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Center and Jervey Gantt offer a water slide and plenty of spray features for your child to splash the day away. If you’re just looking for a quick stop for the kids to cool down, head downtown to the Splash Pad at Citizens’ Circle where they can play around the interactive water fountain. Whatever your choice, it’s sure to be one fun-filled afternoon.

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SCULPTING TUSCAWILLA On May 6 FINE ARTS FOR OCALA donated the sculpture Lofted, created by John Gamache, to the City of Ocala for permanent exhibit at Tuscawilla Park. It was selected by international juror and sculptor John Henry as the Best of Show award recipient for the 2013-14 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. “I am grateful to FAFO for purchasing this sculpture for our community’s enjoyment for many generations to come,” says Melissa Townsend, the City of Ocala’s Community Cultural Arts Manager. “The Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition brings 10 sculptures to the park annually. We hope to eventually have a sculpture exhibit that will encircle Lake Tuscawilla.” The current sculpture exhibit will end on September 22. The City of Ocala has issued a call to artists for the Second Annual Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The competition is open to artists residing in North America and includes an awards package totaling $14,000. The complete call to artists may be viewed and downloaded on the competition’s website: ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture. Entry deadline is July 31, 2014. Selected sculptures for the second annual competition will arrive at Tuscawilla Park in early October 2014.

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The City of Ocala, Ocala Municipal Arts Commission and Ocala Rotary Club have launched the ART DEPOT project. The Art Depot, which will henceforth be located at Ocala’s Union Station, will enhance student learning by providing no-cost visual art supplies to Marion County’s art educators who are in financial need. “The implementation of this program is a collaborative effort by the City of Ocala, Ocala Municipal Arts Commission and Ocala Rotary Club,” says the City’s Community Cultural Arts Manager Melissa Townsend. “Recognizing the lack of funding available for art in local schools and understanding the importance of art in education, the Art Depot will collect visual art supplies and cash donations. The goal is to raise $25,000 worth of supplies each year.” Monetary donations will be used to purchase specifically requested supplies. Upon application and approval, art educators will be granted free supplies to facilitate art projects for area students. The Art Depot will process and store the art supply inventory

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RED, WHITE & BLUES July 3, 6-9pm Citizens’ Circle in Downtown Ocala A patriotic festival in honor of our country. Live music, food and fun for the entire family. Splash pad open! For more information, contact Stan Creel at

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AUGUST FLICK & FLOAT August 8, 8-10:15pm Jervey Gantt Aquatic Fun Center

at Ocala’s Union Station. Beginning in August 2014, art educators will be able to submit online supply requests. To view a list of needed supplies, visit the Art Depot website at ocalaartdepot.org. Donations can be made during the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Ocala, online or in person at one of the following collection locations:

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Boersma began horseback riding with Marion Therapeutic Riding Association to help him deal with physical issues caused by a stroke. He was inspired to become an MTRA volunteer by witnessing the effect a horse had on a wheelchair-bound little girl. “When I was vice president of the Marion County Stroke Association, I had the MTRA come in to give a presentation to our group,” says Boersma, 70, who suffered a stroke in 1996 and moved to Ocala from Pennsylvania in 1999. “I had no background in horses, but the concept of equine physical therapy got my attention. So I went for a visit to the MTRA facility at Hillcrest School.” While at Hillcrest School, Boersma watched as a little girl in a wheelchair was brought in and witnessed an amazing transformation. “She was maybe about 5 years old, and she was sitting all

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tensed up in the wheelchair,” recalls Boersma. “Her head was down, her arms were tight against her body and her little hands were clenched up in fists. Then they put her on a horse. Almost as soon as the horse started moving, she began to relax. Her arms dropped to her sides, and her hands opened up. She picked up her head a little bit, and I saw a small smile. Being on that horse brought that little girl to life.” Right then and there in the fall of 2001, Boersma signed up, both as a participant and volunteer. For years, he rode once or twice a week, which greatly improved his balance and overall muscle tone. As a volunteer, he was often there every day, feeding the horses and doing general maintenance. Although Boersma no longer rides, he continues to volunteer twice a week. To date, he has logged more than 6,000 volunteer hours and counting. In addition to his time, Boersma gives back with monetary donations to the MTRA whenever he can. And when he does, his former employer Illinois Tool Works sends a check triple whatever the amount to MTRA. “The MTRA is such a wonderful program,” says Boersma.

I REALLY ENJOY BEING AROUND THE HORSES AND SEEING HOW THEY HELP PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN. IT MAKES ME SMILE EVERY DAY—Henry Boersma “I really enjoy being around the horses and seeing how they help people, especially the children. It makes me smile every day.” Founded in 1983, MTRA offers a varied range of equine-assisted therapy programs for children and adults. In addition to the Hillcrest School location, MTRA also operates a larger Greenway facility south of Ocala near the Santos Trail Head. “Henry is a prime example of how important volunteers are to our program,” says MTRA

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WATER JUGS FOR BETTER SCHOOLS Fortunately, Howard Middle students don’t have to carry their own water around campus. But that’s exactly what they did recently to better understand what fellow students in Africa must do due to a lack of fresh water. Howard students also studied various African countries for public presentations. Students raised over $2,743 for walking the school track while carrying gallon jugs of water. Proceeds support H2O for Life, a charitable project supplying potable water to underdeveloped countries.

FISH FARMING 101 BEST OF SHOW Lake Weir High captured “Best of Show” for high schools in the 13th annual Marion County Student Media Festival. Competition was tight between 23 schools submitting 292 videos for judging. LWHS’s Julia’s Story showcases the story of a local teenager fighting for her life because of Niemann-Pick Disease, Type C, a condition caused by the lack of a protein to battle cholesterol in the brain. Three other schools also took home BOS honors in their respective categories: Dunnellon (K-2), Sparr (3-5) and Dunnellon Middle (6-8).

Step into MR. ALLISON’S science lab at Dunnellon Middle and you’ll find dozens of students raising fish and hydroponically growing produce. The kids are fully responsible for feeding the fish, cleaning the tanks, planting the seedlings, minding the plants and all other chores to keep the reallife operation working. Students even partake of their own garden every once in a while to enjoy a fresh salad.

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FCAT FAREWELL, PART 2 FCAT FAREWELL, PART 1 To finish the testing season, students at Legacy Elementary put their hands all over all kinds of vehicles. The school’s first-ever “Vehicle Day” allowed kids to burn some excess energy and gave them the chance to explore future careers thanks to first responders, the dairy industry, local utility companies and others.

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These district administrators are just as happy as students to say goodbye to the FCAT, or Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The annual ritual is being replaced by new standards and new grading formulas. To cap off this year’s final FCAT experience, district volunteers individually counted 44,500 test documents, packed those documents and testing booklets into 820 boxes, then piled them high on 16 pallets to ship back to the Florida Department of Education.

MEANWHILE, FROM THE STATE SCIENCE FAIR… This distinguished group of scientists represented Marion County well this year at the State Science Fair in Lakeland. JAQUA BALLAS (left) and HOLLY DENTON (right) coordinate the program each year to honor students and inspire their inquiring minds! Among those bringing home awards and honors were (l-r): CASSANDRA MOSLEY, IAN PIEKUTOWSKI, JACOB MOSLEY, THELWELL LLOYD, VINCENT VAUGHNS, BRANDON WILLIAMS and CATHERINE DELKER.


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f the brick and mortar that make up the Howard Academy Community Center could tell the story of its past, it would say it was born into a time when blacks and whites lived not only completely separate lives but lives that were steeped in social inequality and oppression. It is most likely that those blocks were laid by calloused black hands, which, at the time, were only a few short generations away from slavery. We can be assured that each block was painstakingly laid in place with pride and a great sense of accomplishment. Because the Howard Center, which at the time was being built as Howard High School, was a first—it was the first black high school in Marion County. African-American children who had never known the freedom that comes through a quality education would now have the chance to attend school and begin the long climb toward equality that still continues today. It is only fitting that the Marion County Black History Museum is housed in the Howard Academy Community Center. As one of the first and finest symbols of equal opportunity in the black community, what better home for a tribute to county AfricanAmericans who walked a path no others dared walk? This past February, the Black History Museum inducted 10 new members into their illustrious Hall of Fame, and the presentation was aptly titled “A Night of Firsts.” Ten local AfricanAmericans who had the courage and drive to be the first blacks to work or hold a special office in their respective fields were duly honored. Their photographs have been placed on the wall of the Howard Center so that all who enter can remember and be inspired by the contributions these brave citizens made to their Marion County community.

The Marion County Black History Museum Hall of Fame recently inducted 10 new members into its ranks. The presentation celebrated a group of courageous African-American trailblazers who were the first to have a dream—and dared The 10 inductees for 2014 are: to live it.

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s you drive around a gentle curve heading north from Ocala on Northwest 27th Avenue, you come to a small country church on your left, its twin spires topped with two white crosses. To William James the Mount Tabor A.M.E. Church is as much home as the small town of Kendrick where he was born 93 years ago. “My faith in God has kept me strong my entire life,” he says. “Anything I’ve accomplished, it has been because of the blessings of the Lord.” Those accomplishments are many, and he recounts them all with pride, but his voice takes on a decided edge of excitement when he begins to talk about his faith—and that faith had to be strong, because James’ life hasn’t been an easy one. His father died in 1929, leaving his mother alone to raise him, his two brothers and his sister. They survived through his mother’s hard work and help from the close-knit community that stood by them. James attended the segregated county school through the eighth grade and then quit to begin work to help his family. He worked long, hard hours as a laborer on area farms for 25 cents a day until he was 21 years old and then began work at a local brick factory. After 12 years of making concrete blocks, he became a custodian at Howard High School in 1954. In 1968, James was transferred to North Marion High School, which was closer to his home. “I was at North Marion High School when the county schools were integrated,” he says. “It was something I had prayed for, and I thanked God that I was privileged to see it. It was just like Dr. King had dreamed… white children and black children were going to school together and playing together. It was wonderful to see.” In 1970, the man who quit school at an early age to plow fields with mules and oxen was the first African-American man to be promoted to the job of custodian supervisor for Marion County schools. James oversaw 90 employees in 17 schools. In 27 years of service with the school system, he only missed 29 days of work due to illness, retiring in 1986. He was known countywide for his diligent work ethic and leadership abilities. “I always treated my fellow workers with respect, and they always respected me. Another supervisor once asked me why I never had problems with my employees, and I told him I did as the Lord told us to do,” he explains. “I used the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Of all his achievements, James is proudest of the fact that he has missed less than five Sundays in church over the last 25 years. Since he was 19 t 101 years old, Lois Miller has witnessed more change in the world than years old, he has been a steward and class leader most people living. She was born in the town of Martin in 1913, the same at Mount Tabor A.M.E. year that Woodrow Wilson became president and the Panama Canal opened Today, he spends his days counseling for business. inmates at the Marion County jail (where he Lois’ father was a minister in the Union Baptist Church, and her mother was the is a designated Honorary Deputy Sheriff ) “lady of the house,” taking care of the small family’s needs and managing the business of and giving money and time to help the running both their household and church. poor and needy in his community and At her mother’s urging, the church was renamed the Progressive Union Baptist all around Central Florida. Church, and at 12 years of age on a cool fall day, Lois was baptized into the fold.

