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After The Mastectomy p48 A breast cancer diagnosis is the beginning of a lifechanging journey marked by many twists and turns. Along the way, women have to make many decisions about their care and treatment. For some, this includes undergoing a mastectomy. The next decision a woman then faces is what to do after the mastectomy. BY JOANN GUIDRY
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The Buzz p15 The real people, places and events that shape our community. BY AUBREY BOOTH, KEVIN CHRISTIAN, MARY ANN DESANTIS AND MACKENSIE GIBSON
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Schools save big and Forest High remembers 9/11. ONEONONE ONONE p20
Richard Marr has one unique automobile and it’s keeping generations connected. GREATOUTDOORS p22
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producing 70 to 75 tons of recycled materials per week. Every ton of recycled plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of space in landfills, so here’s hoping that number only continues to rise. You can find out more about recycling and the City’s program in the “Ocala Recycles” story this month. More personally, I’d also like to take a moment to congratulate John Jernigan and Sheila Hartley of Jim Jernigan Studios and photographers here at Ocala Style. At the recent Florida Professional Photographers annual convention, John, who has worked with Ocala Style for more than 10 years as our staff photographer, received first place in Environmental Portrait, two Awards of Distinction and was named one of the top 10 photographers in Florida. Sheila also received top honors with two Awards of Distinction. We are fortunate to have them as part of our Ocala Style family. Until next time,
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CALA’S VERY OWN APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART WILL ONCE AGAIN HOST ITS MONTHLY AFTER HOURS EVENINGS. ONCE EVERY MONTH, THE MUSEUM PRESENTS A SELECTION OF OUTSTANDING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A NIGHT OUT. THERE WILL BE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES AND DANCE PROGRAMS PRESENTED BY WELL-RESPECTED LOCAL ARTISTS. ATTENDEES CAN SAVOR THE FLAVOR OF SOME FINE FINGER FOODS SERVED BY LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND ENJOY A VARIETY OF REMARKABLE PROGRAMS BY THE OCALA ART GROUP. THE FIRST AFTER HOURS IS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 4 WITH THE ORLANDO’S ALPINE EXPRESS PERFORMING OKTOBERFEST-INSPIRED MUSIC.
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Orlando’s Alpine Express performs Bavarian/ Oktoberfest music
Southern Express plays biggest hits of the big band era
Marion Civic Chorale sings popular holiday songs of the season
Rewind Band plays classic 50s/60s rock ‘n’ roll
Jacksonville’s Lisa Kelly Jazz Trio performs Classic Jazz from Swing to Latin
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The HELPING HANDS FOUNDATION’S 2012 GOLF INVITATIONAL is
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AN ELEGANT EVENING EVENT
The second annual DINING IN THE DARK fundraiser, benefiting the Florida Center for the Blind, will take place Saturday, November 3 from 6-10pm at the Hilton Ocala. The event will include dinner, a silent auction, raffle and live music as well as presentations from several speakers. Ms. Conner Boss, a Miss Florida USA contestant who has been legally blind since age 8, will be the keynote speaker. All proceeds from the event benefit visually impaired individuals in the eight counties the facility serves. flblind.org or (352) 873-4700.
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about World War II veterans. He hopes to capture the passion, dedication and experiences veterans had during the war and create documentaries about Korean War veterans as well as Vietnam and The Gulf War. He is currently raising funds to help create the documentary and will donate all proceeds from the film to the Wounded Warrior Project. To see a preview of John’s documentary on YouTube, visit
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The FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION, the non-profit organization associated with Firehouse Subs restaurants, recently awarded MARION COUNTY FIRE RESCUE a $5,000 grant for its Fire Rescue Support program. This program assists with the development and delivery of educational programs for firefighters, including grief counseling, stress preparedness and family protection. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated over $4.5 million to public safety entities across the country and over $924,900 in Florida alone since 2005.
The local chapter of the Air Force Association is looking for recruits! Join them on the third Thursday of every month at 7pm at the Ocala Airport for more information about the organization. (352) 854-8328.
DOLLS FOR BREAST CANCER
ANDREA SOMERS is a private contract flight attendant by
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Summer’s long gone, but the school district is now realizing the impact of sacrifices made. By switching to a four-day work week (10 hours per day), combining programs on fewer campuses and managing air conditioning more carefully, the district saved taxpayers $642,000 in electricity costs this summer alone. Since it started five years ago, the district’s Energy Savings Program has realized over $15 million in savings for utility expenses.
TOOLS 4 TEACHING MAKES HISTORY
A new school year means new opportunity to make history, even though last year was a record year for the TOOLS 4 TEACHING store at the Public Education Foundation of Marion County. Last school year, the store received $127,745 in supply donations. On top of this, 2,615 teachers came through the store, taking an average $52 in supplies back to their classrooms and students. Now that’s making a difference without spending a dollar!
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Hundreds of visitors converge in elementary classrooms all over Marion County one September day each year for one reason–to read to kids! Come September 25th, it’s the ALTRUSA READ-IN, and it proves the importance of reading and great literacy skills to kids. Altrusa organizes, coordinates and carries out the event with great impact, and 20,000 students benefit from the volunteer time by listening, reading along, discussing and answering questions about some of their favorite books.
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Take three schools, dozens of activities and hundreds of students and parents and you’ve got a great success with the second annual ONE COMMUNITY BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH in Marion Oaks. Participating schools included Horizon Academy, Marion Oaks Elementary and Sunrise Elementary.
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FOREST FINISHES HIGH
The JROTC academic team from Forest High competed as one of just 16 teams for the NATIONAL ACADEMIC BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP at George Mason University. Though they didn’t win, the team battled through six rounds of competition and lost out by a tie-breaker. The team advanced from more than 600 at the beginning of the competition. Members include Lt. Col. Baranowski, Mason Grantham, Garryn Berkman, Rebecca Ellis, Allison Mills, Abigail Reed and Susan White.
Hundreds of Forest High School students remembered the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a solemn ceremony, wreath placing and a 21-gun salute. The school’s Air Force JROTC unit conducted the ceremony, even escorting Principal Chester Gregory—a veteran—to place the wreath at the base of the school’s flagpole. Dozens of students waved a giant flag as the backdrop for the annual event as students honored those killed 11 years ago.
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EADS TURN WHEN RICHARD MARR OCCASIONALLY DRIVES HIS UNIQUE AUTOMOBILE THROUGH HIS OCALA PALMS NEIGHBORNEIGHBORCOLLECTIBLE,, HOOD. THE 1914 CYCLE CAR IS MORE THAN JUST A COLLECTIBLE THOUGH. IT’S ALL ABOUT KEEPING FAMILY HISTORY ALIVE. At a recent classic car show in The Villages, the crowd around a small two-seat auto was so deep that it was nearly impossible to find the owner, Richard Marr. His derby hat and warm smile gave him away as he climbed behind the wheel of a 1914 Buick “light” car designed by his late grandfather, Walter L. Marr, who was the chief engineer for Buick from 1904 to 1918. From a distance, the narrow vehicle looked like an elongated golf cart. Up close, however, bystanders knew the tan convertible was something really special. The one-of-a-kind car is a priceless heirloom to the Marr family. “My grandfather designed it as an experimental cycle—or light—car for Buick,” says Richard. “He drew the original plan on a napkin around 1912 with details that were unbelievable. It looked like a finished drawing.” Buick built the prototype in 1914 in Flint, Michigan. The napkin is now in Flint’s Sloan Museum. Intended for the European market where streets were narrow, the cycle car has a 100inch wheel base and weighs only 600 pounds. In the early 20th century, it was not unusual for cars to get stuck in buggy tracks. Two people could easily pick up the cycle car and move
it to solid ground. The lone passenger seat was directly behind the driver, which may have been its undoing, as automotive manufacturers were moving toward mass production. “Buick decided not to continue building the car because it was more economical to build a four-passenger car than a two-seater,” explains Richard. “The car, which Buick called ‘Walter’s Baby,’ was returned to my grandfather.” The car had many firsts, according to Richard. It was the first to have a curved radiator, a slip transmission, an electric starter and a very unique telescoping steering wheel. “I would not be able to get in and out of the car if the steering wheel didn’t move in and out,” says Richard. “General Motors brought those steering wheels back briefly in the 1960s.”
Photo courtesy of Richard & Sue Marr
automobiles in the early part of the 20th century.” Even before he became Buick’s chief engineer, Walter Marr was a tinkerer. His grandson still has a carburetor built by the W.L. Marr Company in 1902. Walter Marr also created the Marr Auto-Car Company in 1903-04. A Friday-the-13th fire wiped out the factory, but one car survived. Years later, the Ford Museum acquired the unusual auto believing it to be a Ford. However, as they started the restoration, they realized it was a Marr-Auto Car. The vehicle eventually came back into the family, and a cousin of Richard’s now owns it. “When my grandfather had an idea— whether it was a car, plane or a part—he would sketch what he wanted it to look like on a piece of paper and then give it to his draftsman,” says Richard. “He was a perfectionist, too. Every detail had to be just right.” Although the Marrs originally hailed from Michigan, Richard describes his grandfather as a “true southern gentleman.” Illness forced Walter Marr to retire to a warmer climate, and he chose Signal Mountain, near Chattanooga. His custom-built home, ‘Marrcrest,’ has stayed in the family since the elder Marr’s death in 1941. Richard says it was not unusual for the Buick Corporation to ship cars down to him when they couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
“Today, he’d be called a consultant,” says Sue Marr, who has been married to Richard for 54 years. The couple grew up in automotive families, and her grandfather actually worked for Walter Marr at Buick. “Cars are the thread that runs through our family,” she said. Indeed that thread will continue, as the antique car will stay in the family for quite a while. The couple’s youngest son, Peter, is next in line to get it. According to his parents, Peter inherited his great-grandfather’s engineering talent and keeps the car running smoothly. But for now, Richard and Sue still enjoy driving the diminutive automobile in Ocala Palms’ Christmas and July 4th parades. Although they participated in GM’s 100thanniversary parade in 2008 in Flint, the Marrs usually stick to classic car shows closer to home. “I trust the car, but I don’t trust other drivers,” says Richard, whose regular means of transportation is still a Buick. A former corporate yacht captain and horse trainer, Richard spends much of his time in his home woodworking shop. He is a noted wood turner whose unique pieces sell around the country. Although his medium is wood as opposed to metal, Sue says her husband shows the same attention to detail and perfection that his grandfather did. “Those traits didn’t fall far from the tree,” she says with a smile.
Photo courtesy of Richard & Sue Marr
The car eventually was passed down to Richard’s father, Walter D. Marr, who restored it in 1946. Richard remembers riding in the car as a youngster and as a young man. He also has fond memories of his grandfather. “When he would pick me up, I’d pull his goatee and he’d stick out his tongue,” Richard remembers with a smile. “He was very soft-spoken and very loving to all his grandchildren.” Along with eventually inheriting the car from his father, Richard is also the keeper of many of the family memories and legends about his grandfather, who partnered with David Dunbar Buick at the turn of the 20th century to build valve-in-head engines. Their engine design was considered superior to the conventional L- or T-head engines of the time. Buick’s Amazing Engineer, a 2007 book by the late, noted automotive historian Bev Kimes, describes Walter Marr as a brilliant and innovative engineer whose “contributions made the Buick one of America’s most desirable
Want To See The Marr Car? Richard and Sue Marr will show the 1914 Buick cycle car at the Seventh Annual All-GM Oktoberfest at Silver Springs Theme Park on October 6.
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SUP is a water sport where a paddle is used while standing up on a surfboard. This combination of canoeing and surfing is perfect for beginners looking for a new challenge, for veteran surfers training in the off-season or even just for folks who want a new way to explore calm lakes and rivers. A stand up paddler can catch waves just like a surfer but has the advantage of already standing on the board and generating speed quicker than paddling with arms alone.
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ORIGINS OF SUP
Also called “beach boy surfing,” SUP originated in Hawaii as the beach boys of Waikiki paddled out on their long boards to take photos of tourists learning to surf. It also served as a way for surf instructors to manage their classes of beginners, as the higher viewpoint allowed them to see incoming swells. In 2000, Rick Thomas introduced California to the new sport as an alternative way to train while the surf was down. Stand-up paddling has since become a huge sensation.
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UP ISN’T JUST A GREETING FROM ACROSS THE ROOM, SUP IS ACTUALLY AN ACRONYM FOR “STAND-UP PADDLING.” COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS STAND-UP PADDLE SURFING AND STANDUP PADDLEBOARDING, SUP IS ONE OF THE LATEST ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY MARION COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION.
Saturdays, October 20 and November 3 9am and 11am Ages 10-adult, $7 plus park entry fee, includes equipment
SUP AS A WORKOUT
Standing on a board and powering through the water with a paddle provides a full-body workout for those who crave an exciting and different physical challenge. Balancing on the board works the core and leg muscles, while paddling tones and strengthens everything from arms to back. SUP is also commonly used as a cross-training activity for skiers, snowboarders and other athletes.
RAINBOW RIVER Tuesdays, October 30 and November 27 9am and 11am Adults, $7 plus park entry fee, includes equipment
RAINBOW RIVER Fridays, October 12 and November 16 $18, includes equipment and staff assisting paddlers
» Start when conditions are ideal—think flat, calm waters free of obstacles like boats and buoys. » Start with a longer, flatter board for more stability. » Step onto the board from a dock or other floatation device for the easiest way to achieve the standing position. » Stand with your leading leg forward, and hold the handle of the paddle with your dominant hand, placing your other hand at the shaft of the paddle. » Alternate paddling on either side every three or four strokes—the more momentum you gain, the easier it is to stay balanced.
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If you would like to get on board with this fast-growing sport, prepare to get your feet wet! Contact Cathy Norris for class information on the Paddleboard 101 program or private outings at (352) 671-8560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ocated in the Colours Plaza on State Road 200, Tony’s Sushi & Japanese Steakhouse has been an Ocala favorite since 2000. It’s also a staple for sushi lovers, so we headed in to sample as many different items as we could. I was stunned to learn that, as extensive as the menu is, there are over 100 off-menu sushi rolls. We loved the Gilman roll with its tuna, spicy crab, avocado, cream cheese and tempura. Another favorite was the Jimmy roll, a memorable combination of spicy tuna and shrimp tempura served flaming, thanks to a splash of 151 rum. But one of my absolute favorites was the Kani-Su, featuring crab, avocado and masago (the processed roe from a fish known as the capelin), wrapped in cucumber with a rice vinegar sauce. If you have sushi questions, Tony has the answers. He shared that one of the secrets of eating sushi
is to put the entire piece in your mouth at once. “Don’t bite it in half or you’ll lose half the flavor,” says Tony, who seemed amused at our efforts to comply. At one point, I mangled a piece with my chopsticks and he brought a fork to the table, laughing that “the fork costs extra!” (Don’t worry, it doesn’t.) If you aren’t a fan of sushi, you’ll still find an enormous amount of options on the menu, including chicken, seafood, pork, beef and noodle entrées. Although we weren’t dining on the steakhouse side of the restaurant with its tableside hibachi grills, we had a great view of the activity and meals prepared there. We thought we were too full for dessert, but found a little room for the tempura ice cream, nestled in a crispy, crunchy shell and drizzled with chocolate. I’m already planning a return visit to enjoy some of my favorite sushi rolls. I can’t get that Kani-Su out of my mind!
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efore Breadilicious opened, there was nothing in the way of a real French bakery in town. That changed when owner and Paris-transplant Maxime Fogin opened his doors for business. Max developed a fondness for the U.S. during his time in California as an exchange student in the early 2000s. Eventually he and his wife, Helene, a horse trainer, made the decision to come to the States earlier this year. It was only natural that Max would open a bakery here. He completely renovated the old Water Spots building on College Road, turning it into a modern, airy eatery where fresh breads, pastries and more are available six days a week.
Max uses imported French flour to bake his breads, some of which are made from generationsold family recipes. There are usually six (or more) different breads every day, each displayed in rustic baskets, just as they would be in Paris, tempting you with both fragrance and visuals as soon as you walk in. Bread lover that I am, I couldn’t get past the fanciful array of creations in the glass display case. The tarts, pastries, éclairs and verrines are so artistic and beautiful, they look almost unreal. But take my word, they’re definitely real and oh-so-edible! When Dakota and I stopped in for lunch, we had to try a little of everything.
