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Stories of the Greatest Generation A few years ago, I came down to Florida from New England to take care of my mother, who has having health problems. Next door to my mom’s place in Winter Haven lived an elderly couple named Frank and Gloria. They were the kind of folks who rarely traveled out but still dressed up every day, even though they were just sitting around the house. I used to visit them often, and I knew that Frank, who was in his early 90s then, had short-term memory problems. “He has dementia,” Gloria would tell me during our visits. “He probably won’t remember you. He doesn’t remember much these days.” Frank might have had memory problems, but he was a gentleman, and one of the nicest persons I’ve ever met. One day, Gloria asked if I wanted to see Frank’s medals. Of course, I answered, and she brought out a display case showcasing all his medals, including a Purple Heart and an old shoulder patch bearing a big red“1.” “You were in the Big Red One?” I asked Frank, knowing that it referred to the Army’s 1st Infantry Division. I soon found out that Frank had not only been in the “Fighting First,” the oldest division in the Army, but had landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. I was impressed. I’d never met anyone who had participated in D-Day (my dad served in the Pacific Fleet during the war), so I started asking Frank questions about that day. Here’s the thing: his short-term memory might have been suspect, but his long-term memories, including those of D-Day, were sharply intact. Frank started telling me about that day, but Gloria quickly cut him off.“He doesn’t like to talk about it,” she told me, inferring that the memories might upset him. So I let it go. But I’ve never forgotten Frank and the Big Red One, and the service of those soldiers to our country. One more quick story. When my mom passed away, my brother and I cleaned out her house. Among other things, we found a box of small black-and-white photos of my dad, then just 20 years old, in Japan at the end of the war. There were dozens of them, showing him in various places around the country. I’d known he was in Japan but had never seen the photos. He never showed them to us. For a number of reasons, the men and women who served with honor during World War II are often reluctant to talk about their experiences during the war and their contributions to freedom. That’s why it’s so important for the generations that follow to not only remember, but to honor and pay tribute to them, before they’re no longer around to hear our words of thanks. The Ocala Honor Flight does just that, and we’re pleased to present in this issue our tribute to America’s Greatest Generation.

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or more than a year I planned a journey to Japan, with visions of bullet trains and Kabuki performers dancing in my head. But then my trip was cancelled in the wake of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the main island in March of this year. I began frantically searching travel brochures for a quick substitute, and found a beautiful, exotic trip to Southern Africa offered by Grand Circle Tours (GCT). Before I knew it, I was driving from Ocala to Orlando, and beginning a sequence of lengthy flights to Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon my eventual arrival, I was met by a

Johannesburg and Pretoria On Day One, we toured Johannesburg, visiting the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, located near the site where this icon of the 1976 Soweto Uprising was shot and killed. We then continued on to the Apartheid Museum, devoted to the struggle for independence and including many print, photo and film exhibits illustrating the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela. I admit that I was surprised by the racism that is prevalent between the Afrikaners, English and the blacks who are sandwiched in the middle, and by how the terrible slums around Johannesburg looked as bad as anything I have seen in the world.

zebras pacing the African bush. Our first early sunrise was aglow in orange yellows, with the scrawny umbrella trees silhouetted on the horizon. We spotted four of the continent’s “Big Five” game animals—lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros— on the first day. They are so named because these are the most difficult and dangerous quarry for the hunter. On the second day in the park, we spotted the elusive leopard sitting on an outcropping of a rocky ledge, regarding our safari vehicle with keen interest. Kruger National Park is also home to almost 500 bird species, some found nowhere else in South Africa but here. On a smaller but still impressive scale, we discovered termite hills the height

“Our first early sunrise was aglow in orange yellows, with the scrawny umbrella trees silhouetted on the horizon. We spotted four of the continent’s “Big Five” game animals—lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros—on the first day.” friendly representative of GCT—our tour director, Tessa Easingwood. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, and currently a resident of Cape Town, she’s exceedingly qualified for her position. She has been with GCT since 2005, and speaks German and Afrikaans in addition to English. Tessa seemed to me the most informed guide ever. There was not one question she could not handle, right down to the names of local exotic animals, birds and flowers. Our 23-day South African adventure would take us from Johannesburg northward to Kruger National Park, and then southward along the coast to Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, before heading to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe for a post-tour trip.

Day Two brought us to Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, only a one-hour drive from Johannesburg, with astonishing views of the Klein Drakensburg escarpment, which exhibits wooded canyons, sheer cliffs and gorgeous waterfalls. We toured the city, had lunch together and next drove on towards Kruger National Park, a natural game reserve established in 1898.

Kruger National Park On a quest to see the country’s big game animals, we rode in an open safari wagon with a most knowledgeable Afrikaans guide, whose daily wage depends on his spotting game for the photographers aboard. Soon there were noble elephants crossing the road, elegant giraffes nibbling the tops of trees and exotic

of small bushes, and observed dung beetles carrying out their work of natural disposal.

Swaziland We continued from Kruger National Park to the border of Swaziland.The landlocked kingdom, bordered on three sides by South Africa and on the fourth by Mozambique, has been an independent nation since 1968, having originated as a British protectorate in the 19th century. As we followed the Drakensberg Mountains, we passed manicured sugar plantations on our way to Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, finally reaching our destination, the Mountain View Inn. That afternoon, we toured the Swazi Glass Craft factory. The Swedes built the original factory in 1979, importing


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all the machinery and equipment, and training the Swazis in the age-old art of glassblowing. Now owned by the government, it has become Swaziland’s hottest tourist attraction. We continued on to Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge, where we had lunch with the lodge’s owner, local conservationist Ted Reilly. Mr. Reilly is a descendant of one of the area’s earliest white settlers, and has been involved in anti-poaching and conservation efforts in Swaziland since the 1960s. His efforts were documented in a movie titled “Jessabelle,” which we saw at the beginning of the tour. It’s about a Land Rover, which Reilly put through its paces herding game on his reserve.

together. This led them to create the Inkatha Freedom Party, one of the two largest black African resistance parties. After the filming of“Shaka Zulu”was complete, funds were raised to buy the property and turn it into Shakaland, combining living history exhibits with hotel accommodations and a conference center. Our rooms were traditional beehive-style huts made of concrete blocks, offering all the latest amenities, including flat screen televisions. The experience was more akin to visiting Disneyland, but entertaining and educational, nonetheless.

Port Elizabeth Continuing our drive to Port Stanley, we checked into a modern,

world’s oldest and largest cheetah reserve. The ranch offers a rare opportunity to observe this endangered species and learn about conservation efforts. After a briefing by the staff, I was allowed to enter the cheetah enclosure to interact with the animals. I was understandably leery, but when I patted the male cheetah on the head, he rolled over to let me stroke his chest and stomach, just like a big housecat! We then took a drive to marvel at the turn-of-the-century sandstone mansions built by the“feather barons,” who made their fortunes in the early 1900s, when ostrich feathers were in fashion for hats and clothing. At the time, only gold, diamonds and wool

“Shaka Zulu was a ruthless warrior who united a number of tribes in southeast Africa in the early 1800s. The television show made him a household name, and his story was vividly brought to life by the sets created here.” Zululand Leaving Swaziland, we drove through several border points and entered Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal. We soon arrived at the Shakaland hotel and resort, which is part of a set created for“Shaka Zulu,”a 1986 TV mini-series. Shaka Zulu was a ruthless warrior who united a number of tribes in southeast Africa in the early 1800s. The television show made him a household name, and his story was vividly brought to life by the sets created here. His mighty tribe was defeated by the British and manipulated by the Boers, and eventually the government banished them to the province of KwaZulu, unwittingly banding them

marble-faced hotel overlooking the beachfront.Port Stanley offers many historical attractions, including the Historic Donkin Heritage Trail, which allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the 1820 settlers. The trail winds for several miles past more than 40 historical sites. We visited St. George’s Park, home to the world-famous Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, and toured Addo Elephant National Park, which protects more than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo and 50 endangered black rhino. Continuing our wildlife trek, we travelled to Oudtshoorn, where we visited Cango Wildlife Ranch, the

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Cape Town The drive along the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town is easy on the eyes—impressive mountains, sandy beaches, forests of giant yellowwood, pine and eucalyptus, not to mention amber-colored lakes, waterfalls and an abundance of colorful wildflowers. All of this wonder was punctuated by monkeys, baboons and impalas running across the road, while giraffes and ostriches grazed in the distance. This stretch of coastline has inspired artists and writers for centuries. Cape Town is a jewel, with beautiful build-

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ings, houses and wide avenues. The city’s landscape features hills and abundant water, so the vegetation is lush, with magnificent trees, tropical plants and flowers everywhere one looks. The Garden Route to Cape Town and historic Mossel Bay was the most scenic part of the trip. The bay is where Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias was the first European to land in South Africa in 1488. We welcomed a stop in Swellendam for lunch and a tour of the Drostdy Museum. Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa, and the museum, a former outpost of the Dutch East India Company, is an example of a historic Cape Dutch building. We later took the tram up Table Mountain for a beautiful sunset and a home-hosted dinner. The next morning, we took the scenic coastal road to Cape Point Nature Reserve, and snapped many photographs at the Cape of Good Hope. Later we drove along the False Bay coastline to see penguins at Boulders Beach, followed by a seafood lunch at the Black Marlin Restaurant. From there, it was an easy ride to Africa’s wine country, where we explored Stellenbosch and enjoyed a wine tasting. There are many vineyards around Cape Town, and this particular winery offered red and white varietals, as well as a sparkling wine produced in the French“methode.”

