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page 3 page 20Take 5 PuzzlesFEBRUARY 2017 Volume 11 Issue 4page 15Get To Know . Bill WalkerA Florida NewsLine Publication page 5with Duval County School Board Member, District 7, Lori Hershey Q A Contact us to arrange a free consultation or visit our showroom today. 904.224.5971 | DesignStudioDGP.com6491 Powers Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32216HAVE THE KITCHEN OR BATH YOU DESERVE One of Your Neighbors is Now Enjoying this Recent RemodelCFC057459 A dynamic and passionate team of three volunteers give life to e Ark Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. Based in St. Augustine, Karen Lynch, aida Bonner and Valerie Hale work tirelessly to rescue and treat animals in need. Serving St. Johns and all surrounding counties, the team have rescued, rehabilitated and released 20,000 local wildlife since the non-prot organization formed in late 1999. In 2016, they were able to provide assistance to more than 1,600 animals. We go wherever theres a need. We put thousands of miles on our personal vehicles doing onsite rescues and we are available 24/7. Our phones are always on and we are so proud to provide a service to help the people and animals of the At Bartram Springs Elementary School, the faculty works tirelessly to inspire students to achieve both personal and academic success. Serving approximately 960 diverse students, the A-rated school is known for academic excellence, dynamic teachers and extracurricular activities. e musical theatre program at Bartram Springs has became a stand-out opportunity oered for students to shine. As an Academy of Academic Enrich-ment, the musical theatre program at Bartram Springs Elementary is the perfect opportunity for our students to learn how to express themselves, demon-strate creativity and showcase their many talents. We are very fortunate to have a talented group of teachers at Bartram Springs, Principal Kim Wright said. Kindergarten teacher Karly Hirst has linked her passion for theatre with her love for teaching students to form an exciting and well-rounded musical the-atre program for the school. Originally from Washington, D.C., Hirst started theatre performances at the age of three and grew up involved in middle and high school theatre programs. ree other teachers join Hirst in bringing this program to life at Bartram Springs Elementary. Seeing the students really grow throughout the process is probably the most rewarding part of it all. e ones that seem shy and then come into audi-tions and blow us away; its amazing to see these kids nd their niche, Hirst said. Disney-themed shows are typically the most popular. Seussical, Annie Jr. and the current production of Peter Pan Jr. have all been huge successes for participation. Weve been shocked at the level of interest and support that weve received since starting the program, Hirst said. Finding the resources to grow the program have proved to be the greatest challenge; however, the program contin-ues to thrive. Photo courtesy Angela HigginbothamValerie Hale holds a young rescued gopher tortoise, which was found frozen to the road during a recent cold snap. The Ark Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation provides assistance to animals in needBy Angela Higginbotham angela@floridanewsline.comBartram Springs Elementary provides musical theatre opportunities for studentsBy Angela Higginbotham angela@floridanewsline.comI love musical theatre because I get to sing and its so much fun to be on the stage, third grader Kate Higginbotham said. Kindergarten and rst graders practice after school once per week for three months, until the show date in April. Second through fth graders perform a more involved screenplay and spend time practicing twice a week. A total of 126 students are given the opportunity to perform on stage. I get to sing, dance and perform. some of my favorite things, third grader Nori Alexander said. e sets are built by parent volunteers. Photography, makeup and costume help is provided by faculty or family volunteers. e Accelerated Art club at Bartram Springs will also be providing help with the set of the Peter Pan Jr. performance. is is such a fun thing that we are able to provide for the kids to do at school, and Im proud to be a part of it, Hirst said. Peter Pan Jr. musical theatre perfor-mances will be held at the school April 6 8, 2017. Photos courtesy Georgia Road PhotographyCast members of Bartram Springs Elementarys production of Annie Jr. Bartram Springs Elementary students rehearse for Annie Jr. The Ark cont. on pg. 18 I love musical theatre because I get to sing and its so much fun to be on the stage.


Page 2 | MandarinNewsLine February 2017 NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Local Community News 12443 San Jose Blvd., STE. 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 (904) 886-4919 www.FloridaNewsLine.comtable of contents 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 is preferred. The writers opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Florida NewsLine. Advertising Rates are available by request. Florida NewsLine is not responsible for advertisement content or accuracy of information provided by its advertisers. Nor does Florida NewsLine endorse any of the products or services included in this publication. Florida NewsLine reserves the right to refuse advertisement or copy from any advertiser. All rights are reserved and no portion of this publication may be copied without the express written consent of the publisher. 2017. Mystery Photo Pet of the MonthCan you guess where this is? Submit your answer to Last months winner was Lisa Sanxter.Layla 2 year old female Mixed breed dog, large (more than 44 lbs fully grown)/Mix TT 3 year old female Domestic shorthair mix Come meet us and our friends at the Jack sonville Humane Society, 8464 Beach Blvd. Call (904) 725-8766 for more information.Editor Martie Thompson Editor@FloridaNewsLine.comCreative Director Lisa Felegy graphics@FloridaNewsLine.comOice Manager Melissa Cooper Accounting@FloridaNewsLine.comAdvertising Sales Linda Gay Linda@FloridaNewsLine.comHeather Seay Heather@FloridaNewsLine.comSocial Media Melissa Cooper, Lisa Felegy SocialMedia@FloridaNewsLine.comReporter Angela Higginbotham Angela@FloridaNewsLine.comJax Reads page 10 answers to puzzles on page 20 4 First Coast Calendar 6 Q&A with Matt Schellenberg E Pluribus Unum 8 Briefs 13 MHS Sports 15 Get To Know . 16 Pantry Raiders 17 Love & Marriage Guide 19 Fishing 22 Gardening 23 Travel Marinela M. Nemetz, D.D.S.Robert J. Nemetz, D.D.S., M.S.| | Marinela M. Nemetz, D.D.S. www.nemetzdental.comWe are in-network providers with Metlife, Delta, Cigna, United Healthcare and most other PPO Plans.Mandarin South Business Center