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“I was just a little girl, and the thing I remember most is how cold the water was that day,” she says with a laugh. Lois laughs easily. She says life has been great and God has blessed her at every turn. “Life hasn‘t just been good for me—it has been great. My life has been a spiritual life, and it has always been centered around God,” she says. “In a way, I’ve lived my life in a goldfish bowl… the church and God have been my world and all the rest of the world out there hasn’t had any effect on me. God taught me to always see the best in every situation and every person.” Lois attended school at all-black Fessenden Academy, graduating at 18 years old. She also received training in clerical work at a church training school. “I was always good with numbers and organizing, and it came in handy in my life. My mother did all the cooking at home, and as a young woman, I didn’t learn to cook,” Lois says. “Many of the jobs for young black women in this area during that time involved cooking for others, so I needed to look for work elsewhere.” Lois had relatives living in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City, and she visited there as a young girl. Later, she moved to the town of Hempstead just outside the city and was recommended for a job at Best & Co. retail women’s and children’s apparel store by a deacon from the

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Union Baptist Church where she attended. She was the first black woman to be hired at the exclusive Fifth Avenue shop. Lois worked in various areas of the fashionable department store for the next 35 years. From there, she moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1970 where she lived for the next 15 years. Lois was a vital part of the Mt. Olive A.M.E. church there, where, as a volunteer, she managed the Sail Boat Bend Food Service Center for seniors that fed several hundred people each day. At this time, she also operated her own successful dressmaking shop from her home. “I have always felt that we should never waste our time here on Earth. My goal has been to always stay active and help others in some way,” she says. Lois moved to Ocala in 1985 and immediately became active in church and volunteer work. She wrote her autobiography, Down Memory Lane, in the mid-‘90s and later penned her second book, Walk Through the Pines. Lois was instrumental in establishing the Federated Women’s Club in Ocala, where she was elected president in 1998 at 85 years of age. She was also president of the Florida Association of Women and Youth for six years. “If I could give anyone advice on how to live a good life, it would be to stay busy, help others any way you can and live a spiritual life,” Lois says. “Love God and others, and don’t just say you’ll help somebody— reach out and help them.”

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Following graduation from hen Bobby James college, James returned home was in the third to Ocala and began teaching grade his father history and social studies at died, and the prodigious Forest High School in 1971. job of raising 11 children fell While at Forest High, he became squarely on the shoulders of his the first African-American to mother, Minnie. hold the position of head coach “My mother washed dishes in any major sport in Marion and waited tables in a restaurant County’s integrated school on weekdays and ironed clothes system when he coached both on the weekends to support our basketball and football. family,” James says. “She never James has diligently worked remarried, and nine of us ended in the field of education his up going to college. She did entire life—teaching, coaching more than just get us started and holding administrative on the right track, she was an positions at schools in example to us that with hard Fernandina Beach, Dunnellon work anything is possible.” and Ocala. He has been vice James’ was born in Ocala, and his family has called Marion principal or principal at Forest and Dunnellon High Schools, County home for several Fessenden Elementary School generations. Following his and Northwood Central graduation from Howard High Alternative School. School in 1966, he attended In 2007, he was appointed Central Florida Community to a vacant Marion County College and Paul Quinn College “BEING ELECTED IN A COUNTYWIDE VOTE WAS SchoolABoard position by in Waco, Texas, where he played then-Governor Charlie Crist. whileIT majoring in MILESTONE MILESTONE FOR ME IN MYbasketball LIFE, AND WAS A He held the appointed seat history and physical education.

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until 2010 when he campaigned and became the first AfricanAmerican to be elected in a countywide election in Marion County history. “Being elected in a countywide vote was a milestone for me in my life, and it was a milestone for Marion County,” James says. “It was a tremendous feeling to know that people voted for me because they looked at me simply as the best candidate for the job.” Milestones seem to be a way of life for James, and in 2012, he became the first African-American to be elected chairman of the Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition, an alliance of 10 local county school boards. What does James see when he looks at the educational opportunities today for minority students in Marion County? “I would like to see more minority students, both African-American and Hispanic,


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in the honors programs,” he says. “The programs are open to them, but it’s going to take more than just being average. In the school system, we need to go as far back as kindergarten and begin to really motivate them to want to excel in these upper level classes. At home, minority parents are going to have to instill in their children the desire to take their lives to the next level. To succeed in today’s marketplace, a young person cannot be average anymore; they need to have something that sets them apart from the crowd. Our job as a community is to instill in them a desire to succeed.” Presently, James is chairman of the Marion County School Board and owns his own company, James Development and Investment. He will be campaigning to retain his school board seat in the upcoming 2014 election.

fter a stellar career in law enforcement that saw Samuel Williams rise to the rank of public service director of Dade County, he came to Ocala with his wife, Mary, to retire and take life easy. Things didn’t quite work out as planned. In 2003, Williams became Ocala’s first African American police chief, beating out more than 110 applicants. He held the position until his resignation in 2011. During his tenure as chief, he implemented many community programs that reached out to the poor and minorities.

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t just 45 years of age, Craig Damon feels privileged to be included with his fellow inductees into the Marion County Black History Museum Hall of Fame. “What an honor this is for me,” he says. “To be inducted alongside people I have admired for so many years is tremendously fulfilling.” Damon, who is a local sports star and legendary high school football coach at North Marion High School, has not only watched the lives of those pillars of the community with whom he now shares this great honor, he has listened to their words—and it has helped shape the direction of his life. “Many years ago, Bobby James started to question me concerning how I could make an even bigger difference in the lives of young AfricanAmericans in the community,” he says. “As a coach, I was making a difference in the lives of those who played sports, but Bobby told me that if I moved into administration I could touch the lives of so many more young boys and girls. I listened to his words, and it changed my life.” Damon has spent virtually his entire life in his hometown of Sparr, leaving only to attend Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. He attended on a football scholarship and was a star in

both baseball and football. Damon majored in business administration and, following graduation, worked for two years in accounting at the Lowell Correctional Institution. At the urging of his former high school football coaches, he remained involved in sports activities, coaching football in the Marion County Youth Football League. In the early ‘90s, he began his teaching career at North Marion High School, teaching keyboarding for two years before becoming certified to teach special education classes. He also started his coaching career and, three years later, became the offensive coordinator. In 2000, Damon became the first African-American head football coach at North Marion. While coaching, he amassed the most playoff wins of any active head coach and had the third-best win-loss record in county history. While at North Marion, he also held the position of athletic director for six years. “I loved coaching football, but realized that if I wanted to be taken seriously in my quest to become

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a school administrator that I needed to set coaching aside and pursue my future seriously. In 2012, I received my master’s degree, and last year, I passed the interviews necessary to enter the pool of candidates for administrative positions,” Damon says. “While doing some research online for dean’s training, I came n 1990, Clifford Grier became across a job opening at the Florida High School Athletic the first African-American Association. I applied and was hired.” firefighter hired by Marion Damon calls the new job a blessing, as it allows him County Fire Rescue. Grier was hired much more time at home with his wife and two children. as an emergency medical technician in He also likes the fact that his new position allows him 1989, and, at the urging of his father-into help many more young boys and girls while still law, Elton Bellamy, attained his firefighter maintaining contact with high school sports. certification from the state of Florida. Grier “Now I will be able to help enrich the lives of has been a firefighter for the past 24 years and young people all across the state,” he says. “I want to has worked his way up to district commander make sure that the playing field is level for all schools of the Southwest District. no matter how much money is in their district. My job is to make sure every child has an equal chance, and I take that job seriously.”

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fter more than 27 years of loyal service, Wendell Rora retired from Ocala Fire Rescue in 2012 but not before reaching the rank of battalion commander. He worked his way up in the ranks and was the first African-American to hold this position. Rora was in charge of Ocala’s 911 emergency service at the time of his retirement. Rora has called Ocala home his entire life. He is now “taking it easy” at home with his wife and three children.

More Info The Howard Academy Community Center is located in the West Ocala Historic District at 306 NW 7th Avenue. The Marion County Black History Museum is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. For more information, call (352) 629-7082.

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or 23 years, Sandra Edwards-Stevens was the county judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit. She retired in late 2013 after serving the citizens of Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter counties since 1990. Judge Stevens was the first female and the first African American to be elected county judge in the circuit.

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eing an Ocala native and having received her education through the Marion County public school system, Angie Boynton was wellprepared for the job when she became the first elected AfricanAmerican female school board member in 2010. Boynton is active in politics and devotes her time to community service. She has been a longtime Girl Scout leader and developed the “Kids United to Succeed” program for at-risk students.


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rganizers Donald Gualandri and Christopher Major knew each other for years before the first Ocala Comic Con in November 2012. Like many good ideas, it was the result of a few drinks between friends. The two attended an event featuring Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl Grimes in the hit series The Walking Dead. “We went to it, really enjoyed it and thought ‘why don’t we just do this in Ocala?’” Major recalls. “We both enjoy Ocala, and we just want something fun for people of different ages to enjoy.” The closest convention at the time was SwampCon held on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. The two attended numerous other conventions thanks to their longstanding interests in comic books and

anime, but now they had some strategizing to do. “It worked out really well our first year because we went to other cons to see how they operated it,” says Gualandri. “It takes eight to 12 months to plan.” When asked how and why they got started that first year, Donald cited three of the things he enjoys most. “Pokémon, pro wrestling and promoting. I’ve been doing events in Ocala since 2006, which helped us form friendships with media contacts,” he explains. Following the success of last year’s event and the predictions for this year’s attendance, this dynamic duo is trying to expand their brainchild to MegaCon’s proportions in the future. “We’re aiming to find a venue for next year that is around 40,000 square feet,” Major says. “Last year we didn’t have enough space. We got about 2,400 people for the weekend, and this year we’re definitely going to double it, if not

Charizard, which is the most popular. I wanted to get Mitsuhiro because we’re pretty big on Pokémon. I found his contact and wrote him an email and now he sends me random messages. And he friend requested us,” Donald said with a smile. “I’m going to Disney with him.” Pokémon fans are in for another treat this year. Con guests can participate in the Pokémon XY Tournament on Saturday for gift cards and, for the champion, a Nintendo 3DSXL. Veterans of Pokémon battles can even take on the Elite Four Challenge, battling specially typed teams of Pokémon for even better prizes. Star Wars fans will not be disappointed either. Gualandri and Major plan to have a life-size Jabba the Hutt in attendance and a Death Star trash compactor scene for photos, and guests might spot R2D2 rolling around as well. “We actually changed the date because we wanted them to be there,” Christopher said of the Star Wars replicas. No doubt con

more. We rented out the entire floor this year so we could have a Pokémon tournament.” “I’d say at least 4,500,” Gualandri added. “There are more talks here this year, and sales are up a lot faster. Right now we believe the Hilton will be maxed out. In order for us to bring bigger acts, we need a bigger venue for next year.” Their goal for Comic Con 2014 centered on booking more special guests to entice the crowds, including comic book illustrators, famous cosplayers, voice actors and more. “We saw last year how well the voice actors did, so we wanted to bring them back. We saw who was relevant at the time. J Michael just did Space Dandy, and Attack on Titan is coming out soon. We were lucky enough to get Seth Gabel who was on Arrow and is going to star in Salem,” says Major. Donald is most excited to host illustrator Mitsuhiro Arita, best known for his artwork on the original Pokémon cards. “Growing up, I had every one of his cards. He did the original

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FOR THE LOVE OF COSPLAY guests will be happy with that decision. And don’t forget the last integral ingredient of conventions: cosplay. “Three fourths of the people dress up. You’re going to see a ton of Attack on Titan costumes because J Michael will be there,” says Major. Cosplayers are encouraged to strut their stuff in the cosplay contest. Entering the competition is free, and winners will receive a free photo shoot of the characters they’ve worked so hard to become. Tack on over 100 vendors, local artists, tabletop games and numerous special guests, and it seems Ocala Comic Con 2014 is the year not to miss. Booking high-profile guests, organizing tournaments and contests, and filling a hotel with vendors is no small task for two men. Thankfully, they show no signs of stopping. The reasons they started—their love of conventions and hosting quality events in Ocala—are still as important as ever. “I’m a huge anime fan, so meeting anyone who voiced one of my favorite characters is awesome,” says Major. “We didn’t have too many complaints last year, and we had a great moment of ‘wow, this rules.’”

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Cos·play n : the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book or video game, esp. one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.

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ong believed to be the domain of high school nerds, cosplay has become more accepted in recent years. It’s even cropping up in reality TV, like Heroes of Cosplay on the Syfy Channel. Ocala Style sat down with three local cosplayers attending Ocala Comic Con to see how they become characters for a day.

