The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 11, 2010

A Collector by Any Other Name ... and There Are Other Names
Byline: Jackie Rooney Are you stuck for holiday gift ideas for the person who has everything? My late father-in-law used to say, "If you can't eat it or spend it, don't send it." However, if he - or she -who-has everything is an inveterate collector,...
Art Notes
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON 'SANTALAND DIARIES' RETURNS TO MOCA Ian Mairs will reprise his role as Crumpet, the disgruntled Macy's elf, in "Santaland Diaries" beginning Wednesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The one-act play...
Baby's Kidnapper Gets 18-Year Term; Dad Can Tell Him Later; for Now, a Happy Ending
Byline: DAVID HUNT Years from now, Melvin Duclos will learn about the frenzied search that ensued when a Jacksonville woman posing as a child welfare agent snatched him away after stalking his parents. He'll hear about how investigators, fearing...
Beaches Soccer Teams Have a Good Week
Byline: Brian Kosoy As the holiday season reaches fever pitch - I can always tell it's the holidays when the Yankees and/or Red Sox spend hundreds of millions of dollars on free agent signings - it's almost time to take our annual look back at the...
Beaches Voices; Fitness Challenge to Get You Heart-Healthy, the Fong Way
Byline: Bill Longenecker A recent news release and a trip to the San Felasco State Hammock Park last July inspired these gentle challenges. The release quoted Jonathan Fong, a doctor with the Venice-Ocala Heart Institute, with a simple plan for...
Beach Shorts
HELP FOR HOMELESS DINNER Organizers of the 2010 Mission House Christmas dinner are seeking everything from turkeys to cleaning supplies for this year's meal for people who are homeless or otherwise in need of a hot holiday meal. Ponte Vedra Beach...
Coastal Georgia Celebrates Opening of 6-Lane Interstate
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - The timing of the opening of the widened Interstate 95 from South Carolina to Florida went off like a NASA countdown. Seemingly seconds before the Georgia Department of Transportation started its 11 a.m. dedication,...
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. Starsky is a fluffy tabby and white...
Cold Weather Hasn't Been a Drag on Speckled Trout Fishing
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson Old Man Winter continues to send frigid temperatures to Northeast Florida, but the icy weather has not dampened the speckled trout fishing in Nassau County. Not only are the speckled trout biting and biting well, the...
College Smackdown; at Least FSU Did Play a Game Last Weekend
Byline: W. D. Rodeffer All things considered, I guess having to write a conference championship loss column beats not having to write a column at all. That's right, if you are flipping through looking for Eric Corbett's and Trey Dennard's column,...
Difference Maker
Even in 50-degree weather, Mark Corley and his Loggerheads are ready to dive in and swim. Corley has coached swimming since 1984, and despite chilly days and windy nights, he'll keep swimming and coaching until he gets as many kids into swimming...
Disabled Students: Expectations Raised; Modified Standards for Some Will Be Gone Next Year; Mastering Same Material as Peers Is the Goal
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Throughout the state, thousands of children with disabilities are studying modified curriculum in one or more of their classes, often because it is thought the general education material is too difficult for them to master....
Easy Choice for Gators Is Stoops
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops skipping his media session after practice Friday night figures to ratchet up speculation about his interest in the Florida Gators job, because he passed up an opportunity to publicly eliminate...
Felon Charged in ATM Theft Try; the Camden Man Faces Federal Charges; State Charges Could Be Next
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Persistence didn't pay for a Camden County felon who police said used a stolen pickup truck to repeatedly ram an automated teller machine bolted to a convenience store floor in an attempt to steal it. That...
Fifth-Grader Teacher Jailed in Case of Sex with Student; the Mother of the Boy She Tutored Contacted Police with Concerns
A Duval County fifth-grade teacher is in jail after authorities questioned her about having sex with a student she tutored in math and counseled at church. On Friday police charged Kristina Rhoden Hartless, 39, with three counts of capital sexual...
For These Kids, a Special Holiday Party Provides a Lot of Fun; Dreams Come True and Stein Mart Make It Possible
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND For a couple of hours, they could forget they had a life-threatening disease. They could forget hospitals and treatments and pain. The Dreams Come True holiday party in Mandarin was a time to dine on pizza and cinnamon...