February 2017 MandarinNewsLine | Page 3 take 14550 Old St. Augustine Rd. 904.271.6000 Baptist Health An emergency is not something you plan for, so you need to know where to go before it happens. Were here for you. Weve got advanced technology, board-certied physicians, and nurses, like me, who care and can deliver the urgent medical care you need. And if a hospital stay is necessary, you are already in the right place. Where you go for emergency care really does matter. Sherirfntbn"" Our ER Pledge Unlike other area ERs, at Baptist and Wolfson ERs you will always be seen by a board-certied physician. Our accredited Chest Pain and Primary Stroke Centers provide the award-winning care you need. For less critical needs, our Fast Track Triage process keeps your wait times to a minimum. Award-winning nature photographs on display in Julington Creeke Wild Birds Unlimited store, 450 State Road 13 at Race Track Road, will host a roadshow of 2016s Best Avian Photog-raphy, a display of award-winning bird photographs from last years Audubon Photography Awards. is event, spon-sored by the St. Johns Audubon chapter, will run Feb. 25 March 5. Selected from more than 7,000 entries that were submitted from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, the winning photos were published in the May June 2016 issue of Audubon magazine. A panel of ve judges had the daunting task of sifting through the stunning images and grading them based on technical quality, originality and artistic merit. Addition-ally, the St. Johns Audubon Society host a reception at the store on Monday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. to highlight these photos, talk about the local chapter and provide advice on nature photography. Limited space is available; contact the Wild Birds Unlim-ited store at or (904) 230-3242 to reserve a spot for this free event.Toast of Jax Toastmasters to hold Open HouseEvery Saturday morning the members of Toast of Jax are building condence by working on their public speaking, listen-ing and leadership skills and the best part is that this takes place in a supportive and fun-lled environment. If you are having a hard time believing that you can have fun while developing your public speaking skills, consider this: the clubs mission statement ends with the words and have fun doing it. Toast of Jax will host an open house on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at its regular meeting time of 7:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m. at the Bahai Communi-ty Center of Jacksonville, 5034 Greenland Road. Visit for more information.Benefit concert scheduled for girl riding bicycle around the worldFirst Coast Pops Orchestra and First Christian Church, 11924 San Jose Blvd., will host a benet concert to sup-port Jasmine Reeses musical journey on Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Reese is riding her bicycle through various countries with her dog, Fiji, and her violin. e benet concert will feature the Boat-house Cello Choir, the First Coast Flute Choir, First coast Pops Strings and the First Coast Clarinet Society. Supper will be served in the Friendship Hall, 5 p.m. 7 p.m. at a cost of $10. Reservations are required, call (904) 262-1662 for more information. Visit for more information about Reeces musical bicycle journey.Mandarin Womens Club announces annual fashion showMandarin Womens Club is holding its annual fashion show at the monthly scheduled luncheon, Feb. 23 at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin beginning at 10:30 a.m. e sponsor is womens retailer, J. Jill located in the St. Johns Town Center. Eight members from the Mandarin Womens Club will model clothes from J. Jills latest collec-tions. e cost is $16.50 and reserva-tions must be made at least one week in advance; email gerimarch23@gmail. com or call Geri at (904) 993-7649 for luncheon reservations.Art League schedules classes in Mandarine Art League of Jacksonville, a 501c3 non-prot organization, provides lowcost community arts education oppor-tunities and has several classes scheduled at 3740 Burnett Park Road in Manda-rin. Classes include Intro to Drawing and Painting is held on Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.; Pastel Drawing, ursdays, 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.; Pottery and Ceramics, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.; Watercolor and Charcoal, Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.; Drawing for Youth, Saturdays 12 p.m. 1:30 p.m.; Intro to Color Pencil, Fridays, 2 p.m. 4 p.m. Call (904) 707-6488 for more information or visit to sign up.Photo courtesy Jasmine ReeceJasmine Reece with Fiji and her violin on her cross country bicycle journey.


Page 4 | MandarinNewsLine February 2017 rst coast calendarFebruary 2017 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 2 3 4feb2ndCrafty Ladies of Mandarin Garden Club 12:30 p.m. (repeating event on Thursdays) Mandarin Garden Club 2892 Loretto Road (904) 260-2764; mandaringardenclub.org3rdGot Heart? seventh annual Author Extravaganza 12:15 p.m. 4 p.m. Christs Church Academy 10850 Old St. Augustine Road or (904) 268-86674thMandarin Republican Club breakfast meeting 10 a.m. Golden Corral 11470 San Jose Blvd. American Sewing Guild annual yard sale 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Allegro Senior Living Anastasia Island 1101 Plantation Island Drive S St. Augustine Mandarin Toastmasters meeting 10:15 a.m. 12 p.m. South Mandarin Library 12125 San Jose Blvd. Mandarintoastmasters.org5thUnder the Oaks music jam 2 p.m. 4 p.m. Walter Jones Historical Park 11964 Mandarin Road or (904) 268-07847thShuleboard 1:30 p.m. (repeating event on Tuesdays) Mandarin Park, next to tennis courts at park entrance Just show up unless it rains Honeybee Quilt Guild 6:30 p.m. Mandarin Presbyterian Church 11844 Mandarin Road (Repeats first Tuesday of each month)8thAmerican Legion Service Oicer at South Mandarin Library 7 p.m. 9 p.m. Repeating event on Wednesdays carljowers@yahoo.com9thMandarin American Legion Post 372 7 p.m. Elks Lodge #2866 4280 Oldfield Crossing Drive (Repeats second Thursday of each month) (904) 553-1848 Magnolia Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club 10 a.m. Mandarin Garden Club 2892 Loretto Road (904) 260-2764; Mandarin Council networking lunch 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Bonefish Grill 10950 San Jose Blvd. Alzheimers mini-series: Your Life Your Legacy: 4 simple steps for end-of-life planning 1 p.m. Brookdale Crown Point 10050 Old St. Augustine Road RSVP (904) 288-8700 Book Club/Friends of the South Mandarin Library meeting 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd. (904) 288-638511thSecond Saturday Arts and Farmers Market 8 a.m. 12 p.m. First Christian Church of Jacksonville 11924 San Jose Blvd. (904) 262-1662 Toast of Jax Toastmasters meeting 7:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Bahai Community Center of Jacksonville 5034 Greenland Road (Repeating event on Saturdays) Toast of Jax Toastmasters Open House 7:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Bahai Community Center of Jacksonville 5034 Greenland Road www.toastofjax.com13thSierra Club meeting, Tree Rx: Prescribing urban trees for community health 6:30 p.m. social/7 p.m. meeting Lakewood Presbyterian Church 2001 University Blvd. W. City Womens Club luncheon: Bunco for charity 10:30 a.m. Ramada Inn Mandarin RSVP to (904) 262-871916thDogwood Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club: Garden medicinals 10 a.m. Mandarin Garden Club 2892 Loretto Road (904) 260-2764; Third Thursday Lecture 6:30 p.m. Mandarin Community Club 12447 Mandarin Road (904) 268-0784 Cherokee Rose Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club: Container gardening 10 a.m. Mandarin Garden Club 2892 Loretto Road (904) 260-2764; mandaringardenclub.org17thLine Dancing 12:30 p.m. (repeating event on Fridays) First Christian Church 11924 San Jose Blvd. bootsbarb194@comcast.net18thMandarin Toastmasters meeting 10:15 a.m. 12 p.m. South Mandarin Library 12125 San Jose Blvd. Star Quilt Guild 9:30 a.m. doors open / 10 a.m. meeting starts First Christian Church 11924 San Jose Blvd. or (904) 502-525423rdMandarin Womens Club fashion show/ luncheon 10:30 a.m. Ramada Inn Mandarin 3031 Hartley Road (904) 262-3795 or www.mandarinwomensclub. com Mandarin Council monthly breakfast 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Red Elephant Pizza and Grill 10131-12 San Jose Blvd. National Association of Railway Business Women featuring former Florida Highway Patrol oicer Sandy Bell 6 p.m. CSX HQ 500 Water St. Riverview East Conference Room, 2nd floor RSVP to or (904) 608-796425thOrtega River Run 8 a.m. 11 a.m. 4114 Oxford Ave Luke Bryan Kill The Lights Tour 2017 7 p.m. 11 p.m. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd, (904) 630-390028thLine Dancing 10 a.m. (repeating event on Tuesdays) First Christian Church 11924 San Jose Blvd.


