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politicians failed to not only defeat incumbent Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino in the Republican primary, but also received fewer votes than political novice Karen Sindel, who ran a remarkable grassroots campaign.

DAVID MORGAN The Pensacola News Journal’s jabs have now become gnats that barely bother him anymore. He has the confidence of the community and has set new standards for professionalism.

GROVER ROBINSON, IV The county commissioner lived up to his family’s rich legacy of public service this past year. Yes, he is a nice guy, but he showed tremendous political toughness and resolve in dealing with BP and federal and state officials. He more than earned his salary.

LONNIE DAVIS WESLEY The pastor of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church has helped revitalize the neighborhood that surrounds his church on A Street. He helped lead the effort to elect Ashton Hayward as mayor of Pensacola. Pastor Wesley is a difference-maker.

PATTY HIGHTOWER The Escambia County School Board is stronger because of her leadership and dedication. Despite being hampered by a superintendent who is less than transparent, Hightower has been open to the concerns and needs of parents and children throughout the school system—not just her district.

ECUA The completion of the Central Water Reclamation Facility and the termination of the old Main Street Sewage Treatment Plant would be the top stories of 2010, if it weren’t for the BP disaster. The utility delivered on its promises.

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MALCOLM THOMAS Few superintendents have done more to alienate the AfricanAmerican community in the past 25 years than Escambia County Superintendent Thomas. In his first two years, he has refused to let the students listen to President Obama’s first address to U.S. students, botched the negotiations with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, sent out a thoughtless, tactless letter to parents about school FCAT grades and refused the two remaining years of the Restorative Justice grant, costing the system over $750,000.

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YEAR IN REVIEW

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| By Rick Outzen

2010 will go down as a banner year for the Independent News. We won national recognition for coverage of the BP crisis and did more investigative reporting than any other year in our 11 years on the Pensacola scene. With a small, gifted staff and an army of talented freelancers, the IN gave its readers insight into the major stories behind the headlines. We lived up to the motto of our very first year of operation:

“A good newspaper for a town that needs one.”

Top 10 Cover Stories Of 2010 1. FIGHTING FOR PAPA BEAR

Deepwater Horizon tragedy through the eyes of one victim's family May 20, 2010 The IN traveled to Eunice, La., home of Blair “Papa Bear” Manuel, who was one of the 11 men killed on April 20 in the explosion of Deepwater Horizon, a floating oil drilling platform 48 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Our concern was that once the tar balls hit our shores, the loss of life on that fateful day would be lost in furor. This story also gave a unique, personal look at how the offshore rigs impact the small community of Eunice, with its Eunice Superette & Slaughterhouse creating fresh boudin and the completely one-of-a-kind “Nutcracker Museum.”

2. HOODWINKED?

The misrepresentations, broken promises and

puffery of the maritime park developer Dec. 9, 2010 After a month-long investigation and a review of hundreds of pages of documents, the IN has discovered that Scott Davison, the front man for Maritime Park Development Partners, misrepresented his development team for the largest public/private project in the history of Pensacola and his financial capabilities in his original proposal in order to qualify to be the master developer. He actively lobbied for the support of the African-American community with promises of creating a Contractor’s Academy to increase the number of minority-owned contractors and skilled workers—promises that some black leaders believe Davison has failed to fulfill. Community Maritime Park Associates attorney Ed Fleming is still investigating the contract formation and performance by Davison and MPDP, but the CMPA board has fired MPDP as the project coordinator of the public improvements at the park.

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the beast corps

Local writers boost coverage of BP disaster merely an entry in a financial report. The IN convinced The Daily Beast to join forces with the IN to form The Beast Corps—a team of freelance writers, college students, photographers and others who covered the BP oil spill from Louisiana to the Florida Keys. In May and June, these volunteers helped us. The articles were posted online and published in the IN and gave our coverage of the biggest story of 2010 much greater depth.

THE BEAST CORPS ARTICLES

To read online, visit ricksblog.biz and search “Beast Corps.”

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he story of the BP disaster was huge—with local, state, regional, national and international implications. The IN dedicated its time, talents and newspaper resources to telling the truth behind the environmental, health and economic disaster. From the paper’s staff ’s perspective, the Gulf Coast was in a battle against a multi-billion dollar corporation that saw Northwest Florida as

3. BRINGING BOBBY HOME

Missing WWII pilot honored by his nation and family Nov. 11, 2010 Sena Maddison wrote this special Veteran’s Day cover story about her great uncle Bobby Bishop, a World War II bomber pilot who went missing on a mission over Germany, and the U.S. Army’s efforts to identify his and his crew’s remains and to return them to their families. The story tells of how the son of English immigrants returned to England to fight for freedom, the agony the family endured not knowing his fate, and the fact that the Army found and identified him from remains “small enough to hold in two hands.”

▶Beast Corps: Latest on Oil (May 14, 2010): Mobile, Ala. correspondent Dawn Butler reports on the tar balls hitting Dauphin Island. ▶Beast Corps: British Petroleum’s Greenwashing is a Slick Joke (May 15, 2010): Jamie Welch reports on the BP marketing machine and its “Beyond Petroleum” campaign. ▶Beast Corps: Notes on Meek’s Forum on Offshore Drilling (May 17, 2010): Logan Harrison gives his notes on

4. WHAT TO EXPECT FROM BP

Past experiences with BP may point to future issues May 13, 2010 While Northwest Florida prepared for the BP crude oil set to hit its beaches and waterways, the IN took a break from the endless series of press conferences and babble from the “BP Barbies” to talk with experts who have investigated and dealt with British Petroleum in other disasters. The IN interviewed Greg Palast, investigative reporter for BBC Television and The Guardian newspaper, who investigated the Exxon Valdez incident for the Alaskan natives, and Texas attorney Brent Coon, who battled BP over a refinery explosion in Texas that killed 15 people and injured 170 workers

Congressman Kendrick Meek’s visit to Pensacola. ▶Beast Corps: Watch Out for the Valdez Crud (May 18, 2010): Jen Bullock interviews Merle Savage who is battling health issues after helping with the Exxon Valdez cleanup. ▶Beast Corps: Hiding Behind Hotlines (May 20, 2010): Ryne Ziemba finds out who is answering the phones at the BP call centers. ▶Beast Corps: Cabinet Visits Escambia County (June 4, 2010): Franklin Hayes reports on Gov. Charlie Crist’s visit to Pensacola. ▶Beast Corps: 594 Birds, 250 Sea Turtles Dead (June 9, 2010): Jen Bullock interviews Kelly Overton, director of People Protecting Animals & Their Habitats. Professional photographer Kim Carmichael and Pensacola Beach homeowners sent us several photos that we published online. Joe Vinson, Kevin Wheatley and Chris Hsu sent us designs that we used for our covers for “What to Expect from BP” (May 13), “Perception to Reality” (June 10) and “The Rant Issue” (June 17), respectively.

and residents. From them, we learned BP’s battle plan for dealing with the media and the public in coming months.

5. WHERE’S BUD BILLINGS’ MONEY?

That question remains unanswered a year after the grisly murders of the Beulah couple July 8, 2010 The night of the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings, their daughter, Ashley Billings Markham, told the investigators that her father carried large sums of money in a briefcase because of his business—as much as $100,000. When former business associate Henry “Cab” Tice was interviewed on “Dateline NBC,” he told reporter Keith Morrison, “Bud normally carried $20,000 in cash in his briefcase.”

READERS’ PICKS FOR TOP 2010 COVER STORIES 1. HOODWINKED? The misrepresentations, broken promises and puffery of the maritime park developer

2. FIGHTING FOR PAPA BEAR: Deepwater Horizon tragedy through the eyes of one victim’s family

3. BRINGING BOBBY HOME: Missing WWII pilot honored by his nation and family

4. ASHTON NEEDS YOU: Readers offer suggestions to first strong mayor

5. WHERE IS BUD BILLINGS’ MONEY? Update on the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings

No briefcase filled with money was ever found. The State Attorney’s Office and Markham’s attorney, Robert Beasley, say that there wasn’t such a briefcase missing, but others aren’t so sure.

