Alhambra’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” sure to delight audiences of all ages

Alhambra’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” sure to delight audiences of all ages

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is a fantasmagorically fun family musical now being performed at Alhambra Theatre and Dining — and the star of the show is a car. More »

Giving Closet Project repurposes unclaimed lost & found items

Giving Closet Project repurposes unclaimed lost & found items

Student homelessness has doubled in the past 10 years and former teacher Jennifer Smith is helping many students feel more loved and comfortable in the classroom. More »

Mandarin Middle School Lady Hawks cap undefeated season

Mandarin Middle School Lady Hawks cap undefeated season

The Mandarin Middle School softball team recently made a run for a second city championship in three years. More »

Look to nature for beach renourishment?

Look to nature for beach renourishment?

Development, along with a change in the weather cycle, has prevented enough sand from naturally renourishing the beaches. More »

 

Southside NewsLine

A visit to 9A Baymeadows Regional Park

By Elaine Omann
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If legislation introduced by District 11 Council Member Danny Becton is passed, 9A Baymeadows Regional Park will get a new name: Fort Family Regional Park at Baymeadows. Upon the bill’s passage, the city and Perimeter Realty, a subsidiary of Fort Family Investments, will enter into an agreement where the company agrees to pay $100,000 to the city annually for 10 years, for enhancements and improvements to the park. This money is not intended for routine maintenance.

Get to Know … Russell Sweet

By Elaine Omann
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Russell Sweet is currently a hairdresser at a cool salon called Foiled Rotten, located in the Baymeadows Shopping Center on the same side as Publix. He is self-employed, rents his chair from the owner, and sets his hours based on his customers and followings. Sweet is married with a daughter and grandchildre grandchildren. He and his family live on the Southside and have been part of the community for a long time.

Gardening | Spring greening

By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale
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There has been much discussion — both here and worldwide — about the effects of neonicotinoid chemicals (neonics) on bees and their colonies, and now more studies have shown that these effects are wide-ranging and very damaging. According to the European Food Safety Authority (https://tinyurl.com/yao3ynk6), not only are honey bees being harmed, but native bees are suffering too, which is problematic as they also play an important role in crop production. (There have been proposals in Europe for a total field ban of the three most damaging neonics: clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam, which are already subject to restrictions.) Because they are persistent in soil for some years, neonics can be taken up by other plants well after the initially treated crop was harvested, and their effects on bees is therefore not limited to a one-time application.

Travel | Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville

By Debi Lander
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Recently, two of my grandchildren visited and we headed to the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. The museum includes an awe-inspiring Butterfly Rainforest filled with numerous species of free-flying butterflies. A serpentine trail through the aviary passes cascading waterfalls and small bridges over pools with fish and turtles.

Capt. David’s Fishing Report

By Captain David Lifka
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Spring has sprung and so has the fishing. Ideally, by this time of the year you should have the dust off the gear or be shopping many of the great spring time tackle sales that are now taking place.