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Coupon may not be combinedNO CHARGE In-Home Estimate on New Systems SENIOR CITIZENS AND MILITARY We Service All Makes and Models rfntbnt rr with Duval County School Board Member, District 7, Lori Hershey Q A Q: As a new school board member for District 7, can you give us some basic information about your background and why you decided you wanted to serve on the school board? A: First and foremost, I have four children and consecutively since 1995 I have had a child enrolled in Duval County Public Schools. ey all at-tended the same elementary school, but then went on to four dierent middle schools and four dierent high schools. I have served on PTO boards and School Advisory Councils and volunteered in the classroom. I have a decade of church administration as part of my professional experience. I have always worked with children and families. Q: What do you think it is important for people to know about District 7 schools? A: I believe we have a lot of good things happening in our district and would like to celebrate this, although of course we are always seeking im-provements. For instance, in regards to our two middle schools, Mandarin Middle and Twin Lakes Academy Middle, I have been getting emails from parents outside of our district wanting to send their children to these schools because of the programs they oer. Twin Lakes allows students who meet prerequisites to take up to four high school classes for credit. ey of-fer a state of the art STEM Lab and a comprehensive band program. Man-darin has an honors academy with a three-year plan of individualized study as well as a music and band program. Both oer programs for high achiev-ers right in the neighborhood. Im not sure the word gets out enough about that. Q: What do you feel is the biggest issue facing District 7 at this time? A: Growth. Specically in Mandarin right now, but also soon to be faced in the Southside with the increased trac associated with the new IKEA store and a new housing development. In Mandarin, we have to ask questions like should we build another school? Add a wing to the school? Mandarin High School has 25 year old portable classrooms. is needs to be addressed. Q: The amount of traic and speed of traic around schools such as Mandarin Middle School and both Twin Lakes Academies is an issue. What can be done? A: It should be noted that establish-ing school zones and putting up signs is not up to the school board. It is the citys responsibility and so far, near the Twin Lakes Academies, they havent felt it necessary to put signs up because no one is crossing the street there. e concern of the schools administrations and the school board is the volume and speed of trac and we have asked the city to reconsider their decision and put signs in front of these schools. Q: Are there any improvements the district is working on? A: One thing that has been of concern is buses running late at Twin Lakes Academy Middle. We are looking at a district-wide solution by exploring a program of having a system where if the bus is late, they would contact the transportation department, who would then notify parents via text or robocall. We hope to have this implemented next school year. Q: What have you learned about District 7 since taking oice on Nov. 22? A: Of the nine schools in our district, I have visited four of them and by the end of February I will have visited all of them. e teachers I have spoken to are excited to be there and sup-portive. I have learned from talking to all the principals that each school is unique and oers something dierent for students. I understand the value of choice, but I believe neighborhood schools are the heart and soul of our communities. Q: How can our readers contact you? A: ey can email me at HersheyL@ or call me at (904) 316-3609.Photo courtesy Linda SherrodA recent luncheon held by the Mandarin Womens Club featured Jorge A. Pena Portillo, a 19-year veteran violist with the Jacksonville Symphony. He entertained the members and guests with classics such as Bach and Broadway show tunes and provided information on the history and design of the viola, including that the viola is similar to a violin, but has a deeper, mellower tone. Pena is also artistic director and conductor for the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra and General Manager of the Coastal Symphony. Pena and his wife, cellist Jin Kim Pena, founded the annual St. Augustine Music Festival. JSO violist performs for Mandarin Womens Club $7.8* million rfntb rf ntb


Page 6 | MandarinNewsLine February 2017 World-Class Proton Therapy in Your NeighborhoodSan Jose Blvd. & I-295Babita Jyo ti, M.D. She is one of only ten physicians in the U.S. to complete a fellowship in Proton Therapyrfnn rtfbt rtrnnrf rnfbt Enjoy Beauty In Your Own Backyard rffrn tbfbr fr fn rfnr frfr rfntbbnnf with Jacksonville City Council Member Matt Schellenberg (District 6) Q A Dogwood Circles Christmas party featured poinsettia-bedecked tables, holiday sweaters galore and Tamer Brit-ton demonstrating the hows and whys of garnishes. She applied the lessons to ve main course salads she concocted for the luncheon. Now a Dogwood member, Britton brings the wisdom and experience of her 38 years with the Duval County Extension Service and the numerous other jobs and volunteer activities of her life. Britton advised circle members to only use edibles for garnishes and ones that are grown without pesticides. If possible, use the dishs ingredients as garnishes. For example, her Harvest Sal-ad, made with roasted butternut squash, pecans, bacon, goat cheese and had a dressing made with coarsely chopped fresh cranberries, was garnished with small skewers threaded with cranberries. Grape tomatoes got the same treatment to embellish the Day After anksgiv-ing Salad. Oranges, ingredients in Salm-on Greens Salad and Orange Chicken/Tamer teaches Dogwood new tricksBy Diane Frisco mail@floridanewsline.comTurkey Salad became garnishes of jewellike slices or rosettes made from the peels. Simple red pepper rings and spears of blanched asparagus decorated her Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Herbal Vinai-grette. Making it all look incredibly easy, she prepared the garnishes while she spoke, giving us tips on shopping and cooking and living well. Garnishes stimulate the appetite, she told us. We eat with our eyes!Q: It looks like the hurricane debris was removed from the Marbon Road lot as promised by the end of the year. Whats the next step?A: Yes, the city met the timetables and I am very pleased. e property will be returned back to its original condition sooner rather than later.Q: Can you give us an update on the sidewalks that are supposed to be completed by this spring along Mandarin Road from Bolton Abbey to Orange Picker Road?A: is I am not pleased about. e funds to build this sidewalk were to come from some money that JTA had allocated. First the sidewalk was prom-ised in Fall 2016, but was delayed until this spring in order to save more