6. THE CANDY MAN STUMBLES

Claims czar Feinberg rebuilds trust Sept. 23, 2010 Ken Feinberg, head of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, promised to streamline the BP claims process and put generous checks into locals’ hands before they lost their homes and businesses. With $20 billion in the fund established by BP, Feinberg, who had handled claims for the 9/11 disaster, Agent Orange and the Virginia Tech massacre, became “The Candy Man” for the Gulf Coast.

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7. REJECTED

Superintendent refuses final offer for Brownsville school Nov. 18, 2010 The pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church had to give it one more try on Friday, Nov. 12. He knew that the Superintendent of Schools didn’t want him there and that his appearance may open him and his congregation up to criticism and scorn again.

On the surface, the church’s plan was simple: purchase the abandoned, aging Brownsville Middle School in what the daily newspaper had described as a “poverty-ridden, high-crime neighborhood” and convert it into a community center. Rev. LuTimothy May walked into the school board workshop at the J. E. Hall Center knowing that Superintendent Malcolm Thomas had rejected the church’s final offer of $500,000 and refused to bring any recommendation on it to the board. However, he owed his trustees, congregation and the community one final attempt. Thomas didn’t budge. The school board refused to overrule him and the school remains vacant.

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he IN expanded its reach beyond local boundaries when IN publisher Rick Outzen became a contributor to the national news website “The Daily Beast” (thedailybeast.com). In 2009, Outzen created a stir with his articles on the murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings, which led to him being profiled by The New York Times and within spots on “Dateline NBC” and TLC’s “Home Invasion Murders.” The BP disaster propelled IN and its publisher to a new level. The stories— many of which also were published in the IN—gave a behind-the-scenes look at the largest man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history and increased threefold the online readership of inweekly.net and ricksblog.biz.

THE DAILY BEAST ARTICLES

Read online: thedailybeast.com/author/ rick-outzen/ ▶BP Tries Damage Control (May 3, 2010): BP has dispatched a "litigation mitigation team" to the Gulf, offering money to local fishermen and business owners. ▶BP's Payoffs Backfire (May 4, 2010): The oil giant behind the spill is now apologizing after trying to get local fishermen to waive legal rights in exchange for $5,000. ▶BP's $25 Million Insult (May 4, 2010): BP took credit yesterday for $25 million grants to states affected by the spill, but officials say they'll blow through that within days. ▶A Florida Official Calls the Feds on BP (May 6, 2010): As oil spill victims await compensation, gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink says the petroleum giant doesn’t have a clue. ▶How BP Secretly Buys PR (May 19, 2010): Besides a stealth TV “tourism” campaign, BP is giving its local agents a

blank check to “diffuse or def lect negative commentary” about the Deepwater Horizon spill. ▶Conflict of Interest in BP Legal Fight? (May 21, 2010): We discover the clerk of the judicial panel who will decide where the BP lawsuits will be tried is the first cousin of a former regulator of the sunken BP drill platform. ▶BP's Shocking Memo (May 25, 2010): The infamous “Three Little Pigs” memo shows that BP, in a previous fatal disaster, increased worker risk to save money. ▶BP's Windfall to the Rich (June 3, 2010): Exposing major problems with the Vessels of Opportunity program ▶How It Played in the Gulf (June 16, 2010): Gulf Coast’s reactions to watching President Obama’s Oval Office speech on the Gulf Coast ▶Cautious Optimism in the Gulf (July 16, 2010): The Florida seaport town of Pensacola has seen BP’s efforts to cap the well fail before. Will this one work? ▶BP's Worthless CEO Shuffle (July 26, 2010): Across the weary Gulf Coast, BP’s dismissal of Tony Hayward failed to garner any goodwill. ▶Exclusive: BP Oil Spill Cover-Up (Aug. 17, 2010): While officials claim most of the oil from America's worst-ever spill has disappeared, fishermen hired by BP are still finding tar balls—and being instructed to hide their discoveries. ▶Why the Gulf Misses BP (Sept. 15, 2010): Locals thought it was hard getting money out of the oil giant—until they had to deal with the government. ▶New Outrage in the Gulf (Nov. 30, 2010): Could Congress have prevented the BP mess? A report reveals that a law enacted after the Exxon Valdez to avoid future oil spills was deprived of cash by lawmakers.

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Inside the Gonzalez murder trial Nov. 4, 2010 Real murder trials aren’t like “Perry Mason,” where a witness collapses on the

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TOP 10 NEWS AND BUZZ ARTICLES By IN Staff

The IN staff spent more time on the road this year traveling to Tallahassee for a Tea Party rally, Washington, D.C. for the labor unions’ feeble attempt to counter Glenn Beck and to New Orleans to hear what the political professionals had to say about the midterm elections. We also broke news about leaky pipes, naughty emails, a botched Watergate-type dirty trick and sales tax audits.

1. LEAKY PIPE DAMPENS BROWNSVILLE DEAL

Jan. 14, 2010 IN discovered that the closed Brownsville Middle School had a damaged underground pipe that leaked nearly 1.4 million gallons. No big deal, right? It is a big deal when the Escambia County School District is trying to sell the school “as is” for $1 million to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

2. IN CRASHES PARTY

April 22, 2010 The IN staff traveled to Tallahassee on April 15 to report on the “We the People Rally,” hosted by the Tea Party. Our YouTube videos of the event, featuring a purple Spiderman, Ben Franklin and angry protesters, became viral hits on the Internet.

3. CITY ATTORNEY BLASTED

Aug. 19, 2010 IN posted the infamous emails of City Attorney Rusty Wells. At the Pensacola City Council’s request, City Manager Al Coby requested the emails be returned. We refused.

4. BUBBA-GATE

May 6, 2010 The IN first broke on Rick’s Blog the story of Mark Clabaugh, a George Touart supporter, being arrested for allegedly attempting to break into the home of Karen Sindel, Touart’s opponent for Escambia County commissioner. The IN followed up with this article that gave a brief history into dirty trick operations in Escambia County.

5. ESP SALES TAX PROBLEM

of a wealthy couple with nine special needs children, Pensacola was inundated with reporters. Press conferences were held daily as new information was released. The networks would break into regular programming to broadcast the latest reports. For six weeks, told the IN the letters were required by federal law. However, the IN found no such requirement to word the letters as local principals were instructed to do. In fact, the Mississippi Department of Education advised against listing specific subgroups that didn’t make adequate progress.

7. FIGHTING FATHERS

Dec. 2, 2010 IN reported on the website FightingFathersofDistrict1.com, which has taken on the local judicial system and its recent rulings in family law cases.

8. 2010: THE MIDTERM RUMBLE

Oct. 28, 2010 IN reported on a panel discussion at The Daily Beast’s Innovators Summit held in New Orleans. The panel featured BC’s chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos and included James Carville, political consultant; Harold Ford, Jr., executive vice chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Democratic Leadership Council chair; Howard Kurtz, Washington bureau chief for The Daily Beast; and Leslie Sanchez, founder and CEO of Impacto Group, LLC. The panel’s discussion focused upon the midterm elections.

Nov. 25, 2010 IN broke the story on local businesses being hit with ESP bills for sales taxes going back to 2006. A state sales tax audit determined the City of Pensacola owed $343,258 in back sales taxes because of miscoded customer information.

9. FUNGI VS. THE BP OIL SPILL

6. ELEMENTARY LETTER CONTROVERSY

10. ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER

Sept. 16, 2010 The letters the Escambia County School District sent home to explain each school’s FCAT grades created a controversy when some principals singled out AfricanAmerican and Economically Disadvantaged students for not making adequate yearly progress. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas

July 8, 2010 IN had an exclusive interview with Paul Stamets, a renowned mycologist who believes his discovery of the oyster mushroom’s appetite for oil particles could help fight the BP oil disaster. Oct. 7, 2010 IN reported on the “One Nation Working Together” rally held Oct. 2 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to bolster support for Democratic candidates. Needless to say, it had little impact on the Nov. 2 general election, which saw the Republicans take control of the U.S. House.

the investigation captivated the nation. The trial of Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. for the home invasion robbery and murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings was over in five days. Monday was jury selection. Pat Poff, as he is also known, was found guilty of the murders. The jury recommended the death penalty, and he now awaits Judge Nicholas Geeker’s final ruling.

