The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 20, 2010

2 Challengers Take on Green Cove Incumbents
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN Two City Council seats will be up for grabs when Green Cove Springs voters go to the polls in April. Debbie Ricks will face incumbent Ron Snow for Seat 5, while Bill Gause will run against another incumbent, Bob Page, for...
35,000 Eggs, 5,000 Children and 1 Big Bunny Party at Christ's Church
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND It's a hunt of eggs-travagant proportions. Think 35,000 plastic eggs filled with individually wrapped candy and a giant bunny, and you have the ingredients for a hip-hopping Easter party. Christ's Church in Mandarin...
After Ovarian Cancer, the Gate River Run
An Orange Park woman who twice survived ovarian cancer participated in - and finished - last weekend's River Run in Jacksonville. The 15K was Janice Petrelli's first race. With 2010 the first year since 2007 that she began without a major operation...
Around the County
BRIDGE OF LIONS REOPENS IN ST. AUGUSTINE The completely restored 83-year-old Bridge of Lions re-opened Wednesday to a large, appreciative crowd - many dressed in St. Patrick's Day green - which spilled onto the historic spans and walked and biked...
AROUND TOWN; Concours Draws 18,000 Visitors to See a Record 275 Cars
Byline: COULTER KIRKPATRICK The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance at the Ritz-Carlton had a record number of 275 cars with an estimated crowd of 18,000 on Sunday. Sam and Emily Mann's silver 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K won the Best of Show street class...
Atlantic Beach, Don't Look for New Police Headquarters Soon
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - The new police headquarters will be west of the current one after city commissioners nixed a proposal to combine the station with the commission chambers. While the commission approved the site near Jack Russell...
Beaches Voices; Streakers Persistent at Gate River Run, All Finishing the Race
Byline: Bill Longenecker The six Gate River Run streakers from the Beaches were fully alive and successful on March 13. "Streakers" is the term given to those who have run all 33 River Runs. All six of us finished No. 33. Dave Ohnsman, who was...
Biscottis Partnership Turns into 17 Years of Success; Women Earn National Recognition, Open Second Restaurant and Bakery
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Business partners Barbara Bredehoeft of Ortega and Karin Tucker of Riverside sipped coffee as they reflected on their entrepreneurial beginnings - nearly two decades and a few marriages ago. The blondes co-own Biscottis in...
Braggin' Rights
Here are highlights from residents in Mandarin and surrounding neighborhoods: ACADEMIC - Four area students have been selected to receive appointment to a United States Service Academy. Three students are from Episcopal High School: Brent...
Briefs
GARDEN BLITZ GARDENING CLASSES FOR SPRING Celebrate the first day of spring today at the Garden Blitz show at the St. Johns County Agriculture Center. There will be a "Gardening Blitz" with a day of gardening information presented by the St. Johns...
Bright Futures Sees Darker Days; SENATE Committee Says Changes Are Necessary to Keep the Scholarship Program Running. FUNDING Less Money Is Available as Enrollment Grows, So Standards Are Stricter, Test Scores Higher
Byline: MATT COLEMAN Higher test score requirements, less funding and stricter standards are on the horizon for Bright Futures scholars if a bill that cleared a Florida Senate committee Friday is approved. The Senate Higher Education Appropriation...
Bringing Your Lawn Back to Life; Follow These Basic Guidelines for Selecting and Applying Fertilizer
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE Is it time to fertilize lawns? If your lawn is actively growing, the answer is yes. However, in most areas throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, lawns are still brown. Once consistent warm weather returns,...
Census Rally Gets Little Attention from Community; Many Cars Drove Past the Event, but Officials Hope People Already Filled out Their Forms
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE - Organizers learned Friday it will take more than dogs, free hats and prizes to get people to attend a census rallying event. Anyone who filled out a census form could have gotten a free hat and mug and been entered...
Children Leaving School Walk by Scene of Shooting; A Man Standing in His Father's Yard Was Shot in the Head, Police Say
Schoolchildren heading home Friday afternoon from Paxon Middle School were greeted by police and crime-scene tape where a man was shot in the head in his father's yard. The shooting occurred about 2:15 p.m. in the 1000 block of Melson Street, just...
Coast Lines
GLYNN SCHOOLS' PLANS IN EMERGENCY ON DISPLAY The Glynn County school system will update the public on its efforts to improve its emergency plans at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Elizabeth Correll Teen Center, 4226 Coral Park Drive, Brunswick. The school...
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. Summer is a white and cream colored...
