for breakfast and presented them with their Teacher of the Year awards. These teachers exhibit high levels of commitment and caring for their students and strive to build us a better community through our students. Job well done, teachers and Mandarin Rotary salutes your e orts! Following is a list of the 2015 Teachers of the year: Pamela Rossomano, Greenland Pines Elementary Amber McCormick, Mandarin Oaks Elementary Lori Bishop, Mandarin Middle Erika Goodfarb, Crown Point Elementary Meghan Tiberio, Bartram Saturday, March 7 was a fantastic, fun-“ lled day at Mandarin Oaks Elementary! Each year, Mandarin Oaks PTA organizes the family friendly event that is open to the whole community. This year turned out to be one of the best yet! Planning commences at the beginning of the year with the Family Fun Fest Committee deciding on the date and then more speci“ c details are decided in January. Committees are selected for all aspects of the day to ensure fun for all. In addition to the committees, the festival uses volunteers and this year, we had quite a few. Students from Mandarin Middle Schools Good on the Go and Mandarin High Schools Interact Club came out as early as 8:00 a.m. to help set up. Food was provided by Woodys Bar-B-Q, Buttercream and Moonbeams and La Nopalera. In addition to the food, bounce houses, face painting, a rock wall, DJ, games and a dunk tank Christina Swindell, rst grade teacher, in the dunk tank!Mandarin Oaks’ Family Fun Fest a big successBy Contributing Writer Margaret Rogero-Hastings, Fourth Grade, ELA, Mandarin Oaks Elementary were just a few of the highlights that students enjoyed. Of course, the most popular attraction was the dunk tank! Students had an opportunity to dunk one of Mandarin Oaks teachers and if they missed the target, students were allowed to push the target with their hands. Not one teacher went away dry! Another highlight of the event every year are the baskets that are auctioned. Each Mandarin Art Festival: A local Easter tradition for 47 yearsBy Karl Kennellteam of friendly and dedicated volunteers. It is this team that is making this years festival re” ect the neighborly hospitality to the artists and guests “ rst displayed in 1968. It has been a long time since the late Judge Edward P. Westberry spearheaded the start of the Mandarin Art Festival in 1968 with a group of local artists. This fabulous festival has Mandarin Rotary salutes teachersBy Contributing Writer Ladson MontgomerySprings Elementary Meghan Dworschak, Loretto Elementary Marcia Millstone, Mandarin High School Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world. Mandarin Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn, located on Hartley Road in Mandarin. If you are interested in more information about Mandarin Rotary, please contact Brian Register at Bregister@insurarnerica-” . com. Mandarin Art Festival cont. on pg. 2 Family Fun Fest cont. on pg. 19


Page 2, Mandarin NewsLine April 2015 € More Northeast Florida families choose Community Hospice„one of only 38 hospices in the nation to achieve Hospice HonorsElite Status.ŽThis prestigious award recognizes hospices providing the highest levels of satisfaction as measured from the familys point of view. * For 36 years, weve helped families honor the choices that matter most. When the time is right, choose Community Hospice. Serving Northeast Florida since1979. Call 904.407.7777 or visit to learn more.*BasedonFamilyEvaluationofHospiceCaresurveyresultsforeachquarterof2012-2014. Ichoose peace .Ichoose Community Hospice. Keller Williams Jacksonville Realty 60 day Home Selling Guarantee*I like homes to sell, not | (904) 302-4800 *sign up for details We sell a home every 3 days! CC Underwood grown into the longest running event of its kind in Northeast Florida. Along with exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and civic partners, the committee has made changes and adjustments to help maintain that neighborly atmosphere that has become expected by art loving patrons and guests. We are always so excited at this time of year when spring arrives and the Mandarin Art Festival. We start planning literally weeks after last years show so by the time it gets here we are more than ready,Ž explained Susie Scott, chair of the 47th annual Mandarin Art Festival and 2015 president of the Mandarin Community Club. Changes this year for the artists include prize money and awards in each category. Prize categories include: Painting: oil, acrylic, watercolor on canvas/paper, mixed media, print making, drawing, graphics. Functional Fine Crafts: “ ber, metal, woods, glass, leather, photography, jewelry, sculpture and pottery. The Festival Committee initiated this change to increase artist participation, reward excellence and make the Mandarin Art Festival a continuing success. Scott shared, We have so many friends that come each year. Artists that have exhibited for many years, some as long as almost 30 years like Tim Bullard, who mentored with local Mandarin potter Charlie Brown. We have seen Tims daughter grow up on the grounds of the club when she came with her dad.Ž Again this year the Childrens Art Show takes center stage. Each year for generations the Mandarin Art Festival has hosted artwork produced by talented young students around Jacksonville. The Childrens Art Show is displayed during the festival weekend inside the clubhouse. Also childrens art workshops will be held inside the clubhouse sponsored by Young Rembrandts. Youth activities have included face painting and balloon animals as part of the weekend itinerary. Another homespun neighborly touch is The Green Market. This open air market is comprised of local small businesses that produce hand crafted goods and services. There you will “ nd items ranging from soaps, honey, baked goods, jams and jellies and more. Stop by during your visit and buy handmade and support local. It isnt an old-fashioned neighborhood get-together without a bake sale! Baked goods are generously donated by friends and members of the Mandarin Community Club and Mandarin Art Festival. The bake sale will be held Saturday April 4 (and just might be extended into Sunday) inside the clubhouse. Proceeds from the bake sale aid the Mandarin Community Clubs e orts in preservation and beauti“ cation work. The annual Mandarin Art Festival prize drawing bene“ ts the maintenance of the Mandarin Community Club grounds, including Billard Commemorative Park. Prizes vary every year depending on the sponsorship and donations secured. Example of past prizes included tickets for a Jaguars game and The Players Championship, various dining gift cards, donated artwork by artist exhibitors and more. Information and tickets can be obtained at the prize table from the volunteers. Drawings will be held on Sunday afternoon, April 5. Winners need not be present. The Mandarin Art Festival may be a high-quality juried “ ne art event, enjoyed thousands of patrons, but it is the neighborly atmosphere that brings them back year after year. The Mandarin Art Festival has become an Easter weekend tradition shared with the community. The volunteers are what set us apart from other shows,Ž Scott concluded. We all work so hard for months to make the show a success, but we make it fun for each other and for our guests and our exhibitors. Everyone feels welcome. We simply could not make it work without our friends, family and neighbors in Mandarin who love the club and love the Art Festival. Sure, its our major fundraiser, but the feeling of belonging and doing something really meaningful is what keeps us going and keeps our artists and our guests coming back.ŽContinued from page 1Mandarin Art Festival

PAGE 3 € April 2015 € 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 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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All rights are reserved and no portion of this publication may be copied without the express written consent of the publisher. ©2015.Publisher Rebecca Taus publisher@rtpublishinginc.comMarketing and Operations David Taus david.taus@rtpublishing.comEditor Martie Thompson editor@mandarinnewsline.comAdvertising Sales, Linda Gay LG@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Heather SeayHS@rtpublishinginc.comGraphic Design, Lisa RT Publishing, Inc. 12443 San Jose Boulevard Suite 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Ph: 904-886-4919 Art Festival Photo by Sally Paulson, Artist ExhibitorSaturday & Sunday 2015 10 to 5OUTDOOR EVENT $1 (SUGGESTED DONATION) NO PETSGreen Market Food Court Live Music Childrens Art Show Childrens Activities Bake SaleFREE PARKING & SHUTTLES from Mandarin Presbyterian Church & Alberts Field Mandarin Community Club 12447 Mandarin Road Get 2 bids and then call us to receive . . . with this ad Senior Citizen OR MilitaryCAN BE COMBINED QUOTE MUST BE ACCEPTED AT INITIAL VISIT. (904) 306-9555 The Landon High School Class of 1965 will be celebrating its 50th reunion weekend, April 17 through April 19. Festivities will begin with a Welcoming Party at Homewood Suites on Friday evening. A gala dinner will be held Saturday evening at River City Brewing Company. The Class of 1965 was the last graduating class from Landon Senior High School. The following fall, Wolfson High School opened to accommodate high school students from Landon and DuPont, both of which had become Junior High Schools. Please visit Landon Class of 1965Ž on Facebook for details or email The Small Business Administration is hosting a workshop on resources available to Small Business owners on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mandarin Branch Library. Preregistration is not required. For more information, please contact Stacey at 262-5201. Austria, France, Spain, Taiwan! Host families are needed for international students arriving in July. These students, age 13-18, are participating in the EF/Educational Homestay Program. Host families provide a bed, meals, transportation and evening and weekend family time. Hosts drop o /pick-up their student at bus stops located throughout the area including St. Augustine Road, Race Track Road, Loretto Road, and Baymeadows. Students are in class from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon daily and participate in afternoon activities that end around 5:30 p.m. Host family children ages 13 to 18 may participate with their foreign student. Please contact Ginger at for more information or to complete your application, reference sheet and home visit. Please plan to join us at the next meeting of your local Acoustic Neuroma Support Group on Saturday, April 11 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Please note our new meeting location: SpringHill Suites Hotel at Jacksonville Airport Meeting Room, located at 13550 Airport Court in Jacksonville. Our topic will be The AN Journey Where has it taken you? Where do you go from here?