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe I opted for a post-tour add-on trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and was glad I did. We were up early at 4 a.m. to catch the flight to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg. After a very long day, we arrived at the Elephant Hills Resort Hotel, and continued immediately in the afternoon to Victoria Falls, donning ponchos to protect us from the spray at the fall’s edge. What a sight.Victoria Falls is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. I could barely believe I was standing there,

feeling transported somehow to another time on another planet. The next morning, I had a quick breakfast, as the manager of the hotel had arranged for his driver to take me to the border of Zambia. At the border, I switched cars and continued by taxi across a half-mile-long no-man’s land, established between the two countries to reduce illegal smuggling. Upon reaching the Zambia border, I had to negotiate with yet another driver to take me into Livingstone, about 10 miles away, where I visited the Livingstone Museum. My surreptitious efforts were well worthwhile, as I was given a private tour of the facility that houses original letters from Stanley Livingstone about his travels and discovery of Victoria Falls, which he named for his Queen. From there, I continued to the Zambia side of Victoria Falls, but it simply did not compare to Zimbabwe side of this natural wonder. I continued my trek, again crossing the border at Zambia, taking another taxi through no-man’s land to the border of Zimbabwe, and yet another taxi to my hotel. It was a truly adventurous day.

Botswana The final safari of the trip was also the best, in Chobe National Park, Botswana. We came upon a place at the Chobe River, and I felt as though I had stumbled into the Garden of Eden. It was truly the most beautiful spot on earth that I have ever had the pleasure to witness. That night, we closed out our trip’s itinerary with an authentic “boma” dinner, which included a show featuring the culture of the Matabele tribe. We were mesmerized by their elaborate painted masks, ornate costumes, musical instruments and dancing. After beginning with a sampling of traditional beer and snacks, we enjoyed dining on a variety of game meats and Zimbabwean dishes. The Sangoma

Ron Wetherington with cheetahs at the Cango Wildlife Reserve, South Africa.

(storyteller) entertained us, and the local witchdoctor told our fortunes. The population of South Africa is a varied cloth, woven from the fibers of settlers from Holland, France, Portugal, Britain and Germany. Indentured servants from locales like Ceylon and Malaysia came to work the sugarcane fields and eventually the gold mines, and left their own patterns on the fabric. While this was my third trip with Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Travel, it was by far my favorite tour. I highly recommend taking the post trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Chobe National Park in Botswana, as the sights are not to be missed. The lands were spectacular, the people friendly, the animals remarkable, and our tour director, Tessa Easingwood, was absolutely the best. It was a privilege to be so welcomed in this land, and to have the opportunity to make friends and memories that will last my lifetime. O

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hrough weary yet eager eyes, they got their first glimpse of the plane in the early morning light, and it was magnificent. The chartered Miami Air International Boeing 737800 aircraft was illuminated radiantly on the runway against the 5 a.m. sky, appearing full of purpose under the outdoor spotlights. It was an inspiring sight for its very special passengers, who were about to embark upon a historic mission. On this Flag Day, June 14th, 104 veterans—men and women who served and fought in the armed forces during World War II—were about to be transported to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial built in 2004, as well as other historic memorials in our nation’s capital, dedicated to honor

badges, were of utmost importance. It was military efficiency, lead by Ocala Honor Flight organizer Morrey Deen, at its finest. On the way from the terminal to the plane, the travelers passed a World War II-era PT 17 Army Air Corps primary trainer biplane sitting on the tarmac. “You know, I flew in one of those,”said 90 year-old Air Force veteran Eugene Layard, upon seeing the plane. The biplane was part of the celebration, courtesy of owner Terry Crawford, whose parents founded Signature Brands in their Ocala kitchen in 1951. According to Crawford, the biplane was actually based in Ocala from January 1942 to mid-1944, when it was used by Greenville Aviation to train Army Air Corps pilots on a site where Target stands today. He had it restored 20

Band of Brothers The plane arrived at BaltimoreWashington International Airport on time, and deboarding was handled with the utmost care and protocol. In fact, the entire event was handled with the same detailed proficiency. Medically, the Ocala Honor Flight organizers were prepared for any emergency. In addition to six volunteer paramedics, the medical team included County Emergency Medical Director for EMS, Dr. Frank Fraunfelter; family practitioner Dr. David L. Oliver; and two respiratory therapists. Prior to deboarding, Dr. Fraunfelter asked all escorts, veterans and volunteers to “please keep an eye out for each other today,” and that’s exactly what everyone did. At one point, for instance, Layard noticed that two paramedics were

“I moved from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C., temporarily, on my way to start a new life in Canada, when Pearl Harbor changed everything.” their service and the ultimate sacrifice made by their peers. On that morning, a sign above the Ocala International Airport terminal entrance read“Welcome WWII Heroes.” It was a heroes’ welcome that was long overdue. After the end of the war, many U.S. soldiers remained overseas for many months, so by the time they returned home, the fanfare was over. Many were not welcomed home with parades, as World War I soldiers had been. For many of these vets, they were only now being officially thanked in a ceremonial event, 66 years after the fighting stopped. In front of the terminal below the Welcome sign,busy volunteers organized the 104 veterans and their 68 escorts for the boarding of three team buses— appropriately in teams designated Red, White and Blue. Coordinated Red, White and Blue baseball caps, as well as name

years ago, and then discovered its Ocala connection. He has included it in the Honor Flight celebration every year as a tribute to the men and women who served their country. Layard is a two-term serviceman. He flew C-47 military transport aircraft as a crew chief and arrived in Germany during the occupation. After the war, he attempted to return to school for dentistry, but he was recalled and subsequently remained in the service for 21 years. Layard was visibly delighted to be on the Honor Flight, saying,“I’m glad to be going on this trip, because it might be my last chance.” On his decision to enlist, Layard recalled, “I moved from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C., temporarily, on my way to start a new life in Canada, when Pearl Harbor changed everything.”

playing double-duty as escorts to wheelchair vets, while also carrying equipment to another location. Without hesitation, he volunteered to push one of the wheelchairs, never losing sight of his long-awaited experience, as well as what was most important, helping a fellow soldier. First stop, the National World War II Memorial, situated between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Authorized by Congress in 1993, the World War II Memorial was established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, funded by private donors and begun in September 2001. It was dedicated on May 29, 2004. Fifty-six pillars line the memorial’s elliptical shape, signifying the 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia, which united in a common


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cause. The Freedom Wall’s 4,000 gold stars commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives in the war. At the memorial, Congressmen Cliff Stearns and Richard Nugent greeted the veterans and gave opening remarks. The veterans were then treated to a performance by the U.S. Army’s Old Guard Drum and Fife Corps before walking around for an hour to take in the memorial on a more personal level. For the most part the veterans were reflective. They did not outwardly express their emotions or regale others with war stories unless prodded. Yet you could see the enthusiasm in their body language, facial expressions and, most visibly, in the attire they wore with pride. One gentleman in a red cap, for instance,

battle in the western Pacific near the end of the war. They happened to sit next to each other on the flight and were making small talk when they discovered their shared histories.

Honor Thy Fathers There were two other stops on the journey—a group photo at the base of the Lincoln Memorial and a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery, where the veterans viewed the changing of the guard. On that leg they also visited the Korean Memorial and had a view of the iconic Iwo Jima statue from the bus en route. At each stop that afternoon, the veterans were visibly moved. “I was fine until they played Taps,”said Navy Reserve veteran Jack McClendon. When asked why, he replied, “It hits

explained what this meant to her.“We show our appreciation to the veterans for what they have done, as Morrey Deen says, ‘to save our world,’ and it’s exciting to be with them and see the joy in their faces.”

Honor Thy Mothers Four female veterans took part in the Ocala Honor Flight. Janet DeMuro, who served as a Radioman Third Class in the Navy, was among them. She made history as one of the first women to serve in the military. This was DeMuro’s first trip to the nation’s capital. “I thought it was about time I got to see Washington, D.C., and I wanted to see it all,”she said. At the World War II Memorial, she read a quote from President Harry S. Truman, inscribed on one of the walls: “Our debt to the heroic men

“Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women. This was a people’s war, and everyone was in it.” wore a spotless white naval uniform with shiny black shoes and a gentle, happy grin. He did not say much but his pride was unmistakable. Others did share their stories. Jack McAllister was in the 80th Infantry Division attached to Patten’s Third Army. “We landed on Omaha Beach on July 16th, six weeks after D-Day,” he shared.“I fought all the way across France up into Belgium, where the Battle of the Bulge ended the war.” Others vets were reacquainted with old military buddies. Navy veteran Charles Crompton of On Top of The World and Marine Corps veteran Sam Fowler of Dunnellon were in the same graduating class in high school—Trinity High in the small town of Washington, Pa., near Pittsburg. Both survived the Battle of Okinawa, a nearly three-month-long

at the heart when you stop and think why they’re playing Taps.” Bystanders made the experience even more rewarding. Other Honor Flight participants from other cities and states greeted the Ocala vets. Random visitors to Washington, D.C., on Flag Day noticed the convoy of WWII veterans and extended their hands to thank the vets for their service. Even grammar school and high school-aged kids approached the veterans without prodding, fully understanding the significance these men and women had on history, democracy and freedom. The escorts and volunteers were equally moved by the experience. Terry Sovolo, daughter of Jim Sovolo, who attended the Ocala Honor Flight last year as Jim’s escort and returned again this year, teared up as she

and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” On another wall, she noted the inscription of a quote by Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby, the first director of the Women’s Army Corps, a post she held during the war, and later the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under President Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women. This was a people’s war, and everyone was in it.” “That was wonderful,” DeMuro said of her day in the nation’s capital. She encourages young women today to consider joining military service for their country. “It is an invaluable


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experience for training and discipline that prepares women to meet life’s challenges and fend for themselves.”