trees. Now it is delayed again. I have given JTA administration a date of March 31 to complete the sidewalks. If not, I will use every resource I have as the council member to get someone else to step in. I feel like they have over promised and under delivered, rather than the other way around. It is disrespectful of me as a council member as well as the constitu-ents of Mandarin. I want action, not just talking.Q: What is the latest on the proposed housing project on the corner of County Dock and Loretto roads?A: e proposed development of this undeveloped land, which will require rezoning, has a lot of people concerned, so I have scheduled a Town Hall meet-ing on Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at the Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Road. In attendance will be a represen-tative of the developer and someone from the City of Jacksonville planning department to hear the concerns of Mandarin residents. Ive requested that the project, which is currently in the planning department, be delayed until we receive citizen input.Q: Do you have anything else to share with the Mandarin community?A: I would like to recommend to everyone in Mandarin, if they have the opportunity, to visit the Anne Frank exhibit now at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH). It is free to at-tend until Feb. 13. It is something that I think people, if they can, should take the time to explore the tragedy of not only World War II, but also of her life.Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you?A: Community members can email me at or call (904) 6301388. Photo courtesy Diane FriscoTamer Britton demonstrated garnishes at a recent Dogwood Circle meeting. $47* million rf ntbrrfntbt


February 2017 MandarinNewsLine | Page 7 FYI Contact NumbersDuval County Local Government ( Sheris Oice: Sheri Mike Williams, (904) 630-2120 Patrol Zone 3: Assistant Chief Mat Nemeth, (904) 828-5463 Property Appraiser: Jerry Holland,; (904) 630-2011 Supervisor of Elections: Mike Hogan,, (904) 630-1414 Tax Collector: Michael Corrigan,, (904) 630-1916 Clerk of Court: Ronnie Fussell, (904) 255-2000 Jacksonville City Council District 6: Matt Schellenberg,, (904) 630-1388 At Large, District 3: Tommy Hazouri,, (904) 630-1396 Duval County School Board ( District 7: Lori Hershey, hersheyl@duvalschools. org, (904) 390-2375 State of Florida Elected Oicials State House District 16: Representative Jason Fischer, (850) 717-5016 State Senate District 4: Senator Aaron Bean, (904) 757-5039 Federal Elected Oicials U.S. Congress District 4: Representative John Rutherford, (202) 225-2501 U.S. Senate: Senator Bill Nelson, (202) 224-5274 Senator Marco Rubio, (202) 224-3041 SOMETHING NEW TO SMILE ABOUT!NEW ST. JOHNS LOCATION NOW OPEN!Doctors Village (Race Track Road-next to Memorial Emergency Center) 111 Doctors Village Drive, Ste. 400 St. Johns, FL 32259ST. AUGUSTINE LOCATION22 St. Johns Medical Park Dr. St. Augustine, FL 32086 rfnrtbrrfffnrtb Pageants for mature women(904) 323-2063 E Pluribus Unum Civics for One and All By Jimmy Lee mail@floridanewsline.comIn a recent conversation with a student we were discussing the idea of time. She was interested and a bit amazed that I was born during the Eisenhower ad-ministration. As we talked we discussed a variety of things but they all involved ones perspective of time. Having taught history on and o for 33 years, I still enjoy watching students contend with this idea of historical time. What stirred my students curiosity was the idea that President Obama had been in oce for more half of her life; weve had only two presidents during her life and weve had 11 presidents during my lifetime. She thought, and said as much, that I must be really old. I tried to keep my sense of humor about me and remember that from her perspective, I am really old. As I said I was born during the Eisenhower administration, but very near the end of it. In fact, I was born just three weeks before the rst Kennedy-Nixon debate. I told my student that time, when observed over a lifetime, has some dramatic perspectives. When considered by a young child, a year seems like a terribly long time, since a year is a large percentage of the childs life span. As the child grows older, the year seems to go by increasingly quickly because that year is a smaller and smaller fraction of our life. ats why time seems to pass faster as we grow older. After she pondered that thought for a moment and seemed to be reasonably satised, she next asked about what life was like when I was young. Being that I enjoy such conversation, I relished the opportunity to share a few memories. I told her that while I played with G.I. Joes on the living room oor my parents watched the evening news on our fam-ilys only (black and white) television, how we had to ddle with the rabbit ears antenna to adjust the picture and sound reception. I explained that we had only three stations in our city, each station broadcasting for one of the three national networks. I also told her that the earliest news story that I remember watching was the report of the days casualties in Vietnam. As I shared a few more memories that I thought she might enjoy hearing, she stopped me and said, with astonishment in her voice, Wait a minute, you were born 99 years after the Civil War. I smiled and conrmed. e conversation turned then more to the closeness of events across genera-tions. I told her that my grandfather was born in 1900 before the automo-bile, airplane and radio when William McKinley was president and that my grandchildren, ages two, three and four, already have a working knowledge of iPhones, computers, smart TVs; they were born during the presidency of Barack Obama and should live well into the 2080s. As we talked, I think I was possibly more astonished by some of these thoughts than was she. I suppose every-body ponders these ideas both as a child and an adult. Ive had the pleasure of such conversations with students many times. I also remember being on the younger side of the conversation with my dad. I never get tired of the idea that we can so closely link ourselves to the distant past and to the distant future. In the same way my dad did for me, I try to imagine what an amazing world of accomplishments and challenges my children and grandchildren will experi-ence. Take time to share your experi-ences parents with your kids, kids with your parents. Such conversations may start o awkwardly, but make the eort. After all, time IS our greatest treasure.Photo courtesy CISVCISV Jacksonville Chapter, the local chapter of an international nonprofit, was honored by the Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the City Council meeting. CISV Jacksonville was commended for 40 years of educating and inspiring action for a more just and peaceful world through international and local educational programs for Jacksonville youth and adults. CISV International is a global organization dedicated to educating and inspiring action for a more just and peaceful world. Founded in 1950, CISV (formerly Childrens International Summer Villages) has more than 70 Member Associations with more than 200 local chapters. Visit for more information about the local chapter.CISV honored by Jacksonville City Council