Help Your Plants Survive the Cold; Here Are Tips for Minimizing the Damage of Chilly Temperatures
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE Bring out those Christmas sweaters and mittens, because cold weather has arrived just in time for the holidays. Cold and dry air masses moved into the area this week, sending many gardeners scurrying to protect tender...
High-Schoolers Open Up, Learn How to 'Be the Change'; Daylong Event Helps Students See into Others' Lives
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY For one emotional day, about 100 students at each of Clay County's seven high schools stopped in their tracks and looked at each other. Really looked at each other. And shared. And listened. The result was eye-opening...
High School Scoreboard
FOOTBALL FLORIDA STATE SEMIFINALS FRIDAY'S RESULTS CLASS 6A Orlando Dr. Phillips 37, Sanford Seminole 13 Miami Central 30, Cypress Bay 27 CLASS 5A Tampa Plant 48, Lakeland 7 Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 31, Bradenton Manatee...
Hit-and-Run Arrest Made, but Some Not Satisfied; the Narrow Road Where Fatal Accident Happened Concerns Residents Who Live near It
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Residents near the site of a fatal hit-and-run accident were relieved this week that the driver was caught, but they expressed fears that the road is narrow, unrelenting and dangerous. East Coast Drive is a...
Iconic Tiffany & Co. Opens; Its Luxury and Little Blue Boxes Are at St. Johns Town Center
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Amber Pickens wore her Tiffany silver earrings and ring on her first visit to the new Tiffany & Co. store at the St. Johns Town Center on Friday afternoon. She bought them online on the Tiffany website, but was excited...
Jackets Fall Short of Title Game; St. Augustine Rallies but Fails to Finish off Tampa Jefferson in State Semi
Byline: JUSTIN BARNEY TAMPA - St. Augustine High School football players said it over and over again. They were just so close. Close on a goal-line stand, close to a game-extending first down, and as close as you can be to a state championship...
Jacksonville Journal
EXTRA JET NOISE FROM VISITING DETACHMENT Residents living around Jacksonville Naval Air Station have new neighbors until Tuesday: the Navy's latest electronic counter-measure planes, base spokeswoman Miriam Gallet said. A 10-plane detachment...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; No Blackout: Jaguars 7 for 7
Byline: TANIA GANGULI The streak remains intact. The Jaguars avoided a possible blackout for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders making it the seventh of seven home games this season that have been televised locally. The NFL granted...
JTA Votes to Level Mound for $400K; A Contract Goes to a Viginia Company; Work on Removal Should Start Next Spring
Byline: DREW DIXON After spending $735,000 on attempts to remove a three-story mound of spoil materials known as Find Island from the Intracoastal Waterway in Neptune Beach, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority voted Thursday to spend another...
Kindergarten Teacher Helps Children Develop Love of Nature
Byline: Beverly Fleming I really appreciate all teachers, but those kindergarten teachers who start our kids out in their school endeavors are especially high in my esteem. In my opinion, one of the best is Marie Woodard, a kindergarten teacher...
Let Yourself Be Surprised This Season
Byline: Maria Murphy These days, I have the pleasure of teaching at Florida State College at Jacksonville. You want to stay on your toes? Teach a couple of college courses. Those kids and returning adult students keep me on top of my game. Last...
Meserve, Desiring to Move on, Accepts Fine; He Had Been Charged with Taking Money for Land Deals without a Real Estate License
Byline: DREW DIXON Again citing health reasons, former Jacksonville City Councilman John Meserve is simply ready to move on and end a case involving charges he violated state law by accepting $105,000 for four Mayport land deals without a real estate...
Most Wonderful Time of Year to See Hawks
Byline: Bob Buehn Pushed by cold fronts and pulled by ancient instinct to head south, the annual fall migration of hawks is under way. Here in Clay County we see many of these birds of prey, commonly referred to generically as hawks, but which...
Museum Will Honor Mothball Fleet on Its 65th Anniversary; Vessels Were Kept on Reserve in Green Cove
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN When the Mothball Fleet began sailing into the safe waters of Green Cove Springs after World War II, it brought with it ships, jobs and sailors - lots of sailors. The fleet was made up of about 600 decommissioned vessels...