A Hero’s Welcome At the end of a busy day, the plane left Baltimore International Airport for a two-hour return trip to Ocala International Airport. Upon arrival, the captain informed the exhausted passengers that a hero’s welcome was planned for them at the airport, and that we would dazzle the awaiting crowd with some snazzy maneuvers of our own. Upon arrival, the pilot made a fly-by and tipped the wing in a symbolic salute. The thrilled crowd cheered, their waves visible from through the plane’s windows. After the airplane had taxied to the terminal and stopped, the carefully orchestrated deboarding process began, with volunteer escort Chip Morris of SKY Radio calling out each veteran’s name as he or she exited the plane and descended the staircase. It was an overwhelming sight to behold. As the veterans approached the airplane doorway, they could hear and feel the vibrations of the electrified crowd. The mass of people who awaited them for their late-night welcome far exceeded those present for the early morning farewell. On the ground, a red carpet lined the walkway from the terminal to the aircraft. Family members, organizers and supporters also lined the way. Those in the crowd included younger veterans, everyday citizens and local city and county officials, who greeted the returning veterans, shaking their hands and thanking them for their service. After being presented with Ocala Honor Flight commemorative medals, the veterans were embraced by their loved ones. These particular men and women who served our nation proudly during World War II have finally received their due honor. O Is there a veteran in your life you’d like to honor? Tell us about it at


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Actor, singer and TV host Nick Loren has worked as John Travolta’s stunt double for 14 years, and now he’s making his own distinctive mark in the entertainment business.


ick Loren was pumped. On the set of From Paris with Love, a 2010 action film starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Loren was preparing for a chase-scene stunt that called for him to hang out the window of a speeding car, shouldering a bazooka while headed toward a nearcollision with a massive truck. He’d checked with the film’s producers to see if the stunt was still on.“Oh, yeah, that’s the best part,” they told him. “Okay,” Loren replied, “then that’s what we’re going to do.” He had to be sure. After all, this was a specialized and highly dangerous stunt for the singer-turned-stunt-man. Usually movie producers bring in a specialist for Left: A true Renaissance Man, Nick Loren can do it all: sing, act, produce, host and perform stunts as John Travolta’s stunt double. He’s currently filming Rock of Ages in Miami, with co-star Tom Cruise.

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this type of sequence, but as Travolta’s stunt double, Loren was game. Along with the film’s cast and crew, Loren was in the French village of Ance, about a four-hour train ride south of Paris. A new divided highway had just been paved, which the production had reserved for the week. The stunt called for Loren to climb out of a speeding Audi sedan and hang out the passenger-side window with the big weapon balanced on his shoulder as the car weaved through traffic at 80 to 100 miles an hour. As they prepared for the scene, Loren was told that the film’s director, Pierre Morel, had seen every stunt imaginable and was quite seasoned, so Loren was cautioned not to expect too much praise from him. Loren checked to make sure his body harness was secure, and they began shooting. On the first take, Loren fell out of the car further then he expected. The Audi was coming up fast on the truck,

putting Loren in danger. At the last second he pulled himself back into the vehicle—a close call. Morel, directing from a car behind them, pulled alongside Loren’s vehicle and yelled, “Oh my God, that was great!” It was Day Three of shooting, and Nick Loren had already set the bar pretty high, but he’s used to taking risks. He can do it all: sing, act, produce, host and perform stunts as John Travolta’s stunt double and stand-in, which he’s been doing for 14 years through 14 films, including such hits as Swordfish, Be Cool, Wild Hogs, Hairspray and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. He’s even written a series of children’s books. Forget the once-trumpeted triple-threat status— Nick Loren is a sextuple threat. Currently, Loren—who is based out of Jacksonville but travels frequently to Ocala—has a number of irons in the fire. He’s the host of a daytime show in Jacksonville called First Coast Living, and he was recently tapped for a role in


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Left: Nick Loren in costume as John Travola’s stunt double for the 2010 film From Paris With Love. Lower left: Loren in stunt gear on the set of First Coast Living, a TV show he hosts in Jacksonville.

mound, he got hit in the head by a batted baseball. He never played again. Giving up on sports, Loren pursued street dancing as a physical outlet. His neighborhood in Long Beach was the same area where Snoop Dogg grew up. “Hip Hop and R&B music struck a chord with me,” Loren says. He picked up dancing, and was particularly good at a dance style called “popping”— uncommon for white kids in the 1980s. Skinny and flexible, Loren soon became known as the Plastic Man, the first of many identities he would eventually have.

the upcoming high-profile movie Rock of Ages, currently filming in Miami, with a cast that includes Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alex Baldwin and Russell Brand. It’s clear his career is taking off, but life has not always been so glamorous for Nick Loren. The Rise of Plastic Man Loren’s childhood was tumultuous, and during his teen years his world was filled with drugs, alcohol and neglect. His mother was only 15 years

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old when he was born in San Diego, Calif. His father left when he was young, and his mother remarried when he was seven, to a Navy man who took his new wife and stepson with him to West Virginia and then Long Beach, Calif. Loren’s mother had a hard time controlling her young son. It’s not that he was a bad kid, just undisciplined and misguided. He had talent. He could sing at five years old, a trait he inherited from both sides of the family, and played baseball well, until one day, while standing on the pitcher’s

Nick vs. Himself When Loren turned 14, his mother sent him to live with his birth father in Eugene, Oregon. Naturally, he took his street dance moves with him. One night, he was invited to a dance competition by his new friend Larry. No one knew what to expect from him, but when he got up to show what he could do, the crowd was blown away. Word spread about Loren, although no one knew what he looked like. He and Larry decided to play a prank on a dance group known as the Uptown Boys, who dominated the street dance scene in Eugene. They devised a story in which Loren became Larry’s cousin Jo-Jo, visiting from Seattle. Having seen a bit of what “Jo-Jo from Seattle” could do, the Uptown Boys were impressed. They wanted Jo-Jo to compete against the latest challenger—Loren himself, not realizing he was one and the same. On the night of the challenge, the club was packed. When Loren’s name was called for his match, everyone looked around to see where he was. Even Loren looked—as Jo-Jo. Then Loren stepped forward as himself and the Uptown Boys’ jaws dropped. As each one of the Uptown Boys challenged him, they were no match

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for his skills. Loren was accepted and respected, and became great friends with the Uptown Boys, in particular one named Jake Green. Three years later, when he was 17, Loren suggested to Jake that they go cliff diving. The local kids loved the thrill of diving off the cliff into a pond 20 feet below. Loren challenged Jake to dive off the cliff but Jake didn’t want to. Nick continued to encourage him and even taunted him. Loren finally convinced his friend, and they jumped in together. Loren cheered and clapped happily as he climbed back up the rocks, until he reached his alarmed friends, where he discovered that Jake had not resurfaced. At first Loren thought his friend was playing a practical joke, but became

After the shock passed, Loren had an epiphany. “I was a teenager and I had my whole life ahead of me,” he recalls. “My dad was a drug-dealer and supplied me with whatever I wanted. But I know that wasn’t the life I wanted.” Loren decided then and there that he was going to turn his life around. At 17 he gave up drugs and alcohol and started working out. He moved in with his grandparents in San Diego, where he finished high school, and where, when he was 20, his first son was born. Loren’s goal now is to be the best father and role model he can be for his three children. He also serves as a positive role model for other kids—the students he teaches in his acting workshops across the nation, including at Ocala Models & Talent.

chatted and learned they had a number of things in common. Their sons were about the same age, and both men were into music and acting. They hit it off. When Travolta’s stunt double could no longer continue in the latter half of filming, Travolta asked Loren to double for him. Loren did, and has continued to do so ever since. His stunt work opened other doors for him. In 2008, Loren recorded his first album, “Forever Be Cool.” In 2010, he was asked to host First Coast Living in Jacksonville. “As a TV host, I’ve found a new place to have a good time,” he says.“I believe I bring a fresh perspective to an established idea.” Loren’s biggest career highlights, however, are still ahead of him. He was recently cast in the upcoming major

“Loren was recently cast in the upcoming major motion picture Rock of Ages, in which he plays the head of Warner Bros. Records during the glam rock era of the 1980s.” alarmed when there was no sign of him. Loren finally dove back into the water but panicked and could not hold his breathe long enough or see Jake in the muddy water. Jake was gone, and Loren’s life changed forever. On The Edge Following the death of his friend, Loren endured an inner battle of selfblame. In reality, what happened was not Loren’s fault. Neighbors in the area said accidental deaths off that cliff happened every year. Jake wasn’t a strong swimmer, and was caught in an undertow. In his struggle against the current, he hit his head on a rock and never regained consciousness. The fact that it was an accident didn’t matter to Loren. He was devastated.

Double Identity Loren studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse under acting coach Milton Katselas, who instructed such luminaries as George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer and Alec Baldwin. While most casting agents wanted to cast Loren as the tough guy, Katselas picked up on Loren’s sense of humor. That resonated with Loren. When he performs comedy, he lets go. He’s applied that principle on every movie set he’s been on, telling jokes and singing songs between takes, and winning over everyone he’s met. It was this element of his personality that first drew the attention of John Travolta. They met on the set of Face/Off (1997), where Loren served as the stunt double for Nicolas Cage. They

motion picture Rock of Ages, currently filming in Miami. Loren expects the role to be the biggest of his career so far. Based on the smash Broadway musical, Rock of Ages is “one of the biggest films being done this year, and it’s a musical, so it’s a singer/actor’s dream role,” he says. In the film, he plays the head of Warner Brothers Records during the glam rock era of the 1980s. Scheduled to hit theaters on June 1, 2012, the film is expected to be a mega-hit. That’s good news for Loren, whose career is now accelerating into the fast lane. It’s a career his friends in Ocala/ Marion County, including the students of Ocala Models & Talent, as well as John Travolta himself, are surely proud to watch.” O

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Benvenuto a Mesa de Notte! Welcome to Mesa de Notte, the only restaurant in Ocala for Italian fine dining. Jose Moreno, a chef of El Salvadorian descent originally from Miami, fell in love with Italian dining and wished to share his passion for Italian cuisine with others in a romantic setting. That has now come to be at Mesa de Notte. Mesa means “table” in Spanish and de Notte means “at night” in Italian, a name that conveys who Moreno is and his vision for a night-out-on-the-town dining experience. Elegantly and tastefully decorated with crimson walls, dark tablecloths, granite tabletops and booths over ceramic tile floors, the restaurant’s ambience is exquisite, and the food is divine. Fall in love at Mesa de Notte, your new ristorante of choice. Buon appetito!


