The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 15, 2002

Ads Could Save the Day at Fenway
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist Quick. Which will have more advertising on the left-field wall next year: a new minor-league park in Jacksonville or an old major-league park in Boston? Not so fast. While people here are talking...
Afghans Begin New Life Host Family Helps Family of 6 Adjust
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Times-Union correspondent U.S. flags waved and red, white and blue balloons filled the air as an enthusiastic group from CrossRoad United Methodist Church on the Southside met their new family at Jacksonville International...
Annual Riverfest Promises a Variety of Activities
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Green Cove Springs' 14th annual Memorial Day Riverfest observance promises to be more poignant than usual this year. The opening ceremony of the May 27 event will include Rick Crose, the father...
Artist Weber Wins Top Prize Award Carries a $1,000 Prize
Michael Weber of Port St. Lucie won the Amelia Island Plantation Best of Show award for his watercolor work during the recent Isle of Eight Flags Fine Arts and Crafts Show. He collected $1,000 for the honor. Judges were Laurie Taylor, artist and...
Atlantic to Pick Consultant for Water, Sewer Analysis
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Atlantic Beach will hire a consultant to analyze the city's water and sewer utilities, which could lead to a restructuring and changing of the rates, despite objections by two city commissioners...
Audit Finds Tax Collector Problems Official's Wife Says He Will Leave Office Soon
Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur, Times-Union staff writer The Duval County tax collector has been slow to turn over large tax payments to city and School Board accounts, and his office has kept at least $437,000 in interest earned by holding onto those...
Beaches Communities Ready to Dance in Street
Byline: Steve Piscitelli, Shorelines correspondent Dancin' in the Street has grown up. In contrast to its humble origins as a no-name block party, organizers expect 20,000 people to show up Saturday for the festival's 16th anniversary. Organizers...
Blues CD Springs Surprisingly Good Listen It Captures Festival's Feel
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent Once the last blues player left the stage at the 2002 George's Music Springing the Blues Festival, Executive Director Sam Veal called the event the best one yet. After listening to the new CD featuring...
Books in Spotlight Program Promotes Theater, Reading
Byline: Phillip J. Milano, Times-Union editor It's free, it has singing and dancing, and it includes Imogene's Antlers. With that combination, organizers are hoping Reading Rainbow, this year's Free Summer Theatre program June 4 to 7, brings...
Bridge Builder Undercuts Workers Required Wage Wasn't Being Paid
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- The builder of the new Sidney Lanier Bridge is paying back wages to workers because the company paid them less than the prevailing wage in the area, a violation of federal labor law. ...
Burr Foundation Helps Kids Make the Most of Their Dash
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Shorelines correspondent As he knelt by the grave of his late wife, Monique, Ed Burr of Jacksonville Beach studied the dates on her grave marker: September 9, 1960 -- October 22, 1996. "I was thinking about the short...
Business Owners Offer a Little Advice
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer It's tough to start a business and even tougher to keep it going, especially longer than five years. Today, Women Business Owners of North Florida will announce its selection of two...
Callahan Intermediate Tops Math Contest
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Lights were flashing, decimal points flying and competition fierce last week during the first Nassau County Math Brain Bowl at Callahan Intermediate School. While math-challenged adults in...
Campus Corner
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer OLIVA RETURNS HOME TO MAKE HISTORY Jacksonville University senior outfielder Chad Oliva became the Dolphins' all-time leader in runs batted in (222) and tied for the career mark in walks and...
Ceremonies Honor Fallen Police Events Poignant in Wake of Sept. 11
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer A trumpet playing taps. A 21-gun salute. Amazing Grace performed on bagpipes. Such somber moments set the tone Thursday for Clay County's observance of Police Memorial Week, made even more poignant...
Chamber Markets County's Attractions to Its Residents
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer There's a lot for Amelia Islanders to do in their own back yard. That was the theme of an Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce picnic last week to promote local attractions....
