Alhambra’s “Mamma Mia” an exuberant sing-along

Alhambra’s “Mamma Mia” an exuberant sing-along

If you’re looking for a joyous trip down pop music memory lane, Alhambra’s production of “Mamma Mia” is for you. More »

St. Johns County heads back to school for 2019 – 2020

St. Johns County heads back to school for 2019 – 2020

For the past decade or so, the first day back to school in St. Johns County has been focused on the opening of a new school about every other year... but not this year. More »

American Legion Post finally receives patriotic quilt for fundraiser

American Legion Post finally receives patriotic quilt for fundraiser

When Honeybee Quilt Guild member Anne Morgan read a post on a social media site written by someone who was apparently scammed out of fabric and a sewing machine, she was surprised and concerned. More »

Record number of students as St. Johns County heads back to school

Record number of students as St. Johns County heads back to school

The minivans, bikers, and walkers are back, in addition to a sea of yellow buses. School started on Monday, Aug. 12 in St. Johns County. More »

Back in Time with Brett | The 1876 Webb Barn

Back in Time with Brett | The 1876 Webb Barn

After retiring as an army officer following the Civil War, Major William Wirt Webb had a dream of days spent on a wide veranda with the perfume of thousands of orange blossoms filling the sweet southern air in Mandarin. More »

 

Mandarin NewsLine

Gardening | The cool season is on its way

By Master Gardener Volunteer Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

Although it feels daunting as I write in the throes of August heat, I am contemplating my fall garden. For early cool-season crops, I shall sow a variety of brassicas, such as purple sprouting broccoli and tatsoi, a compact Chinese leafy vegetable. Kohlrabi has a bulbous stem that is sweet and crunchy in salads, and is delicious steamed or braised. Kales are relatively easy to grow, as is the ubiquitous collard, but whatever I plant, my family has to enjoy it and unfortunately stronger tasting leafy vegetables aren’t very popular. Radishes, also a brassica, are a quick crop; they take just 20 to 30 days to harvest, and their peppery crunch really spices up a salad. Apparently the French eat them as a snack with a little butter and salt.

Alhambra’s “Mamma Mia” an exuberant sing-along

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

If you’re looking for a joyous trip down pop music memory lane, Alhambra’s production of “Mamma Mia” is for you. But a friendly warning: You will find yourself singing along (with everyone else in the audience) to this clever comedy that finds a way to utilize the ABBA songbook to tell a charming story of a young girl about to be married who has never known her father.

Q & A with Jacksonville City Council Member Michael Boylan, District 6

Q: By way of introduction, as the new City Council member for District 6, can you let us know a bit about your background?
A: I grew up in Ohio and have a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University as well as a masters in telecommunications from Kent State. I moved to South Florida for a position as director in public broadcasting at a station in Miami. I’ve been married to my wife, Susan, for 44 years and have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Q & A with Duval County School Board Member, District 7, Lori Hershey

Q: Since school grades were recently released, can you give us an overview for District 7?
A: I’d like to congratulate all the public schools, both traditional and charter,  in District 7 for earning either an “A” or a “B.” Congratulations to new “A” schools, Mandarin Middle School and Greenland Pines Elementary. Congratulations also to Atlantic Coast High School for earning its second consecutive “A,” making it a School of Excellence in the state of Florida. Students in schools in District 7 continue to outperform students in St. Johns County.

Back in Time with Brett: The Brown Residence

By Brett Nolan
mail@floridanewsline.com

“Well, come on inside and getcha’ self something cool to drink,” would have probably been an all too common phrase bellowed off the top of John C. Brown’s two-tiered veranda facing Mandarin Road; it was a warm southern invite to combat the oppressive heat of Florida, as Mandarinites played croquet under the shade of the stately, moss draped, oak trees on their riverfront lawns.