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Features Simply Saboré! p24 Word-of-mouth is the best kind of advertising for any business. When a restaurant creates a steady buzz among patrons—and not just in its own neighborhood—you know something special is cooking. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

p31 The Flake Factory Golden Flake recently celebrated its 25th year here in Marion County and we couldn’t resist the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at the 100,000-square-foot factory. Find out how an ordinary spud becomes an extraordinary snack right here in Ocala. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

Quirky Clubs p36 While sports still draw a huge turnout, local schools are offering a brand-new generation of after-school options. Everything from the Japanese art of Anime to beading and recycling, these clubs bring a whole new meaning to the word ‘extracurricular.’ BY BONNIE KRETCHIK & RAVEN MCMILLAN

School Choice p42 A guide to Marion County’s magnet programs and private schools BY KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY & KRISTINA KOLESA

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Departments The Publisher p10

A family’s pursuit of happiness—from the serious to the silly.

The Buzz p13


The real people, places and events that shape our community BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN, BONNIE KRETCHIK, RAVEN MCMILLAN & MELISSA PETERSON


Fort McCoy kids get a White House welcome. ONE-ON-ONE p16

Nancy Porter opens up about being named Humanitarian of the Year.



Fairs and festivals with flavor and funk

The Pulse p53

Ideas to keep you fit and healthy all year long BY JOANN GUIDRY



Nutrition standards for school lunches improve, and calorie crunching the correct way. LOOKINGWELL p58

Achieve a gorgeous glow, and learn the island beauty secret.



Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen discuss ways to eliminate salt in a high-sodium world.


The Dish p77

Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites BY KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY, BONNIE KRETCHIK & CYNTHIA MCFARLAND


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The Scene p87

Meet the Castaway Computers kid, enjoy art in the park and make a run for the trees. BY BONNIE KRETCHIK


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an incresingly competitive workforce, parents want to give their children the best advantages. In “School Choice,” we delve into the magnet programs and private schools available locally in hopes of informing and educating our readers, while leaving the ultimate decision about where to send their children up to them. Every once in a while, fun and education collide as illustrated by our “How It’s Made” feature on the Golden Flake potato chip factory in town. As you’ll discover, it’s quite a production to turn an ordinary potato spud into an extraordinary potato chip, and thanks to Golden Flake’s tours, the public can even see this transformation for themselves and learn the ins and outs of a real, working factory. This issue is filled with other familyfriendly content, including a listing of fairs and festivals coming to the area in the next few months and a review of the dynamite worldfusion restaurant Saboré in Gainesville. This spot can easily accommodate the whole family or just mom and dad for their next night out. Maintaining a happy family balance is by no means easy. But it’s the most worthwhile endeavor. I hope this issue helps you in your family’s pursuit of happiness.

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Three Cheers For Richard Richard Beardsley attends WARD-HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY and loves music,

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Dunnellon’s Peaceful Week For an entire week at

DUNNELLON HIGH, students put aside their differences and vowed to “Give Peace a Chance” with each other. The emphasis put students in the spotlight to recognize and respect their differences and live in harmony with each other and the environment. Among the visual peace displays were pinwheels blowing in the wind along the school’s fence line, a reminder of the week’s goal.




It was their first time visiting the White House, and no doubt the students from FORT MCCOY SCHOOL will remember their trip for a lifetime. First Lady Michelle Obama surprised chaperones and students alike, including Adam Malone and Lora Lindsey in this photo, with an impromtu appearance. Obama told the students she likes to appear sporadically during tours, allowing her to interact with Americans of all ages. Her appearance certainly brought the presidency to life for these Fort McCoy representatives.

Red Is For Heart Health In a unified effort to show support for healthy hearts, dozens of employees at the district office of MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS donned red on a recent Friday. From the superintendent on down, employees sported red shirts, ties, dresses, even socks in some cases. And as you can see, a little “fun” thrown in goes a long way for charity and the American Heart Association.

100 Days, 3,000 Pounds! For the 100th day of school, students at BELLEVIEWSANTOS ELEMENTARY

donated over 3,000 pounds of food—all to benefit Interfaith Emergency Services. Kids in Bonita Warren’s first-grade class finished at the top, bringing in 234 items alone from boxes of cereal and bags of rice, to cans of soup and cartons of cookies. The event also celebrated 100 days of reading, so Mrs. Warren’s students earned a pizza party for their winning efforts.

NBC Ratings For Teachers These classroom professionals are the latest teachers in Marion County to earn their NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION, a rigorous and painstaking process that can take two years to complete. Only 106 teachers county-wide have earned this prestigious distinction, including now (l-r) Dottie Blackson, Rebekah Faulkner, Christine Heagy and Lori Kolb. Not pictured are Dr. Kimberly Martin-Donald and Collen Young, who also earned the same certification. At right are Pamela Miller and Dr. Marilyn Underwood of the district’s staff development department.

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o one can deny that NANCY PORTER is one motivated woman. The fiery, petite blonde established her successful jewelry business, Ocala’s Lady Jeweler, 21 years ago. To this day, she continues to work with the same amount of passion and enthusiasm as she did in the beginning. But while her company remains an iconic Ocala business, it’s what Nancy does behind the scenes for various non-profit organizations that truly makes her a shining star. In fact, her charitable work is the reason she was recently named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Ocala/ Marion County I like to Chamber of see people Commerce. the getting joy from Though distinction something I probably was able to came as no surprise to the contribute. people at the —NANCY PORTER charities and organizations she supports, Nancy herself was both shocked and honored when she received the award at the Stars Over Ocala banquet in February. “I was overwhelmed,” Nancy says. “It’s like getting an Oscar!” For Nancy, giving back to the community is a vital part of her life philosophy. She believes that members of every community need to take care of each other on both a professional and personal level. “This is where we work and where we play. We’ve got to take care of it,” she says of the Ocala area. Though very humble about her community involvement, Nancy dedicates herself wholeheartedly to every organization she supports. “Nancy was selected because of her personal and business contributions to various non-profit organizations,” says Brittany Batsel, director of communications for the Chamber

of Commerce. “Through the years, she has dedicated her time and talent to so many organizations, and we are proud to honor her.” Nancy’s nomination came from Hospice of Marion County, where she has been an active volunteer for over 10 years. Karen Haven, the development coordinator for Hospice, says it would take several pages to list all of Nancy’s contributions. “She’s done so much, I just can’t say enough,” says Karen. Along with her work for Hospice, Nancy is also the current president of the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research group and is involved with Women in Philanthropy through the Munroe Foundation. Nancy stays true to her credo of giving back to her community in other ways as well. She considers herself very blessed to have a successful business, especially in today’s economy, and as a way of thanking the community, she often donates pieces of valuable jewelry to charity auctions and raffles. Though a cash donation is always an option, Nancy says, she enjoys contributing to the fun of the event. “Sometimes it’s just the simplest things that make people happy,” she says. “That’s what I like to see, people really getting joy from something I was able to contribute.” When asked why she so readily volunteers such a large portion of her time and resources, Nancy cites her own life experiences as playing a major role in developing her philosophy. “I remember being young and working hard and having wonderful mentors,” she says. “You don’t know at the time that someone is mentoring you, you look back 20 years later and realize the impact they had.” Nancy clearly gets great joy from giving, what she refers to as the “helper’s high,” she also hopes to inspire the next generation of givers. “Maybe one day someone will remember that I helped them and will want to pay it forward,” she says. “That’s how to keep a community going.”



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THE BRIDGE AT OCALA assisted living facility hosted its first annual Wreaths of Hope Festival last December. Local businesses, individuals and Bridge residents donated wreaths for the fundraiser, and a total of $2,104 was raised to benefit the Community With A Heart Foundation. The wreaths were on display at The Bridge one week prior to the auction for bidding, and everyone had a chance for final bidding the night of the auction while enjoying live entertainment, food and beverages.

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recently held its quarterly New Car Clinic for new car buyers. Buyers are invited back for a luncheon during which they are treated to a Q&A with service advisors and Honda specialists. “It’s a great way for new car buyers to learn everything they need to know about their vehicles,” says Geraldine Towson of Honda of Ocala. “It’s important to have a relationship with your dealership.” Those who attended were served lunch by Tin Cup Catering, received goodie bags from the dealership and played bingo to win prizes.


Boys & Girls Club of Marion County’s Branch Director Mekos Denson and Education Director Helen Council

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recently announced that it will return to Ocala. “Upon accepting the role of CEO, I immediately began my priority to return services to each of the counties with our expanded programs,” says CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida John Bonacci. Plans to reopen offices in Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist and Levy counties are presently in the works.

New Hires JOEL MCMANUS has been hired as the Economic Development Council’s new vice president of business recruitment and expansion. McManus’ new role will focus solely on job creation efforts through recruiting new businesses and assisting local companies with expansion efforts. CHERI HOOKER BRANDIES, a licensed mental health counselor for 21 years, was recently appointed the new CEO of the Arnette House. The Arnette House provides 24-hour, walk-in emergency shelter for youth as well as family counseling, group homes and independent living programs. Ocala Fire Rescue’s Deputy Chief JOHN DEIORIO was recently named Fire Chief by now-former City Manager Rick Horst. He has over 26 years of fire service experience and is a recent graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security Master’s Degree Program. The College of Central Florida recently hired FLAVIA SIGUEIRA to coach the newest addition to its athletics program—women’s volleyball. Flavia is a former All-American Athlete and an experienced collegiate coach. The team begins season play in August.

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OCALA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL (APRIL 29) This event, which is held at CenterPoint Church in Ocala, hosts an audience of over 1,300 schoolchildren and story lovers from all over the community. Local tellers will perform from 4:30-5:45pm, and the Grand Concert begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Check out ocalastorytellingfestival.com, or call (352) 821-0298. ZELLWOOD SWEET CORN FESTIVAL (MAY 14-15) This twoday corney Zellwood event features a wide array of outdoor fun, including shopping, arts and crafts, live entertainment and an amusement area. Check out zellwoodcornfestival.com, or call (407) 886-0014. JACKSONVILLE CRAFT AND IMPORT BEER FESTIVAL (MAY 20) Located in Jacksonville at the Veterans Memorial Arena, this event features over 35 different breweries and 200 beers. General admission is $30 and VIP tickets are $45. Visit beerfestjax.com, or call (904) 394-7196. AMELIA ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL (MAY 20JUNE 19) This event will feature more than 50 internationally acclaimed artists and 20 performances in beautiful settings around the island. Ticket prices and performance

times vary. Go online to aicmf.com, or call (904) 261-1779. FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL (MAY 27-29) Celebrate the music, dance, crafts and food that make Florida unique at this event held at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs. Times and ticket prices vary. Log on to floridastateparks.org/folkfest, or call (877) 635-3655. BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL (MAY 27-30) Family activities, live music, crafts, food, parades and more will take place during this weekend-long event in downtown Palatka. The festival venues and seafood cook-off open Saturday at 10am. Visit on Memorial Day at 10am for the parade and ceremony. Check out bluecrabfestival.com, or call (386) 325-4406. CHIEFLAND WATERMELON FESTIVAL (JUNE 4) Drawing thousands of visitors from throughout the state, this event not only offers ice-cold watermelon but also showcases arts and crafts and features live entertainment. Call (352) 493-1849 for more information.

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Ocala’s Women of Essence After attending several community award ceremonies and banquets over the years, Jessica Hadley began to notice a common theme. “We’re always honoring people who were dead and gone,” she says. “I just thought it was time to honor those who can come up and receive their award.” Her organization, 4EVER SISTERS, presented the “Women of Essence Awards” at the Appleton Museum in February. The mission of 4Ever Sisters is to bring together women of all cultures and walks of life to support each other through thick and thin. Although 4Ever Sisters is a society for women of all ethnicities, in honor of Black History Month, the group wanted to celebrate Ocala’s own black history and recognized 10 accomplished African-American women in the local community. Two additional awards were given: one to a woman of courage and the other to a woman of education. DOROTHY REID-LEWIS received the Woman of Courage Award for her remarkable strength in overcoming a horrific attack during




which a gunman shot her in the head and killed her two young daughters. “The organization was new to me,” ReidLewis says. “But I felt honored that Jessica had thought of me in this way.” Author Frank Stanfield will publish a book recounting Reid-Lewis’ struggles titled Unbroken: The Dorothy Lewis Story. “I was able to overcome by going on and not giving up,” Reid-Lewis says. “It was so devastating to lose my girls and be shot myself and left for dead. It was an accomplishment to me to be able to go on and live without fear.” DR. DIANA GREENE received the Woman of Education Award for becoming the first female deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the Marion County School District. “The event was wonderfully inspiring and overwhelming,” Dr. Greene says. “I was humbled and grateful that they thought enough to choose me.” She says she couldn’t have achieved so much by herself and hopes that she can, in turn, be a role model for others aspiring to follow in her footsteps. “Specifically, a woman,” she adds, laughing. The other “Women of Essence” awards went to women who were the first females or AfricanAmerican females in their respective fields: VIRGINIA FERGUSON captains the famous glass-bottom boats at Silver Springs and is the first local female and AfricanAmerican to receive a Naval Coast Guard navigational license.

MARY SUE RICH is the first black female to serve on the Ocala City Council. COACH CHERYL RICE is the first AfricanAmerican women’s basketball coach at the College of Central Florida. She has led the Lady Patriots to the FCCAA State Tournament every year of her tenure and to the state title game twice. LILLIE SHELTON, now retired, was the first black female to serve as a funeral director in Ocala and the second to work as a mortician. DR. PAMELA LEWIN was the first African-American female doctor to open a family practice in Ocala. She is now working with the Health Department. DR. SHEILA SPENCER, who is from Ocala, received a degree in theology and was the first black female to open a bible college in Apopka. She also has a television show that airs on The Word Network. JUDGE SANDRA E. STEPHENS

honorably serves as Ocala’s first AfricanAmerican judge. DR. YVES LANDE-PIERRE was the first female African-American doctor to open a pediatric practice in Ocala. ALICE FAISON was Ocala’s first AfricanAmerican female to serve in the Ocala Police Department. At a scheduled 4Ever Sister’s event in July, Jessica and her “sisters” will discuss the theme and date for their next awards ceremony. 4Ever Sisters hopes to continue recognizing women of all backgrounds who make a difference in the community.





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relatively new establishment located in Tioga Town Center, just a few miles west of Gainesville, Saboré is worth every minute of the short drive north from Ocala. Since opening last August, Saboré (pronounced “sa-bohr-ay”) has quickly become a favorite dining spot among patrons hungry for exotic flavors and memorable meals. If you had to define Saboré (and that’s hard to do!), you’d have to label it a “world fusion” restaurant. “The name comes from the word ‘sabor,’ which means ‘flavor.’ Our dishes are inspired by a fusion of tastes from Europe, South America, the Mediterranean and Asia,” explains General Manager Tuti Ariet. A gracious host, Tuti is quick to make guests feel at home and helpfully answers questions about the menu and the establishment. The atmosphere alone is something to be savored. Clever and contemporary, the artsy designer touches are reminiscent of a fairytale, especially the playful red ribbon chairs, the unusual wooden chaise lounges and the oversized flowers in the foyer. I loved the restroom’s bright colors, funky mirrors and ultra-cool washbasin, too. Washing your hands at home is never this fun! In one part of the dining area, you can’t miss the eye-catching liquid floor tile, which achieves its mesmerizing effect through a mix of colored water and oil just beneath a transparent top layer of flooring. (Tuti says they’ll soon be featuring live entertainment, so that liquid tile dance floor will be getting a workout.) Strategically placed mirrors and pendant lighting add just the right splash of brilliance as you settle into cozy seating and peruse the menu. And “peruse” is definitely the right word, because unless you’re already a regular, it’s going to take a bit of time to read through the delightfully varied menu and make a choice. Deciding what to order is the most challenging part of the dining experience, but the owners,

including Co-owner and Executive Chef William “Willy” Hernandez, have tried to make it easier by offering many dishes that are “tapas-sized” and meant to be shared. This way you can select several items instead of agonizing over just one or two. By all means, ask your server to explain anything you have questions about, because the menu descriptions simply can’t do justice to the wonderfully creative and often unique food combinations. The menu is divided into several categories, including snacks, raw, salads and soups, specialty sushi rolls, world fusion and of course, desserts. For starters, I strongly suggest picking several items from the first four sections. We were impressed with the “Tuna Tostones,” featuring barely-seared ahi tuna and a mouthwatering fresh avocado salad heaped on green plantain crostini. We also enjoyed the “New World Carpaccio,” a heady combination of delicately sliced London broil, wrapped around thin cucumber sticks and shoestring potatoes, topped with hard Parmesan, truffle oil and slivers of fresh tuna steak. After just one bite, we totally understood why our server, Cecile, said this is one of her all-time favorites. If you have a craving for lobster bisque, let me assure you, Saboré’s is the best I’ve ever had. Ultra rich and creamy, and loaded with flavor thanks to plenty of lobster and sherry liquor, it’s not to be missed. My friend Martha indulged in her bisque with closed eyes and a sigh of happiness. As soon as I tried it, I understood her blissful expression. One of the reasons we ventured up to Saboré in the first place was because a friend told us the sushi chef is the talented Nestor Espartero, formerly of Sushi Bistro in downtown Ocala. Indeed, Nestor is on hand, working his magic in the sushi kitchen. We were thrilled to find him again and even happier when devouring some of his amazing sushi rolls. (Somehow, the fact that the restaurant provides slim metal chopsticks

instead of the predictable wooden ones makes his creations taste even better.) We especially loved the “Make My Day,” a California roll topped with yellow tail, avocado, cucumber, crab, spring mix and lemon juice. For a savory twist on tradition, try the Cuban roll, featuring brown rice, tender pork, cream cheese and avocado.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Chef Willy has been practicing his art in the kitchen for 25 years. It’s the only work he’s ever done or wanted to do, and once you taste his culinary creations, you’ll be glad that’s the case. “I don’t consider it ‘going to the kitchen’ when I go to work,” says Willy with his

“Our dishes are inspired by a fusion of tastes from Europe, South America, the Mediterranean and Asia.” —General Manager Tuti Ariet

This delightful creation is topped with sweet plantain and a guava glaze. Venturing over to the world fusion side of the menu, you’ll get to experience the best of Chef Willy’s ingenuity and expertise. There are so many dishes that it’s tough to choose just one, so again, I recommend sharing a couple (or more!) with your dining companion. Fusion definitely comes into play here. The combinations of flavors and ingredients are sometimes unexpected, but they work together magnificently. A perfect example is the “Baby Corvina,” a succulent mild white fish paired with a slightly sweet coconut ginger sauce and topped with banana brûlée. Among the house specialties is the “Fiocchi with Pear,” a small pouch-shaped pasta filled with gorgonzola cheese and essence of pear. Another excellent pasta choice is the “Fettucini Carbonara,” which has a rich, almost smoky flavor thanks to Italian pancetta, sweet onion, black pepper and Parmesan cheese. We raved over the king salmon, a perfectly cooked filet served atop brown rice with an avocado salad and strawberry balsamic glaze. The diver scallops are pan-seared to buttery tenderness and presented atop sautéed spinach with a delicate lobster sauce that literally melts in your mouth. Our server explained that many guests order the scallops along with the churrasco to create their own “surf and turf.” Great idea! On that recommendation, we decided to try the churrasco and realized why this marinated, grilled strip steak is such a big seller. Cut into pieces and served atop thin, crispy shoestring potatoes, it’s one of the most uncomplicated, yet most popular items on the menu.

trademark beaming smile. “It’s like going on stage. I feel like I’m on Broadway doing magical things. The biggest compliment a chef can get is for people to love the food.” Be sure to make Willy happy and save room for dessert. That’s not too hard to do if you settle on the sampler plate, which allows you to choose three small dessert portions. My hands-down favorite is “The Funk,” a decadent version of tiramisu to which bits of broken Heath bar are added for a sweet crunch. The “Hot Chocolate Walnut Brownie” and the “Mango Cheesecake” are also tasty options to end your meal. A full bar with a good wine list as well as coffee drinks and after-dinner liquors are ideal enhancements to your food selections. Situated in a prime location in Tioga Town Center, Saboré is nestled among several wonderful boutiques and merchants, so you may want to plan for a little shopping time before or after your meal. I was sold after my very first experience, and subsequent visits have only reinforced Saboré’s standing atop of my “favorites” list. WANT TO GO? Saboré 13005 SW 1st Rd., Ste. 129 Tioga, Florida (3 miles west of I-75 on SR 26)

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roars into town later this month at the Ocala Speedway with all the car-crushing thrills and spine-tingling spills any diehard fan could hope for, and the biggest star of the monster truck world, “Grave Digger,” will be front and center for all the action. This bone-rattling mammoth of a machine is known the world over for its unmistakable body and design, not to mention the death-defying tricks performed by its fearless drivers. So what exactly does it feel like to jump Grave Digger? How do the drivers even practice? Ocala Style got the inside scoop from renowned driver Paul “Pablo” Huffaker, who will be behind the wheel of Grave Digger in Ocala, as well as the man who created the monster, Dennis Anderson. Interviews By Kristina Kolesa




Pablo, how exactly does one become a monster truck driver? I used to own a four-wheel-drive shop in Houston, Texas. I built a monster truck to promote the shop. After a few months of running the truck, I sold the shop, and this is all I’ve done since then. It’s been 29 years. I was pretty much at the start of the monster truck phenomenon. There were only one or two other monster trucks in the country at that time.