Musings on Public House Painters and a Runaround System
Byline: Gill Johnston Suppose you need your house painted. Your initial step would be to ask around for recommendations as to which painter would best be suited for you to hire. You eventually find out that the pickins are slim. You have only...
Notebook
SANTA'S WORKSHOP VISITS KING & BEAR CENTER Elite Amenities Inc. will hold a winter camp for children who live in the World Golf Village neighborhoods Monday, Dec. 20, to Thursday, Dec. 23, at the King & Bear Swim and Tennis Center. Children...
NOTEBOOK; Tuesday Is Special Game Day at Jewish Center, Open to All
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND If you like playing games, Tikva Hadassah has a deal for you. It's sponsoring a game day from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, 3662 Crown Point Road. So grab your mah-jongg, canasta,...
OPINION NUGGETS; A Positive Tone
Former Jacksonville City Council member Art Graham has been chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission only a few weeks, and he's already causing quite a stir. The Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reports: - Rather than billing taxpayers,...
Police Briefs; Gold Buyer Charged with Fraud
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 21-year-old woman was charged with assault, criminal mischief and resisting a police officer after a 17-year-old girl was attacked with a purse...
Police Briefs; Resident Scares off Would-Be Burglar
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 32-year-old woman told police she looked out her window at 1 a.m. Monday and saw a man with a surprised look on his face. She told police she was sleeping when she heard a knock on the rear window of her apartment at Leigh...
Police Union's Clout Will Be Tested; the Question: For Candidates, How Vital Is the FOP's Endorsement?
Byline: MATT GALNOR There's a laundry list of doors that Jacksonville political candidates must knock on when trying to mount a formidable campaign. The Fraternal Order of Police always finds its way to the top of that list. But with candidates...
Police Warn Beach Residents of Recent Scams, Identity Fraud
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Identity, Internet and check scams are a nationwide issue that continues to worsen in this frail economy, in the Ponte Vedra Beach area and elsewhere, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office investigators cautioned...
Police Warn Residents of Scams, Identity Fraud; A Recent Case in the Area Involved Teen Posing as a UNF Fraternity Member
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Identity, Internet and check scams are a nationwide issue that continues to worsen in this frail economy, in the Ponte Vedra Beach area and elsewhere, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office investigators cautioned...
Ponte Vedra Firefighters Train in Frigid Ocean Waters
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY The weather was frigid this week, especially by Florida standards. Air temperatures ranged from the upper 20s to low 50s, and surfers all wore wet suits. So did the 20 St. Johns County firefighters who dove into the ocean...
Ponzi Schemer Assets to Be Divvied Up; WIDOW She'll Receive 25 Percent of Life Insurance Policies and Some Jewelry. VICTIMS They'll Get the Rest of the Insurance, Real Estate, Vehicles and More
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY More spoils from the lavish lifestyle authorities said late Ponzi schemer Wayne McLeod led will be heading to auction soon. The lawyer handling liquidation of McLeod's estate said Friday that a settlement has been reached...
Rib Shack Fire Strikes at Bad Time, Closing It during Holiday Season
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND For 21 years, the Rib Shack has been smoking ribs that have attracted a loyal legion of customers. But it was the popular Mandarin-area restaurant at 3861 Baymeadows Road that was smoking after a fire started in the pit...
Sassy Tappers Dance a Christmas Story; the 26-Member Troupe Is Performing the Show a Dozen Times This Month
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY They tapped across the stage as reindeer and rag dolls, as elves and toy soldiers, in nightgowns and red velvet dresses. The Sassy Tappers, who range in age from 50 to 84, brought the Christmas season to life Tuesday at...
SCOREBOARD; High Schools
BASKETBALL BOYS FORREST 61, ATLANTIC COAST 53 FORREST (61): Glover 14, Upshaw 12, Dorsey 13, Howton 3, Dowsley 4, Jackson 4, Bartlay 9, Lawery 2. ATLANTIC COAST (53): Drummond 6, Montgomery 4, Harris 13, Dixon 14, Mathis 4, Roth 9, Patterson...