Child Safety Seat Technicians' Rolls Decline Nassau: Study in State Draws National Attention
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer A survey done by the Nassau County Child Safety Seat Program generated some talk at a recent national conference. Program coordinator Janie Gunnell and her partner, Matt Collins, surveyed...
Choosing Art Is City's Priority
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist After people learned last week that the city will be buying $2.8 million worth of public art at their expense, the phones were ringing at City Hall. But people weren't calling to nitpick. They...
City Government's Strife Continues Callahan: Council Rehires Cashier Mayor Fired
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The crossfire of allegations and firings that passes for politics in Callahan continued last week, with no signs that the sniping will stop anytime soon. A town cashier who wrote a letter...
Clay High Mourns Student Auto Accident Claims Girl, 16
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Clay High School students and faculty members alike were grieving together this week over the death Saturday of a 16-year-old sophomore whose mother teaches at the school. Students were crying...
Clay High ROTC Unit Is Honored Squad Now among Distinguished Units
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Patricia Clayton remembers what it was like as a freshman member of the Clay High School Navy Junior ROTC unit. The senior members at the time, she said, failed to make her feel welcome, a part...
Community Notebook Agency Hosts Family Fun Jamboree
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Gospel recording artist Gary Baker will be featured at a Family Fun Jamboree from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Edith Brown Ford Community Center, 2839 W. Beaver St. The free event, called Fam Jam, is sponsored...
Community Notebook the Bridge Celebrates Accomplishments
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer The Bridge of Northeast Florida will celebrate the completion of renovations and expansion of educational and medical services from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at its main campus at 1824 N. Pearl St. Guests will include...
Confident Teen Not Surprised at Being Named Mr. Ribault
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer As judges pondered selection of Mr. Ribault High School last week, one of the six finalists was particularly cool, calm and confident. Turns out he had good reason. He won. William Rodney Madison of the Northside...
Congratulations to Graduating Parents
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Times-Union correspondent Both of my children attended Clay County public schools from the time they started kindergarten until they graduated. I will admit there were times I fretted about aspects of their education....
Council Has Dispute over Official Cards
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Orange Park Town Council members no longer are allowed to put their work telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, fax numbers, or e-mail addresses on their official business cards. "And no salutations...
Council OKs Club Boxing Halt
Byline: Matt Galnor, Times-Union staff writer The Jacksonville City Council early this morning imposed a six-week moratorium on "fight nights" at local clubs while a committee looks at potential regulations for the events. The decision comes less...
Elementary Girls Ready to Transform Club Gives Them New Confidence
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer The sixth-grade girls who took to the S. Bryan Jennings Elementary School stage Friday to model the latest teenage clothes from Belk admittedly were nervous. "I was scared," one girl said. ...
FHSAA Probes Ribault Fund-Raisers School Receives Letter of Inquiry for Possible Rules Violations
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer The Florida High School Activities Association is investigating the Ribault High School girls basketball program for three rules violations committed during the past 19 months. Two violations stem...
Final Funding Is Still in Flux for Hospital
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer State legislators approved an additional $8.3 million for Shands Jacksonville this week, paving the way for the hospital's other supporters to cement their financial commitments to the struggling...
Georgia Briefing
RAIN HAS LITTLE IMPACT ON OKEFENOKEE WILDFIRES As much as a half inch of rain fell in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge early yesterday morning but the precipitation had little impact on the nation's two largest wildfires, which are both currently...
Girls' Essays Proclaim Strength, Smarts, Boldness
During Women's History Month, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville sponsored the Voices of Girls Essay Contest for young women. Middle and high school girls were invited to share what it means to be strong, smart and bold. Twelve essays were selected for presentation...
Great Southern, Dickey Betts Get Together, Perform
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent It's a grand conjunction of Southern rock legends few venues could match. Saturday, Allman Brothers legend Dickey Betts performs at our local Southern rock Mecca, the Freebird Cafe. Betts will be...
Group Honors 4 Local Humanitarians
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville's civic leadership group gathered last night to salute diversity and pay tribute to four people who have worked for the betterment of humanity here by building bridges across cultural...
