The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 7, 2003

2 Recognized for Their Help to City's Neighborhoods
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Two Jacksonville residents who helped improve older communities will receive Neighborhoods USA Notable Awards May 22 in Chattanooga, Tenn., joining seven others from around the country who contributed...
A Lush Lawn with Less Water; May 17 Workshop Will Offer Some Tips
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer You can learn to cultivate a lush lawn with minimal water use at a free workshop from 10 a.m. to noon May 17 at Westside Regional Park Nature Center, 7000 Roosevelt Blvd. The workshop will be conducted...
AMA President Hails Duval Doctors; Says Insurance Reform Needed
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer The head of the nation's largest doctors group said Duval County's health crisis would subside if lawmakers passed needed reforms, including caps on malpractice payouts. American Medical...
Another Beaches Flyover Considered; at Mayport Road-Wonderwood Drive
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer A second Beaches-area flyover elevated roadway could be built in the next decade at Mayport Road and Wonderwood Drive to ease future traffic into Mayport Naval Station. A group composed...
Area Teachers Receive Wal-Mart Honors
Fourteen teachers in the Jacksonville area were to receive special recognition in honor of National Teacher's Day yesterday. In conjunction with Phi Delta Kappa International, the professional education association, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club employees...
Arts Festival Lets Kids with Special Needs Take Part
Byline: Tracy Spengler, Clay County Line correspondent Give children a few crayons, markers and a pair of scissors, and their imaginations soar. Give them three buildings full of unique art stations, and the possibilities are limitless. That's...
'A Total Package Professional'; Teacher of the Year Eager to Share with Kids and Colleagues
Byline: Cynthia L. Garza, Times-Union staff writer Chets Creek Elementary teacher Dayle Timmons' voice dips low and her kindergarten students' attention is on her. They are giddy as they listen to her mysterious whisper. They seem as if they're...
Baseball Roundup
REGION 1-6A -- OVIEDO 5, WHITE 0 -- Oviedo scored twice in both the fourth and fifth innings yesterday to put away the visiting Commanders (11-18). Oviedo (29-2) allowed only four hits. -- SANDALWOOD 3, LAKE MARY 0 -- Sandalwood's Nick Snyder...
Beach Facilities Upgrades in Plans
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer In anticipation of the St. Johns County Commission's adoption of its Beach Management Plan, county recreation officials have requested $369,000 from the county's 2004 budget for beach facilities upgrades....
Beach Shorts
COAST GUARD BUSY Mayport-based Coast Guard personnel helped in two rescues Saturday. Personnel from Mayport, Savannah, Ga., and the Key West-based cutter Padre responded to a call at 2:45 a.m. and eventually rescued eight people from a capsized...
Being a Curmudgeon Isn't Easy but Somebody Has to Do It
Byline: Bill Longenecker, Shorelines columnist This is the "Loose Notes Edition" for spring 2003. -- My long Saturday runs over the Intracoastal Waterway bridges and down San Pablo Road began in 1977. Castaway Island Preserve has been established...
Blood Alliance Will Conduct Drive at School on Friday
Byline: Dede Webb, Special to the Times-Union The Florida Georgia Blood Alliance will conduct a blood drive hosted by Julington Creek Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. A signup sheet will be posted on the bulletin board outside the...
Buyer Beware of Deceptive Ads for Cars
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Making loans to people who can't afford to pay -- that's one sign of predatory lending. Consumer advocates are trying to educate the public to help them avoid it. During a recent forum sponsored...
Candidates Disagree on Incentives
Byline: Matt Galnor, Times-Union staff writer Democrats Reginald Brown and Mia Jones both say Jacksonville needs to continue offering businesses incentives to move to struggling neighborhoods north and west of the St. Johns River. But the two...
Catching Some Waves
WAVEMASTERS RESULTS Here are the results of last weekend's annual WaveMasters surfing contest at Jacksonville Beach: LONGBOARD: Women: 1. Karina Petroni 2. Julia Arnold 3. Ashley Francis 4. Molli Miller Junior (17 & under): 1. Cheyne...