Page 8 | MandarinNewsLine February 2017 Briefs rfntb ntbnt Brian E. Floro DMD, PA General and Family Dentistry rfntbrfntfrrrfrbff ffbfrffNew Patient Special$99 rfrt trb ftfrftfrtrtf ffrfr rWhitening for Life!$99 rrrftfrtrtf ffrfr r rfrntrbfr rrr Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine 904-493-22297051 Southpoint Parkway Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216 Infertility Endometriosis PCOS We can HELP! Membership drive continues at Mandarin Community Clube 2017 membership drive for the Mandarin Community Club ocially started on Jan. 1. Part of the communi-ty since 1923, membership in the club is open to all interested parties. ere are several dierent membership levels including one for businesses. Member-ship forms can be found in the informa-tion box in front of the club building at 12447 Mandarin Road or visit www. to down-load one. e club hosts a variety of events for members and the community over the course of the year. Recently, these have included a political forum, emergency preparedness sessions, an ocial Ameri-can ag retirement ceremony and a salute to our veterans on Veterans Day. e club also hosts the annual Manda-rin Art Festival on Easter weekend and cosponsors the ird ursday Lecture Series with the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society.Mandarin Garden Club a mainstay of the communitye Mandarin Garden Club was estab-lished in 1945 and the club welcomes all gardening enthusiasts. Visitors and new members are invited to attend monthly programs with informative speakers and to attend eld trips. ere are ve subgroups, or circles, at the club that oer a variety of programs at dier-ent times. Visitors can also tour the clubs demon-stration gardens: buttery garden, gin-ger display, bromeliad garden, an herb garden and native gardens. e grounds are designed and maintained by some of the Master Gardeners of Duval County and are open to the public from dawn to dusk daily, except when the club is rented and the Private Party sign is posted at the driveway entrance. An upcoming event is the popular $1 Clothing Sale, March 3 4, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Proceeds support the club, wound-ed warriors and Hubbard House. e Mandarin Garden Club is located at 2892 Loretto Rd, Jacksonville, Fl 32223. e club is available for rentals for weddings, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate events and more. Visit or call (904) 268-1192 for more informa-tion.Retirement home welcomes new assistant administratorMauri Mizrahi, a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, has joined River Garden Hebrew Home as assistant administra-tor. A physical therapist who is a board certied geriatric clinical specialist, Mizrahi has a long association with River Garden. Mizrahi said she is eager to begin a new career in administration and is both honored and humbled by this incred-ible opportunity. Mizrahi and her husband Alan are the proud parents of three sons. She enjoys running, cooking and spending time with family and friends. River Gar-den Senior Services is a notfor-prot, missiondriven community agency of-fering an array of elder care programs and services on a 40-acre cam-pus in the Mandarin area of Jackson-ville. Sponsored by the organized Jewish community, River Garden serves clients from diverse religious and ethnic back-grounds while maintaining an environ-ment supportive of Jewish identity and informed by Jewish values.Mandarin Museum & Historical Society seeks volunteers to become involved with Mandarins historye Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, a volunteer-led organization, has existed for 27 years due to the generosity of the community members time, talent and nancial support. Members and volunteers have always been the foundation of the organiza-tion. Mandarin Museum & Historical Society shares the stories of Mandarins history, culture and natural resources by providing engaging programs that educate, entertain and inspire. is is the mission of the organization and it has been pursued with great enthusiasm in the last year as the St. Josephs Mis-sion Schoolhouse for African-American Children was opened as an educational venue with interpretive exhibits and programs. Due to the addition of the schoolhouse, there is a great need for more volunteers to serve as docents on Saturdays and school tour guides during the school year. ese positions are very exible and easy to work around any schedule. Visit the website,, for a description of member benets and other volunteer openings or visit join to join safely and easily online. Membership and volunteer applications are also available at Mandarin Museum, 11964 Mandarin Road on Saturdays, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. For more information, call (904) 268-0784.Ramsgate Homeowners Association holds annual meetinge Ramsgate Homeowners Association held their annual membership dinner and meeting on Jan. 26 at the Manda-rin Community Club. Guest speakers this year were Gary Dickinson of the Jacksonville Sheris Oce Community Aairs Division and Sandy Arpen from the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society. Organized in 1986, the Ramsgate Homeowners Association is one of the oldest homeowner associations in Jack-sonville and represents a subdivision of 264 homes located in historic Manda-rin. It organizes and sponsors various events over the course of the year and is a participant in the Jacksonville Sher-is Oces National Night Out crime awareness and prevention program held every August.February Java to feature Love Languages by Andrea MailFederations Shalom Jacksonville and River Garden, 11401 Old St. Augustine Road, will host the monthly Jewish Java on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. at River Gardens Cohen Auditori-um. e event will feature Andrea Mail, social anthropologist and community leader, who will discuss the languages of love described in Five Love Languag-es, written by Gary Chapman. Jewish Java is a popular bagel brunch and schmoozing program open to all newcomers or those newly interested in the Jewish community. Java meets the rst Wednesday of every month. ere is no charge for this program; however, reservations are requested. Contact Isa-bel Balotin at or (904) 448-5000, ext. 1206. e Jewish Federations Shalom Jack-sonville is the ocial Jewish welcome wagon of Northeast Florida. Newcom-ers and locals are invited to attend all programs. Partner agency River Garden Senior Services is a ve-star rated senior care community serving Northeast Florida with excellence for 70 years. Photo courtesy River GardenMauri Mizrahi Photo courtesy Mandarin Museum & Historical SocietySt. Josephs Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children and the Mandarin Museum in Walter Jones Historical Park.