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TOPTABLES BFE (Booze, Food and Entertainment) Brand new menu featuring homemade soups, salads, and wraps. All made fresh daily, including mouth-watering burgers and wings. Live entertainment on the weekends. Mondays buy two meals get appetizer free. Kids eat free on Tuesdays. Great for private parties, or have your next big event catered. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Closed Sun. 18 SW Broadway St., Ocala 352.351. BFE1(2331). Experience fine Cuvée Wine & Bistro dining in one of Ocala’s most inspiring settings. Sample over 100 new and rare wines using their innovative self-serving wine systems. Daily chef specials utilizing the finest ingredients. Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 4-11 p.m. for dinner. 2237 SW 19th Ave/Rd., Ocala 352.351.1816. Reservations preferred. All major credit cards accepted. Honey Baked Ham A forty-year family tradition of hand-selected, 24-hour smoked ham and turkey, sliced to perfection, in a cozy sandwich cafe. Come in for a boxed lunch, shop while you wait, or pick up a dinner and sides to go. Don’t forget about our delicious desserts. Mon-Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.4 p.m. We Deliver. 2709 SW 27 Avenue, Ocala 352.861.0011. Horse & Hounds East Where traditional favorites meet English Pub. Dine at a long time local favorite that offers an extensive menu. You are able to dine by the comfort of the fireplace or enjoy a meal while your children safely play on their playground. Call-ahead seating available but not necessary. Daily food and bar specials available. Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mon-Sat 11 a.m.9:30 p.m. Located in Old Town Village 4620 East Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala. 352.690.6100. “Best of Laki’s Greek Restaurant the Best” 2010, famous for their gyros! Proudly serving Ocala for 25 years. Laki’s is big on flavor, friendliness and fast service. Plus reasonable prices. Don’t fret over hot stoves—let Laki’s do the work! Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 12-9 p.m., 3405 S.W. State Road 200 #107, Ocala 352.237.3090. Las Palmas When you’re in the mood for good times and great cuisine, Las Palmas Restaurant is sure to please with superb cuisine featuring a wide array of great selections from Latin America. Everything is made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. Family owned and operated, specializing


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Painted murals and Greek and Italian statues are not the only works of art at Laki’s Greek restaurant. Every mouth-watering plate is a Mediterranean masterpiece. Platters, such as the Greek village sampler appetizer, are the most popular. Begin with the Horiatiki (Village Salad), an authentic Greek salad with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, pepperoncini, green peppers, onions, Feta cheese and olive oil served with crispy pita bread. Follow with Souvlaki, a savory pork tenderloin marinated in Greek herbs and spices, then skewered and broiled. It’s served on a bed of fluffy rice pilaf with a side of Tzatziki sauce, a cucumber spread with yogurt, garlic and dill. Or share a Laki’s Platter, which includes Moussaka, layers of eggplant, potato, cheese and ground beef topped with a creamy baked Bechamel sauce; Pastisio, baked Greek-style macaroni with ground beef and cheese; Dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with rice and enhanced with herb and spices; Tyropita, a cheese pie Filo pastry filled with Feta cheese; and Spanakopita, a delicious spinach pie. Opa!

in typical meals prepared in Colombia and Cuba. Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. 506 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL 34471 352.732.2100. Catering is available for any size event. Mesa de Notte Ristorante Benvenuto, welcome, to Ocala’s only Italian fine dining experience in town! Chef Moreno shares his passion for Italian cuisine in a romantic setting for all to enjoy. The ambience is exquisite. The food divine. Fall in love at Mesa de Notte and with your new ristorante of choice. Buon appetito! Open daily for lunch and dinner Mon-Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat-Sun 3 – 10 p.m. 2436 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala 352.732.4737. With the The Mojo Grill and Catering sweet sounds of the Blues in the air, and décor straight from a Mississippi delta eatery, Mojo’s Grill brings soul into downtown Ocala. Satisfy just about any craving you have, particularly if you’re hankering for food with a Cuban slant.

Mojo’s is also a full service catering company that can handle all of your event needs. Check out their open acoustic jam Tue 7-10 p.m., enjoy live music Fri & Sat eves, and enjoy Sunday dinner and a movie at the Marion Theatre for only $15. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sun 12-7 p.m. 103 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala 352.369.6656. Also located at 5710 SE Abshier Blvd., Belleview 352.307.6656. Moreno’s Grill Moderate Pricing Meets Expensive Taste at Moreno’s Grill, a full-service restaurant, located in the SummerGlen Golf Club. Moreno’s offers a delicious varied menu, including nutritious breakfasts, light snacks, great lunch specials or a multi-course gourmet dinner meal. Full bar service is also available. Open to the public. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a breakfast buffet on Sundays. Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 15480 SW 13th Circle, Ocala 352.307.8788.

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Tilted Kilt– WELCOME TO THE TILTED KILT! Your home for ice cold beer, mouthwatering pub fare, a festive atmosphere, friendly staff, and televised sports year round. Our menu features an array of satisfying options sure to please everyone, from sliders, wings and wraps to shepherd’s pie, pasta and more! Visit to view our menu or better yet, just stop in. You’ll be glad you did! HOURS: Mon - Sat 11 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 3155 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 352.351.5458

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant– Kotobuki in Ocala has served its patrons the finest in Japanese cuisine since 1986. Kotobuki offers hibachi-style cooking at your table, freshly made sushi from the sushi bar and authentic Japanese cuisine from the Washoku room. MENU ITEMS INCLUDE Steak, scallops, lobster tail, filet mignon and sushi. HOURS Sun. & Mon.: 4:30 – 9 p.m.; Lunch: Tuesday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dinner 4:30 – 10:30 p.m.; Sat. 4:30 – 10:30 p.m. 2463 S.W. 27th Ave., Ocala, FL Shady Oaks Plaza next to Best Buy 352.237.3900

Tony’s Sushi & Japanese Steak House– Visit for 40% off on gift card! Tony is a creative artist when it comes to his extensive menu, welcoming atmosphere and delicious food. He brings scrumptious sushi favorites from New York and Miami. Tony’s now offers specialty rolls in half orders, so you can enjoy all of your favorites in one sitting. EXPERIENCE OUR HIBACHI GRILL where the chef prepares fresh entrees and entertains right before your eyes! Don’t hesitate to try our exciting daily specials. WE OFFER PRIVATE PARTIES AND A FANTASTIC CATERING SERVICE. HOURS Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. HAPPY HOUR 2:30-6:00, 2 for 1, Draft Beer and Well Liquor BUY HALF SUSHI ROLL FOR HALF PRICE 3405 S.W. College Road, #103, Ocala, FL 34474 352.237.3151


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TOPTABLES Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine– With specialties like seafood, curries, vegetarian and non-spicy dishes, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine offers only the finest Thai food in Marion County. Be sure not to miss this gem of a restaurant tucked away in Ocala. MENU HIGHLIGHTS Spring Rolls, Pork or Chicken Satay, Nam Sot, Chicken Red Curry, Whole Red Snapper with Sweet Chili Sauce, Pad Thai, Ayuttaya Duck with Ginger Sauce. HOURS Lunch: Mon – Fri 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Mon – Thur 5 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.; Fri – Sat 5 p.m.– 10:00 p.m.; Closed Sunday 2437 S.W. 27th Ave., Ocala, FL 352.237.3433

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El Azteca EN FUEGO! Quality, traditional authentic Mexican cuisine. Homemade chile relleno. Come join us for the best fajitas in town. Daily Lunch, Dinner and Bar specials. Mariachi band on Thu 6 - 9 p.m. Karaoke on Fridays 8 - 12 a.m. Join us for gameday fun. Outdoor seating now available. Happy Hour Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday all day 2-4-1 Margaritas. All major credit cards accepted. Full bar available. Family atmosphere. 32-oz draft all day Saturdays/Sundays for only $2.00! 4011 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala 352.854.5500

Sky Asian Fusion– Features delectable Asian Fusion menu with a beautiful view of Ocala for a casual but elegant dining experience. Sky menu is a passport to Asia with items across cultural boundaries. Dishes that inspire from China, Japan, Thailand and Korea. Even American-inspired items like beef and salmon. Full bar. INCREDIBLE SUNDAY BRUNCH. Ocala’s most sensational dining experience! Enjoy all your traditional Sunday favorites and the best of SKY! HOURS: Lunch Mon.Fri.11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner Mon.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m. Dinner Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m. Brunch (Sunday only) 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Credit cards accepted. Reservations suggested for parties of 8 or more. 291.0000. 3600 SW 38th Ave. Ocala, FL 34474 Located on the 6th floor of the Holiday Inn & Suites


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Ocala Wine Experience– HOME OF HORSE’S ASS WINE, GOLF BALLS, JEANS & APPAREL. Live music Fri & Sat nights, wine tasting, food, desserts, coffee, eclectic gifts, gourmet baskets. Private party & meeting space. Private wine labels available. Hookas in the courtyard with fruit tobacco and cigars. Personalized wine labels available for individuals or businesses. Daily Wine Tastings! HOURS: Mon - Thurs 1 p.m. - 8 p.m., Fri 1 p.m. - Midnight., Sat 2 p.m. - Midnight. 36 S.W. 1st Ave., Ocala, FL 352.369.9858