Dakota went for the ham and Swiss croissant sandwich. “This ham is robust, not that thin ‘deli stuff,’” she declared, happily polishing off the last bite. I, on the other hand, was more than satisfied with the quiche of the day, a hearty tomato/bacon/ asiago cheese number that was quite filling. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, the tartine is like a French pizza and the tomato/ basil is a tasty choice. We both raved over the fruit tarts, truly delicious inventions with a delicate crust
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reminiscent of a fine sugar cookie topped with a variety of perfectly ripe fruits over pastry cream and finished with an apricot glaze. Yummm… There are breakfast and lunch combo specials every day, plus fresh coffee. We enjoyed our meal at one of the tables inside, but many customers just pop in and take their items to go. Breadilicious does special-order pastries, breads and appetizer trays, perfect for any event. If the next one I attend has a big platter of nothing but those fabulous fruit tarts, I will be one happy girl!
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’d heard good things about Chicken Time Cuban Restaurant and knew they’d made numerous appearances at Taste of Ocala, so we headed to Belleview to see for ourselves. Former owners and now managers Wady and Maria Sedan have operated this popular establishment for over 17 years, and their long-standing business is a testament to their devoted following of customers who frequent the restaurant known for its authentic Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes. Snuggly situated in a strip mall, the store front exterior doesn’t do justice to the warm, charmingly decorated interior that welcomes you (complete with heavenly aromas) as you enter. We settled into a booth, and it was immediately apparent that most of the customers were regulars judging by the friendly and familiar chatter between each table’s occupants and our server, Susana. As we perused the menu, we devoured a basket of thin, crispy Cuban bread warm from the oven. Cuban restaurants often feature
tropical fruit smoothies, and Chicken Time does theirs up just right. We tried the passion fruit and piña colada, but there are numerous options, including mango, papaya and more. For starters, Susana recommended the croquetas de jamon (fried ham croquettes) and fried yucca. The special mojito sauce was excellent with the yucca, which had the consistency of thick fried potatoes but with its own unique taste. One of their best sellers is the combination platter, so we ordered that and were astounded at the amount of food. Included were fried pork chops, tender roast pork, rotisserie chicken, Cuban tamales, along with fried plantains, yellow rice and black beans. We also ordered the Ropa Vieja and absolutely loved the incredibly tender and perfectly seasoned beef simmered in a red
wine sauce with green peppers and onions. Anyone in search of an authentic Cuban sandwich must try Chicken Time’s version. “The Cuban is the best,” says Susana, a self-identified Cuban transplant from Miami who assures us this is the real deal. I don’t know how anyone could possibly have room for dessert after finishing off that combination platter, but you might manage
if you follow our lead and box up some of it for leftovers. That way, you can enjoy a serving of cool, creamy flan, the traditional Cuban custard dessert, with its signature caramelized sugar glaze.
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ext time you’re craving a “taste of the islands,” head east on Highway 40 out of Ocala. Once you hit “downtown” Lynne (don’t blink or you’ll miss it), slow down and look for Kick N’ Back Café and Grille on the right. The cheerful little building with the beach volleyball court and horseshoe pits out back has come a long way from its early incarnations as various biker bars. Today, it’s known as “the island in the forest.” After retiring to Ocala in 2007, owners Ken and Sandi Kloza purchased the former saloon, renovated it and created a menu featuring the memorable flavors of the Florida Keys and Caribbean. The bright, tropical colors and playful, beachy décor offer a laidback vibe, but the food is the star of the show here. Our visit on a recent Friday evening made us immediate fans, starting with an appetizer of conch fritters. Another excellent starter is the Cuban nachos, crunchy tortilla chips loaded with tender mojo pork and all the
fixings. The accompanying salsa is probably the best I’ve ever eaten. You’ll find plenty of seafood, chicken, beef, sandwiches, wraps and even gator tail on the menu, many with Caribbean influences. The coconut shrimp is lightly coated with a coconut batter and fried just until golden brown; the crispy crunch is just right with the secret recipe pineapple salsa, making this one of my absolute favorites. Jamaican flavor abounds in the jerk-seasoned Kingston chicken, which comes with fried plantains, their edges delicately browned. I was happy to realize plantains can be ordered as an appetizer or side. We also tried the Cuban mix, a classic pressed Cuban sandwich, which is as good as it gets. “We’ve had people tell us, ‘My mom is from Cuba and this is as good as hers,’” Sandi says. Kenny makes the desserts, two fabulous pies: peanut butter and Key lime, and some customers have driven over two hours just to secure a piece of that tangy lime delight. The café celebrated its oneyear anniversary in July, and with food like this, I hope the Klozas forego their retirement plans for a long time to come.
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14400 E. HIGHWAY 40, LYNNE
here are so many different tastes and cooking styles from the different parts of India, and we want to show them all,” says Neal Patel, manager of Tantra Indian Fusion. “Spices are meant to bring out the natural flavors of food, not to overpower them.” Since opening in May, Tantra has been serving up authentic Indian dishes for lunch and dinner, offering an extensive menu with plenty of vegetarian items, as well as meat-based entrées. The décor is modern and edgy with a sleek, candlelit ambiance,
and the menu is broken down into the expected categories of appetizers, soups and salads, and entrées, but beyond that, it’s separated into several other useful categories, and our server, Naomi, answered any questions we had about the menu items. There’s a whole section devoted to freshly baked breads, which you won’t want to miss. The Nan is fragrant and cooked just right; my favorite was the garlic nan, topped with fresh chopped garlic and bits of cilantro.
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If you’d like to add soup to your meal (and we did!), try the Mulligatawny, a hearty bowl of the classic lentil soup. Most people immediately associate Indian food with curry, but there are so many other flavors. Yes, you’ll find dishes with curry (we liked the Goa Shrimp Curry, which is cooked in a hot coconut gravy), but don’t be afraid to try something totally different. We enjoyed Sofiyaki Chicken Biryani (stir-fried rice), which is chicken breast marinated with yogurt, spices and herbs and baked
with saffron basmati rice. The flavors are intense but not overpowering or too spicy. Our favorite dish was the Chili Chicken, featuring chicken stir-fried with roasted onions and bell peppers and seasoned with spices and herbs. Although it’s in the appetizer section, we decided this—and a basket of Nan— would be an excellent lunch choice. There are a half dozen desserts to pick from, and we chose the Ice Cream
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ucked into the same plaza that houses Tony’s Sushi, this family-owned and -operated eatery has a casual, friendly atmosphere. Nick Angelidakis, 28, who co-owns the restaurant with his mother, Maria, also serves as chef. Of the 11 employees on staff, six are family. Although they’ve been in this location since 2002, Laki’s has been a fixture in Ocala since 1986 and is known for both its Greek and Italian dishes. Their pizza is a huge seller, and I was sorely tempted to go that route when I saw (and smelled!) it delivered to a neighboring table, but we came specifically for Greek, so I stuck with the plan. Our server, Dina, recommended the Tour of Greece platter, and we took her advice, but first, we had to try a couple of the most popular appetizers. “Opa!” (“Hurray!”) Dina announced as she presented us with an order of Flaming Saganaki. Vlahortiri cheese is dusted with a light breading and pan fried, then served
Kulfi, petite-sized servings of rich, creamy homemade ice cream lightly flavored with pistachio and saffron. Tantra is adding a hookah bar, and Neal envisions a busy, yet relaxing, lounge where Ocala’s professionals come to unwind after work. One thing is for sure, they’ll find all the flavors of India just waiting to be enjoyed.
flaming with pita bread. That pita is also great with the homemade hummus, which has just the right amount of tang. Instead of a traditional Greek salad, we ordered Horiatiki, the Village Salad, a heaping plate of freshly cut cucumbers, tomatoes, pepperoncini, green peppers, onions, chunks of feta cheese and a dash of pure olive oil. There’s no lettuce, just the perfect combination of summer-fresh flavor. The Tour of Greece platter features four entrée favorites: Moussaka (a lasagna-like dish with layers of eggplant, potato, cheese and ground beef covered with creamy Bechamel sauce), Souvlaki (marinated pork tenderloin), Spanakopita (spinach and feta wrapped in filo dough) and Tyropita (feta cheese pie in filo dough). Our favorite was the tender, savory Souvlaki. We ended on a classic Greek note, saving just enough room for a piece of rich, buttery Baklava. The perfect finish!
Laki’s Greek & Italian Restaurant 3405 SW COLLEGE ROAD, OCALA
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You can create dishes with international flavor at home if you know where to shop. Fortunately for us, Bravo Supermarket recently opened in the former Griffin’s craft shop location on College Road. The store is brimming with a wide array of produce and store goods with influences far beyond the U.S.
Among the unusual fruits I saw were tamarind, guava, cactus fruit, guanabana and many others. There are fresh herbs, numerous chilies and different roots, far more than the standard ginger root you’ll find in most grocery stores. Browsing the aisles I saw plenty of the same items I’d find at Publix, including a large variety of national brands, so don’t think Bravo is just limited to “ethnic” goods.
The tempting aromas you smell upon entering the store are from the steam table where you can buy a hot, made-from-scratch meal. There’s even a sit-down dining area, so you can avoid that all-toocommon problem of shopping while hungry. Just order a meal and eat first, then shop!
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THE LONGEVITY OF WASTE IS ASTOUNDING AND, IN THE BROAD SCOPE, TERRIFYING. ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S WEBSITE, WE’LL BE OUTLIVED BY OUR GARBAGE.
TIN CAN: 50 YEARS / ALUMINUM CAN: 200 YEARS / PLASTIC BOTTLE: 450 YEARS
ven more staggering is the amount of trash Americans generate in a single year: 250 million tons. But facts and figures also show that we’re trying our best to downsize the gargantuan piles of waste. In 2010, 85 million tons of trash were recycled and composted. One way to encourage recycling is to make it easier and more accessible. This past April, the City of Ocala finally launched a curbside recycling program. Ocalans can now decrease their carbon footprint at home by tossing bottles and papers into a convenient can for weekly pickup. It’s that simple.
members reviewed the proposal and presented their findings in December before the city council. The plan was a win-win. By cutting down trash pickup to once a week and replacing the second day with curbside recycling, the initiative would be less costly for the city and free for its residents. With the new program, Ocala saves approximately $11,000 per month, which is the cost of using a landfill (more proof that there’s a figurative and very literal price to pay when it comes to dumping your garbage). When you visit the program’s website, the logo counters our 2008 article’s question with five simple words: “The City of Ocala Recycles.”
“WHY DOESN’T OCALA REALLY RECYCLE?”
The MVP of Ocala’s curbside recycling service is solid waste company Waste Pro. Founded in 2001, the company services the southeastern United States, sending out their fleet of 1,400 trucks to over 1.8 million residential and 38,000 commercial customers. In Florida, Waste Pro services 61 of 67 counties. When curbside carts are emptied by Waste Pro, the material is sorted by automated machines and manual handlers and then sent to Putnam and Volusia Counties for processing. Waste Pro hopes to eventually build a local material recovery facility here in Ocala. After processing, the materials are purchased by companies for repurposing and reusing. According to Waste Pro Division Manager Gerald “Jerry” Lourenco, Ocala’s residents have been cooperative and even enthusiastic about curbside recycling since its launch. “Ocala produces 70 to 75 tons [of recycled materials] per week,” says Jerry. “The rate of participation by residents has been excellent, and the city has done an exceptional job in providing information and educating residents on the program, which has contributed to its success.” Still, there have been some roadblocks along the way. Back in June, it was reported that
Back in 2008, Ocala Style covered the absence of curbside recycling in our article provocatively titled, “Why Doesn’t Ocala Really Recycle?” The question itself sounded baffling and heinous, especially when neighboring cities like Gainesville, Mount Dora and even The Villages had a curbside recycling service at the time. The main reason for Ocala not hopping onto the curbside bandwagon was the expense. Residential customers would have had to pay an additional $2.50 to $4.50 monthly charge for the service. It would take four years for the city to find a resolution and bring curbside recycling to a neighborhood near you. “The technology of single-stream recycling has made curbside recycling more feasible,” says Catherine Cameron, assistant city manager for public services with the City of Ocala. “With single-stream recycling, all of the materials can go into one container instead of separating them into several separate containers. Fewer containers allow us to save time and money.” On October 3, 2011, a curbside recycling RFP—that’s Request for Proposal—was posted at city hall. Later, a selection committee of eight
CALLING IN THE PROS
YES YOU CAN! TOSSING A RINSED OUT SODA CAN IN YOUR CURB-SIDE RECYCLING CART IS THE EASIEST STEP YOU CAN TAKE TO ENSURE OUR FUTURE IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM. FOR EXAMPLE: Did you know that throwing out an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline? A used aluminum can takes as little as 60 days to be processed through recycling and put back on the shelf as a new can. Aluminum cans are 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled indefinitely. The aluminum industry pays out over $800 million for empty cans per year. The money goes to charitable organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and local schools. Source: earth911.com
CELL PHONES: Cell phones,
chargers and batteries can be recycled or donated if they’re still in working order. Many cell phone companies and charities accept old cell phone donations by mail.
SNEAKERS: Some shoe stores and
local races collect old sneakers for natural disaster victims or school programs. If your shoes have really been through the mill, you can take them to a Nike store. Nike uses raw materials from old sneakers to develop playground and safety surfaces, gym flooring and running tracks.
EYEGLASSES: Companies, like
Lenscrafters, collect eyeglasses for those in need.
INK CARTRIDGES: Office supply
stores usually have boxes where you can drop-off your cartridges for recycling. Some stores even offer special discounts when you accumulate a certain amount of recycled cartridges.
Putting June’s incident aside, Ocala has significantly cleaned up its act when it comes to trash. By the year 2020, Ocala plans to increase its recycling of solid waste—presently 24 percent—to 75 percent. “To date, Ocala residents are participating at above the average rate,” says Catherine. “We are extremely pleased with the participation and enthusiasm throughout the community.”
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CONTINUE THE CYCLE
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ITEMS YOU HAVE AROUND YOUR HOUSE THAT YOU NO LONGER NEED REALLY CAN BE ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE. CLOSE THE LOOP BY CONTINUING THE LIFECYCLE OF YOUR POSSESSIONS BY REUSING INSTEAD OF TRASHING.
Marion County is also pledging progress in the war against waste. Ranked 10th statewide in recycling, the county launched a new feature at recycling centers this past September. “Residents [had] to separate their recyclables into plastics, glass items, cardboard and other categories and dispose of them in separate bins at the recycling centers,” says Elaine DeIorio McClain, public information specialist of Marion County Office of Public Information. “All items can be disposed of together in one container at the recycling centers, making it easier and safer for residents to recycle.” But just how effective is recycling in the long run? “Very effective,” Jerry concedes. “Every ton recycled equals a ton not being buried in a landfill.” Consider this: Every ton of recycled plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of space in a landfill. Jerry continues, “By disposing less, we are utilizing renewable resources, which all equal a better environment for future generations.” Recycling also creates more jobs: Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; landfilling 10,000 tons of waste creates six jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs. Taking a stomp on that soda can or pizza box and wheeling out your cart to Waste Pro is a small part you can play in helping your community. So remember, recycling a jar of youth cream is a small step in creating a sustainable future for ourselves and our planet. A cleaner environment equals less worry lines.
WASTE NOT, WANT NOT SLAM DUNKING AN EMPTY SODA BOTTLE INTO THE RECYCLABLE BIN: SCORE! FREE THROWING A STYROFOAM CUP INTO THE SAME RECEPTACLE: FOUL! BELOW ARE A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME A CURBSIDE RECYCLING CHAMPION.
CURBSIDE CART RECYCLABLE ITEMS:
PLASTIC: Bottles, buckets,
newspapers, office papers, bags, pizza and food boxes, cartons, cardboard
» Rinse and clean materials before
METAL: Aluminum and
» Flatten all boxes.
tubs and containers numbered 1 through 7, bags
GLASS: Bottles, jars PAPER: Phone and
paperback books, junk mail, magazines, catalogs,
metal containers, empty aerosol containers
putting them in your cart; this will make processing easier and keep away pests before pickup.
» Waste Pro Division Manager Jerry
Lourenco says two non-recyclable items he usually sees in recycle carts are Styrofoam and clothes. Reduce your use of Styrofoam, and donate clothes to charity.