9. A CYCLE OF INJUSTICE?

A 1974 death reflects present-day frustrations with Steen case March 25, 2010 Many who either witnessed or were a part of the protests involving the death of local teen Victor Steen viewed the marches, city council meetings, and the coroner's inquest with both awe and frustration. At times, it isn't difficult to compare similarities between the protests that have happened as a result of Steen's death to the marches and protests that occurred surrounding the death rattle of segregation in the South. While there have been many local incidents in the past several decades of deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers with no indictment by the State Attorney's Office, there is one incident which transpired in Pensacola in 1974 that particularly brings to mind the frustrations felt by those calling for further investigation into the death of Victor Steen: the death of Wendel Sylvester Blackwell.

10. COMING ASHORE

DeLuna Fest weekend is finally upon us Oct. 14, 2010 The Pensacola Beach festival wasn’t our event. The organizers had promised all the interviews with the big name acts like Bush, Daughtry and Stone Temple Pilots to the daily newspaper, but that didn’t stop us from covering the biggest music event of the year for the Pensacola area. We devoted most of the issue to DeLuna Fest with interviews from The Submarines, Better than Ezra, The Honey Island Swamp Band, The Revivalists, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Kermit Ruffins, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Michael Franti. We proved that our little alt-weekly knows how to cover music, even when we aren’t given the VIP treatment. info@inweekly.net

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION SEASON IS HERE LOCAL EXPERTS MAKE 2011 GOALS ATTAINABLE BY IN STAF F

Resolution: To invest more in me! We're worth it! What are some tips for those of us looking to upgrade ourselves in the New Year?

IN knows New Year’s Resolutions are hard to keep. Heck, we’ve had the same one—get rich quick—for 11 years and counting. However, you’re not alone on your journey. Local experts are here to help you achieve your goals for the New Year and to help you all along the way. You’ve got the whole year ahead of you. Here’s to achieving all of your New Year’s Resolutions. We’ll still keep working at getting rich.

Resolution: To make fitness and exercise a priority We all have good intentions, but we're not perfect. What are some New Year's Resolution pitfalls regarding fitness people should avoid?

where you are starting. You must set realistic goals so that you do not get discouraged. When it comes to variety, you have to incorporate variety in order to see results. Going out and doing the exact same exercises every day is not going to produce very good results. Find things that you enjoy and incorporate them into your exercise routine.”—Kenzie Presnell, Fixed on Fitness

“Small changes, like eliminating lines and wrinkles, having glowing skin, or losing those extra holiday pounds can go a long way to helping you look and feel your best in the New Year. The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery offers the latest in injectables like Botox, Restylane and Juvederm that literally erase wrinkles. Facials using medical-grade products will give the skin a radiant glow. Laser treatment such as IPL and Fractional Skin Resurfacing will undo sun damage and age spots. The Weight Loss Clinic, directed by Shannon Caluda, M.D., offers effective weight loss designed to address each patient's individual concerns. The Skin Care Center also offers permanent makeup by Trinkette, body treatments, sunless tanning and massage therapy.” —Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery

"FIND THINGS THAT YOU ENJOY AND INCORPORATE THEM INTO YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE.” —KENZIE PRESNELL, FIXED ON FITNESS

“Forget about New Year's resolutions. They're a waste of time, and we almost always break them and then feel lousy because we do. Do the best you can, when you can, and as much as you can. And do it all for somebody else, not yourself.” —Nancy LaNasa, Abhaya Yoga Center “When it comes to New Year's resolutions, the biggest pitfalls regarding fitness that people should avoid include setting unrealistic goals, as well as lack of variety in an exercise routine. As far as goals, you always should remember

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"WHY NOT ADD SOMETHING THAT FEELS GOOD BUT ADDS HEALTH AND PEACE TO YOUR WEEK? ANY TYPE OF SPA TREATMENT CAN ALLOW YOU TO PAUSE, REFRESH AND HEAL." —MARY ANNE AANESTAD, STILL WATERS DAY & MEDICAL SPA

“Get rid of those brown spots that have been bugging you all year. Start the New Year with clear skin. Get IPL or fractional CO2 resurfacing. It seems like everyone is getting Botox. Maybe it is time for you to try it. There is a reason so many people keep getting it. Try it! Maybe the New Year is the right time to get on a new skin care regimen. Consider SkinMedica. Real science, with the highest available percentage of skin growth factors.”—Dr. Kevin Welch, The Skin Care Center, Medical Center Clinic “Too many people wait until they are “drowning” to seek help. Our mission at Escape Wellness Spa is to catch you BEFORE you fall in. Stress takes its toll on the body, mind and spirit in many ways. From chronic pain to

skin disorders, lay your burdens down at Escape Wellness Spa and leave feeling refreshed, renewed and revived. Put your best face forward by treating your skin to the ultimate care with our being TRUE facials and cosmetics. We will help you look and feel your best. Call us at 478-2273 and let us help you escape and feel better!”— Escape Wellness Spa “Most of us with hectic schedules are trying to squeeze 30 hours into a 24-hour day. The body needs rest to build immunity, heal, and reduce stress. Most New Year’s resolutions require us to quit something we desire (but is bad for us) or add an activity to our already busy schedule. Why not add something that feels good but adds health and peace to your week? Any type of spa treatment can allow you to pause, refresh and heal. Massage has been shown to increase endorphins, which make us feel euphoric and refreshed.”—Mary Anne Aanestad, Still Waters Day & Medical Spa “Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is proud to offer the region's best in surgical and nonsurgical procedures to help you reach your goal of looking great in 2011. If you have considered body contouring (liposuction), breast enhancement surgery or a tummy tuck, now is the time to come in and talk to Dr. Peter Butler or Dr. Jocelyn Leveque. Both are board-certified plastic surgeons and have achieved national recognition for excellence in the field of cosmetic surgery. The caring team of professionals at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery can answer all your questions, including financing options, and help you decide if plastic surgery is right for you. By having your surgery now, you will be ready to hit the beach by spring.” —Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery


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“I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY PATIENTS TO WALK DAILY, KEEP AS ACTIVE AS POSSIBLE, EAT AS HEALTHY AS THEY CAN, AND LAUGH OUT LOUD EVERY DAY.” —DR. SANGEETA PATIL, BAPTIST MEDICAL GROUP store or visit itriagehealth.com). We also host a full range of health-related support groups every month. Call 494-3212 for more details.”—West Florida Healthcare

“Confidence in our appearance can affect all areas of our lives. Making new friends, dating or asking for a promotion at work can seem less difficult if we are not concerned with how we look. Why not invest in the one area that everyone sees: your face? Still Waters offers many options to improve your natural beauty and even reduce visible aging: IPL for aging and acne, light to moderate chemical peels, microdermabrasion and even Botox and fillers for those irritating wrinkles!”—Mary Anne Aanestad, Still Waters Day & Medical Spa

Resolution: To make my overall health and wellness a priority What are some tips for those of us looking to focus on our overall health and wellness in the New Year? “My specialty is stress reduction. More studies are showing the relationship with stress and overall health and well being, especially the cortisol connection. The body is its own healer, but

sometimes it needs a kick start and some support. That is the beauty of acupuncture. The reason it can treat so many health issues is that it simply stimulates the body to do its own healing.”—Bonnie McLean, O.M.D., A.P., R.N. “Get your testosterone levels checked. Ensuring your testosterone levels are correct can help a man maintain low body fat and provide a higher energy level."—Dr. Charles Yowell, Baptist Medical Group “West Florida Healthcare is proud to offer our free 24/ 7 physician referral/health information/class registration services: Consult-A-Nurse. And, at westfloridahospital.com, you have instant access to an entire library of valuable health information. Another community service from West Florida Healthcare is iTriage, which provides access to medical information on over 300 symptoms, profiles of local physicians and more from your computer or web-enabled smart phone (download free from the iTunes app

