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STEPHEN NODINE Baldwin County Circuit Judge Charles Partin denied a request by murder suspect Stephen Nodine’s attorneys to dismiss charges in the death of his girlfriend, Angel Downs. Partin also granted a request by special prosecutor David Whetstone to dismiss a misdemeanor charge of criminally negligent homicide that District Attorney Hallie Dixon obtained from a new grand jury she impaneled earlier this year.

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The weekend that his grandmother died, Lumon and I spent a Saturday afternoon in Attucks Court talking to a young mother who was battling an eviction notice and picking up boys who were playing in the football playoffs at Legion Field. Most of his Saturdays are like that– listening to problems and picking up kids for his league’s football and basketball teams. Once we got to Legion Field, the 50-yard drive across the park took 30 minutes because everyone had something that wanted to share with Lumon. Hugs, handshakes and good-natured teasing were handed out steadily. Lumon knew at the time that his grandmother was in her final days. Family members had already gathered at his mother’s home. As we traveled around the park, Lumon pointed to a spot where he would sit her under a tent to watch the games. He fought back the tears when he talked about how proud she was that he was in charge of all those children. Lumon and the small army of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren are Ruby Jackson’s legacy. She will be greatly missed, but the lessons she taught them and their friends are still being passed on. Not all difference makers come with fanfare and publicity machines. Some carry a broom. {in}

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Jerrald’s Curfew Crusade By Jeremy Morrison

The Sheriff asked the question once more. He seemed fixated. Refusing to drop it. “Let me state the question again,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. “What is our desired outcome?” No one at the meeting seemed to be giving him a satisfactory answer. Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds certainly wasn’t. “I believe everybody here who is alive and breathing knows what the situation is,” Jerralds said. The councilman had scheduled the Monday, Nov. 14 forum in an effort to sell community leaders on a teen curfew. Jerralds wants the youths off the street by 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on the weekends. The curfew concept is a pet project for Councilman Jerralds. He’s been pushing for it for more than a year. “We need to try something to give society some relief,” Jerralds said a couple of weeks before the meeting. According to Jerralds, a curfew would help cut down on teen crime. Other cities, such as Mobile, have enacted similar curfews. Jerralds is proposing one based on a Jacksonville-model.

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“Children that are unsupervised during certain hours have opportunities to do things that are not productive,” he said. But just as the councilman would tell those at the meeting, it wasn’t just about crime. There was also a smidgen of social engineering. “We want to reconnect the children with their parents,” Jerralds said, explaining that a curfew could have offshoot effects such as lower school-dropout rates and fewer teen pregnancies. The councilman gathered together law enforcement and education officials, as well as representatives from the city and county. He painted them a portrait of a darkened night terrorized by up-to-no-good kids who would either be drinking themselves silly at

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the beach or puking their underage guts out along Palafox Street. Jerralds threw his true-believer oomph behind the argument— urging people not to “close our eyes, bury our heads in the sand and pretend nothing is wrong”—but the councilman received some push back. “I’m not really sure—11 p.m.?” said Norm Ross, deputy superintendent of the Escambia County School District. “I’m not really comfortable with that.” “When you were 16 or 17 did you want your mom or dad down with you at the beach?” asked Escambia County Administrator Randy Oliver. The councilman briskly brushed the criticism aside. These men obviously weren’t getting it.

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“I grew up on lock down, because my parents had something for me that was worse than jail,” Jerralds said, later explaining how “Children have too much time. When we were growing up we didn’t have that much time.” In addition to a nighttime curfew, the councilman is also proposing a daytime curfew which would run during school hours. This aspect seemed to warm up Gerald Boone, chairman of the Escambia County School Board. “I’ve always felt that teenagers were begging for discipline, and a curfew is just another form of discipline,” Boone said, adding that a nighttime curfew would probably cut back on teen traffic accidents. And while Jerralds gathered some steam for his curfew from the school district, the agencies that would be charged with actually enforcing such a rule were taking a more cautious position. If a teen curfew is enacted, law enforcement would be tasked with the on-the-ground logistics. Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons told the Councilman that he was concerned with the manpower such a job would require, as well as how officers would immediately ascertain who was underage and who was a legal adult without delving beyond the surface (which could become both time consuming and legally-sticky). “I think the manpower-needs and the exemptions would need to be hatched out pretty well,” Simmons told those gathered at the meeting. Under Jerralds plan, teenagers would be exempt from the curfew if they needed to be out late due to work or school-related activities. Questions were raised about how officers could know if a teen was legitimately out past hours, or if it would even be legal to stop a person suspected of being too young. Other issues brought up during the meeting concerned punitive measures: a teen offender’s parents could ultimately end up in trouble for their offspring’s broken curfew. If parents were not able to pay a levied fine, Jerralds said, “Then comes community service hours.” The next day, Sheriff Morgan leaned back in his desk chair and pondered for a moment before offering up his synopsis. “A thorny bush,” he said. “My friends in the medical field will tell you, ‘I can treat your symptoms until the day that you die.” Morgan threw out his repetitive question again. He had yet to get a good answer. What is the real issue? “We all know what the answer is, it’s poor parenting,” the Sheriff said. “Any reasonable, thinking person would understand it’s not a function of law enforcement.” Morgan lays the ills of youth at the doorstep of their parents. His job, he clarified, is to deal with problems when they become crimes. If a curfew is enacted, he plans to deal with the newly minted ‘crime,’ but doubts the effort will have any effect on the real ‘problem.’ “The question is not, ‘can I do it?’” Morgan said. “Of course I can do it. But if you’re asking me ... ‘Is this the answer to the problem?’ The answer is no.” The sheriff also has his doubts as to the less tangible aspects of Jerrald’s curfew plan. November 24, 2011

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local BP claim’s facility couldn’t speculate about the decision to keep the doors open. He could only provide a freshly printed flyer with the new hours of operation. “Oh, are they staying open?” Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson said when he heard the news. The local BP claims office—the last in the Pensacola area—was scheduled to close Nov 15. A last minute decision was made by the oil company to keep the location open on Mondays and by appointment. “That really upset me,” Robinson said of the decision to close. “They’re just trying to make it more difficult for people to file claims. What else for?” If the local office closed, people would need to travel to Gulf Shore, Ala., or Fort Walton Beach to speak to someone about recouping financial losses from BP due to the 2010 gulf oil spill. Officials with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility cited low traffic as the rationale for the closure, but reported the office still served between 70 and 90 people each day. Commissioner Robinson said that Escambia County had reached out to Florida legislators for help in keeping the facility open. Dan McFaul, spokesman for Rep. Jeff Miller (R), said that the legislator’s office had certainly expressed their concern. “After the tar balls that were recovered from Perdido Key recently, I continue to be concerned about the amount of product that is still yet to be recovered,” Miller said in a statement last week. As BP and the U.S. Coast Guard have announced that the spill’s clean-up phase is over, more than 1,000-pounds of oil was cleaned from Perdido Key last week. Escambia County estimates between 200 and 500 pounds are recovered from its beaches each week. With the official wrap-up of the clean-up, new oil and tar balls will need

He’s not so sure a government-mandated curfew would create tighter family bonds. “I think we’re a little bit off the reservation,” he said. “I was waiting any moment there to hear it was going to cure athlete’s foot and world hunger.” Pensacola City Councilwoman Megan Pratt delved a little deeper. Beyond the logistics and possible effects, is enacting a curfew the right thing to do? Is that government’s role? “If you have a city-wide curfew, are you undermining parents’ options?” Pratt asked, adding that “a lot of discussion” needs to be had in order to ascertain why exactly a curfew is needed.


