The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 23, 2002

71 Too Soon to Talk of Retirement
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Any discussion of retiring the No. 71 worn by departed Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli is far too premature for a guy who is still an active player, especially one that could have as big an...
Aroundtown
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union staff writer Teddy bears and dolls in snazzy, patriotic duds are up for adoption during the silent auction at the annual Celebrity Chefs Tasting Luncheon that benefits the Salvation Army. The event is...
Auditorium Idea Dropped
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A developer has dropped a controversial plan for an auditorium that could have seated up to 160 people at Fourth Avenue and First Street North in Jacksonville Beach. "The auditorium is out of...
Best Buds Blossom in Young 4-H Club
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Standing up in front of a group and introducing yourself can be fairly nerve-racking for many adults, much less a 5-year-old. But a new 4-H Cloverbud club in Callahan is helping kids ages...
Bolles School Program Exposes Third-Graders to Other Cultures
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer For the past month, third-graders at The Bolles School have immersed themselves in the culture of other nations. The 42 students took a country and then researched its customs, flag, sports, foods, landmarks,...
BRIEFS Police: Miami LB Was Legally Drunk
Miami linebacker Chris Campbell was legally drunk at the time of his fatal car accident, police said yesterday. Campbell had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 when he lost control of his car and hit a tree early on Feb. 16, according to an autopsy performed...
Building Request Breaks Freeze Clay Landowner Wants Apartments
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer ORANGE PARK -- A major landowner is seeking approval to build apartments in north-central Clay County, breaking a voluntary moratorium on new development undertaken by Branan Field landowners...
Business' Move to Residential Area OK'd Pool Company to Replace Shacks
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer The Orange Park Town Council had to make a choice Tuesday night, but it turned out to be a no-brainer for the five council members. Their decision boiled down to whether a proposed swimming...
Buyer Wants to Research House's Past
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: I was thinking of purchasing an old house but would like to learn its history. Do you have any suggestions on where I should look first to find out if anything occurred in the house...
Center to Educate Teachers $13 Million Building Opens on Southside
Byline: Timothy Puko, Times-Union staff writer Adorned in formal dresses and tuxedos complete with gold bow ties, LaVilla School of the Arts Jazz Band members juiced up their mostly traditional set with Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock and OutKast's...
City Owed $228,160 for School Bus Work Who Must Pay Bill for Inspections in Dispute
Byline: Matt Galnor, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville City Hall hasn't seen a dime for inspecting more than 5,700 school buses, at $40 apiece, this school year. The School Board denies responsibility for the tab -- $228,160 as of Feb. 1...
Clay Utility May Pay Part of Bill for Argyle Project
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, County Line staff writer The Clay County Utility Authority can pay part of the bill for water and sewer main lines to a new Argyle development without setting an impossibly expensive precedent, a lawyer told the authority's...
Coast Guard in Line for Station Trailers to Give Way to 3-Story Facility
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Coast Guard crews in Brunswick soon may hoist their flag over a new, permanent station. Coast Guard and state officials are finalizing the details to replace the crews' temporary...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "When someone comes through here 100 years from now, they will know I was here." -- Carpenter Glenn Johnson, who renovates historic homes in Thomasville, said he writes his name on the back of molding he installs. Story, this page....
College Roundup
-- FLORIDA STATE 10, SIENA 2 -- The top-ranked Seminoles (11-3) staked starter Marc LaMacchia to a 4-0 lead after one inning and the sophomore righthander cruised to his second win yesterday in Tallahassee. LaMacchia (2-0) struck out seven in five...
Competition OK, If in Perspective
Byline: Elizabeth Seney, Shorelines columnist A woman who recently joined the tennis team I play on confided in me at a luncheon the other day (luncheons are big in women's tennis leagues) that she had switched tennis clubs because her old club...
Complaint Filed against Police
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A business owner has filed a formal complaint against the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, saying the police chief is denying her any more business over a dispute about making an exact color...