Ž Everyones acoustic neuroma journey is unique and can sometimes be di cult. Life has changed, bringing new issues and you are not alone. Join other AN patients in your community for a group discussion on symptoms, solutions and “ nding your new normal. Whether you are newly-diagnosed or years posttreatment, please plan to join us. Family members, caregivers, friends and interested persons are encouraged to attend. For additional information, please contact local support group leaders/facilitators and post-treatment patients, Dyanne Hughes at 206-4413 or email dyhughes55@ comcast.netor Julie Schiener at 704-8052 or email jschiener@ Last call for scholarship applications! The Mandarin Council of the JAX Chamber o ers an annual scholarship and 2015 graduating seniors and students in their “ rst or second year of post-secondary school living in Mandarin are invited to participate. A one-year scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to the student applicant that is chosen. The application deadline is April 30, 2015. Download the rules and application at We invite you to come out to network with local businesses during our monthly lunch and breakfast meetings. The Mandarin Councils next lunch meeting is on April 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bone“ sh Gill. Our breakfast meeting will take place at the Red Elephant Grill and Pizza on Thursday, April 23 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Please heck our website, www.mandarincouncil. org, for up-to-date meeting and speaker information. We live, work and play in Mandarin! The April general meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program will feature Rikki Jamison of the Lady Bug Quilt Shop. Visitors are welcome! For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www.” /allstarquiltguild and The Mandarin Senior Center will hold its seventh annual Health Fair on Friday, April 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Come out and meet more than 30 health care providers and private organizations that will be on-site conducting numerous screenings including hearing, vision, glucose, cholesterol and heart health. These experts will be sharing information on community resources speci“ cally for and about senior citizens and so much more! All seniors and their family members are welcome. Come join us for a day of health! The Mandarin Senior Center is located at 3848 Hartley Road. Please call 262-7309 for additional information. It will be fun and games at the Mandarin Womens Club luncheon to be held on April 23 at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road in Mandarin. Its Game Day, a favorite of all the members! Attendees may choose to play either Bunco, Mexican Train Dominos or Bridge at a cost of $5 per person, to be paid at the door. We will have special hours, with the doors opening at 9:00 a.m. Games run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. followed by a business meeting and lunch. The price to attend is $16.50 and reservations are required. For information on how to make reservations and where to send checks, which must be received by Thursday, April 16, please call Judy at 292-0128. For further information about the club and how to join, please call Suelynn at 571-0730 or check out The Mandarin Store and Post O ce, located on the Mandarin Community Club property at 12447 Mandarin Road, will be open both days of the clubs 47th annual Art Festival. Please stop in to view the building that was once the heartŽ of the community„the place everyone went to get their mail, learn the news and pick up groceries. Step back in time and learn about this special area we call Mandarin. The Art Festival will be held on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00. For more information about the store, please call the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society at 2680784. Do you struggle with communicating your ideas e ectively at work or at social events? Do you fear taking on leadership roles because of lack of skills? We invite you to come and be our guest at our Toastofjax meeting. We meet every Saturday 7:30 a.m. at the Bahai Community Center, located at 5034 Greenland Road. The South Mandarin Branch Library is hosting a SAT/ACT Test Prep class on Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. Pizza will be served. Pre-registration is not required. Please contact Keli at 288-6385 for more information.Whats New cont. on pg. 12


Page 4, Mandarin NewsLine April 2015 € From the Florida HouseBy Contributing Writer Representative Charles McBurney, State Representative, District 16 Federally Insured by NCUA Award-winning Credit Union! For a “xed rate as low as 8.00% APR for 12 months, you can borrow up to $2,500 to help pay your taxes or for anything else you need. We also oer a “xed rate term as low as 8.75% APR for 24 months, for up to $3,500. Just ask for the Short-Term Personal Loan! Rates as low as: 8.00 % APR for 12-months up to $2,500 Apply Today! Online, by phone, or stop in at your local branch: 12250 San Jose Blvd € 32223 (or any of our locations) Us: 904-723-6300 Payment Example: $2,500 loan at 8.00% APR for 12 months. Monthly Payment: $217. Interest Cost: $110. Total Cost of Loan: $2,610. Approval & rate based on creditworthiness. Tax Season is here. Are you ready? Accepting New Patients! 8355 Bayberry Road Jacksonville FL 32256 (904) 733-7254Most Insurance Plans Hormones & Your Health April 21st at 6:30 $20 per seat! $20 gift voucher for each attendee! Seating is limited.Call now to schedule your appointment! 12276 San Jose Blvd. Ste. 708 | (904) 886-2080 | Join us for the following upcoming seminar: Well Balanced Medical welcomes Patti Landry, ARNP to the Mandarin area! Councilman-Elect’s ReportBy Contributing Writer Danny Becton, Jacksonville City Council, NewŽ District 11 Tuesday, March 3, marked the opening day of the 2015 Legislative Session. In Speaker Crisafullis opening day remarks, he expressed his desire for a productive policy-focused session and outlined some of the main priorities he urged the House to tackle this year. For the third year in a row, the House and Senate have come together and created a joint Work Plan agenda focusing on the critical needs of our state. Over the next 60 days, the House will work on broadbased tax relief initiatives aimed at putting more money back in the pockets of our taxpayers, strengthening the health of our waterways and natural resources, promoting adoptions, supporting economic independence for people with unique abilities and continuing to improve our education system. Along with sponsoring and passing good policy, every state representative and senator has a variety of duties and responsibilities they are required to perform during the regular session. The “ rst and most signi“ cant responsibility is passing a balanced state budget, which is the legislatures only constitutional requirement. Negotiations between the House and Senate will take place throughout session, all to reach the primary goal of a balanced budget that e ectively meets the critical needs of our state without raising taxes. Last years proposal not only met the needs of our state, but also exhibited “ scal responsibility with a spending reduction from the previous “ s-As the City Council prepared to take up the Pension Bill 2015-54, which was the agreement sent back to City Council by the Police and Fire Pension Board on March 10, 2015, the following message was delivered before the Council by future representative Danny Becton and in writing as to his position on this very important issue. The following are excerpts from that message: First, I would like to express that I strongly disagree with the recent newspaper editorial of March 4 that stated it would be a travestyŽ for this Council not to complete an agreement before your term ends and to have the next Council start anew.Ž What would be a detriment to the city is passing a bad agreement for the sake of making a decision before your term ends, when in fact the council seating in July will be very capable of picking up where this negotiation leaves o , if necessary. What would be a problem, is for this Council to perpetu-cal year. We hope to bring to the table this year a similar budget for our state citizens. Looking ahead to this years budget, the legislature is fully committed to funding the states key priorities such as public safety, education, transportation, and economic development. I am aware that there will be certain areas of concern in this years budget. Some of these areas that are already on the horizon include: early education appropriations, enhancing workforce training, healthcare access and funding, water and natural resource funding and mental health services. Along with numerous proposed policy changes, the plan announced potential tax relief for Floridians. This would reduce the amount of taxes and fees being collected from Floridians. Although there is at times con” ict between groups regarding the future of our states budget, I am certain that we all will come together in the end to develop a balanced budget that not only re” ects the needs of our state, but delivers a “ scally responsible budget to our children to ensure them a brighter future. We must continue to stay true to our “ scal principles and budget e ectively to maximize every dollar available. Your future district representative taking an early role in pension reformate the problem that got us here in the “ rst place. That is the inability of the City Council to impose bene“ ts of City Employees based on current economic conditions.