And today there are nine Grave Diggers performing across the country. Where are you and your truck based out of? Just outside of Houston, Texas. Most of the trucks are based out of North Carolina.

How does the truck you built back in the early ‘80s stack up against the Grave Digger you drive today? There’s no comparison. These monster trucks are purpose-built in every aspect—from the two chassis to the driveline underneath them, the wheels that we use, the body, the fiberglass. Twenty-nine years ago, we had steel bodies on the trucks. At times, we tried to improvise and use other style chassis and military surplus parts

and put together a hodge-podge of parts to create monster trucks.

Almost like Frankenstein.s monster. Kind of! We tried to use what was available. We adapted. Today when we build a monster truck, all the components are made and intended for use on monster trucks.

What qualities make for a good monster truck driver? Obviously, it takes good driving skills, but it also requires that you be an entertainer. Our job first and foremost is to entertain the crowd.

So there’s a bit more to it than massive jumps? Yes. Your interaction with your fans, your ability to talk on the microphone—there are a lot more aspects to being a good driver today than just driving the truck. Actually, there are a lot of good drivers out there, so to stand apart, it comes down to the interviews and interacting with the crowd.

Are you a car fanatic? Not really. I like what I do, but I am not obsessed with trucks and automobiles. If I had to have an obsession,

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it would probably be fabrication and design. That is the other aspect of what I do for a living. I supply a large portion of the monster truck industry with the machines and fabricate the components that you would find on all of the monster trucks that are on the circuit today.

So you like the nuts and bolts of the industry, which is good considering how much abuse these trucks take during a show. We’re breaking parts every weekend. It’s a constant maintenance battle to keep the trucks prepared and ready to go for the next week. It involves both a lot of new parts and making repairs.

It’s family entertainment, too. Very much so. We get everyone from 3-year-old children to 80-year-old seniors who are equally as enthusiastic about the monster truck. In Ocala, we’ll be racing and jumping and doing freestyle.

What does it feel like to drive Grave Digger? It’s pretty hard to explain. It’s unlike any other vehicle that you’d typically drive, short of possibly an ATV. The best description of what it’s like to jump is it’s similar to going off of the highest point on

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How do you practice? We don’t practice. Well, I don’t. Performing at shows is my practice. I don’t run a truck unless it’s at an event.

How did you become a Grave Digger driver? In 1993, I did a business deal with Dennis Anderson, the originator of Grave Digger, to put a Grave Digger body on one of my chassis. It started out as 10 shows, and it’s turned into 19 years.

Do you make a good living driving Grave Digger? It would be a hard living if all a person did was race monster trucks. That’s why I have another business. It’s a very expensive sport, too.

How many shows do you do a year? I do approximately 25 weekends, and on any given weekend, it could be one to four shows. I probably perform at 60-plus events per year.

Tell me about the notoriety and prestige of Grave Digger. The Grave Digger truck is, by all means, the icon of monster trucks. Many years ago when people thought of monster trucks, they thought of Big Foot. Today, Grave Digger has surpassed anything that Big Foot ever was. That is a very neat position to be in, but it is our fans that have made us so popular.

a roller coaster and that feeling that you get as you loop up over the top and your sense of weightlessness for a second. Then, all of a sudden, you’ve got a positive G-force on you. You get a lot of different sensations being in a monster truck.

Are you ever scared? I’m never scared because I’ve been doing it for so long and I have full confidence in our equipment and our safety equipment, the integrity of our roll cages. Fear’s not something that I have.

What does your family think of your line of work? My wife is actively involved in our business. My son, who’s 29, also drives one of the trucks for me on occasion. My grandson is obsessed with monster trucks, so for us, it’s a family affair. We’re all very active in the business.

What do you drive besides Grave Digger? You know, to get groceries. I have a four-wheel drive Chevrolet pickup.

So would you say you’re an aggressive driver out on the road? Probably so. [laughs] I get more speeding tickets than I should. I’m an impatient driver because I’m used to running over whatever’s in front of me!

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Food Company was launched in Birmingham, Alabama, and later became Golden Flake Snack Foods. Birmingham remains the company headquarters, but its Ocala plant has been operating since 1984 and celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The plant offers tours to visitors (by appointment only) and is a popular choice for school field trips. Every week, 10 to 20 semi loads of potatoes arrive at the Golden Flake plant, each weighing somewhere between 25,000 to 50,000 pounds. The potatoes come from various parts of the country, depending on the time of year. While people typically think “Idaho” when it comes to potatoes, the Gem State is actually known for baking potatoes, which are not ideal for making chips. A “select” potato with a lower moisture content is best. “Right now we’re getting them from Wisconsin and North Carolina,” says Jon Wagner, who’s been Golden Flake’s Ocala plant manager for nine years. “Come May, depending on how the crop comes in, we’ll hopefully be getting them from Hastings, Florida, which will cost much less for shipping.” After the potatoes arrive and are

unloaded into bins, an auger pushes them through a water-filled trough into a large hopper. From the hopper, the taters move through the peeler where brushes and abrasives remove the peel. The newly peeled potatoes then tumble onto the trim table, where an employee deftly hand-cuts any that are too big to fit through the slicing system. As the potatoes move down the line and into the slicer, the machine makes its cut: wavy, thin or dip-style (thicker than “thin” but with smaller grooves than the “wavy” style). After earning its cut, the potatoes move into the washer reel, which removes the starch, giving the finished chips a better taste. From the washer, the wet slices proceed along the conveyor belt and are hit with a blast of air to eliminate as much water as possible before they reach the fryer. Once the slices drop into the fryer, they cook quickly in the bubbling liquid, a blend of palm and cottonseed oils that contains no trans fats. This part of the process takes between four and seven minutes, depending on the thickness of the chips. From the fryer, mountains of hot chips move under the salter to be lightly dusted with salt. For the record, yes, those still-warm, just-salted chips taste as good as you can imagine! (Golden Flake does make a no-salt potato chip for sodiumrestricted customers who love to snack.) After their salt shower, the chips continue moving along a vibrating table, passing beneath a high-tech camera that looks for defects such as dark chips, green chips or chips with holes. The camera makes a photographic image of all chips, and a blast of air shoots any defective ones out into a bin. There’s also an employee handinspecting the moving chips after the camera ensuring no flawed ones are missed.


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control lab, a vigilant employee is on-hand any time the production line is running. This person makes sure the correct amount of chips are in every bag, that all seasoned chips are adequately covered and that no defective chips end up in bags, among other responsibilities. It’s a never-ending process. Once approved, chips gently tumble into bucket lifts where they are transported via

conveyor to bagging stations. Any specialty flavored chips—such as the popular Sweet Heat Barbecue or Dill Pickle Thin & Crispy—will go through a seasoning machine prior to hitting the bagger. To avoid any mingling of flavors, each seasoning machine is only used with one type of chip. In other words, the Mesquite Barbecue Dip Style chips will never pass through the same seasoning machine as the Sour Creme ‘N Onion chips. While the bagging stations are fully automated, once the bags leave the machine, they pop out of a chute where waiting employees quickly pack the bags into cardboard boxes. These boxes are placed on a conveyor belt and shuttled next door to the 25,000-square-foot warehouse. (On a “green” note, these corrugated boxes are recycled and reused as many times as possible.) At the time of my visit, some 35,000 boxes were awaiting shipment and seven semi tractor trailers were backed up to the loading dock. From here, employees stack the trailers floor to ceiling with boxes of snack chips, and the trucks head out for deliveries across the Southeast. Time is of the essence, as the ingredients are all natural and no preservatives are used. Because of this, the snacks have a limited shelf life. From manufacture date to recommended expiration date, potato chips last 12 weeks, while it’s just nine weeks for tortilla chips.

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100,000-square-foot operation is divided into two processing areas: potato chips and tortilla chips. The company is typically in production five to six days per week, running two shifts. Chip-making has a much higher “waste” ratio than tortilla chip-making. “It takes about 100 pounds of potatoes to make 25 pounds of chips. That’s because you remove the peel, moisture and scraps from

slicing,” explains Jon. “When it comes to tortilla chips, if you have 100 pounds of corn, you probably get close to 90 pounds of finished product.” All the “leftovers” from chip-making are put to good use, though. Peels, scraps and defective chips are all used to make animal feed. Corn shipments arriving at the plant are unloaded into two large silos, one for white corn and the other a blend of yellow and white. After the kernels are augured into bins inside the factory, they’re pre-cooked and steeped overnight in vats that hold about 700 pounds each. As production begins, the pre-cooked kernels travel up a conveyor belt into a grinder where stones crush the corn into “masa,” which resembles cornmeal dough. The masa is transferred to a “sheeter” machine where it’s mashed between rollers to the thickness of chips. Then it’s cut into shapes—either triangular or round, depending on the batch being made—and the chips travel down the line into a huge oven. The tortilla chips pass through the oven in only 18 seconds, but they do so on four different levels, the first being a fired-up 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and the final level a cooled-down 550 degrees. After this brief pre-baking, the chips drop into the fryer, where they finish cooking in about two minutes. Next on the conveyor line is the salter. After being salted, tortilla chips travel by bucket lift to bagging machines and bags are then hand-packed into boxes, just as on the potato chip side of the factory.

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of production at Golden Flake is fully automated, human employees are still an essential part of the process. Jon considers them “the last line of defense before the product reaches the consumer.” The company has about 50 fulltime employees as well as some additional temporary employees when sales increase. Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to making snacks. If you think about it, chips are a very inexpensive commodity, yet behind every bag are the necessary costs of potatoes or corn, oil, fuel for transport and shipping, production equipment, bag and box









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over 65,000 people are employed by the potato chip industry. Golden Flake puts a high value on its employees, and Jon points out that quite a few of them have been with the company for many years. While snack chips are popular year-round, certain times bring higher sales than others. Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t big snacking days, but that changes come New Year’s Day. “We’re sales driven, so the manufacturing process varies. But our biggest season is during college football and when the NFL is playing,” says Jon. “The Super Bowl is the biggest snack

day of the year. Even people who normally don’t eat snacks eat them on Super Bowl day.” The trend toward healthier eating in recent years hasn’t really affected sales, he adds. Before the government required that food packages list any trans fats, Golden Flake had already changed their oils to a blend that contained no trans fats. Sold throughout the Southeast and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma, Golden Flake is known as “the South’s original potato chip.” The Ocala plant turns out 48 types of potato chips and five types of tortilla chips. The all-time best seller? “The Thin & Crispy plain chip,” says Jon. “And The Sweet Heat Barbecue is the most popular seasoned chip.” Indeed, these crunchy snacks have come a long way from their creation as “revenge” on a grumpy restaurant patron. It’s safe to say the potato chip is here to stay.

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Extracurricular activities have long been an integral part of a student’s education. But gone are the days when the only options were football and cheerleading. With advancements in technology and access to a wider range of information and ideas, clubs today are a whole lot different! While sports still draw a huge turnout, local 36



schools are offering a brand-new generation of after-school options. With everything from the Japanese art of anime to beading and recycling, these clubs bring new meaning to the word ‘extracurricular.’ By Bonnie Kretchik & Raven McMillan Photos by John Jernigan

Trinity Catholic High School’s Green Club members.

Green Club, Trinity Catholic


ne thing schools are known for is their overabundance of paper. While many aspects of classroom work have advanced into the digital age, some assignments still require good, ol’ white paper. A spelling test certainly wouldn’t be much of a challenge with the spell check turned on! To some of the kids at Trinity Catholic High School, though, seeing mounds of paper stuffed in a trash can is just not acceptable. Three years ago former student Haley Steer along with her sister and current senior Heather Steer founded the school’s first Green Club under the guidance of math teacher Linda Steer.

Today with over 40 members, Trinity’s Green Club is doing its part to make Ocala a cleaner place, while at the same time hoping to inspire other area schools to start environmental clubs of their own. “These kids are all so dedicated,” says Linda as she watches her rubber glove-wearing students pick up trash around Scott Springs Park, one of their monthly duties. Aside from park cleanup, the major project that Trinity’s Green Club established is the paper recycling program throughout the school. The club raised funds to purchase recycling bins by selling reusable water bottles for

$5 each. Now, every classroom, library and office has a bin for paper next to the trash can. “Bins are expensive, so it’s been a slow process,” says Linda. “We now have about 65-70 bins a week that we take to the recycling center.” Club members are responsible for collecting the bins on a weekly basis, which is no small task since bins filled with paper are both heavy and cumbersome. Once all the bins are collected, the students pile them into their own cars and take them to the recycling center. Though it may seem a simple task, Linda knows how busy students are these days with other after-school activities. Their commitment to the program is what keeps the Green Club alive. “It’s a way to clean up our environment and do our part,” explains junior Keeley Shields, “even if it is a small one.” The club’s long-term goal is to be able to recycle everything on campus, including bottles, plastics and aluminum. However, the expense of hiring a company to pick up these items currently exceeds the club’s budget. “It’s a shame we can’t recycle bottles right now,” says senior David Dean, “but this is just the start.” The club’s overreaching goal is to encourage the creation of green clubs in other area schools. “We want the trend to spread,” says co-founder Heather Steer.




Win It In A Minute Club, Lake Weir Middle School


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ncooked spaghetti hanging out of one kid’s mouth, pencils soaring through the air, plastic eggs being fanned down the hallways— these are just some of the sights you’ll see at Lake Weir Middle School. No, the students haven’t run amok. They’re participants in the schools’ newest club, Win It In A Minute. Based on the popular NBC television show, Minute to Win It, the Lake Weir club was founded this past school year by eighth-grade math teacher Diane Royals and fellow teachers Beth and Andy Bordelon. “I saw it on TV and thought it was such a clever idea,” says Diane. And with over two decades of experience as a teacher at Lake Weir Middle, she has a pretty good idea of what keeps kids entertained. The club meets once a month on an early-release day. The first meeting is a designated practice session where the five games are selected and each student learns the rules and practices. The next meeting is when the fun begins and the kids’ competitive spirits come alive. “We based our games off of NBC’s, but we don’t have the money they do so our prizes aren’t as exciting,” laughs Diane as she sets up the pasta for “6 Penne Noodles on Espegueti.” In this game, each child puts a piece of uncooked ter Hun pasta in their mouths and iah

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has one minute to scoop up six pieces of uncooked penne pasta without using their hands. Meanwhile pencils are taking flight next door in a game of “Pencil Pickup,” where students have one minute to toss and catch pencils using one hand. After each catch, the number of pencils grows by two until 12 pencils at a time are being tossed. Step into the hallway next, but be careful not to step on an egg as the game “Fan the Egg” proceeds. Kids rapidly fan pizza boxes in an effort to propel their egg into the goal. “We figured it would be safer to use plastic eggs instead of the real thing,” adds fellow club mentor and eight-grade intensive reading teacher Beth Bordelon. The club is a big hit among the students. Seventh-grader Leighanna Marshall says she’s been watching the show since it first aired and loves being in the club. Sixth-grader Elaina Kluge’s favorite game is the “Cookie Game,” in which students have one minute to move a cookie from their forehead into their mouth without the use of their hands. The incentive of a tasty treat encourages Elaina to practice as often as possible. While a more traditional club would certainly be easier for the teachers to organize, the hard work pays off for Diane when she sees her students’ enthusiasm. “The kids just love it,” she says.

Anime Club, Vanguard High School


characters. What makes these cartoons special, adds Johnathan, is that there’s something for everyone. “It’s not just for kids,” he says. Whether you’re a fiend for vampires, a nut for robots, a devotee of drama or an action aficionado, there’s an anime for virtually every interest. And it’s that broad audience appeal that brings the kids together in one club. Alli Swango, the club’s treasurer, believes that making friends is one of the best benefits of being a club member. “It brings so many people together,” she says. “You can get someone involved even if they hated [anime] to begin with.” The kids’ common interest in anime is so strong that it has brought them together from all over the county. In fact, Janise Hope says the club was the deciding factor when choosing a high school. “It’s hard to find people with the same interests,” explains Janise, who is the club’s secretary. So when she was accepted into both the AICE program at Belleview and the IB , program at Vanguard, ncke hristian Mei y Phillips, C Lauren Smith od el M , Janise chose the latter an and Lawm L to R: Keri ams, Alexandria Jones illi W a as an opportunity to Adriann make more friends. The colorful Japanese-style illustrations that unite these students usually come from black-and-white mangas, which are the equivalent to American comic novels. Right now, the members are in the process of writing their own manga, which the club’s vice president Kiane King plans to pass on to future generations of Vanguard’s otaku. They even meet up outside of school at the public library to work on their story,

et’s get one thing straight: Anime is not just a cartoon. And if you ask the self-proclaimed anime-nerds (or “otaku” in Japanese) who make up Vanguard High School’s Anime Club, they’ll be quick to defend their interest. “You can’t compare anime to other cartoons like SpongeBob,” says club president Johnathan Nesbitt. “It just won’t work.” Unlike “other” cartoons, an anime series usually follows a progressive storyline and is a continuous series featuring well-developed

hoping that one day it may be published. Kiane has a copy of her favorite manga on-hand, and she is quick to point out Elliot March, a character from the Japanese version of Alice in Wonderland. Kiane is currently working on duplicating Elliot’s costume for cosplay, their version of dress-up. But because the school’s dress code limits what they can wear and Kiane’s costume won’t be complete without Elliot’s bunny ears, they are planning on setting out to Tampa in June for MetroCon, the biggest anime convention in Florida. In school, the club members challenge each others’ knowledge in Jeopardy-style trivia games and test their skills in art contests. In the Fan Art Contest, members are encouraged to enter any kind of original anime-related artwork, song or story. “Some of them are tremendous artists,” says sponsoring teacher Robert Hoki. “This club is a club of bright people.” The entries are posted on their Facebook group page and judged by three selected club members. One of their favorite prizes is a Japanese snack called Pocky, a chocolate-dipped biscuit stick, along with bragging rights, of course.




