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Do you hear wedding bells? Last year over 80 vendors said “I do” to showcasing their businesses at the Ocala Style Bridal Expo, and this year, we hope you’ll join them. If you’re interested in promoting your wedding products and services to an excited audience—we had around 200 brides attend last year’s event—get in touch with Dean Johnson at (352) 732-0073 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Spots are selling out quickly, so we say secure yours ASAP.
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ONE OCALA ONE AMERICA is an outgrowth of the National League of Cities campaign to promote racial justice that started in 1999 at the urging of Bob Knight, mayor of Wichita, Kansas. In early 2003, the City of Ocala joined the initiative when Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich, with the blessing of the City Council, formed a task force to promote a community of inclusiveness while celebrating racial and cultural heritage. The Racial Harmony and Cultural Task Force is seeking community members who would like to bring new ideas to the table and assist in planning and organizing the One Ocala One America week of events. Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month in the Ocala Police Department Community Room from 10-11:30am. For more information on membership, please contact Ire Bethea at (352) 368-5505.
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During her 35-year international career competing, training and EB ADAMS HAS A teaching classical dressage, LONGSTANDING Adams’ preferred mounts were AFFINITY FOR ex-thoroughbred racehorses. In fact, the Grand Prix dressage EX-RACEHORSES. rider and her ex-racehorse, David, became national champions and members of the United States Equestrian Dressage Team. And even when Adams retired from competing, she remained a loyal advocate for thoroughbred ex-racehorses. For the past 12 years, Adams has operated Race Horse Reclaim Thoroughbred Rescue Equestrian Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in Micanopy, just north of Ocala in Marion County. “Over the years I came to the conclusion that the thoroughbred is the most brilliant and athletic horse in the world,” says Adams. “With the right care and training, thoroughbreds can excel in just about every equine sport. They are well suited for dressage, eventing, jumping and cross country. And if you’re not interested in competing, they also make great pleasure horses. But the sad truth is that many racehorses never get the opportunity for a life beyond the racetrack.” After having moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 2007, Adams began going to Oaklawn Park on a regular basis in search of soon-to-be ex-racehorses for clients. The problem was that the horses in need of new homes outnumbered Adams’ clients. That’s when Adams founded Race Horse Reclaim as a way to retrain and re-home ex-racehorses. “A lot of people just assume that when a racehorse can no longer compete, he’s sent to a nice farm to live out the rest of his life,” says Adams, who with her husband, Wayne Garland, moved to Micanopy in late 2012. “But that’s not the case. Unfortunately, a great many racehorses end up in slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. These horses deserve a better fate.” Through a national equine network and social media, Adams learns of racehorses that are in need of her operation’s services. The majority of horses came off racetracks from all around the country. “When we accept a horse, it gets a thorough physical and mental evaluation to gauge its future possibilities,” says Adams, who typically has 15-20 horses on the farm. “Depending on the horse’s condition and abilities, a horse can be with us for a few weeks to a year for retraining. But we don’t re-home a horse until it is in the best condition possible. We also screen all possible new owners extensively.” Adams adds that “those wishing to re-home a horse are required to make a tax deductible donation to help us continue with our mission.” Since 2007, Adams has successfully placed 200 ex-racehorses in new homes and careers around the country. Her graduates regularly compete in the monthly Run for the Ribbons All-Thoroughbred Horse Show at Ocala-based Cedar Luck Farm. And to date, three of her re-homed horses are entered in the Retired Racehorse Want To Know More? Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover on October 23-25 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. RACE HORSE RECLAIM THOROUGHBRED “My goal now is to raise community awareness and increase RESCUE EQUESTRIAN CENTER funding support,” says Adams. “Our farm is small, and we racehorsereclaim.com really need to move to a larger farm. There are a lot of good ex(352) 591-0807 email@example.com racehorses who need new homes.”