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to be positively linked to BP’s Macondo well in order for the company to accept responsibility. Louisiana State University chemist Ed Overton has reported that the ability to make such a positive link decreases as the oil weathers. “No, no, no. That would be an issue,” said Robinson. “If things are still popping up, they have to be there.”


It was a bad day for Occupy Pensacola. Shortly before Mayor Ashton Hayward was to kick them off the lawn at City Hall, one of their tribe landed himself on The Smoking Gun website. After finishing up another march downtown Friday, Nov. 18, Occupiers were settling down for their last few sanctioned hours when Jeffery Scott decided he wanted to park his van on the sidewalk in front of City Hall. “All I’m trying to do is use my freedom of speech to put my van right here!” he yelled. Pensacola Police were having none of it, and a crew of fellow Occupiers also gathered round and attempted to rationalize with the man. “Everybody’s trying to stop me from talking!” Scott yelled at the Occupiers. “What’s going on? Rats seep into our brains still!” For a while it was a scene. Mayoral staffers looked down from a balcony. A TV news crew held their breath. But then, 32-year-old Scott began shopping his argument around the crowd and the cops seemed to grow bored. That day, a face-painted mugshot appeared on the website The Smoking Gun, which cited an Escambia County Sheriff’s report. Apparently, Scott had been arrested Thursday, Nov. 17 for allegedly stealing patio furniture from a neighbor. He said he planned to return the items. {in}

That was pretty much the general feel from the folks at Jerralds’ forum, too. No one seemed anxious to immediately throw the curfew off the table, but officials were also hesitant about diving in. Jerralds had hoped to see the curfew in place on the other side of the new year, but for now he has only a continuance of the conversation. Sheriff Morgan said he appreciated the conversation, but remained hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of good intentions. He seems to think Jerralds is stuck on the wrong answer to an elusive question. “I treat symptoms,” Morgan said. “I don’t cure the major causes.” {in}


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By IN Staff For the first time in the past six years, Pensacola had a relatively uneventful summer–no hurricanes, park or city charter referendums, sensational murder cases or oil spills. However, the year wasn’t without controversy, thanks to our clueless elected officials. The Pensacola City Council whined, hollered and threw temper tantrums over the new strong mayor form of government. The ninemember board was stuck with remorse. It was as if they had only an online relationship with the concept and didn’t like it when they finally saw it in action. Meetings and workshops drug on for hours, city staffers were attacked and humiliated and in the end the mayor won November 24, 2011

nearly every vote. It must be how the Democrats feel in the Florida Legislature. Two blocks east, the Escambia County Commission operated out of the limelight most of the year until the leaves began to turn. Tourism and horse marketing got the commissioners in trouble with the daily newspaper that wanted to reclaim the title of “Best Watchdog.” Superintendent Malcolm Thomas managed to alienate Sheriff David Morgan, Mayor

Ashton Hayward and most of the AfricanAmerican community. Sex on campus, student violence and abandoned schools refused to go away as issues. And then there were the odd stories of wannabe vampires, tree killers and Occupy Pensacola. Needless to say, the IN had more than its share of nominees for Winners and Losers for 2011. Let us know who you think we missed. 9

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Winner: Bishop John Ricard

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Escambia County’s Emergency Management Chief was honored in May by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet for being awarded the Chad Reed Emergency Manager of the Year award, one of the state’s highest honors in his field. Dosh was recognized for his dedication and leadership during the 2010 BP oil spill crisis. He received the prestigious award during ceremonies held at the State Capitol in Tallahassee. After serving in the United States Navy, Dosh began his career as a public servant by gaining employment as a 911-dispatcher in Escambia County. He became a part of the Emergency Management team in 1994.


Benedict XVI granted in March the retirement of the Most Reverend John H. Ricard, SSJ, Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee. In addition to serving as the shepherd for the diocese’s nearly 65,000 Catholics, Ricard, age 71, served in national and international roles within the Catholic Church. He traveled on frequent peace-building missions abroad, notably to Bosnia, North Korea and Africa, as the president and later a board member of Catholic Relief Services from 1995 to 2002. Ricard was named the Bishop Emeritus of Pensacola-Tallahassee, and now resides at St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C.

8. JOE SCARBOROUGH Pensacola’s

native son returned in October to his hometown to help raise funds for the Pensacola State College Annual Fund. Scarborough is Pensacola’s biggest cheerleader, continually mentioning the city on his MSNBC show “Morning Joe” and finding time to spotlight area leaders like Quint Studer, Collier Merrill and Mayor Ashton Hayward. During the BP spill last year, he broadcast from here to help draw attention to Northwest Florida’s rapidly shrinking summer tourist season. The former congressman’s name was frequently mentioned throughout the year as a possible Republican candidate for either president or the U.S. Senate.


A.A. Dixon Charter School of Excellence had been on life support. School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas was ready to pull the plug on the inner-city school because of its rough first year, and the school seemed headed to become another predominately African-American public school shutdown by Thomas. Instead, Rev. Lutimothy May and others reorganized the school. The Innisfree Hotels founder and CEO Julian MacQueen joined his wife Kim, a Dixon school board member, in adopting the school that is trying to improve the education of inner-city students that Escambia’s public school system has failed. Over 30 Innisfree employees

state and making Florida a “safe harbor” for business to expand. Gaetz has chaired the state’s redistricting process this past year, which has put him in a nice position to build support for his initiatives. The last Northwest Florida politician to be elected senate president was W. D. Childers, 1981-82. Area leaders honored Gaetz this past summer for his efforts to get $30 million in BP fines and settlement funds appropriated over three years to help the eight counties most impacted by the BP disaster.

participated in the adoption ceremony announcement in September. Thomas eventually backed down and gave the school a reprieve.


The executive director of the UWF Small Business Development Center was named in September the Florida Star of the Year by Florida Small Business Development Center Network. The award is for the employees whose contributions were exemplary for new program development, innovative special projects, client impact and/or overall Network performance. Last year, Strain quickly mobilized resources to assist businesses impacted by the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. As primary liaison with Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, he led the organization of the Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program. He was personally responsible for 163 bridge loans worth $4.3 million resulting in more than 1,700 jobs.

4. TATE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT & HIS MOM We never reported their

names so as to protect them from any retribution, but their courage in stepping forward and reporting in March the sexual battery in a Tate High School classroom places them on this list. The boy saw a female classmate forced to perform in oral sex during class. School officials blamed the victim and suspended her. The mother’s persistence led to an investigation by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the arrest of a suspect. The school’s botched handling of the incident and failure to timely and properly report the crime hurt the prosecution of the case. Later, the School District did its own investigation of itself and, after the insisting the investigator rewrite his report, declared it had nothing wrong. The girl was forced to complete her suspension.

5. DON GAETZ Escambia County

has two state senators, neither of which resides in the county. Gaetz, the senator from Niceville, was designated in a special ceremony in Tallahassee in September the Florida Senate President for 2013-14 . When he accepted the election by his peers, Gaetz set as two of his goals– training in higher education on the skills needed by industries moving to the

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3. COLLIER MERRILL Few volunteers have served through more difficult tenures. As chairman of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Merrill dealt with the rebuilding of the local economy after the BP disaster, launching a new economic development program, Vision 2015, and controversies over how the chamber handles tourism marketing. As the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Community Maritime Park Associates, he dealt with the aftermath of the firing of master developer Scott Davison and the Maritime Park Development Partners and the controversy over baseball team co-owner Quint Studer’s pledge to the park. His quiet, firm leadership helped the community navigate through all the controversies and continue to move forward.