Shelbie Swilley

Shelbie is new to the world of cosplay but has years of sewing experience to put to work now that she’s started. At only 17, she has already created entire costumes by hand and shows no signs of stopping.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COSPLAY? I love superheroes, Marvel and DC. Batman is my first love. I love costumes that are interesting and loud. I love huge accessories and props. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t sewing, but I got into cosplay January of last year when my friends invited me to SwampCon. I’d heard of conventions before but didn’t have much interest. Then, they told me I could dress up for it. It was three days before the event, so I had no time. I went to the fabric store and made a terrible Nyan Cat costume. Now I’m addicted to conventions. WHAT IS IT LIKE MAKING A COSTUME? We completely converted the guest room into a sewing room. It can take about a month and a half to make a really good costume. HOW DID YOU LEARN TO SEW? My grandma taught me. She tried to teach my mom, but she just wouldn’t have it. The first thing we made together was a table runner. So far, my favorite is Harley Quinn. I think she’s very well made. Right now I’m working on Hawk Girl with the wings and the mask. WHY DO YOU ENJOY IT? I’m a theater kid—I love theatricality and being someone you’re not. I’m 6 foot 2 inches, and whenever I walk out in public, people stare or ask about my height. With this, I’m not myself; I’m a character. Since superheroes were drawn to be 10 feet tall, I think I fit the bill OK. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OCALA HAVING ITS OWN CON? Last year I wasn’t expecting much, but it was extremely well organized for a convention in its first year. I’m excited to hear they’re expanding, and I have no doubts this year will be great. To see more of Shelbie’s creations, visit facebook.com/shelbiesavagecosplays.


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This cosplaying couple shares an interest in making detailed costumes from scratch, and beyond attending Ocala Comic-Con in character, Danica will be a judge for the cosplay contest. Here’s their insight into what takes cosplay to “a whole new level of cool,” including how Danica learned to give her talent shape.

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WHY DID YOU START COSPLAYING? DANICA: I started when we started dating. He looks like David Tennant who plays Doctor Who, and he would dress like him and go to cons. I’ve always liked nerdy stuff, but I never knew cosplay existed. He said ‘dress up like your favorite character and we’ll go.’ I worked my butt off on this really terrible costume. The first cosplay you make will always be horrible in your eyes.

JOHN GRAY: Cosplay is just playing pretend. I’ve played pretend forever. I think from age 4 to 12 I was only myself 10 percent of the time. I was a geek throughout high school, but I suppressed that part of myself. Now I’m older, and I don’t care anymore. I just like being other people. I think anyone should be able to cosplay anything they want.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A COSTUME? D: The Star Wars one I worked on for nine months. If you ask me that question before MegaCon, I’ll say I finish it three months in advance. I try to have it done a month before the con so I can troubleshoot it and make sure there won’t be problems. For example, when you cast, you sculpt a piece of clay and normally spend about 200 hours. I spent 275. Then you cover it in plaster, get it locked in, and you may not get it back out. It’s craftsmanship. I’m attracted to characters I see a little of myself in, that are relatable. aphy IMPhotgr

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WHY DO YOU ENJOY COSPLAY? D: It’s addicting because you meet awesome, talented people. You experience a tight-knit community that brings a lot of people together. You get to make friends based on what you’re wearing. You’re like a walking hashtag. And you get to freak out people on the way when you stop at CVS.

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JG: There are online resources for how to do everything. If it weren’t for the Internet, the community wouldn’t exist. All this isn’t in books. Everything Danica is doing is the purvey of special effects experts. JG: It’s like any other scene, and it really is an art scene in a way. It’s easier to get close to someone quickly when you know you have something in common.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CROWNING COSPLAY MOMENT SO FAR? D: At Pax Prime, the press release conference for the video game industry. It was awesome because I got to meet David, a designer from BioWear, which is the team I cosplay from heavily. It’s not uncommon to be stopped every five minutes and asked to take a photo, but he had to wait until I was done crying to take mine. He said it was the best Morrigan he’d ever seen. To keep up with Danica, visit facebook.com/DahliaThomasCosplay.

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Mitsuhiro Arita, illustrator

Mitsuhiro Arita was one of the three artists responsible for the original 150 Pokémon cards and has contributed artwork to the Yu-Gi-Oh card series, Final Fantasy XI online content and much more. He will be a headlining guest at Ocala Comic Con, autographing fans’ cards and drawing commissioned artwork. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO COME TO OCALA COMIC CON? One day last year, I got a Facebook message from Donald, a man operating Ocala Comic Con. He said he wanted to invite me. I couldn’t judge if this offer was real or not, so I asked him to introduce himself in detail. He sent me back details and a picture of him holding several Pokémon Cards from the very first edition and asking me ‘please come to Ocala.’ So I believed in him and decided to come. WHEN DID YOU BEGIN DRAWING AND ILLUSTRATING? I’ve been drawing since I was a child. There is nothing different from many people. I draw because everybody said ‘you are good at drawing.’ WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT TO ILLUSTRATE? Water. There is ultimate possibility to express. YOU ILLUSTRATED SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS POKEMON CARDS, LIKE VENUSAUR AND CHARIZARD. WHICH ONE ARE YOU MOST FAMOUS FOR? Mewtwo. Some people have said ‘your Mewtwo is handsome.’ I think so!

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CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR MOBILE PAINTINGS? I did them around 1999 to 2003. In the end of 1999, almost nobody knew [tablets] were on the market with beautiful full-color displays. Also there was good, free paint software for that device, which had Corel Painter, a texture function. At that time, I had trouble with painting natural environment lighting, like cloudy skies. I thought I could solve that if I could paint real things outdoors. The mobile painting was the best tool to do sketching with unlimited colors. I drew over 20,000 drawings with that, and the experience built the foundation of my artwork. Once I was called a human camera. WHAT IS THE STRANGEST THING A FAN HAS ASKED YOU TO SIGN? A woman’s shin. She said it would be a tattoo. I hope that was joke. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST SUCCESS SO FAR? I never mind such things. I’m still going. But I think I am very lucky to have worked on many major titles. I want to say thank you to everyone still loving those titles and my artwork.


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David Vincent , voice actor

In his 17 years of recording, David Vincent has voiced characters in some of the most highly acclaimed anime series to date, including Bleach and Code Geass. He has also recorded for video game characters in famous titles like Resident Evil. One of the most famous guests coming to Ocala Comic Con talks about life inside the sound booth. HOW DID YOU BEGIN VOICE ACTING? I got my start doing stand up in New York City. I was doing a sketch show in Times Square making fun of TV commercials and doing a thousand voices. I had a gal come up to me, and she helped me get my first agent. My first audition was for a Rolling Rock beer commercial, and I booked it. As far as anime goes, my first voiceover was for Ghost in the Shell.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT VOICING ANIME THAN OTHER RECORDING SCENARIOS? In commercials, your voice is not the star. You’re guiding the audience to a product. With anime, you’re matching the lip flap of the animation from Japan in a recording booth with a big TV. In anime your voice plays a much bigger part because you’re bringing a character to life. You’re bringing drama and comedy to that character’s life for the audience.

HOW DO YOU BRING AN ANIMATED CHARACTER TO LIFE? Half the time, you get a picture of the character, and half the time, you don’t. You do get a character breakdown with a little background information, like what their age is, if they’re a hero or a villain, melancholy or excitable. I ask ‘what is their attitude and why are they saying what they’re saying? What does the character want?’ That’s where the voice comes from.

DO YOU WATCH THE JAPANESE ANIME SERIES BEFORE YOU RECORD? I try to avoid doing that unless a director asks me to. It’s not about mimicking the Japanese actor but bringing something American to it and catering to a native English speaking audience. I rely heavily on my director for what they want to see.

WHICH CHARACTERS WERE YOUR FAVORITES TO PLAY? One would have to be Grimmjow Jaegerjaques. He’s absolutely insane. I loved getting to play the arrogance of that character. Another one is Jin Kisaragi from BlazBlue. He’s got this crazy obsession with his brother, so it was fun playing the crazy laughs. Van from Gun Sword was my first role, and the character has so many different levels to him that it was a joy to play him. I actually rerecorded some dialogue and proposed to my wife in that anime.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT COMING TO A NEWER CONVENTION? I absolutely love smaller cons because you get to just hang out with people. You can go play Dance Dance Revolution where at bigger cons you’re being escorted around. Smaller cons are more of a family feel. WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING SOMEONE HAS ASKED YOU TO SIGN? I had a guy come up to me and, apologizing the whole time, asked me to sign his to-go bowl of spaghetti. I guess it was an inside joke with his friends. The coolest thing was a Jeep Wrangler totally redone in Resident Evil fashion, and I autographed the dashboard.

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To learn more about David or join his fan club, visit facebook.com/davidvincentva.

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If you like Ocala Comic Con, check out these upcoming events also happening in our fair state. Florida SuperCon Miami

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men do keep up with the latest fashions, put a lot of thought into their facial hairstyle and hope to find a meaningful relationship (but not at a bar). So, gentlemen… read on. From growing a beard to cooking the perfect bacon to meeting women, we’ve got you covered.

They can keep the same haircut they had in high school (providing they still have hair), and no one says they need to update it. If they need a larger pants’ size, they just buy them without having an emotional meltdown. A movie can be a hit if it has a hot chick and a great car chase. You can buy them practical things, like tools or truck floor mats, for a gift. Yet when I began talking to guys while researching this story, I realized it’s not always that straightforward. Plenty of

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some facial hair, Olsen has a few suggestions. For starters, do nothing. Once that hair gets growing, then experiment with grooming routines and products to find a look that works for you. “It’s a mistake to think having a beard simply means not shaving,” adds Olsen. “It’s very important that a beard be cared for. You can use the same shampoo and conditioner you use on your head, but there are some specialized products for the beard. Some people use waxes, gels and hairspray to keep the beard in place. This is where experimentation comes into play.” Your beard and mustache don’t necessarily have to be integrated. This is up to the individual, Olsen says. Nor do you have to have hair on your head to sport a beard. Bald with a beard is a look that’s growing in popularity. If you do have a hairstyle, choose a beard that complements it. A word of caution: If you’re thinking of trying a “soul patch,” that small spot of hair under the bottom lip, please incorporate some additional facial hair, even if it’s just a “five o’clock shadow” or a mustache. On its own, the soul patch can look like you just missed a spot shaving or, worse, spilled something on your chin. For additional pointers—not to mention a few good laughs—get yourself a copy of The Facial Hair Handbook, an informative and entertaining guide written by two-time world beard champion Jack Passion.

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It’s become common to meet women online, thanks to a plethora of dating websites, but it’s still possible to start a relationship offline. You just have to know where to look. Oh, and you won’t find any bars on this list!

ACTING OR COMEDY CLASSES: Try out your best lines without feeling like a jerk. Peruse an adult education catalog for classes. ADULT SPORTS TEAM: Softball or flag

football, anyone?

COMMUNITY SERVICE/ VOLUNTEER GROUP: You may meet

someone who has the same passion for a cause.

DANCE CLASSES: Where else do you get to put your arms around a woman you’ve just met and not get slapped? Dancin’ Around Studio in Ocala offers classes in ballroom, Latin, country and swing. FRIDAY NIGHT ART WALK: You can always walk to a neighborhood bar or coffee shop afterward if you hit it off.

ANYWHERE THEY PLAY LIVE MUSIC:

GROCERY STORE: A quick glance at her cart will reveal if you have similar tastes in food… or if she even cooks.

BOOK STORE: With a built-in coffee shop, large chain book stores are perfect for a casual, instant date.

GYM OR FITNESS CLASSES: Working out isn’t just about pumping iron. Women take yoga classes. Should you?

Locally, check out The Corkscrew for a fun, not-too-bar-like setting with great live tunes.

CHURCH: You’ll have at least core values in common. DOG PARKS: Yep, the right dog can be a babe magnet. Of course, this means you must actually have a dog… or borrow a cute one from your dog-owning friend.