Conference Empowers, Lets Girls Focus on Themselves
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer It was all about girls Monday at Florida Community College at Jacksonville's Betty P. Cook Nassau Center as 54 middle school girls from around the county gathered for the second annual Girl Power...
County Charter Draws Support of Commissioners
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's the view of at least three Clay County commissioners regarding the county charter, including Commission Chairman Pat McGovern, who recently described...
Courthouse Illness Studies May Come Too Late New Building Opens in October
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer By the time government officials finish their study of a study of another study of air quality problems at Jacksonville's federal courthouse, some employees are convinced they'll be moving to a new...
Dad Finds School Time Pays Well
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist It's been nearly two years since Michael Erdelyi quit his job as a United Parcel Service driver to go back to school. Not to pursue a degree for himself but to pursue more time with his girls....
Davis Warns UNF of Global Divide on Class Issue Race Less an Issue Than Economics
Byline: Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writer African-Americans may be free, but they're a long way from equal, Ossie Davis told 300-plus people yesterday at the University of North Florida. Davis, 84, an actor, writer, producer and activist,...
Developer Has Plans for Former Landfill Golf Course, Condos Part of Community
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer ********** CORRECTION February 27, 2002 A proposed golf course and condominium development on the former Sunbeam Road landfill site in Mandarin would be the first such project for Brownfield Properties...
Developer of New Eckerd Store Asks Green Cove to Close Street
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer A Ponte Vedra Beach developer who wants to build a new Eckerd pharmacy in Green Cove Springs has asked City Hall to permanently close one block of a city street to make way for the $2 million project....
Diabetic Students Get Help
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A student-led diabetes support group is changing the menu at Fletcher Middle School. The group has convinced cafeteria staff to add meat sandwiches on pizza days and serve salads more often. Now,...
Digging for an Answer Nassau: Some Residents Express Their Concerns about Mining Operation
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Sitting in a car about a mile from a towering industrial machine in Green Cove Springs, Yulee resident Kathy Bennett listened. "I don't hear any sound," Bennett said. If officials with...
Dolphins to Honor Three Seniors Today
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Listed at 6 feet 4, 185 pounds, Jacksonville University power forward Johnny Jones lacks the typical build of a post player. He also doesn't have gaudy statistics or an athletic scholarship....
Drury to Fight Guilty Verdict Lawyer to Request New Trial, Try Appeal
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- People who had waited years for Carl M. Drury Jr. to reap some of what he sowed reflected yesterday on a guilty verdict that could result in his being imprisoned for life. After deliberating...
Fairbanks Capital to Grow Call Center Here
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Fairbanks Capital Corp., which bought a real estate servicing operation from Bank of America last month, has restructured and established Jacksonville as its largest customer service...
Familiar Fim Will Design City Hall for Green Cove
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer An Orange Park architectural firm that has designed many prominent Clay County public buildings, including the Fleming Island High School and the county jail, has been selected to design Green...
Family Puts Heart into Association Show
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Times-Union correspondent When pianist and composer Octavio Pajaro's cell phone rang about 3 p.m. Sunday, it meant the program for the American Heart Association's 2002 Heart Ball Patrons Party would require some last-minute...
Feds Will Open Own Probe in Valdes' Death Acquittal of 3 Former Guards Prompted the Justice Review
Byline: Rich Tucker, Times-Union staff writer The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday it will conduct an investigation into the fatal beating of Frank Valdes to see if corrections officers violated the Death Row inmate's civil rights. Last...
Forum Will Focus on Disability Issues in Clay
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Transportation, housing, access to public buildings and parks, and other issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities will be addressed Wednesday during a Clay County Forum on Disability...
FSU's Richie Ready to Flex His Muscle
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Slowly, Florida State sophomore catcher Tony Richie's game is rounding into shape as he continues to regain the strength in his throwing shoulder following offseason surgery to repair...