Beading Club, Lake Weir Middle School


onsidering that many students at Lake Weir Middle School misheard the name of the new beading club as the “beating club,” the group didn’t start with a huge turnout. But now that its name has been clarified, the club weighs in at about 43 students strong. The Beading Club meets once a month to exercise members’ creativity by stringing beads together to make bracelets, pins, keychains and lanyards. With kitty cat keychains on one side of the room, ladybug lanyards on the other and St. Patrick’s Day pins somewhere in the center, the members clump into groups based on their interest in that week’s project. At each meeting, the students are given a new assignment, handed instruction sheets and provided with spools

of string and a rainbow of beads. But for some members, gathering once a month is not enough to meet their beading needs. Elevenyear-old Ayana Guerrero was so zealous about her creations that she asked for money for Christmas to buy beads so that she could make necklaces at home. Abigail Ellis also has become a do-it-yourself beading expert at age 12. She proudly describes her own little beading corner at home and how she has graduated from plastic beads and string to metal beads and wire. Thirteen-year-old Brittany Lankford walks into the classroom sporting an impressive collection of bracelets that climbs halfway up her forearm. Some were done in the club and some at home, she says. “I just like bracelets,” she explains, adding that a perk of the club is getting to hang out with friends. Patricia Cormier, one of the teachers who founded the beading club, says the students love it because it gives them an excuse to talk without getting in trouble. “It kind of reminds me of those crocheting and knitting clubs that old ladies have,” she says. “They can just get together and chat.” But the club is more than just an outlet for chatty children. Cormier says it strengthens the essential

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socialization skills that are lacking in a generation dominated by electronic communication. For its first year, the club has proven extremely popular, especially among girls. It’s a good thing for them that Cormier and the two other founding teachers, Shannon Taylor and Debra Durden, came up with the idea to replace last year’s overgrown scrapbooking club. Cormier hopes that as the year goes on her students can start working with smaller beads and practice more advanced projects like making earrings (surely another surefire hit with the girls). And as the club continues to grow, she says this one will definitely live to see another school year.

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Whodunit? Club, Hale Academy


as it Miss Scarlet in the library with the candlestick? Or perhaps Professor Plum in the ballroom with the wrench? Well, that’s all elementary for the middle-school detectives in Hale Academy’s Whodunit? Club. Every Wednesday, usually three girls and one boy meet up with history and literature teacher Jane Levine for 40 minutes of mystery-book reading as well as suspect-spotting, brain-picking and case-cracking. Although the group is small, the students are passionate about what they do. “I knew Ms. Levine taught interesting things and I love that,” says Devon Quinton, 13. “You’re learning and enjoying, and you don’t always get that.” The students learn how to pay attention to details, pick out clues and decode the red herrings, or literary curve balls, that authors throw into their stories. While the students act out characters in the story, Jane interjects to point out important facts or provoke with questions. “Why would they want to do that?” she will ask her students. Or “do you think this is important to the mystery?” “We’re definitely training suspicious minds in this class,” Jane laughs. “You can’t trust everyone. I’ve already learned that,” agrees 12-yearold Aimee Sanchez. “Sometimes you have to be suspicious.”

Each teacher at Hale is responsible for coming up with a club, and for Jane, the choice was easy. She grew up reading mystery novels with her mother, and to this day, the pair still solves cases together. As a teacher, she believes the skills that students gain from thinking logically through the mystery-solving process can apply to other areas of learning and education. For the introductory meeting, Jane enlisted the help of the Spanish teacher, dressed in a variety of costume pieces. Jane had placed three objects on the table in front of the club members that the Spanish teacher “stole” as she dashed past the students and raced out of the room. Each member had to write down immediately as much as they could remember about what she took and exactly how she was dressed. “It was very eye-opening to discover the discrepancies in what they thought they saw,” Jane says. “Totally different colors, objects, etcetera, yet everyone could have sworn they saw what they saw.” Jane wanted the club members to see how unreliable

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eyewitness testimony can be, and she certainly succeeded in proving that you often can’t trust your own eyes. Just before reaching the end of this particular week’s story, Jane and the students stop to take predictions on the conclusion. “So, who did it?” the students ask as they try to coax Jane into giving up the answer. “I don’t know,” she responds simply and then smiles.

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MAGNET SCHOOLS: What’s the Attraction?

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agnet schools were created in the 1960s and 1970s as a way to desegregate public schools. The idea was to attract (hence the term “magnet”) students from outside the established school zones by offering extra courses in the arts, technology and other appealing areas. The main goal was to encourage parents and children to reduce segregation in the schools voluntarily, and the idea proved a success. Today, over 40 years later, the schools still serve as a tool to increase diversity among student populations, but more than that, they’ve become a symbol of academic opportunity. Today’s magnet schools and programs (including Marion County’s two schools and nine programs) offer students a distinctive curriculum that has become highly competitive. Each school and each program has its own unique admission criteria, and each has a formal application process. Students can apply and enroll in any grade as long as eligibility is met. Parents should note, however, that no school bus service is available for students enrolled in magnet programs. In the following pages, we take a brief look at what each of Marion County’s magnet schools and programs offers its students. For additional information, visit the Marion County Public School’s website at marion.k12.fl.us, where you will also find sites for individual schools.


MAGNET SCHOOLS MADISON STREET ACADEMY In one room, girls and boys stretch, trying out the latest yoga moves as upbeat music fills the studio. In the next room, a group of fourth-graders practice “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the violin. It’s their first week so the notes are still a bit shaky. In yet another room just down the hall, students are learning about Renaissance artists. At Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, the visual and performing arts supplement a strong core curriculum. Madison




Street stresses academic excellence in math, science, language arts and social studies, while offering students in kindergarten through fifth grade an opportunity to expand their interests in fine arts, communication, technology and foreign languages. A teacher and administrator for nearly two decades, Jaycee Oliver, Madison Street’s principal, describes the school as having a “very balanced program.” “Just one of our plusses is our family-like atmosphere,” says Oliver. “With only 464 students, we all know one another. The vast majority of the classes are contained within our brick-and-mortar building, and we see each other on a daily basis.” A quick tour of Madison Street reveals colorful artwork covering the walls, students working diligently on laptops and plenty of laughter and smiles. According to the Carnegie Foundation, students who participate in the arts for at least three hours a day are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair and three times more likely to win an award for school attendance. “Seeing students shine academically is amazing,” says Oliver. “But seeing them shine socially and in the arts is truly special.” An A-rated school for the past nine years, the teachers and administrators at Madison Street are obviously doing something right. And whether held before, after or during school hours, extracurricular activities are pervasive at Madison Street. Sidewalk art, clay art, creative drama, international choir, musical keyboarding, jazz, television production, tap, violin and juggling are just a few of the programs offered. As part of every school week, all students also spend time at the school’s computer lab—40 minutes for kindergartners, 50 for first- through

fifth-graders. Here, they learn the ins and outs of the Microsoft Office Suite, the basics of keyboarding and some graphic design. “We’d be doing a real disservice if we didn’t start our children on the computer at a young age,” says technology teacher Cindy Leppala. “Children are exposed to computers very early and by third grade many have already established bad computer habits.” In addition to the basics, Internet safety and etiquette is also covered. “I think many parents are looking for an enriched educational program for their children,” says Oliver. “Children test to be enrolled at magnet schools, so we have kids who learn at a higher, quicker pace, allowing for plenty of time for the extras.”

Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts 401 NW MLK Jr. Ave., Ocala (352) 671-7250

DR. N.H. JONES Touring Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School, Principal Don Raymond points out a moon tree in the center of campus, a nearby citrus tree and mentions both a hydroponic and water garden that students worked to cultivate. “We were going to raise fish,” he says with a smile. “But when the kids found out the fish would be sold for people to eat, they changed their minds.

Instead, we just raised water plants.” N.H. Jones is an elementary academy specializing in math, science, technology and media production, all with a very handson approach. A fully integrated, technologyfriendly school, N.H. Jones’ typical classroom features six computer stations, plus the teacher’s station. Raymond stresses that the computers (they also have four traveling laptop carts) and other technology supplement the lessons, allowing teachers to differentiate and then tailor the programs to suit an individual student’s needs and strengths. “The earlier you expose the kids to technology, the easier it is for them,” says computer instructor Daniel Yerdon. “Technology touches every aspect of their lives—at school, home and eventually work. We do everything from skill-based learning to PowerPoint presentations to making movies to podcasting.” “Sure there is book work and time spent studying at desks,” adds Raymond. “But the computers are used as a supplement to topics they’re learning and researching. We pride ourselves on a lot of hands-on, research-based learning and have been very successful with it.” Take one of the kindergarten classrooms, for example. A large tub filled with sand has several sized balls in it. Above it, pictures of moon craters in varying sizes are taped to the wall. The kids dropped their balls into the sand to make their own

craters. It’s that kind of hands-on experience that will make a child not only enjoy learning but retain the concept longer than being lectured out of a textbook. “Our science lab, which each student visits once every six days, is full of hands-on experiences,” says Raymond. “We like to get our hands dirty here while we explore the scientific method. We learn by doing.” The only area school to be named a Blue Ribbon school by the Florida Department of Education, N.H. Jones has always been ranked first or second academically since becoming a magnet school. Schooldigger.com, a site used by parents to research schools, named N.H. Jones as the ninth best school out of 1,890 elementary schools in the state in terms of quality. “Much of our student’s success can be credited to our outstanding teachers,” says Raymond. “We actively seek out teachers who believe in project-based learning and who want to make a positive difference in the lives of our students. “Academically our kids shine,” he adds. “But they are also very social-minded as well. We emphasize the need to give back to our community. We are a warm, loving school where children are able to achieve their full potential.”

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MAGNET PROGRAMS ADVANCED ACADEMICS INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES (AAIT) The only magnet program specifically designed for sixth-,




seventh- and eighth-graders, Howard Middle’s AAIT program provides students with all the basics, supplemented by integrated technology in every course. Computers, SMART boards, digital projectors and electronic teaching pads are the norm at Howard. Collaborative group work, project-based learning and daily independent reading and homework assignments are the basis of all Howard classes. “This program gives kids who come from a magnet program in elementary school the chance to continue their magnet experience,” says Christian. “AAIT keeps the students in the same mindset of working in academic classes that expect a little more from them.”

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1108 NW MLK Jr. Ave., Ocala (352) 671-7225

ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (AICE) The AICE program not only prepares students for college enrollment with up to 45 hours of college credit, but it also provides them with the skills required to be successful once they are at the university level. “Kids in any academically advanced program like AICE have to have their acts together,” says Marion County Public Schools Public Relations Officer Kevin Christian. “Before being admitted into such a program, students have to have a proven track record of being able to do well in such a rigorous program.” Open to area juniors and seniors who meet the academic criteria, the program is administered by the University of Cambridge. The




International General Certificate of Secondary Education is an optional program for freshman and sophomores hoping to enter the AICE program in their junior year.

Belleview High School

10400 SE 36th Ave., Belleview (352) 671-6210

North Marion High School

151 W. Hwy. 329, Citra (352) 671-6010

CAMBRIDGE PROGRAM The Cambridge International Primary Program is based at the University of Cambridge and designed to prepare children for a successful academic career from an early age at Reddick-Collier Elementary. The curriculum emphasizes writing and oral development, research, independent and group work, and the application of skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems and situations—all the while promoting global understanding and compassion. Students in this program must be technologically literate and able to complete daily homework and reading assignments. The Cambridge Checkpoint Program continues at North Marion Middle, where middle school students can take high schoollevel courses.

“These programs are a precursor to the AICE program at Belleview High,” says Christian. “The Cambridge Program allows kids to get established in the academic programs early on.”

Reddick-Collier Elementary School

4595 W. Hwy. 316, Reddick (352) 671-6070

North Marion Middle School

2085 W. Hwy. 329, Citra (352) 671-6035

EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM Think of the Early College Program at West Port High School as a campus within a campus. Here, qualified professors from the College of Central Florida meet with students at the West Port campus to instruct them in collegelevel courses. “This is a unique program, and it’s the only one like it in the area,” says Christian. “Students get the college courses they need without leaving their high school

campus. It’s a new spin on dual enrollment.” Students in this program earn both college and high school credit simultaneously and receive college-level instruction during regular school hours. There is no college tuition or book fees, and the majority of the courses offered are general education-based and easily transfer to upper-division schools.

West Port High School 3733 SW 80th Ave., Ocala (352) 291-4000

EMIT PROGRAM The Engineering & Manufacturing Institute of Technology (EMIT) at Forest High School combines honors-level high school instruction with several years of computer-assisted drafting in a state-of-the-art facility. “This is a program for students who are very, very driven,” says Christian. “It’s heavy on math and science, and the kids go as far as to build robots and take them to very competitive state competitions.” Christian adds that this program is truly designed for those kids who will go into the higherlevel engineering and science jobs. EMIT’s unique curriculum is based on high-tech approaches, preparing students for jobs in architecture, manufacturing, drafting and design, and engineering.

Forest High School

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students already have a broader sense of the world and are required to study not only their native language but also a second language in addition to humanities, technology, math, science, the arts and more. High school students in ninth and 10th grades enroll in pre-IB courses in preparation of completing the IB program during their junior and senior year. “The IB program is very intense,” says Christian, “and high school students who successfully complete the program graduate with a full year of college credit.”

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1112 NE 28th St., Ocala (352) 671-6350

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with the opportunity to get into a hands-on laboratory rather than just learning through textbooks.” Automotive technology, industrial engineering, business and For high school-aged children finance, culinary arts and baking, wishing to pursue interests in drafting and design, information the visual (sculpting, painting, technology and construction are photography, etc.) or performing just some of the academies offered. (drama, dance, etc.) arts, the “Students at MTI still have Marion County Center for the Arts at West Port High is the place to go. their core high school classes, and they still have to pass the FCAT,” “If you’re into the arts, this is says Christian. “They can even the magnet school in our district,” says Christian. “The school provides be involved in their ‘base-school’ activities such as athletics and a very creative atmosphere, but the extracurricular clubs within their workload is a bit heavier than it zone’s school, while still attending would be at a traditional school.” The four-year MCCA program classes at MTI.” includes a variety of arts-related courses, including concert band, MTI chorus, symphonic band, dance 1614 SW Fort King St., Ocala and drama, stage and jazz band, (352) 671-4765 and visual arts classes such as photography, ceramics, art history, drawing and sculpture. POWER Students receive hands-on GENERATION experience in the school’s ACADEMY state-of-the-art theater and art departments, not to mention a mat Through a partnership with and frame room, a dark room and a Progress Energy, Dunnellon High’s printmaking room. Power Generation Academy was Upon acceptance into the formed. program, students are required “This academy is for kids to partake in a variety of interested in a career in electricity,” performances, exhibitions and says Christian. “The program fundraisers related to their area of often welcomes guest speakers and concentration. instructors as well.” Students who successfully complete the program can become West Port High School industry-certified and are prepared 3733 SW 80th Ave., Ocala to take, and pass, industry exams. (352) 291-4000 The nearby nuclear power plant in Crystal River is just one example of the type of industry MTI - MARION that takes an active interest in the TECHNICAL Power Generation Academy, as INSTITUTE professionals from the plant meet and interact often with the students Marion Technical Institute is a and field trips to the plant are also high school designed for students common. who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. “This school offers students Dunnellon High School specialized academies based 10055 SW 180th Ave. Rd., on their area of interest,” says Dunnellon Christian. “MTI provides students (352) 465-6745


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THE PRIVATE OPTION n alternative to public schooling is private education. Smaller class sizes, more one-on-one time with teachers, better preparation for college, more advanced coursework—the reasons parents choose to send their child to a private school are many and often deeply personal. And for millions of parents every year, private schooling is exactly the right choice for their family. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics—the federal government’s official record keeper for education data—over 5 million students began the new school year in 2007 at one of the country’s 33,740 private elementary or secondary schools. The majority of those institutions were religion-based, however a full one-third were nonsectarian in nature. This statistic bears out in the local community. Most of Marion County’s private schools have a religious affiliation. It is important to note, however, that many of these institutions accept students of various faiths. Arguably the largest consideration regarding private schooling is cost. The advantages of attending a non-public institution all come at a price. Although the average private school teacher is paid less than his/her public counterpart ($36,300 versus $49,600 in ‘07-’08, according to NCES), the lack of state funding for private schools means tuition costs pick up the slack. In ‘03-’04, and again according to NCES, the average private school tuition was $5,049 for elementary schools, $8,412 for secondary schools and $8,302 for combined schools. A number of considerations inform a parent’s decision on private education, and there is no right or wrong answer. It is, above all, a personal decision, but to help parents get a jump-start on researching the non-public alternative, we’ve compiled a list of area private schools, including the grade levels offered at each and student body size.







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Grades K through 12 Opened in 2006 52 students 8 faculty members Student-Teacher Ratio (max.): 16:1

507 SE Broadway St., Ocala (352) 694-1635 amblesideocala.com


Grades Pre-K through 8 Opened in early 1960s 121 students 15 faculty members Student-Teacher Ratio (preschool): 11:1 • Student-Teacher Ratio (elementary): 12:1

6107 SE Agnew Rd., Belleview (352) 245-6151 belleviewchristianacademy.com


Grades K through 8 Opened in 1927 680 students 60 faculty members

5 SE 17th St., Ocala (352) 622-5808 btschool.org

Grades Pre-K through 12 Opened in 1982 150 students 25 faculty members

20831 Powell Rd., Dunnellon (352) 489-7716 dcaeagles.com


Grades K through 8 Opened in 1987 175 students 18 faculty members

1827 NE 14th St. (352) 351-1913 myfacs.7p.com


Grades Pre-K through 2 Opened in 1991 150 students 26 faculty members Student-Teacher Ratio (avg.): 10:1

2255 SE 38th St., Ocala (352) 629-4523 gbbocala.com


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ministry of Central Baptist Church, OCA has a total contributing staff of over 70 that brings a tremendous depth of knowledge and skill to the school. As a matter of fact, 16 instructors have 20plus years at OCA. The educators and professionals at OCA make sure each child is treated as an individual, while still working to maintain a very family-like atmosphere throughout the K3-12th grade school. Separate brick and mortar buildings exist for elementary, middle and high school students, and each grade level offers both challenging academics as well as a variety of extracurricular activities. In fact, OCA is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This accreditation allows OCA students to transfer credits to any school, and it allows OCA graduates the opportunity to be accepted at any college or university. ACSI is recognized by the Florida Department of Education and OCA is among a select few of the private schools in our area to have a third-party accreditation. “Even our three- and four-year-olds follow an enriched academic program,” says Sharon Loyd who serves as the elementary principal and guidance counselor. “Our K’s are learning to read, write in cursive, and understand foundational arithmetic.” “Of course there’s plenty of time for fun and recess, too,” Sharon adds with a smile. An open-enrollment school, OCA requires entrance testing beginning in first grade. A variety of scholarships are accepted, including McKay and Step Up, and religious affiliations are not taken into consideration. Children at OCA attend chapel services once a week and Assistant Pastor Matt Lahmann says the services are very uplifting and age appropriate.