Henry Returns Home Kid's Reading Sent Mascot around World
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff Henry the eagle landed at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School Friday, complete with a marching band and hundreds of U.S. flags to celebrate a reading milestone for its 675 students. The eagle, the school's...
In Most Cases, Child Must Be 14 to Work
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: I have a question regarding my 13-year-old son. He is desperately wanting a part-time job this summer and is willing to wash dishes, bus tables, whatever -- but he can't seem to get...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I think the Riverwalk has become a critical piece of our downtown. People look forward to it." -- City Councilman Reggie Fullwood, whose district includes the new stretch of the Northbank Riverwalk. See story, this page. FUNDS...
Keeping the Faith
Byline: Glenda S. Jenkins, Times-Union correspondent YOUTH REVIVAL Mount Horeb Missionary Baptist Church in Hilliard will begin its annual Youth Revival at 7 p.m. today. The event will run through Friday. For more information, call 845-3948....
Kenny Opens with Ace West: Win, Then Worry about Final
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer TAMPA -- The common strategy for high school baseball coaches in the state final four is to pitch their top starter in the semifinal, preferring to risk playing the championship game without the...
Kentucky Derby Simulcasts Top Records at Area Facilities
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union sports writer This year's Kentucky Derby was a record day for attendance and betting handle at the area's parimutuel facilities. The Best Bet at St. Johns in Bayard, the Orange Park Kennel Club and Jacksonville...
Kids Enjoy Big Easy Student Wins Class Trip to New Orleans
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer To fifth-graders at West Riverside Elementary School, Capt. Dick Crain is much more than the pilot who flew them on a prize-winning trip to New Orleans last week. He's their pal. He regularly visits their...
Leather out for NCAA Basketball
The leather basketballs used in NCAA tournaments have been permanently benched. The organization said it would make the switch next season to balls made of synthetic materials. The decision comes after animal-rights activists complained about...
LEGISLATURE Well Done
Monday, the Florida Legislature wrapped up its work for the year. It was an impressive showing. Lawmakers had their work cut out for them. A mild recession had caused a budget setback earlier. The realignment of legislative and congressional seats...
Lifeguards Claim Top Spots in World
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor Jacksonville Beach ocean rescue supervisor Mike Lerian couldn't forget his experience at the world lifeguard competition in Australia two years ago. He lost. He didn't make it past his first qualifying...
Logistics Company Seals Deal with BMW
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch, Times-Union staff writer A Jacksonville-based logistics company has landed a major contract with carmaker BMW in a deal that will add 20 jobs locally and further solidify Northeast Florida as a nationwide hub for companies...
Man Charged in Beating Death His Brother Also Sought by Police
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer One Jacksonville man is behind bars and police are looking for his brother after a 52-year-old man died from injuries in a beating this month. Sentell Glover is charged with murder and is being...
Meeting on Ribault Exam Leaves Parents Frustrated
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer More than 70 angry students and their parents last night demanded to know when the teens would receive their high school diplomas. A special meeting was held to answer questions about a state investigation...
Mother, a Beach Person, Gave to Her Kids, Her Town
Byline: Bill Longenecker, Shorelines columnist My mother, Louise, died Sunday after a 3 1/2-year struggle with dementia caused by a series of small strokes. She was married to my father, Galen, for 56 years before his death in January 1996. Mother...
Nassau Notes
CHILD SEAT The Nassau County Child Safety Seat Program will have a fund-raiser May 25 at the White Oak Plantation in Yulee. Participants can either play a round of golf or tour the wildlife preserve. Both will be followed by dinner at White Oak's...
Neighbors Oppose City's Plans for Electric Facility
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Tempers flew Monday as roughly 50 neighbors peppered Jacksonville Beach electric officials with questions and angry protests about an electric substation the city plans to build in the 1200 block...
Northbank Riverwalk on Fast Track Construction to Start in Summer
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer After a few years of delays, City Hall should begin building a crucial part of Jacksonville's Northbank Riverwalk this summer, offering a new vista along the St. Johns River. The extension will start...