Cecil Pines Residents Set Up Special Display
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Ed Creamer was a prisoner of war in Japanese camps for much of World War II. His father, who died in 1921, was a POW in World War I. So when Creamer read about an empty chair display set up on...
Child Dies in Domestic Incident; Amber Alert Issued for Father and Boy, 5
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer A 5-month-old baby is dead and a 16-month-old child seriously injured after a violent domestic dispute in an apartment on the Westside yesterday, police said. "It was very violent," Jacksonville Sheriff's...
City's Pension Fund Faces Deficit; Reserves May Be Gone by Year's End
Byline: Mary Kelli Palka, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville's next mayor will have to find an extra $10 million to $13 million in next year's budget to pay the city's contributions to its Police and Fire Pension Fund. About $738 million currently...
Club Dedicates Park Butterfly Garden
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent About 50 butterflies were released Saturday to populate a butterfly garden at a dedication for The Keystone Heights Natural Park, on the site of the former Keystone Inn. The Garden Club of the...
County Fair Earns Blue Ribbon; Florida Federation Says It's State's Best
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer When it comes to putting on an agricultural fair, nobody does it better than Clay County. The superlative assessment comes not only from Clay County Fair Association members, but from the...
County Honors 55 Volunteers; Reception Held to Say 'Thank You'
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The Nassau County Health Department said a warm "thank you" April 29 to the men and women who volunteer their time and talent to improve the health of Nassau County residents. "You all know...
Cyclist Gears Up for Long Ride; His 860-Mile Trip Is a Fund-Raiser
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Six months ago, Rob Raesemann set a goal for himself -- to make an 860-mile bicycle journey through Florida, pedaling about 70 miles a day and visiting 13 cities along the way. Tomorrow, he leaves...
Dating in the Fast Lane; Raises Money for Karpeles
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer It seems all but certain that the state, facing deficits, will cut funds for the arts, and cut them deeply, said Leigh Rodante, assistant director and curator of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum downtown....
Democrats Decry Peyton Presence in Beach Parade
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer *******************CORRECTION May 10, 2003 Because of a reporter's error, a story on Page 1 Wednesday had incorrect information about a fire truck that Jacksonville mayoral candidate John Peyton...
Derailment in Georgia; Amtrak Passenger Train Collides with Truck; 1 Killed, 27 Injured
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer HINESVILLE -- Emily Lavergne, 5, twisted and re-twisted a lock of her light brown hair as she snuggled against her father while he recounted how their cross-country train trip ended in a nightmare...
Don't Forget the Rain; for Watering Plants, It's Tops
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Nature knows what it's doing. That's why rain water is such a wonderful thing for plants, said Terry Brite DelValle, a horticultural extension agent with the University of Florida and the city of...
Duval-Area Unit Treats Injured; 70 Doctors, Nurses Set Up Kuwait Camp
Byline: Nin-Hai Tseng, Times-Union staff writer The fighting in Iraq has wound down, but Jacksonville-area National Guardsmen are still in the Defense Department's plans for the region. The Camp Blanding-based Company A, 161st Medical Battalion,...
EDUCATION; Tale of Two Cities
The news that thousands of Florida students did not achieve what was expected of them in public schools this year is yet another sign that the education policies of the past have failed. Many are complaining about the state's solution, which is...
ELECTION 2003; THE MAYOR'S RACE Final Debate Heats Up Glover, Peyton Trade Shots on Agendas, Experience
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer Mayoral candidates Nat Glover and John Peyton traded blunt and often acrimonious charges last night during their final televised debate before Jacksonville's election on Tuesday. Peyton, a...
EWC Show Promotes Literacy
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Nearly 3,000 youngsters saw a recent Edward Waters College production that promotes early literacy. The Roz Company and EWC produced Auntie Roz, The Peanut Show. The show, which was staged several...
Family's Mini-Reunions; 7 Siblings Get Together Twice a Month
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer It's what Granny Gardner would have wanted. When her three daughters and four sons get together for lunch twice a month, they feel she's smiling down from heaven at them. Emily Gardner died at...