Ž 1. Is there anyone concerned that we have seen our last recession or missed investment returns that might not pan out? 2. Is there anyone concerned that the savings that have been predicted might be overstated based on a 30+ year analysis? 3. Is there anyone concerned that the savings from the new Police and Fire bene“ ts are so uncompetitive that in a few years, the savings might just be replaced with excess training costs from the revolving door that is more than likely to occur? Anyone or a combination of these issues could have a future City Council needing to solve the exact same problem again that we face todayƒ.. Are you really going to tie their hands just like the City Council of 1999 tied yours for the past 15 years? How about accountability and transparency going forward. Does this tie the hands of the future Council to address these issues, as well? I will be serving with very experienced and distinguished Council Members that will provide leadership and knowledge of all these important issues. As a future City Councilman, I am very capable of stepping up to the plate and “ nishing what has been started here. Your Council has done a very good job of being “ scally responsible, by not dragging us further into debt or spending money we do not have, cleaning up our CIP books and investing in IT accounting systems for the future. Just one “ nal thoughtƒ.. Please do not end your legacy by passing an agreement that at the very core perpetuates the exact same problem we have today which has placed us on a “ scal cli ! If you really feel like something is being accomplished by passing this agreement and tying the hands of your future Council Members, let me remind you that this agreement is meaningless until its funded, so please do not go and celebrate upon its passageƒ. passing the agreement was the easy part! I support the passage of both the Rules Committee Amendments passed on March 2, 2015 and I ask that you then support the agreement and to send it back to the PFPF and let them, not the City Council be the party who decides up or down to accept this agreement as amended. At the time of this publications deadline, Bill 2015-54 was deferred by Council President Yarborough and has not been voted on.Bring business to your door!Advertise in Mandarin NewsLine 886-4919

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Drews Board Certied in Business Litigation MEXICAN RESTAURANTAuthentic Mexican Cuisine 12373 San Jose Blvd. (904) 268-8722 $3 Off Lunch or Dinner Specialwith purchase of two lunch or dinner entrees Excludes Speedy Gonzalez and Daily Lunch Specials. Good with coupon only, Expires 4/30/15$3.00 all daywith purchase of an entree or appetizerMargarita Monday Try our Mahi Tacos! Happy Easter! In June of this year, 2015, I will be leaving o ce as your elected Sheri after 12 years in this role, the result of term limits. I have been a sworn police of“ cer for 41 years and have spent every one of them in public service in Jacksonville. As I have often said, I have always felt that this is a calling and a ministry for me. It is the perfect time and opportunity to re” ect on some of the accomplishments we have had, together, in these past 12 years. € Crime rate … this goes to the very heart of what we do here and we participate in a nationally accepted system for reporting and identifying the changes in a community over the months and years. It is called Uniformed Crime Reporting. It ensures that we are being measured on the same criteria as all other cities. One thing remains a fact … despite the tremendous growth in our community over the past 41 years, from a per capita standpoint, crime remains low. This isnt going to seem possible, given the newscasts and headlines, but if you check the Uniformed Crime Report of the FBI, even with the notable increases in aggravated assaults (non-fatal shootings) and auto thefts in 2014, our overall crime rate is still lower per capita than it was in years past. Our bestŽ year since record keeping began in the early 1970s was in 2012. And that is no surprise, as the e ects of our proper police sta ing, faster response times and the Community Service O cer program were still being felt in the community. € Community engagement … is at an all-time high, with more than 3,000 active Sheri s Advisory Council members meeting at 19 locations throughout our community. Our Crime Tips email, along with our online Complaint and Compliments, as well as JSOFeedback email services are always available to you. When you read this, our new mobile app will have launched, enabling citizens to contact us or search for information literally with a few keystrokes on a smartphone or tablet. But nothing will ever replace the citizen who calls us and tells us what they know about a crime or a suspect. We also encourage anyone who is concerned about remaining anonymous to use Crime Stoppers toll free number or text/email them with a tip. € Challenges ahead As a community, we have to continue to address the root causes of violence and crime in our community. Lawlessness and disre-The Patient Assistance Foundation of Cancer Specialists of North Florida is hosting the “ rst annual Walk for a Cause on Saturday, April 11 at the Cancer Specialists of North Florida Southpoint o ce. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m., which will be followed by a welcome announcement and survivor ceremony at 8:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will start and “ nish at the Southpoint cancer center located at 7015 AC Skinner Parkway. Registration is $25 until March 28 and will increase to $35 from March 29 until April 11. Two courses will be available for walkers. A three-mile course and also a family friendly one mile course will both start and “ nish at the Southpoint center. Children 10 and under are free and any participant over the age of 10 requires registration. All registered participants will receive a walk t-shirt, a registration packet “ lled with coupons and promotional items and an I FinishedŽ sticker. All Cancer Specialists of North Florida clinic locations have paper registrations available or you can visit our web-gard for the law occurs when many systems, especially those in the home, have failed. We must adequately fund prevention, intervention and enforcement (the P-I-EŽ) … with programs that are proven to work such as the Police Athletic League and scouting and team sports on the prevention side; the out-ofschool suspension centers of the Jacksonville Journey, as a good example of intervention; and we have to make sure we have enough manpower to perform the job of police o cer. I worked to get the CSO program restored in some degree and have tried to get funding to hire and sustain the employment of some portion of the 147 sworn o cers we are down. I am a huge believer in continuous improvement … not just as a business philosophy, but as a behavior. It is now part of our culture. We put the principles of it into action every day at the JSO and our data center and crime analysis units are a part of the same group that works all over the agency studying processes and recommending ways to improve e ciency and e cacy, while eliminating waste. I believe we could not have sustained our excellent performance during the economic downturn (and forced layo s of recent years) had we not put these principles into action as we revamped and reorganized. I also want to remind you that it is important we never become so complacent or set in our ways, so satis“ ed with improvements, that we dont continue to study, review and “ nd new and di erent ways to achieve our goals. So please, stay engaged with your JSO in the years to come and accept my humble thanks for the opportunity to serve you and my appreciation to every one of you who called, emailed, ” agged down an o cer in the street or otherwise joined with us in the crusade to make our city the safest place possible to work, live, pray and play. As I leave, I would request that you keep up this good “ ght on all the fronts I have outlined. My legacy is one of being a staunch advocate for citizen engagement … so please stay connected. This message is a great example of one of the many ways your Sheri s O ce communicates directly with you, our citizens. Communication and transparency has also been a priority for my administration, especially when it comes to protecting the rights of our citizens, including protecting your con“ dentiality rights from media overreach and invasion, under Florida Statute 119 and 365. Thank you for all the support you have shown me as Ive served as your Sheri . God Bless you all and our great city, state and country. Walk for a Cause is in Aprilsite to register online at www. The Patient Assistance Foundation was established in 2004 with the help of physicians, sta and the community in order to provide short-term “ nancial assistance to patients undergoing treatments for cancer or blood-related diseases in Northeast Florida. Ninety-nine percent of all funds received are distributed to patients and their families to assist with daily living costs. The following are examples of day-to-day living expenses we assist with: rent or mortgage payments, utility payments, telephone payments and transportation costs (car payments, insurance or gas cards). For more information about the event or to obtain information about becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact Whitney Beisiegel at 363-7458. Mandarin NewsLineis delivered to you monthly due to our “ ne advertisers. Thank them with your patronage!