2. SCOTTY DAVIS He may be the

smartest person to ever visit Pensacola. Davis was the Pensacola City Council’s pick for its council executive after a melodramatic five-month search that was filled with several false starts and misunderstandings on the power of the council to hire anyone. Davis, the head of the Department of Community Services for the City of Florence, South Carolina, was picked from a field of over 40 applicants, but after watching the video of several council meetings and reflecting on what he was told during the course of his interviews with council members, he withdrew from the position. According to City Administrator Bill Reynolds, who spoke with Davis over the phone, the winning applicant had been told during his one-on-one interviews by several council members that they were going to try and have the starting salary increased, which did not happen. Davis wasn’t willing to take a $10,000 pay cut and had reservations in taking a position that was not well defined and had been described differently by the council members.


Pensacola’s first strong mayor was slow to start, preferring to get his bearings, evaluate city personnel and gain an understanding of how to implement his platform. City staff that didn’t get with his ambitious initiatives were let go. New faces came on board and the city has had one of its most active years in decades. New libraries and community resource centers are moving forward. The west side of Pensacola that has been neglected for decades is getting the attention that it deserves. Hayward has hired able administrators and focused on selling Pensacola to the rest of the nation and attracting jobs to Pensacola. Optimism in the city is at an all-time high and the expectations for the next year are very positive with the opening of the Community Maritime Park. November 24, 2011


10. HARVEY ALMORN UPDYKE, JR. The Dadeville, Ala. man was arrested

in February for poisoning two heritage oak trees at Toomer’s Corner, a symbol of tradition in Auburn, Ala. Updyke grew up in the Milton area and had only lived in Dadeville about six months before his arrest. ESPN reported that Updyke, an Alabama fan, has a daughter named Crimson and a son named Bear. Police have said neither offspring was involved in the crime. Updyke’s attorney, Everett Wess, asked for the trial to be moved to Birmingham, Huntsville or Mobile, believing his client wouldn’t have a fair trial in Lee County. Of course, Updike and his wife have worn crimson shirts to the hearings, which didn’t help.


The Navy cancelled the scheduled visits of the USS Iwo Jima and USS Lawrence because the Pensacola Pass was only 32 feet deep. The two ships were to visit Pensacola in May and June as part of the yearlong celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The Army Corps of Engineers requested a dredging permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in April 2009, but the project was delayed by the BP oil spill, according to their spokesman. Simply, the Corps dropped the ball forcing the chamber to host the ships in Mobile instead. The ship visits would have been nice boosts to the local economy. Maybe the chamber should file a BP claim.

8. MIKE HARIDOPOLOS The Florida Senate Rules Committee voted in February unanimously to admonish one of its own, Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R-Merritt Island) for failing to record a $400,000 home in 2004 and not disclosing the source of a $120,000 payment to his consulting firm. The mistakes occurred between 2004 and 2008. Haridopolos said he thought he did not have to report the home purchase until the following year. The lawmaker is also behind the effort to fast-track gambling legislation that would establish destination casinos in the state. Watch the money trail, folks.


proclaimed vampire was arrested in September in St. Petersburg after allegedly attacking an elderly man, who was in a motorized wheelchair, outside of a vacant Hooters restaurant. The couple met at a nearby gas station, where the man invited the woman to hang out with him outside of a vacant Hooters until her ride came to pick her up. He fell asleep in his motorized wheelchair and when he awoke the “vampire,” a Pensacola resident, was biting him. 11

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Responding officers found a half-naked Smith covered in blood at the restaurant. She reportedly told officers she had no idea what happened. Our “News of the Weird” column may have to add a special section just for Pensacola people.


cambia County Commissioner for District 1 got himself in a pickle over allegedly using his influence to get Forrest Gibbs the marketing director job at the county’s Equestrian Center. Gibbs beat out 64 applicants and got the position at a salary much higher than advertised. Once the incident came to light, the Board of County Commissioners demanded Gibbs be fired and asked for several agencies to investigate the matter. Two refused to render an opinion and the state attorney’s office found no criminal wrongdoing. However, this has brought greater scrutiny to how the commissioners wield their power and influence in the county’s hiring.

5. JOHN WYCHE In October 2004 , John Wyche paid the Escambia County School District $64 ,000 for the former

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Kirksey Elementary School on North D Street in downtown Pensacola. Three years later, Wyche sold the property for $160,000 to the Escambia County Community Land Trust, a nonprofit organization of which he was executive director. That same year he ran for the Democratic nomination in a special election for House District 3. Wyche was the director of the Life Skills Center charter school for underprivileged children, which closed in 2008, and was the political darling of the “old guard” of African-American leadership. In 2010, he was convicted on charges of racketeering and mishandling of more than $750,000 in state education money for his charter school to sustain the failing Maison de Ville apartment complex. This past March, Wyche was sentenced to more than six years in state prison

4. SCOTT DAVISON For three years, he was the toast of Pensacola. AfricanAmericans and minorities loved the master developer of the Community Maritime Park because he promised to make the Covenant with the Community a reality. Big bucks were doled out to

consultants for pretty drawings and “pony and balloons” presentations. In the end, it was all sizzle and no steak. After a series of investigative reports in the IN and the daily newspaper, the CMPA board dumped Davison and his Maritime Park Development Partners as the park developer. Since then, the CMPA has won nearly ever court battle with Davison and MPDP. Don’t cry for Davison, he paid himself handsomely while he had the contract.


The Escambia School Board member says he supports charter schools, just not A.A. Dixon. Bergosh didn’t care that the students had been low performers in his school before they enrolled in Dixon. He refused to acknowledge that the school had completely changed leadership and that locals had taken over the governance of the school that was started by Ronald Renna of Clearwater, Fla. What he didn’t count on was the white community, many of them Republicans, supporting the school getting a second chance. But Bergosh hasn’t stopped there. His latest cause is to inject more red tape into how law enforcement

can investigate crime on public school campuses. Why? Because his child got in trouble with authorities for a school prank that led to a classmate being hauled off to the emergency room.


The French company manages Escambia County Area Transit. Its workers staged a one-day strike over working conditions and unfair labor practices. Local union officials said that their members have filed a record number of grievances this past year that range from trying to fire workers on maternity leave to not paying for holidays. Escambia County isn’t the only trouble spot for Veolia. Workers in Phoenix are reportedly headed for a strike after 15 months of negotiations failed to yield a new contract with the union. The ECAT workers are some of the lowest paid transportation workers in the state.


The lawmaker intervened with the Department of Transportation to help Bill Salter Advertising get the permits to clear 2,094 state-owned trees without having to mitigate the damage.