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“I recommend eye exams every two years for healthy patients and yearly for those with medical disorders like high blood pressure or diabetes. We also recommend wearing sunglasses when outside to protect your eyes from the UV rays in this ‘Sunshine State’.”—Dr. Jennifer Murray, Medical Center Clinic “Healthy choices are the cornerstone of wellness. Proper maintenance is crucial. At Pensacola Wellness Solutions, fine tuning of hormones is one way of getting the best performance out of the machine. It is about looking good, feeling good and being healthy.”—Dr. Ken Mitchell, Pensacola Wellness Solutions “Gone are the days of waiting months for an appointment with a physician. Many family medicine practices like mine offer convenient, open access hours where you can walk in and be seen right away or call for a same-day appointment. There's no excuse to put off seeing a doctor for an ailment, issue or lagging concern you may have. Come on in, we're here to help.” Dr. John Molyneaux, Baptist Medical Group, Navarre “The first step to good health is to have a primary care physician and to

know your family's health history. Is there a history of heart disease? Breast cancer? Colon cancer? Diabetes? Regular check-ups can catch these early, when these diseases are more amenable to treatment.” —Sacred Heart Health System

“Mark your calendar for healthy living expos where health experts are onhand to inform you about proper health and wellness.”—Dr. Ole Oleson, Baptist Walk-In Care “Hypnosis is a powerful tool in the creation of a healthy, fulfilling, dynamic life. By changing the way we think about ourselves and the world, we can permanently transform toxic habits into healthy ones. Anything else is merely a temporary fix of the symptoms, not the cause.” —Susan Dunlop, M.A., C.H.T., A Luminous Life Hypnotherapy “I encourage all of my patients to walk daily, keep as active as possible, eat as healthy as they can, and laugh out loud every day.”—Dr. Sangeeta Patil, Baptist Medical Group

Resolution: To update my look! It’s not 1994 anymore. What are some tips for those of us wanting to update our tired tresses? “Update your style in the New Year with a Keratin treatment by Coppola to rejuvenate, revitalize, refresh and defrizz your new look, whether it be a cut or color. Sass it up with a chignon bun, frame your face with "Balayage," or take the plunge and cut a heavy "Fringe" for the winter months.—Brittany and Hurst, VolumeONE


health & wellness h&w Resolution: To quit smoking What are some tips for those of us looking to nix this bad habit in the New Year? “Quitting smoking is vital to good health. The benefits of quitting smoking are immediate and multiply over time. Free smoking-cessation classes are offered at all three Sacred Heart Hospitals from Pensacola to Miramar Beach to Port St. Joe. Those aged 55+ can take advantage of free health screenings at the SENIORSpirit! Health Fair on Jan. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Conference Center on Ninth Avenue. For more information about Sacred Heart Medical Group physicians and Sacred Heart Health System services, visit sacred-heart.org.”—Sacred Heart Health System “If you smoke cigarettes, seek help from a primary care physician who can offer you assistance in smoking cessation. If you stop smoking, your health and the health of those around you will be better for it.”—Dr. Sangeeta Patil, Baptist Medical Group

Resolution: To lose weight What are some tips for those of us looking to finally win the Battle of the Bulge in the New Year? “Many times we make the decision to lose weight for the New Year, but following through can be very difficult. Deciding on when to start is one of those obstacles. The longer we procrastinate, the lesser the chance of us making it happen. Another obstacle is the concern for cost. Adding weight over the years is not inexpensive in itself, however. We found that most of our clients were saving money because they were eating out less, were able to shop in their closets and often were able to reduce their prescription costs. The biggest pitfall probably is getting discouraged. It is hard to do it alone. Dieting with a diet partner or even in a weight loss program with supportive staff is very important. Also, setting achievable goals and having your results measured in more ways than just weight is essential. Body measurements, bioelectric impedance analysis and blood pressure and blood sugar checks are also indicators of weight loss success.”—Rika Edge, Physician’s WEIGHT LOSS Centers “Weight loss is the number one New Year’s resolution. It is also one of the resolutions with the top failure rate. Weight loss can be slow in the beginning,

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but adding a treatment that produces results with a modest price can give someone the motivation to keep up with their diet or exercise. Still Waters Slim Wrap can reduce circumferential measurements to give you that extra reward.

This full body wrap uses compression, minerals and steam to slim each area.” —Mary Anne Aanestad, Still Waters Day & Medical Spa

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Acupuncture BONNIE MCLEAN, O.M.D 107 Baybridge Drive, Gulf Breeze, 932-1778, spiritgatemedicine.com Bonnie McLean, O.M.D. has been in the health field for over 40 years—20 years in nursing and 27 years in Chinese Medicine. She also has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and her studies have included vibrational medicine and ancient indigenous healing methods. She is a practitioner of Integrative Medicine and works in partnership with each individual person—body, mind and soul.

Age Management FLORIDA HEALTHSPAN INSTITUTE 1040 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Suite 205, 934-3678, floridahealthspan.com Dr. Schneider, MD, FACS at Florida Healthspan Institute is dedicated to the belief that the process of physical aging can be slowed, stopped or even reversed through existing medical and scientific interventions that are available now. The importance of this relatively new frontier of medicine represents an exciting breakthrough to answer the unprecedented needs of millions of patients worldwide. Dr. Schneider’s ground-breaking work in age management and regenerative medicine is rooted in more than a decade of personal and professional involvement in this exciting medical specialty. Call us at 934-3678 or visit FloridaHealthspan.com to get started today!

Bio-Identical Hormones PENSACOLA WELLNESS SOLUTIONS 910 Royce St., 791-6010, pelletmd.com Never before has there been such a keen interest in health preservation and disease prevention. Buzz words like “anti-aging”, “regeneration” and “restoration of balance” are sounding less alternative as individuals are taking greater personal responsibility for their outcomes. Dr. Ken Mitchell and the staff at Pensacola Wellness Solutions are committed to providing relief for men and women suffering from symptoms of hormone deficiency and helping individuals look good, feel good, and be healthy.

4400 Bayou Blvd., #24, 478-2273, escapeandfeelbetter.com At Escape Wellness Spa it is their pleasure to bring you Pensacola’s finest massage therapy and skin care services. They take the time to make each visit a truly memorable experience. Hand selected and only the finest, their professionals are knowledgeable and truly care about taking the absolute best care of you. They work together with you as a team to help you look and feel your best. Their mission is to provide Empathy Stress-relief Compassion Awareness Prevention Education to our clients and fellow co-workers. Come experience the Escape difference and see why they were voted Best of the Coast.

STILL WATERS DAY & MEDICAL SPA 20 N. Tarragona St., 432-6772, stillwatersmedspa.com Still Waters Day & Medical Spa offers world class spa treatments and medical aesthetic treatments to enhance the appearance of your skin and body. The spa menu includes a blend of medical aesthetic and laser, skin and body services designed to help you escape from a busy world or greet it with fresh confidence. Still Waters also offers hard-to-find spa gifts and home spa accessories.

Eye Specialists DR. GENE TERREZZA – TERREZZA OPTICAL 113 Palafox Place, 434-2060, terrezzaoptical.com The practice, which includes Dr. Gene Terrezza and Dr. Ruben E. Carlson, offers services in complete family eye care, including routine vision exams, glasses and contact lenses, therapeutic interventions, dry eyes and pre-operative and post-operative management of cataract and refractive surgery patients. Dr. Terrezza also specializes in primary eye care, contact lenses, and specialty fits for keratoconus and bifocals.

DR. JENNIFER MURRAY Medical Center Clinic, 8333 N. Davis Highway, 474-8436, mcceyeinstitute.com Dr. Jennifer Murray is a LASIK specialist with over 14 years of experience. Utilizing CustomVue, the most advanced and precise equipment on the market, Dr. Murray will help you achieve your personal best vision without the need for glasses and contact lenses. Call today for a FREE screening.

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A New Year, A New You | featured service providers Health Care Organizations BAPTIST HEALTH CARE 434-4071, ebaptisthealthcare.org Baptist Health Care is a community-owned, notfor-profit health care organization serving Northwest Florida and South Alabama and is nationally recognized for performance excellence and quality achievement. Baptist Health Care includes four hospitals, two medical parks, Baptist Manor, Baptist Home Health Care and Durable Medical Equipment, Baptist Leadership Institute, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine and Lakeview Center.