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Though theres no silver bullet, Medicaid expansion would go a long way toward combating that dangerous inequality. For instance, Medicaid expansion would help 760,000-plus Floridians … Floridians who make too much to qualify for Medicaid in its current form, but not enough to qualify for federal aid under the A ordable Care Act … obtain basic healthcare coverage. With Floridas legislature now in session, our elected o cials have the chance to help working people obtain access to basic healthcare by expanding Medicaid. But this isnt Floridas “ rst opportunity to expand Medicaid. In 2014, when Medicaid expansion was “ rst made available, our elected o cials ” at-out refused to expand Medicaid. Governor Rick Scott eventually came around to support Medicaid expansion, but his support was tepid and the Florida Legislature, recognizing Governor Scotts lack of enthusiasm for Medicaid expansion, refused to pass legislation authorizing Medicaid expansion. Granted, there are non-partisan reasons to question Medicaid expansion. For example, many reasonable and well-intentioned Floridians are concerned that the federal government wont fund Medicaid expansion for more than a few years. Those people are worried that if the federal government fails to fund Medicaid expansion in the future, Florida will be responsible to pay the full costs of the expansion. But that objection is misleading because if, for some reason, the federal government reversed its position on the payment of the costs of Medicaid expansion in our state (which is unlikely), our elected o cials would be free to repeal the laws authorizing Medicaid expansion. On the other Hi, Im from the government, and Im here to helpŽ are those dreaded words liberals … and their ilk … love to hear and every other person hates. It looks like we may be hearing those words as the debate for expanded Medicaid services seems headed for a “ scally unhealthy ending. First, lets de“ ne the difference between Medicaid and Medicare; its confusing for about 95 percent of us. Medicaid is a government program for assisting low-income people with healthcare costs. It has expanded tremendously under the misnamed A ordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Medicare is the federal program for providing healthcare costs for senior citizens, aged 65 and over. There is no qualifying age for Medicaid. The nanny-staters, always looking for new ways to stick their collective noses into other peoples wallets, as always stake out the moral high ground that everyone is entitledŽ to good healthcare. This has been a liberal mantra since the Truman administration. (If you dont know when the Truman administration was in o ce, blame our decaying education system which places more emphasis on feel-good studies than learning facts.) There is a liberal presumption that government has the need and ability to take care of everyone with every problem, from cradle to grave. Medicaid plays a big part in this. What they dont want to tell you is government rarely does things the most e cient way, nor the most compassionate way; its always just the government wayŽ a bunch of unelected bureaucrats have devised sit-Political commentaryHi, Im from the government, and Im here to helpŽBy J. Bruce RichardsonPolitical CommentaryMedicaid expansion: good for people, good for business, good for FloridaBy David Miltonhand, there are multiple reasons to support Medicaid expansion. First, expanding Medicaid … in other words, helping working people get healthy and stay healthy … is the right move economically. For example, poor health causes Americas economy to lose $576 billion per year. Thats a lot of money and that reason, standing alone, is probably just one of the many reasons the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Florida support Medicaid expansion. Next, expanding Medicaid is also the right thing to do morally. Consider an analogy: not everybody can a ord to drink Perrier (and our government shouldnt pump Perrier out of our faucets), but each person … especially each person in the wealthiest country in the history of the world … should have access to clean water. That clean water is comparable to basic healthcare. Nobody should lack access to basic healthcare … healthcare that simply sustains life and maintains health … just because they dont have the money to spend on healthcare coverage. Florida must expand Medicaid. Is it appropriate to talk about requiring people who want to obtain that basic healthcare coverage to comply with certain requirements? Certainly, but the general concept … the expansion of Medicaid … should be indisputable because Medicaid expansion will help our economy, will combat rapidly rising income inequality and will make life a little less stressful for the working people of our state. The right time to do the right thing is right now. 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. Please email Dave at in some sweaty conference room. These same people are totally aghast at the real world and what can be … and, traditionally has been … accomplished amongst people of faith and good will who have a natural compassion for helping those amongst us who are less fortunate. Examples of this are the ongoing services provided by Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, the Southern Baptist Convention and others on a list too long to print here. Historically, government has been small and focused on a few critical areas, not the bloated behemoth we see today, deeper in debt and more intrusive. For those who understand and live by the United States Constitution, which, these days, appears to be practically no one in Washington, nowhere in our founding document does it mention a right to healthcare. Liberals who seek to amass healthcare responsibility to the government hold in contempt every private charitable organization which assists with healthcare and those who are morally opposed to government taking money from taxpayers to transfer that wealth to someone who chooses not to support themselves. Many people do not know about a Florida law saying injured or ill people cannot be turned away from hospital emergency rooms because of an inability to pay. These people must be treated and stabilized before released from care. That is the kind of compassion which has always been in place. We are a compassionate people, who have historically taken care of our citizens. An expensive unwelcome expansion of Medicaid is not the answer to any problem. 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. got news?

PAGE 7 € April 2015 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 7 Lowest Cost Braces in 1 / 3 the Time!As Low as $ 99 /mo.New Patients Always Welcome! 12058 San Jose Boulevard Suite 102copyright © 2015 chrisad, inc., all rights reserved. 904-880-3131 Before & After School & Work $5 OffA whole cake or a tray of desserts.EXP 5/10/15 Must present coupon. 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. Ste. 105 904-619-8279 www.amarettidesserts.comWhole Cakes, Pies, Cookie, Brownie and Dessert Trays Available by Special Order Enjoy a dessert in our bakery or take it to go! Place your orders today for Easter and Mothers Day15% OffAny purchase.EXP 5/10/15 Must present coupon. Dear Editor, The fast food restaurant development at the corner of Oak Blu Lane and San Jose Boulevard disturbs the natural habitat in the area and is an insult to the historic character of Dear Editor, Writer Susie Scott sadly and abruptly discovered what FDOT really means„Furiously Destroying Our Trees. She and her neighbors along Interstate 295 also discovered that FDOT o cials grossly understated the environmental impact as insigni“ cant.Ž Unfortunately, this is the price we pay for a transportation systemŽ that consists of private automobiles and anemic, inadequate public transportation (JTA). Our heavy dependence on cars a ects the quality of life. Turn on the radio and listen to the tra c reports. Every day theres an endless parade of crashes and other mishaps always resulting in property damage at the very least, injuries and sometimes fatalities. Four people died recently on the Buckman Bridge. Also, when JSO and JFRD respond to these incidents, theres a substantial cost plus the potential endangerment to JSO/JFRD Fourth grade students at Loretto were chosen to represent Duval County in the NAEP testing. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and ongoing assessment of what our nations students know and can do in core subject areas. The results are used to make important decisions about the future of our nations education and to shed light on what they are learning. Florida uses NAEP to compare its results to those of the nation, other states and 21 urban school districts, three of which are in Florida including Duval, Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties. Sixty-one select students took the National Assessment of Educational Progress Test on February 26, 2015. The students tested in either Reading, Math or Science. The day before the test, students participated in a pep rally to get them motivated. On the morning of the test, the fourth graders, dressed in their specially-made T-shirts, were treated to a nutritional breakfast on behalf of our PTA and other stakeholders. The Loretto faculty and staff, including the Mandarin community, are very proud of our chosen fourth graders. Letter to the Editoremployees. Such is life here in drive-everywhere Jacksonville with its 1960s car and highway mentality. I would like to see all of Northeast Florida (Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau) move into the 21st century and join our fellow Floridians who enjoy public transportation services. The Miami-West Palm Beach Tri-Rail is 25 years old this year and last year, SunRail began operating in Orlando/ Orange County. The St. Augustine City Council is already on record supporting commuter rail between there and Jacksonville and Mayor Brown once proposed trolley cars for downtown. Until we realize that its now 2015 instead of 1965, life quality will worsen. The highways will get more congested and expect more FDOT tree removal projects. Paul BuntingLetter to the Editor do you know?All across America, hometown community newspapers such as Mandarin NewsLine are doing just ne. The Newspapers are dyingŽ story is a big-city story. Thanks for your support! Mandarin. A few years back the proposed changes to land use and re-zoning was approved in spite of community protest. The fertile area of oak trees, native plants and animal habitat was stripped, save one lonely oak tree facing San Jose Boulevard. Now an oversized, glaring Chick-“ l-A sign rises above the fast food chain. Next door is the new Mexican restaurant, Cabana Grill. I cringe every time I pass by the corner, where dozens of palm trees have been planted, replacing the local native ” ora. This is North Florida, not Miami. Many shopping centers like Merchants Walk wasnt this location used for the new restaurants instead of destroying undeveloped land? Finally, after the two new restaurants were built, the Applebees was torn down. The lot sits empty. Clear cutting should be denied when available locations and shopping centers with unleased stores could be utilized. I have nothing against these businesses. City politicians should not have the right to destroy habitat only to create commercial eyesores. Because of their choices, I will not patronize these restaurants. Teri LaMarco have preserved the landscape integrity of the area. For years, adjacent to this new development, sat a closed, abandoned Applebees. Why