Community Notebook
'NEW MOON' DVD RELEASE PARTY AT BARNES & NOBLE Barnes & Noble's music department is opening early for a special release party of the "New Moon" DVD. Doors open at 8 a.m. today at 11112 San Jose Blvd. There will be games and prizes. The...
CONGRESS; Governing like Us
In a time when Congress grows more arrogant and callous by the day, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., is like a breath of fresh air. She doesn't want a congressional pay increase while so many Americans are out of jobs, losing benefits or taking pay...
Consider This Tremendous Tree: A Big, Bursting River Birch
Byline: Kathy Warner Want to plant a tremendous tree? Look no further than the river birch, Betula nigra. Indigenous to the eastern United States, the river birch is commonly found in flood plains and/or swamps. Native Americans used the boiled...
Cornell Not Red-Faced Anymore
Byline: Gene Frenette Cornell's basketball team had been doing a slow burn for two years, fueled by the embarrassment of twice being unceremoniously dumped in the NCAA Tournament. Friday afternoon, you saw it with every back-door cut, every 3-point...
Diabetic and Obese, She Turned Her Life around through Exercise
Byline: MARY MARAGHY About two years ago, Eugenia Butler, 45, was in constant pain, obese at 225 pounds and taking loads of prescription drugs and cortisone shots, and she needed a wheelchair or a cane to get around. But today, she's a mobile...
Difference Makers
Dana Miller and Lonnie Wright helped make Creekside High School's A Knight To Remember event a huge success. It is Creekside's only athletic fundraiser and it fills in the large funding gap for all the school's sports programs. The booster club sponsors...
Don't Run That Light! They'll Be Watching; AROUND TOWN Cameras Could Be Installed at City's Deadliest Intersections
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Arlind Lika was not surprised to learn the intersection of Kernan and Atlantic boulevards had more accidents than any other Jacksonville intersection in 2009. "You see cars flipped over all the time out there," said Lika,...
Drive A1A, See a Site You like, Dial Up Info about It; Group Plans an "Interpretive Cell Phone Tour" of 72 Miles of the Scenic Coastal Road
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Thanks to a Florida A1A advocate group's new project, drivers could soon be able to pull over and hear pre-recorded messages about interesting areas along the coastal state road, including places in Ponte Vedra Beach. Bird...
Duval County Students' Team Wins Robot Regionals; They Designed the Machine to Punt Balls and Hit Up to 7 MPH
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Team Resistance wasn't futile against 52 other teams at the FIRST Florida Regional Robotics Competition in Orlando on Sunday. The team, which clinched its third regional win in four years, is made up of 50 teens from Duval...
EAST REGIONAL: (12) CORNELL 78, (5) TEMPLE 65; Big Red Passes Test Cornell Is First Ivy League Team to Win in Tournament since 1998
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Naturally, 12th-seeded Cornell put a bit of a scholarly twist on prepping for its 78-65 upset victory Friday over fifth-seeded Temple in the NCAA Tournament East Regional. Big Red coach Steve Donahue didn't hesitate...
EAST REGIONAL: (4) WISCONSIN 53, (13) WOFFORD 49; Wobbly Wisconsin Wins Ryan Wins His 600th as the Badgers Benefit from Late Turnover
Byline: CHET FUSSMAN No. 4 seed Wisconsin advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. No. 13 seed Wofford, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, made an early exit, as expected. Those are the facts from the Badgers' 53-49 victory...
Face It, Facts Show Women Are Better Drivers Than Men
Byline: Jackie Rooney Keep your eyes on the road. Be alert and courteous and give wide berth to male Geminis driving speeding Toyotas. March is National Collision Awareness Month. News of sudden acceleration causing Toyota crashes has me worried....
Federal Budget Cuts Threaten South Georgia Literacy Effort; Organizers Say Reading Is Fundamental Has Helped Many Youths
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A literacy program serving hundreds of children in South Georgia would be eliminated under President Barack Obama's proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year. The president plans to halt federal funding...
Fertilizer Will Give Coontie Palm a Boost
Byline: PAULA LAMB The leaves of my coontie palms have lost their lush, deep green color. Will fertilizer help? A native plant, the coontie palm is well suited to our sandy soils and is known for its drought- and salt-tolerance. As a general...
Five Points' O'Brothers Irish Pub Raises Glass to Customers; with Sister Business Mossfire Grill Next Door, It's a Success
Byline: MARY MARAGHY After tending bar for more than a decade, D.J. Corbin finally finished college and landed a corporate America job in his own cubicle. He hated it. "I became just a number at a desk job," said Corbin, 33, of Five Points. ...