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
loads of recyclable material were rejected by a Citrus County processor because of moisture and contamination. The loads were eventually trucked to a landfill in Georgia. (Veolia ES Solid Waste Southeast, Inc., transports Ocala’s curbside trash to a Georgia landfill.) Catherine refers to June’s contaminated loads as “an isolated incident,” but it still begs the question on what could have been done to prevent this episode. A contaminated load is when non-recyclable materials are intermixed with recyclable materials or when the materials contain food or chemical residue. “Many contaminated loads can be prevented by carefully sorting recycling materials and household garbage into their respective containers and by thoroughly rinsing and cleaning recyclables prior to putting them in carts,” says Jerry. Rinsing and cleaning materials will also prevent carts from attracting outside pests.
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OF OUR WATER BY BONNIE KRETCHIK
When people think of Florida, one of the first things they think of is water.
as freely down our streets as it does down the Silver River. Maybe it’s because the wet stuff is so prevalent here or maybe we are just too busy with our daily lives, but how often do we really stop to think about our water? Maybe we We’re surrounded by the stuff, and many of our attractions feature some sort of water- should. Where does it come from? What is an aquifer or a spring? We get an annual based activity… think sandy beaches, crystal clear springs and tubing or canoeing water report, but what does it mean? And is it even possible to imagine that a state down our pristine rivers. And who can known for its abundance of water could forget our notorious “wet season?” You actually be in danger of drying up? What is know, those summer days where the sky the state of our water? just seems to open up and the water runs
So let’s start at the beginning. We frequently hear the terms aquifer system and spring fed, but what do they really mean in terms of our daily water usage? The answer involves quite a complex underground system that has been in place since long before humans inhabited the earth. But in the most basic terms, an aquifer is an underground layer of permeable rock, primarily limestone in our case, from which groundwater can be pumped up via the use of a well. The water, both salt and fresh, sits in different-sized pores within the rock with the freshwater sitting above the saltwater. The aquifer system we utilize extends throughout the entire state of Florida as well as portions of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina and is known as the Floridan Aquifer System. It averages 1,000 feet thick, and freshwater as old as 26,000 years can be found up to 2,000 feet below the surface. The water stored in the aquifer is recharged by rainfall, and
according to the St. Johns River Water Management District, Florida receives over 50 inches of rain annually. Unfortunately, only about 13 inches of it makes it back to the aquifer. The rest either evaporates or runs off the land into other bodies of water like lakes, rivers and ponds. In certain areas of the Floridan Aquifer, water can escape and rush to the earth’s surface in a forceful stream. These are our springs. Robert L. Knight, Ph.D., director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, describes this complex system as a “‘bucket’ with a ‘hose’ (rainwater) filling it with several ‘straws’ (wells) in the top removing the water and ‘holes’ (springs) drilled into the sides.” He explains that wells are drilled into the surface of the aquifer, and water pumped through the wells eventually makes its way through a series of pipes to our homes. The majority of the groundwater we use does not require much treatment.
FROM THE AQUIFER TO YOUR GLASS You turn on your spigot and the crystal clear water flows freely into your tub, sink or glass. But before it makes it to your home, it goes through a multi-step process to assure that the water you’re using is as clean and pure as it looks.
Jeff Halcomb has been the director of the Water and Sewer Department for the City of Ocala since 2008. He explains that our drinking water in Marion County is all groundwater from the Floridan Aquifer. The City of Ocala has five primary wells that go down approximately 250 feet into the upper aquifer, with only two or three used in any one day. When the water, known as “raw water,” is pumped, it goes to the lime softening plant. Jeff explains that lime kills any bacteria found in the raw water. It also coats the pipes the water runs through, which helps deter corrosion that can happen over time, and helps soften the water. “The raw water has about a 320 to 340 parts per million (ppm) ion concentration. Lime reduces that to about 120ppm,” explains Jeff. “You’ll know your water is ‘hard’ if your soap just doesn’t seem to get soapy,” he says, noting that those on private wells without water softening systems experience “hard water.” Once the water is softened, it goes through a filtering system to remove any floating particles, then makes its way to storage tanks where it is treated with chlorine, which acts as a disinfectant. The final step, which is one that some people may find controversial, is a fluoride treatment.
Wigged Out By Your Water Report?
Don’t be! When the words “aviation fuel” and “water report” are seen on the same page, people tend to panic. But Jeff points out that the annual water report that residents receive, which can also be found online, is required by the Environmental Protection Agency and that certain tests must be performed regardless of whether there has ever been any evidence of the chemicals existing in our water. To see the current water report, visit the water and sewer department online at ocalafl.org.
“You can read online forever about the pros and cons of fluoride treatments,” says Jeff. “But fluoride is found to be one of the top 10 accomplishments of mankind according to the CDC,” he says. He notes that in some parts of the world, the water is full of fluoride, which isn’t healthy, but in Florida, that isn’t an issue. Fluoride is used in items such as toothpastes and mouthwashes to help prevent tooth decay. The fluoridation of water is the controlled addition of fluoride to public water and can also reduce tooth decay. “We work hard to make the water as safe for our citizens as we can,” he says. “The City of Ocala keeps its water at a fluoride level
RUNNING ON EMPTY? So, in the most basic of terms, that’s how it works. But, are we really in danger of running out of water? What about pollution? Is our water clean? The answers are far more complex than a simple “yes” or “no,” but water isn’t something we can take for granted any longer. Andy Kesselring, president of the recently formed Silver Springs Alliance Group (SSAG), an organization that works toward preserving Florida’s natural springs, says that there are a number of contributing factors to Florida’s growing water woes. “The problem up to now is that government and legislature
“Cessation of spring flow inevitably occurs with excessive groundwater pumping,” he says. The City of Ocala currently pumps just over 13 million gallons of water per day to meet its citizens’ needs. Dr. Knight says that we now have over 26,000 consumptive use permits along with hundreds of thousands of private wells in North Florida collectively pumping an estimated 2.6 billion gallons per day of groundwater. “That’s 2.6 billion gallons per day that no longer flows from springs,” he says. “No wonder they are drying up.” And while wells can be dug deeper into the aquifer to find more freshwater, that’s not the case with spring-fed lakes and ponds.
of our septic systems, fertilizers, wastewater plants and agricultural facilities. Nitrates in water change the water’s chemistry and result in a growth of algae that greatly inhibits the life of the natural flora and wildlife residing there. Fertilizers from landscaped yards are a major culprit. Yards landscaped with an abundance of non-native plants require even more fertilizer. Those fertilizers leach nitrates back into our aquifer system, which is where we get the water we drink. Similarly, fertilizers and pesticides used on farm lands to produce “better” produce and keep bugs and pests at bay all contribute to the accumulation of nitrate bypoduct. And you can’t forget
“WE ARE TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO USE AS LITTLE WATER FROM THE FLORIDAN AQUIFER AS WE CAN.” — JEFF HALCOMB
of 0.7 milligrams per liter, which is the ‘optimum level’ according to the CDC.” So now that you know how the water gets into your house, what happens to it once it’s used? Once your washing machine cycle is finished, your tub drained and your toilet flushed, all of that water doesn’t just magically disappear, though our modern inventions make us feel as though it does. Wastewater is sent to one of three water reclamation facilities where it’s treated and reused to irrigate golf courses, parks and other public venues. “We are trying to find ways to use as little water from the Floridan Aquifer as we can,” explains Jeff. “We are constantly fine tuning our plants to be more eco-friendly and efficient.”
have just looked for ways to move water around the state but have not really addressed the underlying issues,” he says. Florida’s water problem is multi-faceted, and yes, there are several springs that are in danger of drying up. Over the past few decades, our state has experienced a population boom resulting in an increasing number of wells being drilled to meet our residents’ needs. Andy explains that many people who have experienced “dried-up wells” have had to drill further to find fresh water and that the City of Ocala is assessing the need of drilling further to meet its needs as well. Dr. Knight points out that while the freshwater portion of the Floridan Aquifer is hundreds of feet thick, it only takes a few feet of difference near a spring to greatly affect its flow.
“We’re seeing many of the ponds and lakes at their lowest levels and some drying up altogether,” says Andy. He adds that as we pull more water out of the aquifer, there is less available to flow into the springs. The result is that the lakes and ponds that are fed by the springs’ waters also experience a drop in water levels. And once a spring or spring-fed body of water dries up, there is no deeper drilling that can save it.
WHAT IS A NITRATE? When talking about the state of our water, we can’t forget about pollution. More people, more businesses, more factories, more waste—and most of that waste winds up in our water. Nitrates are a byproduct
those beautiful golf courses with their pristine greens. It takes a lot of manicuring—and fertilizer—to keep that grass up to par. “The nitrate problem really started in the 1950s, and we are still working to fix those mistakes that were made decades ago,” says Jeff. He, along with Dr. Knight, points out that nitrate levels in our water system are at an all-time high. The reason for that, according to Dr. Knight, is that the state agency responsible for regulating water quality, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), has not been active enough in protecting our water sources. Recently, the FDEP proposed placing limits on the levels of nitrates allowed in the water, but Dr. Knight believes it won’t be enough to change what’s already happening. He, along
Water, Water Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink? We are not alone in our
water woes. Recently the residents of nearby Cedar Key got an unexpected salty surprise in their water supply. Due to drought conditions coupled with high water usage, wells started pumping up the salt water that sits under the freshwater in the Floridan Aquifer. The same thing has happened in other areas of the state for the past several years. Spring Creek, the spring with the highest recorded flow in the state, began going dry seven years ago. Dr. Knight points out that once a well “goes salty,” there is a very slim chance it will ever be usable again.
with many other environmental advocates, believes that without a conscious effort from everyone to cut back on fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants flushed down our toilets and rinsed down our drains, we are going to have increasingly less clean water available to us.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? For many who grew up splashing in the local watering hole or taking a ride on our famous glass-bottom boats, Florida’s water and lack thereof is a topic that is of the utmost concern. But for many of Florida’s transplants or “snowbirds,” who may not have the same attachment to these precious resources, the impact of our water woes may not be completely understood or appreciated. Aside from the obvious issues revolving around a dried-up well and what that potentially means
for a home’s value, the economic impact of the springs on our town is often overlooked. In Marion County, Silver Springs brings an estimated $60 million annually to the area and is described by Andy as being “the largest economic producing spring in Florida.” “Handled correctly and protected well, Silver Springs could be one of the largest eco-tourism draws in the state. This in turn would create an even larger economic boost to Ocala,” he says. And just as how the entire water system is complexly interconnected, so are the effects on the community. Imagine if wells began drying up on Marion County’s horse farms. If the equine industry, which draws thousands of visitors each year during the winter months, begins to wane, fewer individuals come to the area, fewer hotel rooms are booked, fewer restaurants are dined at, fewer locally owned businesses are visited—the trickle-down effect could be felt at all levels. And let’s not forget the history of our once pristine Silver Springs, where many famous films were captured. While people do still frequent Silver Springs, the flow and clarity of the water is not nearly as unspoiled as it once was.
WHO’S TO BLAME? Some blame the city and its residents for pumping too much
water, while others blame farmers who draw water from private wells. Should we stop using fertilizers? Should we stop developing land? Where do we point the finger? Perhaps the finger pointing is what’s keeping us from coming up with an adequate solution. “We are smart. We can figure this out,” says Jeff. “The answer is for everyone to do their part.” He points out that it’s the little changes every day that will add up in the end. He recommends things like planting landscapes that don’t require fertilizers or much watering, reducing the amount of water you use daily and thinking before you act when it comes to waste products. “People dump old prescription pills, chemicals and cleaning products down their drains. Where do you think that all goes?” he asks. “Every time you dump something down your drain, it has the potential to end up in the drinking supply.” Professionals and avid water conservationists agree that we all need to make changes. The answer won’t be occasionally reducing sprinkler use or cutting your shower time here and there. The answer will just be awareness. Everyone needs water. Everyone needs to drink, to shower, to wash clothes and dishes. But people also have to think before they turn on the spigot, before they plant that extra bed of flowers and before they dump those leftover pills down the drain. Is it worth possibly affecting our water system in a negative way? The result won’t be felt overnight or even in our lifetime, but if we want our children’s children to enjoy our state, we all better start thinking about the state of our water.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
If you are interested in learning more about the state of our water, visit some of these sites. ocalafl.org / floridaswater.com / floridaspringsinstitute.org / water.epa.gov / silverspringsalliance.org
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OVER THE YEARS, MANY NON-NATIVE INVADERS HAVE MADE A HOME IN FLORIDA’S WOODS AND WATERWAYS. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
nyone who’s read A Land Remembered, Patrick D. Smith’s historical fiction novel about Florida’s frontier days in the 1800s, knows the Sunshine State is infinitely different today than it was 150 years ago. We’re far removed from a time when millions of wild cattle roamed this peninsula, when panthers and wolves were common and carving a living out of this challenging land often cost a man his life. Fast forward to the 21st century. Most people think we’ve completely tamed and subdued this vast verdant state. A superficial glance at its many cities—with their bustling interstate highways, suburban neighborhoods and neatly contained landscaping—seems to confirm that. Yet, amazingly (and thankfully) a significant amount of wilderness still remains. Within the thousands of acres of state parks, private land and, yes, even in suburban neighborhoods, a plethora of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and vegetation have adapted to live alongside humans. But not all of them technically “belong” here. Some of them shouldn’t be here at all, but they are—sometimes to the detriment of native species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) recognizes over 500 non-native fish and wildlife species living in Florida.
SO HOW DO NON-NATIVE ANIMALS GET HERE? It’s hard to
PYTHONS, TEGUS & MONKEYS, OH MY!
So, just how does a Burmese python or a South American lizard end up slithering around the forests—and neighborhoods—of Florida? “A lot of times when you see an exotic species, it’s a ‘pet-released’ animal,” explains Kristen Sommers, exotic species coordination section leader with the FFWCC based in Tallahassee. “If you have one individual that’s been released, it doesn’t create a population and will ultimately probably die. We worry about it when a reproducing and expanding population becomes established and causes an economical or ecological impact that might affect human health and safety.” If you’ve watched any of the horror movies that involve giant snakes stalking humans, it’s easy to imagine frightening scenarios about running into a python somewhere in Marion County. Before you decide to forego your next hike in the Ocala National Forest, you’ll be glad to know Sommers isn’t concerned. “I think people can pretty much put their minds at ease. We found during the freeze a couple years ago that the South Florida population of pythons was impacted. Our expectation is that the species isn’t going to move very far north.” The tegu, a large black and white lizard native to Argentina that grows up to 4 feet long, has, on the other hand, been spotted at least once in the Ocala National Forest. “There have been sightings across the state. Many instances have been released pets.” says Sommers, adding that the FFWCC only knows of two tegu poluations and those don’t involve Marion County.
imagine deliberately releasing a non-native species, but that’s exactly how many of these animals become established. A local example is the Rhesus monkeys released in the 1930s near Ocala’s Silver Springs attraction. The monkeys, which are native to Asia, established populations along the Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers and were encouraged by boaters who often threw food to them along the shoreline. The FFWCC has found that non-native marine species can hitch a ride in the ballast water of ships or attach themselves to hulls and propellers. Other non-native species arrive through international food markets. Such markets, often found in South Florida, sell imported fish and animals that are meant for food but that have, on occasion, escaped. The agency reported the confiscation in 2001 of several live snakehead fish—a species that is prohibited in Florida—from an Asian market in Broward County.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE NON-NATIVES FOUND IN OUR NECK OF THE WOODS. NINE-BANDED ARMADILLOS
Those hapless creatures so often seen expired along Florida’s roadways are native to the southwestern United States and were first observed here in the
1920s. In addition to digging in yards, which doesn’t endear them to homeowners, the armored critters may carry diseases, including St. Louis encephalitis and even leprosy. “They’re not native to Florida; some people think they got here from a traveling roadside circus or that they migrated here,” says Joy Hill, FFWCC’s public information coordinator for the 12-county region that includes Marion.
Now found in all 67 counties, feral pigs have been in Florida so long, you probably thought they were natives. Historians believe they were likely introduced by Spanish explorers as early as the 1530s. It’s not unusual for adults to weigh 150 pounds and reach 4 to 6 feet in body length. Property owners often complain that wild hogs root up and damage their land, even coming into
neighborhoods at night. Even though wild hogs are routinely hunted, the population continues to thrive.
in the 1940s. Males can grow to 8 inches long. Brown anoles can displace native lizard species.
Well established in our area by the 1970s, coyotes may have been introduced to Florida by natural expansion of their range to fill the void left by red wolves and also because humans brought them in to hunt with dogs. “There is a school of thought that coyotes filled the niche left
CUBAN TREE FROG
Introduced through packing materials in the early 1930s, this frog spread quickly and, today, is found in at least 36 counties. It preys on our native tree frogs and also competes with them for food. Cuban tree frogs have toxic skin secretions, which can be irritating to mucous membranes, so don’t handle them!
over by the extirpation of the red wolves,” says Hill. “At this point, they’re considered ‘naturalized citizens’ of Florida.” Native of the southwestern U.S., coyotes are survivalists and are now found in many states.
