BRICKBATS & BOUQUETS

BOUQUETS TO THE CUMMER FAMILY The family recently bequeathed 137 acres of preservation land to the North Florida Land Trust. The Cummers originally purchased the land, which the late Wellington Cummer described as, “the most beautiful property the family owned,” more than a century ago. It will now be known as the Cummer Family Land Trust Preserve.

BRICKBATS TO DUVAL CHARTER SCHOOLS In spite of being touted as a better alternative to public schools, charter schools were trounced by traditional public schools in 17 of 22 tests on the Florida Standards Assessment. But look at the bright side: It costs less to send our kids to charter schools. See, you really do get what you pay for.

BOUQUETS TO ALHAMBRA CHEF ROY Chef DeJuan Roy of Alhambra Theatre & Dining won The Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” cooking competition. Initially disappointed at being assigned canned ham as his feature ingredient while his opponent worked with trés chic duck breast, Chef Roy tapped into his creativity and crushed the competition. Guy Fieri said he “made canned ham sexy.” We didn’t even know that was possible.

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