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SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES: Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, etc. (I personally know one couple, happily married for almost two years, who met via Twitter.) STANDING IN LINE… ANY LINE:

Instead of staring down at your phone, make the most of the time and scan the ladies in line. You never know…

WINE-TASTING EVENTS: Date-like setting, but you aren’t stuck if you don’t click. Sources: askmen.com

MEETUP.COM GROUPS: Plenty of topics to pick from and lots of members, many of them female. MUSIC FESTIVAL: Casual setting and lots of people up the odds of meeting someone.

TOOLS Let’s face it; some guys are handier than others. Even if you’d rather call in the pros to tackle a remodeling job, you still need a toolbox stocked with the basics. These will get you through everything from assembling that dining room set your wife ordered on Overstock.com to fixing a bathroom sink leak. Tools are personal; you may want to pick out your own, but don’t be shy. Drop a hint to the family that a gift card to your local home improvement store would be the perfect present.

ORGANIZED CLUB TRIP: Take a day, overnight or longer trip with others who enjoy the same hobby (scuba diving, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, etc.).

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Females have already had it, and men are warming up to it,” adds to mind women, men are definitely into Desantis. “There’s plenty of color fashionable attire. Trends change, so we in the long-sleeve and short-sleeve, button-down shirts. For 2014, we’re checked in with David Desantis, owner seeing ‘ice cream’ and ‘jewel tone’ colors of Greiners for Men in downtown like pinks, purples and brighter greens. Ocala, to see what men are wearing It’s not all navy and khaki anymore. these days. Wrinkle-free is a big option. You can “We still sell suits for weddings still take the shirt to the dry cleaners to and funerals, but the suit and tie for get cleaned and starched, but you can business is not nearly as prevalent as wear it all day and it doesn’t look like a it used to be. It’s a much more ‘dress wrinkled mess.” casual’ atmosphere now,” says Desantis. So what about tucking in your shirt? “We have financial advisers who still “To tuck or not wear suits but not every day, and most tuck is such a personal of the attorneys who shop with us only opinion,” says Desantis. wear suits when going to a court case.” “I, personally, am a Plenty of guys wear jeans, but the — tucker. Shirts these days big, baggy look is out. are being cut a little “A more ‘clean,’ fitted look is in,” shorter and finished at the bottom says Desantis. “You can dress jeans differently because so up with a sport coat or many men are leaving just wear them with a C URRENT T RENDS them untucked, but that T-shirt. Straight leg is is strictly a casual look.” more popular, but there is TRIM-FITTING As he explains, a boot cut. Ladies have had SHIRTS & PANTS shirt with a flat bottom all these choices to make hem, think Hawaiian all their lives, but denim FLAT FRONT PANTS or rugby shirts), aren’t fashion has only evolved COLORFUL SHIRTS made to be tucked in. in recent years for men. However, if a shirt has Men have to actually try WRINKLE-FREE tails, it should be tucked. jeans on; the dressing DRESS SHIRTS Whatever you choose, rooms get used now! once you decide to tuck Times have changed.” STRAIGHT LEG JEANS in a shirt, stick with that “We’re seeing a choice because you’ll lot more color in men’s LACE-UP WING TIPS look like you just rolled clothing than in years past. (SUEDE OR TWO-TONE) A LT H O U G H T H E W O R D “fashion” typically brings

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Speaking of socks, is it ever OK not to wear them? “Lots of guys wear loafers without socks,” says Desantis. “It’s a comfort thing. There are no rules, but you don’t want to wear too dressy of a loafer without socks. They do make ‘no-show’ socks you can wear with tennis shoes or loafers.” No self-respecting man should be caught in public wearing socks with sandals. This is a serious fashion faux pas. If you want to cover up your feet, put on a pair of shoes, but please, no “man crocs.”

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KEEP A GRILL LOG. Jot down type of meat, thickness, what works (or didn’t) and include comments on the final result. Then, next time, you won't have to try to remember, plus you’re constantly improving your grilling methods. DON’T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT. If you’ve never cooked fruit or pizza on the grill, try it. Make your own barbeque sauce; do something different. Toss an herb, like a sprig of rosemary, onto the grill and use it as a garnish for the finished meat.

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OK, so you can bring home the bacon, but do you really know how to cook it? Choose one of the following foolproof methods to cook perfect slices of bacon. Then, all you have to do is whip up some scrambled eggs, toast a couple slices of bread and you’ve got a quick, protein-rich, tasty meal for any time of day. I N

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Skip the high-tech microwave bacon cookers, and just use a microwave-safe plate large enough to hold bacon in a single layer. First, place a paper towel on the plate, and then cover with a single layer of bacon slices. Cover with a second paper towel and cook on high. Six slices will take four to five minutes, but you’ll want to check doneness after the first couple minutes. Once it’s done to your satisfaction, remove from microwave and let rest a few minutes so it can “crisp up” (and so you don’t burn your mouth). I N

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Smell is one of the most powerful senses when it comes to evoking memory or pleasure, and guys certainly aren’t immune to that. Here, not in any particular order, are some of the most popular masculine scents. HARDWARE STORE SAWDUST/JUST-CUT WOOD CAMPFIRE/ WOODSMOKE CORDITE (AS IN USED GUNPOWDER) WHISKEY FRESHLY CUT GRASS

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guys like beer, and some establishments have capitalized on this fact. Infinite Ale Works opened March 15 on South Magnolia in downtown Ocala, offering a haven for craft beer lovers. With 40 craft beers on tap, it’s a great spot to try something new and socialize. For recommendations, you can trust the waitstaff, as Infinite Ale Works has certified beer servers, which means they know their stuff. “Some are from around Florida, some are rare beers that are very limited, and we have a lot from Belgium that you can’t find anywhere else,” says Tom McDonald, manager and co-owner, who first got into craft beer when he opened Pi on Broadway in 2009. “Sampler” sizes are available so you can try different beers and educate yourself as to what you like. You can even pick up a “growler,” a sealed draft beer to go, if you want something out of the ordinary for that barbecue or friend’s cookout. “These are specialty hard-to-find beers,” explains McDonald, adding that the establishment, which is open every evening except Sundays, begins brewing its own beer this month. “There are so many different facets to craft beers, and part of the appeal is that there are a whole lot of beers in one place that people can try,” says Adam Fisher, general manager of World of Beer in The Villages, which opened last September and is open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner and lots of beer. World of Beer debuted in 2007 and already has 55 stores in Florida and across the country. “We have a really knowledgeable staff, and they can recommend beers, which gives the customer an opportunity to try beers from around the world and expand their view of what beer can taste like, as opposed to their perception of beer,” adds Fisher. “Lunch time, especially during the week, is a great time to

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come in. That’s when you can get the most one-on-one time with your server. Aside from traditional beers, we have alcoholic ciders, wine and other craft cocktails, as well.” World of Beer also offers a full food menu (check out the giant German pretzel), live music and entertainment, making it a fun and friendly destination.

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When in the market for a new vehicle, there’s nothing more important than experience and great customer service. You can expect all that and more at Honda of Ocala. Why did you get into the car business? I was 19 years old and wanted to

earn some extra money for school. My best friend worked part time at a car lot in Jacksonville, Florida, so I followed his lead and was lucky enough to get a job with a Ford store. I planned to work just a few months, but it got in my blood and I really liked it. Except for a few years when I took a break, I have been in the car business in one capacity or another, starting from sales, for many years.

You seem young to be a general manager of a car dealership. How did that happen? Hard work, but I have also had great mentors who spent a lot of their

valuable time showing me the ins and outs of running a successful car dealership, most importantly Tom Moore, who was the general manager of Honda of Ocala and is now the platform manager of the northern stores for Morgan Automotive.

What sets Honda of Ocala apart from other dealerships? We want to create a destination for people who not only drive onto our lot but who visit our virtual showroom as well. But what really sets us apart is our people. I firmly believe we have some of the finest men and women in Marion County working for us. It is truly a blessing. What can a person expect when they visit Honda of Ocala? You can expect to

experience what we call the Ritz Carlton experience. Whether it’s in sales or service, I want all of our customers to leave with that “wow factor.” We have the only fully functional dealership café in Ocala, along with a movie room, with Wi-Fi where people can eat breakfast or lunch on us while buying or servicing their car. Although we may have a slipup from time to time as any business does, I keep myself available to help customers resolve any issue they may have. My door is always open, and my cell number is posted throughout the dealership.

You’re a pretty stylish guy. Where does that come from? That’s an easy one.

The women in my life, my mom, my beautiful wife, Kelly, and my daughter, Kaylin, always help pick out what looks great. I would also say that one valuable piece of advice I received when I was young was, “Dress for the job that you want, not the job you have.”

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RET. US NAVY CHIEF (SUBMARINES) CULINARY OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE CHEF OCALA, FL (352) 401-2867

What are you most passionate about in life? The word passion makes me think

about my father and how passionate he was about his country. He was a volunteer firefighter and served as a cook in the Navy. He is the reason I desired to become a chef. My passion shows when I’m able to put a smile on the face of someone who enjoys food I have prepared or who has attended an event I planned.

Which celebrity chef has had the biggest influence on your cooking and restaurant-management style? Two of my favorite chefs are Anthony Bourdain, for

his cooking style and quirkiness, and Gordon Ramsay, for his outspoken, no-nonsense style of management. My admiration for these chefs comes from their desire to improve the industry and willingness to guide those who decide to enter this career.

We heard you were the mastermind behind the menu at The Crazy Cucumber. What goes into creating a menu from scratch?

I could talk for hours about menu planning, but in a few words, it takes many years in the industry, education and training as well as a passion to please your guests through their stomachs. When planning, I consider food cost, the profiles of my guests, and staffing and seating turnover. Most importantly, I have to ensure the food’s flavor is great enough to keep the guests coming back for more.

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Why do companies choose Shelter Storage USA? Many of our valued customers view Shelter

Storage as a complete supply-chain solution, which allows the customer to focus more energy on their core business competencies. We focus on our ability to reduce costs and freight expenses as well as related management and administrative costs.

Does Shelter Storage USA have its own trucks, trailers or other transportation vehicles? We are truly a “non-asset” based

company whose only business interest is to provide our clients with time sensitive and cost efficiencies that reduce operating costs, although we do partner with many freight-forwarding companies to provide logistics solutions for our clients. In the near future, we’ll be providing pick-up, delivery and courier services for our clients.

PRESIDENT USA SHELTER STORAGE USA 1417 SW 17TH ST., OCALA (352) 840-9600 SHELTERSTORAGE.ORG

How can Shelter Storage USA help their customers reduce logistics costs? Value-added services from

Shelter Storage USA give you the ability to respond to unexpected changes in special orders and customer requirements. Combining these services with our warehouse and transportation network adds even more supply chain flexibility, while reducing your costs and increasing your profits. At Shelter Storage USA, value-added services get your products to market faster. Services include product customization; kitting, picking and packing, bundling and unbundling; light assembly; packaging, re-packaging and re-boxing; labeling; sort, segregate and recycle; reverse logistics and returns management; and inventory management and material supply management.

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OWNER MACK INJURY & SPINE CARE 1813 SW 1ST AVE., OCALA (352) 622-1136

What brought you to Ocala?

I was born and raised in Davison, Michigan, which is quite similar to Ocala. I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in human physiology and moved to Florida to complete my doctorate at Palmer College of Chiropractic. After working for two large practices in Orlando, I took an opportunity to start my own practice in Ocala and have been here since 2011.

What is the most important thing you have learned as a business owner? Integrity is No. 1. In today’s

health care system, it’s easy to compromise integrity for the sake of business. That’s something I refuse to do.

What sets Mack Injury & Spine Care apart from other offices? We

focus on quality, not quantity. I believe

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You are the 2007 Paso Fino Horse Association Trainer of the Year. How do you use that experience as a Realtor? As a trainer,

instructor and clinician, I need to guide clients based on the horse of their dreams and not the horse of mine. I learned to ask the right questions, listen to their desires, formulate a plan with them and use my skills and contacts to find them what they are looking for.

Which of your personality characteristics are most beneficial to your clients? I have

integrity and take responsibility for my actions. In all my business dealings, I try to do the right thing for my clients. My life experiences have given me confidence that things happen as they are meant to be, so there is no need to force things that aren’t right for all parties involved. This fosters comfort and trust, which are necessary for successful business relationships.