Loser: Greg Evers

Mitigation could have been planting other trees, making payments to a state trust fund or a combination of the two. Later, when Evers was running for the Senate, the National Rifle Association used Salter billboards in Northwest Florida to endorse him. In September, a federal judge in Miami blocked enforce-


ment of a gun law that prohibited doctors from asking patients whether they had guns in the home. State Sen. Greg Evers had championed the bill for the NR A . Recently a grand jury launched an investigation into the billboard controversy. Evers has a good chance of being on this list again next year. {in}


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Fostering the People by Jennie McKeon

Carol Carlan “People assume a foster child has had a very horrible life,” said Carol Carlan. “That’s not the case for me. I don’t look at it as being sad.” Before Carol Carlan was the first female regional bank president in the panhandle and CEO of Carlan Consulting, she was a little girl living on a farm with her parents and four siblings. When her mother left the family for another man, her father gave three of his children to the Department of Children and Families. He wanted a better life for his children and felt he couldn’t provide that. Carlan was living with her aunt and uncle before she was taken into state custody. She credits them as “making me the person I am today.” Her aunt, she said, was like a mother to her. “They wanted to adopt me,” Carlan said. Carlan was three-years-old when she entered foster care. She lived with six different families by the time she was 18. Only sometimes was she was placed with her siblings. Her father rented a room at a boarding house and sent every extra penny to DCF. “My father was always a part of my life,” Carlan said. Although the thought of leaving your family behind for six different sets of strangers sounds lonely, Carlan credits each fam-

ily, her friends, and other mentors she had along the way as teaching her valuable life lessons. “I was loved by many people,” Carlan said. “I saw the good in so many people. I’m really eager to give back to those individuals.” Carlan graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School. She sang in the select choir and was president of the school band, where she also played clarinet. Carlan earned money either waitressing in Destin or working at the Book Nook in Fort Walton Beach; the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Martin, kept her on staff throughout her high school career and even promoted her to manager. Carlan received a clarinet scholarship to Pensacola State College (at the time it was Pensacola Junior College). It was then that she fell in love with the city of Pensacola. “I remember driving on the three-mile bridge with my windows down,” Carlan said as her eyes welled with tears. “I thought, ‘I have my whole future here. This is awesome.’” Thinking back to her freshman college days makes her think about foster kids today and the challenges they have to face alone. “That’s the part that I feel for the kids,” Carlan said. “Some of these kids lose their way. Me, I’ve always been a planner and I visualized having a great future, but some kids can’t see past where they are.” Carlan does not have any children, but has four grandkids through her marriage with her husband Charles. “There are some things you would never let kids do by themselves,” Carlan said. In school, Carlan knew she wanted to work with money. She excelled at math. “I always loved money,” Carlan said laughing. “I just didn’t have any.” Just two weeks before her final exams, Carlan’s father passed away. She was fortunate to have spent Easter weekend with him, where he told her the whole story about her mother.

“One thing he left me with was to always be nice to others,” Carlan said. Carlan’s time at PSC left a lasting impression with her. She has served as a trustee to the school since 1999. Education is a priority for Carlan. She is a founding member of PACE Center for Girls, which gives girls the chance of a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. According to the web site, 60 percent of the girls in the program live in areas with higher than average crime rates and 19 percent have reported physical or sexual abuse prior to their involvement with PACE. “Some of these girls have been through horrific situations,” Carlan said. “I know in order to help them get beyond that we have to provide a place for them to be educated.” Carlan’s professional history is pretty well-known. Like her personal life, she worked hard at each task given to her until she was West Panhandle President of Wachovia. In 2006 she decided to retire to start her consulting firm. Now, she’s the hardest-working retired women in the area.

“I wanted to show people how to bring out the best in who they are,” Carlan said. Carlan did meet with her mother as an adult. It was 15 years ago. Carlan was 42. “It was surreal,” Carlan said. “I was like ‘What do you say?’ She was apologetic, but there’s no animosity. I’ve had a wonderful life. There’s nothing I regret.” Carlan has been named one of the Panhandle’s Top Five Most Powerful Women by the St. Petersburg Times, as well as being one-half of a power couple, with Charles, as noted by Pensacola Business Journal. However, it’s her work within the community she is most proud of. “I will spend the rest of my life using my experiences to help others have the best life they can have,” Carlan said. “You can turn a negative into a positive.” And it is her experiences that have made her the inspiration she is today. “I was raised by a lot of great people,” Carlan said. “I have great memories. I understand each of us is extraordinary in our own way and it’s because of our experiences.” {in}

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Health Talk: FamiliesFirst Network Adoption Counselor Cathleen Menda and Associate Adoption Coordinator Peggy Custred

Menda has been working with Families First Network for six years as an adoption counselor. She has worked as an investigator with Department of Children and Families, opened her home to foster children and even adopted one of those children. As a single parent of two—the oldest is biological— Menda understands the trials and tribulations of parenthood. Custred prepares families to understand what will be expected of them when they choose to adopt or foster a child. She coordinates events at the Heart Gallery, where you can see pictures and bios of children waiting for homes. IN: What are the requirements to adopt or foster children? CUSTRED: There is no set age (other than being over 21) or housing requirement. We’re just looking for folks who are flexible and committed. It doesn’t cost anything to adopt through us. You don’t have to pay for the classes (a 30-hour training program and adoptive home study) or the lawyers.

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IN: What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to those hoping to adopt? MENDA: That it’s not a super-quick process. Be patient. We very often tell our parents that the child is in charge. We see how the child is doing and we have wonderful foster parents who help gage how they’re doing, if they’re having behavioral problems or are afraid. I know how hard it is. If I can do it you can, too. Adopting is probably the most important thing I’ve ever done.

IN: Because the children are older, are they more resentful of the fact that they’re up for adoption? MENDA: Some kids have spent the majority of their life in the foster care system. They’re old enough to understand. When they say they don’t want to be adopted, what they’re really saying is that they don’t want to be rejected.

IN: What is the demographic of children waiting to be adopted at FamiliesFirst Network? CUSTRED: Our focus is older children. We have children who are emotionally and/or physically handicapped. There are also siblings waiting for homes. Sometimes it’s hard to find a family with enough room for four or five siblings. Last year we had 173 adoptions. They’re not bad kids,

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IN: When a child asks his/her adoptive or foster parent questions, what should they say? MENDA: It depends on the situation. The children we deal with have been abused and neglected. With younger children you have to decide what’s appropriate to tell them and what’s not. Don’t talk about biological parents. Children hold their parents on a pedestal. They’ll understand as they get older. IN: What is your goal for the children you work for at FamiliesFirst Network?

CUSTRED: Once a judge makes the decision to take a child out of their home, according to federal law we have 12 months to make permanent plans for the child. We want them to go home. That’s where they want to be, that’s where they should be. We work very hard with families through counseling, parenting and drug abuse classes. We usually have 20 or 30 children who don’t have identified families. Their biological parents’ parental rights have been terminated, foster families won’t adopt and they have no relatives. It’s my responsibility to help find a family. We know they are very special families out there. We need to get the word out that there are more kids waiting. Our families are the ones who help our children. When kids get settled, that’s when they heal. That’s the miracle. {in}

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YOGA WITH BECKIE SATHRE Sathre teaches yoga every Tuesday at 6 p.m. The class is geared to correct form and held at Ever’man. Classes are free for Ever’Man members and $2 for non-members. Address is 315 W. Garden Street. Call 438-0402 for more information.


COULD YOU HAVE A THYROID PROBLEM Presented by Dr. Vicki Roy, the class is part of the “Get Healthy Pensacola” program. The class will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Andrews Institute Athletic Performance & Research Pavilion in Conference Room B. Address is 1040 Gulf Breeze Parkway. Registration is required. To register, call 434-4080.


BLACKWATER HALF MARATHON TRAIL RUN The first in its series, this off-road even will be Saturday, Dec. 3, time to be announced. This race is sponsored by Running Wild and partnered by Montrail. For more info go to or call 435-9222.


CORDOVA ROTARY’S PANCAKES WITH SANTA Sponsored by Baptist Health Care the event will be held at the Gulf Coast Kids House located at 3401 N. 12th Avenue. For more information, contact Susan Sheets at 469-2305.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR 2012 Get a head-start on your New Year’s resolution and attend the Health and Wellness for 2012 class at Baptist Medical Park in Navarre located at 8888 Navarre Parkway on Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The class will be presented by Jamieson Peterman, A.R.N.P. Registration is required. To register, call 434-4080.


HEALTH AND THE HOLIDAYS Learn to stay healthy through the holidays. The class is presented by Dr. Mark Thiele of Baptist Medical Group, Family Medicine at Baptist Medical Park in the Azalea Room from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required, call 434-4080.