February 2017 MandarinNewsLine | Page 9 rfrrffnftfbrr frfrfbrrfrffrff f rf bnffnrffrrntb tttrttt rnrbr rfnrtbt nrfb rfntbttntt rfnr ttttbtbDr. Christopher Railing serving the area since 2011 t Februarys ird ursday Lecture is a unique and informative presentation in honor of Black History Month. Spon-sored by the Stetson Kennedy Founda-tion, talented actors from the Young Minds Building Success Readers eater will bring individuals to life through dramatic and powerful storytelling. ose who will be portrayed were men and women who had been enslaved and lived to tell their stories in their elderly age. e Readers eater cast members will give life to Stetson Kennedys books, e Florida Slave and Palmetto Country. Kennedy, a folklorist and Jacksonville author, served as director of Ethnic Studies for the Florida division of the Federal Writers Project. His book e Florida Slave is a collection of the oral histories of ex-slaves living in Florida, gathered by the Federal Writers Project during the 1930s. e collection relates the ex-slaves hardships under the system of slavery, the abuses of their civil and human rights in the aftermath of Reconstruction and their strength to survive and make contributions to American culture. Palmetto Country relates African American lore gathered by Kennedy, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston and folklorist Alan Lomax. e ird ursday Lectures are pre-sented by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society in partnership with Slave Narratives and Folklore announced as Third Thursday LectureBy NewsLine Sta mail@floridanewsline.comPhoto courtesy Diana OpenbrierThe Mandarin Garden Club hosted its Christmas party on Dec. 6, which included fun, good food and a Patsy Cline singer, who did a comedic rendition that left the group in stitches. Mandarin Garden Club hosts entertaining Christmas party Photo courtesy Mandarin Community ClubThird Thursday lecture will be held at the Mandarin Community Club.the Mandarin Community Club. is event will be presented on ursday, Feb. 16 at the Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Road. Refresh-ments are at 6:30 p.m. with the pre-sentation at 7 p.m. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call (904) 268-0784. Visit for more information about Mandarin Museum activities and visit for more in-formation about Mandarin Community Club. Visit foundation to learn about the Stetson Kennedy Foundation.


Page 10 | MandarinNewsLine February 2017 r Cataract Glaucoma Double Vision Peripheral Vision Defects Optical Nerve Disease Diabetic Eye Exam Comprehensive Eye Exam rfrntbrbnt r rrrrrrr brrrrfrrtt rr rfrrrrrrrrrr rrrrr rrrrnfrtbrb bbfftbr bbftb rf ntbt ffftIt has been my pleasure to have served this community for over 40 years as a real estate consultant! I want to thank all of my loyal clients, friends & family for making it possible. I look forward to serving you for many more years! Keep on Crossen the bridge to your dream home! Sincerely, Pat (904) 635-1399 During Jax Reads/NEA Big Read the entire city is invited to read the same book at the same time. From Feb. 1 through March 11, we want everyone reading and talking about e Name-sake by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. NEA Big Read is a program of the Na-tional Endowment for the Arts designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Jacksonville Public Library is one of 77 not-for-prot organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project in partnership with Arts Midwest. e Namesake fosters thought and discus-sions about what your name says about you, holding on to cultural identity as an immigrant and more. Its a book club for all of Jacksonville. Spread the word. Lets get everyone reading and sharing during numerous events and activities at all library locations. Jax Reads ProgramsJax Reads programs at Mandarin Branch Library include Who Am I? on Wednes-day, Feb. 8, 4:30 p.m. Teens will explore Jax Reads one book: The NamesakeBy Deidre Hicks mail@floridanewsline.commeanings of names and create name art. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., share your insights about e Namesake during a book discussion. Experience traditional Indian dances by the Malaylee Association of North Florida at South Mandarin Branch Li-brary on Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. After the dance performance, the Who Am I? program for teens takes place at 3 p.m.Start reading get the book To borrow a hard copy or electronic ver-sion of e Namesake, visit or visit your local branch. For all Jax Reads programs at other library locations, visit jaxpubliclibrary. org. Who is Kesha? Black History MonthFebruary is a busy month at the library. In addition to Jax Reads/NEA Big Read, there are many fun and unique Black History Month events and activi-ties to participate in. Kesha: A Black Female Experience of Identity and Race, an original, multi-media art exhibition in the Jax Maker-space Gallery at the Main Library, kicks o the month. Dont miss this unique opportunity to experience nu-merous black female artists interpreta-tion of the black female role in our society. Art works include photography, sculpture, textile design, videography, 2D art and more. e exhibition and many related programs take place Feb. 1 April 23. e UNF African-American Student Union will educate adults and teens at the Mandarin Branch crowd on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p,m. Kids can learn about the special friendship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahalia Jackson at Mandarin Branch Library on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. Join us for a presentation by the Jack-sonville Urban League at South Manda-rin Branch Library on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m. Hear about the leagues social Photo courtesy Jacksonville Public LibrariesJax is reading one book. Join us.justice history and how it empowers communities. Find information about additional up-coming events at Mandarin and South Mandarin branch libraries at or call the Mandarin Branch Library at (904) 262-5201 and the South Mandarin Branch Library at (904) 288-6385. Contact Ed Zoller at to learn more about the Friends of the South Manda-rin Library. Deidre Hicks is with Jacksonville Public Libraries. Time to plan your advertising campaign for 2017!Get your ad in front of *42,000+ readers. Mandarin NewsLine reaches your target market every month by mail. Contact me and lets talk about how Mandarin NewsLine can work with you to increase your sales for the coming year.*Source: CVC audit 2015


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February 2017 MandarinNewsLine | Page 13 DISCOVER THE NATURAL CHOICE IN SENIOR LIVINGFall in love with a stunning natural setting, nestled on the waterfront of beautiful Julington Creek. Enjoy a variety of spacious choices in residences, from beautiful villa homes to waterfront and garden apartments. And let us make life easier with services and amenities to enhance your lifestyle, from maintenance-free living to dining, housekeeping and 24-hour security plus the assurance of a full complement of supportive services. WESTMINSTER WOODS ON JULINGTON CREEKCall (904) 429-3385 today to learn more 25 State Road 13, Jacksonville, FL Many American high schoolers can say that they have been to tons of football games and play a sports team repre-senting their school; however, Marthe Kirkeby, a Norwegian exchange student studying at Mandarin High for the year, is experiencing all of this for the rst time. She has heard all about the American lifestyle and could not be any more excited to be experiencing it. Since she only has just shy of a year in the states, she wants to make every moment count, especially in the sports scene. e most popular sports in Norway are soccer, handball and cross country skiing, but the biggest dierence to Kirkeby is the fact that in her home country, sports are played separately from school and in clubs instead. at is (one of) my favorite things here in the U.S., the fact that all the students play for the same team and get together to cheer on the football or basketball team, said Kirkeby. Kirkeby is