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REALTOR KELLER WILLIAMS CORNERSTONE REALTY 1918 SE 17TH ST., OCALA (352) 283-0406

Your slogan is, “Here to serve you.” What does service mean to you? Life is about people and relationships, and God wants us to serve others by treating one another with respect, kindness and integrity. From the smallest to the largest transaction, each person deserves my utmost commitment to serve them in reaching their goals. Keller Williams shares this philosophy, which ensures that I have the support and resources of an internationally acclaimed firm.

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in concise treatment timelines and goals and working with other providers as necessary. We have also made the office essentially paperless with a stateof-the-art office management system. We are able to promptly communicate electronic information to patients, other providers and attorneys.

What types of treatments do you perform? The spine is our specialty.

We treat a lot of neck pain, low back pain and sciatica and have the latest equipment, including spinal decompression. Treatment does not involve medications or extensive testing but focuses on stretching, strengthening and lightly manipulating the joints to allow proper function and promote healing. It’s amazing how well the body responds to hands-on, active care when done right.


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Dr. Kesari began practicing in Central Florida in 2009, but the technology in his office is as cutting edge as it comes. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first gastroenterologist in the area to use the latest and most innovative colonoscope, called Fuse. What kind of services and procedures do you offer? We offer

screening for colonoscopy, hemorrhoid destruction, upper endoscopy, capsule endoscopy and ERCP. I also perform several other endoscopic procedures, including sigmoidoscopy and EGD. I am board certified in gastroenterology. My staff and I provide professional, compassionate care and encourage anyone experiencing discomfort to investigate it. I want to keep things running smoothly for my patients.

Why is it important to have routine colonoscopies?

Colonoscopies save lives. When cancer is discovered during a routine screening, patients have a 90 percent survival rate. If symptoms spur discovery of cancer, the survival rate drops to 8 percent. The gastrointestinal tract can be up to 20 feet long in adult males. Because of its size, there are a number of conditions that can occur. I specialize in colonoscopy procedures, which serve as a means of discovering and treating colon cancer, polyps, colitis and lesions. And when it comes to colonoscopies, quality matters.

What is Fuse? Fuse, or Full Spectrum Endoscopy, is the latest advancement in colonoscopy. It provides physicians with a panoramic, 330-degree view, while standard endoscopes only provide up to 170 degrees of forward vision. This increased view allows us

to see almost twice the anatomy, thus detecting more abnormalities.

How is Fuse superior to traditional endoscopy? Fuse

enables our practice to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. The revolutionary endoscope system allows us to see more of the GI tract than ever before, which can detect significantly more polyps than a standard endoscope.

Why is your work important to members of the Central Florida community? The American Cancer

Society estimated that in 2011 141,210 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. At least six out of every 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were screened routinely. The goals of screening are the prevention of cancer through the detection and removal of precancerous growths and the diagnosis of cancers at an early stage. Overall, 90 percent of new cases and 94 percent of deaths occur in individuals 50 and older. To schedule your Fuse Colonoscopy call (352) 237-1253.

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You may have seen Ronald Wetherington around town at some of Ocala’s most prestigious events, camera in hand. His interests, however, go far beyond his photographic skills and include a love of travel and a successful career in real estate. How long have you lived in Florida? I am that most rare

breed of Floridian—a native. I was born and raised by an historic pioneering family in Miami. I graduated from Miami Jackson Senior High School where my mother also attended. I later studied business administration at the University of Miami and language at the University of Munich, Germany. Early in my career, I was the Manager of Consumer Affairs for Pan American World Airways and was based in Miami. While I have always considered Florida home, I heeded my grandmother’s wise words to see the world.

Why did you move to Ocala?

Ocala’s rolling green horse pastures and Spanish moss-draped oak trees tugged on my heart early on. Seizing a golden opportunity, I purchased Fort King Manor, a twostory, brick apartment complex in Ocala’s historic district. I made it a showplace, replete with a courtyard rose garden, lighted pool and Italian statuary. I have maintained a stellar reputation in Florida commercial real estate for 25 years, having owned and operated apartment buildings in Coconut Grove and Miami Beach. I am a member of the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. As a Realtor-Associate, I am licensed with ABS Property Management in Ocala, Florida.

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What do you like best about being a photojournalist for Ocala Style Magazine? My

press credentials were years in the making. I was the society editor and real estate writer for Entertainment News and Views in Miami, as well as society editor of Social Magazine in Miami. As a photojournalist for Ocala Style Magazine, I have a full calendar as I am seen out and about town. What I find most rewarding, as a photojournalist, is getting acquainted with so many fine individuals. The residents of Ocala/ Marion County are genuine, warm and friendly.

What do you do for fun? I wonder where life’s trajectory will take me next. I frequently travel to far flung places in the world. I love traveling and am excited about an upcoming trip this summer to Barcelona, Spain and a Mediterranean cruise to Istanbul, Turkey. A few months later, I will be sojourning in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar “Burma” on a classic mahogany vintage riverboat. Still, Ocala is now my permanent home. It is always a real pleasure to come home to Ocala.


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KING LAW FIRM 2156 E SILVER SPRINGS BLVD., OCALA (352) 629-8747 KINGLAWFIRM.ORG

Greg and Jarrod King are a father-son duo devoted to personalized care for every client. As Ocala natives, they’re striving to earn their clients everything they deserve and give back to the community that they love. What is the history of the firm?

The King Law Firm was founded in 1995 by Greg King, managing shareholder, based upon his desire to provide his clients with prompt and personal representation. In 2005, I joined my father at the firm, and we still hold true to that principle. Our attorneys personally handle every legal aspect of our clients’ cases. Unlike some firms who operate on volume, we are personally involved and accessible, giving each case and every client the attention they deserve while delivering the skill and competence required for a successful outcome.

What services do you offer the community? The King Law

Firm focuses its practice entirely on representing plaintiffs in their fight to obtain fair treatment from the insurance industry. We represent clients who have been injured or killed through no fault of their own in a variety of accidents, including automobile, truck, motorcycle, ATV, watercraft and golf cart accidents. We also represent clients who have been injured in falls and other premisesrelated accidents.

Can you describe the experience of you and your colleagues? Our firm has over

40 years of combined experience, and we have an AV rating by

Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating possible. We also enjoy Super Lawyers status and are members of the Million and Multi-Million Dollar advocates forum, an honor reserved for attorneys who have obtained verdicts or settlements in excess of 1 and 2 million dollars. Along with our professional successes, we also value our role in this community. Greg has called Ocala home for over 40 years, while I was born and raised here and am a second-generation native. We are involved in our churches and various local service organizations where we have the opportunity to bless others with a portion of the blessings we have received.

What is your main goal with every case? Our goal in every

case is to ensure that our clients are treated fairly and that they obtain the maximum value for the injuries and damages they have suffered through no fault of their own.

What can clients expect from an experience with you? Our

clients can expect that we will stop at nothing to ensure that all of their realistic expectations are met, that they are fully informed about the process, and ultimately, that they are fully satisfied with the outcome of their case or claim.

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At Hearing & Balance Solutions, Dr. Murray and his staff are committed to helping those with hearing loss experience the sounds of life using the most unique, individualized treatment plan available. Every person is different with their hearing needs; therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach is not optimal for hearing rehabilitation. Come learn for yourself how hearing care should be approached with a doctor of audiology guiding you toward success! Why is it that I feel as if I can hear people talking, but I find it difficult to understand what they are saying, especially in crowded or noisy environments? Believe it or

not, most people with hearing loss fall into this category—they can hear but not understand. This common type of hearing loss affects the part of hearing responsible for hearing high-pitch sounds or the high frequencies. This is easily treated.

At what age should I get my hearing tested? If you feel you are asking others

to repeat themselves, you have ringing in the ears or you can hear but not always understand, then you should set up an appointment for a hearing test right away. Early detection of hearing loss is much better than waiting too long to get help. Otherwise, Medicare recommends getting a baseline hearing test as soon as you turn 65 in order to monitor any changes over time (and yes, Medicare covers the cost of the test).

Are all hearing aids the same? Ab-

solutely not. There are many factors that will determine the type and size of the hearing instrument that will be recommended. Some hearing aids are virtually invisible, while others are larger and more powerful. Size of ear canals, dexterity and feeling in the extremities, lifestyle and many other factors will determine what’s recommended.

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Does my insurance company pay for the hearing testing and hearing aids? Most insurances

will pay for the hearing testing. There are many insurance companies that have hearing aid benefits, but each plan is different. Some will pay for the full amount, while others only pay partly. There are some plans that will offer discounts. Our trained staff will check with your plan during your visit. Payment plans are available.

Does your office offer the most qualified hearing professional in the area? We believe so!

As a doctor of audiology, I have had extensive training at several top-rated universities in the country. I believe my unique skill set puts the practice above many other competing hearing aid stores in town, which typically employ non-audiologists.


perron You’re about to celebrate your fifth anniversary. What have the past few years been like? Coming to the United

States was a big challenge, and we are lucky to have this amazing community. Our customers are very loyal to us and inspire us to be consistent, curious and innovative. I’m amazed and so grateful to have won three Golden Spoons and the Best of Taste 2014! People come from Gainesville, Crystal River and The Villages specifically to enjoy a dinner with us. That’s my best reward!

Cooking is a passion for you. What do you enjoy most about it ? Working with

the freshest products in order to respect their true flavor. I like the unelaborate, rustic nature of products.

Teaching my savoir-faire is also important. I like to share what I learned from the best chefs in France. We’re blessed to have such a wonderful team; we learn from each other and have a great mix of cultures!

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Tell us about the atmosphere at La Cuisine French Restaurant. We have a

privileged relationship with our customers; being in a small community is what makes it special. We also like to entertain and have live piano twice a week and a wine tasting each month. We also just had a Derby party and are planning a Bastille Day event. And big news, in a few weeks La Cuisine will have its own parking!

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OWNER OCALA CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS 1701 NE 42ND AVE., OCALA (352) 671-3100 OCALACHIROPRACTICANDWELLNESS.COM

What made you choose Ocala as the place to start your chiropractic practice? My wife,

Lauren, and I met while attending Forest High School, and we always knew we wanted to return to Ocala to settle down. When it came time for us to start a chiropractic practice, there was no question of where we would go, as we still have friends and family here. We’re looking forward to giving back to Ocala and helping residents cultivate healthy lives.

What sets you and Ocala Chiropractic and Wellness apart from other chiropractors? In addition to typical chiropractic treatment, I provide wellness and lifestyle consulting, and take time to get to know my patients. I take a “whole person” approach to chiropractic care, which means that I look for the underlying causes of disease, discomfort and pain, as opposed to just treating the symptoms. This approach creates an optimal wellness environment, which encourages natural healing and minimizes invasive treatments.

What can you treat with chiropractic care? Chiropractors are typically associated with car

accidents and back pain, but chiropractic care is also very effective for a variety of conditions. Many issues in other parts of the body are connected to the spine. For example, some headaches are tension headaches, which are caused by postural or joint positions of the upper back and neck being improperly aligned. A chiropractor can alleviate these headaches naturally by correcting the misalignment. Next time you’re in pain or discomfort, consider a chiropractor for treatment of your ailment. ocalastyle.com JUN’14

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GENERAL SALES MANAGER PHILLIPS CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE RAM 3440 S. PINE AVE., OCALA (352) 732-7577 PHILLIPSCHRYSLER.COM

How do your products stand out above the rest? Not only are

we proud of our state-of-the-art showroom just built last year, but we’re extremely excited about our award-winning product line. The 2014 Ram 1500 was named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, becoming the first back-to-back winner in the history of the award. The Jeep Cherokee continues to win awards for Safety and Best Value, while the Dodge Dart is the most technologically advanced car in its class. With our extensive inventory of new and used vehicles, we have options for every budget.

What can buyers look forward to on a visit to your facility? The facility

itself is simply beautiful, but it’s our knowledgeable and committed staff that makes shopping with us such an enjoyable experience. We walk customers through the entire buying process with no pressure. We treat the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern.