ANNUAL LADIES’ PAMPER EXPO Saturday, Dec. 17 Enjoy massages, facials, make-up application, mini hypnosis, yoga, door prizes, shopping and much more. The event will be held at the Gull Point Community Center at 7140 Spanish Trail from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 494-7360 for more info and to buy tickets.

DR. JIMMY JONES HONORED AS OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S SURGEON Dr. Jimmy Jones, a retired pediatric surgeon with Nemours Children's Clinic and Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, was recently named as an outstanding children's surgeon in the state of Florida by the Children's Medical Services (CMS.) The Philip O. Lichtbau Award is given annually by The Florida Pediatric Society to a children's surgeon who has contributed significantly, either regionally or statewide, to the CMS program. The award was created in honor of the late Dr. Philip O. Lichtbau, an orthopedic surgeon who served as a CMS medical director for many years. Dr. Jones was the first pediatric surgeon at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital and served as the only pediatric surgeon in the entire Panhandle for 35 years. He is currently the assistant medical director at Nemours Children's Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis and completed his residency training at Boston Children's Hospital. He is active in civic affairs and currently serves on the board of the Community Maritime Park. SACRED HEART HOSPITAL RATED 5-STAR FOR NEUROSURGERY AND CARE FOR HEART ATTACK AND STROKE New hospital ratings published by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, recognized Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola as having the area's best patient outcomes in areas that include neurosurgery, critical care, and treatment of heart attacks and strokes. Earlier this year, HealthGrades ranked Sacred Heart among the top 5 percent of all U.S. hospitals for clinical excellence (2011). The hospital also has been rated among the top 10 percent in the nation for

critical care for two years in a row (20112012). Also in 2011, Sacred Heart's bariatric surgery program also was recognized as the top program in all of Florida for its surgery outcomes, number two in Florida for gynecological surgery and five-star rated for emergency medicine and women's health. DR. EDWIN ROGERS NAMED CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF BAPTIST MEDICAL GROUP Dr. Edwin Rogers, a longtime physician leader in the Pensacola community, has been named Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Baptist Medical Group, Baptist Health Care’s expansive employed physician network. For the last 30 years, Dr. Rogers has served as a board-certified interventional cardiologist with Cardiology Consultants, an affiliate of Baptist Health Care. While continuing to practice cardiology, Dr. Rogers will now have an additional enhanced and expanded leadership role, guiding the development of clinical programs and fostering growth among the over 100-physician team. Dr. Rogers’ CMO position is newly created in response to Baptist-employed physician feedback and continued growth of the medical group, now serving patients in 42 practice locations and Baptist Health Care’s four hospitals and two medical parks. Dr. Rogers completed his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina before moving to Indianapolis, Ind., where he completed both fellowship and research appointments between 1976 and 1979. He started post-graduate work in 1999 and completed his MBA at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Rogers is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.


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Health Care Organizations

BAPTIST HEALTH CARE 434-4071, Baptist Health Care is a community-owned, not-for-profit health care organization serving Northwest Florida and south Alabama. 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, 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 ReFerràl 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, 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. West Florida also provides services in cardiovascular surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, emergency care, behavioral health, obstetrics and many other medical specialties.

Health Clubs and Fitness

THE CLUB FAMILY SPORTS COMPLEX 1230 Crane Cove Blvd., Gulf Breeze, 916-7946, The Club offers something for everyone, including an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, an indoor pool, rubico tennis courts, a 10,000-square-foot fitness center and 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, 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.


LUMINOUS LIFE HYPNOTHERAPY 346-7865, 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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DR. SCOTT MCMARTIN Medical Center Clinic, Dermatology and Laser Center, 8333 N. Davis Highway, 474-8386 Dr. Scott McMartin is a board certified dermatologist who practices general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Areas of practice include skin cancer evaluation and treatment, light therapy for psoriasis and eczema, psoriasis laser therapy, laser tattoo removal, Botox therapy and pulsed dye laser treatment for facial redness, blood vessels and inherited birthmarks. To schedule an appointment with Dr. McMartin, please call 474-8386. SIMMI TAYLOR, LICENSED SKIN THERAPIST 10th Avenue Hair Design, 1000 E. Cervantes St., 433-5207 Simmi Taylor offers a variety of pampering treatments, including facials, body treatments and body waxing. Taylor uses the Pevonia product line, which is a member of the organic trade association, as well as honey with vitamin E and organic soy wax. Gift certificates are available. 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 Dr. Kevin Welch offers Botox, Dysport, fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra, laser services, including Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing and IPL. Also, Dr. Welch has the only local Zeltiq Coolsculpting to “freeze your fat away”, and the only local non-surgical skin tightening procedures including both Ulthera and Thermage. The Skin Care Center offers physician-dispensed products, including Skin Medica, Obagi, Jane Iredale cosmetics, Tilley Hats and the only area outlet of “My Body” skin care products. Dr. Welch won Best Skin Care again in 2011.


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Downtown holiday season is officially here! Start the season off with the Elf Parade at 5 p.m. behind the T.T. Wentworth Museum. The Winterfest trolley begins at 6 p.m.

If you slept in and missed all of the Black Friday deals, you don’t have to sit around and watch football (unless, of course, you want to.) “Hugo” is in theaters. When else are you going to see a children-friendly Martin Scorsese movie?

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While we celebrate America’s history this weekend, check out “Pilgrimage,” a new book of photographs taken by the one and only Annie Leibovitz. Some of the images come from around the world, but the photographer snapped shots mainly in America. Emily Dickinson’s home and Abraham Lincoln-artifacts are just the tip of the iceberg.

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From IN Writer to Published Author As a reader of the IN you might recognize Ashley Hardaway’s name. But there’s more to this foodie scribe than meets the eye. After living in Ukraine during her time with the Peace Corps, Hardaway was given the chance to write a book about her journey. Now the Peace Corps volunteer, freelance writer and program director of Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy can add published author to her lengthy list of titles. “It’s terrifying,” Hardaway said. “I wake up every morning and check Amazon to see if someone has written a bad review.” The opportunity to write the book, “Ukraine: Other Places Travel Guide,” came when Hardaway was waiting tables as well as writing freelance. A friend in Washington, D.C. had founded Other Places Publishing and was interested in a Ukraine travel guide. Hardaway jumped at the chance, and in October 2010 she signed the contract with Other Places and went back to Ukraine to visit the places she hadn’t been to during her Peace Corps stay. When she came back the terror really set in. “I had to take a Prozac, 250,000 words,” Hardaway said with her eyes widened. “I sat down every day and forced myself to write 3,000 words.” The book is more than just a series of bulleted must-sees pointing at obvious tourist attractions. What Other Places and Hardaway wanted to accomplish was writing about the country for a specific traveler. “I tried to make it geared toward independent back-packers,” Hardaway said. “I wanted it to be quirky, not what western tourists would expect.” Hardaway points out in her book, and in conversation, that Ukraine isn’t the sad, cold country that typically comes to mind. It has beauty, culture and even heat.