SACRED HEART HEALTH SYSTEM 416-7000, sacred-heart.org Sacred Heart is a regional leader for high-quality, compassionate health care to children and adults in Northwest Florida. More than 600 primary and specialty physicians practice at Sacred Heart, a not-for-profit healthcare organization. Its main services include Sacred Heart Medical Group, a network of primary care physicians, a 24-hour Emergency Trauma Center, a Pediatric Trauma Referral Center and centers of excellence specializing in women’s health, cardiac care, orthopedics, cancer care and the care of children.

WEST FLORIDA HEALTHCARE 494-3212, westfloridahospital.com West Florida Healthcare is proud to offer the only local hospital featuring all private rooms. The West Florida campus also offers the area’s only comprehensive rehabilitation hospital and a mental health facility. Affiliated with HCA, the nation’s leading healthcare provider, West Florida provides services in cardiovascular surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, emergency care, behavioral health, obstetrics and many other medical specialties.

Health Clubs And Weight Management ANYTIME FITNESS 100 S. Alcaniz, 469-1144, anytimepensacola.com Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour fitness facility. Cardio equipment includes Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical

trainers, stair steppers and Expresso Bikes. Strength training equipment includes Life Fitness machine weights, Hammer Strength plate loaded machines, dumbbells, free weights and benches. A Functional Fitness Area has mats, work out balls, jump ropes and resistance bands. Personal trainers are available, and new members receive two free sessions. Contact Bill Muldoon at bill@anytimepensacola.com to schedule a tour or start a seven day pass.

THE CLUB FAMILY SPORTS COMPLEX 1230 Crane Cove Blvd., Gulf Breeze, 916-7946, theclubfamilysports.com The Club offers something for everyone, including an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, a 25 yard indoor pool, beautiful rubico tennis courts, a 10,000 sq. ft. fitness center, and much more. Club staff and members develop life-long relationships that support your progress toward health, wellness and a balanced lifestyle.

FIXED ON FITNESS, INC. 554-1648, fixedonfitness.com Fixed on Fitness boot camp provides an ideal combination of personal training, accountability, camaraderie and hard work, which results in a dynamic approach to total fitness. Throughout the six weeks of boot camp, you are introduced to a variety of workout techniques, exercises and challenges. Each workout is different, so campers experience 24 new workouts. In addition, Fixed on Fitness prides itself on the personal touch that each client receives during boot camp.

Hypnotherapy A LUMINOUS LIFE HYPNOTHERAPY 346-7865, luminouslifehypnotherapy.com Susan Dunlop, M.A., C.H.T., offers hypnosis as therapy for a variety of issues such as bereavement, relationship problems, divorce recovery, stress management, depression, phobias, negative habits, motivation, sleep problems, trauma, sports excellence, pain management and more. Dunlop is an internationally certified hypnotherapist trained in the United States by the American Academy of Hypnotherapy, the nation’s foremost hypnotherapy institute.

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Plastic Surgery GULF COAST PLASTIC SURGERY 543-A Fontaine St., 476-3223, gulfcoastplasticsurgery.com Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is proud to offer the region’s best in surgical and non-surgical procedures to help you reach your goal of looking great in 2011. If you have considered body contouring (liposuction), breast enhancement surgery or a tummy tuck, now is the time to come in and talk to Dr. Peter Butler or Dr. Jocelyn Leveque. Both are board certified plastic surgeons and have achieved national recognition for excellence in the field of cosmetic surgery. By having your surgery now, you will be ready to hit the beach by Spring.

Salons VOLUMEONE SALON AND RETAIL BOUTIQUE 118 E. Wright St., 434-5409 VolumeONE is now open in downtown Pensacola. Stylists/Colorists Hurst Butts (2010 IN Best of the Coast favorite) and Brittany Carroll offer styling and coloring services in addition to hair care products in their Wright Street salon. Whether you’re looking for a slight tweak to your look or an all-out New Year’s makeover, VolumeONE has you covered.

Skin Care THE SKIN CARE CENTER, GULF COAST PLASTIC SURGERY 543-A Fontaine St., 476-3223, gulfcoastplasticsurgery.com Complete wellness and skin care services are offered at The Skin Care Center. Non-surgical treatments such as Fractional Skin Resurfacing, Botox, Juvederm and more are available. The center also offers facials and peels, body treatments, make up and other physician supervised treatments.

DR. KEVIN WELCH Pensacola Office: Medical Center Clinic, Dermatology and Laser Center 8333 N. Davis Highway, 474-8386 Gulf Breeze Office:

2874 Gulf Breeze Parkway, 916-9969 kevinwelchmd.com Dr. Kevin Welch offers everything from skin creams to advanced laser and rejuvenation procedures. Popular treatments and services at the Dermatology and Laser Center include Thermage, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Photofacials, laser hair removal, Microdermabrasion and Silk Peels. The Skin Care Center offers high-end dermatology products, including Obagi products, Kinerase, Jane Iredale cosmetics, Tilley Hats and more. Services are also available at the Skin Care Center in Gulf Breeze.

Weight Loss PHYSICIANS WEIGHT LOSS CENTERS 4300 Bayou Blvd., Suite 15, 479-PWLC, pwlc.com Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers offers a unique approach to weight loss with six different customizable meal plans, medical supervision, caring and supportive counselors and a weight loss guarantee. If you have tried other diets and gained your weight back, give us a call for a free consultation. Call 479-7952.

Women’s Health Services THE WOMEN’S GROUP 4900 Grand Drive, 476-3696, thewomensgroup.org The Women’s Group physicians and nurse midwife have a combined over 130 years of experience in gynecology and obstetrics. The Women’s Group offers adolescent gynecology, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, menopausal medicine, urinary incontinence, minimally invasive surgery, hormone replacement therapy and basic infertility. On-site ultrasounds, urodynamics and bone density studies are also available.

Yoga ABHAYA YOGA CENTER 415a N. Tarragona St., 439-0350, abhayayogacenter.com Abhaya Yoga Center offers yoga classes seven days a week in downtown Pensacola ranging from basics to advanced level. Abhaya also offers prenatal yoga, yoga for kids, yoga for parents and babies, and yoga for parents and tots. In addition, the center hosts various workshops and musical events throughout the year.


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THE BE ST PLACE S TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN PENSACOLA BY JENNIE MCKEON hether you need a crowded bar to find a stranger to kiss at midnight, or you want to indulge in a fourcourse dinner, Pensacola is where you want to make those New Year’s resolutions Friday, Dec. 31.

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PENSACOLA PELICAN DROP

The most popular of the events will likely be the Pensacola Pelican Drop in downtown Pensacola. The party begins at 5 p.m. on Intendencia Street at the CAT Country/International Paper Stage. At 8 p.m. the 13-foot pelican, with more than 1,500 lights, will make its appearance. Once the clock strikes midnight, the pelican will drop from 100 feet above the ground and fireworks will begin. According to the Pensacola Pelican Drop press release, the event brings 40,000 people to downtown Pensacola. If you’re afraid of being trampled, you can catch live footage on WEAR-TV 3, but it won’t be the same. For more information, visit pensacolapelicandrop.com.

SEVILLE QUARTER

The party starts at 7 p.m. at Seville Quarter, where you can choose just how crazy you want to get with various New Year’s Eve events. Live entertainment will be at Rosie O’Grady’s, including the world famous dueling piano show, and DJ Trey will be spinning at Phineas Phogg’s. You can purchase the Membership Party Package in advance for $30 ($35 at the door), which includes a 2011 membership card and entry to all four stages. For $20, you can dance the night away—the cover charge gives you access to all the rooms in the main complex. All Seville Quarter guests will receive party favors and a Cristalino Brut Cava toast at midnight. With the Stay and Play Package, you get a room at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown and the Residence Inn by Marriott, two Membership Party Packages, complementary shuttling to and from the parties, breakfast at your hotel, a “morning after” survival kit and late checkout to boot. The Stay and Play Package is $189 per couple. To make your reservation, call Courtyard by Marriott at 439-3330 or Residence Inn by Marriott at 432-0202.

As if Seville wasn’t celebrating enough, Heritage Hall will be hosting a gourmet wine dinner prepared by Executive Chef Brandon Melton at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The cost is $99 per couple. Afterwards, you can dance off your dinner at any of the rooms in Seville Quarter. For more information, go to sevillequarter.com.