This is the turtle commonly sold in pet shops across the country, so it may have been introduced in Florida by intentional release. Found in freshwater lakes and rivers since about 1987 (including the Santa Fe River and Suwannee River drainage in Alachua County), their range is expanding. Adults can reach 12 inches long, and they compete with native turtles for food.
“Non-native plants may not be very exciting, but management of these is very important,” notes Hill. With aquatic plants, the solution isn’t easy but neither is it rocket science. Recreational boaters should do their part to help prevent the spread of invasive species by checking boat trailers, hulls and propellers before going from one body of water to another. Rinse them thoroughly, and dispose of any snails or plant life. If your kids have gotten tired of caring for fish or turtles, find homes for those creatures, but don’t empty the aquarium in your yard or a body of water. That’s exactly how some non-native plant species can be introduced. In your garden and yard, plant native species whenever possible. They’re well-suited to our area, typically easy to grow and require less water to thrive, so you’ll look like a real “green thumb” without a great deal of effort.
Native of South America, this floating plant is now considered a major weed species in over 50 counties. It was introduced into the St. John’s River in the late 1800s and spread so rapidly that it began to interfere with steamboat passage on the river. Plant populations can double in size in just two weeks.
Considered a noxious weed in Florida, this native of Africa was introduced into Florida in 1905. Although a member of the yam family, it is quite toxic. The air potato is a rapidly growing, twining vine that can grow as much as 8 inches per day and can easily overtake native plants.
An aquatic fern that may have been introduced to Florida with aqaurium or water garden plants, giant salvinia has invaded
HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE GREEN AND GROWING INVASIVE SPECIES AROUND MARION COUNTY AND BEYOND.
Believe it or not, these cute but pesky rodents aren’t native. It’s likely they hitched rides on ships and arrived on our peninsula with the early colonists. They are potential carriers of diseases that can affect humans.
WHEN PLANTS BECOME A PROBLEM
Now found in 52 counties, these lizards were established in North Central Florida by the 1980s, and their range continues to expand. Originally from Cuba and the Bahamas, they arrived in South Florida via ships
Originally from Southeast Asia, hydrilla has been in Florida since the 1950s. It forms thick surface cover over bodies of water, causing the suffocation of many native aquatic plants and even fish.
the Southeast. Native to South America, this fast-growing fern forms a thick floating mat on the water surface, crowding out native plants and interfering with fishing, boating and swimming.
North and Central Florida has an abundance of this tall, spiky grass, which hails from Southeast Asia and first arrived in the United States in 1922 as packing material for a
OBNOXIOUS INSECTS SO WHAT’S THE SOLUTION? Florida seems to have more than its share of creepy-crawlies, but not all of them are natives.
HERE ARE TWO THAT GARNER THE MOST ATTENTION IN MARION COUNTY. LOVE BUGS
plant shipment. Not suitable for livestock forage, it spreads rapidly and can overtake native grasses. Cogon grass, which can grow 4 feet tall, is considered a significant fire hazard and is known as one of the world’s top 10 weeds.
JAPANESE CLIMBING FERN
Believed to have been introduced as an ornamental plant in the
Despite the cutesy name, these insects are actually a type of black fly. More annoying than dangerous, love bugs appear seasonally in spring and fall in Florida, and no, they are not an escaped “science project” from the University of Florida, a common myth. Found in Texas as early as 1940, some researchers believe they arrived in Florida because their range extended due to winds; they may also have unwittingly hitched rides on vehicles and in sod shipments.
RED IMPORTED FIRE ANTS (RIFA)
1930s, this rapidly growing plant grows up to 90 feet long. Adapated to both sun and shade, this native of Eastern Asia will cover trees and form thick, tangled canopies that create dense shade and eliminate native plants.
Thanks to a cargo ship from South America that docked in Mobile, Alabama, in the 1930s, the RIFA infests not only the Southeast, but much of the Southwest. These aggressive ants have been known to kill small and/or young wildlife and birds with their painful stings. Known for their burning sting, which causes an itchy pustule, fire ants can pose a danger to people who have allergic reactions. Not to mention their sting carries quite a punch for such a small creature!
If you see something unusual and think it might not be a native species, contact the FFWCC as soon as possible on their hotline at (888) IVE-GOT1. “If you can get a photo of it, that’s even better because we can figure out what it is. If it needs to be addressed or captured, we may send out a wildlife officer right away,” says Sommers. “If you’ve got a smart phone, there’s also a phone app for Androids and iPhones. You can take a photo of it, and the app will send us all the data.” Many non-native species—including a variety of snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and more—are living right now as pets in homes throughout Florida. As a pet owner of one of these species, the best thing you can do is provide proper care and containment so they cannot escape. If, for any reason, you no longer want to be responsible for such a pet, don’t turn it loose! It’s illegal to release into the wild any animal that is not native to Florida. Instead, contact local wildlife rehabilitators and nature centers to find out whether they can take in the animal or check out the FFWCC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program. “At each event, we have between 50 to 100 people show up to relinquish an animal, mostly reptiles,” observes Jenny Novak, a wildlife biologist who organizes the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program and is the exotic species special projects leader for the FFWCC. “We see different reasons as to why people bring in animals,” she adds. “Sometimes, the animal gets too large and they just can’t take care of it anymore. There may be personal issues, such as their health changes, and they aren’t physically capable of caring for the animal, or they may be moving to a state where having that animal is illegal. Relinquished animals are placed with experienced, knowledgeable adopters who will give them good care and permanent homes. Florida’s future rests in the hands of those of us who want to do right by this not-yet-totally-tamed state with its remarkably diverse array of wildlife. If we all do our small part, this great, green, growing place will remain a treasure for many years to come.
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AN ADVENTURE IN KAYAKING
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BY MARY ANN DESANTIS
The best way to experience real Florida is by gliding along the pristine rivers, springs, lakes and coastline aboard a kayak. Just be sure to get the proper introduction to safety and paddling skills before embarking on a scenic journey through the state’s many waterways.
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Y FIRST EXPERIENCE ON A KAYAK WAS NOT the adventure I had envisioned. It was a hurried event on a spring night in Puerto Rico to see the famous bioluminescent lagoon at Fajardo. The hotel tour operators placed a group of us in kayaks with no training. “How hard could it be?” I thought as I slipped into the seat of a tandem sea kayak behind my husband. Let’s just say it was much more difficult than either of us expected. Paddling through the dark mangroves at night became a harrowing experience, especially as we tried to keep up with the more experienced kayakers and maneuver our way through low-hanging branches and around other paddling neophytes. Visiting Florida’s many beautiful state parks and trails sparked my desire to try kayaking again, albeit five years later. This time, however, I was determined to get proper training on how to handle such a vessel. “A lot of people who had bad experiences in a canoe or kayak won’t try it again,” says Kevin Mims, adventure insider for VisitFlorida.com and an avid kayaker himself. “But kayaking takes you to places you can’t get to any other way.” Kayaking is an often-requested activity among visitors planning trips to the Sunshine State. A 2011 outdoor recreation survey by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Recreation and Parks Division showed that wildlife viewing ranked only slightly lower than beach activities in popularity for both tourists and residents. Surprisingly, more people wanted to view wildlife than catch fish. “And kayaking is the best way to view wildlife,” says Kevin. “You are definitely immersed in the natural side of Florida.” Kayaks and canoes have been around for centuries. Early Aleuts and Eskimos in the Arctic were among the first to use kayaks for hunting. In fact, the word ‘kayak’ literally means “hunter’s boat.” The slim vessels, first made of seal skins and whalebones or wood, were perfect for quietly sneaking up on prey. Today, nature lovers find kayaks to be ideal for watching Florida’s menagerie of wildlife for the same reason. Kayaks glide quietly toward areas
where shore birds, alligators and other species go about their business unaware that they are being watched and enjoyed. While everyone sooner or later asks about alligators, Kevin says that the reptiles are not the biggest safety issue.
“Kayaking takes you to places you can’t get to any other way.” –Kevin Mims “The simple safety issues are far more important, like always wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) life jacket,” he says. “Almost every Florida waterway has a gator, but they usually are not aggressive. Just let them swim by and they’ll leave you alone.”
LTHOUGH MEN WERE THE FIRST TO USE KAYAKS, a growing number of women are grabbing paddles and heading to the water. According to Road & Travel Magazine, kayaking is among the fastest growing travel trends for women. Of the nearly 8 million active kayakers in the United States, more than 45 percent are women, says the National Sporting Goods Association (nsga.org). In fact, it was my kayaking girlfriends who convinced me to try the sport again, leading me to Ryan Toler of Ocala’s Discovery Kayak Tours. Ryan, a Lady Lake native, earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and outdoor recreation from North Carolina’s Montreat College. After working as an educator and naturalist, he began Discovery Kayak Tours nearly five years ago as a way to turn his passion for the outdoors into a sustainable business. And he’s found a niche market with active retirees and baby boomers like me. “We furnish everything you need to have: an easy paddle and comfortable ride,” says Ryan.
Kevin Mims, the adventure insider for VisitFlorida.com, and Ryan Toler of Discovery Kayak Tours recommend the following locations for kayaking.
RAINBOW RIVER Beginner kayakers will find the crystal clear Rainbow River an easy and enjoyable paddle. A four-mile trip takes about two hours—a perfect amount of time if you’re a novice. The state park is also a great place to stop for lunch.
SILVER RIVER Ryan describes Ocala’s Silver River as “some of Florida’s most beautiful scenery.” Kayakers can see turtles, water fowl, fish, alligators and even monkeys that thrive in the pristine habitat. The subtropical landscape even has a 2,000-year-old cypress tree.
JUNIPER RUN IN THE OCALA NATIONAL FOREST About seven miles long, Juniper Run has gin-clear water and incredible scenery, says Kevin. The Juniper Springs Recreation Area rents canoes and a shuttle service is offered to and from the parking lot if you bring your own kayak or canoe.
WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER One of Florida’s original canoe and kayak trails, the Withlacoochee is more remote than the Rainbow River. It’s also more tannic, so it’s not crystal clear like springfed rivers. More experienced kayakers would enjoy this river.
“Real Florida at its best,” says Ryan. The 110-mile river has several “runs” for paddling sports. Much of the river has been undisturbed by development, so it is not unusual to see bobcats, deer and black bear on the shore.
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“The majority of the people in our ‘Kayak Krew’ paddle club are seniors who do not want to haul kayaks to and from home. We even take the kayaks to the water’s edge for them.”
Kayaking is among the fastest growing travel trends for women. His two-hour “quick-start” classes cover every aspect of kayaking from safety and proper gear to paddling techniques. By the second hour of class, students are on the water going through simple paddling maneuvers with Ryan and his expert guides. Some students need one-on-one help—again like me—and Ryan and his assistants make sure everyone is comfortable and confident on the water. His patience and relaxed demeanor pay off because more than 90 percent of his students regularly return to participate in his kayak tours along the Silver River, Rainbow River, Three Sisters Springs and other locations. Ray and Cindy Wittich of The Villages were in Ryan’s very first kayaking class at Lake Miona in 2008 and now tour with him five or six times a year.
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“We wanted to kayak, but the club in The Villages was not taking new members,” says Ray. “With Ryan, it turned out so much better. He’s a great story teller, and he talks about wildlife and the history of the areas where we paddle.” Retiree Vicki Cox agrees. She took Ryan’s class two years ago and has been on several of his tours. She and a friend visited Sarasota recently where they signed up to tour mangroves by kayak. “We thought the guides would tell us about the area the way Ryan does,” she says. “They handed us a water map and told us to use our cell phones to call when we returned to the shore. It was not like Ryan who points out everything during a tour.” Ryan’s attention to detail, as well as his satisfied students, inspired me to pick up a paddle and join the group—this time in daylight and on the calm waters of Sumter County’s Lake Miona, where Discovery Kayak’s quick-start classes are usually held. The morning began with a safety overview, paddling instructions and an explanation of the different kinds of kayaks. Ryan and I would use lightweight recreational kayaks, while his assistant, Tony Fekete, would be nearby in his bright yellow sea kayak. Sea kayaks are longer (about 16 feet) than recreational kayaks that range from 10 to 14 feet in length. Sea kayaks are less stable but much faster—something I assumed would come in handy if Tony had to get to me quickly should I somehow drift across the lake.
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Once I learned how to properly get into the kayak’s sit-on-top seat (sit down sideways and turn to the front), we paddled just offshore where Ryan put me through a series of maneuvers to make sure I could turn the kayak in the direction I wanted it to go. I also had to think urs whether to paddle more very Kayak To Photo by Disco on my left side or my right when I had to guide my kayak toward Ryan’s so that the bows would “kiss” gently. “Sometimes folks forget their left and right on the water, but so far, you are doing pretty well,” he said with a smile as my kayak touched the front of his. Before the second hour of class was finished, I was cruising around the lake as if I’d been kayaking all my life. A few days later, I was already planning my next paddling adventure and convincing friends they needed to take up kayaking, too. The Puerto Rican adventure was a distant memory, and proper training was now going to let me see Florida like I’d never seen it before.
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BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A LIFECHANGING JOURNEY MARKED BY MANY TWISTS AND TURNS. ALONG THE WAY, WOMEN HAVE TO MAKE MANY DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR CARE AND TREATMENT. FOR SOME, THIS INCLUDES UNDERGOING A MASTECTOMY. THE NEXT DECISION A WOMAN, ALONG WITH HER FAMILY AND A TEAM OF DOCTORS, THEN FACES IS WHAT TO DO AFTER THE MASTECTOMY. FOUR OCALA WOMEN WHO HAVE TAKEN THIS JOURNEY WERE KIND ENOUGH TO SHARE THEIR PERSONAL STORIES WITH OCALA STYLE.
ROBERTA DEL TORO When Roberta Del Toro’s breast cancer surgery went from a lumpectomy to a mastectomy, she had to make an unexpected decision. “I was already in a state of shock with the cancer diagnosis,” says Roberta, a hairstylist who co-owns Ocala-based Neon Hair Salon. “But now that I was going to have to have a mastectomy, I also had to decide the best option to replace my right breast. I felt like I was caught in some surreal whirlwind.” Roberta’s somewhat out-ofbody experience began with her annual mammogram in November 2007. Much to her surprise, the test detected something abnormal in her right breast. “There was really no breast cancer history in my family,” recalls Roberta. “When my doctor told me it was stage I breast cancer, I was stunned.” But because Roberta’s tumor was a pea-sized one located behind her right breast nipple, a lumpectomy would be possible. Then, the results of an MRI came in and
everything changed. “The MRI showed a speck way back against the chest wall,” she says. “The doctors didn’t want to take any chances. The best way to take care of it was with a mastectomy. I agreed because I just wanted the cancer all gone.” Looking at her breast replacement options following the mastectomy, Roberta chose TRAM flap reconstruction, which uses a person’s tissue from their lower abdominal area to reconstruct the breast. “I just wanted my breast to be as natural as possible and to match the other one,” says Roberta. Two weeks after her initial breast cancer diagnosis, Roberta underwent surgery. Dr. Jamie Daniels performed the mastectomy, and Ocala Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Navinderdeep Nijher immediately did the breast reconstruction surgery. Because of the abdominal surgery, Dr. Nijher also had to create a new belly button for Roberta, as well as reconstruct her nipple. Later, she would get a nipple tattoo. Roberta began taking Tamoxifen, an estrogen-sup estrogen-suppressing drug, two months after the surgery. She had regular checkups every four months at first and then every six months with Dr. Craig Reynolds of Ocala Oncology. This November will mark her five-year anniversary of being cancer-free. As for her reconstructed breast, Roberta, now 53, says, “It looks as good as it possibly can, and I’m happy I chose the option of re reconstruction that I did.” Need further proof? “Around the pool and at the beach, I wear a bikini,” says Roberta.
“ There was really no breast cancer history in my family.”
