Group seeks holiday cards for troops from community

Group seeks holiday cards for troops from community

The Heartillery Group has sent 3.5 million holiday cards to military service members all over the world. More »

20th annual Winter Celebration to honor World War II veterans 

20th annual Winter Celebration to honor World War II veterans 

The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society will host its 20th annual Winter Celebration in Walter Jones Historical Park on Dec. 7. More »

Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

The annual Julington Creek Boat Parade known as “Christmas on the Creek” returns Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. to delight spectators with festive lights and holiday cheer. More »

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

During the month of October, the Nease Band won two class championships, and was named a top 10 finalist at a major national regional held in Orlando. More »

Back in Time with Brett: Mandarin Community Club

Back in Time with Brett: Mandarin Community Club

The Mandarin Community Club is “a direct link to the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the educational, religious and cultural life of early Mandarin.” More »

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

Both the Fruit Cove Middle School XC boys and girls teams won first place in the Florida Youth Championship in Lake City. More »

 

Q&A with Jacksonville City Council Vice President Tommy Hazouri, At Large District 3

Q: Can you give the readers an update on JEA?
A: While the JEA is meeting with the nine remaining (out of 16) utilities to discuss their individual proposals, your city council is holding workshops under the leadership of Mandarin’s District 6 councilman, Michael Boylan. These workshops are being held in City Hall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. They began this past month and are expected to last through early spring, when it is anticipated that the JEA board will vote and make their recommendations as to the potential privatization. The City Council will then decide whether to accept this recommendation, and vote up or down on that recommendation. It will then go to the citizens in a referendum to vote yes or no if a sale is recommended. Your council has much debate and discussion ahead as the workshops go forward. Stay tuned.

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

Q: Do you have a construction update on the Mandarin Senior Center?
A: I walked through the facility in early November. They are making good progress, but my understanding is that they are still targeting an opening after the first of the year. I’d like to recognize the Mandarin Rotary Club for its $2,000 donation for program support at the senior center.

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

Q: Can you give an update on the Town Hall meeting held on Nov. 14 at Mandarin High School?
A: This town hall meeting was held to discuss school safety. I’d like to thank all the parents who attended. Principal Kniseley led the meeting and shared information about new systems in place at Mandarin High School as well as listened to parent concerns. The school’s assistant principals were present as was district leadership, including Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene and Officer Clarke. If you missed the meeting, I encourage you to contact Principal Kniseley.
Did you know that the state of Florida has an app called Fortify FL? This app allows for reporting of threats. Download the app or visit the school district website to learn more

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

By Heidy Brosofsky-Weaver
mail@floridanewsline.com

Standing in the middle of a busy corridor at Fruit Cove Middle School, Phillipine Rydel, a new seventh grade student from France, frantically looked for answers for her pressing questions. Lost, anxious, and unable to speak but a few words of English, she breathed a sigh of relief as a French-speaking teacher rescued her by providing directions to cross country (XC) practice.

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

By NewsLine Staff
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The Nease Marching Band just completed a successful marching season. During the month of October, the band won two class championships, and was named a top 10 finalist at a major national regional held in Orlando. It also received straight superiors at the MPA adjudication in Fernandina Beach. The Nease Band traveled to Fayette County High School in Georgia where it competed in the 35th annual Lafayette Classic. Despite less than ideal weather conditions, the ensemble performed beautifully and took home awards for percussion and colorguard, as well as winning the title of Grand Champions. In November, the Nease Band hosted its 2019 First Coast Marching Invitational. Ten bands from Florida to Georgia competed in the day long event, with Duncan U. Fletcher High School earning the Grand Championship. Nease had the opportunity to perform its award-winning show “Wanderlust” as an exhibition at this event.