After dinner, check out The Fish House Deck Bar. Video DJ V-J D-MIXX will provide the entertainment. Complementary party hats, noisemakers, streamers and a champagne toast will be provided. For those who skip the dinner, the dance party is free. To make a reservation, call the Events Coordinator at 433-9450.

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JACKSON’S STEAKHOUSE

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Chris Vadala will join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra as part of the POPS! Concert Series. Jazz and big band favorites will help ring in the New Year on a good note. The event starts at 7 p.m., and tickets range from $20-$67. To purchase tickets or to find out more, visit pensacolasymphony.com.

THE FISH HOUSE

The Fish House is celebrating with its double threats: great food and dancing. Starting at 6 p.m., The Fish House will offer a special menu for the New Year created by Chef Billy Ballou. The four-course menu will be paired with wines selected by Beverage Director William Morris and Premier Beverage Company. The menu includes sweet and spicy shrimp over a fresh thyme and fried green tomato stack finished with a crawfish butter sauce paired with Alexander Valley Vineyards New Gewürz, North Coast Gewürztraimer 2008. There are two seating times for the dinner, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and the cost is $100 per person.

Jackson’s will be hosting a threecourse dinner at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the President’s Room. Chef Irv Miller will be preparing the menu, which includes entrées such as grilled grouper with seared diver scallop, Zinfandel mustard and pine-nut-crusted filet mignon and sumac, and rosemary-rubbed grilled rack of lamb. Bottomless champagne and pianist Al Martin, who will be taking requests all night long, will complement the dinner. The cost per person is $125 and includes party favors and valet parking. To accommodate those with early New Year’s Eve plans, Jackson’s will be open at 5 p.m. serving from their fall/winter dinner menu. After the Pelican drops, you can catch Al Martin’s final set and receive complementary Hoppin’ John. To make a reservation, call 469-9898.

SLUGGO’S/THE HANDLEBAR/ MCGUIRE’S IRISH PUB/ FLORA-BAMA

Many of the bars in Pensacola will be celebrating the New Year in their own special way. A few that may be worth

checking out include Sluggo’s, which is hosting a local showcase all night long. For details, call 791-6501. At The Handlebar, you can celebrate “New Year’s Evil” featuring Parabellum. Call 434-9060 for more information. You can always count on McGuire’s to throw a great party, but it may be worth noting that this party involves blackeyed peas, champagne, party favors and of course live entertainment. For more details, call 433-6789. If you’d like to spend New Year’s Eve in two places at once, Florida and Alabama, join the Flora-Bama Lounge for their New Year’s Eve celebration. For $35, you will have admission to the FloraBama and Silver Moon, party favors, champagne split, dinner buffet and breakfast. You can purchase tickets by calling 492-0611 or 251-980-5118.

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On Pensacola Beach, you don’t have to cross the bridge to party. At Bamboo Willie’s, Acoustifunk will be playing. The show starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. There will be a balloon drop at midnight and a free champagne toast and party favors. For more information, call 916-9888. Across the street at Sandshaker Lounge, the New Year’s Eve Bash is from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring Buzzcutt. Call 932-2211 for more details. No matter where you are, be sure to look up and check out the fireworks which will be displayed at the end of the Gulf Pier.

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE/ POLAR BEAR DIP

To wake up from whichever party you decided to attend, you can brave a dip in the Santa Rosa Sound at the Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. Those brave enough to swim to the finish line will receive generous portions of warm black-eyed peas. The entry fee benefits the Pensacola Beach Chamber. Cheering is free. The race takes place at Paradise Bar & Grill. For signup information, call 932-1500. The Flora-Bama Lounge will be holding its annual event for polar bears as well. The race starts at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1. Call 251-980-5118 to sign up. info@inweekly.net

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SAME TIME, SAME PLACE Gamer Night. 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. TUESDAY: Paddy O’ Leary’s 7 p.m. Texas Hold’Em. 49 Via De Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-9808 or paddyolearysirishpub.com. Seville Quarter-Apple Annie’s 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Texas Hold’Em Presented by Pensacola Poker Alliance. 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. WEDNESDAY: Seville Quarter-Apple Annie’s 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Texas Hold’Em Presented by Pensacola Poker Alliance. 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

▼BAR GAMES MONDAY: Millers Ale House-Bar Bingo 9:30 p.m. weekly. Miller’s Ale House, 5906 N. Davis Highway. 505-2670 or millersalehouse.com. Sandshaker Lounge 7:30 p.m. Texas Hold’Em 4 Fun. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or sandshakerlounge.com. Seville Quarter-Apple Annie’s 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Texas Hold’Em Presented by Pensacola Poker Alliance. 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. Seville Quarter-Fast Eddie’s and Lili Marlene’s 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: Paddy O’ Leary’s 7 p.m. Texas Hold’Em. 49 Via De Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-9808 or paddyolearysirishpub.com. SATURDAY: Paddy O’ Leary’s 4 p.m. Texas Hold’Em. 49 Via De Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-9808 or paddyolearysirishpub.com. SUNDAY: Paddy O’ Leary’s 7 p.m. Texas Hold’Em. 49 Via De Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-9808 or paddyolearysirishpub.com. Seville Quarter-Apple Annie’s 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Texas Hold’Em Presented by Pensacola Poker Alliance, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

CAROLS IN OLDE SEVILLE 6-9 p.m. Performers include Episcopal Day School Choir, Workman Middle School Chorus, Greater Little Rock Baptist Church, Bells and Beaus Senior Singing Group, Mcllwain Presbyterian Church, and Escambia High School Orchestra. Bring your chairs and blankets. Seville Square at the corner of Alcaniz and Government streets. 436-5670 or playpensacola.com. WUWF TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY 6 p.m. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Music will be provided by The Perdido Brass; Flutist Stephanie Riegle; Harpist Katie Ott; Pianist Tina Buran; and Soprano Sewell Griffith. Old Christ Church, 405 Adams St. 474-2787 or wuwf.org. WINTERFEST: SANTA’S HOLIDAY EXPRESS TOUR Take a 30-minute tour with Santa through downtown Pensacola. $10 adults, $6 children 10 and under. pensacolawinterfest.org. PUBLIC ICE SKATING 2-3 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., 5-6 p.m., 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory St. 432-0800 or pensacolafigureskating.com.

ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 12-3 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: Jolly SantaChildren’s Camp Day. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $35. 471-1450 or paintingwithatwist.com/pensacola. MUSIC: UNNATURAL SOUNDZ, BIG LO, THE SPANX 7 p.m. $3. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or handlebarpensacola.com. MUSIC: HAITI BENEFIT 7:30 p.m. Featuring The Gills, Johnny Apple-Eyes and more. $10. Blazzues, 200 S. Palafox. 696-2290 or myspace.com/blazzues.

FRIDAY 12.24 CANDLELIGHT AND CAROLS 6 p.m. The choir of the Pensacola Beach Community Church invites visitors to join in their Island Christmas Eve tradition of caroling by candlelight. Free. Pensacola Beach Community Church, 920 Panferio Drive. 932-6628 or pbcucc.org.

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a slideshow with video footage from his recent trip to Haiti. Fox is planning another trip to Haiti in early 2011 and will be bringing all of the proceeds from this show directly to children and families in need. “We will be bringing them much needed things like food, water and clothes,” Fox said. “We will also be doing some restoration work to help rebuild where much of the orphanage structures have been destroyed or damaged.”

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hot times CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE SAENGER 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Calvary Chapel Gulf Breeze invites you and your family to join them this Christmas Eve at the Saenger Theatre. 118 S. Palafox Place. 9328197 or chrismaseveatthesaenger.com.

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MUSIC: DRAYTON SAWYER, NEEDLESS 7 p.m. $5-$7. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or handlebarpensacola.com.

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MUSIC: ROCKIN’ JAKE 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com.

MUSIC: TERRY LEE & THE PUSSYCAT GANGSTERS 9:30 p.m. No cover. Blazzues, 200 S. Palafox. 696-2290 or myspace.com/blazzues.

PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS V. COLUMBUS COTTONMOUTHS 7 p.m. The Hanger, Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory St. 432-0800 or pensacolaiceflyers.com.

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AFTER GAME SKATING 10 p.m. Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory St. 432-0800 or pensacolafigureskating.com.

ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 6-9 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: Midnight Mass. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $45. 471-1450 or paintingwithatwist.com/pensacola.

ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 6-9 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: Cocoa in the Tub. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $45. 471-1450 or paintingwithatwist.com/pensacola.

MUSIC: BILLY HOWELL & COMPANY 8 p.m. The Deck at the Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com.

MUSIC: TERRY LEE & THE PUSSYCAT GANGSTERS 9:30 p.m. No cover. Blazzues, 200 S. Palafox. 696-2290 or myspace.com/blazzues.

MUSIC: 60 CYCLES OF SOUND, JOHNNY APPLE-EYES, IMAGINARY AIR SHOW 7 p.m. $5-$7. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 4349060 or handlebarpensacola.com.

FRIDAY 12.31

MUSIC: KARAOKE WITH MARK ESKEW 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Road. 497-0071 or hubstaceys.com. MUSIC: TERRY LEE & THE PUSSYCAT GANGSTERS 9:30 p.m. No cover. Blazzues, 200 S. Palafox. 696-2290 or myspace.com/blazzues. MUSIC: BILLY HOWELL & COMPANY 8 p.m. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com.

SUNDAY 12.26 ZOO LIGHTS 5-9 p.m. Through Dec. 31. Enjoy the beauty of the zoo at night and thousands of sparkling holiday lights. General admission $7. Members $5. Train rides $2.50. Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway. 932-2229 or gulfbreezezoo.org.

MONDAY 12.27 PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS V. MISSISSIPPI SURGE 7 p.m. The Hanger, Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory St. 432-0800 or pensacolaiceflyers.com. AFTER GAME SKATING 10 p.m. Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory St. 432-0800 or pensacolafigureskating.com.

WEDNESDAY 12.29 ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 1-4 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: Children’s Camp Day. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $35. 471-1450 or paintingwithatwist.com/pensacola. ART CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST 7-9 p.m. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step that you will take home. 16 years and older. Theme: Peaceful Waters. Painting with a Twist, 4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11. $35. 471-1450 or paintingwithatwist.com/pensacola. MUSIC: DRIVIN N’ CRYIN 7:30 p.m. $12-$17. Vinyl Music Hall, 2

SEVILLE QUARTER NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 7 p.m. Seville’s legendary New Year’s Eve party will feature live entertainment including Gretsch and the Modern Eldorados, Schofield, Brooks Hubbord and the World Famous Rosie O’Grady’s Duelling Piano Show. In addition, DJ Trey will be spinning high energy dance music in Phineas Phogg’s. All guests will get party favors and enjoy a Cristalino Cava Brut toast at midnight. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. NEW YEAR’S EVE WINE DINNER 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. A Gourmet Wine Dinner will be served in Seville Quarter’s Heritage Hall. Reservations are being taken for 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings. The cost is $99 per couple and includes free admission to Seville Quarter after your meal. Call 434-6211 for reservations. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR AT THE SYMPHONY 7 p.m. Join Grammy award-winning saxophonist Chris Vadala and the Pensacola Symphony as they usher in the new year. Pensacola Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. 595-3882 or pensacolasaenger.com. MIDNIGHT CHAMPAGNE AT BLAZZUES 9:30 p.m. New Year’s bash at Blazzues has champagne toast, outside bars galore and fireworks at midnight. Blazzues, 200 S. Palafox. 696-2290 or myspace.com/blazzues. CHILDREN’S NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 5-8 p.m. Cat Country at the International Paper Stage on Intendencia Street. At the stroke of 8 p.m. the Pelican will rise and light up along with Cat Country’s annual bubble stomp. NEW YEAR’S EVE AT JACKSON’S 5 p.m. Celebrate the New Year on Jackson Square, the location of the 2010 Pelican Drop. Special New Year’s seatings available for $125 per person. Regular seating and menu also available. Jackson’s Steakhouse, 400 S. Palafox. 469-9898 or jacksons.goodgrits.com. NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE FISH HOUSE 6 p.m. Four-course paired wine dinner with seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $100 per person. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 433-9450 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT JACO’S 11 a.m.-close. Open New Year’s Eve with free party favors and a midnight toast. 997 S. Palafox St. 432-5526 or jacosbayfrontbarandgrille.com.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT FIVE SISTERS BLUES CAFE 11 a.m.-close. Normal hours until 8 p.m., after which they will begin a specially prepared Southern & Cajun buffet. A second buffet will be put out after a midnight champagne toast. Live entertainment all night. Advanced tickets $60 per person, $100 per couple. $75 at the door. 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or fivesistersbluescafe.com. THE PELICAN DROP 12 a.m. The Pelican descends from 100 feet above the street as attendees count down to the New Year. Fireworks to follow. At the corner of Government and Palafox streets. pensacolapelicandrop.com. NEW YEAR’S EVE ON THE BEACH 5 p.m. Ring in the new year with islandwide celebrations. A dazzling fireworks display at midnight from the end of the Gulf Pier. MUSIC: BUSH HAWG 8:15-9:45 p.m. International Paper Stage on Intendencia Street. MUSIC: KATIE ROGERS 10-11 p.m. International Paper Stage on Intendencia Street. MUSIC: BELLA ORANGE 8-9:30 p.m. Go Pensacola Stage on Romana Street. MUSIC: RUMOR MILL BAND 10-11:30 p.m. Go Pensacola Stage on Romana Street. MUSIC: SPACE CAPONE 10:30 p.m.-12:20 a.m. Main Stage on Government Street. MUSIC: ACCUSTIFUNK 9 p.m. Bamboo Willies, 400 Quietwater Beach Road. 916-9888 or bamboowillies.com. MUSIC: FIRST CITY BLUES BAND 5-7 p.m. Five Sister’s Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or fivesistersbluescafe.com. MUSIC: JEFF GLICKMAN & THE PANHANDLE ALL STARS 9 p.m. Five Sister’s Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or fivesistersbluescafe.com. MUSIC: NEW YEAR’S EVIL FEATURING PARABELLUM 7 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. 434-9060 or handlebarpensacola.com. MUSIC: NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY WITH TIMBERHAWK 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or hubstaceys.com. MUSIC: NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY WITH KNEE DEEP 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Road. 497-0071 or hubstaceys.com. MUSIC: THE GILLS & FRIENDS 7 p.m. $10. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 Palafox. vinylmusichall.com.

SATURDAY 1.01 POLAR BEAR PLUNGE 2 p.m. The emerald waters of Santa Rosa Sound are filled with those hardy souls who wade, swim and scurry to the finish line. Heaping bowls of black-eyed peas wait to warm them. Entry fee benefits the Chamber. No charge to cheer. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com.

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▼ONGOING SPECIAL EVENTS Plaza de Luna, South Palafox THE PEACEMAKER TALL SHIP TOURS 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily including all holidays through Jan. 3, 2011 (to 9 p.m. on weekends). The peacemaker was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil by an Italian family of boat builders, using traditional methods and the finest tropical hardwoods. The ship was first launched in 1989 as the Avany, a name chosen by her designer and owner, Frank Walker, a Brazilian industrialist. 434-1234 or visitpensacola.com.


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illiam Howell is a bundle of energy, to say the least. A mild-mannered multimedia specialist working at a downtown business by day, he is a performer, recording star and father for the rest of the 24-hour period. He has been creating music in Pensacola for quite a while now—for free. Over the past 10 years, he has been performing on Public Radio International (PRI) with a group of local musicians, producing holiday music in unique and original styles. Now, he and some of those same musicians are performing live on PRI and at various Pensacola locations. Being as efficient as possible, William gathered some of the best musicians in town at the PRI studio to record customized holiday songs, while giving away the CDs for free. Much of the time musicians have to play or sing a certain way, but with these recordings and subsequent gifts, they were able to be completely free and creative. To date, 5,000 CDs have been given to the public. The group, called The 18 String Army, plays in local establishments such as The Global Grill, The Leisure Club, Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, and The Drowsy Poet. We caught up with William on the job in downtown Pensacola.

Gypsy jazz was huge as well. When I was in Seattle, there was grunge. While in Chicago…well, you know, I absorbed whatever was going on while I was in each place.

IN: Are you a native Pensacolian? Howell: No—being in a military family, I am from all over the place. New Orleans was one of our stops as a family, and that was a big influence. There was a big hip-hop scene in New Orleans; it opened my eyes.

