Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Northside Leaders Make 'Bail'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Northside Leaders Make 'Bail'

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-- Crystal Force of Mandarin has been named the 2003 Westside Kiwanis Career and Education Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Wolfson High School.

Honorable mentions were given to Yolanda Sanders of Arlington, a teacher at Raines High School, and James Hines of the Northside, a teacher at Landmark Middle School.

The award is to recognize career and technical education teachers who have excelled in the classroom, who have a superior record of student outcomes and/or who have made a major contribution to the improvement or expansion of career and technical education in Duval County.

-- The Muscular Dystrophy Association received $51,000 following the apprehension of business and community leaders from the Northside recently.

The Holiday Inn Airport served as the jail for the jailbirds, who were "incarcerated" and had mugshots taken. They had an hour to make an unlimited number of local phone calls to make "bail" to benefit the MDA.

The MDA is a voluntary health agency determined to conquer 43 neuromuscular diseases that affect 1 million Americans. Funds raised during the Northside Lock-Up will go toward current research at the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville and Nemours Children's Clinic.

-- The State Attorney's Office held its annual volunteer recognition ceremony recently to recognize volunteers from Clay, Duval and Nassau counties.

Clay County mediator Al Marshall of Orange Park was named Grand Master in recognition of his 20 years of volunteer service to the State Attorney's Office.

Other awards went to the following:

Bill Maurer of the Southside received the Mentor of the Year award for mentoring four young men incarcerated in the Duval County jail.

Peggy Johnson of Arlington received the Special Community Service award. She volunteers to teach the young offenders in the jail effective communication skills, which helps them transition back into the community upon release.

Richard Keene of Neptune Beach received the Volunteer of the Year award. He has been volunteering with the State Attorney's Office since 1992.

Doris Gross of Jacksonville Beach received the Sustained Exemplary Performance Award. She has been volunteering in the State Attorney's Office since 1988 and also has given her time to the Foster Care Review panel and in helping children through Guardian Ad Litem.


-- Pamela Ann Lahey has been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

Lahey, a junior nutrition/dietetic major, is the daughter of Carldon and Becky Lahey of Mandarin.

-- Gregory W. Lang of Arlington has been awarded the Jesse B. Smith Memorial Scholarship. He received the award based on his outstanding achievements in the classroom, his degree of involvement in a variety of other school and community activities and his commitment to public service. …

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