OCA is currently hiring additional staff for a projected 16-students-per-teacher ratio in grades first through 12th. One-on-one time with the teacher and individualized attention is the norm at OCA and the results are impressive. “Over the past 40 years we have consistently posted among the highest rated academics in Marion County and nationally,” says Lahmann. “Our scores are representative of our entire student body. All students are required to take the Standardized Achievement Test annually.” In addition to the standout academic programs offered, beginning in fifth grade, a full sports program is also available. “We’re members of the Florida High School Athletic Association,” says Ronald Carpenter, the school’s middle and high school principal. “Football, volleyball, golf, cheerleading, softball, baseball, we have them all. Our teams are tryout-based and we’re always looking to be competitive while placing an emphasis on glorifying the Lord through our actions.” All elementary grades have recess, and structured physical education classes. Beginning in ninth grade, the HOPE program combines physical education with wellness applications. Electives are offered to students once they reach ninth grade and options include the fine arts, vocational arts, foreign languages, among others. A full computer lab, library, art studio and music room are available to students in all grade levels. Students wear casual uniforms at OCA and annual tuition is just $4,800 for each grade level and family discounts are offered. OCA is a reasonable investment considering the high quality of academics provided and the peace of mind in knowing that the school adheres to strict class safety and discipline standards, including a zero-tolerance bullying policy. Before- and after-care is also available every school day beginning at 7am and ending at 5:45pm. Parents who choose OCA can rest assured that their children are being nurtured and cared for in a positive, uplifting way. And that’s really what Ocala Christian Academy, an Ocala tradition, is all about. Ocala Christian Academy 1714 SE 36th Avenue Ocala, FL 34471 (352) 694-4178 / ocacrusaders.com





Grades Pre-K through 8 Opened in 1957 230 students 42 faculty members

4410 SE 3rd Ave., Ocala (352) 387-3090 graceschoolocala.org



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Grades Pre-K through 5 Opened in 1996 162 students 38 faculty members

2967 NE Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 351-3140 montessoriacademies.com


Grades Pre-K through 12 Opened in 2000 110 students 18 faculty members

3443 SW 20th St., Ocala (352) 854-8835 haleacademy.org

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Grades Pre-K through 12 Opened in 1972 350 students 26 faculty members Student-Teacher Ratio (max.): 20:1

Grades K through 12 Opened in 1996 268 students 30 faculty members Student-Teacher Ratio (max.): 25:1

4741 SW 20th St., Ocala (352) 861-0700 mbaocala.org

Grades Pre-K through 12 Opened in 1962 357 students 45 faculty members

Offers on-campus and online associate and bachelor’s degree programs



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Offers on-campus and online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs

Grades Pre-K through 8 Opened in 1999 197 students 35 faculty members

155 SW 87th Pl., Ocala (352) 854-2999 redeemerlions.com

Grades K through 12 Opened in 2010 16 students 3 faculty members

6185 SE 140th St., Summerfield (352) 897-0822 tcasummerfield.com



• Grades K through 12 • Opened in 2004

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Grades Pre-K through 12 Opened in 1985 135 students 15 faculty members Student-Teacher Ratio (avg.): 15:1

10515 SE 115th Ave., Ocala (352) 687-4454 scatigers.com


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4755 SW 46th Ct., Ocala (352) 629-1941 rasmussen.edu

5494 SW 50 Ct. (352) 861-9076 therockfamilychurch.com


12650 SE Hwy. 484, Belleview (352) 245-6252 shcaonline.com

1915 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala (352) 622-7275 stjohnocala.org

1714 SE 36th Ave., Ocala (352) 694-4178 ocacrusaders.com



Grades Pre-K through 12 Opened in 1979 80 students 12 faculty members Student-Teacher Ratio (avg.): 10:1

Grades Pre-K through 8 Opened in 1982 180 students 30 faculty members Student-Teacher Ratio (avg.): 10:1

3001 SW College Rd., Ocala (352) 873-5873 saintleo.edu

TAYLOR COLLEGE Offers on-campus associate degree programs

2313 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala (352) 351-8840 thecornerstoneschool.org

5190 SE 125th St., Belleview (352) 245-4119 taylorcollege.edu



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Offers on-campus master’s degree programs

Grades 9 through 12 Opened in 2000 535 students 42 faculty members

2600 SW 42nd St., Ocala (352) 622-9025 trinitycatholichs.org

3405 SW College Rd., Ocala (352) 861-9330 webster.edu

Grace School

why Grace? Grace provides an unrivaled, closeknit community for all ages. Grace provides an unmatched program of academic excellence. Grace provides an unparalleled number of opportunities for enrichment outside the classroom. Grace School was the first private school in Marion County, and we hope that you will join us as we continue to be Marion County’s premier Christian school. We will strive each day to fulfill our mission statement:

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Calorie Crunching

What’s For Lunch? The U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE is proposing new nutrition standards for school meals. An estimated 32 million children eat lunch and another 11 million eat breakfast at school. Kids consume 30–50 percent of their daily calories while at school. Researchers believe that what children eat at school has contributed to the increase in obesity among children. The public is invited to comment on the new school nutrition standards until April 13 at regulations.gov. Here are a few of the proposed nutrition changes for school meals:

Sure, everyone knows that counting calories is important when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. There are all kinds of calorie counters and journals. But just how many calories should you be eating to maintain or lose weight? HERE’S A SIMPLE FORMULA: Multiply your current weight times 12. This will give you roughly how many calories a day you should eat to maintain your current weight. If you want to lose weight, consider that you need a deficit of 500 calories a day to lose a pound a week. The best way to do that is to combine eating less and exercising more. Most experts don’t recommend eating less than 1,200 calories a day.

INCREASE THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: The new rule requires a serving of fruit be offered daily at breakfast and lunch and two servings of vegetables be offered daily at lunch. MINIMIZE TRANS FAT: Use products whose nutrition labels say 0 grams of trans fat per serving.

AND HERE’S A SCARY NUMBER: To burn off one pound, you have to torch 3,500 calories! Think about that the next time you’re reaching for a slice of chocolate cheesecake.

INCREASE WHOLE GRAINS: Half of grains served must be whole grains.

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GET MILK: Serve only unflavored 1-percent milk or fat-free flavored or unflavored milk. DECREASE STARCHY VEGETABLES: Reduce servings of starchy vegetables such as corn, potatoes or green peas to 1 cup a week.


In Deep Trouble We all know that eating fish, especially fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, is healthy, right? Well, yes and no. It turns out how you cook fish matters when it comes to it being healthy, and frying fish negates all the goodness. A study recently published in NEUROLOGY journal reported the results from research that involved the fish-eating habits of more than 20,000 participants. Of that number, 55 percent were from Southern states that comprise the “stroke belt.” And we all know how us Southerners love our fish fried. In fact, stroke belt residents were 32 percent more likely to eat two or more servings of fried fish each week than those in the study from the rest of the country. The negative impact of frying fish, according to the study, is likely twofold: Deep-fat frying destroys all the good omega-3 fatty acids, and the frying oil increases the calorie count and bad fat numbers. The AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION recommends eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week— just make sure it’s baked or grilled, not fried. Fish highest in omega-3 fatty acids, which are linked to heart health and good brain function, include salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna.




REDUCE SODIUM: A high school lunch currently has about 1,600 milligrams of sodium. That amount would be slowly reduced over a 10-year period by grade levels, such as 740 milligrams for a high school lunch. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Blueberry Lies When it comes to products making claims of blueberry content, buyer beware! A recent investigation by the non-profit CONSUMER WELLNESS CENTER discovered many popular commercial products touting blueberries contain none. Instead, the fake blueberries were a mixture of sugar, corn starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and artificial food dye. Products tested included cereals, bagels, muffins and breads made by such well-known companies as General Mills, Betty Crocker and Kellogg’s. Read labels and look for the red flag, or in this case, the blue flag of food dye Blue No. 2. Better yet, just buy real blueberries and add them to your cereal.

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A one-mile walk at the Baseline Trailhead of the Marjorie Harris Carr Greenway is set for Saturday, April 9, in recognition of NATIONAL PARKINSON’S MONTH. Those who wish to walk the mile are welcomed to do so between 10am and noon. Donations are encouraged and will benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Sponsored by Munroe Regional Medical Center, the “Parkinson’s In The Park” event will highlight the services available to Parkinson’s patients in Marion County. For more information call (352) 266-3573.



For info on how to sponsor, organize or join a Relay For Life team, call (352) 629-4727, ext. 5823.


WANTED: Masters of Disasters The AMERICAN RED CROSS unit in Marion County needs volunteers to become part of a Disaster Action Team. Volunteers are trained to respond to area disasters, providing temporary housing, clothing, finances and emotional support. “Currently we have 11 volunteers on our Disaster Response Team, and we would like to have 10 more who are familiar with the Ocala/Marion County communities,” says Dan Roll, the Coast to Coast Chapter executive. Volunteers must meet certain basic qualifications and complete a background check. Visit midfloridaredcross.org and click on the “Volunteer” section, or call (352) 622-3457.

The OCALA POLICE DEPARTMENT has a full slate of community outreach activities planned for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10-16. “Victims of violent crimes are not always aware that they are entitled to certain rights and restitution,” says OPD Victim Witness Advocate Charlene Robinson. “The whole week’s activities will be centered on honoring victims and raising awareness of services and resources available to victims and their families.”

Here is the schedule of events and resource fairs planned for the week: Apr 10

VICTIMS’ RIGHTS RESOURCE FAIR El Faro Church, 10am-12:30pm

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The Dancing Doctor Ocala cardiologist DR. JUSTIN FERNS practices what he preaches with his free CardioWaltz classes.

It’s Crunch Time! Everybody wants those tight six-pack abs, but they don’t appear without a little work. Well, actually, a lot of work. But you’re only going to get bikini-worthy, ladies, or be a shirtless wonder, guys, if you do crunches the right way! Here are some tips for successful crunches. HANDS OFF: Keep your hands off the bench or floor! Hold your arms up above your head or cross them against your chest as you curl up. LEGS TOGETHER: It’s a pair of legs, so keep them together like a set, even as you pull them toward your chest. KEEP IT TIGHT: Crunch in as tightly as possible, then hold for two counts. Extend legs, hold for one count. Then repeat. REPS: Go for 5-15 reps, no rushing. If you’re doing it right, this will be plenty and your abs will be begging for mercy! Source: onfitness.com




“About five years ago, I was looking for a fun activity to do that would have cardiovascular benefits,” says Ferns. “I tried ballroom dancing and just loved it. So when I started thinking about my patients and trying to get them to do some kind of exercise, I started the CardioWaltz classes.” And Ferns says the response to CardioWaltz has been great, with 40-60 people attending the weekly sessions. The classes are open not only to Ferns’ patients, but to the public as well for free. CardioWaltz is held every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm at Ferns’ office at 10435 SE 170th Place in Summerfield. “I put a special dance floor in my office,” says the physician, who truly enjoys his dual role of doctor and dancer. “Dancing is a fun, low-impact way to exercise for cardiovascular health.” For more information, contact Dr. Ferns at cardiowaltz@gmail.com or call (352) 854-4582.

GRAB A GREENWAY GUIDE Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors, and here in Ocala, we have the CROSS FLORIDA GREENWAY trails right in our own backyard. If you’re a little hesitant to head out on a solo hike, Bob Jones is always happy to assist. Jones, who helped blaze the Greenway trails with Ken Smith in the late 1990s, will lead two free group hikes in April. APRIL 6: 49th Avenue to Ross Prairie State Forest, 6 miles APRIL 13: Ross Prairie to Pruitt Trailhead, 7 miles

Maintain Your Brain Walking benefits the brain by getting important nutrients to it via increased blood flow. And this is a good thing, especially as we age and our brains naturally shrink, which can lead to impaired memory. But here’s the good news from a recent study conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH: Walking six to nine miles per week may slow down that brain shrinkage. The study followed a group of 120 healthy, but sedentary men and women with an average age of mid-60s. Half the group was assigned to walk three times a week, building up to 40 minutes at a time. The other half was given less aerobic exercises to do like yoga and resistance band training. Even after just a year on the


The hikers will meet at 9am at the Ross Prairie Trailhead on State Road 200 for both hikes. Plan to be out for three hours and bring water, snacks and insect repellent. For more information, contact Jones at (352) 347-5716.

program, brain scans showed that the walkers had increased brain volume in the areas that control memory. The non-walkers showed a slight decline in the same areas of the brain. And not only can walking make you slimmer and preserve your memory, your walking speed as you age is a good indicator of longevity. Another University of Pittsburgh study involving more than 34,000 people age 65 and older showed that faster walking speeds were associated with living longer. During the 14-year-long study, those who walked slower than 1.36mph had an increased risk of dying. Those who walked 2.25mph or faster lived longer. So put on your walking shoes and take a long, brisk walk!

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Save Your Brain! Eat Low-Salt In A High-Sodium World By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.


Seventy-seven percent of the sodium you eat comes from processed, packaged or restaurant foods. Only five percent comes from your saltshaker.

on’t let the recent media tizzy linking diet soda to stroke distract you from an even bigger threat to your brain: salt. The amount of sodium most of us eat every day doubles our stroke risk. That’s why we’re 100 percent in agreement with the federal government and the American Heart Association that now both say most adults should consume no more than 1,500mg of sodium a day (that’s 3/4 teaspoon of salt)—not the 2,300mg recommended in 2005 and definitely not the 4,300mg most of us get from eating restaurant meals, canned/processed foods and even healthy-sounding stuff like rye bread. Why? It’s simple. Cutting back on sodium can save you from a heart or brain attack (aka stroke). It’s as important as eating more (many more) fruits and veggies. But it isn’t easy to go low in a high-sodium world. Here’s how they do it at Dr. Mike’s Cleveland Clinic, where the Lifestyle 180 chefnutritionists have become seasoning experts. DEEP-SIX SALT SUPER-TANKERS. Fully 77 percent of the sodium you eat comes from processed, packaged or restaurant foods. Only five percent comes from your saltshaker. A single bouillon cube, a serving of deli ham and a scoop of a boxed rice mix contain 780 to 1,000 mg of sodium. Each. So what’s the solution? Cross the following off your shopping list: lunch meats, lunch meats. No, that’s not a typo. They’re so bad we’ve repeated them intentionally. Also sausage, bacon, ham, bouillon, regular canned soups, most boxed or frozen rice, pasta and potato dishes, pickled and marinated foods, and even regular canned beans and vegetables. Did you know one cup of canned carrots often has 350mg of sodium? Truly low-sodium versions are OK. In a pinch, rinse regular canned beans and veggies well before using and about 40 percent of the salt will go down the drain. But fresh or plain frozen veggies are always better. FILL YOUR PLATE WITH LOW-SODIUM FOODS. Go back to nature with fruit, veggies, whole grains (cook ‘em without added salt or broth), low/no-fat dairy foods, and fresh poultry and fish. These are all staples that belong at the center of a salt-smart diet.

DEFUSE SALT BOMBS MASQUERADING AS HEALTH FOODS. Mega-amounts of sodium can hide in foods you choose because they’re low in fat/calories and seem healthy. For instance, a cup of fat-free cottage cheese can have 475mg. A glass of canned tomato juice? 680mg. Having one of each during the day could spin your sodium meter into the red zone. And don’t even think about instant ramen noodles! A packet with veggies has 1,400mg. SHOP FOR 100-PERCENT WHOLE GRAIN AND LOW SODIUM. Bread accounts for nearly 11 percent of dietary salt, so going lower there could save you big time. Try switching to open-face sandwiches. While 100-percent wholegrain breads often pack only 130mg a slice, that’s 260mg per sandwich—more than a small bag of fast-food fries (134mg)! RIGHT-SIZE YOUR PORTIONS. It’s no coincidence that the sodium glut really took off in the late 1980s. It coincided with portion-size inflation. A plain fast-food burger has 520mg. Supersize it to a double quarter-pounder with cheese, and you’re looking at 1,380mg. Until there’s nutrition information on every menu, you can still make brilliant choices by focusing on naturally low-salt foods. You can also check out some surprisingly low-sodium options at your favorite restaurants by visiting healthydiningfinder. com/sodiumsavvy.asp. READ THE LABEL. Just seven percent of shoppers check sodium levels. Everyone should. Dr. Mike’s crew urges always buying “sodium-free,” “low-sodium” and “unsalted” foods. Not an option? Compare brands. The point spread can be huge. A single slice of frozen cheese pizza can range from 450mg to 1,200mg. Also, be skeptical of foods that say “lower” sodium, not “low.” “Lower” just means they’re not as sky-high as the original. Take soy sauce: regular has a stunning 1,006mg a tablespoon, but lower still has 533mg. HANG IN THERE. If food’s not food for you without lots of salt, cut back slowly and keep the party in your mouth going with herbs, spices, a spritz of lemon or lime, or a splash of balsamic vinegar. (We even love balsamic on popcorn.) Try basil, coriander, garlic, onion, turmeric or whatever other seasonings suit you. It can take eight to 12 weeks to lose your taste for extra-salty foods. Wait it out, and your taste buds will thrill to the sophisticated, satisfying rainbow of flavors in healthy foods. It worked for us. We promise it’ll happen for you, too.

The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, are authors of YOU: On a Diet. Want more? See The Dr. Oz Show on TV (check local listings). To submit questions, go to RealAge.com. ©2011 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.




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Hospital Quality Overview


ust as important as choosing the best doctor is choosing the best hospital to meet your healthcare needs. HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, has done much of the research for you, ranking hospitals throughout the country on a variety of health, safety and cost-related topics. The results are in and the news is good! Marion County residents are able to choose from among the best when it comes to matters of health. In fact, two of HealthGrades’ America’s 50 Best award recipients and HealthGrades’ Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence are right here in our own backyard! From cardiac and pulmonary care to orthopedic and emergency care, our area’s hospitals consistently rank among the best nationally. Additionally, four of the 19 Florida hospitals that received HealthGrades’ Patient Safety Excellence Award are from the surrounding area. In the following pages, you’ll find this year’s list of Marion County’s HealthGrades “Five Star Doctors.” The comprehensive list of criteria HealthGrades uses to select its top doctors is included as well. Of course this list doesn’t include all of the fine physicians in our area. Remember, HealthGrades is just a guide to help you find the ideal doctor and hospital for your needs. Visit healthgrades.com to begin your search for the perfect doctor.