[There is a documentary being made about Howell’s holiday music project. The documentary filmmaker Steve Moody was present during the interview. He gave us his insight on what William has been creating. Moody: He wanted to tell the story of how it

IN: Did music help you relate to new people as you moved around? Howell: It turns out that sports stats, of all

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kinds, are a great way to fit in. So I learned stats for different kinds of sports and was able to make friends that way. IN: How and why did you create a customized holiday song CD? Howell: Because the meaning of the holiday has been lost in the sea of commercialism. I had been working with all of these musicians and thought about what a great collaborative effort it would be to make holiday songs the way we want. All ideas were welcome; we all worked together. Individually, each musician is able to shine outside the band they normally play in. It is the fruit of our labor, and we were able to give a gift that meant a lot.

IN: Do your live shows always consist of the same musicians? Howell: There are four musicians other than myself: Ashley Pennewill on mandolin, Michael Danielson on upright bass, Travis Jackson on drums, Jonathan Clark on violin and myself on guitar and banjo. Sometimes we play a duo, a trio or a quartet. IN: Where can we see your band next? Howell: This is the schedule so far: Dec. 18 we are at The Drowsy Poet, Dec. 24 we will be at Hopjacks, Dec. 25 we will be at The Fish House and, last but not least, we are scheduled for a private party on Dec. 26. IN: Do you cover others’ music, or are you performing all original pieces? Howell: I am working on a solo album. But, during the live performances, we are covering a little jazz, bluegrass and gypsy jazz. We go back and forth. IN: Who are your top three musical influences? Howell: So much of that depends on the day, the hour and the mood I am in. It is so hard to categorize that into a top three. So many things are woven together. I like classical of all types. I like Béla Fleck, Gillian Welch… there are so many. Influences come from a musical journey. Acoustic music is most interesting played on parlor instruments. IN: Are you still creating visual art? Howell: My creative need is filled at work. I am allowed to be creative here in other ways. The arms work was a self-portrait: what do I know better than my hands? I could pick them out of a lineup. IN: What is next for you and The 18 String Army? Howell: Playing music all over town and taking advantage of every opportunity. We are excited about the future. Be sure to check out the band’s current shows and dates, which are posted on their Facebook page, at facebook.com/pages/ The-18-String-Army/160766160628081. info@inweekly.net


A S A LU T E TO DIFFERENCE MAKERS The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of North Florida, Inc. founder and long-time executive director, Leo J. Donnelly, Jr., has retired and will become executive director emeritus, and will continue as a consultant and advisor to the organization and clients. Taking over as executive director is Daniel Horvath, J.R., and as clinical director is Karen Jurkowich.

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news of the weird THE CABRAL CHRYSLER DEALERSHIP in Manteca, Calif., was so desperate for a sale in October that one of its employees picked up potential customer Donald Davis, 67, at his nursing home, brought the pajamasand-slippers-clad, dementia-suffering resident in to sign papers, handed him the keys to his new pickup truck (with the requested chrome wheels!), and sent him on his way (even tossing Davis’ wheelchair into the truck’s bed as Davis sped away). Shortly afterward, Davis led police on a high-speed chase 50 miles from Manteca. He was stopped and detained (but at a hospital the next morning, he passed away from heart failure). The Cabral salesman said Davis had called him twice the day before, insisting on buying a new truck. CULTURAL DIVERSITY At an out-of-theway Iranian cemetery on the border with Turkmenistan lies an ancient burial ground guarded by a majestic tower and marked with headstones, some of which resemble penises and some of which resemble breasts, supposedly in honor of the prophet Khalid Nabi, who was born a Christian but who became a hero of Islam when his daughter visited the Prophet Muhammad and converted her father. The site is growing in popularity among young Iranians, but officials struggle to embrace it fully as a tourist destination. LATEST RELIGIOUS MESSAGES Imagine the surprise in November when a burglar rummaging through the St. Benno Church in Munich, Germany, was suddenly attacked. He had bent down to open the donation box, and just then, a statue of St. Antonius fell on top of him, momentarily knocking him to the floor and forcing him to flee empty-handed. MIXED MESSAGE: Larry Falter, the owner of a Superior, Wis., jewelry store and an elder in a local messianic church, began staging in November a “Second Coming” sale, supposedly to commemorate the Day of the Lord when Jesus returns, triggering the Apocalypse. Among the responses by local residents: Why would anyone planning to be taken away need jewelry anyway, and, especially, why would Falter need to sell his jewelry instead of just giving it away? (Falter said that he owes money to people right now and is obliged to pay them back as best he can before departing.) QUESTIONABLE JUDGMENTS In November, Singapore’s Information Ministry denounced the country’s water polo team for wearing swim trunks in a likeness of the nation’s flag (stars and a crescent)— especially since, on the men’s trunks, the inch-thick, 5-inch-long crescent is placed vertically on the front in what appears to be an “are you glad to see me?” design. The team’s manager denied even the “slightest intention” of insulting the country.

BY CHUCK SHEPPARD • An unnamed plumber in Stockholm, Sweden, was arrested in August for attempting to procure sex from an underage girl after he had confronted the girl’s father on the telephone. According to the plumber, the girl’s sex services were advertised on the Internet, and the plumber paid online and scheduled a session, but the girl failed to show up. The plumber somehow found the girl’s home telephone number and demanded a refund from her father, who reported him to police.

PEOPLE WITH ISSUES “Dr.” Berlyn Aussieahshowna, 37, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, in November and charged with practicing medicine without a license after she convinced at least two women to let her fondle their breasts under the guise that she was performing a breast “exam.” According to police investigators, Aussieahshowna is neither a doctor nor even Berlyn Aussieahshowna. She is Kristina Ross, and is not even a biological female, although she was identified in a 2004 arrest as a male-to-female transsexual. Authorities were puzzled why the two women were duped since both times, “Dr.” Aussieahshowna performed her “consultations,” including the exams, in bars. UPDATE When News of the Weird reported in 2004 on Disney fanatic George Reiger of Bethlehem, Pa., he was in full glory, with a 5,000-piece collection of Disney character and movie memorabilia and some 2,000 tattoos covering almost all of his body. He said then that he had been married six times, but that each wife had left him, unable to compete with Disney for his affection. In November 2010, Reiger, now 56, opening up to The Philadelphia Inquirer, admitted that he had not been married at all and was in fact extremely lonely in his Disney obsession, but that he had finally found the love of a woman and wanted to end his fanaticism and remove the tattoos. BRIGHT IDEAS Robbery Modus Operandi: (1) Caroline Slusher, 32, and two associates were indicted in Willoughby, Ohio, in the November “armed” robbery of a BP gas station convenience store. After a clerk caught Slusher shoplifting, Slusher raised her arm menacingly and threatened to touch the clerk, claiming she was infected with the highly destructive bacteria MRSA. The clerk backed off, and the three f led. (2) Nakita Norman, 44, aided by two distracting associates, was captured on surveillance video stuffing two fur coats down the front of her pants, directly into the crotch area, and departing the Sword Furs store in Westlake, Ohio. Norman was arrested based on informants’ tips. Send your Weird News to Chuck Shepherd, P.O. Box 18737, Tampa, Fla., 33679 or weirdnews@earthlink.net, or go to www.NewsoftheWeird.com. FROM UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE CHUCK SHEPHERD’S NEWS OF THE WEIRD by Chuck Shepherd COPYRIGHT 2010 CHUCK SHEPHERD

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What do you appreciate most about your friends? The understanding that life is not about always having to see each other, because let’s be honest—sometimes we’re too busy to have a social life. All it takes is the time for a phone call to catch up. Who is your favorite hero in fiction? I don’t really have one, but my non-fiction hero is my great grandfather—a man of few words who touched the lives of so many. I never had the opportunity to meet him. Who is your favorite heroine in fiction? Again, I don’t really have one either, but my non-fiction heroines are my mother, grandmother and wife. Without these people in my life, who knows where I would be today. Thank you for all the support and unconditional love. What is the best thing you have ever won? I recently found out that some of my work is being published in a “best of” logo book. What did your mother always tell you? That I could do anything I wanted to do.

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