Fernandina Beach Wears a Throng
Mother Nature cooperated for most of the 40th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, which organizers estimated brought 125,000 people to downtown Fernandina Beach. Beautiful weather for opening ceremonies Friday evening was followed by a 2...
Fifth-Graders Design Winning Posters
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Peter Simmons, a Fleming Island Elementary fifth-grader, will soon be the envy of starving artists everywhere who pine for public exposure. His artistic creation -- the winning entry in...
Finally, There's a Way to Delete That E-Waste; Nassau: Electronics Recycling Saturday
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Got an Atari gathering dust? Where's that VCR that eats tapes instead of playing them? What about the TV with no sound you're going to get fixed some day? Yeah, right. Nassau County residents...
Former Dolphin QB Dies; Woodley Followed Griese, Bradshaw
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer David Woodley, a journeyman quarterback who bridged the gap between Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Dan Marino in Miami and followed Terry Bradshaw in Pittsburgh, died Sunday at the age of 44 in his...
Glover Leads Bolles to 1-3A Rout
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer Justin Glover already has a state championship ring from one sport. Now, he wants one in another. The Bolles outfielder led the host Bulldogs to a 9-0 win against Suwannee last night in a...
Hansel, Gretel Get Their Day in Court; Callahan: Students Take on Sordid Case
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer An evil witch killed in self-defense by the trusting children she'd tried to lure to their death, or a misunderstood woman murdered by kids lying to cover their crimes? That was the question...
Historic Ponce Plays on for Now; City Proposes to Buy Course
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer The Ponce de Leon golf course in St. Augustine isn't out of the rough yet, but the latest plan to save the historic property means it won't be closing as scheduled on Sunday. Chester Stokes, the...
Improvements to Road Costly; Costs Could Run $2.8 Million
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer Safety improvements to Palm Valley's Roscoe Boulevard will cost about $2.8 million, according to the St. Johns County Roscoe Boulevard Safety Study. The 6.3-mile Roscoe Boulevard starts at Solana Road...
It Felt like 'Grandma's House at the Beach'; Monday's Fire Started by Roofers
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- A fire that destroyed a 67-year-old beach house and damaged two neighboring structures was started accidentally by roofers using a torch to install a porch roof, authorities said...
Jacksonville-Area Teachers Receive Wal-Mart Honors
Fourteen teachers in the Jacksonville area were set to receive special recognition in honor of National Teacher's Day yesterday. In conjunction with Phi Delta Kappa International, the professional education association, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club employees...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer THREE SCOUTS SET TO BE HIRED James Harris, the Jaguars' vice president of player personnel, appears poised to hire three scouts, but is only firing one. Harris said yesterday that Matt Littlefield,...
JIA Raises Fee to $4.50; Charge to Generate Millions for Airport
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer Flying out of Jacksonville International Airport got a little more expensive this month. The airport raised its passenger facility charge tacked onto each ticket from $3 to $4.50 starting...
Laughter Taught as Healing Tool; Seminar Helps Adults Find Joy
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Tamara Conner started laughing -- and she couldn't stop. "Ha, ha, ha . . . ha, ha, ha," she whooped as she hopped around the room. Then she pushed her hands against her mouth and doubled over. ...
Linn to Stay as Neptune Manager; 90-Day Contracts
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The Neptune Beach City Council will not offer City Manager Dick Linn a new contract with the city once his current one expires in July but instead will continue to employ him in 90-day increments....
Lowe's Plan for Philips Highway Store Progressing
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Lowe's Cos. Inc., which is adding home-improvement stores in Northeast Florida, has taken a major step toward developing at the Southside Ring Power Corp. site. Lowe's filed engineering...
Medley Rolls on; Senior Ace Pitches Bartram Trail to Win
Byline: Jason Schneider, Times-Union sports writer Bartram Trail pitcher Megan Medley has been a model of consistency so far this season, leading the Lady Bears to the District 5-3A championship. But as a senior, she won't be satisfied until she...