Page 8, Mandarin NewsLine April 2015 € We are in-network providers for Metlife, Delta, AETNA, Cigna, United Healthcare, and most other PPO insurance plans. 904.264.KIDS | 264KIDS.COM ZOO THEMEDPEDIATRIC DENTAL OFFICES! COME VISIT OUR TWOCONVENIENT LOCATIONS! Dr. ROBERT Weaver (904) 398-9553 Private Charters For exclusive use of the yacht u Weddings u Birthdays, Anniversaries u Corporate outings u Fund Raisers u Theme Parties Public Cruisesu Dinner u Lunch u Hors d oeuvres u Happy Hour Cocktail u Brunch u u u u u u u e e P e P e P e P e P P u T u Th Th The u T he u T The The Th u T The Best Events Are On The Water Rare Disease Day Jacksonville 2015 held its annual event at the Mandarin Branch Public Library on February 28 to increase awareness of those on the First Coast who su er a rare disease and the unique commonalities they share. A rare disease is a disease that impacts only four to six people in one million; they are frequently severe and lifelong, occasionally life threatening and over two-thirds of su erers are children. Those who su er a rare disease are more likely to experience a signi“ cant delay in diagnosis which impacts outcomes, limited access to experts and treatment, as well as few opportunities to participate in research trials. Patients must frequently travel great distances to be evaluated by an expert for proper diagnosis and management of their rare disease. Cynthia Gist, a nurse practitioner in Jacksonville, is the director of Rare Disease Day Jacksonville and explains that the focus of Rare Disease Day is to increase awareness, education and advocacy for those who su er a rare disease: It is likely that a primary healthcare provider has never, and will never encounter two patients su ering the same rare disease, making recognition less likely. Our goal is to increase awareness among healthcare professionals Little did I know that Oliver Hardy had a connection to Jacksonville until I found myself in Harlem, Georgia, his birthplace and home to the Laurel and Hardy Museum. Harlem is located just outside Augusta in fast-growing Columbia County. The museum on Main Street pays tribute to one of Hollywoods greatest comedy teams: thin Englishman Stan Laurel and heavyset American Oliver Hardy. They became well known during the late 1920s through the mid1940s for their slapstick comedy The Harlem Museum draws fans from all over the world. They come to see undoubtedly the worlds largest collection of Laurel and Hardy memorabilia, to reminisce about the past and sit in a small theater to watch some of their 106 “ lms. The shortsŽ average about 20 minutes. The idea to honor the legendary duo began in 1989 by the mayor, who happened to be Oliver Hardys second cousin. The town hosted a simple festival, now an annual event and were surprised when people arrived with myriad items: Oliver and Hardy cookie jars, tea sets, piggy banks, salt and pepper shakers, you name it. City Hall had no room to display these donations; however, when the post o ce moved, the proceeds from the festival helped purchase and renovate the old building, opened as a museum in July 2002. Today the Laurel and Hardy Festival has grown Rare Disease Day holds annual event in Mandarinand people in our community that rare diseases exist, and that there is help. Ž Gist petitioned Governor Rick Scott to proclaim February 28, 2015 as Rare Disease Day; the proclamation was granted. There are 7,000 rare diseases and less than 400 have FDA approved treatments; many rare diseases have limited or no treatment options. There is limited availability of information on many rare diseases, further isolating the su erer. In America it is estimated that one in 10 people su er a rare disease, therefore while individual rare diseases are rare, the overall frequency is not. Treatment is frequently more expensive and may not be reimbursed by insurance. Further, e ective treatment may not be supported by the Orphan Drug Act, making necessary medication unobtainable. Lack of funding for research signi“ cantly lessens the chances that e ective treatment will be developed. Rare Disease Day events in Jacksonville have been attended by su ers of Ataxia, Batten Disease, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Sti Person Syndrome, Oral Lichen Planus among many others. Fun at the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem, GeorgiaBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.cominto a weekend event that attracts over 40,000. Laurel and Hardy were teamed in 1927 for the short silent “ lm Putting Pants on Philip.Ž The act worked and moviegoers loved them. They remained together working with the Roach studio until 1940. From 1941-45, they appeared in comedies for 20th Century Fox and MetroGoldwyn-Mayer. After “ nishing their movie commitments they performed in stage shows and toured in England, Ireland and Scotland. Before retiring in 1950, they made their last “ lm called Atoll K.Ž Norvell Hardy was born in Harlem, Georgia on January 18, 1892. His father died when he was only 10 months old. His family then moved around the state and settled in Milledgeville. As soon as Norvell turned 18 he changed his name to that of his father, Oliver Norvell Hardy.Ž Hardy worked as a projectionist in a movie house and then began to perform. He left Georgia in 1913 for Jacksonville, Florida, which had become one of the newly established “ lm colonies. He stayed here until he ventured to Hollywood in 1918. The two become famous worldwide and one of their movies, The author with Laurel and Hardy in their car!The Music Box,Ž won an Oscar for Short Films in 1932. Hardy died in August, 1957 in Hollywood, Laurel in 1975. When you enter the little museum, you are greeted by friendly volunteers who know more about these two comedians than you thought possible. You browse around cabinets and displays featuring movie relics, old movie posters, old photos, and thousands of collectibles. Most everyone poses for a picture with Stan and Ollie in their car, known from their 1929 “ lm A Perfect Day.Ž Its a fun place to visit and wont take too long to tour unless you are a die-hard fan. Most of those gather at the annual festival in October, some dressed in costumes. www.

PAGE 9 € April 2015 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 9 I love history. I love reading books about history. To me, history is more exciting than any book of “ ction because it really happened. One of my favorite authors is popular historian David McCullough. McCullough writes about the importance of history To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isnt just part of our civic responsibility. To me, its an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is ƒ. How can we know who we are and where we are going if we dont know anything about where we have come from and what we have been through, the courage shown, the costs paid, to be where we are?Ž McCulloughs writings on American History are fantastic reads ranging from The Johnstown Flood to creating The Path between the Seas with the Panama Canal to the uncertain days of 1776 to my personal favorite Mornings on Horseback which takes you back to the early days of Theodore Roosevelt. I am especially excited about McCulloughs new book about the Wright Brothers which is set to be published in May. Remember reserving The Wright Brothers or any of the books by David McCullough is just click away when you have a library card with the Jacksonville Public Library. April is a great month for history lovers at the South Mandarin Branch Library. The 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War will be celebrated on Saturday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. Join us in the park behind the library for a Civil War Living History including Civil War era Union soldiers, an authentic camp, marching and an educational talk. Civil War book talks and refreshments will be served after the reenactment in the As of April 1, the merger of 121 Financial Credit Union and Duval Federal Credit Union will become “ nalized. In order to merge the two credit unions operating systems, which is the last phase of the merger, 121 Financial will be closed from 12:00 noon March 31 until April 1 at 9:00 a.m. Duval Federal will close all day March 31 and will open as new 121 branches on April 1 at 9:00 a.m. The online banking system for both credit unions will be temporarily closed during that same time. In addition, new exterior History comes alive at the Mandarin LibraryBy Contributing Writer Lynne Baldwin, Branch Manager, Mandarin Branch LibraryCredit unions nalize mergerand interior 121 signage will be unveiled on April 1 at the former Duval Federal locations. With the merger, Duval Federal will add four branches, 6,300 members and approximately $51 million in assets to 121 Financial. 121 Financial currently has approximately $448 million in assets, 39,100 members and eight branch locations. The combined credit unions will have approximately 175 employees and none of the employees will be laid o as a result of the merger. Duval Federal was chartered in 1935 as the credit union for the City of Jacksonville employees. It began with 45 members and $225 in assets. The credit union built its operations over the years by adding other select employer groups, including University of Florida Health Systems and expanded membership to anyone residing or working in Duval County. 121 Financial also started in 1935 under the name of Florida Telco, serving the telecommunications industry in Northeast Florida. In 1990 it expanded its membership to anyone living or working in the 11 First Coast counties.librarys Multipurpose Room. This program is for all ages. Special thanks to Walgreens for their sponsorship of the program. Weaving the Stories of Womens LiteratureŽ was presented at the Mandarin Branch Library on March 7 by Young Minds Building Success Charities, Inc. (YMBSC). The Readers Theater cast gave life to issues addressing immigration, relationships, family, politics and a popular childrens story from Cuba. The program was directed by Tangela Floyd and Emanuel Washington, YMBSC executive director and creative director, respectively. YMBSC is a cultural art and education tutoring and mentoring program. YMBSC uses Readers Theater to improve literacy and comprehension skills and increase enjoyment of reading for children and adults. More than 80 people attended the Readers Theater presentations in February and March at the Mandarin Branch Library. The next performance at the Mandarin Library is Unlimited Possibilities in PoetryŽ on Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. Special thanks to the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library for their support of the Readers Theater programs. Are you in the mood for a good laugh (especially during tax season)? Then the second annual Humor Festival is the place for you. The South Mandarin Branch Library is hosting Funny Family Movies on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. and a Joke Festival on Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. The Mandarin Branch Library is hosting the Mad Hatter Party on Wednesday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. and will be creating jester masks at Art Club on Tuesday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. Please visit the librarys website at for a complete list of Humor Festival programs. National Library Week is April 12-18, 2015. Libraries help you learn, dream and succeed. You can connect to the world, attend programs for all ages and most importantly … read! Behind every great community is a great library. The Readers Theater presented Weaving Stories of Womens Literature at the Mandarin Branch Library.