JUDI SIEGAL “After you realize that you’re not going to die, you start thinking about what you’re going to look like.” For Judi Siegal, the results of her June 2008 mammogram was a bit of déjà vu. The scan detected the presence of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in her left breast. Some 15 years earlier, Judi was diagnosed with DCIS, or Stage 0 breast cancer, in her right breast. DCIS is an uncontrolled growth of cells within the breast ducts and is considered noninvasive. But DCIS can be a precursor to invasive cancer, and women who receive the diagnosis should take medical action. “I had had a lumpectomy and localized radiation before,” says Judi. “I thought that would be the case this time around, too.” But when the MRI results came back, more DCIS lesions were detected on the other side of the left breast. Judi, who was 61 at the time, now considered different options. “I talked it over with my surgeon, Dr. Jamie Daniel, and
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she recommended a mastectomy of the left breast,” says Judi. “I wanted to be around for my family. And after you realize that you’re not going to die, then you start thinking about what you’re going to look like.” After the mastectomy recommendation, Judi met with Ocala Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Navinderdeep Nijher to discuss her reconstruction choices. Judi decided to go with twostage delayed reconstruction with an implant. Immediately following the mastectomy, a balloonlike tissue expander is surgically placed under the skin and chest muscle. Then, over the span of three to four months, a saline solution is injected to slowly stretch the skin before the breast implant is placed. “I left the hospital the day after the mastectomy with a golf ball-sized lump (the expander) on my left side,” recalls Judi. “Af-
The 1998 Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act mandates that insurers provide coverage for breast reconstruction following mastectomy surgery. Breast reconstruction surgery is not considered cosmetic surgery but instead part of the cancer treatment.
was important for my emotional well-being,” says Judi, who didn’t have to have any follow-up radiation or chemo and is now cancer free. “Every woman has to make the decision that’s right for her.” As she got older and her body changed over the next several years, Judi decided to get a little additional breast support. But this time, no surgery was involved. “My friend Shirley Gottfried, who’s a board-certified mastectomy bra fitter with Unique Lingerie, talked me into coming in for a fitting just to give me a little added lift,” says Judi. “I left there feeling beautiful.”
VASHTI NUGENT As far as Vashti Nugent is concerned, she was in the right place at the right time when the wrong thing happened. A registered nurse involved in the medical field for 23 years, Vashti missed her annual mammogram in early 2009. “It was a very busy time with my family and work,” says Vashti, 43 at the time. “But I did regularly do self-exams. In June, I felt something wasn’t right in my right breast. I didn’t worry about it too much and decided to go through another menstrual cycle. By July, the lumps were still there and I was feeling heat in my breast.” That’s when Vashti decided to say something to Dr. James Rogers, with whom she has worked with for nearly 20 years at Ocala Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rogers told her to immediately schedule a mammogram. “The mammogram results looked very suspicious,” recalls Vashti. “Then, I had a needle biopsy and an MRI. Two days later, Dr. Rogers told me I had stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. For a moment, the whole world stopped.”
“I did regularly do selfexams. In June, I felt something wasn’t right in my right breast.”
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Percentage of American women who will develop breast cancer in their lifetime
She and her husband met with Dr. Charles Neustein of Ocala Surgical Associates to discuss her surgical options. It was a short discussion. “I surprised Dr. Neustein when I told him right away that I wanted a double mastectomy. I didn’t want to worry about the cancer in the future,” says Vashti. Vashti also chose the one-stage immediate breast reconstruction surgery, which was done as soon as the mastectomy was completed. “And, of course, Dr. Rogers did my reconstruction surgery,” says Vashti, who had the double mastectomy in July 2009. “After staying in the hospital two nights, I went home with a chest full of drains. I had to learn to ask for help. I was fortunate that there were plenty of people willing to help.” Vashti’s support network would prove to be invaluable when she received more disturbing news. Just two weeks after the double mastectomy, a PET scan showed the cancer had spread to six places in her spine. She would have to have chemotherapy and radiation treatments, both of which she remarkably underwent while going back to work three weeks after the mastectomy. “I had radiation twice a day for six weeks,” recalls Vashti. “I would go for my first treatment at 7:30am and then go to work. Then, I’d have my second treatment at 4pm and go home. The chemo treatments were once every four weeks for two and a half years; now it’s every three months. I schedule the chemo for Friday afternoons, which gives me the weekends to recover.” For Vashti, life is good. While she continues treatment for the bone cancer, the breast cancer went into remission in January 2011. “I live every day to the fullest and appreciate all the amazing people who have supported me through all of this,” says Vashti.
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ter I had healed, about six weeks later, we started what I would call my puff-up sessions to get the saline solution injected.” While a small complication left Judi a little behind schedule to receive her breast implant, she was happy when she finally had that surgery in February 2009. She decided not to get an artificial nipple or even a nipple tattoo, saying she just “didn’t feel that was necessary at this stage of my life.” But Judi has no doubt, despite the complication, that she made the right decision with the reconstructive surgery that she chose. “I’m very glad that I went with the breast implant because it
TYPES OF BREAST RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY & PROCEDURES Usually done at the same time as a mas-
after the general surgeon reONE-STAGE tectomy; moves cancerous breast tissue, a plastic IMMEDIATE surgeon places a breast implant, usually a saline-filled one, where the breast tissue was removed or behind the chest muscles.
Allows for healing of the chest tissues and radiation therapy, if needed. A tissue expander is implanted under the tissue and chest muscle; over four to six months, the surgeon injects saline solution to fill the expander and stretch the skin over the breast area; a second surgery removes the expander, and a permanent breast implant is placed or the expander is left in as the implant.
“I decided not to have reconstructive surgery.”
A fateful phone call likely saved Diane Kirol’s life. “I was about to leave for a cruise, and I called an aunt to say good-bye,” recalls Diane, a retired licensed practical nurse. “She told me that she’d had a mammogram and a suspicious lump had shown up. She was going to have surgery.” Diane, who was 68 at the time, realized she hadn’t had a mammogram in years. She made a mental note to schedule one soon. “As it turned out, my aunt had a cyst and was fine,” says Diane. “But I decided to go ahead and have a mammogram just to be safe. That was in April 2006, and it’s a good thing I did.” While the mammogram showed no discernible lump in either breast, there was an area of concern in Diane’s right breast. A biopsy came back positive for breast cancer. A PET scan showed that the cancer was localized and a lumpectomy was scheduled. “The doctor removed 19 cancerous lymph nodes,” says
Diane. “I was relieved that it was over. But then the day before I was going to be discharged from the hospital, the doctor came in with bad news. More tests had shown that the cancer was more widespread than they thought at first. Before she left the hospital, Diane had to make the decision to have a mastectomy of her right breast. She went home to recover and later met with Dr. Stanley De Turris of Surgical Group of Gainesville, who would perform the mastectomy. Diane also met with a plastic surgeon to discuss reconstructive surgery. “I had to have the mastectomy,” says Diane, “but the reconstruction surgery was an option. After talking to the plastic surgeon, I decided not to have reconstructive surgery. I just didn’t want to have another surgery.” Two weeks after her lumpectomy, Diane had the
Number of American women the American Cancer Society estimates annually develop breast cancer
Stands for transverse rectus abdominis muscle flap, which uses tissue from a woman’s lower stomach area to reconstruct the breast(s).
LATISSIMUS DORSI FLAP
Uses tissue from the upper back for breast reconstruction.
mastectomy. Under the care of Gainesville oncologist Dr. Robert Carroll, Diane underwent chemotherapy twice a week for three months. She decided against radiation therapy. “Of course, all my hair fell out, even my eyebrows and eyelashes,” says Diane. “I went to All About You and bought a wig because I was going on a cruise when I finished the chemo. But I felt like a phony, so I went on the cruise bald and had a great time.” At Ocala-based All About You, Diane was also fitted with her first mastectomy prosthesis bra. “They did a great job,” says Diane. “I’ve always been very particular about my bras even before the mastectomy.”
Number of American women the American Cancer Society estimates die annually from breast cancer
Two years later when Unique Lingerie conveniently opened near Diane’s home in vis On Top of the World, she visited and was refitted with a new prosthesis bra. “There have been so many advances in the bras,” says Diane. “They are so much more comfortable, and there are so many more choices.” As with most women who have dealt with cancer, Diane, now 74 and cancer-free, says that “you have to talk to others who have had the experience.” Diane believes “it’s important to get support and then offer support when it’s your turn.”
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» There are safety issues with the disposal and storage of cleaning products.
EEPING YOUR HOME CLEAN IS NO SMALL TASK, AND FINDING THE RIGHT PRODUCTS TO USE CAN BE EVEN MORE OF A CHALLENGE. CLEANING PRODUCTS ARE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO KEEP DUST, MOLD AND OTHER PESKY AGENTS AWAY, BUT THE SAME PRODUCTS THAT KEEP YOUR HOME SQUEAKY CLEAN ALSO RELEASE HARMFUL CHEMICALS INTO THE AIR, CREATING HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS. NOT TO WORRY THOUGH, YOU CAN KEEP THINGS CLEAN AND GO GREEN.
» Cleaning chemicals damage the air, which affects the water cycle and animals.
According to the U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, you should look for products that contain recycled packaging, no added fragrances or dyes, no skin irritants and no ozone-depleting chemicals. Be sure to do your research before buying any cleaning products.
TRY USING THESE PRODUCTS FOUND IN THE HOME TO GET THE CLEANING DONE: » Baking soda and water clean tile and stainless steel. » Lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar get rid of mold or mildew. » White vinegar and newspaper can wipe off window smudges.
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T THIS VERY MOMENT, YOU LIKELY HAVE SOME SORT OF ELECTRONIC GADGET IN YOUR HAND OR ARE SITTING NEXT TO A MACHINE. AND WHILE THESE HANDY-DANDY GIZMOS AND GADGETS TAKE MUCH OF THE PHYSICAL LABOR OUT OF OUR DAILY LIVES, THEY ALSO DELIVER SOME UNWANTED AND UNSEEN SIDE EFFECTS. X-rays, microwaves, radio waves and many other types of waves and rays are given off by these devices every second they are turned on. And while they all must meet standards set by the FDA’S CENTER FOR DEVICES AND RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH, many of us use more than one
device at a time. If you prepare a meal in your kitchen with the television on and the microwave, refrigerator and oven operating (while your tablet displays the recipe and your cell phone is in your pocket), you may have just absorbed enough radiation to equal a medical X-ray! According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), although there have been studies performed that may link tumor formation to high amounts of radio wave exposure, results have been inconclusive and further research is continually being conducted to make sure the current safety standards are up to par. In the meantime, there is no harm in limiting your exposure. Here are just a few examples of radiation-emitting devices and what you can do to stay out of rays’ waves.
TVs aren’t as much of a culprit as you would think. They do emit a low dose of radiation, but it’s far less than you would receive from medical or dental X-rays.
LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE: » Sit farther away from your set. » Upgrade to an LCD or Plasma screen, as they give off much lower doses of radiation. » Turn the TV off when you’re not in the room.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently urged the FCC to study the effects of cell phone, tablet and other media devices on children. Studies suggest that children’s brains absorb twice the emissions as adults, while skull brain marrow absorbs 10 times as much as adults. Further testing needs to be done, but the AAP recommends limiting cell phone and tablet use for children. In addition, pregnant women should avoid placing devices in their laps.
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Hair dryers, electric razors and toothbrushes, microwave ovens, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, washers, dryers, you name it, all these modern appliances give off radiation. And chances are you use more than one a day.
LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE: » Don’t use them if you don’t have to. There’s nothing wrong with a good ol’ fashioned manual toothbrush. » Hold hair dryers as far from your head as possible or allow your hair to air dry. » Don’t stand next to running appliances. » Unplug appliances when they’re not in use.
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Quite frankly, pesticides are toxic chemicals designed specifically to kill living organisms. The ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) sets limits on the amount of pesticide deemed “safe” for consumption. However, testing done by both American and international agencies have linked a variety of health problems to pesticide exposure, including:
Brain and nervous system toxicity Cancer Hormone disruption Skin, eye and lung irritation
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Washing and peeling will help, and you should always thoroughly wash your fruits and veggies anyway, but many pesticides penetrate the skin, and peeling away the fiber and nutrient-rich skin removes much of the produce’s benefits.
SHOULD I AVOID FRUITS AND VEGGIES ALTOGETHER? No! The ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP (EWG) insists that the benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks associated with pesticide exposure. The bottom line is that not enough is known about the long-term effects of pesticides on humans, but the benefits of fresh fruits and veggies are vital to good health.
The EPA sets guidelines to make sure farmers are applying the pesticides properly, during the right season and in the correct amounts. However, these “safe” tolerances are established with adults in mind, not children. While not enough is known about the effect of pesticides on growing children, some studies have linked impaired intelligence and neurological problems to exposure. Furthermore, pesticides don’t always remain on their target crop. People living close to conventional farms risk even higher levels of exposure through air and water sources.
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Buying organic is a great alternative. It not only limits exposure to pesticides, but also supports environmentally friendly farming techniques. However, it is more expensive. The EWG established their list of the “Dirty Dozen” to educate the public on which produce contains the most pesticide residue. This guide is to help you select which produce is best to buy organic and which is fine to buy conventional, just make sure you wash both!
For more info on selecting produce, washing techniques and pesticide testing procedures, visit ewg.org.
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The EWG tests both domestic and imported produce, and the Dirty Dozen list includes both. If there is a difference in domestic or imported, it is noted.
DIRTY DOZEN Apples Celery Sweet Bell Peppers Peaches Strawberries Nectarines (imported) Grapes Spinach Lettuce Cucumbers Blueberries (domestic) Potatoes
CLEAN 15 Onions Sweet Corn Pineapple Avocado Cabbage Sweet Peas Asparagus Mango Eggplant Kiwi Cantaloupe (domestic) Sweet Potatoes Grapefruit Watermelon Mushrooms
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Every patient with back pain wants to avoid surgery or use surgery as a last resort. How can you do it? The answer is right here in North Central Florida! Last year, Dr. Zhou of the Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center published an expert editorial article: “Back Pain, How to Avoid Surgery” in the British Journal of Medical Practitioner. It summarized the current scientific evidence regarding the subject and Dr. Zhou’s daily practice in an attempt to help thousands of patients relieve their back pain without surgery. Being a leading pain specialist and neurologist, Dr. Zhou’s most recent book chapter “Principle of Pain Management” for Neurology in Clinical Practice, 6th edition was released in May 2012. This book presents current knowledge and recent advances in the field of pain medicine and neurology and provides guidance for all practicing neurologists worldwide.
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Many of Dr. Zhou’s patients feel very lucky to have such a top-notch scholar and practitioner in North Central Florida. Traditionally, people need three epidural steroid injections to feel sciatica relief. You may only need one or two from Dr. Zhou. With his accurate diagnostic skills, high moral ethics and high success rate, Dr. Zhou always tells his patients after treatment, “You do not have to come back if you do not have pain,” and many of his patients find there really is no need to return because they are pain free. However, they refer many of their closest family and friends to his practice. Along with Dr. Zhou, his associates, Dr. Warycha and Dr. Vu, have already helped many people suffering from chronic pain. Dr. Warycha is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. His area of expertise is nerve function study, and he excels at using ultrasound-guided joint injections. “This technique is more accurate and allows me to treat the exact pain site instead of the general area,” he says. Dr. Vu is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and pain specialist. Together with other team members, Dr. Vu offers a comprehensive approach to treating pain using minimally invasive non-surgical treatment. FLPRC has had an outstanding record in treating and eliminating pain. Dr. Zhou and his staff offer an honest and compassionate approach to pain management and have become one of the most popular groups of practitioners in the area. For the last serveral years, many residents in The Villages have traveled to Ocala and even Gainesville to see Dr. Zhou. These patients now can receive convenient comprehensive pain care with Dr. Zhou and his new office in The Villages! Now open!
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The doctors at Marion Heart Associates have a reputation for providing the best in patient care. The newest addition to their team, Rebecca Boone, ARNP, took time to answer some of the questions patients commonly ask about diabetes.
ANSWERED Why do I experience burning in my hands and feet? Elevated blood glucose leads to complications over time. All organs are affected as well as the vascular and nervous system. Neuropathy may be the cause of these symptoms. Your health care provider may use a number of tests to determine the cause, including review of patient blood glucose log, labs, a physical assessment, monofilament test, nerve conduction test or vascular studies.
What is the next step after testing? Test results will determine the treatment needed. Often, we will educate the patient and his or her family on diet and exercise. We may prescribe or adjust medications and decide on a follow-up plan,
which can be re-evaluated at future visits. Any abnormal nerve or vascular studies will be reviewed, and a treatment plan will be recommended, which may include medications or interventions by a doctor specializing in treatment of vascular disease.