America’s 50 Best Award Recipients MUNROE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 1500 SW 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 351-7200

OCALA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER/WEST MARION HOSPITAL 1431 SW 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 401-1000 / 4600 SW 46th Ct., Ocala / (352) 291-3000

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HealthGrades analyzed objective physician data to identify leading physicians in 23 specialties across the country. The Five-Star Doctor designation identifies leading physicians based on their affiliation with a recognized hospital related to the physician’s specialty, state or federal sanctions, malpractice, and board certification. To make the Five-Star Doctor list, a physician must: • Be affiliated with a hospital that is highly rated for quality of care by HealthGrades, or recognized by the National Cancer Institute or Commission on Cancer, in the clinical area related to the physician’s specialty. • Never have had his/her license on probation, suspended, surrendered or revoked (since HealthGrades started collecting data in year 2000). • Be free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years. • Be free of any malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards or monetary settlements for the last five years. • Be board-certified in his/her practice specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties® (ABMS®), the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (Doctor of Osteopathic medicine), or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Critical Care Medicine

Family Practice

JOSE A. DELGADO-ELVIR, MD Pulmonary Consultants of Ocala 3301 South West 34th Circle Ocala / (352) 237-2826 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

DAVID A. ALBRIGHT, MD 2203 South East 3rd Avenue Ocala / (352) 622-2477 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

THOMAS J. FULLER, MD 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center/Ocala Regional Medical Center/West Marion Hospital RAJ G. KARUNAKARA, MD Ocala Lung & Critical Care Associates 1834 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-5552 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital KATHRYN A. KOCH, MD Monroe Professional Services 1500 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-7358 Munroe Regional Medical Center NAGESH KOHLI, MD Ocala Lung & Critical Care Associates 1834 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-5552 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ARIOSTO E. ROSADO, MD Munroe Professional Services 1500 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-7358 Munroe Regional Medical Center CHRISTOPHER J. SULLIVAN, MD Florida Advanced Pulmonary 2801 South West College Road Ocala / (352) 873-0508 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

JAMES M. BROWN, DO Family Care Specialists, Inc. 10696 South East U.S. Highway 441 Belleview / (352) 245-1111 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital DARIN S. BROWN, MD Ocala Hospitalist Group 910 SW 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 620-8012 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JUAN V. CRESPO, MD Family Care Specialist, Inc. 2415 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 732-5365 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital FRANK FUSCO, MD Family Care Specialist, Inc. 1800 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 351-4999 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital CHRISTOPHER J. GRAINGER, MD 4600 South West 46th Court Ocala / (352) 351-0463 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital HENRIOT JEAN-BAPTISTE, MD Oakwood Family Practice 200 Oakwood Drive Ocala / (352) 687-8099 Munroe Regional Medical Center PATRICIA A. JONES, MD 1623 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-9844 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

K JEAN JOVIAK, MD Karla J Joviak MD PA 4600 South West 46th Court Ocala / (352) 237-4055 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital MARILYN L. JURICIC, MD Family Doctors of Belleview 5051 South East 110th Street Belleview / (352) 245-9157 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital VASUDEVAN A. KIDAMBI, MD 3200 South West 34th Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-2900 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital CARLOS E. LARA, MD West Marion Family Practice 8296 South West 103rd Street Road Ocala / (352) 861-0043 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital DONALD W. LIEBELT, MD Ocala Family Physicians 3515 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 732-9922 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JAMES S. MILLER, MD Family Care Specialists, Inc. 2300 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 351-0120 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital GLEN A. MORGAN, MD Ocala Family Physicians 3515 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 732-9922 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital SRINIVASA M. MURTHY, MD 9401 South West Highway 200 Ocala / (352) 873-1010 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JOHN P. NARDANDREA, MD Family Care Specialists, Inc. 2415 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 732-5365 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

DAVID L. OLIVER, DO 1805 South East 16th Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-4364 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

RENUKA SWAMINATHAN, MD 150 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 629-2250 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

SEGISMUNDO PARES, MD Hospice of Marion County 3231 South West 34th Avenue Ocala / (352) 873-7400 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

JULIO C. UGARTE, MD Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC 4600 South West 46th Court, Suite 340 Ocala / (352) 854-0681 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

DOYLE C. PHILLIPS, MD 631 North East 25th Avenue Ocala / (352) 237-8889 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital LARRY R. POPEIL, MD Popeil and Albrights MDs 2203 South East 3rd Avenue Ocala / (352) 622-2477 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital DANTULURI P. RAJU, MD 2840 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 622-1777 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ADRIAN RIVERA-FLORES, MD Family Care Specialists, Inc. 4850 South East 110th Street Belleview / (352) 233-2360 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ROBERT K. ROCKOWER, MD Family Care Specialists, Inc. 10696 South East US Highway 441 Belleview / (352) 245-1111 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital MICHAEL A. ROWLEY, MD 4600 South West 46th Court Ocala / (352) 873-6044 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JAMES D. STEED, MD Family Doctors of Belleview 5051 South East 110th Street Belleview / (352) 245-9157 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

GABRIEL M. UMANA, MD Family Care Specialists, Inc. 8150 South West Highway 200 Ocala / (352) 861-1667 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital STEPHANIE R. WALKER, MD Rivers Family Medical 1503 Buenos Aires Blvd. The Villages / (352) 205-4302 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital DANIEL W. WHINNEN, MD Family Doctors of Belleview 5051 South East 110th Street Belleview / (352) 245-9157 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ROBERT A WILLIAMS, MD Ocala Family Medical Center 2230 South West 19th Avenue Road Ocala / (352) 237-4133 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital DAVID C. WILLIS, MD Ocala West Family Medicine 6041 South West 54th Street Ocala / (352) 854-0700 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JUAN C. YORDAN, MD Family Care Specialists, Inc. 2415 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 732-5365 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

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General Surgery LEONIK A. AHUMADA, MD Aesthetic Center for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery 3320 South West 34th Circle Ocala / (352) 629-8154 The Villages Regional Hospital GERARD F. MELANSON, MD 1016 East North Boulevard Leesburg / (352) 435-0122 The Villages Regional Hospital NAVINDERDEEP S. NIJHER, MD Aesthetic Center for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery 3320 South West 34th Circle Ocala / (352) 629-8154 The Villages Regional Hospital

ROBERT W. BARISH, MD Gastroenterology Associates of Ocala 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-8905 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JASKARAN S. BEDI, MD Marion Heart Associates 1805 South East Lake Weir Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-9600 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital MAURY B. BERGER, MD Ocala Oncology Center 433 South West 10th Street Ocala / (352) 732-4032 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

Geriatric Medicine

JOHN A. BITTL, MD Munroe Heart 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center

JASKARAN S. BEDI, MD Marion Heart Associates 1805 South East Lake Weir Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-9600 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

STEPHEN A. BOOKBINDER, MD 3210 South West 33rd Road, Ste. 102 Ocala / (352) 237-7171 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

CHRISTOPHER J. GRAINGER, MD 4600 South West 46th Court Ocala / (352) 351-0463 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital SEGISMUNDO PARES, MD Hospice of Marion County 3231 South West 34th Avenue Ocala / (352) 873-7400 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

Internal Medicine ANETENEH M. ADDISU, MD 5425 South West 37th Street Ocala / (352) 732-2248 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital SAI ATLURI, MD Hospice of Marion County 3231 South West 34th Avenue Ocala / (352) 873-7400 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

CHERYL A. BURNS, MD Prchal and Burns MDs 127 South West 11th Street Ocala / (352) 351-8600 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital THOMAS H. CARTWRIGHT, MD Ocala Oncology Center 433 South West 10th Street Ocala / (352) 732-4032 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ANDREW D. CONTI, MD 1400 North U.S. Highway 441 Lady Lake / (352) 750-1277 Munroe Regional Medical Center GEORG J COUTURIER, MD Heart of The Villages 1149 Main Street The Villages / (352) 674-2080 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital CHANDRANATH L. DAS, MD Cardiovascular Associates of Central Florida 2101 South West 20th Place Ocala / (352) 237-5944 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

JOSE A. DELGADO-ELVIR, MD Pulmonary Consultants of Ocala 3301 South West 34th Circle Ocala / (352) 237-2826 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital MARCUS J. DI LORENZO, MD 1731 South West 2nd Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-5550 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ELADIO J. DIEGUEZ, MD 5345 South West College Road Ocala / (352) 873-2300 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital KETAN DOSHI, MD Ocala Oncology Center 433 South West 10th Street Ocala / (352) 732-4032 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital WILLIAM F. DRESEN, MD Central Florida Heart Center 3310 South West 34th Street Ocala / (352) 873-0707 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital RAMULU ELIGETI, MD Cardiovascular Institute Central Florida 2111 South West 20th Place Ocala / (352) 622-4251 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital YOUSEF A. ELYAMAN, MD Absolute Health Internal Medicine & Pediatrics 4600 South West 46th Court Ocala / (352) 854-5530 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital HANY N. FALESTINY, MD Ocala Pulmonary Associates 3221 South West 33rd Road Ocala / (352) 237-7355 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ROBERT L. FELDMAN, MD Munroe Heart 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center LAWRENCE R. FIELD, DO Medical Analytics Group 3101 South West 34th Avenue Ocala / (352) 895-9546 Munroe Regional Medical Center

THOMAS J. FULLER, MD 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital CESAR R. GAMERO, MD 9401 South West Highway 200 Ocala / (352) 369-9777 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital AHMED HAMODI, MD Emcare, Inc. 1500 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-7200 Munroe Regional Medical Center MYEONG W. KANG, MD Alliance Medical Association, Inc. 1800 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 307-2112 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital RAJ G. KARUNAKARA, MD Ocala Lung & Critical Care Associates 1834 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-5552 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital KETHEESWARAN KATHIRIPILLAI, MD 1805 South East 16th Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-3093 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital BHAVANI KETHEESWARAN, MD Ocala Physician Associates 2810 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 867-8844 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ANWAR A. KHAN, MD Alliance Medical Association, Inc. 1800 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 307-2112 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ROBERT J. KITOS, MD Family Care Specialists, Inc. 1800 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 351-4999 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

NAGESH KOHLI, MD Ocala Lung & Critical Care Associates 1834 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-5552 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital RAVINDRA KOLAVENTY, MD Central Florida Heart Group 6600 South West Highway 200 Ocala / (352) 237-4116 Munroe Regional Medical Center KEERTINI KUMAR, MD 8618 South West 103rd Street Road Ocala / (352) 304-8980 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital KIZHAKE C. KURIAN, MD Central Florida Heart Group 6600 South West Highway 200 Ocala / (352) 237-4116 Munroe Regional Medical Center THOMAS E. LAFFERTY, MD 40 South West 12th Street Ocala / (352) 304-5744 Munroe Regional Medical Center EDWARD C. LAZO, MD Lazo Medical Clinic 321 South East 29th Place Ocala / (352) 690-6813 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital HAROLD R. LOCAY, MD Ocala Critical Care and Kidney Group 2980 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 622-4231 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital LAN LUO, MD Central Florida Heart Center 3310 South West 34th Street Ocala / (352) 873-0707 Munroe Regional Medical Center NARAYANAN MADHUSOODANAN, MD 3915 South East Lake Weir Avenue Ocala / (352) 369-9111 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

KATHRYN A. KOCH, MD Munroe Professional Services 1500 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-7358 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

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ROBERT D. MCCLARY, MD Gastroenterology Associates of Ocala 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-8905 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital J. ROBERT MCGHEE, DO 1400 North U.S. Highway 441 The Villages / (352) 259-0707 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital HARIS I. MIRZA, MD Ocala Infectious Disease & Wound 307 South West 14th Street Ocala / (352) 401-7552 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital VIJAY K. MITTAL, MD Central Florida Health Center 3310 South West 34th Street Ocala / (352) 873-0707 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ALI NASSER, MD Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine 10435 South East 170th Place Summerfield / (352) 347-7923 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JAYANTI J. PANCHAL, MD 2654 South West 32nd Place Ocala / (352) 854-7444 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital SANJAY A. PATEL, MD Central Florida Medical Group 310 South East 29th Place Ocala / (352) 732-6400 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital NARENDRAKUMAR G. PATEL, MD Ocala Internal Medicine Associates, P.A. 4600 South West 46th Court Ocala / (352) 291-2212 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital RAKESH PRASHAD, MD Ocala Heart & Vascular Institute 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

SWAROOP K. RAI, MD Central Florida Heart Center 3310 South West 34th Street Ocala / (352) 873-0707 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital SUKUMARAN R. RAMASWAMI, MD 10461 South West Highway 484 Dunnellon / (352) 873-9696 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital FRANK RAMHARRACK, MD 311 South East 29th Place Ocala / (352) 369-1411 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital NARSING G. RAO, MD IPC The Hospitalist Company 4801 South East 11th Place Ocala / (352) 671-6788 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital CRAIG H. REYNOLDS, MD Ocala Oncology Center 433 South West 10th Street Ocala / (352) 732-4032 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JOHN E. RICKS, MD 1431 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 401-1137 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital SVETLANA ROGOZINA, MD Premier Medical Center of Ocala 7960 South West 60th Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-5150 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital RAKESH ROHATGI, MD 321 South East 29th Place Ocala / (352) 622-9631 Munroe Regional Medical Center ARIOSTO E. ROSADO, MD Munroe Professional Services 1500 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-7358 Munroe Regional Medical Center PRABHAKAR RUMALLA, MD Gastroenterology Associates of Ocala 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-8905 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

N. T. RYAN, MD 1431 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 401-1137 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital EDWARD C. SANTOIAN, MD Munroe Heart 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center EDWARD M. SCHLEIN, MD Emcare, Inc. 1500 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-7200 Munroe Regional Medical Center MELVIN M. SEEK, MD Ocala Critical Care and Kidney Group 2980 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 622-4231 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JAYAPRAKASH N. SHETTY, MD 1737 South East 28th Loop Ocala / (352) 622-7755 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital MANORANJAN P. SINGH, MD Marion Heart Associates 1805 South East Lake Weir Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-9600 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital PREMRANJAN P. SINGH, MD 1805 South East Lake Weir Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-9600 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital BINDESHWARI SINHA, MD Marion Heart Associates 1805 South East Lake Weir Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-9600 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital RATNASABAPATHY SIVASEKARAN, MD 2845 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 369-5300 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital KALPESH H. SOLANKI, DO Solanki Cardiology 1015 South East 17th Street, Suite 200 Ocala / (352) 245-7788 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

IVAN I. SOOSAIPILLAI, MD Infectious Diseases Assoc. of North Central FL 2810 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 622-2020 Munroe Regional Medical Center IVAN I. SOOSAIPILLAI, MD Ocala Physician Associates 2810 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 867-8844 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital STANIMIR P. STANTCHEV, MD Florida Medical Associates 13940 U.S. Hwy. 441 Lady Lake / (352) 350-2330 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital IRA M. STONE, MD Central Florida Heart Center 3310 South West 34th Street Ocala / (352) 873-0707 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital CHRISTOPHER J. SULLIVAN, MD Florida Advanced Pulmonary 2801 South West College Road Ocala / (352) 873-0508 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital WILLIAM A. TRICE, MD 2723 South East Maricamp Road Ocala / (352) 732-5211 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital RICHARD A. TRUESDALE, MD Gastroenterology Associates of Ocala 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-8905 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital LARRY A. ULLAND, MD Ocala Critical Care and Kidney Group 2980 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 622-4231 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital PAUL L. URBAN, MD 1800 South East 17th Street, Suite 700 Ocala / (352) 789-6008 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

MAHESH K. VAGHELA, MD Ocala Critical Care and Kidney Group 2980 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 622-4231 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital TRINETRA V. VAIDYA, MD Gastroenterology Associates of Ocala 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-8905 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital RICHARD B. VAN ELDIK, MD Gastroenterology Associates of Ocala 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-8905 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital ANJU VASUDEVAN, MD The Blood & Cancer Center 1040 South West 2nd Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-0829 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JOSEF J. VESELY, MD Marion Heart Associates 1805 South East Lake Weir Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-9600 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital GREGORY O. VON MERING, MD Munroe Heart 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center JAGANNADHA R. VYAPAKA, MD 129 South West 11th Street Ocala / (352) 622-5536 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital POONAM WARMAN, MD 1500 South East Magnolia Extension Ocala / (352) 369-6139 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital FREDRICK M. YUTANI, MD 3304 South West 34th Circle Ocala / (352) 854-7140 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

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Interventional Cardiology JOHN A. BITTL, MD Munroe Heart 1511 South West 1st Avenue Leesburg / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center ROBERT L. FELDMAN, MD Munroe Heart 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center RICHARD O. HAN, MD Munroe Heart 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center RAKESH PRASHAD, MD Ocala Heart & Vascular Institute 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center ASAD U. QAMAR, MD Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC 4600 South West 46th Court, Suite 340 Ocala / (352) 854-0681 Munroe Regional Medical Center EDWARD C. SANTOIAN, MD Munroe Heart 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center GREGORY O. VON MERING, MD Munroe Heart 1511 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 867-8311 Munroe Regional Medical Center

Neurology MOHAMMAD CHOUDRY, MD Neurology Institute of Central Florida 620 South Lake Street Leesburg / (352) 323-1758 South Lake Hospital JOSE A. GAUDIER, MD 1805 South East 16th Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-8630 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital WILLIAM GAYA, MD PA 801 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-7233 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

GREGORY J. HOWELL, MD 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-7095 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital JAY J. RUBIN, MD Neurological Associates 2685 South West 32nd Place Ocala / (352) 732-9643 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

Neurosurgery MICHAEL G. HILL, MD Lake County Neurosurgical and Spinal Institute 704 Doctors Court Leesburg / (352) 728-3252 Leesburg Regional Medical Center BARRY J. KAPLAN, MD Ocala Neurosurgical Center 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 622-3360 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital DANIEL P. ROBERTSON Ocala Neurosurgical Center 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 622-3360 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

Obstetrics & Gynecology DOUGLAS C. HALL, MD 1317 South East 25th Loop Ocala / (352) 629-7955 Munroe Regional Medical Center SEABORN M. HUNT, MD 150 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 622-9900 Munroe Regional Medical Center PHILIP N. JOHNSON, MD 1805 South East 16th Avenue Ocala / (352) 620-2229 Munroe Regional Medical Center RICHARD C. MANN, MD Ocala Gynecology 1500 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 351.0060 Munroe Regional Medical Center DOUGLAS R. MURPHY, MD Ocala Gynecology 1500 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 351.0060 Munroe Regional Medical Center

SANDRA J. MURPHY, MD Woman’s Touch 1333 South East 25th Loop Ocala / (352) 620-8800 Munroe Regional Medical Center

CHRISTOPHER MANSEAU, MD 2131 South West 20th Place Ocala / (352) 624-0004 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

RASIKLAL D. NAGDA 150 East South 17th Street Ocala / (352) 622-9226 Munroe Regional Medical Center

JAMES J. PARAISO, DO Central Florida Spine Institute 1500 South East Magnolia Extension Ocala / (352) 873-7770 Munroe Regional Medical Center

SAROJINI PERICHERLA, MD Varma & Pericherla, MD PA 2825 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 368-2606 Munroe Regional Medical Center POORTI K. RILEY, MD Women’s Health Associates 4600 South West 46th Court Ocala / (352) 369-5999 Munroe Regional Medical Center EDWARD D. SABOL Ocala Gynecology 1500 South East 17th Street Ocala / (352) 351-0060 Munroe Regional Medical Center

Orthopedic Surgery ODEST F. CANNON, MD Ocala Orthopaedic Group 1015 South East 17th Street, Suite 100 Ocala / (352) 351.3422 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital DAVID B. ETHIER, MD PA 11531 South East US Highway 301 Belleview / ( 352) 307-7678 Munroe Regional Medical Center WAGDI F. FARIS, MD PA 2727 South East Maricamp Road Ocala / (352) 629-9566 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital CYNTHIA R. HARDING, MD 929 North US Highway 441 Lady Lake / (352) 751.0981 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital TROY D. LOWELL, MD Ocala Orthopedic Care 2965 South East 3rd Street Ocala / (352) 390-6582 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital VREJ K. MANOOGIAN, DO Manoogian Guru Orthopedic Center 1945 Bay Road Mount Dora / (352) 483.5633 Leesburg Regional Medical Center

MICHAEL K. RILEY, MD Southeastern Orthopaedic Surgery 3304 South West 34th Circle Ocala / (352) 369-0080 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