How do you provide the best customer service possible? If we don’t have what customers are looking for, we will find it! If they need financing, we’ll get them a great rate! We know customers have high expectations, and as a car dealer, we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time they come to our dealership for sales or service.

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OWNER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BROWN MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME 706 SW MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AVE., OCALA (385) 840-0611

What personal characteristics have helped you succeed in this line of business? I’m personable, I wear a constant smile and I respect the fact that God is the center of my life and commands my every being. I live every day as though it were my last day on Earth, and I strive every day to be a better person. What’s the most rewarding aspect of your career? I feel blessed that I have had the

opportunity to gain so much experience and interact with so many people. All of this has helped me get to the point I am at right now. God knows what we need, and He has put a lot of families in my life that have helped me grow as an individual.

What sets you and your business apart among other funeral homes? Our responsibility is to the families that we serve. We strive to give them the best service, help them become informed clients and represent them to the best of our ability. We serve each family with professionalism and loving care and treat them with respect, kindness and the type of service I would expect if I were seeking service for myself. My business is built on my love for God, and each aspect is designed with God foremost.


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One of the biggest misconceptions about private investigation is that it’s all about catching “cheaters.” Although this is part of the job, for Rob Cole, private investigation involves working closely with law firms and businesses, as well as individuals, to provide them with honest answers and personalized customer service. What type of services do you offer?

I offer private investigations involving infidelity, fraud, skip tracing (finding people), background investigations, witness interviews, and asset verification and location. I work with family law and civil litigation attorneys and also have law firms and private individuals as clients both state and nationwide. I am also a certified process server who serves subpoenas, summonses and evictions.

When should someone hire a private investigator? Follow your gut. If you think more than once that something is not quite right, you should look into it—whether it be a possible dishonest employee, bogus insurance claim, workers’ compensation fraud or problem in your relationship. What makes you good at what you do?

For me, customer service is paramount. I strive to provide my clients with individualized attention, and I won’t rest until I deliver the results they expect and deserve. My clients should expect hard work and honesty—even if the results are hard to hear. At the end of the day, I want my clients to be satisfied with the service I provide, and I will do what it takes to make sure they are confident that I did my best for them.

In your line of work, you must have some funny stories. Can you tell us one? I was once working for a prominent

family attorney in town. I had been trying to serve the alleged mistress of a husband in a 20-year-plus marriage for months so that my client could take her deposition in the divorce case. She kept evading me and went so far as to install cameras outside her front door so she could see me as I knocked and then refuse to answer. After months of trying, Valentine’s Day came around, so I bought some balloons and flowers. When she answered the door to receive her Valentine’s Day gift, she was served!

It sounds like you have a pretty exciting and sometimes dramatic professional life. What do you do to decompress? I work out about five days a week and have for 20 years. Also, my wife, Ami, is a local family attorney, and we love to travel. On a daily basis, it’s my animals. We have two dogs, four Persian cats and chickens. Just being around them is a great stress reliever.

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CEO BURNYZZ SPEED SHOP 1 ASPEN RD., OCALA (352) 307-1968 BURNYZZ.COM

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With talented, experienced staff like the Burnyzz men, anything is possible. They’re dedicated to quality customer service and making dream cars into realities. Josh and staff will deliver the best every time. What special products and services do you offer? We’re able to do just about anything you dream of doing to your automobile—paint, bodywork, interior, wiring, suspension, custom engines, turbos, superchargers, wheels, brakes, exhaust, digital gauges, tuning and chassis dyno services. We strive to merge old cars with the hottest technology and best creature comforts of today. What makes your staff unique? We will not settle for second best. I went into business for myself

in 1999 and sold my first multimillion-dollar company in 2008. My dog, Bruno Hart, is VP of Burnyzz and my right-hand man. Remo DiGenova, general manager, has 40 years in the automotive business and has drag raced for 30. He started with Burnyzz in 2012 and has changed the way our service department is run for the better. Dru Buckley is the life of the service department. He’s an amazing fabricator and an electrical genius. John Kohlweiss has turned into a great mechanic. His diagnostic capabilities are unmatched by anyone in this area code. If there’s a problem with your car, John will find it. Tony Gonyon just joined our team and is nationally known for his custom tuning and dyno capabilities. Dave Toomey is by far the best mechanic in Central Florida. Jack Valentine has been part of Burnyzz since the beginning in 2009 and has 45 years as a pro GM mechanic.

What are you involved in outside the shop? We host an annual car show

and sponsor just about every car show you find locally. We welcome anyone to stop by our 25,000-sq-ft facility to look at the amazing cars we have on display and are working on. The staff will take you on a tour, and you will get the sense of community this hobby inspires. We also compete on a divisional, national level with our drag racing team, Fearless Racing.

What partnerships have you built within the community? Burnyzz has

always been 100 percent Ocala. We try to use local businesses and services for our builds. We donate car show proceeds to local charities like Interfaith and the Humane Society. We have also developed a great relationship with the Don Garlits Museum. You will see Don Garlits’ name on the side of our top dragster and our ‘33 Ford Roadster. On the side of Don’s competition Challenger, you will see the loud and proud Burnyzz logo! This hobby deserves respect and more attention, and that’s why Burnyzz was born.

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HE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION HAS RECENTLY UPDATED ITS GUIDELINES FOR DIAGNOSING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD), AND THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN MAY NO LONGER MEET THE REQUIREMENTS. THE DIAGNOSTIC AND STATISTICAL MANUAL OF MENTAL DISORDERS (DSM) ONCE CONTAINED GUIDELINES FOR THREE DIFFERENT FORMS OF ASD. NOW, DSM RULES HAVE CHANGED, AND ASD IS BEING GROUPED UNDER ONE DIAGNOSIS. This has caused a nearly 70 percent decrease in the number of children diagnosed with one of the three different types of autism. Without meeting the recent qualifications of ASD, many children are at risk of losing treatment and the medical or educational support they may need. There are a number of ways the autism community could use your help. Whether you choose to attend a sponsored event or reach out to a local group to better understand autism, your involvement in the cause can be beneficial to members of the society as a whole.

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DRUG BECOMES AVAILABLE AS A GENERIC WHEN THE PATENT HELD BY THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY MANUFACTURING THE NAME BRAND EXPIRES, USUALLY AFTER 20 YEARS. PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES SPEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEVELOPING A NEW DRUG FOR FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION APPROVAL. WHEN A DRUG PATENT EXPIRES, THERE IS NO REASON TO REPEAT THE PROCESS BECAUSE THE DRUG IS NOW FDA-APPROVED. OFTEN, THE SAME COMPANY THAT PRODUCED THE BRAND-NAME DRUG ALSO CONTINUES TO MANUFACTURE THE GENERIC VERSION OF THE SAME DRUG RIGHT ALONGSIDE THE BRAND NAME. But because the exclusive drug patent has expired, other drug companies can

also now manufacture the generic version. However, the generic version of a brand-name drug still has to meet certain FDA requirements. They are required to have the same active ingredient, strength and dosage form as the brand-name drug, but they do not have to contain the same inactive ingredients (fillers, color, binders) as the brand-name drug.

“There have been isolated cases of issues with generic drugs versus brand-name drugs, particularly with drugs for which blood levels must be kept in a particular range to be effective. This would include thyroid, anti-seizure, anti-depressants and anti-psychotics meds, as well as blood thinners,” says Dr. Paul Doering, a University of Florida pharmacy professor, who takes five daily medications a day, all generics. “But the same can be said for brand-name drugs for these conditions. With the soaring cost of health care, generic drugs are overall a safe and effective way to keep these costs under control for the consumer.”

percent difference in the effectiveness of generic drugs versus brand names.

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FACT: According to FDA requirement,

any generic drug modeled after a single brand-name drug must perform approximately the same in the body as the brand-name drug. The generic drug manufacturer must prove its drug, whether immediate or time-controlled release, is bioequivalent to the brand-name drug. The FDA evaluated more than 2,000 human studies conducted between 1996 and 2007 that compared the absorption of brandname and generic drugs. The average difference in absorption between the generic and brand-name drugs was 3.5 percent.

MYTH: Labels on most generic drugs are incorrect.

FACT: All generic drug packaging

“The problems with generics usually occur when a pharmacy changes vendors,” says Doering. “Then, generics can be different colors, shapes and may have some different inactive ingredients, which is usually what people have an adverse reaction to. Consumers need to know what their meds look like, and if you notice any difference, immediately talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking them.”

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Nearly eight in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs, according to the FDA.

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On average, the cost of a generic drug is 80-85 percent lower than the brand name.

158 Billion

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Amount FDA-approved generics saved consumers in one year.

MYTH: Authorized generic drugs are better than generic drugs.

FACT: All generic drugs are included

on the FDA Authorized Generics list. In 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law the FDA Amendments Act, which requires the FDA to publish a complete Authorized Generics list on its website and update it quarterly. The Authorized Generics list must include the drug trade name, the brand company manufacturer and the date the authorized generic drug entered the market.

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Blurred/distorted vision at all distances Eye strain and headaches, especially after reading or other prolonged visual tasks Squinting

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STIGMATISM IS CONSIDERED AN EYE CONDITION THAT CAUSES VISION PROBLEMS RATHER THAN AN EYE AILMENT OR DISEASE. ASTIGMATISM IS REFERRED TO AS A REFRACTIVE ERROR, WHICH IS A PROBLEM WITH HOW THE EYE REFRACTS OR BENDS LIGHT. THIS REFRACTIVE ERROR OCCURS BECAUSE OF AN IRREGULARLY SHAPED CORNEA OR SOMETIMES THE CURVATURE OF THE LENS INSIDE THE EYE. NORMALLY, THE CORNEA HAS A SYMMETRICAL ROUND SHAPE LIKE A BASEBALL.

But in an eye with astigmatism, the cornea is shaped more like a football and the eye is unable to focus light precisely on the retina. The light is refracted and leads to blurry or distorted vision at any distance. There is no known cause of astigmatism, but it is believed to be hereditary. Usually present from birth, astigmatism may decrease or worsen as a child grows. Astigmatism may also develop following an eye injury or eye surgery, including for cataracts. Most people have some degree of astigmatism with slight amounts usually not noticeably affecting vision. Astigmatism can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination.

SYMPTOMS

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EYEGLASSES: To

compensate for the astigmatism, a special cylindrical lens prescription provides additional lens power in only specific meridians of the lens. A single vision lens can provide clear vision at all distances and bifocal/ progressive lenses are for those who also have presbyopia (troubling reading/focusing up close).

CONTACT LENSES: Standard

soft contact lenses may not be effective in correcting astigmatism. Other options include rigid gas permeable contact lenses and special toric soft contact lenses.

REFRACTING BUDDIES: Nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia) are also considered refractive error vision conditions. Astigmatism frequently occurs with nearsightedness and farsightedness.

EYE MERIDIANS: Think of the front of your eye as the face of a clock. A line connecting 12 and 6 is one meridian; a line connecting 3 and 9 is another. The steepest and flattest meridians of an eye with astigmatism are called the principal meridians.

ASTIGMATISM TYPES MYOPIC: One or both principal meridians are nearsighted

HYPEROPIC: One or both principal meridians are farsighted

MIXED: One principal meridian is nearsighted and the other is farsighted

ORTHOKERATOLOGY: Also

known as Ortho-K, this involves reshaping the cornea by wearing a series of specially designed, rigid contact lenses. Think braces for your eyes! The retainer contact lenses are worn for only a limited period of time, such as overnight, and are then removed.

LASER SURGERY: Both

laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy use highly focused laser beam light to reshape cornea.

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BEETS

Best eaten raw; beets lose more than 25 percent of their folate content when cooked.

BROCCOLI

Raw is best, as heating, especially in a microwave, deactivates the liver-cleansing enzyme myrosinase. Eating raw also preserves levels of vitamin K, good for normal blood clotting. But for those with trouble digesting raw broccoli, lightly steaming is a good alternative.