Why would I need treatment to arteries or veins? A burning sensation in the extremities, while often related to diabetes, can be caused by insufficiency in veins and arteries. Treatment typically alleviates or at least lessens the symptoms.
What can I do to prevent symptoms and complications? Control your blood glucose. Partake in preventive maintenance
such as an annual diabetic eye exam, daily feet check to evaluate for sores that may develop but are not noticed due to neuropathy, maintain a healthy diet, exercise and be proactive and involved in your own health.
Is it possible to develop neuropathy even if blood glucose is under control?
an endocrinologist, dietician or nutritionist, ophthalmologist, podiatrist, fitness coach and family. Most importantly, patients must be active, interactive and involved in their own care; inform his or her provider when questions or concerns arise; and get treatment before complications become an issue.
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. But, keeping blood glucose in control helps decrease severity and minimize the majority of complications that may occur, such as neuropathy, kidney disease, diabetic retinopathy (eye disease), heart disease, strokes and a variety of other complications.
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Once a home has become heavily polluted with any of these invaders, the cost to your health and your wallet can leave you in a sticky situation. Professional mold removal services can run you $2,000-$6,000 if it has spread to your duct system, attic and crawl spaces and can run upward of $10,000 if the mold has led to significant structural damage. And in some areas of Florida, one out of every two homes tested exhibit increased levels of radon gas, which is a known human carcinogen that can lead to lung cancer.
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E ALL KNOW WE’RE EXPOSED TO MILLIONS OF GERMS AND POLLUTANTS EVERY DAY AT SCHOOL, WORK AND EVEN AT THE GROCERY STORE. BUT IT TURNS OUT OUR VERY OWN HOMES MAY HOUSE JUST AS MANY AIRBORNE INVADERS AS THE REST OF THE WORLD—REGARDLESS OF HOW NEAT AND TIDY WE THINK WE ARE. WITH EVERY BREATH WE TAKE, WE INHALE HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT PARTICLES THAT ARE IN THE AIR, AND SOME OF THEM CAN MAKE US PRETTY SICK!
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WHAT’S IN WHAT IT IS YOUR AIR? VOLATILE ORGANIC Found in paints, varnishes, waxes, COMPOUNDS cleaning supplies, (VOCS)
WHAT IT DOES
pesticides, air fresheners
Causes headaches; nausea; damage to nervous system, liver and kidneys; irritates eyes, nose and throat
Living organisms that produce spores and grow on wet or damp surfaces
Causes hay fever-like symptoms, rashes and asthma attacks
Skin cells shed from animals living in the home, similar to dandruff
Can cause wheezing, lung irritation and trigger asthma attacks
Radioactive gas formed in the soil and enters homes through small cracks in the floors and walls
Second (to smoking) leading cause of lung cancer
Microscopic cousins to spiders and scorpions that live in bedding, carpets and furniture
Allergy-like symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and eczema
Colorless, odorless gasses that come from improperly vented fuel-burning devices, such as space heaters, dryers, water heaters, gas stoves, etc.
CO interferes with oxygen transport in the body and causes dizziness, nausea, weakness and even death; NO2 causes respiratory infection, eye, nose and throat irritation and shortness of breath
COMBUSTION POLLUTANTS: CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) & NITROGEN DIOXIDE (NO2)
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CHANGE THE FILTERS on your air conditioning and heating units regularly, especially during times when the units are running more. KNOW THE HUMIDITY LEVELS IN YOUR HOME. Many pollutants thrive in either levels of high or low humidity. A humidity gage, available at hardware stores, can give you an accurate reading. Aim to keep humidity levels between 30-50 percent.
KEEP PETS OFF FURNITURE, and wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water. Plus, make sure Fido gets groomed outside.
TEST YOUR HOME FOR RADON with a do-ityourself testing kit. If levels are elevated, call in a specialist.
DRY ANY WATER-DAMAGED AREAS THOROUGHLY and have the leaks fixed by a professional to prevent further leaking.
TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN PAINTING, waxing, varnishing or using any VOCproducing products. Make sure the room is properly ventilated, and store products according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
MAKE SURE ALL FUEL-BURNING APPLIANCES ARE PROPERLY INSTALLED and maintained and ventilated to the outside.
For more information on in-home pollutants, visit epa.gov, and for information on radon levels in Florida, visit doh.state.fl.us.
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PART-TIME DIETS TAKE TIME. Don’t expect to lose five pounds in a week, but that’s a good thing. Slow, steady weight loss is more likely to be permanent. A healthy
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As with angioplasty, a catheter is inserted into the artery and carefully guided to the site of the blockage. But instead of a balloon, the catheter is fitted with an atherectomy device designed to remove the plaque. The head of the device is placed against the blockage and then engaged. Depending on the device’s specific design, plaque is either sliced, ground away, or vaporized from the artery walls to return blood flow to the artery. But each case is different. The types of blockages, their locations, and plaque composition and severity are all factors that will ultimately determine which procedure may be recommended for the best outcome. In fact, both atherectomy and angioplasty may sometimes be used in tandem to restore blood flow to a clogged vessel. The procedure finally used is a decision physician and patient will make together.
“My legs have hurt most of my life and I thought I might have to live with it. But after a while, the pain became so bad. No matter what I did or where I would go, my legs hurt all the time. “I went to see three different doctors and they all told me the same thing… that they couldn’t help me. No one could help me. My son told me about Dr. Qamar. He wanted me to go and see what he might have to say. “So I scheduled an appointment. I told Dr. Qamar what the other physicians told me and he just said, ‘Well, let’s see.’ Then he examined me and performed some tests. He said I did indeed have blockages in my legs, but he thought he might be able to do something about them. “So far he has worked on one leg — three operations on my left one. Dr. Qamar said I must have had these blockages a long time because they were very hard — like hitting a brick wall. He plans to work on my right leg next. “I can tell he’s already helped me. I’m still hopping around the house but I know it’s going to get a lot better and the hurting is going to start going away. For the first time, I’m very positive about it, about how good it will be when my legs stop hurting. “I just worry about Dr. Qamar. He’s such a nice man and everyone likes him. I worry that he works too much. Still, I’d like to thank him for all he’s doing for me. Three doctors said there was nothing they could do but Dr. Qamar said he thought he could — and he is doing just that.”
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Of course, the state-of-theart equipment and advanced technologies at ICE are important, as is the highlyqualified staff found at every level of patient interaction from procedure to post-op care. But it is the complete experience — guided by Dr. Qamar and his commitment to excellence — that is rapidly establishing the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence as a leader in cardiovascular care. And this stellar reputation extends not just locally and regionally, but across the nation for all those who have the need for superior cardiovascular care.
When it comes to atherectomy, the combination of leading edge technology, compassionate care, convenience, and outstanding results can only mean one place — The Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence. The outpatient capabilities of ICE make it possible for all its patients, even those with the severest incidence of P.A.D., to receive the treatment they need from expertly-trained professionals in a stress-free, caring environment. Whatever cardio treatment or test a patient could conceivably need today was planned for in Dr. Qamar’s earliest visions of what his Institute would be able to provide: • Cardiac Catheterization • Coronary Angiogram • Echocardiogram • PET Stress Test • TEE Test (Transesophageal Test) • Radio Frequency Ablation • T-Wave Alternans • Pulmonary Function Test • ANSAR Test (Autonomic Nervous System Test)
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More than 12 million Americans have P.A.D.* Approx. 2 million have had it diagnosed.* According to the CDC, total Angioplasty and Atherectomy procedures combined in the U.S. for 2009 were 605,000 *Figures from the National Institute of Health
AdvAntAgEs OF AthErECtOMy 1. Less invasive than surgery (endarterectomy) 2. Less vessel barotrauma compared to angioplasty (less stretching/damaging vessel walls). 3. No foreign object left in the body (as with use of stents). 4. All future treatment options at the site are left open.
“Use of atherectomy as a debulking device has revolutionized the percutaneous treatment of arterial disease” — AsadQamar
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Often confused with lactose intolerance, the inability to digest lactose, a milk allergy is caused when a person has an allergic reaction to milk’s proteins found in casein or whey.
Watch for the prefix “lact” on ingredients lists. Ask how foods are prepared when eating out; some dishes, for example, may be cooked in butter. Soy, rice, almond and even hemp products are excellent replacements. Look for brands fortified with vitamins and other nutrients.
ALLERGY/COMPLICATION: Often confused with celiac disease, the abnormal immune system reaction in the small intestines caused by the wheat protein gluten. Those afflicted with a wheat allergy may be allergic to one or more of wheat’s proteins (albumin, globulin, gliadin and gluten), which are mistaken by the body’s immune system as invaders.
confused with a tree nut allergy, a peanut allergy is when a person is allergic to peanuts, which are classified as legumes. Eating, handling and inhaling “peanut dust” can trigger an allergic reaction depending on the severity of the condition.
COPING/REPLACEMENTS: Check labels to see whether a product contains peanuts; also be wary of labels that say food was produced in a factory that processes peanuts. Some restaurants fry food in peanut oil or arachis oil. Pet food, salad dressings and candies are other foods that may contain peanuts. Almond butter and cashew butter are among the several nut butter options so you won’t have to forgo PB&J lunches.
COPING/REPLACEMENTS: Check food labels; wheat proteins are used as food thickeners and may appear in unexpected places, such as ice cream, rice cakes, sauces and turkey patties. A wheat-free diet may include amaranth, barley, corn, quinoa, rice and other grains.
Double Dutch Diner opened on July 16 in the old Juicy Lucy’s location on Airport Road. This drive-thru has no indoor seating but does offer shaded outdoor tables. Owners Precious Swain and Shautauqua Scott created a menu of hearty home-style cooking and serve breakfast any time. “Everything is cooked to order,” says Precious. Chicken stockcreations / Shutterstock.com wings and the pork chop sandwiches are best sellers, and there are always daily specials. You’ll find hearty quarter-pound Angus burgers, and there’s even a dollar menu. Open Sunday night from midnight to 3am; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7am-8pm; and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7am-3am. 101 SW 60th Avenue (Airport Road), Ocala (352) 671-9501
Source: mayoclinic.com, foodallergy.com
S IT AN ALLERGIC REACTION OR SOMETHING ELSE? ARE YOU AVOIDING THE RIGHT TYPE OF “NUT”? BELOW ARE THREE COMMON FOOD ALLERGIES THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS. LEARN HOW TO COPE WITH A FOOD ALLERGY WITH THIS ADVICE ON WHAT TO AVOID AND WHAT TO EAT AS AN ALTERNATIVE.
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Cake Art by Pam Greenwell specializes in one-of-a-kind wedding cakes and special occasion cakes. She even does amazing 3-D sculpted cakes. Pam began baking seriously in the mid-80s and started her cake-making business in 2001. Depending on the time of year, customers often order many months in advance. “Ocala’s Continued on page 73
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the wait staff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs make for a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese saki and beer selections. Like us
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The Attic’s Cafe 801 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-3p Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about unique and fun! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café is located inside My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not Your Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew Dickson uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggi Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!
Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8,000 sq ft of consigned furniture and estate pieces. You’ll never know what you’ll find at My Designer’s Attic.
Shane’s Rib Shack 2602 SW 19th Ave Road #105, Ocala / (352) 304-5255 shanesribshack.com/ocalaeasystreet Open Mon-Sat / 11a-9p / Sunday 11a-8p Shane’s Rib Shack has combined 10 years of brand expertise with their passion for great food. Come in and taste the result! Try the full line of traditional BBQ sides, including Shane’s famous smoked wings, full meal salads, sandwiches, homemade peach cobbler and more. The BBQ is always slow smoked, chopped by hand and served with Big Dad’s secret sauce. Shane’s tailors every catering job to your request and handles all the details. Consider Shane’s party platters, box lunches or full-catered meals for any occasion. From elaborate feasts to finger food, Shane’s will have you covered.
The next time you throw a party, let Shane’s Catering do the cooking. Check out the extensive glutenfree menu.
IT’S OKTOBERFEST! Cheers for Biere
How about a drink to go with one of these delectable German dishes? Germany is widely recognized as one of the greatest beer centers, and its beer is among the best the world has to offer. There are currently 46 German styles of beer available in the U.S., including: » » » » » »
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Bockbier Doppelbock Helles Kristallweizen Maerzen Oktoberfestbier
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Pilsner Steinbier Weihnachtsbier Weissbier
In 1997, Oktoberfesters
consumed more than 5.5 million liters of beer, about 45,000 liters of wine and almost 165,000 liters of non-alcoholic beer.
Herr Wiesn’s Wise Words
In the spirit of Oktoberfest, here are more German—and by German I really mean drinking—words you may want to know from the Wiesn Dictionary! Bierdimpfe: Notorious beer drinker Blembe: Bad beer, should not exist Fetznrausch: Totally drunk Gschwoabats, Gsöff: Undefined alcoholic brew, causing headaches—to be avoided
Mognschoaß: Belch, occurs more frequently with increased consumption of beer Noagerlzuzla: Person who drinks the last remainders from abandoned glasses
Helles: Most popular type of Bavarian beer
Oabischwoam: To solve a fight through drinking, a much better alternative than letting your fists do the talking
Maß: One liter of beer, important Bavarian measurement
Quartl: Quarter liter of beer, considered absurd and ludicrous at Oktoberfest
The festival halls in Munich can seat 94,000 people.
The beers that Munich breweries produce specially for Oktoberfest contain 4.5 percent alcohol.
Cincinnati, Ohio, which claims to hold the “largest authentic Oktoberfest” in the U.S., draws about 500,000 people to its celebration.
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KTOBERFEST ISN’T JUST FOR GERMANS ANYMORE. THE WORLD’S LARGEST ANNUAL FESTIVAL FOR NEARLY 200 YEARS IS NOW CELEBRATED IN CITIES AND TOWNS WORLDWIDE. THE FESTIVAL IS A TWO-WEEK CELEBRATION IN MUNICH, WHICH IS THE BAVARIAN CAPITAL AND THIRD LARGEST CITY IN GERMANY. OKTOBERFEST TRADITIONALLY STARTS ON THE THIRD WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER AND ENDS THE FIRST SUNDAY OF OCTOBER. HOWEVER, THIS YEAR, THE 179TH OKTOBERFEST WILL TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER 15 TO SEPTEMBER 30. WIENER SCHNITZEL, BRATWURST, SPÄTZLE, LEBKUCHEN AND PRETZELS ARE EXAMPLES OF SOME POPULAR GERMAN DISHES. TRY SOME GERMAN CUISINE BY COOKING THESE RECIPES AT HOME!
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busiest wedding season is usually late February through early June, and then it picks up again in mid-September through the end of November,” says Pam, who formerly operated out of CJ’s Bakery & Sweets. She’s part of the wedding professionals group Celebrations of Ocala and does her consultations at that address. 2176 E Silver Springs Blvd. (Oak Plaza), Ocala (352) 875-6391 cakeartbypam.com
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Rainbow Bistro opened in early April in a long-standing Dunnellon restaurant location near the Rainbow River. Fans of authentic Thai food are raving about the restaurant. Many dishes can be made mild or spicy to suit your taste. There are also gluten-free items on the menu. Be sure to get the house salad with their classic peanut dressing and save enough room for dessert so you can try the jasmine tart or the sweet bonchan / Shutterstock.com coconut rice with vanilla ice cream. Rainbow Bistro is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week from 11am-8pm. 20049 E Pennsylvania Avenue, Dunnellon (352) 489-9909
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f you’re looking for a casual dining experience with a great view and a friendly staff, be sure to check out Stone Creek Grille. This unique restaurant has the feel of a private country club but is open to the public, and you don’t even have to play golf to enjoy the delicious American cuisine. If you’re in the mood for some artfully crafted cocktails and appetizers after a day full of golf on Stone Creek’s gorgeous course, then relax on the lakeside patio under ceiling fans and enjoy a buffalo shrimp basket, chips and salsa, and more, all while taking in a great view of the course. The homemade margarita menu is sure to cool you down with flavors like Peach Passion, Mango Tango and Melon Breeze. For a more private affair, there’s a main dining room and even a back room that closes
off for parties, receptions and other special events. With featured nightly specials throughout the week and monthly events like high tea and “Oldies Night,” Stone Creek is sure to keep even regular patrons on their toes. For those who think they have tried everything this place has to offer, think again, as the menu is currently under renovation and is soon to be launched. Be sure to call today to reserve your spot at some of the great October events that are coming up at Stone Creek. The Mad Hatter Tea Party on October 6 is just $14.95 per person and lasts from 11:30am-2pm, while Beerfest, nine holes of golf and a beer tasting, is $25 per person with tee-off starting at 4:30pm. Lastly, on October 19, check out the Oktoberfest buffet from 5-8pm for just $17.95 per person. Have a special event coming up? Whether you’re hosting a birthday party that needs catering or you need a
beautiful wedding venue, Stone Creek is the ideal fit for your party-planning needs. Now offering full-service wedding receptions including set up and break down, catering, a beautiful view and a complimentary breakfast the next day, this place has got you covered.