Urology DAVID L. CUNNINGHAM, MD Associates for Urology Care 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-1313 Munroe Regional Medical Center MARK W. DERSCH, MD Associates for Urology Care 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-1313 Munroe Regional Medical Center PAUL D. JO, MD Urology Care of Central Florida, PA 2301 South East 3rd Avenue Ocala / (352) 351-0029 Munroe Regional Medical Center

JAMES C. SEYMORE, MD 11531 South East US Highway 301 Belleview / (352) 307-7678 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

CHARLES T. KING, MD Ocala Urology Specialists 2850 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 732-6474 Munroe Regional Medical Center


EDWARD D. KING, MD Ocala Urology Specialists 2850 South East 3rd Court Ocala / (352) 732-6474 Munroe Regional Medical Center

JOSE A. DELGADO-ELVIR, MD Pulmonary Consultants of Ocala 3301 South West 34th Circle Ocala / (352) 237-2826 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital HANY N. FALESTINY, MD Ocala Pulmonary Associates 3221 South West 33rd Road Ocala / (352) 237-7355 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital RAJ G. KARUNAKARA, MD Ocala Lung & Critical Care Associates 1834 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / 732-5552 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital NAGESH KOHLI, MD Ocala Lung & Critical Care Associates 1834 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / 732-5552 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital CHRISTOPHER J. SULLIVAN, MD Florida Advanced Pulmonary 2801 South West College Road Ocala / (352) 873-0508 Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

JACK E. PAULK, MD Associates for Urology Care 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 351.1313 Munroe Regional Medical Center DINESH S. RAO, MD Associates for Urology Care 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 351.1313 Munroe Regional Medical Center JOHN R. SHARPE, MD Hospice of Marion County 3231 South West 34th Avenue Ocala / (352) 873-7400 Munroe Regional Medical Center HARVEY C. TAUB, MD Associates for Urology Care 1901 South East 18th Avenue Ocala / (352) 351.1313 Munroe Regional Medical Center

Vascular Neurology WILLIAM GAYA, MD PA 801 South West 1st Avenue Ocala / (352) 732-7233 Ocala Regional Medical Center/ West Marion Hospital

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‘We Are Happy When

You Are Healthy’ By combining outstanding, cutting-edge care with unmatched convenience, the board-certified physicians at

Marion Heart Associates, P.A. and Marion Internal Medicine Associates have become leaders in the local medical community.





hen it comes to offering excellent patient care, physician experience along with the most up-to-date technology are a must. Nobody knows this better than the team of doctors at Marion Heart Associates. This group of experienced professionals has been serving Marion County for over 20 years and shows no sign of slowing down. The practice consists of six HealthGrades® Five-Star Doctor physicians with each focusing on a particular field, making their practice both thorough and comprehensive. Dr. Mann Singh has over 30 years of experience in cardiology, cardiovascular disease and nuclear medicine. Also with more than three decades of experience, Dr. Biju Sinha specializes in internal medicine. Dr. Jaskaran Bedi concentrates on both internal medicine and geriatrics, while Dr. Josef Vesely focuses in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism issues. Dr. Prem Singh came onboard

last year as an interventional cardiologist. He is highly trained and one of the few cardiologists in the country who has seven board certifications. The newest addition to this outstanding team of physicians is internist Dr. Kriti Kumari, who specializes in women’s health. All are boardcertified and all offer the utmost in patient care. “No matter how many doctors you have seen in the past, no matter how thick your medical chart, our expert physicians and staff will do everything in their power to understand you and your illness,” says Dr. Kumari. Marion Heart Associates offers patients a combination of excellent care and convenience. The doctors work together to recommend the best diagnosis and treatment possible, and with on-site diagnostic and stress labs, patients can undergo a variety of tests from simple blood work to stress echocardiography without the hassle of traveling to a separate office.

Opposite page: Internist Dr. Kriti Kumari is the newest addition to Marion Heart Associates’ team of physicians.

State-of-the-arttechnology really allows us to give our patients the best care possible. —DR. (PREM) SINGH

“We’re like one-stop shopping,” says Kim Torres R.N., CEO of the practice. “It’s really great for our patients to be able to have this many experienced doctors all under one practice.” And with two satellite offices located in TimberRidge and Summerfield, their services are conveniently available throughout Marion County. An outstanding practice for two decades, Marion Heart Associates strives to keep up with the ever-evolving world of medicine. The latest advancement is the addition of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Central Florida, located in the same building. Utilizing the facility, the doctors takes advantage of the most recent research, the most advanced diagnostic tools and cutting-edge interventions to help their patients. “I’m very excited about a multispecialty team approach in this program,” says Dr. Singh who has special interest in treating heart disease in diabetic patients. He specializes in invasive and noninvasive procedures including cardiac catheterization, heart, carotid and peripheral artery stenting. He also oversees the vascular and vein clinic where patients receive the most up-to-date treatment in complex

arterial and venous disorders. He has perfected the use of a new 1470nm laser to treat patients with varicose vein, resulting in no pain and better outcomes, putting the Heart and Vascular Institute at the top of its field. While the doctors at Marion Heart Associates continually advance their practice by staying on the cutting-edge of available treatments, their patients are first and foremost on their minds. The doctors personally treat patients at three area hospitals— Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital —as well as several area nursing homes. The practice also offers free monthly classes on such subjects as diabetes management, healthy legs and weight loss where patients can learn more about their conditions. Perhaps Dr. Sinha sums it up best. “We are happy when you are healthy,” he says. This interdisciplinary approach to patient care has kept Marion Heart Associates a top practice in Ocala for over 20 years and with the newest additions, it’s safe to say that the doctors here will continue to offer nothing but the best for years to come.

Marion Heart Associates, P.A. and Marion Internal Medicine Associates Dr. Mann P. Singh, MD, FACC Dr. Biju Sinha, MD Dr. Jaskaran Bedi, MD Dr. Josef Vesely, MD Dr. Prem Singh, MD, FACC Dr. Kriti Kumari, MD Main Office 1805 SE Lake Weir Avenue Ocala , FL 34471 (352) 867-9600 Summerfield Office 10369 SE 175th Place Road, Suite 200 Summerfield , FL 34491 (352) 867-9600 TimberRidge Office 9410 SW Highway 200, Suite 403 Ocala , FL 34481 (352) 873-8775 marionheartassociates.com





leading healthcare ratings company, HealthGrades® is utilized by both consumers and industry insiders. Dr. Warman has received five-star ratings in such important categories as level of trust, time spent with patients, helping patients understand their condition, as well as listening and answering questions. Her office also received high ratings from HeathGrades® when it comes to friendliness and courtesy of staff, ease of scheduling urgent appointments, and pleasant office environment. “We provide excellent care and we really make an effort to make our patients comfortable and get them what they need,” she says. “We operate in a very accommodating and straightforward manner. When I see a patient, I think not only of their physical health but their entire well-being. I make myself available to ease the concerns of their family members. My goal is to create a positive, supportive and healing environment for each patient.” The flexibility of having her solo practice allows Dr. Warman to see patients with a variety of lung disorders in her own office as well as gives her the opportunity to evaluate patients on the floor and in the ICU of all three Ocala hospitals. In addition to conducting a wide range of testing, she is responsible for outpatient and in-hospital procedures. As her office celebrates its 10-year anniversary, Dr. Warman is delighted to have made Marion County her home. “Ocala as a community has been very good to me,” she says. “Ocala is a great place to live and build a life. My family and I are very happy to be a part of the wonderful community here.” With her main office located near downtown Ocala, Dr. Warman also has an office in The Villages. She specializes in referrals from other physicians in the community, and is also open to new patients, self-referrals and same-day appointments. All types of insurance accepted.

‘A Supportive, Healing Environment For

Each Patient’ W

Dr. Poonam Warman, Ocala’s only female pulmonologist, is as renowned for her commitment to one-on-one time with every patient as her standing as a HealthGrades® Five-Star Doctor.




hen you’re facing serious medical concerns, the last thing you need is a doctor who seems rushed or too busy to sit down and answer your questions. When patients schedule an appointment with Dr. Poonam Warman, M.D., they can rest assured that this all-too-common complaint won’t be an issue. “We have a high commitment to quality care and I do spend a lot of time with my patients. I maintain an open line of communication with them and I like to practice medicine this way,” explains Dr. Warman. “My patients can call me directly and because there are no other physicians or nurse practitioners in my office, patients coming for an appointment know they will always see me, not someone else who may not be familiar with their case.” Board-certified, Dr. Warman is currently the only female pulmonologist practicing in Ocala. She deals with all aspects of lung disease, including asthma, emphysema, COPD, chronic cough, shortness of breath, pulmonary hypertension caused by sleep apnea, pulmonary fibrosis, and spots on the lungs that may be cancerous. Originally from Ohio, Dr. Warman graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1992, and completed her internal medicine residency from the Northeastern University College of Medicine in Akron, Ohio. Her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care took place at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. Seeking to put down roots and raise her family, Dr. Warman opened her own solo practice in Ocala in 2001. As a HealthGrades® Five-Star Doctor, she has consistently received high ratings from patients. The

Poonam Warman, M.D. 1500 SE Magnolia Avenue, Ocala (352) 369-6139


‘Our Patients Live

Healthier Lifestyles’ P

Internist and HealthGrades® Five-Star Doctor

Jayanti Panchal, M.D. offers patients the highest quality care along with convenient services in a comfortable atmosphere.

eople are constantly on the move in today’s fast-paced society. Between going to work, taking care of family obligations, planning meals and spending a few moments relaxing at the end of a long day, we often put our health on the back burner. But with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and obesity affecting a large segment of the population, it’s more important than ever to get the best medical advice available. Dr. Jayanti Panchal has been keeping Ocala residents healthy for the past 16 years. With close to 30 years of experience in diabetes, internal medicine and cardiology, he offers patients top-notch care combined with convenient services and a comfortable atmosphere in his Ocala office. Born in India, he attended the Government Medical College and received training in internal medicine and cardiology before moving to the United States in 1984. His American training includes residency at the Mountainside Hospital in New Jersey, affiliated with University of Medicine and Dentistry at Newark, New Jersey, where he served as chief of residence during his final year. He became licensed by the state of Florida as well as New Jersey in 1993 and became a diplomat in American Board of Internal Medicine. Since 1994, he has been a member of Marion Medical Society and Florida Medical Association. At present, he serves as honorary chief of medicine at Ocala Regional Medical Center. Even more impressive, Dr. Panchal is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Doctor, which means that according to the leading independent healthcare rating organization, Dr. Panchal rates as one of the top physicians in his field. While the list of his credentials certainly qualifies Dr. Panchal as one of Ocala’s top doctors, he also offers patients what they need most in today’s busy world: convenience. Services provided include evaluation and treatment of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and pulmonary disease. But whereas many patients would need to undergo testing at various other facilities, Dr. Panchal’s patients

do not make extra trips. Procedures such as varicose vein closure, echocardiogram and EKG, carotid artery and abdominal aortic aneurism ultrasound, nerve conduction study, pulmonary function test, as well as complete laboratory testing can all be performed in the comfort and familiarity of Dr. Panchal’s office. In-house testing offers more than just convenience for Dr. Panchal’s patients. In some cases, the expediency can mean the difference between life and death. “If I had to send my patients to another facility for a test, I may not see the results for two weeks or more. In that time, a minor condition can become serious or fatal,” explains Dr. Panchal, who adds that he has detected and treated many illnesses before they became serious. “And my patients feel comfortable with me. I wouldn’t want to send them somewhere else for different testing.” And patient comfort is very important to Dr. Panchal. He is affiliated with three Marion County hospitals. This means he can treat his patients in the hospital if they are admitted. He strives to create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere in his office, which is decorated with floral designs by his wife. And his staff of eight ensures that patients are tended to from the moment they walk through the door. “Some of my patients remember when my children ran around the office as youngsters,” says Dr. Panchal whose two sons are now college students. This July, his eldest son will start his residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. One of Dr. Panchal’s newest ventures is the Success By Design weight loss program. He, along with Sherri Morrison, R.N., B.S.N, runs the medically supervised program and has seen impressive results with participating patients. His weight loss clinic has helped his patients with diabetes and heart failure as well as many other citizens of Ocala with various conditions including obesity. “We’ve seen great success, and our patients are learning to live healthier lifestyles on their own,” Dr. Panchal says. In his busy practice, he still takes time to treat in great detail all diabetic and other medical conditions effectively. With his wealth of experience and knowledge combined with a strong emphasis on patient comfort and convenience, Dr. Panchal continues to keep the people of Ocala living long, healthy lives. Jayanti Panchal, M.D. 2654 SW 32nd Place, Ste. 100, Ocala (352) 854-7444 Success By Design 2654 SW 32nd Place, Ste. 100, Ocala (352) 387-0090 successbydesignocala.com




One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals Among top 1% nationally – Recipient 5 years in a row

Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence TM Among top 5% with only 286 recipients nationally – Recipient 9 consecutive years

Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award

★★★★★ Rated Among top 5% nationally five years in a row #1 in Florida for Overall Bariatric Surgery 3 years in a row

Critical Care Excellence Award ★★★★★ Rated Among top 10% nationally 2 years in a row

Pulmonary Care Excellence Award ★★★★★ Rated Among top 10% nationally 6 years in a row

Stroke Care Excellence Award ★★★★★ Rated Among top 10% nationally 3 years in a row

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Florida Pain Clinic

Stephen T. Pyles, M.D. Treatment of Acute & Chronic Pain

Dr. Pyles’ Florida Pain Clinic, founded in 1985, offers patients and their families a relaxed atmosphere in which to receive state-of-the-art treatment for their acute and chronic pain. HOSPITAL STAFF PRIVILEGES Ocala Regional Medical Center West Marion Community Hospital Munroe Regional Medical Center Kindred Hospital

Specializing in the treatment of patients’ chronic pain • • • • • • • • •

Back Pain Pain in Upper/Lower Extremities Perineal/Pelvic Pain Phantom Limb Pain Abdominal Pain Chest Pain Pancreatitis Shingles (Post Herpetic Neuralgia) Cancer Pain

Leesburg Medical Center The Villages Regional Hospital

IV Sedation Available for Procedures

Florida Pain Clinic 3241 SW 34th Street | Ocala, Florida


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on’t miss one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year when the sixth annual FLAVORS OF MUNROE takes place April 29 at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. Themed “An American Adventure,” the evening will feature food, fun and entertainment to benefit the planned Children’s Emergency Department at Munroe Regional Medical Center. Eight of Ocala’s top chefs will be on-hand preparing their own interpretations of good ol’ American cuisine, including tangy BBQ pork sliders, creamy Southern-style mac n’cheese and of course, America’s most popular dessert, apple pie. So bring your appetite and be prepared to sample! And while the food is sure to be the evening’s highlight, plenty of entertainment is planned as well. Watch fire jugglers and stilt walkers entertain poolside, and try your hand at a game of ring toss while nibbling on a colorful cone of cotton candy. The festivities begin at 6:30pm. Be sure to RSVP by April 20. munroefoundation.com or (352) 351-7233.







Pizzazz On A Plate! Fresh and flavorful springtime salads to add to your next meal

Grapefruit and Peanut Salad Flatbread Makes 8 servings 1

pound whole-wheat pizza dough (or readymade whole-wheat lavash, naan or flatbread) Flour for dusting Olive oil cooking spray

A Sip Of The South Take a break from your fast-paced, 21st-century lifestyle and stroll into the SOUTHERN CIDER COMPANY in nearby Oxford. This roadside stop in Sumter County offers on-the-go travelers an opportunity to step back in time to a slower, Southern lifestyle. “We’re from the North originally, but on our travels, my husband and I fell in love with the Southern ciders and cooking,” says owner Jan Montanaro who created a general store-like atmosphere in her shop’s location, the Dudley House. Southern Cider Company offers seven varieties of tasty ciders, including blackberry, blueberry, bing black cherry, the elegant scuppernong grape and, of course, two types of apple.





ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced thin


tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar


cups baby arugula

¼ cup red onion, sliced thin ¼ cup snipped fresh basil ¹⁄₈

teaspoon sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste


Along with the ciders, delicious jams and jellies, including the hard-to-find moonshine jelly, line the walls. You’ll also find salsas chock-full of robust fruits such as peach, mango and strawberry. Chowchows, chutneys and vintage candies offer a taste of the old South. Not sure you’ll like them? No problem because Jan offers free samples daily. So the next time you’re driving through Oxford, stop by the Southern Cider Company and take a moment to sit out back and enjoy a bit of the good ol’ days. Check out southernciderco.com for all the details.

Texas Rio Star grapefruit, peeled and segmented

¼ cup roasted, salted peanuts, coarsely chopped 1. Preheat oven to 450°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. If using pizza dough, divide into two equal portions and roll each into a thin oval on a lightly floured board (about 9 x 13 inches). Place on prepared baking sheets and spray with cooking spray. 3. Top each oval with equal amounts of cheese and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until crusts are golden brown. 4. In large bowl, whisk together olive oil and

balsamic vinegar. Add arugula, onion and basil, tossing gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Divide arugula mixture among flatbread and top with grapefruit segments and peanuts. Serve immediately.


Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinos-mas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sunday Looking for a unique evening out with a Latin flair? Well look no further, Latinos Y Mas is the answer. Begin your dining experience with a refreshing dragon berry mojito, or perhaps a unique tropicolada. Follow that with the golden crispy calamari with homemade marinada chipotle mild sauce. For your main entrée, try the Zarzuela de Mariscos, a combination of sautéed shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, fish and calamari in a delicious coconut milk and Caribbean rum sauce, served over rice. Or, try the Blackened Mero served with a tangy tropical mango salsa and a cool orange sauce. Of course there is no resisting the sweet treats at Latinos, so make sure to save room for dessert!

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us! Live music three nights a week. Gift certificates and party platters available for any special occasion.

Stevi B’s 3101 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 390-8181 / stevibs.com Sun-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p The Stevi B’s dining experience was created with families in mind. The Ultimate Pizza Buffet makes it easy for parents to relax, knowing their children are getting fresh, wholesome food at value prices. With a large game room, Stevi B’s is also the perfect place for birthday and team parties or a special Pizza Tour program, taking kids behind the scenes to show them the secrets of the pizza-making pros.

Specialty pizzas offered include Loaded Baked Potato, Mac & Cheese, BLT, Chicken Fajita and Cheeseburger, among many others. All pizzas are made with fresh dough and ingredients and 100% real cheese.

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Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 4p-10p / Fri & Sat 4p-2a / Happy Hour 4p-7p & 11p-1a Cuvée Wine & Bistro is an elegant and approachable environment where you can embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine. In an inspiring and intimate atmosphere, Cuvée brings together the taste of upscale cuisine with the freshest ingredients combined with a wide array of wines from around the world. We guarantee your senses will be delighted and your palate overwhelmed. Feed your mind, your spirit and your curiosity at Cuvée.

Call for Reservations Private Parties and Off-Premise Catering Available






What’s In Season?