Gibbons Dashing Christians' Hopes
Byline: Matt Kirk, Times-Union sports writer LAKELAND -- University Christian's attempt to repeat as Class A state champions likely came to an end last night at the Lakeland Civic Center with a dominant run by rival Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons...
Gilbert High Reunion More like Family Gathering for Grads
Byline: Barbralyn A. Woodson, Times-Union staff writer Some graduates of Matthew Gilbert High School's Class of 1964 said their recent meeting was more than a gathering of old friends. "This gathering [was] more like a family reunion," said class...
Go-Cart Club Gets City Help Relationship Will Be Closer
Byline: Kelly Donovan, Staff writer The city has begun to form a cozier relationship with a go-cart club that operates at a city-owned track on the Westside, helping it elect officers and proposing to fund improvements at the facility. At a meeting...
Gourd-Geous Creations Artists Transform Gourds into Striking Visual Works
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union home and garden editor Think about the raw materials of art, and brushes, canvas, mounds of clay and tubes of paint come to mind. Vegetables probably do not, but galleries from Jacksonville to Philadelphia...
Group Probes Area's History Society Seeks Descendants
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Their names are still heard and seen daily in the bustling suburb of Mandarin, gracing roads all over the community. Now the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society is searching for the families whose names and...
Group Qualifies for Scholarship Program
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer A Beaches scholarship organization qualified last week for a new tax credit scholarship program that helps children from low-income families go to private school. HEROES, a Jacksonville...
Growth Line
Building permits filed in Clay County from Jan. 2 to Jan. 31: COMMERCIAL E. Vaughn Rivers Inc., 1515 County Road 315C, warehouse, $600,000. Garden City Construction, 908 Blanding Blvd., food/drink establishment, $433,000. Batson-Cook Construction,...
Ham Jam Faces Zoning Roadblock Event May Have to Be Moved This Year
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer The First Coast Ham Jam, one of the largest outdoor entertainment events in Northeast Florida, has been held for the past nine years on farmland in Middleburg. There might not be a 10th. The...
History-Loving Couple Buy 16th-Century Home in France
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer For Elisabeth and Bob Rafloski living on Amelia Island wasn't history enough. The couple recently immersed themselves deeper in time when they bought a small apartment inside a 16th-century...
Home Depot Project out, Condos In
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A Beach Boulevard parcel that was a mobile home park, then a prospect for a Home Depot store, is now targeted to become a 104-unit condominium complex. John Sisk of American Shelter Co. plans...
Home & Patio Show Highlights
If you are interested in the latest gadgets, gizmos and geegaws for home and garden, head to the Spring Home & Patio Show. It continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the the Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "However the world pulls us apart, we must pull ourselves back together." -- Actor and activist Ossie Davis, who told a crowd at UNF yesterday that Americans are now challenged by a growing divide between the haves and the have-nots....
Late Goal Sinks Kenny
Byline: Bill Wesselhoff, Times-Union sports writer TAMPA -- Jupiter scored the lone goal with less than five minutes left in regulation for a 1-0 victory over Bishop Kenny yesterday in Class 2A state semifinal boys soccer at Ed Radice Stadium. ...
Mayport Group Eyes Grant
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer A Mayport community leaders group plans to ask for nearly $1 million under a new Jacksonville grant program to have medians installed on Mayport Road from Wonderwood Drive to Plaza Road. ...
Minority Contract Policy May Change Group Sued to Stop 'Sheltered Markets'
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer Mayor John Delaney is preparing to end part of a Jacksonville City Hall program that sets aside certain contracts for minority companies -- a key charge in utility contractors' lawsuit alleging city...
Nease Girls Breeze into Final Panthers Defeat Lakewood 4-1
Byline: Bill Wesselhoff, Times-Union sports writer TAMPA -- With a 4-1 victory, second-ranked Nease marched through the mud into the championship game of the Class 2A girls state soccer finals yesterday in the rain at Ed Radice Stadium. The Panthers...