Stone Creek Grille 9676 SW 62nd Loop, Ocala Grille open every day from 7am-8pm Lounge open every day from 11am-8pm stonecreekgolfocala.com Call (352) 291-2140 to make your reservation today
4 of a Kind Latin BBQ 4953 NW Blitchton Rd., Ocala / (352) 509-3237 Sun & Mon Closed / Tue-Sat 11a-9p / Lunch Specials 11a-2p Kids Night every Saturday from 5-9pm (Kids eat free—ages 11 and under). Take your family out, or call ahead for pickup. Catering is available. Let us come to you!
There’s nothing better than a meal fresh off the grill. 4 of a Kind Latin BBQ is a fusion of both Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures right here in Ocala. Enjoy our traditional recipes in our lunch specials for $7.59, featuring Picadillo on Tuesdays; Chicken Fricassee on Wednesdays; Ropa Vieja on Thursdays; and Chef ’s Choice on Fridays, ranging from Rabo Encendido to Arroz con Pollo. All lunch specials are served with white rice, beans and a side of your choice. Here at 4 of a Kind, we only use charcoal and pecan wood for that genuine and authentic smoky flavor.
Iron Skillet 7401 W Hwy 318, Reddick / (352) 591-4842 Open 24 hours / 7 days a week Try the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Iron Skillet. In a hurry? Pick up some “homemade to go.” Try the famous downhome chicken-fried steak, which is skillfully cooked and served with creamy country gravy that includes a choice of one side and a trip to the soup and salad bar. Iron Skillet offers healthier options, too! Look for Breyers Ice Cream parlor coming soon. Iron Skillet is only minutes from Ocala and The Villages. From I-75 take exit 368 (CR 318), and you’re there! Stop in, start saving and see why they’re the No. 1 Iron Skillet in the country!
Mention this ad and receive 20 percent off, and ask your server about a membership card. Wed & Sat BBQ buffet; Friday seafood buffet; breakfast buffet every day.
Apple’s Bar & Grill 3810 NW Blitchton Road, Ocala / (352) 622-7799 Open Mon-Sat 11a-8:45p / Last Call for Delivery: 8:30p Serving the best of Italian-American dishes, Apple’s Bar & Grill’s menu is an extensive work of art. “Appletizers” include eggplant fries, crab-filled poppers, antipasto salad and much more. The “Submarine Sandwiches” include classic cold and hot subs. With unique “Big Apple Specialties” like the South Bronx Taco and Empire State Special, you might have a difficult time choosing just one meal. You could even order delivery for your whole office so you can try a little bit of everything from pizzas to calzones to pasta dishes; Or just unwind after work with a plate of wings. Full liquor bar, beer and wine available.
Dine-in, take-out and delivery available to limited area; take-out and delivery generally take longer than dine-in. Open late for special events. Book your event with us!
Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 3355 SW College Rd, Ocala / (352) 671-9411 Weekdays 11a-10p / Weekends 11a-11p / Happy Hour Mon-Sun All Day If you crave a real taste of Mexico in a festive and colorful place accompanied by Mexican music with live Mariachi every Thursday, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant is the best option. Delight in a variety of appetizers, meal combinations and daily specials. Lunch: Fajita Monday, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesday, $5.50; Super Enchiladas Wednesday, $5.49; Deluxe Taco Salad Thursday, $4.95; Taco Enchilada Friday, $4.95. Dinner: Tacos De Asada Monday, $10.99; Super Burrito Tuesday, $7.95; Chili Verde/Colorado Wednesday, $9.95; #8 Two Burritos Thursday, $8.50; Enchiladas Suizas Friday, $7.99.
2 for 1 on all single drinks, shots, draft beer, wine; topshelf excluded. House margaritas $3.95 every day. Every Sat/Sun ask for kids meal $0.99¢ Catering Available.
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Some of your favorite party staples aren’t just naturally pink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them pink! Stay away from artificial food dyes. Instead, add naturally red ingredients and watch your dishes transform!
Strawberry milk is always a fun alternative to the white stuff. You usually find it in the dairy section of the grocery store, or make your own by mixing in some strawberry syrup to regular milk. Make your own punch by combining ginger ale with strawberry sorbet. Pink lemonade is another pinktastic idea!
Potato and pasta salads transform into hot pink masterpieces with the addition of diced beets. Make a tasty hummus by puréeing chick peas, garlic and any other of your favorite veggies or
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The list of pink desserts is neverending. Think any type of cupcakes or doughnuts with pink icing, strawberry ice cream or even red velvet cake. Add some variety with some of these pink treats.
GET CAUGHT PINK-FINGERED SNACKING
Make a fruit salad or fruit-kabob with pink fruits like watermelon, papaya, pink grapefruit, raspberries and strawberries. Naturally pink smoked salmon and chilled shrimp cocktail are two healthy seafood options to include on the menu. Ham is probably the “pinkest” meat you can get, so why not make some open-faced mini ham sandwiches or wraps made with a pink sundried tomato tortilla.
seasonings with roasted beets and you’ve got a tasty pink dip! Add red peppers or sundried tomatoes to a cheese or crab dip to get that bright pink color with the added benefit of healthy nutrients.
PINK ELEPHANT POPCORN
MOM’S PINK STUFF DESSERT
Heat 3 tablespoons butter, 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows and 4 tablespoons strawberry gelatin over low heat until melted. Pour mixture over 2 quarts popped popcorn.
Combine 1 can cherry pie filling, 1 can pineapple chunks, 1 cup pecan halves and 1 cup sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl. Mix in 16 ounces fat-free whipped topping and chill for 30 minutes before serving.
For a truly unique dessert, try these pink macaroons with cream cheese frosting. For the complete step-by-step recipe, visit eatlivetravelwrite.com.
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PINKIFY YOUR FAVORITES
HIS MONTH, IN HONOR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, WHY NOT HOST A PARTY? WE’RE NOT JUST TALKING ANY PARTY HERE. WE’RE TALKING A THINK PINK PARTY! TAKE YOUR PARTY TO THE EXTREME AND SERVE A PINK-INSPIRED FEAST! HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED, INCLUDING SOME FOODS THAT GET THEIR PINK HUES NATURALLY AND OTHERS THAT MAY NEED A LITTLE DOCTORING.
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THINK (AND EAT) PINK!
beverage choices. Much like a “mini wine tasting,” it includes 2 ounces each of three different wines. During Happy Hour, which is 4-6pm daily, these wine flights are only $5. Also, on Wine Wednesdays, every bottle of wine is half price all day. If you’re in a hurry for lunch, there are over 40 options for the Café Express starting at $6.99. It’s served in Julian Rovagnati / Shutterstock.com less than 15 minutes or it’s free. 4414 SW College Rd., Ocala (352) 291-8668 mimiscafe.co Stumpknockers on the River is an ideal choice for outdoor dining, especially with the arrival of fall weather. Enjoy the beauty and relaxing scenery of the Withlacoochee River while dining at one of their outside tables, or find a place at the cozy tiki bar with wrap-around seating. Stumpknockers vladek / Shutterstock.com is known for its fresh local seafood, southern cooking and the all-you-caneat fried catfish (broiled and blackened also available). New items on the menu include choice angus steaks, snapper and chicken wings. Open for lunch and dinner, starting at 2pm Tuesday-Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday. 13821 SW Highway 200, Dunnellon (352) 854-2288 stumpknockers.net
Kick n’ Back Café and Grille 14400 E Hwy 40, Silver Springs / (352) 289-4069 Tues-Sun 11a–9p / Closed Mon Take a ride out to the island in the forest at Kick n’ Back Café, where you’ll find Caribbean flare and fare. Conch fritters are a customer favorite, as well as the Cuban Mix: mojo marinated pork, Spanish ham and Swiss cheese on a special bread and pressed to perfection. Don’t miss out on our Mojo Chicken and pork entrée with black beans and yellow rice. We’re also known for our selection of seafood entrées, including fish, shrimp and scallops. Also, try the gator, served as an appetizer or entrée. Kick n’ Back offers a relaxing, casual, laidback atmosphere.
At Kick n’ Back Café, “It’s all good!” On East Highway 40, Downtown Lynne, FL - Between Ocala and the beach.
Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 5p-10p / Fri & Sat 5p-11p / Happy Hour 5p-7p Experience the ultimate in fine dining with fabulous wine and culinary classics at Cuvée Wine & Bistro. Relax with a glass of wine or indulge in an elegant dinner, and let us transport you to an intimate world with impeccable service and exquisite cuisine. Embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine by sampling over 104 wines on our interactive wine system. An unforgettable experience awaits you...
Whether a beginner or a connoisseur, our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be ready to assist you. Private rooms and off-premise catering available. Happy Hour 5-7pm/Monday half priced bottles of wine/Thursday $5 Martinis
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El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss “Margarita Mondays” with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under - 99¢ from the children’s menu (takeout not included). Wednesday is 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p 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 to visit either El Toreo location today.
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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 Noon-9p Dim Sum Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-4p; Sunday-All Day 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.
Celebrating one year in business! 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 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 and Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.
The Ivy House Restaurant 106 NW Main Street, Williston / (352) 528-5410 / ivyhousefl.com Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thur-Sat 11a-8p For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at email@example.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full-service catering, Gift ShopBoutique. 917 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala ( Coming Soon! )
Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston, this family-owned establishment is a pleasure to visit. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Lunch is served seven days a week and features a Southern-style daily special, and supper is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.
Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. Call today to place your to-go order!
Betty and Raoul Lemieux, Nicole Lassiter, and Marge and Loring Felix welcome you to The Braised Onion, where you can experience a fun, colorful meal in a casual atmosphere as your taste buds dance away with the many exciting flavors of our “comfort food with attitude.” From an ultimate Philly cheese steak to a roasted chicken salad, Chef Felix always prepares a masterful meal. Also, try our weekly specials with your choice of two sides. For those with dietary restrictions, Chef Felix has created a lactose-free and gluten-free menu available upon request. So sit back, relax and feel at home while dining at your leisure.
Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-11p Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good!
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Carmela’s Italian Restaurant 12169 S Williams St, Dunnellon / (352) 465-1818 / carmelas1.com Sunday Breakfast Buffet or Menu 8:30a-2p / Mon-Fri 8:30a-9p / Sat 4-9p Whether you have a craving for traditional Italian lasagna or juicy steak, Carmela’s is the place to go. With 31 years of culinary experience in New York and Florida, Chef Ralph knows how to get those taste buds singing. Soups and sauces are all made fresh daily. Our Grouper Francese, Steak Italiano, Shrimp Angelina, Prime Rib, Escargot and Fisherman’s Platter have made us People’s Choice for two years running. Come in for our breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.
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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, the 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 and 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. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale
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HEY’RE LURKING IN THE DARK, AND THEY WON’T STOP DANCING ON A THRILLER NIGHT! ON OCTOBER 27, LOCAL DANCERS WILL JOIN DANCERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AS PART OF THE THRILL THE WORLD EVENT IN AN ATTEMPT TO BREAK THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD BY DANCING THE THRILLER DANCE ON THE OCALA DOWNTOWN SQUARE! COME JOIN IN THE FUN, WHETHER YOU’RE YOUNG OR YOUNG AT HEART. THE SPOOKY NIGHT STARTS AT 6PM, WITH CANDY, A BOUNCE HOUSE, VENDOR BOOTHS, PRIZES AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO EMBRACE YOUR LOVE FOR THE 80S, BREAK OUT THAT SEQUINED MILITARY JACKET, PUT ON THOSE WHITE RHINESTONE GLOVES AND SPRUCE UP THAT MOONWALK, AS YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS COMPETE IN THE MICHAEL JACKSON TEAM CHOREOGRAPHY CONTEST. FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE, BE PREPARED TO SHOW OFF YOUR BEST MICHAEL JACKSON MOVES. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS JUST ENTERTAINMENT’S THRILL THE WORLD, SPONSORED BY EXTENSIONS DANCE STUDIO. IT’S SURE TO BE A FRIGHTFUL, THRILLER NIGHT!
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A LITTLE DOO WOP FOR DOGGIES
If you like to get on the dance floor and you have a soft spot for fourlegged friends, then the HAVE A HEART FOR COMPANION Oct ANIMALS INC. fundraiser is an 13 event you can’t miss! The Johnny Mello Show fundraising event will feature eight local recording artists, line dancing and prizes all to benefit Have A Heart For Companion Animals Inc., Feisty Acres Cat Rescue, Zen Doggie Rescue and the Silver Springs Shores Residents Association. The show kicks off at 7pm at the Silver Springs Shores Community Center. Tickets are $10 at the door or two for $15 in advance, and ticket holders are asked to bring a bag of dry dog or cat food as a donation. haveaheart.us or (352) 687-1776.
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Don’t wait until the last minute to buy presents for your friends and family. The JUNIOR LEAGUE OF OCALA will host their annual Autumn Gift Market at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Boutique vendors from all over the Southeast will be there, including many of the area’s top shops. While you’re shopping, enjoy the live entertainment provided by local performers and school groups. Be sure to come hungry—there will be plenty of food vendors and fun concessions. Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit the Junior League of Ocala. juniorleagueofocala.com or
Head to Gainesville for the eighth annual FLORIDA BAT FESTIVAL held at the Lubee Bat Conservatory from 10am-4pm. Kids of all ages will be amazed by the world-renowned facility and the opportunity to see these creatures of the night up close. For those who find these nocturnal fliers a little too eerie, there will also be plenty of other non-bat-related activities, such as bounce houses, fun crafts, raffle prizes and live music and entertainment. And don’t forget to take home your bat-themed merchandise and souvenirs at the gift shop! lubee.org or (352) 485-1250.
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If you’re a bride-to-be who is dreaming of a fairytale wedding, this event is for you. The FAIRYTALE WEDDING SHOW will take place at the University Air Center in Gainesville and feature some of the top wedding professionals in the business. Meet photographers, designers, decorators and other vendors interested in making you a princess for a day. The event will run from 4-8pm, and tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. fairytaleweddingshow.com
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If you like to run, jump, crawl and race your way through obstacles, then head out to the Florida Horse Park for an event like no other. The HERO RUSH is a firefighterthemed obstacle race designed by veteran firefighters. The 5K race consists of 17-20 obstacles for participants of all abilities to tackle. Experience the everyday rush of brave firefighters in action as you slide, climb, crawl and, of course, run to the finish line. The inaugural event is sponsored by Munroe Regional Medical Center and will also feature two kids courses, games, entertainment, food and plenty of fun! herorush.com or (410) 872-9303.
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Start practicing your swing and mark your calendars for the inaugural HELPING HANDS GOLF INVITATIONAL. Along with a number of celebrity guests and PGA tour winners, the event will feature 18 holes of golf at the beautiful Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club, a sit-down luncheon, silent auction and several prize opportunities. The proceeds benefit Helping Hands, which provides housing, food, clothing, medical needs, counseling and assistance for men, women and children in need. Format for the event will be a four-man team scramble, and registration is $150. helpinghandsocala.org or (352) 732-4464.
OCALA PUMPKIN RUN Interview by MacKensie Gibson
OCALA’S ANNUAL PUMPKIN RUN, A GIANT THREE-DAY CAR SHOW, STARTS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 8AM AND CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND WITH TONS OF CARS, VENDORS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY ALL SET TO THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF THE CASTRO FAMILY FARM. WITH FREE PARKING, SHUTTLES AVAILABLE TO THOSE IN NEED AND JUST $12 A TICKET, IT’S A PERFECT WAY TO SPEND A FALL DAY OUTSIDE. WE GOT TO TALK WITH LONGTIME VOLUNTEER TIM PETTY TO LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE EVENT.
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When and how did the Pumpkin Run get started? The Pumpkin Run got started in February 2011. It was a dream of President John Duggan’s to put on a big car show in Marion County.
Who can register their car in the show? For the car show part of it, you can bring any car you want; you can bring the car you drive back and forth from work every day. Anyone can register.
Does the money raised go to a certain cause?
While it’s not a non-profit venture, we support a tremendous amount of charities in Marion County. We end up giving away the majority of the profit made to different charities around town.