Signs of Life Emerge on Guana's Burned Acres
New vegetation and other wildlife have begun emerging at Guana Reserve south of Ponte Vedra Beach after 280 acres of the park were purposefully burned in mid-November. Signs of new life ranging from little birds on scorched tree trunks to sprouts...
Soldier Was on Jags' Drumline, Loved Cooking; Yulee Man Was Killed This Week in Insurgent Attack in Afghanistan
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS When Kelly J. Mixon came home from Afghanistan for Thanksgiving in Yulee, he got to do two of his favorite things: mess around in the kitchen and play the drums. It was a happy time, family and friends say, tinged with...
St. Johns Revamps Dangerous Dog Law; Owners Who Have a Dog or Cat Deemed a Danger Must Carry $100,000 of Insurance
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES About a dozen dangerous dog or cat complaints are investigated each month by the St. Johns County Division of Animal Control, including two Portuguese water dogs' recent attack on a Ponte Vedra Beach man. That's why the...
Students Learn about Ireland in Song; the Dublin City Ramblers Pay a Visit to the Bolles Ponte Vedra Beach Campus
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY An opera singer taught them about Italy. Next month, a storyteller will teach them about Japan. Tuesday, students at the Bolles Ponte Vedra campus learned about Ireland from The Dublin City Ramblers, a ballad and folk...
Tire Company Wants Lawyer, Client Punished; Firm Takes Exception to Statements Made after Ed White Crash Verdict
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A tire maker being sued by a survivor of a crash that killed four Jacksonville high school students on Interstate 295 is asking a judge to punish the girl and her lawyer for statements he made after the driver's juvenile court...
TRINITY TRIUMPHS; Conquerors Reign over Class 1A, Avenge 2009 Title Game Loss
Byline: HAYS CARLYON ORLANDO - Trinity Christian's dream of winning a state championship was beginning to fade. Andrew Buie wouldn't let it happen. The senior carried 31 times for 242 yards and four touchdowns as Trinity Christian beat Delray...
Trying to Select Begonias? This Should Make It Easier; the Variety Is Vast, but It Helps to Divide Them into Three Basic Groups
Byline: TOM BRUTON I want to purchase some begonias, but I'm confused by the many different kinds of plants. Can you shed some light on the different types for me? I can well understand your confusion. The begonia family contains more than 900...
T-U 2
2 CENTS For those of us with full-time gigs with just enough vacation time to keep us sane, we all should be envious of Urban Meyer. Meyer presumably has millions in the bank and now all the time in the world to spend with his loved ones, work...
Two Liberators - a War Hero and an Eagle - Fly Free
Byline: CINDY HOLIFIELD & SANDY STRICKLAND Two "Liberators" - an American hero and an American symbol - are both free now. Richard "Dick" Armellino, a World War II and Korean War decorated Army Air Corp/Air Force bomber pilot, died Oct. 4....
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES We Have Clowns, but Hold the Laughs
If you combine Gainesville's Rev. Terry Jones with ACT for America's Randy McDaniels you will have Florida's own version of Abbott and Costello without the humor. Clowns they certainly are. Dangerous ones! In the case of Randy McDaniels, it's clear...
UNF Is Underdog with Purpose; Today's "Guarantee Games" Should Pay off Down the Line, Says AD
Byline: JOHN WEIDNER Scheduling a murderer's row of road games against some of the best college basketball teams in the country might not seem like a winning strategy. However for the University of North Florida, playing a challenging schedule now...
Using Social Media Can Be Successful Internet Marketing
Byline: Chuck Hall While we were busy creating websites and marketing businesses over the Internet last month, I was using social media in unique ways that I thought would make for some interesting reading. As you might remember, we use social...
Wolfson and Mandarin Christian: Winter Team Previews
Byline: Mark Boleky The winter sport previews continue, so let's finish it with Wolfson and Mandarin Christian. Here's what to look for from key teams for each school. WOLFSON HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL Head Coach: Bruce Rosebrock (19th Year...
Young Entrepreneur Will Display Her Talent at Mandarin Craft Fair
Byline: Rhonda Reese When Jim and Diane O'Meara sold their Mandarin Dollar store a few years ago, it opened an unexpected opportunity for their 10-year-old daughter Megan. When Diane decided to go into the promotional items business, Jim and Megan...
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