Nease Leader Up for State Recognition 28-Year District Staffer Also Tabbed
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Nease High School Principal Robert Schiavone is one of two St. Johns County School District nominees for the 2002 Florida Commissioner of Education Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership. Sponsored...
Nease Principal Up for State Recognition
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Shorelines staff writer Nease High School Principal Robert Schiavone is one of two St. Johns County School District nominees for the 2002 Florida Commissioner of Education Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership....
New Columns, Old Favorites Fill Online Community Site
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer Parisian will have its semi-annual Celebrate Education fund-raising event from 8 a.m. to noon March 2. This is a fund-raising opportunity for local schools and a way for Parisian customers to receive a...
No Sea Turtles Stranded in Duval
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer A record number of sea turtles were stranded on Florida's shores last year, but none of them was found on Jacksonville's beaches, according to a recent Florida Marine Research Institute report....
On the Road Again Care-A-Vanners Get Their RVs and Head to Habitat Sites
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Fifteen retirees from across the United States who travel in recreational vehicles spent this week at the Beaches, helping build homes for needy families. They're members of Habitat for...
Paddling the River Captains Navigate Current, Cruisers
Byline: Lynn Skapyak Harlin, Times-Union correspondent What these two men do to make their living, most people do to relax. Charlie Baird and Jim Marriner are paddleboat captains who toil on the St. Johns River, and making their passengers feel...
Police Arrest Hit-and-Run Suspect
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Atlantic Beach police arrested a Wesley Chapel man after witnesses said he drove a car into another vehicle on Mayport Road then drove away from the scene. The man later spat on officers as...
Police Briefing Man Robbed at Gunpoint While Loading His Vehicle
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer A 20-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint while loading his work tools into his vehicle at 12:20 a.m. Monday in the 4900 block of Perrine Drive, police said. One assailant began to strangle him while the...
Police Briefing Police Break Up Crowd at Nightclub Rifle Found in Car; 2 Men Arrested
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 19-year-old Memphis man and 18-year-old Northside man were arrested Monday on charges of carrying a concealed firearm after police said they found them hiding a rifle in a car parked outside The Roxy...
Police Briefing Pregnant Woman Attacked outside Convenience Store
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Police are looking for two young women witnesses say attacked a seven-months' pregnant woman Tuesday outside a convenience store at 10455 St. Augustine Road. Police said the 20-year-old pregnant woman was trying...
Police Briefing Woman, 18, Purposely Hit Man with Her Car, Police Say
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer An 18-year-old woman was arrested at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Kernan Blvd. S. and charged with aggravated battery. Witnesses said the suspect argued with a 19-year-old man. Witnesses...
POLICE BRIEFS Woman's Purse Stolen Fom Hotel
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH On Monday, a woman reported that someone stole $150 from her purse. She said she had left the purse inside her room at the Comfort Inn, 2401 Mayport...
Police Make Aggravated Battery Arrests
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Gunfire had police speeding to two Southside homes earlier this week to handle separate aggravated battery cases, both of which left men with minor gunshot wounds. In the first case, police said a...
Postcard from Salt Lake City
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist I have been trying to force myself to get up and run in the morning. The problem isn't the altitude. It's the temperature. One morning, it was 12 degrees. Without wind chill. The runs have been...
Promotion Dispute Smolders in Fire Suit City Expects Latest Complaint to Fail
Byline: Paul Pinkham and Steve Patterson, Times-Union staff writers A Jacksonville firefighter has asked a judge to block pending fire department promotions for captain and lieutenant, saying past promotion practices continue to prevent African-Americans...
Railroad Workers Climb aboard Retirement Change the Effects of New Rules Are Wide Ranging, However
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer Last month's liberalizing of retirement benefits for the nation's railroaders had an immediate effect on the industry. But the full implications go far beyond what's seen at first glance and...
