The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 3, 2010

2 Men Shot, 1 Dies at Hospital; They Were Found Lying in a Street after Reports of Gunfire Thursday
Jacksonville police are investigating another slaying this week as a man died after being found shot on a city street Thursday night. Police were called to reports of gunfire about 10:15 p.m. at Kings Road and Division Street in Northwest Jacksonville....
6 Killed in 3-Way Nassau Wreck; FHP Says Speeding Camaro Caused Accident Involving Rental Car and Pickup Truck
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Four children and two women died Friday in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 1 in Nassau County after a speeding car clipped another vehicle and sent it into the median, where it collided with a pickup truck, authorities said....
Aggressive Panhandling at Stores
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating a flurry of e-mails spurred by reports of "aggressive panhandling" incidents on Fleming Island, a spokeswoman said. The e-mails began making the rounds to a wide audience...
ANOTHER SIDE OF GEORGIA; Gifted Fourth- and Fifth-Graders from Loganville Take a Trip to the Coast
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Between bites of their sandwiches, fifth-grade classmates Drew Chunn and Billy Brandenburg talked excitedly Friday with Billy's mom, Donna Brandenburg, about what they'd enjoyed most so far on their...
APPOINTED SCHOOL BOARD; Debate Continues
The Charter Revision Commission put the subject of an appointed School Board on the public agenda. Since the commission is advisory, this issue is now up to City Council. If council gets engaged, there still could be many hurdles to cross. There...
Around the County
BEACH FIRM ALLEGEDLY COST INVESTORS MILLIONS FBI agents shut down a St. Augustine Beach finance company Wednesday morning that is accused of costing investors "untold millions of dollars," according to a source familiar with the investigation. ...
Banks' 'Limping Bandit' to Plead Guilty in Heists; the Guilty Plea Is for Seven of 20 Counts in Bank Robberies over Three Years and across Three States
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A Coffee County man identified as the "Limping Bandit" by investigators in three states intends to plead guilty to a series of bank robberies in Georgia and Florida, court documents show. Cecil Stephen Haire,...
Beach Shorts
EASTER EGG HUNTS, MORE Several Easter Egg hunts and some religious events will be taking place at the Beaches this weekend. Here are some of those events: - 10 a.m. today - Easter egg hunt for children 12 and under at Jordan Park at 1671 Francis...
Boat Trip Eerily Retraces Route Taken in Easter 2009 Crash That Killed 5
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Guiding a 21-foot Boston Whaler rescue boat at 35 mph along the Intracoastal Waterway in clear, sunny conditions through Palm Valley this week showed the need for paying close attention and keeping steady hands on the steering...
Braggin' Rights
Here are highlights from residents in Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and surrounding neighborhoods: ACADEMIC - Jacksonville University has named its annual faculty award winners. Excellence in teaching, Michael Gagliardo, assistant professor...
Briefs
LEARN TO DANCE AND EXERCISE THE FUN WAY Learn to dance with instructors at the Julington Creek Recreation Center. Each weekly class is a series of six one-hour lessons for $45 total. To register e-mail spassen@jcpcdd.org. The classes are: ...
'Charoset Throwdown' Puts Beloved Jewish Recipe to Test
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Watch out Bobby Flay. The Food Network may have to make room for a new contender. Recently, seven contestants participated in a "Charoset Throwdown," modeled after the popular chef's show, at two area Winn-Dixie stores....
Chu Praises Recovery Act at Solar Plant; the U.S. Energy Secretary Also Spoke on Oil-Drilling Possibilities
Byline: KEVIN TURNER U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited a Jacksonville solar panel manufacturing facility Friday to say freshly released Labor Department data is proof that President Barack Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is...
City Expansion Space Nearly Gone, Planner Says; URBAN AREA the Development Director Suggests Building to Attract People Who Want to Live in a City Environment
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Jacksonville will soon arrive at the point where there is no more room to expand, the city's new planning director says. William "Bill" Killingsworth, who was confirmed as director of the Planning and Development Department...
Community Is Backbone for Boy in Cancer Battle
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND & MARY MARAGHY Residents in the Ortega area have rallied behind 9-year-old Bryce Williams, who is battling bone cancer and recently underwent amputation surgery. His classmates at Stockton Elementary School sent him...
Community Reacts to Arrest in Somer Thompson Case; Seven-Year-Old's Mom Tells Supporters "The Monster Is Caught."
Byline: DAN SCANLAN One phase of the Somer Thompson case wrapped up March 26, with Jarred Mitchell Harrell being charged with the sex attack and asphyxiation of the 7-year-old Orange Park girl. But the news was bittersweet to those who knew or...