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PAGE 11 € April 2015 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 11 How it all beganƒ That was the question in our minds recently during a board meeting of the Mandarin Womens Club, an organization that is dear to the hearts of many women from Mandarin and from areas all over the Jacksonville metropolitan area. We were curious about how and when this club that we all love and appreciate got started. It has been a life-saver for many women who may have been new to the area or just newly retired and with time on their hands. We learned that a lady named Char Bonsack was working for New People,Ž something like the Welcome Wagon. She realized that there was a need for a way for new and lonely people in Mandarin to meet each other. So in February 1982, she, Julie Ryan and Dorothy Lynda met to draw up a plan and 30 women attended an organizational meeting at Ryans house. Everyone wanted to get started immediately, so a few weeks later a committee met to draw up the by-laws and plan activities. The club motto was A stranger is a friend you havent met yetŽ and club colors were peach and teal green. Saundra Gamble was elected president, with the “ rst luncheons being held at Big Tree Racquet Club. Later on meet-Due to popular demand, the 150th Anniversary exhibit of the Maple Leaf has been extended. Dr. Keith Holland and his key divers who recovered artifacts from the Civil War shipwreck, The Maple Leaf, will be present at Mandarin Museum, located at 11964 Mandarin Road. Currently on display are rarely seen artifacts that represent military items and personal e ects of Union soldiers. Hear about the ship, the archaeological expedition and the artifacts from those Meet the Maple Leaf DiversŽ at Mandarin Museum in April who know “ rst-hand … the men who actually went into the dark waters of the St. Johns and touched every piece that was retrieved. The book The Maple Leaf … An Extraordinary American Civil War ShipwreckŽ is available in the museum gift shop and will be autographed at your request. April dates are: Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 26 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call 268-0784 or visit Mandarin Womens Club History: Part 1By Contributing Writer Sharon Weedings were held at the Garden Club with Garden Club members “ xing a meal and the Mandarin Newcomers cleaning up. A club creed written in 1988 by Sheila Broberg was added: May we all join in this Mandarin Newcomers Sisterhood with generosity of spirit and the desire to help one another as we adjust to our new environment. We share a common bond of experience that can enhance the friendships we form as we strive to understand and appreciate our individuality. As each variety of ” ower is unique … but when gathered into a bouquet is beautiful in its harmony, we too can be a harmonious blending of talented and caring individuals. Together we shall grow in our new community and make it an even better place to live.Ž If you are new in town, newly retired or just have some time for something new, call Suelynn at 571-0730 or check out our website: Come join in the fun! You wont regret it! Be sure to see the May issue of Mandarin NewsLine for the “ nal installment of the history of the Mandarin Womens Club! Some of the 20-year members of the Mandarin Womens Club.Mandarin NewsLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads What would YOU like to read about each month in Mandarin NewsLine?Let us know!


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Each band plays three pieces on stage that they have prepared in advance and two pieces in sight reading. For the on stage performance, there are three judges who each give their own rating. After the bands play on stage they go into the sight reading room where they are given two random pieces to play. The bands have a few minutes to prepare the piece and then they have to play it. There is only one judge for sight reading which makes for a total of four judges. For both the prepared pieces and for the sight reading, each judge gives a rating. The ratings are: poor, fair, good, excellent and superior with poor being the worst and superior being the On Tuesday March 3, the Diocese of Saint Augustine held their “ rst art competition and gallery at Bishop Kenny High School. There were so many great submissions, but only 51 students throughout the diocese had their artwork shown. One of St. Josephs very own, Audrey Lendvay took home the second place award in the third through “ fth grade category. Great job Audrey, we are so proud of you!MPAs at Mandarin High SchoolBy Contributing Writer Evan Heegbest. This makes for four ratings for each band. Both of Mandarin High Schools bands played during MPAs. The Mandarin High School Symphonic Band played on Thursday, March 5. For their on stage performance they played Aces of the Air, A Hymn for Band and Overture for Winds. The Symphonic Band received two excellents and two superiors for an overall excellent! The Mandarin High School Wind Ensemble played on Friday, March 6t. For their on stage performance they played Bravura, Blessed Are They and Variations on a Korean Folk Song. They received four superiors for an overall superior! The Wind Ensemble will be going to MPAs at the state level in April. Both bands did a spectacular job and Mandarin High School was a great host. Congratulations to both bands! Hail to the band! Band director Pam Chaf n conducting the Wind Ensemble during their performance. Photo courtesy of Pam Benfer.Danny Becton, as of January 16, having quali“ ed unopposed for the newly designated City Council seat for Southside District 11, is the Councilman-elect for the areas including Baymeadows, Deerwood, UNF, Kernan Boulevard South, Glen Kernan, Pablo Creek, Gate Parkway, Avenues, Bayard, Bartram Springs and Bartram Park communities among others. At a recent campaign event to celebrate this victory and accomplishment among supporters, the Becton Campaign for City Council donated its remaining proceeds to three Jacksonville charities in the amount of $5,000 each. One of those charities was the Mandarin Food Bank, which was represented by Bert Davidson at this event. Having discussed the options of disposing of the remaining funds that I had with many of Danny Becton Campaign donates to Mandarin Food Bankmy supporters, it was determined that based on the small amount of funds to be given back for each, that if we combined these resources, we could make a big di erence in our community with these donations. This is the exact situation where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole as the saying goes. The Mandarin Food Bank is also special for me; its a local charity that serves our communities here on the Southside and one that I personally support on occasion being in the grocery business with food donations. On behalf of the New Southside District 11 and the many great supporters who contributed to Budding artist!By Contributing Writer Amanda Oweis, Art Teacher, St. Joseph Catholic School my campaign, we together are beginning this new era by making a di erence in our community!Ž said Becton. The other charities receiving donations included and were represented by Cindy Funkhouser, president and CEO of the Sulzbacher Center and Penny Kievet, executive director of the City Rescue Mission. Continued from page 3Whats NewThe Italian American Club of Jacksonville, located at 2838 Westberry Road, has the following upcoming events: general meeting/dinner on Sunday, April 12. Our “ rst Italian Spring Festa will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26. Come join us for a taste of Italian culture, including food, desserts, souvenirs, outside activities and great Italian hospitality. For more information, please contact IAC Club President Mario Cortese at mfcortese@att. net or call 268-2882. The Dogwood Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club will be touring the gardens of Russ and Janet Snyder on Tuesday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m., then returning to our own gardens on Loretto Road to enjoy lunch. The annual plant sale will be held on April 25 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the club house on Loretto Road. Check out our website for other happenings at the club Mandarins Relay for Life 2015 is Saturday, May 16 from 12:00 noon until 12:00 a.m. at Mandarin High Schools football “ eld. There will be food, fun and entertainment! Sign-up a team, as an individual, as a survivor and/ or caregiver! For more information, please contact Jennie Davis at The Mandarin Toastmasters Club welcomes visitors to come and see how fun it can be to develop public speaking and leadership skills within a supportive club environment! 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PAGE 13 € April 2015 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 13 Faith News 12236 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32223 Easter Services 6:00 am ~Sunrise Service on the Riverbank 8:00 am ~Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Church* 10:30 am ~Holy Eucharist Rite II on the Riverbank* 10:30 am ~Holy Eucharist Rite II (with incense) in the Church* Childrens Easter Egg Hunt following the 10:30 Service* *nursery provided Spring Services on the Riverbank Sundays, 8:00am April 5thMay 17th 904-641-8385 Baymeadows/Southside 7860 Southside Blvd. Mandarin 6595 Columbia Park Court Mandarin Location Outdoor Lakeside Easter Worship at 6:30 am, 10:00 am on Sunday 4/5/15 Baymeadows/Southside Location Easter Vigil Worship 5:30 pm on Saturday 4/4/15 Easter Worship 8:00 am, 9:15 am, 11:00 am on Sunday 4/5/15 Visit for Palm Sunday and other Lenten Service s ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida904-268-5422 Lenten Schedule Stations of the Cross & Confession Each Friday in Lent 7:15 p.m.„Main ChurchParish Mission Monday, March 23-Thursday, March 26 7:00 p.m.„Main Church Parish Penance Service Wednesday, March 25 7:00 p.m.„Main Church Holy Week SchedulePalm Sunday 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass of our Lords Supper 7:00 p.m. in the Main Church Good Friday Living Walking Stations of the Cross 2:45 p.m. Solemn Liturgical Observance with Holy Communion 7:00 p.m. …Main Church Chaplet of Divine Mercy This begins the Novena For Divine Mercy Sunday 8:30 p.m. in the Marian Center Easter Vigil Saturday, April 4 8:30 p.m.…Main ChurchEaster Sunday6:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m.