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BFEE COME TAKE A LOAD OFF AT THE HOTTEST BAR IN OCALA, but it’s more than just a bar... full menu featuring mouth-watering burgers, wings, salads and wraps. Come enjoy the summer nights on our newly-renovated back patio. Open jam every Monday night. Kids eat free Tuesday nights. Ladies night on Wednesdays. Live music and DJ’s Thur, Fri, Sat nights. BFE, IT’S ALL IN THE NAME. Great for private parties, or have your next big event catered. Hours: Mon-Sat 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Sun Closed. 18 SW Broadway St., Ocala 352.351.BFE1(2331)

Las Palmas Restaurant– AN OASIS IN CENTRAL OCALA. Traditional Colombian and Cuban food and ambiance at its best. Join us at Las Palmas when you’re in the mood for good times and great cuisine. WE AIM TO PLEASE with superb cuisine featuring a wide array of great selections from Latin America. Everything is made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. Family owned and operated, specializing in typical meals prepared in Colombia and Cuba. CATERING IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY SIZE EVENT. HOURS: Mon-Thu 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. 506 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL 352.732.2100


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Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 408 into law on May 17th. Some, like Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, support Scott’s decision. ”The legislation increases competition by attracting insurance companies that currently don’t write property insurance policies in Florida,” Wilson says. “Furthermore, it paves the way for reducing unnecessary costs for insurers that drive up the price of property insurance for homeowners and businesses. By reducing uncertainty in the property insurance market, it will help ensure prices will begin to stabilize, and it will encourage private capital to return to Florida.” Most believe the new law is a huge boon for insurance companies. At the same time, many argue that it’s bad for homeowners. According to the firm Marshall Thomas Burnett, the new law makes it nearly impossible to win a sinkhole claim case, since it essentially requires a “full-blown” collapse of the home into the sinkhole before any insurance company would be required to pay any claim for damage. Also, the new law makes the new stipulations retroactive, negatively impacting pending claims. Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey), who opposed SB 408 as the “most anti-consumer bill ever passed by the Florida Legislature in my 17 years in office,” and urged Scott to veto the legislation, argues there are two things that will happen under the new legislation. First, rates will increase, and second, homeowners will receive less coverage. The new law covers only the principle structure, meaning the home. The law no longer covers patios, swimming pools, sidewalks, driveways, permanent sheds and other things of that nature. Fasano cites the example of a resident of Spring Hill, Fla., who was concerned when a huge hole opened next to his home and swimming pool, only feet from his door. Repair work would be covered under the old law, but the provisions of the new law state that “insurance companies must only cover structural damage to the main building owned by the policy holder and not the

sinkhole itself,” says Fasano. As a result, any damage to the swimming pool, and even some structural damage to the home, is not covered by the new law. There’s another issue as well for homeowners in this situation. “Unfortunately, the homeowner is twice hit by the new law,” Fasano says. “If the homeowner, out of his own pocket, does not fix the hole, and it continues to grow and causes damage to the house itself, the insurance company can deny any future claims.” Could this happen in Marion County? Most definitely, says sinkhole awareness advocate John Thompson. “Marion is an extension of ‘Sinkhole Alley,’ which extends through Pasco and Hernando counties,” says Thompson. “The fact of the matter is that the geology of Florida is basically a sponge. We are floating over underground waterways. When we have climatic changes, such as drought followed by substantial rain, that affects the integrity of the ground, and sinkholes occur.” A recent example in Marion County cited by Thompson is the massive sinkhole that appeared at Fore Ranch. It is so deep, says Thompson, that “you can visibly see layers of limestone with what appears to be prehistoric sediment.” So what can home and business owners do to protect themselves if a sinkhole appears on or near their property? Fasano recommends that homeowners who suspect damage from a sinkhole have their homes inspected by an expert. However, the homeowners have to pay for the inspection themselves, as it’s not reimbursable by an insurance company. “I would never encourage anyone to file a claim unless they legitimately have a claim,”Fasano says. Still, he notes anytime there’s a new law, it’s a good time to protect yourself if you suspect sinkhole activity under your property. Any sinkhole expert can tell you, after a quick inspection, if you should proceed further or if there’s no need to worry.


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of New Property Insurance Law Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 408 into law on May 17, 2011. Among other provisions, the law: • allows insurance companies to limit sinkhole coverage to primary structures. • allows insurance companies to increase rates by up to 15 percent to cover reinsurance costs. This does not include the additional cost of premiums approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. • shortens the window for filing windstorm and hurricane claims from five years to three years after a storm hits. Often people do not know they have damage from sinkholes until years later. Three years may not be enough time to find damage and file a claim, some say. • allows insurance companies to hold back replacement-value payments on home damage until after repairs have been made.

Sinkholes andYour New Home How does the new law affect purchases of new homes? An excerpt from a letter to Sen. Mike Fasano from Marion County resident Michelle Rockman sheds some light: “Financial institutions will stop mortgage closings once they realize they may be on the hook because the homeowner cannot obtain sinkhole coverage… Many of the banks and other financial institutions that are lending may not be local, and do not realize the ramifications of their borrowers not having sinkhole coverage. However, once the banks find out exactly what Governor Scott signed into law, many individuals and companies in Florida will experience the far-reaching effects contained in Bill 408. The State of Florida does not need anything else to contribute to the already depressed housing market.”

by the numbers CDS Business Mapping, LLC (Boston, Mass.), a leader in online hazard mapping, announced in March 2011 its list of the top 10 sinkhole-prone counties in Florida. This list is based on information from RiskMeter’s sinkhole database and its Sinkhole Clearinghouse, which contains details on more than 12,000 sinkholes. The top 10 sinkhole-prone counties in Florida are: 1. Pasco 2. Hernando 3. Hillsborough 4. Marion 5. Pinellas 6. Citrus 7. Polk 8. Orange 9. Seminole 10. Lake


Starting January 1, 2012, property owners will have 90 days after receiving approval from an insurance adjuster to sign a contract to repair any home, building, foundation or property damaged by a sinkhole.


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40 Under 40 Party

On June 20th, Ocala Magazine honored our 40 Under 40 Class of 2011 with VIP treatment at the city’s new “in” place, Mesa de Notte Ristorante. The deserving 40 and their guests talked, laughed and networked throughout a delectable dinner of spinach and cheese ravioli, followed by roasted Mahi Mahi over risotto and topped off with New York-style cheesecake. All of the 40 in attendance were introduced, and some received door prizes generously donated by Sonny’s and Lilli’s Flowers. In addition, 40 under 40 recipient Chad Taylor awarded complimentary tickets to the Insomniac Theater to all of this year’s 40 Under 40. Congrats again to all of this year’s winners!

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On June 4th, Signature Brands celebrated its 60th anniversary with a picnic for the company’s associates and their families on the site of the new popcorn facility, located in the Meadowbrook area adjacent to I-75. Signature Brands began when brother and sister Bobby Jones and Louis Crawford started the company in 1951. In 1970, they sold the company to General Mills, and their dessert decorating products were marketed under the Betty Crocker brand. Signature has since acquired a number of brands, including Cake Mate, PAAS Easter egg decorating kits, Pumpkin Masters pumpkin carving kits and Expressions popcorn, all leaders in their categories. Associates and their families toured the brand new facility and enjoyed an old-fashioned picnic.

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CF President Dassance Retirement Reception

The College of Central Florida District Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board of Directors honored Dr. Charles “Chick” Dassance at a retirement reception on Saturday, June 18th. Dassance served as CF president for 15 years. Some 180 college and community members attended the event, raising more then $155,000 in support of the CF Foundation’s Community of Promise campaign.

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Ocala Gets Horse Fever Again! This fall and winter, 31 painted and embellished horses will once again adorn the streets of Ocala/Marion County. This new herd, part of an ongoing public art project, is being designed by local artists and includes a very special 10th Anniversary horse to commemorate the event and benefit the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA). A Horse Fever party to match artists with sponsors took place June 14th at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association. Paid sponsors had an opportunity to talk to the artists and select a horse from the portfolio of designs. Artists must complete the Horse Fever statues by Sept. 6. The new herd of decorated fiberglass horses will officially be unveiled to the public at an event in downtown Ocala, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 29. The horses will be on public display around Ocala and Marion County through


Charlotte Weber admires one of the entries at Horse Fever.

March 2012, when they will be moved to Live Oak Plantation and sold at auction. In attendance at the Horse Fever event in June were cochairmen Paula King and Laurie Zink, MCA Board President Bill Lodzinski, MCA board and Horse Fever committee members, and a number of dignitaries, including state representative Dennis Baxley and county commissioners Kathy Bryant and Carl Zalak. Thanks to the vision and financial support of an entire community 10 years ago, this wildly popular project generated the formation of MCA, establishing an arts endowment that has grown to more than $622,000. In 2002, MCA shared proceeds from the initial horse auction of more than $327,000 with 27 different local charities. Over the last decade, MCA has not slowed down, working hard to provide consistent and continued funding to the local cultural community, providing grants and scholarships of more than $250,000. MCA has hosted additional public art projects and fundraisers, and operates two galleries in downtown and west Ocala. At press time, sponsors for three horses were still being sought. If you’d like information on sponsoring a horse, or on the MCA and the Brick City Center for the Arts, call 352-3691500 or visit


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Live o Dance

Rayna Chandra, 11, loves to dance. She also loves Justin Bieber. On July 16th, Rayna will combine her two loves by performing a West Coast Swing dance number to the Justin Bieber hit “Never Say Never” for the Dancing with the Doctors fundraiser. The charity event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County and the Ocala Police DepartmentYouth Programs. For the past three years, Rayna has danced competitively in Country Western ballroom dance, which includes Polka, Cha Cha, Two Step, Waltz, East Coast and West Coast Swing. She competes four or five times a year at dance events all over the country, most recently in Atlanta and Nashville. In March, she took overall champion in Atlanta. She is currently ranked third in the world in the Junior Teen division. Dancing with the Doctors and the competitions Rayna enters are what is known as ProAm events, meaning they pair a professional dancer with an amateur, as seen on Dancing with the Stars. Chandra will partner with her Ocalabased teacher, John Whipple of Dancing Around Studios, in the July 16 exhibition. “Rayna has been a wonderful student,” says Whipple. “She has learned many different styles of dance. A little of everything.” The waltz is not one of Rayna’s favorite dances, Whipple shares, but because it was more difficult for her, she has applied herself, and it now ranks as one of her best. Rayna rises up to challenges. Having developed an interest in dance after watching such television shows as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, Rayna wishes to share her passion with others--especially other teens.“This is not just an activity for older people, but for young teens as well,” she says. She’s a perfect example of the validity of that statement.