Community Reacts to Arrest of Suspected Clay Child-Killer
Byline: DAN SCANLAN One phase of the Somer Thompson case wrapped up March 26, with Jarred Mitchell Harrell charged with the sex attack and asphyxiation of the 7-year-old Orange Park girl. But the news was bittersweet to those who knew or had...
Difference Maker
Lois Bray, 81, retired from teaching years ago, but she still feels most at home in a classroom with children. She's a Westminster Woods resident who spends time at Julington Creek Elementary School helping children become even better students. ...
Easter Vigil at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Byline: MARY MARAGHY An Easter vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., featuring the music of Giovanni Palestrina and Healy Willan. At 10 a.m. Sunday, the Easter service will feature...
Farmers to Families Feel Financial Pinch of Winter's Freezes
Byline: RAVEN PRITCHETT After unwrapping the waxed paper around your next hamburger, you may not find any vegetables and if you do, they may lack flavor and color. Produce vendors, grocery stores and families are feeling the effects of inflation...
Farm Tilled by Homeless Will Provide Fresh Food to Hungry; the First Plants Will Yield about 5,000 Pounds of Veggies
Byline: KATE HOWARD When residents of Trinity Rescue Mission sit down for their daily meals, they're usually eating the kind of food that's easy to donate: canned vegetables and boxes of processed food that don't spoil. But soon, those in Jacksonville...
Finalists Named for Shepherd's Center's Golden Years Honors
Finalists have been announced for recognition at the Wednesday, May 5, Golden Years Gala, at which seven Clay County senior adults and one business will be honored for outstanding community service. Also at the "Oscars for Seniors" event, Earl Harrington...
Firefighter Layoffs Could Be Necessary; FINANCES without Union Concessions, There'll Be Job Losses, Equipment Cutbacks, City Leaders Say. THE RESPONSE Cuts Will Put the Public at Risk and Increase Response Time, the Union President Warns
Byline: MATT GALNOR Without concessions from the Jacksonville firefighters' union, city leaders say they'll have to lay off more than 40 firefighters and pull engines from four fire stations, city records show. Fire Chief Dan Kleman said he doesn't...
Four to Be Honored with Humanitarian Awards
Byline: MARY MARAGHY A surgeon, an architect and two bankers will be honored for their efforts to improve human relations in Jacksonville. Tickets are $200, black-tie optional and ethnic garb is encouraged for OneJax's 40th annual Humanitarian...
GATORS SPRING TRAINING NOTEBOOK; Meyer Sought Advice from Coach K
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - It's still a mystery as to exactly what Florida coach Urban Meyer did during his leave of absence. One detail emerged on Friday, though. Meyer met with Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who also took...
Get out of the 'Fast Change' Box
Byline: Maria Murphy We all know what it means to "think out of the box." We can easily get caught up in a mindset, belief or argument, and we "box" ourselves in by refusing to look at things a bit differently. Solutions to problems and the life...
Give Your Bike Earth Day Theme for Bartram Bash Parade
Byline: Beverly Fleming Young bicycle enthusiasts will be on parade at the sixth annual Bartram Bash to be held at Alpine Groves Park on Saturday, April 17. Bartram Bash is a combined celebration of naturalist William Bartram's birthday and an Earth...
Green Cove Springs Projects Get OK from City Council
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN Two major Green Cove Springs projects took big steps forward this week. On Tuesday, the City Council approved separate funding-related measures for the Augusta Savage Cultural and Community Arts Center and the proposed...
Group Wants to Save Old Black School; the Relic from Harrington Community Is Part of Glynn County's History
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Harrington community's historic one-room schoolhouse, once attended by the descendents of St. Simons' African slaves, can be saved for as little as $100,000. "It's not a matter of can, it's a matter...
iPad's Influence on Higher Ed a Hot Topic; but It's a Case of Wait and See for Professors and Their Students
Byline: MATT COLEMAN A digital harbinger of the wireless Renaissance. An oversized and underpowered trinket only mindless brand devotees will embrace. Today marks the official release, but the Internet is already inundated with reviews from...
Jacksonville Journal
JACKSONVILLE ISSUES ALERT ON OZONE LEVELS Jacksonville's Environmental and Compliance Department has issued an air quality advisory, saying elevated levels of ozone were present Thursday and are possible again through the weekend. The warning...
Jellybean Playday a Hit at Crown Point Elementary School
Byline: Rhonda Reese Combine 36,000 jellybeans, 40 fun fitness stations, dozens of parent volunteers and more than a thousand children and what do you get? A great time known as Jellybean Playday at Crown Point Elementary School. In an effort...