Nursing Homes to Get $27 Million More in Aid
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- A year after passing a massive plan to fix the troubled nursing-home industry, Florida lawmakers have agreed to spend an extra $26.9 million next year to help nursing homes afford insurance....
Panel: Fewer Homes in New Plan
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A developer will have to reduce the number of homes in his planned unit development if he wants to build a subdivision on some of Jacksonville Beach's most prime property off Third Street and St....
Parents, Kids to Plan Safer Graduation Party for Future
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer A group of Beaches-area parents is trying to start a new high school graduation tradition next year -- an all-night alcohol- and drug-free party called Project Graduation. "There is a problem...
Patience Best Path with Bugs
-- I have hundreds or perhaps thousands of a small, plump insect with red and white strips and black on its back, crawling all over the ground in my planters. What is this, what is it eating, and what should I do about them? Answer from Clay County...
Penney Resident Jeeninga Adds Author to List of Titles
Byline: Marian Chapman, County Line columnist Here at Penney Retirement Community, several shelves in the library are devoted to the works of our authors, 25 of whom still live here. The latest to join this august company is Gustav Jeeninga, whose...
Police Briefing Man Found with Drugs, Arrested
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A 50-year-old man was arrested at 11 p.m. May 9 in the 1200 block of 24th Street West and charged with possession of heroin and marijuana. Police were executing a search warrant at the home when they discovered...
Police Briefing Southside Man Assaults Officers Serving Warrant
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 34-year-old Southside man was arrested May 8 on charges of battery on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence after police said he attacked two Jacksonville police officers serving a warrant...
POLICE BRIEFS Man Arrested for Being Loud
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH Police arrested a man May 4 and charged him with breach of peace and resisting without violence after he yelled obscenities and became violent while...
Police News Peeping Toms on Prowl in Mandarin
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Two Mandarin women reported seeing peeping toms outside their homes late May 8. The first incident occurred at 10:18 p.m., when police said a woman walked into her kitchen on Elderberry Drive and...
Poor Pilings Add $500,000 to Center's Cost
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Jacksonville Beach leaders must decide whether a small community center proposed at the foot of the former Sixth Avenue South fishing pier is worth $500,000 more than it was originally expected to...
Pretty in the Pond Koi Fanciers Show Their Yards, Fish
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer They may look like goldfish, but to members of the North Florida Koi Club, they are living jewels -- swimming flowers that liven backyard gardens and seem to thrive in Northeast Florida's weather. ...
Race Makes Stop at Beaches Worrell 1000 to End in Virginia
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor Eighteen catamaran sailboats stormed ashore in Jacksonville Beach Thursday afternoon, some of them with their spinnaker sails blown astray and their two-man crews beaten hard by wind and ocean swells. These...
Rhodes Driving Force at UNF
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer The secrets to Dusty Rhodes' sustained success as the University of North Florida's baseball coach are simple. He works hard, coming to the office every day and maximizing practice time to...
SCHOOL ZONE Team's Stock-Market Skills Pay off with Regional Win
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer From Feb. 4 to April 26, Megan Willis' fourth-grade class at Tynes Elementary School participated in the Florida Stock Market Simulation program, along with 230 other Northeast Florida elementary,...
Scripts Have Literary Appeal
Here are synopses of the acts in Reading Rainbow to be performed June 4 to 7 in Jacksonville as part of Free Summer Theatre 2002: -- Amazing Grace follows young Grace as she attempts to break stereotypes to play the title character in her school's...
Silver Meteor Hits Log Truck, Derails 14 Hurt on Amtrak Train Bound for Jacksonville, Miami
Byline: Dana Treen and Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writers An Amtrak train en route to Jacksonville and Miami struck a log truck at a crossing north of Savannah, Ga., yesterday morning, derailing all 10 cars and injuring 14 people, emergency...
