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Reading is Fundamentally Fun

Reading is Fundamentally Fun

 by William (Coach) Jackson and Nancy (Fancy Nancy) Rentz
Andrew Robinson Elementary


"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these
is roots; the other, wings."Hodding Carter


The Reading Celebration at Andrew Robinson Elementary was attended by characters
from storybooks ranging from the Cat In The Hat, High School Musical, Clifford The
Big Red Dog, Naruto, Star Wars, Captain Under Pants, Spiderman, Billy Goat Gruff,
Skippy John Jones, Ramona Quimby, other novels, kids books and works of fiction
and nonfiction. Grades Pre-K to fifth experience the joy, excitement and imagination
gained from reading diverse books. ARE embraces reading that opens doors to the
imagination, has a lifelong value and direct impact on future success academically
and career choices.


The pictures from the recent Reading Celebration shows the value reading has and the

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

UNF Professor Leads Double Life, With A Side of Sinister

UNF Professor Leads Double Life, With A Side of Sinister

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Whoa, whoa, whoa... before you get worried, just know that this double life isn't a bad one. No, this story is NOT about a professor who's made bad decisions. This story is about a 13-year University of North Florida English professor who teaches English Romanticism by day.

But it's Michael Wiley's second job that prompts the "sinister" tag in the headline.

"I spend my days talking poetry and of the poets that winded through England," he said.

"My nights are spent writing in the noir scenes of Chicago."

Wiley has written speeches, essays, and has had articles published in magazines.

But it's his latest project, his private detective based series of novels that seems to have him most excited.

"The three titles are The Last Strip Tease, The Bad Kitty Lounge and A Bad Night's Sleep," he said.

His latest, A Bad Night's Sleep, will be released on June 21.

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  --  A background check the Department of Children and Families did on one Jacksonville woman before it issued her licenses to operate a day care and be a foster parent did not reveal her abusive past, according to new DCF records.

DCF gave Annette Smith a license to operate a day care in 2001 and one to be a foster parent in 2004. But Smith was convicted of child abuse in 1991, which according to DCF's foster care checklist is a disqualifier.

According to DCF, it did a background check on Smith. Documents  just released from the agency are partially redacted, but a check done by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement only shows Smith's 1992 and 1993 DUI arrests and convictions. DUI is not a disqualifier.

Barry Williams - TV's Greg Brady - Sings National Anthem at Suns Game

Barry Williams - TV's Greg Brady - Sings National Anthem at Suns Game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Barry Williams, the actor who played Greg Brady on "The Brady Bunch," sang the national anthem at a Jacksonville Suns game on Saturday night.

Williams is in town starring in the Alhambra Theatre's production of The Odd Couple.

Show times for The Odd Couple are at 8:00 p.m. for evening shows on Tuesday through Sunday.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the buffet starts at 6:30 p.m.  Matinees are on Saturdays at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 and the buffet starts at 11:15 a.m.

Tickets start at $42 for adults and $35 for children.  Ticket prices include dinner, show, and parking.  Call the box office at (904) 641-1212 or visit www.alhambrajax.com.

Jacksonville Stop Bullying

Jacksonville Stop Bullying

 
Mental Health America of Northeast Florida
http://mhajax.org/newsandevents.html

The mission to Stop Bullying has expanded beyond dialogue and discussion,
actions are in place. Schools have embraced professional development for
their teachers to address how to deal with bullying in school and the classroom.
Parents Involvement Centers at schools as the PIC at Andrew Robinson Elementary
have offered parenting classes that assists parents detect if their child(ren) are
engaged, subjected or influenced by bullying.  Businesses are establishing
standards that address bullying, cyberbullying and sexual harassment at the
workplace.

This is no longer an acceptable and playful practice. Bullying is Serious…..
In March of this year the Whitehouse held a Bullying Conference attended by
hundreds (White House Conference On Bullying Prevention).