Rising Tide Will Test UF 'Bama Seeking a Share of Title
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer When Alabama hired Mark Gottfried to head its basketball program in March 1998, the former Crimson Tide player made four promises to administrators and fans. He has kept the first three, and he's...
River Run Champ Offers a Few Tips
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer In his first race, Gate River Run record-holder Todd Williams lost -- to a girl. He was in elementary school at the time and, despite his physical education teacher's urging, thought he would...
Russia Latest Whine Country, Thanks to IOC
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist SALT LAKE CITY -- And to think we were getting along so well with the Russians. If you had been putting together a list of countries we disliked, Russia wouldn't even have made the top 10. I...
School Battles DOT Crews to Ease Traffic, Work Late
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer The state will cease almost all daytime lane closures on a 1.2-mile stretch of Florida 13 in Fruit Cove and Switzerland after parents and school administrators complained it was causing gridlock as children tried...
Shelter Uses Web to Recruit New Internet Site Helps Pets Find Home
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer In the old days, before "dot-com" became part of the English language, people looking to adopt a homeless dog or cat usually had to go to the county pound or a private animal shelter. Now...
SOCIAL SECURITY Opportunity Awaits
There is a rare opportunity to accomplish two desirable public policy goals at once, if only Congress would focus more on them. In no sense can the federal income tax system be called fair. Increasingly, politicians have tried to load the entire...
Southside Minister Will Retire Pastor's Health Forces Move
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union sports writer The Rev. Frank Mays was dedicating a baby when he suffered what later was diagnosed as a blood clot. Suffering from severe neck pain, he finished the dedication and drove home. But his head...
St. Johns Deputies, Inmates Hurt in Accident on U.S. 98
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer Two St. Johns County deputies and four inmates were injured Thursday when a logging truck hit a corrections van in Taylor County. The deputies had picked up the inmates from several correctional...
Students Learn Creative Thinking Clay School Sets Up Program
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer To the untrained eye, they looked like simple pieces of construction paper in the shape of a pie with two slices cut out. But seven Fleming Island Elementary School students, who are learning...
Talk of the Town
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor I long have been of the belief that, in the public arena at least, perception is a strong harbinger of reality. Not always, but a good deal of the time. Just ask former County Commissioner Buddy Griffin....
Teens Get History Lesson American Beach: Keeping Past Alive
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Kayla Nixon's eyes were bright as she looked out over the iridescent aquamarine waters of American Beach. The 14-year-old was one of about 10 African-American teens from the Jacksonville...
Thursday Skating Rating Tops 'Seinfeld' Finale
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer As exciting as last night's USA triumph over Russia in the men's semifinal ice hockey game was, the TV ratings for the game will likely pale compared to the shattering numbers turned in for Thursday...
Voice Speaks of Future Center a 1-Stop Shop for Help
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer An Arlington pastor recently had a vision he's turning into a "Voice." John D. Perry II said he began to envision an outreach ministry that would meet all social service needs of the low-income and...
Walking Club Launches New Trail
Byline: Chuck Stalfort, County Line columnist Seeing walkers on the streets in downtown Fernandina Beach is nothing new. Many of them are enjoying ice cream cones. A few may be leisurely window-shopping. Some are tourists just enjoying a stroll...
Wide Reaction to Motto Proposal Surprises Hogan
Rep. Mike Hogan has been amazed at the response to his plan to put the motto "In God We Trust" in every public school in Florida. State and national reporters have called. Civil libertarians have groaned. And this week, four House Democrats proposed...
Writings with Taste of Nassau Amelia Island: New Anthology Planned
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Amelia Island, often the subject of books, is about to get its name in print again. The Nassau County Writers and Poets Society Inc., a non-profit writers group made up of about 20 island...
X-Terra Generation Nissan Targets Younger Drivers with 2002 SUV
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer One thing is for sure -- you can't miss the 2002 Nissan Xterra, especially in the color scheme we received. In fact, Solar Yellow seems to be a big favorite with first-generation Xterra buyers, a...