Society Forced to Move Group Packs Up Donated Goods
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Ruth Brown surveyed more than 4,000 square feet of prom dresses, baby shoes, an object that resembled a rickshaw, toys, games, clothes and household goods. The items all must be sorted, packed and disbursed...
Standoff Ends in Camden SWAT Team Called for Barricaded Man
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer HARRIET'S BLUFF -- A tense, 22-hour standoff with a man who worked at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick ended Monday night after a SWAT team lobbed nine cannisters of tear gas...
Suns Waste Caraccioli Gem, Fall 1-0
Byline: Bryan Mullen, Times-Union sports writer Two nights ago the Jacksonville Suns were demolished 12-0 by the Tennessee Smokies. Last night's loss, however, must have felt even worse. The Smokies edged Jacksonville 1-0 in front of 1,910...
Symphony Not Only Music on Green Bill
Concert On The Green will have a line-up of local and nationally recognized bands performing at the event May 26, prior to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's appearance at 8 p.m. Included on the program at Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club...
Tax for Schools Likely on Glynn Ballot $90 Million Would Refurbish, Build, Buy
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County voters will be asked to approve a penny sales tax increase to raise up to $90 million for building several new schools, renovating existing facilities and buying educational...
Team Needs Community to Meet Goal of Safer Roads
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Speeding. Motorists running red lights or stop signs. Bumpy roads. Dangerously crowded roadways. Badly needed traffic signals or sidewalks. For years, these kinds of issues were difficult...
The County Line
Serving Clay County readers every Wednesday and Saturday. CLAY COUNTY SEND US PHOTOS: The County Line encourages readers to submit photographs of community activities they would like published. While we don't expect everyone to be professional...
The Love, Danger of the Rodeo Sport Gives Cowboys a 'Natural High'
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Travis Collinsworth is a professional athlete in one of America's oldest sporting events. But in no other sport does a 160-pound man challenge an opponent that weighs as much as 2,000 pounds....
Tomcats Notebook
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer CASEY CLEARED TO PLAY Starting QB Rashard Casey has been cleared to play this week, just days after it appeared he would be sidelined for weeks with an ankle injury. Casey was injured during the...
Training Young Authors Poetry Lets Kids Get Expressive
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer Gail Kahler, a literacy coach at Pickett Elementary School, said the kids are starting to "use aesthetic structures of description, precise adjectives to describe abstract thought, metaphors such as similes -- and...
Twin Lakes Students Honor Nation's Heroes
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer The entire student body of Twin Lakes Academy stood at attention as the Stars and Stripes, back-lit by the morning sun, snapped in a warm breeze. They tried to watch the military color guard, but most kept sneaking...
Unflinching Focus Bolles Pitcher Supports Ill Mom While Going 13-1
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer TAMPA -- When Jon Hollis was asked last week to describe pitching, the Bolles baseball senior likened the pitcher's mound to a cage. "I climb inside, and I don't hear anything or see anyone but...
VOICES Fun Spills out of Clubhouse Doors Center's Main Goal Is to Get Kids Inside
Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to offering its members a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs; character-developing experiences; opportunity; and hope. All noble goals,...
VOICES Museums, Library Offer Wealth of Summer Fun
With summer approaching, many parents are thinking of ways to engage their children in positive, fun experiences. And most parents would agree that the summer can provide occasions for extended learning -- particularly in areas that might go untapped...
Wal-Mart Changes Plans for Neighbors
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A Southside neighborhood fighting a proposed super-size Wal-Mart next door spent two hours Thursday looking over changes the retailer made to its plans after residents complained about the store's size,...
War Has Tiny Effect on Exchange Program Students Say They Feel Safe in Duval
Byline: Kelly Donovan, Times-Union staff writer Swiss exchange student David Bollinger had been in Jacksonville a short time when the Sept. 11 attacks occurred. While exchange program officials worried that students such as him would return to...
Workshops to Improve Service
Byline: Phillip J. Milano, Times-Union editor The best help in the world won't do much good if those needing it don't know it's available or can't figure out how to access it. That's the problem the Human Services Council says it wants to help...
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