Law Students' 'Monologues' for Charity; A Popular Play Receives a New Interpretation by Florida Coastal
Byline: MATT COLEMAN Florida Coastal School of Law produces no-nonsense lawyers - not thespians. But for some students at the Jacksonville school, the lure of the theater simply can't be ignored. They'll be taking the stage tonight, for the benefit...
Let's Keep Our Planet Healthy; Rethink How You Garden to Help Preserve the Environment
Byline: RAYMOND H. ZERBA JR. April is Earth Month, a time to take stock of our planet's health. As gardeners, it's also a time to renew our efforts to be a part of the solution to environmental problems and not a part of the problem itself. ...
Mayoral Race Gains a Few New Hopefuls; General Counsel Rick Mullaney Will Leave His Post for the 2011 Bid
Byline: MATT GALNOR A flurry of campaign kickoffs are planned for next week as the 2011 Jacksonville mayoral race kicks into a new gear. City General Counsel Rick Mullaney paved the way for an official announcement, quietly filing campaign paperwork...
Mayport Group Open to Talks on Cruise Ships; Waterfront Partnership Hopes for Smaller Terminal as Port Authority Revisits Idea
Byline: DREW DIXON MAYPORT - With the Jacksonville Port Authority's renewed interest in Mayport as a cruise ship terminal site, a community leader said he remains opposed to a massive complex but that he'd consider a scaled-down version. Reopening...
Morning Briefs
SWOOZIE'S AT TOWN CENTER GOING OUT OF BUSINESS Swoozie's, a retail store known for greeting cards, personalization, paper and printing, is going out of business and is closing all 43 of its retail stores - including its store in the St. Johns Town...
MPS Group Championships Start Monday in Ponte Vedra
Byline: Brian Kosoy As Major League Baseball returns and The Masters golf tournament begins this week, professional sports also comes to the Beaches with a women's tennis tournament. But tennis isn't the only activity to keep Beaches sports fans...
Nagging Census Counting Goes Back to 1790 in the U.S
Byline: Jackie Rooney Knock, knock. Who's there? The census taker. The census taker who? No, really, this is no joke. It's the census taker. "Snapshot of America" Super Bowl ads were followed by letters alerting that forms would soon be...
Old County Jail to Be Featured on TV Show 'Local Haunts'
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN The old Clay County jail - long reputed to be haunted - will be featured Sunday on a locally produced television series called "Local Haunts." The 30-minute show will be carried on WCWJ TV-17 at 9:30 p.m. While it won't...
Patrons Saying Bye to Shelby's as Coffee Shop Changes Hands
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER NEPTUNE BEACH - The popular Shelby's Coffee Shoppe will stay open through April 25 then will be replaced by another coffee shop with the same staff, appearance and operation style, property manager Kendra Robertson said...
Police Briefs; Driver Who Passed out and Blocked Roadway Charged with DUI
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 35-year-old man was arrested March 28 on a DUI charge after police found him passed out with his vehicle blocking the roadway in the 5500 block of Greenland Road. The incident took place Jan. 7. A woman was delivering...
Police Briefs; Hit-and-Run, Domestic Battery and More
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A bicyclist was struck in a hit-and-run accident about 7 p.m. Tuesday when a pickup truck ran a stop sign and broad-sided the bike on Main Street...
Popular Authors Visit Mayport Elementary
Byline: STEVE DiMATTIA "Have you ever seen a ghost?" the Mayport Elementary fourth-grader asked the visitor this week. Her eyes were big as saucers as she awaited the answer. "Well ... maybe I have," came the measured reply from the adult with...
Protection May Come for Newts; the Salamander in This Area Struggles to Adapt to Life with Humans
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON The striped newt is adaptable enough to breathe through gills in small ponds, then shed its gills, breathe straight air and head for the forest when the ponds dry up. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the tiny...
Prune Golden Rain Trees When They're Dormant
Byline: TOM BRUTON When should I prune my golden rain tree? Prune them in the winter while dormant and before new growth emerges. This is true of trees that bloom on new growth which include crape myrtles, sourwoods and chaste trees. Spring bloomers,...
PTA Helps Beauclerc Elementary Students Enjoy a Cool Time
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A snowstorm was headed their way, and students were told to bundle up. Be sure to bring gloves, hats and a change of clothes, said a flier sent home to parents of children at Beauclerc Elementary School. When students...
Public Pleads against School Cuts at Mandarin High Forum
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Signs pleading their case wrapped around the packed auditorium at Mandarin High School. "Keep foreign languages in our schools." "Band is music to our ears." "Electives are important." "No TV production. No news." ...