Let Them Eat… Pie! What’s more American than apple pie? If you’re a self-proclaimed pielover or consider yourself the master of pie baking, then head down to Lakeside Park in Celebration, Florida, for the GREAT AMERICAN PIE FESTIVAL April 9-10. For two days pie-lovers, -tasters and -bakers will convene at Lakeside Park where they can sample everything from tart cherry to cool key lime. Bring your appetite to the never-ending pie buffet and sample some award-winning creations from the festival’s sponsors. If you’re looking to add some extra zip to your cinnamon apple, be sure to check out the Pietopia Demonstration Stage where chefs from across the country will demonstrate the latest techniques in pie creations. The little ones are sure to love the Crisco Kids Creation Station where junior chefs can try their hand at pie baking. Pie decorating, a pie-eating contest, pie scraping, pie tin art and more is in store. Visit piecouncil.org and click on “pie happenings” for event details.


Primary Oven recently changed its hours and added brunch on Saturday. The locally owned and operated eatery moved to its current location, the old Bakers and Cooks, in late 2010. Primary Oven is no longer serving dinner, but the new brunch is already proving popular. Omelets, French toast bites, corn beef hash and much more are available for brunch. The lunch menu is also served on Saturdays. The new hours are 8am to 4pm Tuesday through Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturday. “The menu is posted online at our website everyday by 10:30am,” says owner Kelley Welsh. “We wanted to make it easy for people to find out what we have daily before they show up.” 128 SW Broadway, Ocala / (352) 390-6881 / primaryoven.com





Troy Harbison, manager of the NORTH MAGNOLIA FARMER’S MARKET, has the scoop on the freshest produce available locally this month. Squash B. Zucchini C. Green beans D. Cucumbers E. Red, creamer, yellow & gold potatoes F. Onions G. Blueberries H. Peaches






The North Magnolia Farmer’s Market at 834 North Magnolia Avenue is open Fridays from 8am to 1:30pm. (352) 207-4551.





PizzaVito closed its Ocala location on College Road in mid-February. Fans of the New York-style pizza shop will be glad to know the Gainesville location is still open at 3411 SW Archer Road across from Butler Plaza. The restaurant garnered media attention when actor Federico Castelluccio, the actor who portrayed mafia hit man Furio Giunta in the highly popular HBO series The Sopranos, showed up at the grandopening party in January 2009. A company spokesman noted that PizzaVito also has locations in Alachua and Alpharetta, Georgia, with plans to open two new stores in North Carolina. (352) 336-VITO (8486) / pizzavito.com


Fiore’s Café 119 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 789-6980 Mon-Thu 3p-9p / Fri & Sat 4p-10p / Sun 4p-9p Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with the beautiful Tuscan décor at Fiore’s Café before you even take a single bite of the restaurant’s delicious Italian food. The interior of Fiore’s is simply stunning. Add to that the famous Black Seafood Linguini, Veal Chop Caprise, “Luis Favorite” Tilapia, New York-style pizza, strombolis, calzones or any of the other numerous dishes available, and your dining experience couldn’t be finer. Try the newest items, too, including the antipasto misto, Italian meat pies and coconut jumbo shrimp. Complement your meal with a fine wine, a beer or Fiore’s famous, homemade sangria.

Experience the expanded wine collection. Enjoy Fiore’s at home with the take-out menu.

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W. Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from homestyle chicken & dumplings to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big-screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite.

Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 12p-9p Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Liang Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon, Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrees and noodle dishes available. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.

Chef Wu and Co-Owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian Fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual. Come join us for lunch or dinner and enjoy! Welcome HITS!







A Fond Farewell TJ’S SANDWICH SHOP ended its long run on March 31 when owners Frank and Thelma Dierfield had their final day of business. One of Ocala’s oldest sub shops, TJ’s has been owned by the Dierfields since 1987, who renamed it TJ’s after Thelma June. As the third owners of the shop, the Dierfields made some changes to the menu over the years but made sure to keep such customer favorites as the “Choo-Choo,” an Ocala sandwich tradition. Despite knowing that it was time to retire, Frank, 73, and Thelma, 72, admit they will greatly miss their regular customers. “We’ve made friendships over the years and met people from all walks of life, even from different countries,” says Frank. The Pennsylvania natives moved to Ocala in January 1986, inspired by the area and the friends they had here. Now that they won’t be spending their days at the shop, they’ll still call Ocala home, but they’ll be free to travel, and that’s just what they intend to do. “We’ve missed a lot over the last 24 years,” says Frank. “Now, we can visit the kids and grandkids up in Pennsylvania. We can relax and travel.” Here’s to you, Frank and Thelma. May your retirement years be truly golden!

Saddle Rack Cafe in Anthony has long been a popular stop among locals for breakfast and lunch. Now, the Friday night “all-you-can-eat” specials are drawing in patrons hungry for ribs and wings. Owner Jackie Gomillion liked the idea of offering an “all-you-can-eat” dinner and tried several different specials but found patrons seemed to like the ribs and chicken wings best. “My husband does the ribs on the smoker. We’ve been doing this since the fall of 2010 and have been getting busier and busier,” says Jackie. “We alternate Friday nights, so it’s either ribs or wings.” Ribs are served with coleslaw, french fries, baked beans and garlic bread. Wings come with coleslaw and french fries. All-you-can eat meals are $10.99. Family-owned and -operated, Saddle Rack Café is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 6am to 2pm everyday except Friday when they stay open until 8 pm. 9475 NE Jacksonville Road, Anthony (352) 629-2765

Fresh Grapefruit, Avocado & Radish Salad Make sure all ingredients are chilled before assembling this salad.

Dig In, Kids! Make this delightful and healthy garden cup with your little ones in honor of Earth Day this month. They won’t even notice that they’re eating pumpernickel!

Vegetable Garden “Dirt” Cups with Ranch Dip Prep Time: 10 minutes. Serves 8-10 2-4 cups pumpernickel pretzel or dark corn chip crumbs 2

cups Hidden Valley Original Ranch Light Dressing Variety of vegetables for dipping: mini carrots with tops, pea pods, mini sunburst squash, celery sticks, green beans

1. Crush the pumpernickel pretzels or dark corn chips until mixture resembles dirt. 2. Pour a layer of dirt crumbs into the bottom of

a clear container (or for single servings, pour into paper cups).

3. Pour dressing over crumbs, then add a thicker layer of dirt crumbs on top. 4. Place vegetables into dirt cup or serve them on

the side to dip.





tablespoon freshly squeezed Texas Rio Star grapefruit juice


tablespoon extravirgin olive oil

½ teaspoon granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 5

radishes, thinly sliced


tablespoons minced red onion


Texas Rio Star grapefruit, peeled and segmented


large firm but ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced

1. In medium bowl, whisk together grapefruit juice, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper. 2. Add radish and onion, toss to coat and set aside. 3. On a large platter, layer grapefruit and avocado slices, top with radish mixture. Serve immediately.


Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Sun Breakfast 8a-Noon, Dinner 1p-8p / Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialties, with a popular breakfast buffet offered every Sunday. Patrons enjoy a full service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.

Open for Easter, now taking reservations. Weekly entertainment, call for details. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Live Maine lobsters every Friday night. Reservation required.

Bay Leaf Indian Restaurant 3131 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 291-9237 / bayleafindianocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sun 11a-10:30p Indian haute cuisine at its finest! Prepared with only the freshest ingredients and top-shelf spices, the dishes at Bay Leaf Indian Restaurant are a welcome change from the ordinary and are sure to dazzle your palate. Start with the Vegetable Samosa or Samosa Chat appetizers, both featuring a crispy, flaky puff pastry. The Chicken Tikka Masala—a barbecue chicken prepared in a delicious zesty gravy—is a must-order entrée as is the Tandoori Chicken—a whole Spring chicken marinated overnight in yogurt and freshly ground spices and cooked in a clay oven. Or try any one of the Laziz Gosh or lamb specialties.

Catering for crowds of two to 200 or more is available. And don’t forget to stop by the Spice Bazaar next door!

Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sunday 3p-10p Tony’s Sushi brings scrumptious sushi favorites from New York and Miami to Ocala, served in a fun, family environment. All sushi dishes are made to order—choose from a variety of specialty rolls or create your own! Whether you prefer chicken, steak or seafood, talented chefs will prepare it with dazzling showmanship on the hot grill right at your table. All entrées come with soup or salad and rice. In addition to the full Japanese kitchen, there is a full liquor bar and a beer selection, including imported Japanese beer and Sake.

For the truly adventurous, try Tony’s famous Sake Bomb! We also provide catering and host private parties.






Peanut Praise • More than 30 essential nutrients • 7 grams of protein per oneounce serving (most protein of any nut) • Peanuts contain niacin, folate, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese and phosphorus. • More antioxidants than green tea, broccoli or spinach

Crunchy Peanut Chicken Strips with Spinach Salad Makes 4 to 6 servings 1

cup finely crushed baked tortilla chips


tablespoons peanut flour, divided (available at supermarkets nationwide and online)

¼ cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, finely chopped 1

teaspoon Mexican seasoning blend

¾ teaspoon garlic powder 1

pound chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips


beaten egg whites Olive oil nonstick cooking spray

PEANUT DRESSING: 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter 2

tablespoons rice wine vinegar


tablespoon soy sauce


teaspoons toasted sesame oil


teaspoon hot chili sauce (such as Sriracha)


teaspoon honey

¼ cup canola or vegetable oil SALAD: 5 cups baby spinach, washed and dried 1

red bell pepper, sliced thin

½ medium red onion, sliced thin




1. Preheat oven to 425°F. 2. Stir together tortilla chips, 2 tablespoons peanut flour, chopped peanuts, Mexican seasoning and garlic powder in a shallow dish. 3. Dip chicken into remaining peanut flour, then in egg whites, then into tortilla chip mixture, pressing to coat evenly. 4. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle

any remaining crumb mixture over chicken. Coat liberally with cooking spray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is golden brown, coating with nonstick cooking spray several times during cooking.

5. While chicken is cooking, in large bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients until smooth. Gently toss spinach, red pepper and onion in dressing. 6. Divide dressed salad among plates and top with two to three chicken strips.

Source: National Peanut Board


Harvest Market started its business two and a half years ago selling produce, but today, the deli side of the operation is the biggest attraction. Since opening in fall 2009, the deli business has steadily increased, and now customers know Harvest Market as a great spot for lunch. Owners Rusty Jackson and Russell Hill unveiled a new menu a few months ago featuring a variety of salads—all made from scratch with the freshest produce—a full line of cold subs, sandwiches such as the Reuben and Cuban, a hearty sirloin hamburger, and at least one soup-of-the-day. “Our chicken salad is very popular,” adds Rusty. “We go through 40 pounds of chicken breast every day. A lot of people buy it to take home.” Sandwiches are served on freshly baked bread, and thanks to Rusty’s wife, Terri, there’s often an assortment of homemade baked goods like the banana bread and cookies. You can find them on 36th Avenue just a few blocks east of Bob Wine’s Nursery. They’re open for lunch 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday. 3751 SE 36th Avenue, Ocala (352) 624-2636


Super Buffet Pine Plaza / 620 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 369-9937 Sun-Thu 11a-9:30a / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p Finding the right place to dine is a nightmare. Wanting sushi, pizza, seafood, salad or Chinese food? There are loads of books and guides that will lead you to various places. But there is one place that carries all of these items. That place is Super Buffet. With more then 300 items on its buffet, the consumer can choose from a hot, delicious food bar or a cold fresh fruit and dessert bar. The buffet offers generous portions, which explains the name “super,” so you can be sure to leave full and satisfied. Super Buffet is located in Pine Plaza by the Ocala Police Department. If you like to eat, come in and enjoy the buffet!

Voted in the Top 100 out of over 43,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States by Chinese Restaurant News.

Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-Midnight / Fri-Sat 11a-12a / Sun 11a-11p Have you heard the buzz around town about Ocala’s newest restaurant and sports bar? Everything at Tilted Kilt, from the delicious pub-style food to the friendly costumed staff, is exciting and fun! The menu features an array of satisfying options, whether you just want to snack or feel like having a full meal. Nachos, cheeseburger sliders, quesadillas and salads join over half a dozen hearty burgers, such as the Black & Bleu, The French Connection (lots of melted Swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms and onions) and the BBQ Bacon. Other favorites include Maggie Mae’s Fish & Chips, Kilt Burner Wings, Chicken Tenders, the Ultimate Club Wrap and the Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap.

Other favorites include such entrees as the Sausage Artichoke Fettuccini, Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie and lasagna.

Chili’s Grill & Bar Many Convenient Locations Throughout Our Area / chilis.com Sun-Thu 11a-11p / Fri & Sat 11a-Midnight (lounge open till 2a, at I-75 location only) Happy Hour All Day Everyday From freshly prepared salads to mouth-watering burgers, Chili’s kicks up the flavor with food that’s anything but ordinary. Smokey, sweet and savory ribs are now slowsmoked over pecan wood and impossible to resist. Enjoy the flavor without the guilt thanks to dishes under 750 calories. Party Platters create the perfect event at Chili’s.

Happy Hour is all day every day with 2-for-1 drinks. New lunch break. Forget the old - go for the bold $6 lunch combos!

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Brooklyn’s Original Pizzeria and Restaurant 1011 NE 14th Street, Ocala / (352) 304-6292 Mon- Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-9p / Closed Sunday Spice up your night out by visiting on Wednesdays to take in the live entertainment, featuring music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Seniors receive a 15% discount.

Looking for authentic New York-style pizza and cuisine without making a trip to the Big Apple? Now under new ownership, Brooklyn’s Original Pizzeria and Restaurant serves an array of Italian dishes, including pasta, stromboli and calzones, made with fresh ingredients in an open-kitchen atmosphere. Available for dine-in, take-out or delivery, try one of the daily lunch specials under $6, and remember Brooklyn’s Original Pizzeria and Restaurant the next time you need to schedule catering for an event.

El Toreo 3790 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 E. Silver Springs Blvd: 7 Days 11a-10p / SR 200 7 Days 11a-11p / Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p

Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7pm and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever for you to visit either El Toreo location today.


New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.45; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $4.95; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.25 and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.45. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.45, Alambre Wednesdays, $6.45; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.45 and Enchilada Fridays, $6.45. Don’t miss “Margarita Mondays” with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays kids 12 and under - 99¢ from the children’s menu (take-out not included). Wednesday is 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.

Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview / (352) 347-3100 / Pastafaire.com Mon-Sat 11a-10p / Sunday 11a-9p

Call soon for Easter reservations. Monday: All You Can Eat Rotisserie Chicken $7.99; Tuesday: Seafood Feast $10.99; Wednesday: 2-4-1 Gourmet Pizza; Thursday: All-you-can-eat spaghetti, $6.99




Welcome to Pasta Faire. Owner Kathy Funk and Chef Ricardo Cardenas invite you and your family to enjoy the flavors of Italy. Come relax and enjoy the “new” dinner menu. The chef has added new items such as Veal Marsala or Picatta, Gnocchi ala Ricardo, Seafood Lovers Delight, Grilled Fresh Salmon, Surf and Turf, and much more. Don’t forget the extravaganza menu, three courses for just $11. Pasta Faire also features a full bar and an extensive wine list. Also available is the new $7.69 Mix n Match Lunch, available Monday through Saturday 11am-3pm. And don’t forget, Happy Hour is every Monday through Saturday 11am-6pm.

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ome of Marion County’s finest homes will be on display this month during the Marion County Building Industry Association’s 2011 SPRING PARADE OF HOMES, held April 2-17. Whether you’re in the market for a new abode or just looking for some ideas to spruce up your current residence, these parade homes will exhibit the latest and greatest trends in local style, security, efficiency and more. This year’s participating companies include Armstrong Homes, Bennett Construction Services, Center State Construction, Curington Contracting, Dream Custom Homes of Citrus, Florida Leisure Communities, Hutchinson Development, Murphy Kaufman Builders, Pulte Homes, Triple Crown Homes and Tuscan Home Builders. New to the event this year will be a green retrofit home courtesy of Solar Trek. The parade houses can be found in various locations countywide, and a guide featuring maps, house floor plans and home-buying tips is available at the MCBIA office. Homes will be open to the public Wednesday-Friday, 2-6pm; Saturday, 11am-6pm; and Sunday, 1-5pm. mcbia.org or (352) 694-4133.






Home, Home On The Range Ever get a hankering for life on the western frontier? If so, the Appleton Museum’s newest exhibit will make you feel right at home among Montana’s landscapes and wildlife. The newest exhibits “OUT WEST: THE ART OF THEODORE WADDELL” and “SILENT FRONTIER: ICONS OF MONTANA’S EARLY SETTLEMENTS” will open on April 9 and run through June 12. “Out West” presents 50 paintings of Montana’s beautiful horses, cattle and ranch landscapes by Theodore Waddell. “Silent Frontier” features 55 black-and-white photographs of barns, tools and farm equipment by Richard Buswell that capture the nostalgia of earlier times.



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appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Ocala’s Runners Club will host the inaugural 5K RUN FOR THE TREES at Carney Island State Park in Ocklawaha. An oakcanopied, 3.2-mile trail winds through this beautiful park, and the race begins at 8am with the Kid’s Fun Run following at 9am. The first 250 finishers receive a sapling pine tree at the finish line compliments of the Division of Forestry. Registration is $15 before April 7 and $25 after. ocalarunnersclub.com.

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Disaster Relief The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 left thousands of Japanese citizens dead or missing and tens of thousands without food, shelter or water. Ongoing concerns about nuclear radiation continue to add to the devastation. The CENTRAL COMMUNITY CHEST OF JAPAN, part of the United Way worldwide network, is actively working to meet the needs of the Japanese people. Through this tragedy occurred far from Florida, it still affects us all. Marion County residents can contribute to the relief efforts through the Central Community Chest of Japan online at give.liveunited.org/page/contribute/CCCJ or liveunited.org.


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Swan Lake With A Twist As part of its Springtime Dance Festival, MARION BALLET THEATRE

is hosting an inspired interpretation of Swan Lake. Audience members will experience the classic Tchaikovsky ballet through exciting and original choreography, created by visionary Artistic Director Nicole Benson, on April 15 and 17. Show times are 8pm on Friday and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets for the production are $20 for adults and $10 for children. marionperformingballet.org or (352) 629- 6155.



In Praise Of Phosphate Dunnellon’s BOOMTOWN DAYS, which celebrates the discovery of phosphate there in the late 1800s, returns this year from April 15-17. The event features a small-town arts and crafts show, day-long music and entertainment, and great food. The area’s beauties get to strut their stuff at the Little Miss and Little Mister Dunnellon Pageants on Saturday and the Queen of the Rainbow Pageant on Sunday. The festival is held in the scenic tree-lined historic district. The streets will be closed to traffic to enhance the festival atmosphere. Daily ticket price is $2. dunnellonchamber.org or (352) 489-2320.


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It’s time to fish out the poles, nets and bait and head on down to the Plantation Golf Resort and Spa at Crystal River for the M-M-MEL TILLIS AND FRIENDS FISHING TOURNAMENT. The event will feature saltwater inshore and offshore categories. Registration begins Friday evening from 5-9pm and features a “docktail” party with live entertainment between 7-11pm. The tournament runs from safelight to 4pm with the awards presentation at 6pm. For the landlubbers out there, there will be a poolside party with live entertainment, silent and raffle-style auctions and a golf tournament hosted by the resort. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. fishingwithmel.com or (352) 362-6691.

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The Marion County Literacy Council (MCLC) will hold its 7th annual ADULT SPELLING BEE at the Ocala Hilton on April 21. The event begins at 5:30pm and includes dinner, a silent auction, a chance drawing and a spelling bee competition among teams comprised of corporate employees and community groups. You can also sponsor a team or a letter of the alphabet to show your support for literacy. Tickets are $35 each or $60 per couple. Proceeds benefit the Marion County Literacy Council, a nonprofit agency helping adults with literacy issues. marionliteracy.org or (352) 690-7323.