fortunate to have been placed at a school that has the wide variety of sports and activities that Mandarin has. So far she has run cross country in the fall, been on the weightlifting team in Norwegian Marthe Kirkeby experiences MandarinBy Olivia Rhoads mail@floridanewsline.comthe winter, and plans to either run track or try a sport that does not exist in Nor-way, ag football, during spring. I had never seen an American football game in my life, but Ive learned to love the game, said the new football fan, Kirkeby. Each new sport has intrigued Kirkeby, especially cross country in which she went from hating running at handball conditioning to falling in love with the simple yet challenging and complex sport. Kirkeby said, I love being a part of a team and it felt like that, but at the same time it was individual. And even more important, I found some of my best friends on the cross country team. Kirkeby has always been athletic so trying out new sports was no problem for her. In Norway, she plays handball and last year, her team placed third in the national series for girls born in 1999/2000. is year at Mandarin she received her rst varsity letter in cross country. Olivia Rhoads is a student at Mandarin High School. Photo courtesy Rune HanssenIn flight in the red #8 jersey, Marthe Kirkeby is set up to score.1. Stretch. During a lengthy strength training workout, muscles contract quite often, leaving them in a shortened state at the end of your workout. If these muscles are not stretched once you complete your workout, you may suer from stiness and soreness later in the day or the following morning. Stretch-ing helps the muscles return to their normal size, reducing the likelihood that you will suer from stiness and soreness while simultaneously kickstart-ing the bodys recovery process. 2. Rehydrate your body. Drink water after a workout so you do not suer from symptoms of dehydration, which Three post-workout pointers to aid recoverycan include heart palpitations, muscle cramps and nausea. Avoid caeinated beverages, including coee and soda, after a workout, as caeine promotes uid loss. 3. Eat soon after working out. Eating high-quality protein soon after a work-out aids muscle recovery and growth. A protein shake, some peanut butter spread on a brown rice cake or some low-fat yogurt can provide a potent helping of protein that helps the body recover and restore itself for your next workout. Interior Carpentry | Exterior Carpentry | Repairs Pressure Washing | Interior Painting Exterior Painting | Popcorn Removals Wood oors/repairs/installations and renishing Bathroom remodels/custom 904-654-4934


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February 2017 MandarinNewsLine | Page 15 Get to Know . .By Angela Higginbotham angela@floridanewsline.comWilliam Bill Walker travel pantry raiders gardening LifeGet to Know . .Interested in being featured? Email Martie Thompson at D.K. Briery, CPA, PLCCertified Public Accountant36 + years of serving clients.rf nrntbttr rt btr tft nnftbft Tax Tip of the MonthIdentity Theft (in regard to tax returns) is a MAJOR focus of the IRS this year. Numerous new measures are incorporated into professional tax software. We are now REQUIRED to obtain a copy of your drivers license. Another precaution that is being taken is that your social security number is now truncated to show only the last four digits when printed. However, from a preparers standpoint, I would say that one of the best precautions you to it! rfrntrfffntbbfrtfbbb taken is that your social security number is now Call Today for a Consultation! ere is no charge for hour consultation if we prepare your taxes. Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., Bill Walker has enjoyed living in the Mandarin community since 1981. He and his wife, Dodie, have been married for 52 years and have two sons and six grandchildren. A biology and chem-istry major at Davidson College and Mercer University, Walker spent his career with Dow Chemical Company and Owens and Minor Medical Distri-butions until his retirement in 2005. Serving 32 years in the United States Army, Walker is a respected colonel, a former marathon runner and a beloved community volunteer. Walker fell in love with the Mandarin area after a co-worker took him for a drive down Mandarin Road all those years ago. 1. What volunteer work do you engage in around the community?Ive been a past president and member of the Mandarin Rotary Club for 40 years and Ive been a member of the Mandarin Community Club since 1981. Im a new board member with the Community Club and Ive enjoyed working with the art festival for the past 10 years. I also belong to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Mili-tary Ocers Association (MOAA).2. When did you start your running career and how many races did you enter?I started running when I was 41 years old and I retired from running at 71 years old. I ran 736 total races and 20 of those were marathons. e high point of my running career was qualify-ing and running in the Boston Mara-thon. 3. What is your proudest accomplishment?ats a hard one, but Im proud of being a Rotarian, both for what they do locally and around the world. 4. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?I spend time with my wife and other family. We do like to travel. We spent a lot of time traveling around the world with the choir of Lakewood Presbyte-rian Church. I enjoy golf and garden-ing, and my wife and I enjoy collect-ing antiques. 5. What has been your closest claim to fame?I was running track in high school and a javelin was thrown nearby; it stabbed me in the back. e javelin wouldnt t in the ambulance, so they had to remove it rst and then the ambulance got in a wreck on the way to the hos-pital. ey put my jersey in the school showcase with the hole in it. My wife says that Ive never done anything easy, gotta do it the hard way. Photo courtesy Angela HigginbothamBill WalkerDespite being the shortest month of the calendar year, February has an interest-ing history. Early calendars marked the start of the new year in March, but when the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius, rose to the throne in 713 BC, he synchronized the calendar to the lunar year. at required the addition of January and February. February was named after an end-ofyear celebration called Februa, also known as Februalia or Februatio. Februa was a Roman festival of ritual purication and washing a spring cleaning of sorts. is festival was later incorporated into Lupercalia, another Roman celebration that has ties to Groundhog Day. January was actually added after February and was named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings. Both January and February originally had 28 days; however, at the time, even numbers were considered to bring bad luck, so Pompilius added another day to January. February was left with 28 days and had long been considered an unlucky month. February was the last month of the year for around 200 years, until the Gregorian calendar designated Janu-ary the start of the new year. Julius Caesar is responsible for ad-justing the calendar and Februarys length. In the Julian calendar, 10 days were added to the calendar year in various months and February was increased every four years (leap year) to 29 days to coordinate the calen-dar year to the solar cycle of roughly 365.2425 days. During common years, February can pass by without a single full moon. British mathematician John Conway determined that some dates inevita-Fun facts about FebruaryBy NewsLine Sta Fun Facts cont. on pg. 16 rfnnntbrrrf ntbrrn Great Birthday Parties Fun Fridays Camps SpringBreakCampMarch 13-17 March 20-24


