The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 1, 2011

Alcohol Law Doesn't Sit Well with Business; Jacksonville Beach Wants to Crack Down on Incidents in Entertainment District
Byline: DREW DIXON JACKSONVILLE BEACH - As 2011 arrives, the city is faced with answering one of its touchiest questions - what should be done about unruly behavior on weekend nights in the downtown area, and would a proposed ordinance limiting...
AN ECLECTIC SALUTE TO MILITARY HISTORY; Green Cove Springs Museum Offers Unusual Mixture of Wartime Memorabilia
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Bud Nelson's desk is covered with most of the usual items: stapler, cups full of pens, a calendar and various official-looking documents. But right in the middle of it is a U.S. Marine Corps non-commissioned officer's sword....
'Art Is One of Those Talents You Can Do Forever'; Works in Her Home and in Exhibit Showcase Part-Time St. Johns Resident's Love of Painting
Byline: ANDREA ASUAJE Barbara Lutton's house has no empty walls, tables or counter space. It's filled top to bottom with artwork, paintings of beautiful, struggling faces, children smiling, picturesque landscapes. Most of the works are canvases,...
Arts Notes
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR ANNUAL ARTS AWARDS The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is seeking nominations for the 35th annual Arts Awards. Awards are made in four categories: business, individual, educator and small...
As Years Seem to Shorten, Apply More Focus to Fewer Resolutions
Byline: Beverly Fleming Each year rushes by more quickly than the last. I seem to play catchup a lot, but I think that is because I am slowing down a little. That seems to be the way things happen when you advance into the "older generation." When...
BEACHES LOOKBACK AT 2010; Turf Battles Marked Year 2010 and Signal What May Lie Ahead
Byline: DREW DIXON and MAGGIE FITZROY John Meserve was a staple on the Beaches political scene for more than a decade until he resigned from the Jacksonville City Council Beaches district seat this year following a criminal charge and a settlement...
Beach Shorts
ST. JOHNS BURN BAN Because of exceptionally dry conditions, St. Johns County enacted a burn ban to remain in effect until at least Tuesday. The ban, announced Wednesday, could be extended for another seven days if drought-like conditions don't...
Big Ten Eager to Silence SEC; New Bowl Matchups Kindle Rivalry between the Power Conferences
Byline: GARRY SMITS It's no accident that today's Progressive Gator Bowl is sold out. "It's what we expected by becoming associated with these two conferences," said general chairman Steve Tremel. The Gator Bowl is now part of a three-bowl...
Bowden Charms Crowd at Luncheon; Former FSU Coach Is Staying Busy on the Awards Circuit
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT A year after leading Florida State to a 33-21 win over West Virginia in the final game of his legendary coaching career, Bobby Bowden returned to be inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame on Friday. Also inducted was Mike...
Charity Run Is One for the Record
Byline: CINDY HOLIFIELD & SANDY STRICKLAND It was cold, rainy and a logistical nightmare. But the 100 participants said it was also fun, set a world record and raised money for charity. The Florida Striders Track Club has done it again....
Clay County Marine Loses Both Legs to Afghanistan Mine; He Is in Good Spirits, Says Family Awaiting His Return to Stateside
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Gunnery Sgt. John Hayes had the guts and gusto it took for a guy to routinely star in his own version of "The Hurt Locker." The Jacksonville native and father of three survived two tours of duty in Iraq as a bomb disposal...
Clay Electric Warns of Space Heater Use; It Advises Using One That Can Handle the Area You Want Warm
Clay Electric Co-operative, which provides power service for most of Clay County, recently issued a safety advisory about the use of space heaters. While electric space heaters can be a convenient source of warmth in winter months, customers should...
Cold Noses; Pets of the Week
Each Saturday, the Times-Union's pet blog, Cold Noses, is featuring pets available for adoption at area shelters. For more information and photos of all the animals featured, go to jacksonville.com/ColdNoses. Lufred is a 5-year-old male Doberman...
College Smackdown; Dawgs Had Plenty of Motivation to Beat UCF
Byline: Trey Dennard Happy New Year, folks! I hope your Christmas was merry! Mine was white in Decatur, Ga. What a treat for my first Georgia Christmas. At this reading, all loyal Dawgs will already know the outcome of the bowl game, but here...
College Smackdown; Meyer's Overall Performance Deserves Praise
Byline: Eric Corbett Happy New Year! I hope this column finds you all safe and sound and not too groggy after a late New Year's Eve. Welcome to 2011, the year of the Muschamp-led Gator resurgence. But before we can look too much forward to 2011...
College Smackdown; Playing like a Poised Team and Hoping for a Close Win or an FSU Blow-Out
Byline: W. D. RODEFFER I remember writing articles under many personal situations over the last few years, but never one where I felt this terrible from being sick. I've had colds too, but this is all out the worst. I have literally slept for...
Community Notebook
NIA CLASSES OFFERED - FITNESS TECHNIQUE BLENDS DISCIPLINES The Jewish Community Alliance wants to help you get fit through what has become one of the fastest growing fusion fitness techniques in the country. It's offering Nia classes from 5 to 6...
