The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 9, 2009

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Byline: TOM SZAROLETA DECORATIONS HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? Holiday lights abound at this time of year. But it makes us wonder: Is there such a thing as too many lights decorating a house? Do you prefer a few tasteful lights or full-on Griswoldian...
A New, Improved Alhambra; A Familiar Show Returns amid Upgrades in the Menu and Decor
Byline: ROGER BULL Tony Triano is back, bah-humbugging his way through another holiday season. Kenneth Uibel is there, too, haunting him as the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future. And the Alhambra Dinner Theatre itself is back, if...
Athletes Show It's OK to Cry
Byline: MARK WOODS On Twitter, the Tim Tebow tweets keep piling up. "Is it really raining again or is Tim Tebow still crying?" one asked Tuesday morning. On eBay, one of the items for sale is a "vial of Tim Tebow's tears." (As the product...
At Long Last, Bridge and Road-Widening Are Nearing the End; Intracoastal-Area Work Is Expected to Wind Up by the Week of Dec. 21
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Bill Cissel remembers the first day of construction on two high-elevation bridges on Beach Boulevard over the Intracoastal Waterway. Work began right outside his restaurant, Billy's Boathouse Grill, which is just north of...
'Aussie Song' a Touching Love Story; the Musical at ABET Is Based on a Woman's Real-Life Stories
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN A new family musical inspired by a Jacksonville woman's true life stories and memories premiered Friday at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre. "Aussie Song" is an entertaining production with beautiful music and an interesting...
Beach City Balks at Alcohol Law; ORDINANCE TABLED the Proposal Would Cut off Booze Sales at Midnight for New Restaurants in Jacksonville Beach. IN OTHER BUSINESS the City Council Selected Dick Matthews to Fill the Term of Pete Mittleman, Who Leaves Office Dec. 31
Byline: DREW DIXON JACKSONVILLE BEACH - The City Council balked at a proposed ordinance that would end alcohol sales at midnight for new eateries after a wave of restaurateurs voiced outrage at the measure. The council agreed Monday to table...
Beach Shorts
ADOPT-A-FAMILY The Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry is continuing its Adopt-a-Family Program this year. BEAM clients can sign up through Friday to receive gifts for their children ages 15 and under. BEAM officials want families to specify...
Beverly Says He'll Join Teammates at FSU; First Coast Junior RB Continues the School's Pipeline to Tallahassee
Byline: HAYS CARLYON The pipeline from First Coast to Florida State appears as strong as any in the state. Following junior running back Eric Beverly's commitment to FSU on Monday night, the Buccaneers continue to send talent to Tallahassee....
Boundaries Suggested for New Atlantic Coast High; Many Students Will Likely Transfer from Sandalwood, Englewood, Wolfson and Mandarin
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Nearly 800 students from Sandalwood, Englewood, Wolfson and Mandarin high schools will likely be moving when Duval County's first new public high school in 20 years opens next year. The School Board discussed the tentative...
Bowden Will Not Have Role at FSU
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Bobby Bowden said Tuesday that he and his wife, Ann, will live somewhere other than Tallahassee when he officially steps down as Florida State coach after the Gator Bowl. Speaking to reporters - via conference call - for...
Brunswick Gypsum Plant to Shut Down; Georgia-Pacific Hopes to Reopen; 20 Made Jobless
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - The economy claimed another casualty Tuesday. Georgia-Pacific is "closing indefinitely" its Brunswick gypsum plant, idling its 20 remaining employees, company officials said. "We're winding down production...
City Drops Case over River Permit; St. Johns Riverkeeper Wants Seminole County Permit Reversed
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Jacksonville City Hall has withdrawn from a court fight to stop a Central Florida utility from taking water out of the St. Johns River. The decision leaves the St. Johns Riverkeeper, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit, arguing...
City Seeks OK to Rename 2 Roads; Portions of Florida 116, Interstate 295 to Be Renamed as Honors
Byline: LARRY HANNAN They were high-profile Jacksonville politicians for decades. And next year, both will almost certainly be honored when local roads are named in their honor. On Tuesday, the Jacksonville City Council approved a resolution...
DISPARITIES; Location, Location, Location
Ending legalized segregation was obviously the right thing to do. But one of the many benefits is now being understood. If you have good access to hospitals, chances are your intellectual development later in life will be improved. Researchers...
Domestic Battery Charges Filed in Atlantic Beach
The following is a compilation of recent Beaches-area police reports: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic battery after his 18-year-old girlfriend was beaten and hospitalized with a broken vertebra...