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After much eort getting to the scene and launching the board, thank-fully, the heron was still alive. en the rehabilitation began, Hale said. e Ark receives no funding from local, state or federal agencies and runs solely on support from the community. Corporate funding and public donations provide the resources needed to cover all aspects of rescuing and treating the animals. e public doesnt always realize how much we need their assistance. We could not be more proud of the work we do, but we need a lot of help to make it all pos-sible. We are not animal control and we never send an invoice; we simply ask for support. e journey actually starts after we rescue the animal, Hale said. If its an animal that e Ark cant reha-bilitate, the women will place that animal with the best facility for treatment, Hale said. Support is oered from Marineland and local veterinary oces, but additional ef-forts are always needed in order to remain successful in serving the community and the wildlife. Every animal is rescued, given medical attention and nourished at the expense of e Ark. e Ark Rescue and Rehabilitation occu-pies a facility on Anastasia Island to house seabirds and wading birds such as pelicans, storks and herons. Mammals are rehabili-tated on personal property. An immediate goal is to raise awareness regarding the extraordinary partnership needed between e Ark and the commu-nity; Florida Fish and Wildlife advises citi-zens to contact e Ark when an injured or orphaned animal is reported. e average cost to rehabilitate a rescued animal is $50. Donations are the lifeline that enables the organization to make a dierence. Visit or for more information or to help. e Ark Wildlife Rescue can be also found on Facebook.Privately based in St. Augustine, Pango-lin Conservation is a non-prot organi-zation committed to protecting one of the worlds most fascinating mammals. Most closely related to carnivores, there are eight species of pangolin distributed between Asia and Africa, all of which are either threatened or endangered. e pangolin population is declining at an alarming rate. is appears to be due to the black market trade supply-ing Asian traditional medicine. e four Asian pangolin species have been reduced to critical numbers and with the Asian species becoming increasingly rare, smugglers are now turning towards Africa to supply the demand. Pangolins have protective scales made from keratin, the same material in your hair or ngernails. ese scales cover the pangolin from the head to the tip of the tail. ere is an intense demand for the pangolin scales, Justin Miller says. Miller, founder and director of the Pan-golin Conservation, splits his time be-tween St. Augustine and Africa research-ing the pangolin and its population. We are measuring the trade within vil-lages to get a handle on whats happen-ing. ese arent bad people, they just need another option and we need to protect the species, Miller said. e pangolin diet consists almost en-tirely of ants and termites. Miller spent months in Africa, and years in total, formulating a combination of powdered insects to oer captive pangolins the Pangolin Conservation working to engage and educate the communityBy Angela Higginbotham angela@floridanewsline.comrequisite nutrition. We are the rst facility to breed pango-lins and have babies in captivity. Having pangolins here to research is crucial to science and protecting against the possible extinction of these mammals, Miller said. e Pangolin Conservation is currently working to train team members over-seas. Closer to home, the conservation is preparing to introduce more local programs to involve and educate the community. Join the mailing list at to contribute and receive updates on upcoming events. 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February 2017 MandarinNewsLine | Page 23 Pediatric Associates of Julington Creek, PAOffering care for Infants, Children & Adolescents Mary Ann Garcia, M.D., FAAP Victor Luz, M.D., FAAP Tami Newbern, ARNPOpen Mondays through Fridays 8:30am 5pm 1631 Race Track Road Suite 101230-7977Most Insurances Accepted Are you frustrated your vet doesnt spend the time with you? Are you tired of long waits? Is your pet not getting better? Would you like to have virtually everything covered by insurance? Do you want your own personal veterinarian? 9776 San Jose Blvd Suite 5 Jacksonville, FL 32257M, T, TH, F 7am-6pm Sat 8am-12pm Wed 8am-12pm FREE 1st Ofce visit for new clients (904) 262-2953 Animal Clinic of MandarinHospital & Boarding voted top vet in 2016 (904) 323-6534 Gardening By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale mail@floridanewsline.comI confess to being a little haphazard in my approach to spring seeds that should, for optimal growth, have been sown indoors around six weeks before our last predicted frost, often have to wait till I realize where I am in the year. On the other hand, some of us have a tendency to sow seeds too early, not realizing that once they germinate, they need to be placed in good, strong light to promote sturdy growth, before they are acclimated and planted out after the last frost. e Extension service always starts the year with a timely schedule of programs to help us make the most of our garden-ing. Maybe you have already checked out the January/February edition of A New Leaf ( documents/NleafJanFeb_17.pdf). On Feb. 8, there will be a workshop for participants to make their own rain bar-rel in time for the anticipated dry spring ($50, but be sure to register and pay by Feb. 2; call (904) 255-7450). On Feb. 11, Growing Warm-Season Vegetables and Composting will include advice on fertilizing your garden ($5, registration required, call (904) 255-7450). Perhaps the highlight of the year A Day of Gardening will be held on Feb. 25. is annual event is always well attended. ere will be a variety of vendors and a choice of talks on widely diering aspects of gardening. A light lunch and snacks are included in the $20 fee. Attendance is limited, and prepayment and preregistration is re-quired, so if this event takes your fancy, please dont delay. Registration is either through the Extension oce, (904) 255-7450 or on line at www.eventbrite. com/e/2017-a-day-of-gardening-tick-ets-30497118703 As always, Ive been enjoying watching the backyard birds that visit my feed-ers. Before the holidays I spotted what I thought was a yellow-breasted chat having seen just one earlier in the year but now Im almost certain it was either a young male or female Balti-more oriole. Even more dramatic, our street recently had a visit from two bald eagles. ey perched high atop an oak and a majestic pine, calling occasionally. It was tempting to imagine they were a pair looking for a nesting site, as, in the south: the nesting season generally begins with courtship and nest building in September through February, with young edging as early as January and as late as May, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Services, but I dont think our neighborhood would suit. One plant that often keeps owering in a sheltered place in my yard is the shrimp plant, Justicia brandegeana, which hummingbirds visit. And as I write, my redbud (Cercis Canadensis) has just started blooming, hopefully also supplying food for any hummingbirds Gardening: Approaching spring Photo courtesy MetroCreativeIts almost time to plant warm season vegetables, such as beans, corn and peppers.which decided to stay for the winter. For information on cool season plants that attract hummers and could help them to overwinter in the south, check out this article: And of course, the University of Florida also has information on gardening for hummingbirds: uw059. I enjoy watching the progression of the seasons and also how plants grow and develop year by year. A landscape, and its inhabitants, is never static, and there are surprises both good and bad which continue to pique my interest. I hope you feel the same. Lesley Arrandale is a Master Gardener with the Duval County Cooperative Extension Service/City of Jacksonville Ag-riculture Department, which is a partner-ship between the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA), the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricul-tural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the City of Jacksonville. Time to plan your advertising campaign for 2017!Get your ad in front of *42,000+ readers. Mandarin NewsLine reaches your target market every month by mail. Contact me and lets talk about how Mandarin NewsLine can work with you to increase your sales for the coming year.*Source: CVC audit 2015


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