“I’ve never been hotter in my life,” Hardaway said, which is a strong statement for a Cantonment native. “I first thought of Dr. Zhivago when I got assigned there, but it’s not just fur hats and snow.” Hardaway remembers riding the bus, where the heat was especially sweltering. “The people in Ukraine have an immense fear of the draft,” Hardaway said. “Even during the summers, the windows stay up.” Craving an adventure, Hardaway joined the Peace Corps a month after graduating from the University of Central Florida. She lived in a small village in the Ukraine for 27 months where she taught English. And while she was trying to teach a language, Hardaway had to learn one. Her first

three months in the country were spent with a host family that did not speak any English. “It forces you to learn the language,” Hardaway said. Hardaway’s passport includes stamps from Argentina, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Great Britain, Poland, Turkey, Czech Republic and Italy. Even though she is an avid traveler, Hardaway did have lonely moments in Ukraine. “Half-way through I thought ‘Why did I do this?’” Hardaway said. “It was very lonely.” And for a food writer, there wasn’t much to write home about in the small villages. “It’s great food, but there are only about ten dishes,” Hardaway said. After two years of eating ten dishes Hardaway longed for American cuisine such

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Three Hots, a Cot and Local Job Creation Traditionally the phrase, three hots and a cot is reserved for describing the basic provided while you are in jail. The current black and white portraiture exhibit at Pensacola Museum of Art, of the same name, profiles the feeling of imprisonment homelessness can evoke. Interestingly enough the museum itself used to be a jail and today provides a fitting setting for the exhibit. Many times while researching a story, you discover that the initial subject matter is not as one-dimensional as you thought. In this case, the story assignment was to cover a photography exhibit, and what we found is that this story has many layers. It is a tale of how a photographer, a museum, a billboard company and an interfaith ministry all came together organically to place a spotlight on the plight of homelessness in Florida. The exhibit – photography by E.J. Manton consists of twenty-four of the over three thousand photos Manton took over the course of two years. She is a twenty-five year career psychotherapist who decided to take her people skills to the streets and photograph the residents of homeless shelters in Chapel Hill, N.C., DelRay Beach and Miami, Fla. As she says, “It was an extension of my work. I have spent time with so many people. I wanted to capture the human spirit and destereotype homelessness.” Manton had this to say about her use of black and white photography, “I used black and white to show the reality, there is no blue sky when you are on the streets.” When asked about how she was able to gain the trust of the residents, Manton says, “With the permission of the shelter administration, I went in with a camera around my neck and ate lunch there, then stuck around to follow some of the folks into the streets. After a while, I asked if I could take their photos and many said no, others said yes. I got to know

their stories and wrote them down. Once the photos were developed, I sent them to the shelters, many had not had a photo taken of them for 15 to 20 years, and soon those that had said no originally asked if they could have a copy of their picture if they let me take it. It was worthwhile and incredibly interesting.” There are so many poignant stories behind the photographs, revealing the amazing strength of the human spirit. There is one story that sticks out in Manton’s mind, “I would have to say the story of Taz and Barbara. Taz is a Congressional Medal of Honor winner and Barbara was a woman who had lived a very rough life. They protected each other. Her family was not talking to her anymore because she could not get emotionally stable. Taz and Barbara kept their distance and did not spend the night in the shelter. She was killed when a truck hit her while she was walking down a street. That was especially hard on everyone.” The point of the whole exhibit in Manton’s words, “I set out to de-mystify the person who is homeless. So many I have talked to using the shelters services have master’s degrees or a Ph.D., used to have everything and somehow have nothing left. The photos were taken a number of years ago, with the current recession and job loss being rampant; I wonder what they would look like today? No matter the country, there are some who cannot function in society – we need to take care of them. We have to be responsible for our own.” The show opened on November 3, and runs until December 30. The ministry – enter Faithworks Interfaith Ministries Network Inc. Rick Dye is the high energy President of the nondenominational ministry. He is a former banker who left his career to dedicate his life to assisting those in need. Dye discovered the need of others after Katrina, when he and others turned a Christian retreat on the beach into an evacuation

center. They helped folks from Louisiana for for a job and no one is looking for someone 100 days, and when the last one went home, who has been in trouble. It is lonely, cold and he continued to network to find help – the dangerous out there, I have been ready to get needs were great and varied tremendously. off the streets for about five years now.” “Not everyone has the same needs,” Dye Packer says, “The one thing we can do said. “There are many levels of homelessis to be open minded about being homeless ness. Like patients in a hospital, not all need and who the homeless are. Understand the the same antidote.” misunderstanding and educate yourselves.” The mission of Faithworks is to unite the He is planning to attend Pensacola local community with those in need. CurState College in January, and wants to earn rently Dye has collaborated with the Switzer a degree in social work. Packer had a lot of family and Lamar Outdoor Advertising. insight he can communicate to people who Lamar gives the retired billboard vinyl mateare getting into trouble. He also wants to rial to Faithworks, who in turn provide sewing go on to get a master’s degree in a larger machines, training and patterns to folks who college setting. have come through a work, VA or alcohol Packer coined the title, “Seam Smith,” and drug program. The program folks make when Dye was describing what the seammoney on what they make, creating jobs in stresses were doing with the material. They the community. Faithworks will purchase as will use that title going forward. many crafts as they can make. Here is the secret formula, Sonya Davis, So, when you go to see Manton’s photo Executive Director and Chief Curator of the exhibit, there will be folks on the same floor Pensacola Museum of Art sees Manton’s exof the museum making crafts out of the billhibit on the homeless in South Florida. Then board material. Tote bags and other pieces Davis sees Dye and the Interfaith Ministries created by the program are priced beginning working with the homeless and the billboard at just $8 and will be available for purchase. material donated by Switzer at a music festiWe visited the sewing operation that val in East Hill. She puts the two together and is taking place at the museum, and met ends up with one inspiring show. {in} Jeremy Packer, 29. He is calm and soft-spoken with kind eyes that has been walking the country for 10 years. He left home in Indiana at 19-years-old. He is currently WHEN: Now through December 30, Tuesdayworking with Faithworks as part of Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday Noon-5 p.m., a work program, after a run-in with closed Sunday and Monday the law. Packer was making bags WHERE: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. when we walked into the room; he Jefferson St. was alone because the other maCOST: Members and children under 5 are free, chine’s needles had broken and the $5 adults, $2 for students with ID and active others got frustrated and left. duty military When asked how he feels DETAILS: about the program, Packer says, “I feel security. I have been looking


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Black Friday and the Shopping Palaces of Pensacola Originally popularized by department stores, the day after Thanksgiving, or “Black Friday” has become what amounts to a national holiday. The Christmas shopping season took on increasingly more import throughout the 1900s as the size of American shopping centers grew. Taking a look around Pensacola this Black Friday, over 100 years of shopping preferences can be seen in the various places we will (or won’t) go shopping. Department stores were born in the 1850s, providing a one-stop shopping experience that reinvented American retail. Thanksgiving was adopted as the beginning of the holiday sales season, and large department stores held special sales and events (such as Thanksgiving Day parades) to drum up excitement and bring in crowds. The term “Black Friday” was first used to describe the Friday after Thanksgiving in the 1960s. Philadelphia newspapers coined the term to describe the hoards of shoppers that crowded city streets and stores in search of bargains. The Friday after Thanksgiving is also said to be the day many businesses move from red to black on their balance sheets, another characteristic that helped the name stick. Up until the 1950s, Pensacola’s primary retail outlets, including department stores like J.C. Penney’s and Sears, were located downtown. Suburbanization facilitated by post-World War II prosperity and the prevalence of automobiles changed patterns in Pensacola as they did across the U.S., causing development and retail to migrate from downtowns to outlying areas. Town & Country Plaza on Pace Boulevard was Pensacola’s first suburban shopping center. Advertisements for the complex touted air-conditioned stores, over 250 parking spaces, and more than 40 businesses concentrated in one location. Opened in 1956, Town & Country was essentially a downtown further out, with a Gayfer’s department store, a supermarket, dentist’s office, post office, and clothing, sporting goods, and toy stores among others. In 1964, a five-story office tower opened at the site. Holiday fever caught on at the plaza the same year, with Santa arriving by parachute on the day