Q/A: Karolyn Cantin; Ortegan Stays Busy, from Making Pastries to Teaching Yoga
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The Sun chatted with the multi-talented Karolyn Cantin of Ortega, who works as a pastry chef, airplane caterer, masseuse, yoga instructor and personal fitness trainer - a unique career she said jives with her interests and her...
Riverside Studio Square in Middle of Creative Experiment
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Wood sculptor Dolf James of Yulee uses 5-by-5-inch squares in many of his creations. There were squares around his Riverside studio recently when fellow artist Christina Foard came by to chat. While fingering a square,...
Rodeo, Games, Rides and More at the Fair
Some of Florida's best young cowboys and cowgirls are in Green Cove Springs today to demonstrate their rodeo skills at the 24th annual Clay County Agricultural Fair. Today's fair schedule includes the High School Rodeo, sponsored by the Florida...
Rushers Steady Gators' Offense; Moody and Gillislee Receive Most of the Work in the Spring
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - The receivers are unproven. The quarterback has tons of talent and the confidence of the coaching staff, but he has never started a college game. The search for a tight end has gone so far as to include...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS TRACK & FIELD FLORIDA RELAYS AT GAINESVILLE FRIDAY'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS BOYS Shot put: 1. Harvey, Robert (Dacula, Ga.) 57-08.75; Pole vault: 1 Shepherd, David (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) 15-00. Area: 8. Saitta,...
SEARCHING FOR SWEETS; about 200 Kids Participate in an Egg Hunt with Hospice
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Krista Bishop raised her 4-year-old son high Friday so he was level with tree branches in the courtyard at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. "Look straight ahead of you," she urged Dalton, a plastic Easter egg visible...
Second Time's Not a Charm for Retail-Office Proposal; County Planner Says He Won't Recommend Developer's Project on Canal Boulevard
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER PONTE VEDRA BEACH - A developer is trying a second time to get the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency's support for a 10,000-square-foot retail and professional office project on the north side of Canal Boulevard....
Still Time to Plant Corn in North Florida
Byline: Becky Jordi I want to stagger my corn plantings so I will be able to harvest at various times of the season. I do not want to have too much to handle at one time. When is the last date I should plant corn in North Florida? N.D. I commend...
SUNS 4, MARLINS 3; Putting on Exhibition of Power Stanton, Torres Hit Homers as Jacksonville Nips Marlins
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The Jacksonville Suns had a different look with their new uniforms in a 4-3 exhibition win over the Florida Marlins on Friday night, but the Suns reverted to a winning combination that helped carry them to the 2009 Southern...
Tideviews Pier Seen as Eco-Tourism Key; an Ecological Group Backs an 800-Foot Boardwalk That Will Start at the Preserve
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - A proposed 800-foot boardwalk and fishing pier at the Tideviews Preserve would link the park with a huge swath of city-owned marshlands and could turn the area into an eco-tourist destination. "One of the goals...
T-U 2
2 CENTS The NCAA insists nothing has been decided, but it appears likely the group will expand the NCAA Tournament to 96 teams. On Thursday, NCAA VP Greg Shaheen revealed a plan to conduct the expanded tournament, which includes first-round byes...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Can't Take Obama at His Word, Reader Says
[President Barack] Obama visited Afghanistan and told our soldiers that he was committed to staying until the job was done. That, to satisfy the conservatives. Then he told them that he would begin pulling troops out in a little over a year. That,...
Upcoming Mandarin Biathalon Has Just Kayaking and Running
Byline: Mark Boleky When I hear "biathlon," I think of that weird Winter Olympics sports where those dudes ski and then shoot things. But actually a biathlon is any event in which two sports are combined. And so, the Mandarin Biathlon qualifies,...
Very Special Arts Festival for Very Special Students
Byline: CHRISTY WHITEHEAD A place of quiet reflection was transformed when about 2,500 students descended on the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens over four days, filling the halls with laughter, music and chatter. The museum hosted the 15th...
With Temperatures in 80s, Fishing Will Only Get Better
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson We have a beautiful weekend in store for anglers in Nassau County. Whether you are fishing freshwater or saltwater, this is the weekend to enjoy on the water. Light easterly breezes predicted this weekend enable offshore,...
Women Gather to Honor Other Women; It Was a Locally Organized Gathering for the "Join Me on the Bridge" Movement
Byline: CASSIDY SHAW The gathering of women at the foot of Atlantic Boulevard was a modest, first-time event for a major, ongoing issue. It was a local showing for a something experienced worldwide. On March 8, about 40 women gathered at noon...