Morning Briefing
BANKING CHAIN CHANGES NAME Atlantic States Bank will change its name to IronStone Bank to reflect the company's expansion across the country, Lewis Holding, chairman of the board for parent company First Citizens BancShares Inc., said in a statement....
Nassau Notes
Marines meet The Nassau Detachment of the Marine Corps League will meet at 7 p.m. today at Kraft Ten Acres. The group's annual picnic will be May 10 at the same place. All Marines and their families are invited to both events. For more information,...
Navy Gradually Will Shut Down Mayport Mobile Home Park
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The Navy plans to close a mobile home park at Mayport Naval Station by 2006 to build permanent housing for sailors and their families. The 16-acre mobile home park near the base's Youth...
Navy Man Describes Crew's '01 Detention in China
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union staff writer Few people understood the emotions of the rescued American prisoners of war in Iraq as well as Jacksonville resident Nicholas Mellos. Two years ago Mellos stood in their shoes after an EP-3 Aries...
Nease Hits Scheduling Problem; Budget Delays Snag Advance Planning
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Times-Union staff writer A month before school lets out, Nease High School juniors still can't sign up for next year's classes because school officials are uncertain about how to comply with the state's new class size amendment....
'Noles Pound Dolphins
Byline: Alex Abrams, Times-Union sports writer Last night's game between Jacksonville University and top-ranked Florida State seemed like a case of deja vu. Against the Dolphins on April 9, the Seminoles jumped to an 8-1 lead in the top of the...
Orange Park Woman Receives Special Scholarship
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Amber Davis of Orange Park needed an extra $1,000 to cover her expenses at Jacksonville University, where she will be a junior in the fall. So she prayed. Two days later, she got a call that...
Paying Tribute; Clay Remembers Its Fallen Officers
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer As relatives of deceased sheriffs and deputies sat in the audience, dozens of law enforcement officers in dress uniform participated in the Police Memorial Week ceremony Friday at the Clay County...
Police Briefing; Man Charged in Home Burglary Transient Also Resisted Arrest
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 24-year-old transient was arrested Thursday on a charge of burglary and resisting an officer without violence after he was found inside a home in the 2400 block of Mercer Circle South and briefly refused...
Police Briefing; Man Driving in Reverse Faces Multiple Charges after Crash
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A man driving in reverse on a downtown street was arrested April 28 and charged with possession of drugs, illegal possession of a handgun and with leaving the scene of an accident that caused damage....
Police Briefing; Southside Man to Face Multiple Charges in Crash
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 20-year-old Southside man was arrested April 30 on charges of driving under the influence, careless driving and criminal mischief after he had a minor accident in the 11300 block of San Jose Boulevard...
POLICE BRIEFS; Taco Bell Manager Robbed at Gunpoint
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches area police departments: JACKSONVILLE BEACH The manager of Taco Bell reported she was robbed at gunpoint Friday at the restaurant at 280 Third St. S. She told police that a man...
PUBLIC SAFETY; Former Political Candidate Gets Plea Agreement
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Danny R. Warren, a roofing contractor and a former candidate for the Clay County Commission, faces up to 25 years in prison after accepting a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors on sexual...
Reflecting on the End of an Era
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Times-Union correspondent As soon as I wrap up this column, I'll have to start packing for a trip south. It's a trip we have been making for months now. We are heading south to watch my son play baseball. However, this trip...
Regency Centers Sees Earnings Slide in Quarter; Competition, Slow Economy Are Factors
Byline: Gregory Richards, Times-Union business writer Battling a slow economy and tough competition from other shopping centers developers and retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Regency Centers Corp. said yesterday its quarterly net income fell,...
Retired Priest Returns; Lenihan Visiting Churches He Led
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer In his 50 years as a Catholic priest, Monsignor John J. Lenihan has founded one parish, headed the area's Catholic Charities office, worked for human and children's rights and counseled the family of...