Criminal Justice, Nursing Graduates Receive Recognition; Individual Students Honored for Special Achievement
St. Johns River State College recently recognized newly minted graduates from its nursing and criminal justice programs. A pinning ceremony was held at the Orange Park campus to honor 14 Associate in Science in Nursing students, 10 of whom are from...
Del Rio Has Defied Odds with Jags
Byline: GENE FRENETTE The Jaguars and Jack Del Rio have a chance to make NFL history Sunday, but it's not the kind that will help in the job security department. Unless the Jaguars win their first AFC South title by beating the Houston Texans...
Difference Maker; Norma Fiacco
Norma Fiacco may be a newbie at Trout Creek's Council on Aging, but she's a veteran in her duties as a volunteer. "I have wonderful memories and friends from my Navy days," Fiacco, 70, said. The former Navy nurse hung up her stethoscope in 2005, but...
Driver Dies, Other Injured after Accident
Police said one driver died and another was hurt after a Friday crash on Jacksonville's Westside. It happened about 11:30 a.m. on Lake Shore Boulevard near Harvester Street. Sheriff's Office Detective John Hurst said the collision happened when...
Drug Bust in Palm Valley Nets 5 Dozen Marijuana Plants, Tools
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PALM VALLEY - About five dozen marijuana plants, tools used for marijuana distribution and weapons were found Tuesday in a mobile home in the first block of North Roscoe Boulevard. Investigators said they worked on the...
Enthusiasts, Time to Hone Your Lure Fishing Skills; but Cold Temperatures Create Challenges You Have to Overcome
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson If the weather warms up as predicted for this weekend, Nassau County anglers can expect a good time on the water. Since live bait will be scarce due to the cold temperatures, this may be the time to hone your lure fishing...
Event Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Senior Center with a Luncheon
For its recent 20th anniversary festivities, the Mandarin Senior Center at 3848 Hartley Road celebrated in style. More than 157 members and dignitaries attended a special luncheon, with the requisite cake, at the clubhouse. And they had some good...
GATOR BOWL NOTEBOOK; Gardner Is Michigan's Backup Plan
Byline: GARRY SMITS Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez's options behind starting quarterback Denard Robinson in today's Progressive Gator Bowl against Mississippi State rest with Devin Gardner, a freshman who has only 10 passes and seven rushes as a...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Meyer Says He Doesn't Know If QB Brantley Will Return Next Season
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO TAMPA - Florida coach Urban Meyer has no idea whether quarterback John Brantley will return for his redshirt senior season or transfer. Meyer hasn't spoken with Brantley about the issue, either. And if Brantley does come...
Group Helps Make Kids' Holiday Hospital Stay Brighter
Byline: Rhonda Reese Three thousand. That's how many gifts Christ's Starfish Foundation recently delivered to Wolfson Children's Hospital as a Christmas Day surprise. "It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it," said Carldon Lahey, the Mandarin...
Helpers Give Freedom, Inspire Others to Progress
Byline: Christina Swanson Jacksonville residents Cary Verell and Tamara Krause exemplify President John F. Kennedy's words, "One person can make a difference, and every person should try." Southsider Verell has turned "can'ts" into "cans" his...
Hunting Helped Him to Deal with Disease; Young Cancer Survivor Forms Nonprofit for Other Children
Byline: ROB PAVEY MITCHELL - Tripp Boggus survived years of chemotherapy and radiation as doctors fought to save his life from an aggressive brain tumor. Throughout it all, one thing in particular always made him smile. "I like the outdoors...
Jacksonville Zoo Makes Young an Old Tradition; Noon Year's Eve Party Helps Children Ring in the New Year Early
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY Catherine Stoltz swigged from a bottle as she danced on a table. The brunette beauty had donned a party hat and plenty of shiny beads to ring in 2011, and the countdown was on. The only New Year's countdown her mother...
Knowing Your Knives Makes Dicing Much Easier; Appropriate Knives, Knowing How to Use Them Helps in Kitchen
Byline: Lisa Waas My first knives came from my husband, Joe, when were still dating. We worked for Outward Bound and lived in community housing. The kitchens had a mishmash of utensils, and what was there were usually garage-sale finds. When...
Kornegay Looking Forward to Clay School Job; She Will Be Replacing Chapman as Assistant Superintendent
Diane Kornegay, a top school administrator and former principal, has been named the Clay County school district's new assistant superintendent for instruction. She succeeds Sharon Chapman, who is retiring after 33 years of service to the district,...
Life in Real Time; in Tethers of a Machine, One Man Finds Freedom as He Sleeps, Sal Ambrosino Will Regain Time That He Had Lost to Kidney Failure
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY It's about 9 p.m. on a December night and Sal Ambrosino has gone to bed a bit early. He won't fall asleep right away, but he already has a dream in mind. Tubing connects from his abdomen to a device by his bedside that...
Marriages Facing More Difficulties Than Ever Before
Byline: Bob Howat Do the numbers 50, 67, and 74 mean anything to you? Unfortunately, these are published percentile rates for first, second, and third marriages that end up in divorce in the U.S. To me, those rates are staggering - I guess as...