What kind of activities will there be for children? We have a huge hay maze, pumpkin coloring, a bounce
house, face painting, a train, a put-put golf course and an obstacle course. And children get in free. There’s 3-5 acres of just children’s events. It’s designed so that mom and dad can come and look around at the cars and the kids can have something to do. It makes it a whole family festival.
What are some of your favorite vehicles that have been showcased in the past?
Oh, where do you start? There were 700 of them last year. The 1971 Camaro won the People’s Choice award last year. There are survivors, which are cars that have never been touched— original parts, paint, everything. There are full customs; there are street rods; there are a lot of different types of cars. It’s at a beautiful venue, too. There’s not a more beautiful place than the Castro Family Farm. There will be live bands, vendors, massages, housing developments, jewelry companies—there’s really something for everybody.
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THELOCALSCENE CLASSES AT THE MANOR (ONGOING) The Artist Hub of Ocala will host a variety of classes throughout the month at the Cherished Bride Manor. Visit their website for specific classes, times and dates. Pre-registration is required. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 390-6801. UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON MUSEUM (ONGOING) Pure Photography: Pictoral and Modern Photographs
from the Syracuse University Art Collection will feature 30 works from some of the best photographers beginning in the 1900s. The exhibit will open October 21 and run through November 4. FLORAda and Flowing Waters will feature paintings of Florida’s natural landscape from three of the state’s most prominent artists. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FREE ENGLISH CLASSES (WEDNESDAYS) Free ESL
classes will be held each Wednesday at 6pm at College Rd. Baptist Church. (352) 854-6981. OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (OCTOBER 1-NOVEMBER 9) The YMCA will be collecting toys to send to children overseas. Central Florida YMCAs are trying to collect 40,000 boxes of toys. ymcacentralfl.com (352) 368-9622.
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The COUNTRY CLUB AT SILVER SPRINGS SHORES will host this fundraiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society. Lunch and registration will begin at noon with a shotgun start at 1pm. Registration is $75 per player or $260 per team. (352) 732-3881. SPORTSABILITY (OCTOBER 5-6) This family event will take place at Hampton Aquatic Fun Center on October 5 and Carney Island on October 6. It promotes the value of hard work and demonstrates active recreation for those with disabilities. ocalamarion.com or (352) 438-2800. CHIP COFFEY AT SEVEN SISTERS (OCTOBER 5-6) Internationally known psychic and spiritual medium will be at the Seven Sisters Inn for presentations and paranormal investigations. Events begin at 5pm both nights. sevensistersinnevents.webs.com or (352) 433-0700.
ALL GM CAR SHOW (OCTOBER 6) A GM car show will take place at Silver Springs from 10am-5pm. silversprings.com or (352) 861-8701 ext. 4207. PLANT FALL/THINK SPRING (OCTOBER 6) The Marion County Master Gardeners program will host its annual gathering at the Marion County Extension Service from 8am-noon. Plants will be for sale, and the master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice or (352) 671-8400. ST. THERESA FALL FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 6) This festival will be held from 8am-2pm in Belleview and includes numerous vendors, concessions, prizes and entertainment. (352) 245-2458. THE GARDEN WORSHIP CENTER OPEN GOLF CLASSIC (OCTOBER 6) This third annual golf classic will take place at The Links of Spruce Creek South golf course in Summerfield and features an 18-hole or nine-hole four-person team scramble and an 18-hole individual stroke play. (757) 232-9902 or (352) 205-7438. STAYIN’ ALIVE 5K (OCTOBER 6) A 5K run/walk will take place at the Baseline Road Trailhead. munroeregional.com or ocalarunnersclub.com. HISTORIC HOME TOUR (OCTOBER 7) The Historic Ocala Preservation Society will host this event from 11am-5pm. (352) 351-1861. KIDS INVOLVED IN DIVERSITY (OCTOBER 11) This family-friendly event will be held at the E.D. Crosky Recreation Center from 6-8pm. Activities include music, dancing and food. ocalamarion.com or (352) 401-5505. MOVIE IN THE PARK (OCTOBER 12) A family-friendly Continued on page 86
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America’s favorite eccentric stand-up comedian is coming to Gainesville’s Phillips Center. Yes, we’re talking about Jerry Seinfeld! His extraordinary ability to joke about everyday life practically catapulted stand-up comedy into mainstream America. He made your day a little brighter with his hit 90s sitcom, “Seinfeld.” Don’t miss seeing one of Jerry’s legendary live comedy routines—after all, everyone could use a little “Seinfeld” in their life. ticketmaster.com or performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-2787.
movie will be held at Tuscawilla Park from 7:30-9:30pm. Movie TBA. (352) 629-8444. FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL (OCTOBER 12) An event to honor the firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty will take place at the Florida State Fire College at 8:30am. (352) 369-2815. “BE A FAN” GOLF TOURNAMENT (OCTOBER 13) The Country Club of Silver Springs Shores will host this event to benefit the Special Olympics. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30am with a shotgun start at 8:30am. soflmarioncounty.org or (352) 671-1434. FALL FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 13) A fall festival will take place at the Circle Square Commons from 4-9pm. The Flying Wallenda’s trapeze performers will headline the event. Free. circlesquarecommons.com or (352) 854-3670. OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 13) The Ocala downtown square will host a celebration of diversity. The event is open to the public and activities include music, dancing and food. (352) 629-8444. PRIDE IN OCALA CELEBRATION (OCTOBER 13) Ocala Pride Incorporated hosts a day of celebration at the Copa Tropix Nightclub and Restaurant from 11am-5pm. Admission is $3. ocalapride.org or (239) 699-6782. GUEST SPEAKER AT OCALA PUBLIC LIBRARY (OCTOBER 14) Friends of the Ocala Library will host Iris M. Diaz, author of Cuba: Another Side of the Story, at 2pm at the main library. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591.
MARION COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS (OCTOBER 16, 18) The Marion County Master Gardeners will host a variety of workshops and seminars. Topics include butterfly gardening and gardening for termite prevention. (352) 671-8400. BLESSED TRINITY CARNIVAL (OCTOBER 18-21) The annual Blessed Trinity Carnival will feature rides, games, vendors and great food from local restaurants. Presale wristbands for unlimited rides will be on sale for $20 until October 17. btcarnival.org or (352) 622-5808. LAND BRIDGE TRAIL RUN (OCTOBER 20) A 5-mile and 2.5-mile run will be held at the Florida Horse Park. landbridgetrailrun.wordpress.com or ocalarunnersclub.com. CAR SHOW (OCTOBER 20) Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing will host “Big Daddy’s Backyard Bash” at 8am, featuring all vehicles up to 1964. Free. garlits.com or (352) 245-8661. SATURDAY IN THE PARK (OCTOBER 20) The Martin Luther King Park will host a variety of fitness activities, demonstrations and health screenings from 10am-2pm. (352) 629-8444. STRAY CAT STRUT (OCTOBER 20) The Sheltering Hands Community Cats Program will host a walk event for all ages at the Marion Charter School from 8am-1pm. shelteringhands.com or (352) 817-0663. 5K BENEFIT RUN (OCTOBER 20) A 5K run will take place at the College of Central Florida to benefit breast cancer research. Registration begins
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BULLYING WORKSHOP (OCTOBER 25) A bullying workshop for parents will be held at the College of Central Florida at 7pm. Dr. David Wallace will be one of the presenters. faithfullyguided. org or (352) 502-0205. PRAYER BREAKFAST (OCTOBER 25) The YMCA will hold a breakfast to bring awareness to the YMCA’s mission and cause. ymcacentralfl.com or (352) 368-9622. DITCHFIELD FAMILY CONCERT (OCTOBER 26) The Ditchfield Family Singers will perform at the Village View Community Church in Summerfield at 7pm. A donation of $10 is suggested. (352) 307-8317. FALL FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 26) The YMCA will host a fall festival
and “safe trick-or-treat” with a pirate theme. ymcacentralfl.com or (352) 368-9622. RUN 4 SHADY 4 MILE RUN (OCTOBER 27) Seabrook Farm will host a 4-mile run and 1-mile fun walk to benefit the Florida Greenway. Registration is at 7:30am, and the race begins at 8:30am. shadygreenway.com or (352) 817-0180. FUNDRAISING EVENT (OCTOBER 27) The Purple Doves of Ocala will be raising funds for children battling cancer at the Timberline Farm Corn Maze. timberlinefarm.net or (352) 454-4113. MINI-MONSTER BOO BASH (OCTOBER 31) The American Legion will host a familyfriendly festival providing a safe
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KINSEY LYNN BOGART BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT (NOVEMBER 2) This 9th annual tournament will take place at Candler Hills Golf Club. Lunch is served at 11:30am with a shotgun start at 1pm. (352) 680-1686.
MARION CIVIC CHORALE’S SALUTE TO VETERANS (NOVEMBER 3, 10, 11) The Marion Civic Chorale will kick off its 26th season with a series of concerts entitled Salute to Veterans. The first concert will be held November 3 at the St. George Anglican Cathedral at 3pm. marioncivicchorale.tripod.com/ pressroom or (352) 537-8833.
CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 3) The 16th Annual Villages Craft Fair will take place at the Spanish Springs Town Square from 10am-5pm. The event is free and open to the public. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615. CANINE HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR (NOVEMBER 3) The Sanctuary will host a canine health and fitness fair from 11am-4pm. There will be demonstrations and presentations and a doggie pool
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FRIGHT NIGHTS SILVER SPRINGS, OCALA Fridays & Saturdays through Oct. 27
T’S FESTIVAL SEASON, FOLKS, AND WE’VE ROUNDED UP THE BEST AUTUMN ACTIVITIES AROUND. FLORIDA IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO ENJOY FUN OUTDOOR EVENTS WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY OR TO HANG OUT WITH SOME THRILL-SEEKING ADULTS AT ONE OF THIS YEAR’S MANY HORRIFYING ACTIVITIES. READ ON FOR THE BEST PLACES TO PICK PUMPKINS, ENJOY FINE ART AND GET YOUR PANTS SCARED RIGHT OFF OF YOU.
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This year marks Busch Garden’s 13th annual scare fest, featuring a new scare zone called “Faded Memories” with all sorts of horrors from the past 12 years combined.
Sept. 29-Oct. 28
Looking for the perfect pumpkin? This family-friendly patch has a corn maze, hay rides and forts for the kids, as well as a sunflower garden and plenty of ghoulish gourds to choose from. dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com or (352) 533-4344
COON HOLLO CORN MAZE, MICANOPY Oct. 5-Nov. 4
This farm is decked out and ready to entertain the whole family. With tons of spooky activities like miniature golf, train rides, a tree house, a farm animal exhibit and, of course, the interactive corn maze, it’s perfect for parties or field trips.
MICANOPY HARVEST FESTIVAL, MICANOPY Oct. 20-21
Come see Micanopy’s local farmers, artists and musicians as they perform and even auction off some of their creations. micanopyfallfestival.org or (352) 494-3630
RATTLESNAKE FESTIVAL, SAN ANTONIO Oct. 20-21
Come see snakes of all sorts and other reptiles, too, at this 46th annual event. Activities include a 5-mile run, wildlife exhibits, great food, pony rides and a petting zoo.
coonhollocornmaze.com or (352) 591-0441
rattlesnakefestival.com or (352) 588-4444
CEDAR KEY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, CEDAR KEY Oct. 20-21
PIONEER GARDEN CLUB FALL FESTIVAL, OCALA Oct. 6-7
Check out this festival for fresh air, great people and tons of creative vendors showcasing everything from baked goods to one-of-a-kind fine jewelry. pioneergardenclub.org or (352) 236-4448
DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL AND ART SHOW, GAINESVILLE Oct. 13-14
Over 250 of the country’s top artists will display their works, and live entertainment will be performing all
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If you’re in the mood for a daycation, be sure to visit Cedar Key for an entire festival dedicated to delicious fried, steamed and freshly caught seafood. visitcedarkey.com
An annual Ocala tradition, FAFO’s Ocala Arts Festival is the perfect place to enjoy great food, live entertainment and see a cornucopia of beautiful artwork.
Travel back in time to see the small and historic town of McIntosh as it was in the 1890s, except with better food and far more people. friendsofmcintosh.org or (352) 591-4038
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FABULOUS FRIGHTS HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR SEA WORLD, ORLANDO Saturdays & Sundays in Oct.
For all your little mermaids and ocean lovers, Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular offers shows, arts and crafts and plenty of sea creatures to play with. seaworldparks.com/spooktacular
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS, ORLANDO Through Oct. 31
For those who really want to get into the spooky spirit, visit Universal Studios for a night full of haunted houses, rollercoasters and a plethora of scary creatures lurking around every corner. halloweenhorrornights.com
MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY, ORLANDO Through Nov. 2
OCALA GHOST WALKS, DOWNTOWN OCALA 8pm, every Friday & Saturday
Learn all about Ocala’s night afterlife by taking a walk or a hearse ride through historic Ocala. ocalaghostwalks.com or (352) 690-7933
For a kid-approved celebration, check out Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. Spend the evening watching a parade, hanging out with Disney characters and enjoying a spectacular fireworks show. disneyworld.disney.go.com/ special-events
FREAK SHOW HORROR FILM FESTIVAL, ORLANDO Oct. 26-28
MCINTOSH 1890S FESTIVAL, MCINTOSH
Thursdays-Saturdays through Oct. 27
For a pounding heart and cinematic adrenaline rush, check out Orlando’s 7th annual three-day horror film fest at the Hilton Orlando. freakshowfilmfest.com
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Ocala’s very own Silver Springs Nature Park will host its annual Fright Nights, including various haunted houses and even a creepy river cruise.
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GET A HEAD START ON EARLY DETECTION BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH OCTOBER
CCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, SOME OF THE BEST WAYS TO HELP PREVENT BREAST CANCER ARE SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE MEASURES SUCH AS MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT, GETTING REGULAR EXERCISE AND LIMITING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION TO ONE DRINK A DAY OR LESS.
RADIOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF OCALA, agree that breast cancer
screenings save thousands of lives each year. That’s why RAO makes it easy for women to make an annual screening appointment without a doctor’s referral. Beginning on October 16, RAO’s Women’s Imaging Center will set aside the third Tuesday of every month to offer convenient 7am7pm hours to fit busy schedules.
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The American Cancer Society promotes the tremendous benefits of early detection, so if you’re 40 or older, the organization recommends getting a mammogram and breast exam every year. Having an early baseline mammogram allows your doctor to spot changes quickly, which is of utmost importance because the earlier breast cancer is found, the easier it is to cure. Most doctors, including the board-certified radiologists at
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It allows women to get in, get out and get back to life quickly and comfortably. As a Pink Premier Sponsor of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, RAO invites everyone in the community to participate in the upcoming event devoted to breast cancer prevention, detection and support for the cure. The walk will take place Saturday, November 3
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University of Florida Pet Emergency Clinic Grand Opening UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA PET EMERGENCY CLINIC
An new emergency veterinary clinic recently held an open house to celebrate its grand opening in Ocala in early July. The clinic is a partnership between the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and a group of local veterinarians. The clinic will provide emergency veterinary care between 5pm and 8am Monday through Friday and around the clock on the weekends and holidays. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH CAREY
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Dr. Billy Taylor and his son, Dr. Bryan Taylor Drs. Luiz Bolfer, Carsten Bandt and Gareth Buckley
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Grand Opening TONY’S BAR & GRILL
On August 15th, Tony Li, owner of Tony’s Sushi, held an opening celebration for his new endeavor, Tony’s Bar & Grill. Tony’s Bar & Grill is an entertainment sports bar and restaurant that houses fine cuisine and a fun atmosphere. Paired with a wrap-around bar, comfy barstools, friendly staff and pool tables, Tony’s Bar & Grill is the newest hotspot in town!
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The Ocala Municipal Golf Course hosted an old-fashioned cookout on June 22 to benefit the Humane Society of Marion County. Attendees were treated to some great food, music, dancing and refreshments as well as a 50/50 drawing totaling over $15,000. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHEILA HARTLEY
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Corrine DeVault, Michael Hageloh, Dana Buckner, Lisa Hageloh and Tucker Sharon & Jeff Gold, Abraham Banks and Dan Kuhn Jimmy Dawn Robertson
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A gathering was held on June 10 to celebrate the opening of the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence’s new building. Patients and staff attended and were treated to a presentation and refreshments. PHOTOGRAPHY BY HEATHER RAGER
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