Five Years Later, No Report Card for City Program; an Audit Says Following Up on Goals Is Hard with No Integrated Computer System
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Antiquated record-keeping processes and a hodgepodge of computer systems that don't communicate with each other have made it nearly impossible to determine whether Jacksonville's program for small businesses met its goals. ...
Fleming Island High Represented in Winners
Fleming Island High School junior Leeann Herrera won Clay County's 2010 Concert on the Green youth poster contest with an entry titled, "Musical Stairs." Her work will be recreated for the concert program, made into posters for sale and used to...
Florida Surfing Association Opens Season Today at Pier
Byline: Brian Kosoy From surfing to golf to tennis to lacrosse, the Beaches area has it going on again this weekend and into the near future. Here are some of the highlights. - Surf contest today: The season opener for the Florida Surfing...
'Get Tested' Is Advice as AIDS Infection Rate Rises in Duval; Advancements in Treatment Dampen Fear of the Disease
Byline: KATE HOWARD Shannon Nelson's conscience won't let him be anything but honest when it comes to his HIV status. So when he meets someone he thinks about dating, he's up-front. Wouldn't you rather be with someone who tells you he's HIV-positive,...
Giving You Some Good NW News
Byline: Marci Skinner Hello to all, I received our Census form this week. I filled it out and put it right back into return mail. It took me all of about five minutes. Every 10 years, a census of the residents of the U.S. is taken to determine...
Historical Society Is Preserving West Nassau's Past
Byline: EMILY HARTFORD The original wood floors from 1881 creaked under 25 pairs of feet. Years ago, those same floorboards creaked with the footfalls of dozens of travelers as they made their way through the Callahan train depot en route to hundreds...
Home Economics Teacher Wove Love into All That She Did
Byline: Rhonda Reese You didn't really meet Sue Chang. You were simply embraced by her enthusiasm and excitement. The first time I walked through the door of the home economics room at Mandarin High School where "Mama Chang" taught sewing for...
Inner-City Kids Keep Boy's Dream Alive by Cleaning Waterways; Lakeith Had Cancer, but That Didn't Stop Him from Supporting the Annual St. Johns Event
Byline: DANA TREEN Not long before cancer took his life in 2005, 14-year-old Lakeith Myers Jr. surveyed the trash-strewn shores at Haulover Creek and made a declaration. "We should do our cleanup here," he told fellow campers at a Sierra Club...
Jacksonville Journal
MUDDY RACE TO BENEFIT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS GROUP Get dirty for a cause at the annual MS Mud Run, kicking off at 9 a.m. today at Jacksonville's Cecil Commerce Center at 5589 New World Ave. Race participants tackle a 10-kilometer foot race with bootcamp-styleobstacles...
JACKSONVILLE NOTEBOOK; Cornell Guard Makes Point Old-Fashioned Way
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT and GARRY SMITS Of all the Cornell stories surfacing at this NCAA Tournament, few are more compelling than how Birmingham, Ala., point guard Louis Dale ended up signing with an Ivy League school in Ithaca, N.Y., that only his...
JU Seeks Another NIT Upset; Dolphins Are on the Road Again, This Time at Texas Tech
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Rested and brimming with confidence following an upset win, Jacksonville University meets the Texas Tech Red Raiders today in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The eighth-seeded Dolphins will look for...
Lawyer Asks to Withdraw in Barrios Case; CONFLICtS on Appeal, Co-Counsel Is Expected to Say the Defendant Got an Inadequate Defense. MONEY ISSUE the Claim Is That the Inadequate Defense Was Due to Insufficient State Funding
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - One of David Edenfield's lawyers told a judge Friday he cannot continue representing him as he appeals his murder conviction and death sentence for the slaying of 6-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. ...
Lifeguards to Spruce Up Headquarters; Projects Include Construction of a Training Room for the Volunteer Life Saving Corps
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - In two years, the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its station, and lifeguards want the building to be in tip-top shape. That doesn't give them...
Mandarin High Teacher 'Loved Her Kids and Loved Her School'
Byline: RHONDA REESE Sunday was a special day at Mandarin High School. Shortly before 2 p.m., more than 1,000 people gathered in the school auditorium to celebrate the life of Sue Hing Eng Chang, better known as "Mama Chang" to the thousands of...
Mandarin Middle Girls Basketball Team Finishes Season 12-0
Byline: Mark Boleky Mandarin High athletes know how to win, and with a feeder school like Mandarin Middle, it's no surprise. The girls basketball team at Mandarin Middle recently finished a 12-0 season in Duval County Public Schools' Southern...