Nassau Notes; Finding New Resources for Water a Top Priority
Byline: COULTER KIRKPATRICK Will Nassau County face a water shortage? That very real possibility will be discussed at the Nassau Sierra Club's general meeting Wednesday when the St. Johns River Water Management District's Government Affairs representative,...
Online Learner's Permit Test No More; VaLIDITY State Says the Test Is Not Reliable; Many Fail Retest. DISPUTE Businessman Says the State Is Punishing Him
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Florida teenagers will be unable to get a learner's permit online starting today. Since 2004, an online program has existed that allows people to take the learner's permit test, which is needed before getting a driver's license....
OPINION NUGGETS; Making Adjustments
Note to readers: In the process of doing research for editorials on this page, we often encounter thoughtful quotes that are worthy of publication. Here are some examples along with our commentary: AGE OF AUSTERITY "But in any reasonable accounting...
Police Briefs; Man Seeing Biting Snakes Arrested in Crack Cocaine Case He Told a Rescuer That He Had Been Smoking Crack All Day
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Police arrested a 29-year-old man with a tattoo of a clown mask on his chest after finding him naked on his bedroom floor and seeing imaginary snakes that he said were biting him. The man was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Dec....
PONTE VEDRA LOOKBACK AT 2010; Year Saw Shake-Up in Property as Real Estate Market Took a Hit
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES and MAGGIE FITZROY PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Businesses were rocked by the ailing economic climate last year, leading to the foreclosure of the Ponte Vedra Beach area's shopping hub, bankruptcy protection for a major hotel complex...
Prune out Dieback before It Further Damages Rosebush
Byline: BECKY WERN One of my rose bushes has a couple of stems that have turned brown, although the rest of the stems are still green. Should I be concerned? This is not a case of winter damage. It is dieback, a fungal disease. Left unbridled,...
Pub Manager Dies after Being Hit by Car
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES ATLANTIC BEACH - Culhane's Irish Pub manager Kathleen "Kaye" Lamb's dream was a trip home to Ireland for her 60th birthday next year, said pub co-owner Aine Culhane. The high-spirited Atlantic Beach woman went around kissing...
Report: Gators to Hire Weis; Former Notre Dame Coach Expected to Be Offensive Coordinator
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO TAMPA - It looks like new Florida coach Will Muschamp will be making a splash with his first key hire. According to multiple reports, Muschamp is targeting Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator and former Notre Dame...
Responsibility Encouraged on New Year's; Drinkers Were Urged to Take Taxis; Bartenders Were to Watch Consumption
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES At the stroke of midnight Friday, champagne toasts inevitably erupted at bars and restaurants throughout the Beaches area in celebration of 2011's arrival. But bartenders and others said this week they planned to keep the...
Surfing Championships Postponed until Waves Improve
Byline: Brian Kosoy Beaches athletes shined over the holiday break and a statewide surf contest planned for the Jacksonville Beach pier area still awaits decent waves. Here are this week's performers and events: - Postponed: The Florida Surfing...
Taking Transition Time for Yourself Can Clarify Thinking to Reach Goals
Byline: Maria Murphy January is the time of year when we are all seeking change - more money, more time for what's important, less work, less weight - that type of thing. But for many of us, those January goals can be a bit vague at best and...
Task Forces Created to Analyze County's Declining Revenue
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Clay County Commission Chairman Travis Cummings ended 2010 by creating two task forces to study the county's most pressing need - declining revenues - and make recommendations by next summer. One of the task forces will...
Teen Dies, but Fight for a Cure Continues; Joshua Frase Lived Years Longer Than Expected and Accomplished Much
Byline: BEAU HALTON PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Joshua Miles Frase died on Christmas Eve, but his life's significance will continue for years. The 15-year-old Ponte Vedra High School sophomore died of myotubular myopathy, a mysterious and rare disease...
The Top of 2010: Year's Best in Mandarin Athletics
Byline: Mark Boleky I subscribe to five magazines, and all of them have some sort of "Best of the Year" list. You have Sports Illustrated with the Best in Sports Media and Sporting News with the Top Athletes of the Year. Time gave us Person of the...
T-U 2
QUOTABLE "That's crazy, because I had no idea what the word 'contraction' meant before I saw it on the Internet." Miami Heat's LeBron James, on the stir he created by suggesting there should be fewer teams in the NBA. (A definite drawback to...
T-YOU; RANT & RAVES If You Buy near Base, You Just Expect Noise
In response to the "rant" posted in the Dec. 23 issue of the Florida Times-Union regarding the noise level at Jacksonville NAS: First, you purchased property near an existing military air base. ... If you choose to live near an air base, there will...
URBAN MEYER; Highs, Lows of Six-Year Run
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Sometime around 4:30 p.m. today, the Urban Meyer era at Florida will end. It lasted six years and produced two Southeastern Conference titles, two national titles, 64 victories (plus today's result), seven first-round draft...
WALTER MCRAE: 1922-2010; He Was Leader in Business, and a Mentor in Politics One of His Picks Was Long-Serving Mayor John Delaney
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Walter McRae, a longtime Jacksonville business leader who cultivated a generation of the city's political elite, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 88. "He helped develop leaders who would make a difference in...