Expansion Is Linger's No Longer; Jekyll Island, Linger Longer End Their Development Partnership
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS JEKYLL ISLAND - One day after workers broke ground at Jekyll Island's new beach village, the partnership that had conceived it came to an end. Jekyll Island's governing authority announced Tuesday that their partnership...
Fallen Marine Brought Home
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons A crowd of families and friends comforted each other at the edge of the tarmac at Jacksonville Naval Air Station as they stood waiting for the body of Lance Cpl. Jonathan Taylor to come back home Tuesday morning. Several...
Job Opportunities a Key Part of Rebuilding Neighborhoods
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE Call it a start. Or rather, call it starting over. Again. In 2007, FreshMinistries, an interfaith nonprofit that has, for the past decade or so, spearheaded projects to revitalize struggling neighborhoods in Jacksonville's...
Law Makes It Tougher to Give Away Public Land; Neptune Beach Is Trying to Restrict Abandonment of the City's Rights of Way
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - A new ordinance will make it more difficult to give away public land in the city. The City Council approved the ordinance Monday in a 4-1 vote with Councilman Eric Pardee dissenting. The measure prevents...
Learning about Right Whales at a Jacksonville Beach Festival; Coastal Waters off Georgia and Florida Are the Only Known Calving Grounds
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY North Atlantic right whales are a critically endangered species. Pregnant females swim from New England to Northeast Florida in winter, making the trip in about two weeks to give birth to their young. Baby right whales...
MAKING YOUR MONEY WORK; Kids Learn about Building a Financial Future at an Ice Cream Shop and Deli in Springfield
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE Whenever Amber Evans gets her allowance, you won't catch her spending it to build her shoe collection. That's probably because she's using it toward building her future. Amber, a 16-year-old Stanton College Preparatory...
Man Shoots, Kills Family's Pet Deer; Bambi, Rescued Two Years Ago, Regularly Spent Time near House
SAVANNAH - On a springtime day two years ago, a newborn deer lay deserted and desperate near a dirt road in Claxton. "She was so skinny and weak. She was dying," recalled Jessica Carter, 29, whose family stumbled upon the fawn during a fishing trip...
Morning Briefs
JEDC POSTPONES VOTE ON BREWSTER HOSPITAL The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission on Tuesday cancelled a meeting that had been scheduled today for a vote on seeking a tenant for the restored Brewster Hospital. The JEDC decided to defer...
Need for Blood Not Taking Any Holidays; the Blood Alliance Will Be at the Dec. 19 Nocatee Festival
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES This holiday season, the developers of Nocatee want to give the gift of life at the annual Christmas celebration at Nocatee Community Park. What better way to say Merry Christmas than by making a lifesaving contribution...
Nonprofits, Service Groups Get Young People Involved; Nonprofits Are Discovering That While They May Not Have Financial Resources Yet, Younger People Are Eager to Contribute to Their Community's Well-Being in Many Other Ways
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Conventional wisdom says that young people - tech-savvy, individualistic, over-scheduled - aren't joiners. But nonprofits and service organizations aren't listening. Instead, they are ramping up efforts to attract young...
Pats' Glory Days Just a Memory
Byline: VITO STELLINO When the New England Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years in Jacksonville on Feb. 6, 2005, the horizon seemed limitless for them. Tom Brady was 27, and coach Bill Belichick was 52. Both were still in their prime....
PONTE VEDRA TEEN PLANS A SPECIAL MEAL; the Christmas Day Dinner Is a Gift to the Area's Homeless Population
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Max Ervanian has helped serve food to homeless people on Christmas day since he was a toddler. His mother, Pam, began volunteering at the St. Paul's Catholic Church holiday dinner in Jacksonville Beach 15 years ago when...
Property Insurance Deregulation Rises Again at Capitol; the New Bill Includes Smaller Companies Left out of Last Year's Try
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - Property insurance companies would be allowed to offer policies with deregulated rates under a measure unveiled Tuesday by a pair of Republican lawmakers. The measure goes beyond last year's controversial...
Rail Bill a 'Sweetheart Deal' for CSX? Supporters Say State Needs Commuter Lines; Others Say It's a Costly Windfall for Company
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - The Senate overwhelmingly approved a commuter-rail measure Tuesday despite criticism from some that it would clear the way for a "sweetheart deal" for Jacksonville-based CSX Corp. Meeting in a special session...