Mandarin Oaks Teacher of Year Finalist 'Makes Learning Fun'
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND You could call it a champagne toast. To Zachary Champagne, that is. The youthful-looking math, science and social studies teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School is known for bringing fizz to his classroom. Those...
Mercury Concerns Prompt Fish Study; Part of a Larger Study, Guana Researchers Took Samples from South Ponte Vedra Beach
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH- Guana Reserve researchers want to know how much mercury is in mummichog fish and oysters in South Ponte Vedra Beach, so they're collecting large numbers of them and sending them off for analysis. The...
'Miss Aggie' Alice Stanley Honored for Her Charity Work
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND It seems only fitting that the new Miss Aggie's charitable work involves food. The Miss Aggie award's namesake, Agnes Jones, ran a general store in Mandarin that was known for its meat and staples. Alice Stanley, the...
Miss Fletcher Contestants Are 'Dancing with the Stars' at Pageant
"Dancing with the Stars!" will be the theme of the 2010 Miss Fletcher Pageant, which is scheduled for Friday. At 6:30 p.m. at Fletcher High on Seagate Avenue in Neptune Beach, 19 Fletcher students will be vying for the title. Once again, Fletcher...
NCAA TOURNAMENT; BEARS WIN TUSSLE Trio Helps Cal Start Fast, Oust Cardinals
Byline: GARRY SMITS An expected clash of college basketball coaching titans never materialized, thanks to California beating Louisville at its own up-tempo game Friday night at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Led by the senior trio of Pac-10...
NCAA TOURNAMENT; CORNELL PASSES TEST No. 12 Seed Dismantles Temple in Upset Victory
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Naturally, 12th-seeded Cornell put a bit of a scholarly twist on prepping for its 78-65 upset victory Friday over fifth-seeded Temple in the East Regional. Big Red coach Steve Donahue didn't hesitate to explain. "We're...
Officer Tasers Teen to End Fight; Review Finds Justified Use, Department Policy Followed
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A Glynn County police officer used his Taser to stop a Brunswick High School student from continuing to beat another student during a fight on a school bus Friday morning. The 16-year-old boy was incapacitated...
Police Briefs; 64-Year-Old Pushed Down, Robbed at Home
Byline: MARY MARAGHY A 64-year-old man reported that he was home alone when he answered a knock at the door of his home in the 700 block of Acosta Street around 7 p.m. March 9. When he opened the door, two men he didn't know pushed him down, demanded...
Police Briefs; Row over Smoke Leads to Fight, Arrest
A 45-year-old man was arrested after the victim told police he threatened to break her larynx, slit her throat and kill her. The incident began at 1:45 a.m. March 10 when the couple started arguing over a cigarette at the Villa's at Mandarin Bay at...
'Pop Legends' Showing Their Work at R. Roberts Gallery in Avondale
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Two world-famous artists, known for their bright, bold whimsical art that is collected by many celebrities, are coming to Jacksonville for the first time. Martini-themed artist Michael Godard of Las Vegas and Super Bowl 3-D...
Prosecutor Declares Meserve Violated the Public Trust
Byline: DREW DIXON The legal wrangling is escalating in the criminal case in which suspended Jacksonville City Councilman John Meserve is charged with illegally profiting from Mayport land deals. In his recent response to Meserve's February motion...
Rape Shows Dangers to Homeless Women; the Victim Was Brutally Assaulted March 13 in Jacksonville Beach
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - A homeless woman who was brutally raped and beaten March 13 experienced the extreme dangers that can happen to women who live on the streets, mental health experts said. "There is a high incidence...
Riverside Arts Market Features Different Vendors on the Fringe
Byline: RACHELLE KOWALSKI Visitors found a different set of vendors at the opening day of the 2010 Riverside Arts Market. You could call them the rule-breakers. In 2009, RAM was open only to artists selling their own hand-crafted projects. ...
SAVANNAH'S FASCINATION WITH OUR SHIP; COMPETITION City Plans to Study Building a New Cruise Terminal, and Possibly Lure the Ship from the First Coast
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Savannah, Ga., is making a play to land a cruise ship and its city leaders are closely watching whether Jacksonville remains a homeport for Carnival Cruise Lines. Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas said if Carnival stops sailing...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BASEBALL BAKER CO. 6, BISHOP SNYDER 0 Bishop Snyder***000***000***0-***0***4***1 Baker Co.***200***004***x-***6***9***0 W: Waddell (2-0). L: Gillingham (0-1). HR: Duval (BC). 3BH: Gross (BC). 2BH: Holland (BC), Hanks...