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An Ocala resident for the past two years, Jeromy Taylor has been busy creating artwork and sharing Tourette’s syndrome awareness on Facebook. A father of two young sons with Tourette’s syndrome, Austin (14) and Brandon (8), Taylor decided to make a difference so his children and others could live more comfortably in a world that misunderstands them. Pursued by reality television programs for years, Taylor is currently working with Ryan Seacrest Productions on a show scheduled to appear on the A&E network. But it was his recent connection with another television show personality, James Durbin of American Idol season 10, who has been open about his Tourette’s syndrome and autism, that has Taylor ready to speak out. Ocala Magazine asked him to share his experiences, strength and hope with our readers. Q: Jeromy, you’ve lived with Tourette’s syndrome (TS) all your life, and work as an artist and advocate wishing to dispel myths about TS. Tell us about your background and your family.


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A: I was born and raised in Danville, Ill. I lived there my whole life until I moved to Ocala two years ago. I have Tourette‘s syndrome. I refuse to use the word “suffer.” I help kids every day try to discover their talents. I am an artist and an activist for TS awareness. I used to do a little standup comedy. I have severe OCD and 9-to-5s do not work for me. I have had many jobs but they did not last long due to the tics that evolve from any form of stress. So here I am. I have outlets in Ocala to showcase my art that I never had before. It’s a wonderful, friendly community that has accepted me with open arms. Having a family with two sons who have TS, I want them to have a better life by example. Since moving here I have painted thousands of paintings, and if I have arm tics, well, it becomes part of the art. I now have art hanging in 40 states and three foreign countries. Q: What exactly is TS? What are the facts versus myths? A: Tourette’s syndrome is sensationalized as a cursing


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disorder. TS is different in each person who has it. It is definitely genetic-related but is still a medical mystery to experts. It is a neurological disorder that sends odd signals to the brain—a chemical imbalance. There is no cure. I have what is known as severe TS. Moderate is minimal and easy to hide, so some go undiagnosed. My first tics were horrible. Teachers made fun of me, so it led to a brutal beginning with my classmates and faculty. They thought either I was misbehaving or they were simply bullies. I cannot control my tics. I feel my tic coming like a sneeze. It builds up and you just have to let it happen. Try not to blink at all. That is like me trying not to have these tics at all. Q: What troubles you about how people with TS are treated in society? What motivates you as an activist and advocate? A: Bullying is still a big deal. I know way too many kids who get picked on to the point where they just get depressed and live life online. Most Touretters are wonderful people and love talking about the disorder but hate being judged. There is very little being done to help promote actual awareness. Most kids on meds are very depressed and suicidal. I speak to them. I do not read it out of some book. Self-discovery is the only way to cope. These kids must stay passionate about life and that is what I try to maintain. Facebook is so nice. It opened a whole new world of TS discussions that need to be examined by medical researchers. I want to do whatever I can to help spread awareness. Then James Durbin falls from the sky when we need a hero. Q: You recently had the opportunity to work with James Durbin, the heavy metal rocker and singer who placed fourth on the 10th season of American Idol. He’s been open and vocal about his TS. What was your role in that relationship and what was the experience like? A: I won a contest to see who would help moderate James Durbin’s American Idol page when it reached 5,000 fans. We are now way over 25,000 and still gaining fans. James Durbin sings to channel his tics. I paint. We both preach the same lingo, so it was a natural connection. He is now touring with the finalists. I think with James’ help, Tourette’s syndrome awareness could create the level we need! James gives kids with TS and autism the power of positivity. It seems there are few real portrayals of TS, which adds to the daily devastation of those with the disorder. TS may seem fun and funny but can be far from it. I am proud of each Touretter I know. Q: Tell us about your film or TV projects. What can we expect from you in the future? A: I’m currently working on a project with Ryan Seacrest Productions for the A&E network that deals with a hypnotist named Paul McKinna. Part of the filming has been done. The rest will be done in California and I do not know what to expect. I just want to see TS portrayed properly. I want to follow in the footsteps of the Brad Cohen Foundation. They have camps each year where the kids can be with kids like them. I will continue to do whatever I can to help them understand. My dream is to make the year-round facility happen. I plan to do this my whole life. Now that my tics have lessened and I can get a grasp on them, I feel it is what I am on earth to do.

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Your guide to what’s happening in Ocala this month

July 4 The 42nd annual God & Country Day, sponsored by the Ocala Jaycees, featuring food, crafts, rides, kid’s games, live music by the Shane Wooten Band and one of the largest fireworks display in Central Florida; festivities begin at 1 p.m. at Golden Ocala, Hwy. 27 West and 225A; 352.566.6623. July 4 Silver Springs July 4th Extravaganza, featuring country singer John Michael Montgomery in concert, plus food, fireworks and an appearance by Gainesville’s Monster rock band, starting at 4 p.m., followed by Montgomery at 7 p.m., at Silver Springs, Nature’s Theme Park, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd.; July 5 Cowboy Roundup, Princess Tea Party, Make a Face and Just For Laughs, a series of four-day programs for children ages 4 to 12 and up, at the Ocala Civic Theater, 4337 East Silver Springs Blvd.; 352.236.2274 or July 8 Comedian Genesis at Bonkerz Comedy Club, through July 9th; other comedians performing at the club in July include Danny Johnson (July 15-16) and Mike Allen (July 22-23); ages 18 and older, tickets $12; inside Club Zanzabar and Midnight Rodeo, 718 S. Pine Ave.; 352.425.8480 or http://ocala.

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July 9 The Ocala Farmer’s Market, featuring fresh produce, farm and seafood products, organic and gourmet foods, flowers, botanicals, art and antiques, sponsored by the

Downtown Business Alliance and the City of Ocala; every Saturday on the Downtown Square from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 352.426.8244 for information or details on how to become a vendor.

Parts 1 and 2 at Marion Theater, to benefit XL 106.7 Baby DJ Fund and Alzheimer’ s Research Fund; tickets are available online at www. or email events_by_morningstar@ for more information. July 15 Downtown Summer Jam Series, featuring young musicians performing live on the Downtown Square, 7 to 10 p.m.; 352.629.8444 for information.

July 10 Jamming in the Park, an eclectic group of musicians, in concert from 4 to 7 p.m at the Marion Oaks Community Center, 294 Marion Oaks Lane; 352-347-2069. July 11 Starfish Circus camp, a week-long program in which students can learn juggling, clowning, tumbling, acrobatic skills, flying on a trapeze and other circus skills, followed by public performances on July 15th at 7 p.m. and July 16th at 2 and 7 p.m., at the Ocala Civic Theater, 4337 East Silver Springs Blvd.; 352.236.2274.

July 15 Harry Potter Movie Event, featuring a theme dinner, costume contest, prizes and more, followed by showings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,

July 16 Dancing with the Doctors, an optional black-tie event featuring a silent auction, gourmet cuisine and dancing exhibitions by local doctors, dancers and world-class dance professionals, benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County and Youth Programs of the Ocala Police Department, at the Jumbolair Ballroom, 6 to 10:30 p.m.; contact Nicole Larson at 352.620.5172 for ticket and sponsorship information. July 18 Spaced Out, Actors in Action and Dance for Actions, a series of four-day programs for children ages 4 to 12 and up, at the Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 East Silver Springs

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Blvd.; 352.236.2274 or www. July 25 Glee Camp, Clowning Around, Improv Games and Musical Theatre, a series of fourday programs for children ages 4 to 12 and up, at the Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 East Silver Springs Blvd.; 352.236.2274 or www. July 29 Love is Worth Fighting For Marriage Event, featuring actor Kirk Cameron and singer/ songwriter Warren Barfield; 7 to

10 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2801 S.E. Maricamp Rd.; tickets available online at www. July 30 Final showing for Summer Spotlight XIV, an exhibition of the Visual Artists’ Society, at the Webber Center, College of Central Florida, 3001 S.W. College Road; 352.629.5038 or August 5 First Friday Art Walk, Ocala Historic Downtown Square; 6 to 8 p.m.; 352.671.7469.


July @ the Appleton

Through July 10 “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition presents more than 20 works of art that have been added to the Appleton’s collections in the past year, including Christopher Still’s “And My Father Before Me.” July 6 Trip ’N’ Tours: St. Johns River Cruise to Sanford July 11 - August 1 The museum will close for scheduled maintenance.