…Main Church First Christian Church of Jacksonville (Disciples of Christ), located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard, is happy to announce that we will be hosting the Second Saturday Arts and Farmers Market at our church on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Many vendors from all over Northeast Florida will gather together for this fun monthly event. If you have any questions or would like to become a vendor, please contact our church o ce at 262-1662 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Freedom Christian Fellowship is hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt for children from birth to age 12 on Saturday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is open to the community. Its sure to be an egg-citing, fun-“ lled day with a chance to win bicycles and other cool prizes ƒ plus lots of candy! Freedom Christian Fellowship is located in Mandarin at 3423 Loretto Road. LifetreeCafeJAX. org and Club Fitness of Mandarin have partnered to bring Mandarin a unique blend of physical and mental “ tness programs. Starting April 9, Lifetree Cafe will hold stimulating guided conversations at the Club Fitness facility on San Boulevard every Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is a community service program that holds weekly conversation events which uses participants own stories and experiences to build understanding, trust and relationships while it exercises the mind with thought provoking civil conversation. Each week, brings an interesting new topic to discuss. Lifetree Friends often “ nd that the conversations help them see lifes issues from a di erent perspective. If afternoon events are better for you, Lifetree Café events are also held Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mandarin Senior Center, located at 3848 Hartley Road. The conversation topics during April will be: April 7 and 9: Surviving the Death of In todays rapidly changing world, youth are constantly bombarded with messages from society that can be challenging to adolescence. As we know, adolescence is one of the hardest developmental stages for most people. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, substance use, attention de“ cit and disruptive behavior disorders are often challenges faced by some adolescents. To April showers bring May ” owers and a little music too! First Coast-Jacksonville Womens Connection presents Bonalyn Boyd, vocalist for the Clay County Community Band, singing selections from Broadway and Beyond on April 8 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin. The cost is $18 for the lunch and program. Guest speaker Gaye Martin, of Summer“ eld, Florida, will present Some have the magic and some dont.Ž Please RSVP by April 3 by calling Sue at 342-5949 or by emailing lc.bowman@att. net. First Coast-Jacksonville Womens Connection is a liated with Stonecroft Ministries, tness meets mental tnessa Loved One,Ž “ nding peace in your time of loss; April 14 and 16: How Do I Know What God Wants Me to Do?Ž; April 21 and 23: Lifetree Classic Inside the Gun Debate,Ž to hunt, to defend, to assault; and April 28 and 30: Isolated and Alone,Ž imprisoned in Iran. Lessons learned in solitary con“ nement. Admission to the one-hour Lifetree Cafe events are free. Complimentary refreshments are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual co eehousetype setting. Find more information about each event on the Mandarin NewsLine community calendar (MandarinNewsLine. com) or at www.lifetreecafejax. org. Questions about Lifetree Cafe may be directed to George Treiber at 731-0731 or gtreiber. Come, join the conversation. Youll be glad you did. Sta member Youth Mental Health First Aid certi edBy Contributing Writer Madelyn Speagle, Ed.D., Principal, Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Schoolprepare for adding adolescentaged students, junior high grades … seventh through ninth, to our school, we sent one of our sta members to be certi“ ed in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Stephanie Speagle became certi“ ed in Youth Mental Health First Aid to learn how to respond in a mental health emergency with youth and to o er support to a young person who appears to be in emotional distress. After “ nishing the course, Speagle said, I am de“ nitely happy about becoming Youth Mental Health First Aid certi“ ed. It takes me one step closer to my goal of helping youth grow mentally, emotionally, and socially.Ž Speagle will be graduating with a bachelors degree in psychology and community leadership from the University of North Florida this summer. After graduation, she will seek certi“ cation in social studies and then enter graduate school to obtain a masters degree in school guidance counseling. Speagle has been employed at Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School for “ ve years in a range of positions from before/ after care to teacher aide, while attending the college. Being able to assist a student with any of lifes challenges is key to our wholechild approach to education. A student must feel safe, comfortable, understood and loved to take full advantage of educational opportunities available at the school. Invitethe community to your House of


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The program included talks by such notables as Terry DelValle (Easy care landscape plantsŽ), our very own horticultural agent and guest speaker Dr Ed Gilman (Myths about Florida treesŽ), the renowned University of Florida tree expert. To round out the experience participants were able to purchase a great variety of garden-related goodies, including pepper and tomato plants grown by Duval County Master Gardeners. The spread of topics was outstanding: Fruit trees for North FloridaŽ (Larry Figart, Urban Forestry agent), Improving curb appeal through Florida-Friendly landscapingŽ (Evie Pankok, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program assistant), Warm season vegetablesŽ (Mary Puckett, Community Gardens Program assistant), Busting GMO mythsŽ (Sidney Hayter, Livestock and Forages agent), Rabbiteye blueberry basicsŽ (Terra Freeman, Small Farms/Alternative Enterprises agent), Home-made growbucketsŽ (Kay Robbins, Master Gardener), and Plants for backyard pondsŽ (Erin Harlow, Commercial Horticulture agent). If you couldnt make it this year, visit the Duval County Extension website at http://duval.ifas.u” .edu/ Click on Lawn and Garden,Ž where youll “ nd The Mandarin Garden Club, located at 2892 Loretto Road, is proud to announce its garden festival and plant sale on April 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars to attend the annual event. There will be parking at the Masonic Lodge next door to the garden club. This is the day to arrive early and make your purchases from all of the di erent kind of plants grown by the garden club gardeners. There will be native plants, roses, annuals, perennials, succulents, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, trees, ornamental grasses and any kind of plant you can think of. There may even be some orchids. In addition to plants, there will be vendors on the grounds selling garden related items. Some of the vendors will have herbal soap, garden art items, denim creations, jewelry, whirly birds, gloves, hypertufa pots, glass sculptures and many other garden items.Gardening: A Day of Gardening and spring!By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASa link to some of these talks. And make a note to join the fun next year, when there is sure to be a wealth of new and … most importantly … sound and trusted information to help you make the most of whatever you love about your yard. And as for spring … in midMarch, its really in full swing. The roadsides are full of color, but not of the ” ashy annual bedding-plant variety. Rather the burgeoning leaves of oaks, maples and our other native deciduous trees are unfolding with all the subtlety nature can muster. And many of them are wreathed in the star-like yellow blooms of the Carolina jessamine vine. Dusky pinks, rusty reds, greenish yellow and shades of brightest green combine in a wonderful natural kaleidoscope; its as much as I can do to keep my eyes on the road. And soon the medians and roadsides will be ” ushed pink with wild annual phlox and dusted blue with blue-eyed grasses. 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Participants will take home seeds of some of the plants discussed. The cost is $10 and prepayment and registration is required. For either class, please register with Jeannie at the Extension O ce, 255-7450.Mandarin Garden Club festival & plant sale coming soon!By Contributing Writer Betty WaldrepThe festival will have a barbeque lunch and soft drinks for purchase. The Garden Cafe will be “ lled with homemade sweetsŽ inside the building. Co ee and water are free to our customers. Buy your lunch, go out back, “ nd a picnic table or bench and enjoy the gardens. The gardens should be beautiful by late April. The Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions, our rental representative will be available for questions about renting the club for an event, membership information for the club will be given out and the Mandarin Garden Club cookbook will be on sale for $5. One of our circles will be selling the best gardening gloves around. 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Also beware of ads that claim to guarantee loans regardless of credit and note that if a credit repair company does business only over the phone it is illegal to request any money before delivering its service. All funds are based in US dollars. Toll free numbers may or may not reach Canada.Since most of you havent been boating lately, a change is underway for the most important piece of safety gear on your boat. As of October 2014, the Coast Guard began a process that will lead to new life jackets. The “ rst step removed future requirements for the Type coding, i.e., Type I through V that has previously guided selection. Why? Well boating safety organizations agreed that the system confused boaters and was out of sync with other countries. Most importantly, common rules between us and Canada are viewed as necessary. There is no change in the currently available jackets, since industry standards are under revision and jackets are in the design stage. Until new jackets appear, regulations remain in e ect and you should continue to follow established rules for carrying and use. The Coast Guard historically used type codes to identify the level of performance of an approved life jacket. Types I, II, and III refer to wearable life jackets in decreasing order of performance; Type IV refers to throwable life jackets; and Type V refers to Its unfortunate but true: The elderly population is targeted for “ nancial abuse. If you have elderly parents, how can you help protect them from being victimized? For one thing, urge them to never give personal information over the phone or in response to emails. Also, talk with your parents to see if they are willing to let you go over their insurance, banking and investment statements. 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PAGE 17 € April 2015 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 17 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. Open Mondays through Fridays 8:30am – 5pm 1631 Race Track Road Suite 101230-7977Most Insurances AcceptedPediatric Associates of Julington Creek, PAOffering care for Infants, Children & Adolescents Mary Ann Garcia, M.D., FAAP Victor Luz, M.D., FAAP Tami Newbern, ARNP “Concerns about your drinking water?”Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 Years. Straight answers No high pressure. 262 0197 3760 KORI RD. Lic. #W-32 y o u C all the W ate r T reatmen t C ompany J acksonvill e h as trusted f or over 2 2 0 Years. S Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 years. The Julington Creek Prop Club holds its monthly meetings the second Saturday of every month with the exception of December. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. with BYO cocktails prior to opening the session at 6:00 p.m. for a brief summary of happenings, details of upcoming events, suggestions, motions, discussion and adjournment. Then the potluck feast and fellowship begin. We are a fun loving diverse group who love the pleasure of boating and the camaraderie inherent in people with common interests. The annual dues are $65 per year and our “ scal year is from July 1 through the following June 30. On many weekends a group will take their boats across the river to Doctors Lake docking at Whiteys Fish Camp. Once secured at the dock, we get a large table and share our adventures. The food is always good and laughter abounds. In the warmer months the river temperature rises and the swimming is great. You may “ nd us either anchored or rafted together in Bulls Bay or Doctors Lake with a spontaneous party breaking out. We get out our water toys, ” oats and pool noodles. Sometimes we travel a little farther going south or north as the whim takes us. Some boats keep their grills on board so we can have a cookout if the mood strikes. Please contact us at or Commodore@With the creative talents of four artistic directors, Debra Peters Rankin, Mark Spivak, Dulce Anaya and Beth Marks, more than 300 local volunteer performers took the stage at The Florida Theatre in December 2014 for the 23rd annual production of the Community Nutcracker Ballet. In February, the Community Nutcracker board of directors presented seven charities with a total of $45,000 in donations raised during the holiday performance. The charities supported from the 2014 production included: featured charity, Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, We Care Jacksonville, Community PedsCare, Sanctuary on 8th Street, Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, Community Health Outreach and Feeding Julington Creek Prop Club holds monthly meetingsBy Contributing Writer Diane Seybold, Treasurer, Julington Creek Prop Club to join or with any questions about our club and activities throughout the year. Our club is also friends of the St. Johns Riverkeeper. The river is a vital part of our environment, city and our boaters. On April 18 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., the St. Johns Riverkeeper is sponsoring a cruise from the Riverside Arts Market, located at 715 Riverside Avenue. This boat trip is designed so people of all ages can learn about the ecology of the river through hands on activities. The suggested donation is $15 per passenger. Please contact Jennie Busey at 256-7022 or Jennie@ with questions or visit Kara Meacham and Toni Reade setting up before a JC Prop Club meeting.Holiday tradition raises $45,000 for charityNortheast Florida. For 10 years the Community Nutcracker has worked directly with Dreams Come True and has helped bring joy and comfort to more than 30 children battling life-threatening illnesses. The 2014 production raised $25,000 for Dreams Come True which went directly to ful“ lling the dreams of local children battling life-threatening illnesses. The remaining $20,000 was distributed between the six other charities. The Community Nutcracker was established in the summer of 1992 by a group of studio owners who had a passion for dance and philanthropy. Their vision was to create a highlysophisticated production of The Nutcracker Ballet, where local talent is the performing company. The Community Nutcracker is the only nonpro“ t, volunteer-run organization that o ers a portion of its proceeds to local charitable agencies with each performance. The Community Nutcracker has raised nearly $430,000 for charity. Along with its “ nancial contribution to local nonpro“ ts, the Community Nutcracker also hosts a community service night, distributing 2,000 free tickets to various agencies and organizations in Terry Eason, director of Community PedsCare; Sheri Criswell, executive director of Dreams Come True; Steve Burnett, executive director of Community Health Outreach; Bruce Ganger, president and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida; Kathy Harris, board president for We Care Jacksonville; Gary Walo, board President of The Community Nutcracker; Michael Howland, president and CEO of Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.the Northeast Florida area. The 2015 Community Nutcracker Ballet is set for December 12-13, 2015 at The Florida Theatre. Auditions are planned for September. 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Page 18, Mandarin NewsLine April 2015 € … ages 5-11 … ages 3-4 … girls ages 7-18904-260-198311502 Columbia Park Dr W Jacksonville, FL Free Trial Class & $5 OFFwith registration Summer CampCall for details. eater Dance Camp Voice ~ Drama ~ Dance ~ Costuming Staging & Performing Afternoon & Evening Classes for Young Children, Teens & Adults Available(Across from Care Spot) 880-2275 Y is year we are pleased to oer a Mens Only Ballet Class! is class will be taught by AODs newest teacher Mr. Devon Chanceric. For all the wonderful information and experience Mr. Chanceric will be bringing to AOD, please go to the Our StaŽ page of our website! Summer Camp Guide April 2015For the past 20 years, students have been participating in With AP and AICE testing beginning in less than a month, Mandarin High teachers and students are preparing for the tests theyve been studying for the entire year. Everyone has their own tactics, but its the ones the teachers suggest that are probably the best to follow. The big one that all teachers could agree on is to not procrastinate. Students should not cram,Ž said Katherine Nesselrode, an AICE language teacher. They need to work with their teachers and what they learned today, they need to go home and review.Ž Mandarin Oaks ESE holds Play DayBy Contributing Writer Nicole Critch, ESE Coordinator, Mandarin Oaks Elementary.the Mandarin Oaks ESE Play Day. Students, parents and sta look forward to this long-standing tradition each year. Stations are set up so that our students can participate in all activities throughout the course of the day. This year, the students participated in activities like an obstacle course, scooter station, adapted bikes, as well as bubbles and a bounce house! This event is wonderful because it is a special day planned speci“ David Montoya from Vicki Fitzgibbons classcally for the students and it accommodates their special needs. This day is all about fun and focuses on what students can do, rather than what they may have di culty with. We are also grateful to have the help of our Student Council members during the event. They love coming to help and support our students each year!MHS HappeningsTest your bestBy Zoe Smolios, MHS StudentAICE marine teacher Jennifer Oglesby agreed with Nesselrode stating, The best way is to review over the material starting now. Review until its second nature, like its a part of your everyday language.Ž AICE junior Ena Strikovic said that for her AICE United States History exam, she will look over the notecards the class did over the course of the school year and for her AICE Chemistry exam she said, Im going to read the textbook and review all the main principles.Ž While the students are prepping at home, teachers are also prepping their students in the classroom. AP Statistics teacher Brian Braddock said, We will “ rst take a practice test, like a baseline and then spend about four to “ ve weeks reviewing based o of the results of the baseline.Ž In order to prepare for her AP Statistics test as well as her other tests, MHS senior Samira Tahirovic said, I plan on prepping with study groups of students who are as determined as I am to pass.Ž Whatever your test prep strategy is, do your best and good luck on all of your testing, Mustangs! Lunar PhasesFull: April 4 Last Quarter: April 12 New: April 18First Quarter: April 25 Fascinatin Rhythm School of Dance and Performing Arts presents Summer DANCE Camp Program 2015 Limited Availability! Sign up today! Free Registration! Ages 3-7 Disney Dance Camp June 15th – June 20thTumble & Dance Camp August 3rd – August 7th Morning Session 9:00 – 12:00 Afternoon Session 1:00 – 4:00 Or All Day Ages 8 and up 3 Week Summer Dance Intensive Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, HipHop, Stretching and Conditioning JULY 20th -AUGUST 1stMonday-Friday 9:00 AM2:00 PM

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The upper schools Giving Garden, a collaborative e ort between SJEDS and Jacksonville University students, was created as part of the national Green Apple Day of Service last fall. The idea was created by science teacher Natalie Inclan with the focus of giving students a chance to experience the whole process involved with cultivating organic food. Students have had success growing vegetables such as romaine lettuce and peas, and are gearing up for their spring planting with the goal of preparing fresh whole foods to share. The Kinder-Garden, an extension of the kindergarten classrooms, features childfriendly vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers and cherry tomatoes. We want our students to understand the importance of eating healthy foods,Ž explains Kathy Balek, project creator. After planting the vegetable plants, the students will continue to care for the garden Gardens galore on local campusby weeding and watering, learn about the science behind growing organic food and “ nally enjoy the fruits of their labor at a feast. First graders have started their spring seedlings for the schools aeroponic tower garden, an installation on the lower school playground where you frequently see students munching on proli“ c amounts of kale and sugar snap peas during recess. The new seedlings include vegetables such as cilantro, tomatoes and peas. Across campus, a group of “ rst through third graders has planted a butter” y garden as part of a four-week enrichment activity led by education specialist Susannah Sands. Throughout this project, the students will care for the garden while exploring the life cycle of a butter” y, their sustainable needs and which plants provide the food and nectar they need to thrive. In another four-week enrichment activity led by second grade teacher Wendy Monger, “ rst through third graders are enhancing their language arts skills by learning about the design and care of gardens and researching and writing about some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. classroom decides on a theme and “ lls the basket with many goodies. On the day of the festival, anyone can bid. At times, the bids have gone up as high as $500! Proceeds from the silent auction go into PTAs School Betterment Project, which has been used for playground equipment, classroom technology and any needs that the school might have to help students achieve success. According to Tammy Castro, PTA president, the best part of the festival is how the event brings the community together. Students playing and getting together with school friends, parents socializing with other parents, volunteers pitching in to do whatever is needed and at the end of the day, knowing our PTA put on a great event the kids will look forward to again next year is the best reward,Ž she shared. Continued from page 1Family Fun Fest In is Issue and May Summer Camp Guide 2015Call 886-4919


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