after Thanksgiving to take photos with local children. In 1970, Town & Country management announced that the complex would undergo a complete remodel and update. Like many first-generation shopping centers, Town & Country was facing a significant challenge from the next big thing in retail: the enclosed shopping mall. Housing dozens of stores beneath one roof, Cordova Mall opened in 1971 in what was a largely undeveloped part of town. Once so remote, a portion of the property had been used as a trash dump in the 1950s. Gayfer’s and Montgomery Ward were the original anchor stores, with Gayfer’s (a Mobile-based chain) second Pensacola location boasting floor space equal to five football fields. D.H. Holmes, a New Orleansbased company, became the third anchor store in 1986. The cafeteria in D.H. Holmes became Norma’s, a popular local eatery that would eventually reverse the common trend, and open locations downtown. Ever evolving, expansions in the mid-1980s added the Parisian (now Belk) wing and the food court to the popular shopping center. Not long after Cordova Mall opened, University Mall followed in August 1974. J.C. Penney, Sears, and McRae’s were the first anchor stores at the complex, ideally located immediately south of I-10. J.C. Penny, like several other stores that opened a second location at University Mall, originally kept its downtown location. Sears and Morrison’s Cafeteria did not, and closed their doors downtown to focus on business at the newer venue. With many larger stores moving away from city centers, downtown areas eventually developed new identities as centers for boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops, as Downtown Pensacola has done. Both of Pensacola’s malls have undergone additions and renovations over the last 40 years to keep shoppers stimulated and interested in their facility. Even when occupancy rates dropped in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Black Friday drew huge crowds to University Mall. Plans to turn the University Mall site into an open-air shopping center are currently underway, and will give shoppers yet another new outlet for Black Friday bargain hunting in the future. {in}

Jessica is a Pensacola resident with a Master’s degree in Public History. When she’s not digging up history facts, you can find her at Music Box Pensacola.


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Leadership Pensacola: Producing Committed Leaders Leadership pensacoLa and the Framework oF our community

By Jennifer allen mcFarren, programs and events manager, pensacola Bay area chamber of commerce

the second tier in maslow’s hierarchy of needs clearly indicates that following fulfillment of physiological needs, humans rely on safety and security. a community’s components of safety and security are ones that we most often take for granted. the Leadership pensacola class of 2012 had the opportunity to explore the infrastructure that is the foundation for this community and walked away with a greater understanding of that groundwork. “hurricane Leap” made landfall at 8 a.m. on thursday, november 17th at escambia county’s emergency operations center (eoc). class members had just one hour to work within their respective emergency service functions to emulate how our eoc would operate before, during and after a disaster such as a hurricane. those functions were facilitated by volunteers from Florida dot, city of pensacola Fire & rescue, Gulf power company, Food & water, Brace, escambia county department of health and the red cross. the exercise was led by, John dosh, emergency manager. “it was wonderful having the 2011/2012 Leap class participate in the hurricane Leap exercise at the escambia county emergency operations center.” said dosh. “this exercise demonstrated to all who participated, the importance of effective communication and coordination between agencies when responding to disasters. Fantastic learning experience for all!”

Following an assessment of their performance, the class gained insight on another major aspect of disaster operations: how our local media prepare for and operate during a hurricane. moderated by Brent Lane with cat country 98.7, the media panel consisted of Bob solarski and allen strum from wear 3, tom ninestine from the pensacola news Journal and sandra averhart from wuwF 88.1. dissemination of correct and useful information before, during and after a storm is vital to a community’s recovery. Focusing on daily operations of our community, the escambia county Fire department, emergency medical services and Baptist health care Life Flight consolidated in demonstrating a wreck exercise. daniel akerman, with escambia county Fire rescue articulately narrated what happens after a life threatening car accident. there are many elements and organizations that play a vital role in the safety of our citizens. Later in the day, class members arrived at escambia county Jail’s central Booking and detention Facility for an inside look at the booking process and living quarters for those in the facility. immediately following, the swat team gave a special presentation on the equipment that they use during operations. instantly impressed with the Ford F650 Bear cat vehicle the team uses during stand offs, the experience further gained momentum with a demonstration from waLL-e. the newest member of the swat team, this icor caliber robot was funded by a grant from the department of homeland security. weighing 180 pounds, waLL-e is used on every call to make the first entrance into the building. towards the end of the day, the class was connected again to this year’s theme of leading change.Visited by three leaders that have faced their fair share of change in the past year, participants were challenged and engaged in meaningful conversations with county commissioner Gene Valentino, sherriff david morgan and mayor ashton hayward. the day was planned and led by Leadership pensacola alumni don hanto (09), Lauren anzaldo(11), nasya mcswain (11) and Jason spratley (10).

Leap cLass 2012 kim aderholt, nigel allen, autumn Beck, Judson Brandt, Jason Broxson, cyd cadena, mike craney, Laritza crear, ed cronley, mark davidson, Bradley ‘Beej’ davis, Jr., courtney dell, eric doelker, michael dollen, Lee elebash, Lisa esser, elizabeth Fayard, whitney Fike, dion Guest, pamela hatt, marla hecht, rosanna henley, samantha hill, keith hoffert, Jr., kevin hoffman, Brian hooper, kristin hual, erin hynek, mari Josephs, Garrett Laborde, robbie Lofty, kristin Longely, chad mccammon, steve ooms, Julie orr, perry palmer, Justin pierce, creagh proctor, terri ramos, sunny ricks, chris ritchie, kevin robbins, maryellen roy, ted roy, kelly russ, Blake schaeffer, steve schickel, holly smith, kathy summerlin, david tuyo, andy waltrip, Benjamin Zimmern, Jack Zoesch.

upcominG eVents Dec. 8, 2011 eDucation, HealtH care & tecHnology

the class will explore and identify components that make up our community’s support structure and how those aspects interconnect within the pensacola Bay area.

Jan. 12, 2012 Military

the class will explore the command posts of our area and the encompassing impact that the military has on our community.

Feb. 1-2, 2012 legislative trip to tallaHassee

the tallahassee trip will focus on how the legislative process impacts how we live, work and play in northwest Florida and how the lobbying process differs in session and out of session. the class will have the opportunity to speak with area legislators regarding the issues that are important to them.

Feb. 9, 2012 regional econoMics

members of the class will explore different economic development strategies and future trends/directions. they will learn how our community is affected by ongoing local, state or nationwide economic development efforts.

MarcH 8, 2012 Quality oF liFe

the class will examine the positive and negative aspects of our community’s quality of life. they will discuss the meaning of quality of life for the various socio-economic groups in northwest Florida while exploring the importance of cultural organizations and activities in the life of the community.

april 12, 2012 leaDersHip & etHics the class will discuss interrelationships among leaders in the community. they will identify the risks, rewards and challenges of leadership and the bond between leadership and ethics.

May 11, 2012 closing retreat

the class will reflect on the Leap curriculum and explore lessons learned during the past year. they will explore new individual and team challenges at the high ropes course at adventures unlimited and are encouraged to apply the Leap experience to a future course of action.