ONIONS/GARLIC

Just slice and let sit for 10 minutes to preserve the immune-boosting phytonutrient allicin; then add to salads and other dishes. If adding to cooked dishes, toss in just before food is ready to eat.

RED/GREEN PEPPERS Raw is best, as cooking above 375 degrees greatly reduces vitamin C levels.

NUTS

Nope, not a veggie, but nuts are a favorite snack food known for their good fats. Best eaten raw to make the most of those good bad-cholesterollowing fats. When nuts are roasted at temps higher than 170 degrees, those healthy fats degrade into nasty free radicals, which contribute to artery plaque that can lead to heart disease.

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WOULD YOU LIKE THAT

RAW OR

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E ALL WANT TO EAT HEALTHY AND THAT, OF COURSE, INVOLVES EATING NUTRITIOUS FOODS. VEGETABLES ARE CONSIDERED AMONG THE HEALTHIEST FOODS, BUT DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE NUTRITION WISE IF WE EAT THEM RAW OR COOKED? WELL, ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY, CHEMISTRY IT DOES. THE STUDY FOUND THAT STEAMING OR BOILING MANY VEGGIES WAS THE BEST WAY TO PRESERVE THEIR NUTRIENTS AND MAY INCREASE THE LEVELS IN SOME CASES. Steaming or boiling veggies at 100°C or 212°F also make the veggies’ nutrients more readily absorbed by the body. But despite the case for steaming, there are also some veggies best eaten raw. Here’s a look at some common veggies and the best way to eat them for maximum nutrition.

Cooked SPINACH/KALE

Steaming helps the body absorb key nutrients like iron, calcium and magnesium. In the case of kale, steaming greatly improves its ability to bind bile acid, which is linked to lowering bad cholesterol levels.

MUSHROOMS

Sautéing, grilling and roasting brings out more muscle-building potassium and negates naturally occurring toxins.

ASPARAGUS

Steaming increases cancer-fighting antioxidants and makes folate more absorbable.

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TOMATOES

Technically a fruit, but we won’t quibble with that here. Cooking, especially with olive oil, ups cancer-fighting, heart-friendly lycopene by 35 percent and makes it more readily absorbed by the body.

CARROTS

Cooking makes betacarotene more readily absorbed by the body. In one study, those eating raw carrots every day for four weeks had very low levels of beta-carotene in their blood when tested. But those eating cooked carrots for the same amount of time had three times the beta-carotene in their blood.

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TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT? Researchers claim that eating off carpet is much safer than laminate or tile. Still, there are pesky bacteria on any floor just waiting to be devoured. This is where the five-second rule comes into play. The faster you pick up that french fry, the less likely you are to have it with a side of E. coli. And ladies, as you sit there wrinkling your nose, turns out that, according to the study, women are more likely to consume dropped foods than men.

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UICK! FIVE-SECOND RULE! YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD THIS PHRASE AFTER DROPPING FOOD ON THE GROUND. BUT BEFORE YOU GO GRABBING THAT COOKIE OFF THE FLOOR AND POPPING IT INTO YOUR MOUTH, STUDIES SHOW THERE ARE A COUPLE THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND. YOUR FLOORS MAY NOT BE AS CLEAN AS YOU THINK!

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RILLING THE PERFECT STEAK IS THE MARK OF A SUPERB CHEF, SO IF YOUR STEAK SKILLS NEED A LITTLE SPRUCING UP, READ ON.

INS AND OUTS OF MARINADE Here are a few guidelines on making the most of your marinade: • Beef needs to marinate for at least 24 hours to absorb the most flavor and get as tender as possible. • Use glass dishes or resealable bags for this process. Metal containers or aluminum foil may cause the meat to taste metallic.

10 ULTIMATE TIPS Bobby Flay is a bona fide grill master in our book. In an interview featured on FoodNetwork.com, he offered 10 pointers on picking, preparing and plating the perfect steak every time. Apparently, it starts at the store.

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• Oil-based marinades give meat moisture, but only dairy-based ones with yogurt or buttermilk truly tenderize. • Leaving meat in an acidic marinade, like one with a base of vinegar or citrus juice, can actually toughen meat if left for too long.

1. Visit your local butcher, whether at a neighborhood shop or the butcher at your supermarket’s meat counter. Prepackaged steaks aren’t bad, but their packaging harbors lots of excess moisture.

2. Check for good marbling before you buy. It’s marbling, the thin white stripes of fat running through the red meat, that keeps the meat juicy and provides flavor.

• Steaks should be completely submerged. The rule of thumb is 1/2 cup marinade for every pound of meat. • Marinating for 12 hours or longer means cooking time is reduced by one third. Keep two eyes on the grill!

3. Invest in the better grades. Spend a little extra for USDA Prime or Certified Black Angus steaks on a special occasion. Choice-grade steak is a less-expensive alternative that will still be just as tasty.

4. Don’t start cold. Take the meat out of the fridge about 20 minutes before grilling so it has time to reach room temperature. Why? A fridge-temp steak won’t cook evenly.

5. Just as you let your meat preheat, let the grill do the same. If you can’t let your hand hover above the grates for longer than two seconds, it’s ready.


Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Seasons about 1 lb of meat You’ll need… 1 oz Irish whiskey 1½ oz soy sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce A few grinds of black pepper

In a medium bowl or plastic container, stir together whiskey, soy sauce, garlic and pepper. Add meat, and flip pieces over a few times to cover them evenly in marinade. Allow meat to soak at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours before cooking. Grill or brown meat on the stovetop in an iron skillet. Enjoy! Recipe and photos courtesy of Andi Gleeson, wearychef.com.

CHARCOAL VS. GAS: WHICH GRILL IS GREATER? With both grills available to consumers, which one is the better buy for better steaks? When choosing a grill, numerous factors come into play such as cost, convenience and size. All that aside, which one just makes better beef? About 90 percent of the world’s most famous steakhouses prepare their prime beef on gas grills. The high heat levels produce a consistent, dark sear across the whole steak. But here’s the rub: Commercial grills in these restaurants can reach 800 to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, while the backyard version peaks around 500. Even though their temperature is easier to control, it may not get as high as necessary. Here’s where charcoal grills come in. The grates above the coals usually reach 900 degrees, hence those appetizing grill marks. The high temps also make it easy to brown the outsides of dinner while leaving the insides as red as desired. The smoke produced by charcoal adds more flavor to meat than gas, too. When propane combusts, it simplifies into water and carbon dioxide, neither of which impart much taste. Charcoal enthusiasts swear up and down that gas will never hold a candle to the smoky flavor from the briquettes, but it really comes down to personal preference. Which side are you on?

6. Leave the elaborate tool sets in the garage. All you really need to grill great steaks are tongs for flipping, a brush for dipping and the grill itself.

7. Don’t get antsy and flip the steaks constantly. Let them sear and develop a crust first. Try to flip it before it’s ready and it will get stuck to the grates.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING Want to be a real meat master? You need to know exactly when enough is enough so you’re not overcooking what could have been a delicious dinner. The best way to do this is by investing in a quick-response heat thermometer. Because steak thicknesses vary, checking internal temp is the only way to know how done your steaks are on the inside. For perfect insides, remove steaks from the grill at the following temperatures:

8. Get a little touchy feely. Welldone steaks feel firm, medium ones feel spongy, and rare is still fairly soft. Use a hand to really check how done the steaks are instead of guessing.

Rare: 130-135°F Medium rare: 140°F Medium: 155°F Well done: 165°F

9. Don’t be afraid to undercook—you can always stick a steak back on the grill, but there’s no going backward if it’s overdone. Better to err on the side of rare.

10 Don’t dig in right away. After the steak is done on the grill, wait five minutes or more before slicing into dinner. Cutting them open immediately releases all the flavorful juices, but allowing the steaks to rest means all that deliciousness will settle back into the meat where it belongs.

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For a marinade that tastes perfect on steak and chicken, try this recipe straight from The Weary Chef. It’s easy to prepare and combines two manly favorites: whiskey and quality beef.

K.C. JAY’S PLATES & PIES opened in January, taking over the old Rocky’s Restaurant in Orange Lake. Located on U.S. Highway 441 between Ocala and Gainesville, K.C. Jay’s Plates & Pies kept some of the popular menu items from Rocky’s but added other made-fromscratch ©Otokimus/shutterstock.com options. In addition to their popular pizza pies with hand-tossed dough, try a calzone or stromboli, a hand-cut steak or chop. Three days a week they offer smoked meat specials: chicken on Thursday, St. Louis-style pork ribs on Saturday and Cornish hens on Sunday. Open Tuesday through Friday at 4pm for dinner. Open for lunch and dinner starting at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday.

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LATIN AMERICAN CAFE celebrated its four-year anniversary in April. This friendly mom and pop-style eatery dishes up authentic Cuban cuisine, including their enormously popular Cuban © REDAV/shutterstock.com sandwich and Cuban steak sandwich, plus numerous other dishes. Cuban pastries are baked fresh daily, and they serve an awesome and modestly priced café con leche made with freshly brewed espresso. Ask about Continued on page 62

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CHEERS! THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT Lagers and ales are the two main types of beer. All beer is prepared with the same primary ingredients: hops, malted barley, yeast and water. So what makes them different? It all depends on the type of yeast and at what temperature the frothy creations are made. Lagers are made with yeast at cool temperatures, while ales use fermented yeast made at hotter temperatures. And what about the color? Turns out there’s quite a bit of science behind the color of beer that involves complicated chemical reactions and the color of the malt used in the beer.

KNOW YOUR BEER Let’s take a deeper look at the main varieties of the two most popular types of beer. There are many more varieties of each type, so use this as a starting point.

TYPES OF LAGERS PALE LAGER Light in color; highly carbonated with a light taste

PILSNER Light in color; more bitter with a distinctive flavor

LIGHT LAGER There are two types of light lager: American (uses less hops and barley for low-calorie beers) and European (pale in color and light in taste)

DARK LAGER Made with roasted hops and barley; dark in color; full-bodied and flavorful

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TYPES OF ALES BROWN ALE Red to copper in color; mild in flavor

PORTER Darker in color; fullbodied flavor with barley flavors dominating mild hop flavors; some porters may taste like chocolate

STOUT Similar to porter; darkest and thickest of beers with strong barley and hops flavors

WITBIER Brewed with large amounts of wheat and often malted barley; usually top-fermented; flavors vary considerably

BREW TRENDS Seasonal beers first came about when lagers were made only during the summer months and ales during winter. Brewing was typically left for the winter months because new barley was available and cooler weather made for better storage. Those hot summer months were used for lighter brews and whatever barley and hops were left. Now, with the beauty of today’s refrigeration and shipping, many seasonal beers are available year round. Microbreweries are popping up everywhere. So what is a microbrew exactly? Microbrews are made in small, independent locations and often use local ingredients, which give the beer a unique taste. The beer is made in smaller quantities, and some microbreweries have a bar on-site where customers can try the homemade brews.

WHAT’S ON TAP? If you’ve ever contemplated whether you want beer from the bottle or the tap, consider this: Draft beer is what you want if you’re looking for a full head of foam. You won’t get this with beer from a bottle. It all has to do with pasteurization. Draft beer is not normally pasteurized and must be kept cold, while bottled beer is pasteurized and packaged at higher temperatures, which can affect the taste of the beer.

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NOTHER ROUND FOR THE HOUSE? BEER IS A NOVELTY DRINK FOR PARTIES, BACKYARD HANGOUTS OR RELAXING AFTER A LONG DAY OF WORK. WHATEVER YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE, IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS WITH A BIT OF BREWING KNOWLEDGE.

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EAGLE’S NEST CAFÉ at Grand Lakes Resort serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a scenic lakeside setting, complete with screened-in porch and deck. Situated off Highway 318 next to the Jai Alai fronton, Eagle’s Nest Café has a tucked-away location that has become popular with ©HandmadePictures/shutterstock.com savvy locals. In addition to the regular menu, recent specials ranged from a Southern-style fried chicken sandwich on fresh Tuscan herb bread to a filet mignon with merlot demi-glaze, accompanied by rosemary potatoes and green beans. Open seven days. Eat lakeside or get it to go. Be sure to ask about their 15 percent discount for locals.