Seminole Fans in Clay, Here's Chance to Meet Coach Jimbo Fisher
Byline: Brent Beaird New Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher will begin his first booster tour in Clay County. Fisher will be the special guest of the Seminole Club of Clay County on Monday, April 12, for a golf tournament, followed by...
She Retired from Teaching Art, Not from Creating It; Myra Schick's Work Fills Her Murray Hill Home and Can Be Seen at a Local Gallery
Byline: AMANDA ST. GERMAIN People are always asking Myra Schick of Murray Hill how long it took to grow the bamboo shoots sprouting in all directions in her front yard. "I get that all the time," the retired veteran art teacher said, laughing....
SOUTH REGIONAL: (1) DUKE 73, (16) ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 44; Blue Devils Dominate Duke Has Four Score in Double Digits during First-Round Mismatch
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Arkansas-Pine Bluff had the success you would expect from a No. 16 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament - none. Duke, the top seed in the South region, built an early double-digit lead and coasted to a 73-44 victory...
Springing the Blues Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary; April's Festival Kicks off for 2010 with Blues in the Schools Program
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Mary Hurt Wright has cherished childhood memories of growing up in rural Mississippi in the late 1950s and early '60s with her grandfather, John Hurt. Times were tough and everyone worked hard, but "Daddy John" eased their...
Sweetwater Woman Turns 100 with a Celebration at Twin Hills Civic Association
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Georgia Mote of Sweetwater will celebrate her 100th birthday 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Twin Hills Civic Association, 6743 Watoma St. Mote still lives on her own, loves word search puzzles, crocheting, watching...
Taking the Podium: Speakers Share Their Stories about Being Homeless; Program Aims to Bring Personal Narratives to Civic, School Groups
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER If he was nervous, Espia Gatson didn't give any clue as he stood before 40 second-graders on Friday. Concealed from them, too - at least for a moment - was his past. Gatson is one of 21 speakers in a recently formed...
The 15th Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Was Truly a; ...Classic Field of Beauties
Byline: DAN SCANLAN There was a car propelled by a propeller, rocket-finned cars motivated by jet engines, plus exotic motors of one to 16 cylinders. One car at Sunday's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance looked like steel rails should be its...
Traveling Bell Show to Stop on the Waterfront
Byline: Chuck Hall Did you think that your children might never get to hear the wonderful bell-tower of your old university? Perhaps you have never heard carillon bells, either. Good news! The Mobile Millennium Carillon, a traveling carillon bell...
T-U 2
SOMETIMES TEAMS KNOW MORE THAN YOU THINK In the event the Jaguars don't end up getting Tim Tebow, I want to give people a reason to be optimistic that the Jags could still end up making a decision that benefits the franchise. Here are a few examples...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES America's in Need of Health Care Reform Now
I find it sad that Americans are even having a discussion about health care. We're supposed to be the greatest country on Earth. We spend more on health care than any other country, yet millions of U.S. citizens have no health care other than what...
UNF Professor Tries to Save Job; Tayeb Giuma Met with UNF Officials to Appeal Firing Recommendation
Byline: DREW DIXON A University of North Florida associate professor charged with beating a contractor with a piece of lumber had a "cordial" and "constructive" meeting with school officials this week in hopes of keeping his job, his attorney said....
UNF Student Selected for Climate Awareness Effort
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND & MARY MARAGHY For she's a jolly green fellow. University of North Florida student Cheryl Pakidis was selected for a fellowship program of the National Wildlife Federation. Pakidis, who lives on the Southside, will...
Welcome Springtime with an Early Black Drum Catch
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson Spring will officially arrive today. Hopefully, we can all spend some time on the water with our family and friends enjoying the warmer weather predicted for this weekend. High tide will occur around 12:15 p.m. today,...
Where's That Extra Hair Going? to Be Oiled; A Company Uses Donated Hair to Help Clean Up Oil Spills
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Soft, relaxing music plays in the background while candles radiate in the chic one-room salon as Jill Cox cut 2 inches of a customer's hair. But instead of discarding the shorn locks, she got them ready for her next shipment....
Wing Chun Teaches Street Survival; the Ancient Martial Art Is Taught at a Studio in Jacksonville Beach
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Several centuries ago in China, a powerful warlord wanted to marry a young woman, who didn't want to marry him. To protect herself, the young woman, Yim Wing Chun, went to visit a nun at a nearby monastery to learn a martial...

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