Vanguard High School junior PRESTON CULBERTSON may only be 16 years old, but he’s already making a big impact in a lot of people’s lives. Through his organization, Castaway Computers, Culbertson collects old and unwanted computers, refurbishes them and then ships them to poor countries for others, especially needy children, to use. Ocala Style caught up with the busy teen right after he returned from a delivery to the Bahamas to discuss his mission and how the public can help him later this month.

How did the idea for Castaway Computers come about? I’m in the IB program at Vanguard, and we all have to do a CAS (Creative Action Service) project. Last year, when my family and I went to a church up in North Carolina while we were on vacation, they had a mission team coming back from Karazim Ministries in the Bahamas. They were talking about how eye-opening it was. So I went on the ministries’ website and on their “Needs” page, they said they needed a computer lab. I thought, Hey, I love computers! So I decided for my CAS project to make a computer lab for these people in the Bahamas.

But you didn’t have a bunch of computers laying around to donate? Right, so we came up with the idea of asking the community to donate theirs and then we would fix them up and send them to needy places. I work with Mr. PC, and his group over there got me started.

What happens to all the data that is on the computers? You can take out the hard drive yourself. There are also programs

available online that can completely wipe out your hard drive. Or you can let us do it. We wipe clean every hard drive. We make sure every computer is wiped and then we reinstall.

Will you accept any computer? We will take any computer basically, yes. Because even if it’s too old for us to use, we can recycle it, put the money toward the project and make sure it doesn’t get in a landfill. We’ll also take printers. They can even give us their old cell phones.

How long do you plan on doing this? My project goes through January 2012. But I hope that’s not the end of it. I’d like to keep it going. Apr


Trash To Treasure Bring your old, outdated and broken computer equipment to Brick City Park on Saturday, April 23, for Castaway Computers’ “Earth Day Computer Recycling Event.” Donations will be accepted between 9am and 2pm. castawaycomputers.com or (352) 873-0861.




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IN JUST A FEW short weeks the peace and tranquility of this splendid little season will come to a screeching halt for busy parents. Ah, summer—that time of year when the kids are home all day and nine months of pent-up energy from being in the classroom needs an outlet. Fear not because we’ve put together a list of just a few of the local camps that moms and dads can take advantage of in the coming months. Have you registered your little one yet? Compiled by Bonnie Kretchik & Raven McMillan

DISCOVERY CENTER CAMPS Adventure Camp Jun. 13-Aug. 12, 8:30am-4:30pm

Each week features a different theme, field trips and hands-on activities for ages 8-12. Outdoor Camp Jun. 20-24, Jun. 27-Jul. 1, Jul. 11-15, Jul. 18-22; 8:30am-4:30pm

Campers ages 11-14 must be active participants and be engaged in outdoor activities such as spelunking, swimming, community cleanups, hiking and snorkeling. Art Camp Jul. 25-29, Aug. 1-5; 8:30am-4:30pm

An opportunity for ages 11-14 to create a variety of different art projects. All Discovery Center campers must bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks. All camps are $100.00 for DC members and $110.00 for non-members. mydiscoverycenter.org (352) 401-3900 WAYNE’S WORLD SUMMER CAMP Jun. 13-17, Aug. 8-12

Paintballing fun for ages 10 and up! The cost is $200 per camper per session, which includes lunch and beverage each day, paintball equipment if needed and 1¼




case of paintballs (¼ case, or 500 paintballs, daily). waynes-world.com (352) 401-1801 CAMP KIWANIS

CF CAMPS Sports Camp Jun. 20-23, Aug. 1-4; 9:30am-4pm

The All Sports camp is for those who want to compete in five different sports each day.

Mondays, Jun. 20-Jul. 22

Kids ages 7-13 partake in outdoor activities such as swimming, canoeing, archery, hiking, primitive camping, sports, games and more at Mill Dam Lake. $175 per week with early registration, $200 otherwise.

Baseball Camp Jul. 18-21, 9:30am-4pm

Baseball camp teaches the fundamentals of baseball and includes several games daily.

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Campers are grouped by age (6-12). Registration is limited to the first 65 who sign up. $160 per session.


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Jun. 16-Jul. 29

Open to children in grades K-8, the program offers two-hour workshops in watercolors, acrylics, drawing, pottery and photography. The $20 fee includes supplies. (352) 867-9660 SUMMER FCAT CAMP 7am- 6pm

Open to children in grades K-3, this camp at Counts Academy focuses on strengthening FCAT skills in reading, writing and math. Hands-on science experiments are also featured as well as ice cream sundae parties, movie and popcorn days, and pizza every Thursday. $80 per week. countsacademy.com (352) 351-4738

HIDDEN LARK FARM SUMMER RIDING CAMP Jun. 20-24, Jul. 25-29; 8:30am-1pm

Beginners play mounted games and learn how to post, trot, canter or jump. More advanced riders can jump inside and outside of the ring. There is a horse show on the last day of camp and everyone gets a ribbon! Required items include helmet, lunch, water bottle and a $100 non-refundable deposit. All ages are welcome, and the cost is $250 per session or $450 for both. Extended care is available until 5pm for $15 per day. hiddenlarkfarm.net (352) 854-5151

MARTIAL ARTS WORLD Jun. 13-Aug. 19, 7am-6pm

Martial Arts World offers many fun activities to keep your children (ages 5-15) busy this summer, including traditional martial arts classes, daily self-defense, swimming, outdoor activities and more. Classes run five days a week. $159 per week. Mention you saw this in Ocala Style and save $30 per week. mawocala.com (352) 307-0014 OCALA KARATE DOJO SUMMER CAMP Jun. 9-Aug. 19

The Ocala Karate Dojo summer camp for ages 6-12 offers field trips, sports fundamentals, karate and selfdefense classes daily. $95 per week. ocalakarate.com (352) 237-9076 JEANNE BENSON-SMITH ACADEMY OF DANCE Jul. 1-31

The official school of the Marion Ballet Theater offers a variety of classes this summer for ages 3 and up, including ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary/modern, tumbling and tap. jbsacdemyofdance.com (352) 629-6155


A Step Above offers a variety of summer dance classes for children ages 3 and up. Registration begins this month with a dance recital on June 17. astepabovedancestudio.com (352) 694-7879 UNCLE DONALD’S FARM SUMMER CAMP


Children ages 6-9 and 10-13 have the opportunity to learn the basic tennis strokes through a variety of activities and games. $11 per session. ocalafl.org (352) 671-8560

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One day a week for six weeks in July and August, campers ages 6 to 12 will enjoy a variety of activities and programs with exotic and farm animals at this Lady Lake farm. Crafts, hayrides, pony rides and more. $20 per day.

Jun. 20-Jul. 15

uncledonaldsfarm.com (352) 753-2882 TEAM TENNIS 2011 Jun. 14–Jul. 28, 11:30am–1pm

Team tennis at the Fort King Tennis Center offers boys and girls the opportunity to play in a fun, team atmosphere against competitors with a similar skill level. Registration opens May 18, and the cost is $225 for Tuesdays and Thursdays or $325 for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. (352) 470-3172 TENNIS & SWIM CAMP Jun. 13-Aug. 5, 9am-1pm

Monday through Friday, participants ages 6-12 will receive professional tennis lessons (for beginning- and intermediatelevel players) each morning and participate in recreational swimming programs each afternoon at Jervey Gantt Park. $115 per week or $95 per week for the tennis camp only. (352) 629-8453 / (352) 470-3172

The Dance Factory offers a fourweek tap/ballet program for ages 3-7, four-week ballet/tap/hip hop program for ages 8-11 and a hip hop program for ages 12-18. (352) 368-7616

participate in a different activity and earn a badge. The cost is $35. ocalafl.org

the fun to them weekly. $110 per week for members and $160 per week for potential members.


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Apr. 6-27, May 4-25; 9-10am

Participants ages 4-6 will have the opportunity to enjoy and experience the wonders of nature in a safe and fun environment. Classes are held every Wednesday at the Brick City Adventure Park. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $11. ocalafl.org (352) 671-8560 THEATRICS INC. SUMMER MUSICAL PRODUCTION


During this week-long camp the sport of English Soccer will be emphasized and taught by professionals from England. The camp will be held at the Ocala Regional Sportsplex, and ages 5-18 will be separated into groups with different times. The cost is $135. ocalafl.org (352) 401-3909

Jun. 20-Jul. 15

PERFORMING ARTS CONSERVATORY Jun. 20-24, Jul. 11-15, Aug. 1-5; 9am-4pm

This performing arts camp includes a dance camp with daily workshops in voice, music and drama. The cost is $165, and discounts are available for students who attend more than one week of camp. Extended care is available from 8am-5pm. pacocala.com (352) 237-5678 FUNTASTIC AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM May 2-Jun. 8, 2-6pm

This after-school program at Crosky Recreation Center features educational, fitness and creative activities, and games daily after snack time. Ages 5-12 are welcome. $20 per month, plus a registration fee. Register by April 27. ocalafl.org (352) 401-3909 JR. RANGERS’ RANGER EXPLORER PROGRAM May 21, 2011-Apr. 21, 2012

Kids ages 8-11 interested in nature and exploring will meet one Saturday a month throughout the year. Each month they will

Auditions open April 30 for the summer musical production of Dreamcatchers. Rehearsals begin June 20 and will be held daily for four weeks at The Dance Factory. (352) 368-7616 CAMP INVENTION Jun. 13-17, 8:30am-3pm

The camp’s SPARK program for children entering grades 1-6 will be held at Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist School and feature several exciting modules, including W!LD: Wondrous Innovations and Living Designs, The Curious Cypher Club, Bounce! An Atomic Journey, Game On: Power Play and I Can Invent: Edison’s Workshop. The cost is $180.

OCALA MODELS AND TALENT Mondays and Tuesdays, Jun. 27 until school starts; 6-7:30pm

A full schedule of classes is offered this summer at Ocala Models and Talent designed to help children brush up on their acting and runway skills. $80 per month or $20 per one-hour private lesson. ocalamodelsandtalent.com (352) 369-1212

campinvention.org (800) 968-4332 YMCA DAY CAMPS Jun. 13 until school starts, 7am-6pm

The theme of this year’s YMCA camp is “Game On” and focuses on getting children ages 5-15 involved in activities that promote health and exercise. Children will swim daily and either venture off-site for a field trip or have visitors bring

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Surfin’ U.S.A.

One of the most well-known groups in music history, THE BEACH BOYS celebrate 50 years of making music this year as part of

Universal Studios’ Mardi Gras concert series. In 1961, the band burst on the scene and changed the music world forever. West Coastinspired songs like “Surfin’,” “Surfin’ Safari” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.” took the music world by storm and lead to 36 Top 40 hits and 56 Hot 100 hits. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, Rolling Stone placed The Beach Boys 12th on its 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration in Orlando on April 16 and hear some of the music that shaped rock ‘n’ roll history. Concert is included with price of admission.

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Known as “The King of R&B,” USHER is hitting Orlando’s Amway Center on April 28 as part of the 2011 OMG Tour. Having sold over 65 million records worldwide and won seven Grammys, four World Music Awards, six American Music Awards and 19 Billboard Music Awards, he’s one of the most successful R&B artists of the last decade. After performing to a sellout crowd in Australia, Orlando is one of Usher’s first stops in America. ushernow.com or ticketmaster.com. Apr


Can’t Stop Rockin’ An American rock staple of the ‘70s and ‘80s, the well-known band STYX will perform live at the Ocala Entertainment Complex on April 29. This Chicago group is best known for blending hard rock with strong ballads. With four consecutive multiplatinum albums and numerous hit songs, including “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Babe,” this concert is sure to be thrilling. After two Super Bowl appearances, two new studio albums, and recent tours with Journey, REO Speedwagon and Bad Company, Styx continues to wow audiences. Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance, and the concert is an all-ages show. Fans under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. ocalaentertainmentcomplex.com or (352) 433-2998.


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The Barn, Sanford


Yous A Fool Comedy Extravaganza

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Built Ford Tough Invitational

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Rickey Smiley and Friends

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Carlos Mencia

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PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW AND SALE (APRIL 1-30) The North Central Florida Photography Club will host its member photography exhibit “Southern Exposures” at the Brick City Center for the Arts. The exhibit and sale will feature beautiful color and black-and-white framed prints and canvases. ocalacameraclub.org or (352) 694-2178. 6TH ANNUAL FISH FRY (FRIDAYS THROUGH APRIL 15) Come to St. Theresa’s in Belleview every Friday during Lent for a fish fry. Choose between fried or baked pollack with French fries or baked ziti and coleslaw. (352) 245-2458. HOLOCAUST CANTATA (APRIL 3, 10-11, MAY 1) The concert will begin at 3pm on April 3 at the First United Methodist Church on Silver Springs Blvd., 3pm on April 10 at the Armenian American Cultural Society, 7pm on April 11 at the West Port High School Auditorium and 7pm on May 1 at Temple Beth Shalom. marioncivicchorale.tripod. com or (352) 342-1796. COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA’S ANNUAL STUDENT ART EXHIBIT (APRIL 6-MAY4) The 2011 student art exhibit

opens on April 6 at the Webber Center Gallery with a reception from 12-1pm. The exhibition will feature a variety of two- and threedimensional works. Many will be for sale. cf.edu or (352) 854-2322. DO YOU HAVE THE X FACTOR? (APRIL 6-7) Auditions for Simon Cowell’s new prime-time singing competition television show will be held in Miami on April 6-7. Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to try out for the chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music. If you think you’ve got what it takes, sign up online at fox.com/thexfactor. AFTER HOURS AT THE APPLETON (APRIL 7) Local country artist Shane Wooten will perform as part of the After Hours concert series at the Appleton Museum this month. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Horse & Hounds will be served, and guests will have the opportunity to watch oil painting demonstrations, which will be auctioned off that evening. Admission is free for members and $8 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. BROWN BAG BUNNY BRUNCH (APRIL 8, 15, 22) This event, Apr

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morning. relayforlife.org or (352) 390-7163. SPRING HERITAGE TOUR (APRIL 9-10) The Spring Heritage Tour, hosted by HOPS, will run from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 12pm-4pm on Sunday this year. Several beautifully decorated homes will be on the tour this year, including one with authentic period dresses and vanity items on display. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. historicocala.org or (352) 351-1861. A TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN COMPOSERS (APRIL 9-10, MAY 1) The Central Florida Master Choir is proud to present “A Tribute to American Composers,” including Samuel Barber, George Gershwin and more. The concert will be held at the United Church of Christ at the Villages on April 9, at Countryside Presbyterian Church in Ocala on April 10 and at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church on May 1. All concerts begin at 3pm. cfmasterchoir.com. YOUTH EXPLOSION! (APRIL 10) Utopians, Inc. of Ocala hosts “Youth Explosion!” from 4-5pm at Mt. Tabor A.M.E Church. Several area youth groups and individuals will perform skits, vocal and instrumental music selections, praise dancing and readings as well as displaying Kenyan artifacts. Admission is free and a freewill offering is suggested. (352) 732-3890. AMERICAN MUSIC AND THE WILD WEST (APRIL 10) The Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s Sound Art presents “American Music and the Wild West.” Pianist Michael Wittenburg will discuss and perform 19th century compositions from New York, New Orleans and westward. Admission is $15 per person, and the performance


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“ODE TO JOY” SYMPHONY (APRIL 17) The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony “Ode To Joy” twice on April 17—2:30pm at Queen of Peace Catholic Church and at 7:30pm at St. Mark Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Summerfield. Tickets are $20. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606. ANCHOR RUNWAY FASHION SHOW (APRIL 17) The Trinity Catholic Anchor Club will host its annual Anchor Runway Fashion Show on April 17 in the high school’s cafeteria from 12:30-3pm. The show will feature hundreds of gently used prom dresses and boutique-style shopping. Presale tickets are available for $10 and VIP tables for $100. (352) 622-9025, ext 2217. RETAIL THERAPY “SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE” (APRIL 21) Ocala’s newest and most unique retail shop, Retail Therapy, will be holding a fundraiser on April 21, and 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to Kimberly’s Cottage. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from 5-7pm. (352) 629-8000. EASTER TABLEAU (APRIL 21-22) Druid Hills Methodist Church will host its annual Easter Tableau. The Tableau depicts the time leading up to and including the resurrection of Christ. The presentation begins at dusk and continues until 10pm both evenings, and visitors may either drive or walk through. Communion will be available. Attendance is free. (352) 629-5688.

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t was a fine morning in Ocala as we listened to city officials, the EDC folks and local developer Bob Montavani discuss their vision for a new industrial park. As a new professional with Florida’s International Trade Division, I gazed over the hundreds of acres of cow pastures and vacant fields wondering what these energetic people from this small town were thinking. It’s very scenic, but there’s not much here, I thought to myself. Standing a bit east of Jim Taylor Field at Ocala Regional Airport, my colleagues and I listened to Bob enthusiastically emphasize that a 100,000-squarefoot speculative building would be erected on this very spot. Strategically located, we learned that Marion County could then attract manufacturing and wholesale distribution prospects eager to take advantage of Florida’s explosive economic growth. On our way to Miami, we had stopped in Ocala so we could fully understand all of Florida’s communities, the types of businesses flourishing there and how to make the local connection with Florida’s foray into international commerce. Knowing the economic situation in Marion County would help us sell Florida as an international distribution point in Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong. That was nearly 25 years ago. I occasionally think about the days I spent in Ocala in 1987. Where I once stood, there are now dozens of firms employing thousands of workers in areas known as Ocala Air Commerce Center, Meadowbrook Commerce Park and Ocala International Commerce Park. As the Sunshine State shakes off the economic blow it received from the collapse of the construction and real estate markets, the question we all ask is: “What are the new

Surpassing $130 billion in export trade activity, Florida is now repositioning itself as the ‘gateway to the Americas.’ Pete Tesch, President/CEO of Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation




economic drivers for our community?” Aside from some small bright spots in technology and health care, what will keep us on the map economically? According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2010 “Florida Trade and Logistics Study,” one of the areas offering economic sustainability is international trade and valueadded logistics. Given Marion County’s close proximity to most of Florida’s 14 seaports and the state’s growing position in global markets, our community is positioned for multiple commercial opportunities in the upcoming decades. Surpassing $130 billion in export trade activity and serving over 1.1 billion consumers, Florida is now repositioning itself as the “gateway to the Americas.” Over 570,000 Floridians make their living through the processing and trans-shipment of goods to that global market. Most encouraging is that the average wage of these jobs is almost $54,000. Aside from increases in hemispheric trade, Florida and Marion County could capitalize on the widening of the Panama Canal and the utilization of “post-Panamax” shipping vessels. Florida ports could take advantage of redirected trade flows and supply chains as shippers and carriers redistribute to places like Florida. With the current community dialog focused on restoring and reinventing our economy, these global logistic patterns provide clarity as our local government invests in infrastructure for new business parks like the Ocala International Airport and the Magna property. Now titled the Ocala/Marion County Industrial Park, the former 489-acre Magna property could play an integral part in a multimodal transportation facility, featuring truck, rail and nearby air cargo capability. Now, as we look over other vacant fields, critics say there’s not much here and ask why we should invest in something like this. But I envision a bustling commercial hub and international distribution center in just a few years, creating thousands of jobs for our community. The infrastructure expenditures our city and county are committing to will be an important investment for our future and that of our children.

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