August 1 - 5 The Appleton’s Summer Art Camp (Week No. 2) for children ages 7 to 14 August 2 The museum reopens for regular hours. Educational Art Films (2 p.m.) • July 3

A Wave From the Atlantic

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• August 7 The Age of Anxiety

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what’s hot this month by KELLI HART

Tail-Wagging Trends For Playful Pets

Barking up the Green Tree The BP oil disaster has reignited awareness in the collective consciousness of the pet consumer. Over the past few years, we’ve seen eco-friendly pet products emerge. In 2011, these products will boom in the form of bedding and toys. Michelle Jarvis, owner of Maddie’s Backyard, believes in providing our furry companions with products that are safe for both our pets and our planet. Michelle carries the Molly Mut brand duvet beds, made from durable, attractive fabrics and designed to be stuffed with old towels, clothing and blankets. Other products include Aussie Naturals pet water bottles, stuffed chew toys and certified non-toxic play items from Simply Fido. Michelle Jarvis Maddie’s Backyard 352.361.7723

The Primp’d Pet Pet apparel and jewelry are still trendy, but pet lovers are adding some much needed detail to hair and nails. TJ Wade, owner of Groomingdales Pet Salon, pampers her clients with funky styles, including everything from mohawks to pet-friendly dyes of all colors. Her professional design team also offers nail decals and embellishments to top off your furball’s tootsies! From organic hair products to the whimsy of style, Groomingdales Pet Salon has everything you need to make your pooch a trendsetter! Groomingdales Pet Salon 2695 East Silver Springs Boulevard Ocala, fl 34470 (352) 840-5921

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No Need For Doggie Bags Dining with friends now includes man’s best friend. Thanks to an ordinance passed by Ocala’s City Council last fall, dining out no longer means leaving the family pet behind. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House, Ocala’s only participating establishment thus far, has a private patio where petaccompanied guests can enjoy the restaurant’s delightful menu while their four-legged friends dine on treats, fresh water and plenty of attention. Ipanema partner Robert Huff invites you and your pet to “Yappy Hour,” which takes place the first Thursday of every month. Patrons pay just $5 per pet and receive drink specials and complimentary appetizers. The best part is, 25 percent of the proceeds are donated to Marion County’s Humane Society. Now THAT is worth barking about! Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue Ocala, FL 34471 (352) 622-1741 Tiny Trendy Morsels Pet blogging is a hot trend that’s taking the Internet by storm. From video clips and contests to product reviews and pet stories, bloggers are staying connected worldwide through sites such as www.peoplespets. com and Unleash your inner-pet via the Internet.

Nothing beats the heat like a sundae from Bruster’s on the Boulevard—especially when it’s a pet-friendly treat made of vanilla ice cream and doggy bone sprinkles! Owner Richard Sturgis has served up his FREE pet sundaes to the likes of puppies, kittens, horses and even monkeys! It’s a purrr-fect way to treat your pet! One trend that will never turn passé is providing a home through pet adoption. Did you know that approximately 4 million adoptable dogs and cats are killed each year due mainly to overpopulation? There’s no better feeling than to save the life of an animal who needs a loving home. Contact shelters in the Ocala area for more information.


From furry felines to scaly, slithering things, it’s no secret how much people love their pets. And why wouldn’t we? They comfort us, protect us and even rehabilitate us. Pets reside in more than 64 percent of American households, and pet owners in the U.S. spent more than $48 billion on their animals last year alone! To celebrate our little companions, here’s a list of trends that’s sure to get some tails waggin’!


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78 million

Number of Baby Boomers in the U.S. (individuals born between 1946 and 1964)

medstats 3.18 million


Projected number of total-knee replacements by 2030

Projected number of total-hip replacements by 2030






Percentage of the population currently represented by Baby Boomers

Number of total hip replacements (in 2004)




Number of total-knee replacements (in 2004)


10 years

Typical lifespan of most replacement devices, though some can last 20 years, meaning younger boomers who have joint replacements may need another one during their lifetimes

Increase in total-hip replacements by 2030


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Percentage of increase in total-knee replacements by 2030 due to the aging baby boomer population

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No longer content to live with limited knee flexion and the associated pain, Baby Boomers are having knee-replacement surgeries performed at a younger age, so they can stay active longer.

The first wave of Baby Boomers, born during the late 1940s, is beginning to phase into retirement age. But surprisesurprise, many of these Golden Boomers, as they’re being called, show no signs of slowing down in retirement. Instead, they’re staying active and engaged, and are demanding that their bodies do the same. As they’ve aged, Baby Boomers— those individuals born from 1946 to 1964—have changed the world around them in many ways. And now, when it

comes to medical treatments, they’re about to do it again. Boomers are more conscious than ever before about diet, fitness and looking good. A growing number of them are unwilling to let problems with their knees or hips prevent them from pursuing active lifestyles. Enter the “Boomeritis” or “fix-meitis” era, as Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, a Pennsylvania-based orthopedic surgeon, author and spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopedic

Surgeons, called this new medical trend in a recent article in USA Today. DiNubile recognizes that the Boomer generation is one that wants what it wants and it wants it now. But mostly they simply want a better quality of life and not a walking stick. It’s becoming more and more commonplace to hear about younger people getting knee replacements. In fact, in a recent article in Life Science Magazine, Dr. A. K. Venkatachalam, a consultant orthopedic surgeon, wrote

The Do’s and Don’ts of New Knees Suitable activities Cycling, calisthenics,

Suitable but risky activities Scuba diving, ice skating, softball,

low-resistance rowing, stationary skiing machines, walking, hiking, low-resistance weight lifting, bowling, croquet, golf, doubles tennis,

volleyball, speed walking, horseback

swimming, ballroom and square dancing.

riding, hunting, in-line skating, and low-impact aerobics.

NOT suitable activities Soccer, football, high-impact aerobics,

baseball, basketball, jogging, gymnastics, power lifting, rock climbing, hang gliding and parachuting.


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that “27 percent of TKR [Total Knee Replacement] recipients are between 18 and 64 years. This is setting a new trend in orthopedic surgery.” This trend, by sheer numbers, appears to be overturning the old rule of no knee or hip transplants for patients under the age of 65. New Knee Technologies

Traditionally, surgeons were reluctant to operate on younger patients for fear of prosthetic failure. Early-generation knee transplants had a useable life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. These procedures were beneficial in that, for the most part, they extended mobility and reduced or ended pain. But doctors and their patients knew than within five or 10 years, it was quite likely the patient would have to return for another similar procedure. These days, however, advances in medical technology have brought us new knee technologies like the Verilast knee implant, from Smith & Nephew. Made from highly crosslinked polyethylene and a material called Oxinium—oxidized zirconium (a metallic alloy) with a ceramic surface— the Verilast wears out far slower than its earlier counterparts, and can last as long as 30 years. All of a sudden, there’s a longerlasting knee replacement and an almost ready-made market for it. Still, surgeons remain hesitant, because the procedure is a major surgery requiring (for the most part) total anesthesia and two to six weeks of recovery time. While some surgeons remain skeptical, they also recognize that there are certain benefits of getting a knee replacement at a younger age. A younger person is far more liable to go back to his or her normal activities and exercise routines, including some sports, which is just what’s needed for the new knee. Muscles would be stronger, as would bones and ligaments, and the healing process would be speedier.

Something else to bear in mind when considering a knee replacement at a younger age is that the other weightbearing joints will not be subjected to years of extra “work” as the patient overcompensates to favor the bad knee. Is It Right For You?

So what is the right age to “change out” a knee? How bad is bad? How much pain should we have to endure? In the end, it’s a quality of life choice no one but you can make. Last year’s American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ convention saw a lively debate about younger knee replacement. It appears that the number of TKAs (Total Knee Arthroplasties) performed in patients under 65 years of age has grown much faster than those performed on patients over 65. Could you be next in line? If you’re experiencing problems with your knee or hip, and are considering knee-replacement surgery, you must ask yourself some serious questions, because this is a journey that, once embarked on, has no return ticket. There is no“back”button, no U-turn. Most orthopedic surgeons agree that, if you’re considering a total-knee replacement surgery and you’re under the age of 65, you should ask yourself some basic questions, such as: • Are you having serious trouble getting up out of chairs or going up and down stairs? • Does knee pain wake you at night or stop you from sleeping? • Is your quality of life being diminished by constant pain? • Are you having moderate to severe pain when sitting or resting? • Have you tried other avenues, such as medications, and found they don’t help? • Are your favorite sports shoes or equipment gathering dust? If you do decide to go ahead with the prodedure, the Knee Society, a professional organization based in

Rosemont, Ill., notes that recovery will require time off and physiotherapy, and could require the use of a walking stick or crutches for up to six weeks. It also cautions,“How you treat your knee will influence its longevity.” Be sure to discuss all of this with your surgeon, and take notes. Learn what you can and can’t do with a knee replacement. Included with this article is a list of activities and sports that are risky for individuals who have had a total knee replacement procedure. On the positive side, the Knee Society recommends quite a few more activities and sports in which one can participate, as long as you’re cautious not to overstress the implant. The riskier the activity, the higher the probability of an implant failing. Bear in mind that every individual is different and every situation is unique, so talk to your doctor to agree on what is best for you. Knee injuries are not considered life threatening, so a total-knee replacement is an elective procedure. Once you and your surgeon agree to proceed, it’s up to you to make the most of your new and improved joint. Times are a-changing, rules are being broken and new rules are being put in place. It seems that a whole new generation of knees might be moving into your neighborhood. Now that’s quality of life!

For More Information The Knee Society 847-698-1632 Verilast Knee Technology OXINIUM Oxidized Zirconium


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ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION MAKES THE RITES OF SPRING FEEL SO WRONG, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO. We’ve suffered through the dark, dreary days of winter and grown tired of enduring cold temperatures, heavy clothing and limited exposure to sunlight. Things seem to change when spring arrives, as our testosterone blossoms right alongside the flowers. Everywhere we go — whether it’s the beach, the lake or the park — people are wearing less clothing. You become stimulated as you see female joggers in short shorts or bikini-clad women tanning on the beach. Suddenly, you’re in the mood for amoré. There’s only one problem: for whatever reason, you cannot achieve an erection or maintain one long enough to finish having intercourse. Don’t fret because you’re not alone. According to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, more than 18 million men in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction. It can affect men of any age, although it is much more common in men ages 50 and older.