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JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES opened its Ocala location in February. Launched in 1983 by Jimmy John Liataud, there are now over 1,600 stores across the country. Known for tasty


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subs and clubs, Jimmy John’s makes their award-winning bread throughout the day. All meats and cheeses are sliced fresh, and meat contains no additives or fillers. Sandwiches come on a French roll or 7-grain wheat, but if you’re not into gluten, you can order yours in a lettuce wrap. Be sure to try Jimmy John’s own brand of potato chips, with five flavors to ©Brent Hofacker/shutterstock.com choose from. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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also cater events, such as weddings and other parties, and deliver those cupcakes right to your event. Don’t see what you’re looking for in the shop? Just ask! The talented staff of decorators can create customized orders just for you. Come in-store to pick up and share the sweetness with friends and co-workers. Start your week off right with Mini Mondays, featuring mini cupcakes by the dozen, and Toddler Tuesdays—free mini cupcakes for children under 5 with another purchase. And coming soon: cupcake milkshakes!

Smallcakes, a Cupcakery 4701 SW College Rd., Suite 106, Ocala (352) 484-1127 facebook.com/smallcakesocala smallcakescupcakery.com Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm / Sun. Noon-6pm

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Don Chepe’s Café 2506-A SE 17th St, Ocala / (352) 622-1300 Mon-Thu 7a-5p / Fri & Sun 7a-7p / Closed Sat

When you order breakfast you also get a FREE cup of coffee! Come and join us for Father’s Day, open 7a-7p. Happy Father’s Day! Feliz dia del Padre!

Craving a new cuisine? Don Chepe’s Café serves a variety of authentic Latin American dishes created by El Salvador native Jose Moreno. Breakfast is served all day and includes familiar food as well as authentic Latin American breakfast options, like the Desayuno Centro Americano, containing fried eggs and beans, Salvadorian cheese, plantain, carne asada and rice. Creating a comfortable atmosphere with casual food, Don Chepe’s also serves sandwiches and entrées made from fresh ingredients such as pupusas from El Salvador, churrascos from Argentina, and arepas from Columbia and Venezuela.

Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p www.braisedonion.net Join us for LIVE JAZZ featuring “RUDY TURNER” every Wed. & Fri. starting at 6:00pm and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT every Saturday at 6:30pm

We welcome you to Braised Onion Restaurant, where you’ll experience a fun, warm and colorful but casual atmosphere. Your taste buds will delight in the many exciting flavors of our “Comfort food with Attitude”! Chef Felix has created a lactosefree and gluten-free menu for those with dietary restrictions. There are vegetarian entrees to choose from as well. Visit our new website at braisedonion.net. Taste of Ocala Winners 2013-2014: Best of Taste, People’s Choice and Best Presentation Awards. Chef Felix was winner of the Culinary Combat Iron Chef Award 2012-2013 and Best of the Best Chef 2014.

The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thurs-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com Southern comfort food the whole family can enjoy! Reservations recommended for parties of 10 or more. Make Reservations Today! We have Catering and Gift Certificates.

“Come on home, it’s supper time!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious Hand-Cut Steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here. Like us on Facebook!

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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 waitstaff 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 prepare 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 sake and beer selections. Like us

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Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.

Nothing says Father’s Day like endless filet mignon and lamb chops! Join us on Sunday June 15 from 12 to 6:30pm when dads will receive our signature turtle caramel cheesecake on the house!

Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Dunnellon is known for their famous, old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as their array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs and hearty pasta dinners. Their newest location in the Canopy Oak Center means Ocala residents can now enjoy Pavarotti’s famous fare. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or Picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!

Be sure to check out the new bar area and expanded dining room. Pavarotti’s also caters. “All You Can Eat” Mon - Spaghetti & Meatballs $6.99, Tues - 16” Cheese Pizza $6.99, Wed - 10 Chicken Wings $4.

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The Getaway Deli 2637 E. Silver Springs Blvd. / (352) 789-6474 / F:(352) 789-6475 / thegetawaydeli.com Open Daily for Breakfast and Lunch

Come Taste The World... As We See It. Catering available, and free delivery with call-in orders. Gift certificates available.

The Getaway Deli is the place to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Taste a wide variety of menu items, including the American “Liberty Bell,” grilled chicken or steak, sautéed with onions and peppers and smothered with rich provolone cheese; or the Old World-themed “Three Tenors,” ham, salami and pepperoni on a hoagie with provolone. Crisp salads and a choice of two daily soups are also available along with a variety of sides. Top it all off with a wonderful dessert. Check out the new Juniors Menu, kids eat free Sundays (up to age 12).

World of Beer 2751 W Torch Lake Drive, The Villages / (352) 633-9519 / worldofbeerusa.com Sun-Fri 11a-Midnight / Sat 10a-Midnight

Join the World of Beer’s Loyalty Card program, which tallies up the beer you’ve tried and showcases it for bragging rights. As part of the loyalty program, members receive merchandise, discounts and giveaways. Our gift cards make the perfect Father’s Day gift!

Attention local beer enthusiasts, your newest favorite watering hole is now open. Serving 38 varieties of beer on draught and an additional 525 types of bottled beer, the World of Beer in The Villages doesn’t skimp on selection. Show up on a Friday or Saturday and enjoy live music while you try a new brew and munch on delicious appetizers like their soft German pretzel, crispy beer-battered onion rings or Guinness bratwurst sliders. Plus, this month, join us for several beer tastings! June 3, Great Divide; June 10, Samuel Adams with a food pairing and June 24, Bear Republic. Don’t miss them.

Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p Scan the code to view our complete menu and calendar of events. We have a cruise-in every third Saturday of the month. Or go to our website, ocala.tiltedkilt.com. Don’t miss our Father’s Day Bash!

Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our personable 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! Get the free mobile app at

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Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards and video games, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.

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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 New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.

Happy Hour Daily 4-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (Exceptions may apply). Kids, bring your dad on Father’s Day and get your meal for 99¢!

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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.

Happy Hour daily 4:30-6p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 28 years!

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de Leon, John traveled the state of Florida with his cameras in search of natural Florida. A man of great talent, Moran’s photography has been featured in many well-known publications such as National Geographic and The New York Times. “John’s photography captures the essence and splendor of the unique flora found here in the Sunshine State,” said Lisa Roberts, executive director of the Florida Wildflower Foundation.

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Course. This swanky affair offers brides the opportunity to meet some of the area’s premier bridal vendors. Sample food, admire gowns and see what the top area photographers, DJs, event planners and more have to offer. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and the show runs noon to 4pm. ocalanational.com or (352) 629-7981.

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TALKING TRUCKS If you’re a truck owner or just love admiring the four-wheeled machines, then the Ocala Drive-in is where you’ll want to be on June 15. The CENTRAL FLORIDA TRUCK SHOW will run noon to 6pm, and the entire drive-in will be dedicated to all things truck-related. There will be vendors, music, entertainment and, of course, plenty of trucks! Admission is free, so bring the whole family. xtremeautoshows.com or (352) 512-3319.

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Get down and dirty for a good cause at the Florida Horse Park. The first annual mud volleyball tournament will raise funds for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. Put a team together and prepare to spend a little time trudging through the muddiest and messiest volleyball courts around. Whether you’re a pro player or just like the thought of mucking through the mud, the event is sure to be a day of dirty fun for everyone. The games begin at 10am, and check-in starts at 8:30am. bsbmudvolleyball.com or (352) 351-4663.

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the past four years, Corey has taken time to teach up-and-coming players what the game of basketball is all about. The wildly successful camp is also Corey’s way of giving back to the community, as proceeds benefit the Diabetes Center of Excellence at UF. This year, Corey will host a second camp right here in Ocala at the Frank Deluca YMCA at the end of July. Corey took a few minutes from his busy schedule to tell us a little about the camp and why he began the campaign to knock out diabetes.

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after year, and I get to see how they’ve developed their game. A lot of them I keep in touch with all year.

The proceeds benefit the Diabetes Center for Excellence at UF. Tell us why you chose this particular cause. Shands is the best hospital in the world in my opinion. My father had diabetes, and my mother has diabetes. I want to help find a cure, which was why I started the Corey Brewer

Fight Diabetes Fund. The funds benefit patient programs and education.

Why host a second camp in Ocala? There are so many kids who want to take part, so offering a second location will allow more campers to sign up.

How many campers do you expect? We usually get between 60 and 70, so it’s important to sign up early.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) The Appleton will host Industrial Nature: Work by Michelle Stitzlein. This exhibit features a collection of moths created from recycled materials and will be on display through July 6. New Art of the Loom will highlight works combining the ancient art of weaving with more modern techniques. The exhibit will be on display through June 29. Symphonic Style: The Art of Benny Collin will feature many of the artist’s colorful works and will be on display through July 13. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. KAYAKING (ONGOING) There will be several kayaking opportunities available throughout the month for all experience levels. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. DISCOVERY CENTER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS (ONGOING) The Discovery Center’s children’s programs combine fun with learning. Several programs are available for children of all ages. For details, check out mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. GALLERY AT EGGS OVER BASELINE (ONGOING) Eggs Over Baseline will host a gallery event featuring the works of local artists. There will also be an all-day cruise-in the fourth Friday of each month. (352) 351-3447. DANCE PARTY (JUNE 4, 20) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a social dance party from 7-9pm. The evening will feature a number of genres and is open to the public. Admission is $5 for enrolled students and $10 for guests. Light refreshments are provided, but the party is BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637.

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Enjoy the hottest sounds around on a cool summer night at the SUMMERLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL presented by Q92. The family-friendly festival will feature headlining band Everclear performing some of their top hits. They will be joined by Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Space Hog at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala. The concert runs 2-9pm, and tickets can be purchased from Q92 or at summerland.wantickets.com.

THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 72 FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK (JUNE 6) Hit the streets of downtown Ocala from 6-9pm to see artist displays, indoor and outdoor vendors, restaurants and much more. (352) 401-3900. FREE YOGA (JUNE 7) A free yoga class will take place the first Saturday of each month at 9am. Class runs through September. (352) 854-7950. CRAFT SALE (JUNE 7-8) A craft sale will take place at Almeida Plaza in Belleview from 9am-2pm. The sale is sponsored by the Gallery East Art Center and is open to the public. (352) 245-2781. FIRST SATURDAY ART PROGRAM (JUNE 8) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s program from 1-3pm. The program is free for members and included in admission for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. MASQUERADE BALL (JUNE 14) A masquerade ball paying homage to Edgar Allan Poe’s Masquerade of the Red Death will take place at the Seven Sisters Inn. The Insomniac Theater Company will also be performing as well as several other special guests. Tickets are $45, and Victorian masquerade attire is required. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700. FEEL DOWNTOWN LIVE CONCERTS (JUNE 14) The Feel

Downtown Live concerts will host the Sister Hazel makeup show from March. Ocala’s Blue Jays Band will open at 7:15pm, and general admission is $10. Doors open at 6pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3978. STOP, DROP AND RUN 5K (JUNE 14) This annual 5K run will take place at the YMCA to benefit the Marion County Firefighter Benevolence Fund. Team-racing is also available, and the gun goes off at 7:30am. centralfloridaymca.org or (352) 368-9622. TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (JUNE 18, 26) The Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours program will head to the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg for a combined exhibition of art by young Chinese artists. The day features a catered lunch and a tour of the exhibits. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (JUNE 20) Bring your favorite craft to the Marion County Extension Auditorium and raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Each month features a different theme, and admission is $5. Doors open at 6pm. (352) 732-5982. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (JUNE 21) The Seven Sisters Historic Inn will host a murder mystery event from 6-9:30pm. The evening will feature a four-course


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Downtown Ocala’s silver screens had a busy four days screening 54 movies to critics, filmmakers and fans. Attendees enjoyed international films, a banquet under the stars, pub crawl and more. Many short films by Marion County students were shown as well.

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