Restaurants Oppose Change in 'Last Call'; Beaches Lawmakers Say an Earlier Cutoff Time Would Reduce Crime
Byline: DREW DIXON The last call for alcohol at restaurants in Jacksonville Beach could come two hours earlier if a proposed ordinance aimed at controlling late-night downtown rowdiness is approved. Dozens of city restaurateurs showed up Monday...
Ribault Alumna Urges Kids to Gain Knowledge; She Believes in Doing All You Can in Order to Be Successful and Reach Your Goals
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS One of the 10 students who helped break the color barrier at Ribault High when it was an all-white school told students Tuesday that they, too, are bound for great causes. Maxine Engram and nine other black students endured...
Rookie Tackle Getting to a Comfort Level with Jaguars
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Q&A Eugene Monroe Jaguars OT Born: Plainfield, NJ. On iPod right now: Marvin Sapp, Smokie Norful. I've got a little gospel going. Favorite athlete in another sport: Right now, I'd say Usain Bolt. He's...
Sapelo Man Decries Buildings; He Says the Vacation Homes Don't Mesh with the Historic Homes on the Island
Byline: MIKE MORRISON A Sapelo Island resident implored the McIntosh County Commission Tuesday to help protect a historic community from developers. Reginald Hall of the Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society told commissioners during...
Snapper Ban Opponents Seek Business Support; Anglers Are Up in Arms over the Federal Proposal to Ban Catches for Six Months
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A group suing to stop a federal ban on red snapper fishing will use testimony from Northeast Florida's fishing industry to help make its case. Business owners from the Jacksonville area, Cape Canaveral and elsewhere are...
Speed, Simplicity Key to Trinity Christian's Title Run; Coach Thought Defense Could Be a Weak Link, but Worries Went Away
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Trinity Christian coach Verlon Dorminey admits the team's 3-3-5 defense isn't hard to figure out. The Conquerors don't try a lot of nifty disguises. They just run to the football. Man, they can run. With a bevy of speedsters...
St. Johns Commission Race Already Hot; the Primary Isn't until August, but the Ponte Vedra Seat Is Causing a Stir
Byline: DREW DIXON PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Competition is already heating up in the race for the St. Johns County Commission seat that represents the northeast corner of the county and has had more than its share of controversy in recent years. The...
The Best Place to Be Is at Home
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - Jessica Dickson Loggins is home. After somewhat more than a year in North Augusta, S.C., we moved her and her husband James back into their old home this past weekend. James has been back here since the summer,...
Tour of Homes Reaches Back to Historic Roots; the Cassina Garden Club Will Take Visitors Back in Time through 19th Century Buildings
Glynn County's oldest garden club is going back to St. Simons Island's plantation roots for its 25th annual Christmas tour of homes. Founded in 1928, the Cassina Garden Club has five homes, its historic tabby slave cabins and one of the island's...
Tour Sheds Light on Poverty, Disability; Group Raises Awareness of Link between the Two
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Johnette Hartnett, director of research for the National Disability Institute, choked up on emotion while going through statistics before a group of about 100 listeners Tuesday morning at Jacksonville's Main Library. The statistics...
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HAYS' HEADLINES With inspiration from the satirical Web site theonion.com, here are the top sports stories that just missed the paper this week. These are Hays' headlines. - NFL draft guru Charlie Crist believes Jaguars should select Tim Tebow...
VIDEO GAMES; Level Your Enemies, Nab Valuable Loot Fun's in the Payoff in Post-Apocalyptic Game
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY "Borderlands" is rough around the edges, harsh and violent. But that kind of grit is a perfect fit for a post-apocalyptic shooter, and when balanced with fun battles and tons of loot it turns into one of the best games of...
Voting Rules Up for Adoption; One Proposes a Need to Prove Citizenship to Be a Registered Voter
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - A controversial rule requiring voters prove their citizenship comes up for adoption Thursday by the State Elections Board. The rule will apply to people registering to vote after Jan. 1, or as soon at the U.S....
Wildcats Amp Up Camden for Big Game; the Football Team Will Defend Its State Championship Title on Saturday in Atlanta
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Customers at Steffen's Restaurant have no doubt that the team owner Linda Cagle is supporting in Saturday's AAAAA state championship football game. The exterior of her Kingsland restaurant has a large banner...
YEAR AHEAD: AVIATION AUTHORITY; Spreading Its Wings
There won't be a lot of dramatic changes at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority in 2010, Steven Grossman's first full year as executive director. The economic downturn probably precludes that. But you can look for a series of smaller developments...
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