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news of the weird ENTERPRISING REPORTERS GET STORIES BY EARNING THE TRUST OF THEIR SOURCES, which Simon Eroro of the PostCourier (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) obviously did. At a banquet in November, the News Limited (Rupert Murdoch’s empire) awarded Eroro its “Scoop of the Year” honor for reporting on militant tribal fighters of the Free West Papua movement -- a scoop he had to earn by agreeing to undergo a ritual circumcision, with bamboo sticks, to prove his sincerity. (Some of the rebels still wear penis gourds whose size varies with the status of the wearer.) THE LITIGIOUS SOCIETY An Illinois appeals court finally threw out a lawsuit in August, but not before the two-year-long battle had created a foot-high pile of legal filings on whether two “children” (now ages 23 and 20) could sue their mother for bad parenting while they were growing up. Among the claims were mom’s failure to send birthday cards or “care” packages during the kids’ college years and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from a party (and once failing to take the girl to a car show). CONSUMER RIGHTS (1) Jonathan Rothstein of Encino, Calif., filed a lawsuit in September against Procter & Gamble for selling its Crest toothpaste in “Neat Squeeze” packages, which Rothstein said make it impossible to access the last 20 percent of the contents, thus forcing consumers to buy more toothpaste prematurely. (He wants Procter & Gamble to return 90 cents to everyone who bought Neat Squeeze packages.) (2) Sarah Deming of Keego Harbor, Mich., filed a lawsuit in September against the distributor of the movie “Drive” (starring Ryan Gosling) because its trailers promised fast-driving scenes (like those in the “Fast and Furious” series), but delivered mostly just drama. FINE POINTS OF THE LAW (1) A recent vicious, unprovoked attack in Toronto by Sammy the cat on Molly the black Labrador (bloodying Molly’s ear, paws and eye) left Molly’s owner without recourse to Ontario’s or Toronto’s “dangerous pet” laws. The owner told the Toronto Star in November that, apparently, only dangerous dogs are covered. (2) Maya the cat was central to a recent contentious British immigration case when a judge seemed to favor residence for a Bolivian national because of Maya. The judge had concluded that the Bolivian man and his British partner had established a close-knit “family” relationship because of the need to care for Maya. UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT (1) Licensed Texas physician Akili Graham, 34, who gives paid motivational speeches on healthy living

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(“How to Deal With Stress”), was arrested in October in Houston and accused as the front man for four “pain clinics” that allegedly dispense prescription drugs illegally. (2) A chief child-abuse investigator for the Catholic Church in Britain, Christopher Jarvis, 49, was sentenced in October following his guilty plea to possession of over 4,000 child-sex images on his computer. Jarvis had been hired in 2002 to protect against pedophiles’ access to church groups. WHY PEOPLE LOVE WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in August that he and a partner had “settled” the lawsuit brought by the Bartow County Bank for failing to repay a $2.2 million loan they had taken out in 2007. Graves has been a staunch advocate for governmental fiscal austerity and voted against raising the federal debt-ceiling in August. However, he had balked at repaying the $2.2 million (though he had signed a personal guarantee) because, he said, the bank should have known when it made the loan that Graves would be unable to pay it back. COMPELLING EXPLANATIONS (1) Management consultant Graham Gibbons, 42, was on trial in Cardiff, Wales, at press time, charged with making a clandestine video of himself and his then-girlfriend in bed. Gibbons denied being a pervert, insisting that he made the video to analyze, for “efficiency,” the “time and motion” of his “performance,” as he might do for corporate clients. (Despite his alleged improved lovemaking, the girlfriend broke up with him.) (2) West Virginia roadkill-cooking activist David Cain told Bloomberg News in October that he generally supported Volvo’s new driver-safety technology that warns of objects ahead in the road. Cain pointed out that it was just a warning, that the driver “could still choose to run over something that’s good for eating.” PEOPLE WITH ISSUES In November, Tommy Joe Kelly, unsuccessfully acting as his own lawyer, was convicted of slashing a stranger’s tire by an Austin, Texas, jury, despite his explanation. “OK, I’m going to tell you the truth on this one,” he said from the witness stand. “It doesn’t sound right, but it is. I ... had hemorrhoids at that time, super duper bad.” (There have been 391 tire slashings in Kelly’s neighborhood over the last four years, but he was charged with only one count, and sentenced to 10 years in jail.)

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November 24, 2011

Chad Stacy

Day Job: Financial Advisor with Rodney Rich and Company Pensacola Resident Since: 2006

My Pensacola goes from Cordova to Downtown, out to Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach.

Good Eats:

First, if you need to cater a lunch, there’s no one better than Chet’s Seafood, where Randy and Justin still catch what they serve. Downtown, you can’t beat the view at Jaco’s and Seville Quarter has the best soup and salad bar. If I’m in Cordova, it’s a toss-up between Jersey Mike’s and Firehouse Subs. But, I also love Chili’s. I prefer to sit at the bar (free chips and salsa) where Amanda does an awesome job during lunch. For Dinner, Downtown Rules. Tre Fratelli is a great place to take a date. It’s hard to beat Fish House for Brunch. I took my Mom there for her birthday and she loved it. JP and Company are on top of their game. If you want Mexican, drive on up 12th Avenue and go see Lee and Joni at Cactus Flower. Those ladies have perfected their style. Ask for one of Lee’s favorite wines to go with your dinner. If dining on the beach, we prefer to go by boat. You can dock up at the Grand Marlin and grab a surf and turf combo or you can head over to Peg Leg Pete’s and enjoy a Shipwreck with some of the best oysters on the coast.

Retail Therapy:

I don’t really shop that much, but these are my favorites: Business/Professional: Don Allen’s Jeans: Buckle for Lucky and Big Star Shirts: Southern Tide, Vineyard Vines which I buy mostly online unless Don Allen’s has it. Shorts, Flops, and Fishing: Outcast Bait and Tackle has it all! AFTCO are the best fishing shorts, Rainbows are best knockaround flops, Crocks and Guy Harvey are best flops for fishing.

Watering Holes:

Pat takes care of my Seville Rotary Club on Tuesdays at Seville Quarter/Rosie O’Grady’s. Angela always makes me a good drink on The Deck at Fish House, while Lucas puts a show on for the ladies on Wednesdays.

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Anytime on the weekend is a good time for a boat ride to Paradise Bar and Grill, where the bushwhackers and music make the atmosphere a secret hangout for the locals.


Summertime is easy, everyone’s at the beach. Genti and Lauren are my favorite bartenders at Capt. Fun’s. Congrats on your recent engagement! Fall is dominated by my Auburn Tigers, but when I’m not at the game I like to watch them with the Auburn Club at HelenBack. I may stop downstairs and say hello to George and Alex at ICE, and then walk down to Intermission. I think everyone knows the drill…

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I love the water; it’s why I moved here. I love to fish. Our preferred way of travel on the weekend is by boat. Somewhere between our canal and the Pass is where we’ll be. Sunday dinner is at our house or Gary’s and we’re grilling out what we caught that weekend. If I get lucky, we’ll take a trip in Rodney’s boat and Robert Barnes will put us on the good spots about 30 to 40 miles out. Paddle boarding is also my new obsession. On a flat day there’s nothing better than cruising around the Gulf or behind Quietwater Beach. I also love sports. I play at Exchange Park for Dave Presnell and his Franchise, Big Rhino, where our Co-Ed Softball team has won its last four seasons and our Men’s Flag Football team is the defending Champion!

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Arts & Culture:

Don’t blink or you’ll miss some sort of history in Pensacola. From the grounds of the old Pensacola/Alabama Railroad where my Firm sits today, down to Seville Historical District, out to Fort Pickens/Fort McRae. Gallery Night turns Palafox Street into a classy Bourbon Street for a night of socializing with friends and celebrating local artists.

Never Miss Events/ Festivals:

Blue Angels Weekend- Little Sabine is the place to be. If you’re riding over with us, be on the dock at 8 a.m.!! Mardi Gras Parades- The Beach Parade is my favorite, and everyone ends up at the Sandshaker of course! Opening Day for the Blue WahoosCan’t wait!!! Thank you Quint!!

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