Ridgeview Students to Join Symphony
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer Ridgeview High students Jeremy Collier, Arnaldo Colon and Eric Gilfus will perform Friday with members of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra in the Major/Minor Concert. Arnaldo plays the trombone,...
Saltwater Marsh Project Begins June 2; Fernandina: 100 Acres of Greenway Will Go from Fresh Water to Salt
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer A state project to revert about 100 acres of the Egans Creek Greenway to saltwater marsh is set to start June 2, but questions about the issue have resurfaced, years after the initial debate...
Seamstress Enjoys New Shop
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Clara Zepeda has found a new home for her classic sewing machines and vintage button collection. "I'm back in business," said the seamstress who has altered uniforms, ironed dress whites and...
Softball Roundup
REGION 1-6A -- OVIEDO 1, MANDARIN 0 -- Oviedo scored only once but it was enough to knock off host Mandarin yesterday. Sara Harwood hit an RBI single in the third inning to drive in Melissa Brown, who reached on a double. Keri Cook (16-7) was the...
Southside Store Clerk Fatally Shot
Byline: Tia Mitchell, Times-Union staff writer A store clerk was fatally shot early yesterday morning at a Southside gas station, and police are trying to determine why he opened the door to a bulletproof booth that protected him. Police received...
St. Johns Student Athlete Has Eye on State Record
Byline: Stephen Kindland, County Line staff writer Patrick Weaver soon will be the third of three athletic brothers to graduate from St. Johns Country Day School, and his coaches say he is one of the greatest all-around athletes ever to attend the...
Students Stage Musical; Pine Forest Kids Sing and Dance
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Minutes before, they were laughing and clapping as a stage full of second-graders in hand-painted T-shirts danced to Ice Ice Baby. Then a respectful stillness settled over the student body as...
Survivor of Nazi Concentration Camps a Living History Lesson
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Barely 13 years old, Henri Landwirth faced death every day as a prisoner in Auschwitz, Mauthausen and other German World War II concentration camps. Landwirth survived five years of torture,...
Symphony, Singer Serve Lighthearted Fare
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent Not every teen singer-songwriter would have the mettle to open a concert alone for the Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra in front of thousands at Jacksonville Beach's SeaWalk Pavilion. But Lorna...
Teacher, Genealogist Mabel Moyer Dies
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Mabel Padgett Moyer, who after a career as a teacher and media specialist found a second passion in genealogy, died April 24 in St. Augustine two weeks after suffering a stroke. She was 95. ...
They're Getting the Band Back Together Again
Byline: Kelly Fisher, River City News correspondent It had been decades since Jacqueline Furlow Scott pulled on her majorette uniform, but memories of days twirling a baton at old Northwestern High School still held a powerful sway over her. ...
Visitors Go Back in Time; St. Margaret's Holds Annual Tour and Tea
Byline: Patti Levine-Brown, County Line correspondent Just a short distance from the heavily traveled U.S. 17 sits the quiet, wooded area of Hibernia Landing. A dirt road that cuts through the middle of this tranquil setting leads to St. Margaret's...
Wary Foes Keep a Leash on School Plans
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer John Peyton and Nat Glover are walking a tightrope while they campaign for mayor on improving schools. The mayor is the most recognizable politician in Jacksonville, and hence has a powerful pulpit....
Watch out for the Signs
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist When a neighborhood gets to the point where people stop moving in and start trying to escape, it's because the warning signs went unheeded. Signs like litter. Closing stores. Homeowners moving...
Web Casting Call; the Latest Technology Spawned by the Continuous Growth of the Internet Gives Fans the Chance to Follow Their Favorite Teams in Progress -- No Matter Where They Are
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Michigan schoolteacher Shelly Devries and her husband, Bob, can't drop everything to come see all their son's Jacksonville University baseball games. They can't even circle a date to visit...
Women Spent Much Time Preparing Food
Byline: Mary Jo McTammany, County Line correspondent What was once considered women's work has changed in fits and starts throughout the decades since the Civil War. In the late 1800s, rural Clay County women spent most of their time fussing...