Erectile dysfunction can lead to stress, relationship problems and low self-esteem. Plus, the problem could stem from more serious health issues such as heart disease or diabetes. For these reasons, it is vitally important to consult a physician. This issue announces the historic launching of The EDC (Erectile Dysfunction Consortium). The EDC is an association of multiple physicians belonging to different specialties, but with the same common goal of diagnosing and treating male sexual dysfunction to achieve the best possible outcome. This is a unique concept and represents a most comprehensive approach to a rather complex but very treatable disorder. Although there are ED clinics in other parts of the country there is not a single consortium pooling it’s resources to tackle this problem in a systematic fashion. The primary care physicians screen and perform preliminary workup for

patients with ED. The patients with hormonal dysfunction are further evaluated by Dr. Hall while the others are further evaluated by Dr. Carroll. Specialized ED testing is performed by Terry Kimball from Sonosource. Patients with neurological ED are referred to Dr. Smirnoff, while the ones with urological ED are seen by Dr. Klimberg and Dr. Johnson. Finally the patients with vascular ED are treated by Dr. Qamar.

// hard facts //

E.D.UCATION 50 MILLION men in the United States and Europe who suffer from erectile dysfunction. 600,000 men who are seen by medical professionals each year due to problems with erectile dysfunction. 90 PERCENT of men with erectile dysfunction who can benefit from various treatment methods offered. Sources: National Institutes of Health


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DOUGLAS C. HALL, M.D. D At age 55, with 35 years as an OB/GYN physician Dr. A Hall Hal Ha allll suffered from numerous diseases, including erectile dysfunction dy ysf sfu and depression. Doctors told him those problems aare ar e nnatural for men his age. Unsatisfied with that answer, Dr. Hall Ha all began studying biochemistry and learned how the body works. He realized erectile dysfunction is often a warning sign for more serious problems, such as heart disease, cancer and anemia. Therefore, he begun treating the underlying cause of the disease rather than masking symptoms with medication. By teaming with Dr. Asad Qamar, they work together to discover whether ED is a vascular, chemical, nutritional or hormonal problem. “We work as a team to bring patients desired results,” he said. “We discover how the body became dysfunctional and use functional medicine so patients can return to normalcy. That’s why we’re both so passionate about what we do.”

DR. ASAD QAMAR Dr. Asad Qamar has practiced in Ocala for 12 years, forming many wonderful relationships and helping patients enjoy a higher quality off life. He prides himself on combining the newest technologies, advanced expertise and personalized attention patients demand and deserve. As a testament to his passion for helping people, Dr. Qamar sees and treats uninsured and Medicaid patients. A graduate of King Edward Medical University in Pakistan, he completed both his residency and fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. He is board certified in interventional cardiology and rated a five-star doctor by HealthGrades®, one of the country’s leading healthcare ratings organizations.



This group of concerned and conscientious physicians and specialists met for the first time to discuss erectile dysfunction, its various causes and the most effective treatments available today. The causes, ranging from waning testosterone levels, to physical injury, to neurological issues, to arterial blockages were noted, extensively discussed, and addressed.

The consortium was a tremendous success as the various specialists shared their extensive knowledge of E.D., carefully explaining the ups and downs of the disease from the viewpoint of their particular area of expertise; sharing insights that otherwise might not have been discovered. In this first of many meetings, neurologists, urologists, specialists in hormone therapy, and vascular specialists all contributed in their specialized field.

The primary care physicians who are a part of The EDC include Dr Khai Chang, Dr Shahbaz Cheema, Dr Thuzar Aung, Dr Ajay Bisht, Dr Birendra Bhattarai, Dr Page Smith, Dr Steven Hawk, Dr Julio Ugarte, Dr Clarissa Abrantes, Dr Felix Agbo and Dr Luna Beck. The nurse practitioners include Kevin Noon and Marty Potrowsky.


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RISING TO THE OCCASION One in ten men worldwide and over 30 million American men suffer some form of erectile dysfunction. The trained professionals attending the inaugural meeting of the Erectile Dysfunction Consortium are dedicated to effectively treating this disease in area patients. Pooling their knowledge and resources they are intent on defeating this debilitating malady.

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here’s one phrase that repeatedly comes to mind for patients and peers when describing Fariba Gharai, M.D.—“compassionate with superior surgical skills, providing the highest medical care.” What few also know is how driven she is by her passion. Dr. Gharai came to Ocala four years ago after finishing her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. After coming to this country on her own as a teenager to escape oppression in her native land, she taught herself English. Shortly thereafter, she entered George Washington University, where she received her degree in electrical engineering summa cum laude. Dr. Gharai then went to Chicago Medical School and followed with fellows in thoracic and cardiac surgery at the University of Kentucky and West Virginia University. During the subsequent years, she established an outstanding record of patient care with world-class results in our local community. The record of outcomes does not come from avoiding difficult cases, as Dr. Gharai has introduced numerous procedures not commonly found in regional medical centers. Throughout her practice at Ocala Regional Medical Center, Dr. Gharai

has performed almost 200 surgical procedures per year, including hundreds of highly technical heart, vascular and lung surgeries. This past year, for instance, Dr. Gharai performed multiple cardiac valve replacement surgeries. In this cutting-edge procedure, she replaces both the mitral and aortic

valves in a single operation, allowing for a substantial improvement in the power of the heart to pump blood through a patient’s system. Although Dr. Gharai has performed more than 100 open heart procedures per year, a substantial portion of her practice focuses on the vascular system

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as a whole. While the heart is the engine that powers the system, the large number of branches must be kept free of any diseases in order to ensure that the repaired heart can pump blood to the important organs. A substantial amount of Dr. Gharai’s work in this area is focused on the carotid artery, the descending aorta and the peripheral arteries. The treatments in this area include both percutaneous and open procedures. Much of Dr. Gharai’s training at the University of Kentucky was focused on diseases of the lung. In this area, many of the procedures performed are associated with oncological (tumor) conditions of the lungs. When looking at the source of Dr.

Gharai’s outstanding results, one must take note of her strong character. At first glance, when she meets the patients, they are immediately disarmed. Dr. Gharai is easy to talk to and spends considerable time discussing the need and potential pitfalls of surgeries with the patients and their families. One must ask not only whether the surgery is possible from a technical perspective, but also whether the life of the patient is enhanced or prolonged by the procedures being considered. This understanding requires a significant investment by the surgeon in educating the patient and family in the possibilities of surgery, as surgical physical skills are very important. After leaving the operating room,

Carol and Jack B.: “My husband had to see a surgeon following a colonoscopy. The surgeon informed him that he had cancer. We proceeded to see a chemotherapist. He ordered a CAT-Scan, which discovered an aneurysm at the aorta, 6.5 centimeters. If they gave him chemo, they would have killed my husband.

with my husband, that everything was fine and he was doing great. Since I was a smoker and having on and off chest pains for years, I went to Dr. Qamar and had a complete cardiac workup. “I had 80, 80, 70 and 50 percent blockage in my heart. Dr. Gharai recommended that I undergo surgery immediately, and I was scared. I cried. Dr. Gharai is wonderful. She comforted me and told me to go home and think about it. If I had any doubts, we would get another opinion. I didn’t have to think about it because she was like family. She just made me feel comfortable. “I had my surgery, and both me and my husband are both doing great. I made a promise to her: If she got me through this, I would never light another cigarette. I smoked for 50 years, and I am smoke free for eight months now. I feel great, like a new woman. And I feel like Dr. Gharai is a part of my family now. She has a heart of gold.” —Carol B. “After our initial consultation, Dr. Gharai was so nice and made me feel so relaxed, I had no fear.” —Jack B. Eddy L.: “I had some symptoms that troubled

“We were recommended to Dr. Gharai and she did the surgery. The surgery lasted almost nine hours. In the meantime, I was pacing back and forth, and I began to have a heavy feeling in my chest. “When Dr. Gharai came out of surgery, she told me what occurred

Dr. Gharai does not view the job as done. In most cases, she continues her involvement in the critical care of the patient. This often includes nightly calls at two, three and four o’clock in the morning to check on the well-being of her patients. Positive outcomes are rarely an accident. They come from intense training, hard work, an exemplary set of skills and a deep caring for the welfare of the patient..

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me, such as inactivity and shortness of breath. I couldn’t even do the simplest of exercises. I was a smoker, but I quit before my surgery. I was diagnosed with a narrowing of the aorta. I needed a valve replacement. Dr. Gharai had to put a valve onto my aorta to open it up to get better blood flow. I am now recovering at Marion House. Dr. Gharai’s staff treated me great. I may be discharged next Tuesday (July 5th) to go home. I would recommend Dr. Gharai to anyone. She is a great doctor and she’s very easy to talk to. I felt very comfortable with the way she treated me.”


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VOX voice of the people


—Rep. Cliff Stearns at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., to the participants of the Ocala Honor Flight, on June 14th


—John Travolta, at the ribbon cutting for the Church of Scientology Mission in Historic Downtown Ocala, on May 29th

“Leaving is difficult for me, having been with the college for 15 years. I leave with some degree of sadness, but it is time for a change, to begin a new phase of life.”

—Charles Dassance, College of Central Florida president, at his retirement celebration at the Hilton Ocala on June 18th

“We want all of our vets to know how proud we are of you and your service, and we want our community to know how proud we are that they supported us, because this is our third Honor Flight, and we’re hoping for a fourth one.” —Morrey Deen, organizer of the Ocala Honor Flight, aboard the aircraft carrying 104 World War II vets to Washington, D.C.

“THE VISION OF THE FUTURE IS NOT A MATTER OF CHANCE, BUT OF CHOICE.” —City Manager Matt Brower on the Vision 2035 program, at the Citizen’s Academy final session at Discovery Science Center


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