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND DISTRICT NEWS THAT SHAPE MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
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ANOTHER LITTLE LIBRARY These Anthony Elementary students are proud of their new Little Free Library installed just outside the front office. Thanks to a gift from the GREATER OCALA WOMAN’S CLUB, students, parents and others may add and take books to read at any time, all in an effort to promote literacy. Four other Little Free Libraries are active elsewhere in the district, and East Marion Elementary students will soon dedicate the sixth such library honoring Superintendent George Tomyn and his family’s dedication to public education.
BELLEVIEW MIDDLE GIVES Strongly disproving a common misconception, middle school students are indeed very concerned about others. So much so, students in Mrs. Cheryl Lindstrom’s class at Belleview Middle learned firsthand how important philanthropy is. A fictitious class project actually turned into a real-life $500 check donation. Students chose FAFO as the beneficiary and discovered the importance of community service and a generous spirit. The Non-Profit Business Council presented six weekly class lessons to prep students for the giving project.
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With 17 counties competing this year, TV production students from Forest High captured first and second place in the area for a video about “Stolen People, Stolen Dreams.” Sponsored by The Greatest Save, students LEXIE SMITH, KATIE SCHLENKER, HARLEY SANDS and AVERY ASKREN now advance to the state Forest High competition. Sheriff CHRIS BLAIR (left) presented the awards with TV Production Teacher DAVID GUEST and Principal BRENT CARSON also attending. Meantime, Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks student SABRINA MONTFORT (center) also won first place in the middle school category for her video, “Amber Alert.” TV Production Teacher MARY KRIZANAC, DAN AKELEY with the awarding foundation and School Resource Officer JUAN OCASIO of The Greatest Save also joined the lineup. Horizon Academy
WEST PORT CAR GIVEAWAY BRING ON THE BUSES They’re long, yellow and mighty. Fortyfour brand-new school buses hit the streets recently throughout Marion County. The updated bus design features sloped windshields and angled sides. Some current buses are 22 years old, so it’s time to replace those oldest vehicles in the fleet. These new buses—equipped with multiple video cameras, air conditioners and advanced safety features, cost an average of $110,000 each.
Talk about endurance and determination, ROSE COURTER knows about family tragedy and how to survive. Following her parents’ murders last year, she quickly became responsible for her younger sister. She also maintained her commitment to the Florida National Guard despite obstacles including an undependable car. Now, thanks to her Guard friends and support from the school district, this graduating West Port High senior has another car that’s completely dependable for school, college, and Guard training. A local mechanic and community donations made the replacement car possible, which came with a big red bow during a surprise presentation at the school.
GEETA MINOCHA, a Vanguard High senior graduating
this month, is the national winner of the 78th annual American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program, held in Indianapolis recently. Delivering a prepared speech on “Our Greatest Honor” and an impromptu speech on women’s right to vote, Geeta bested 53 other students at the national level to win the $18,000 scholarship package. She is the daughter of Drs. Anil Minocha and Poonam Warman.
For the 15th year in a row, the Business Services department of Marion County Public Schools has captured a CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING. This is the highest
honor given to a government entity from the Government Finance Officers Association. The distinction spotlights the district’s commitment to fiscal accountability and full disclosure when communicating financial issues.
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State-of-the-art equestrian sporting horse facility has it all! Eventing course, outside dressage arena, jump fields, covered round pen, lush paddocks with water, and incredible covered lighted arena with synthetic footing. Overlooking the arena is an expansive spectator covered patio with nice summer kitchen, gas grill, plus ladies’ and men’s restrooms. With health and safety in mind, the luxurious 10 stall stable has extra wide stalls, open for great air circulation and 5 walk out paddocks. This stable was designed for the horse as well as the owner’s convenience and pleasure with air conditioned offices, tack rooms, break room plus 4 day rooms. Residence features entry foyer, living room and formal dining room, gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, granite countertops, beverage bar adjoins open family room with fireplace and media screen. 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath split floor plan for privacy of your guests. Beautiful screen enclosed pool area with salt water pool, mood lighting, spa, covered lanai with summer kitchen and seating areas. Property offers multiple options for the buyer of this very unique property.
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This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath mini farm located on 5.39+/- acres is simply perfect (1 full bath located in 5-stall barn w/tack room). Spacious and perfect for entertaining. Office w/built-ins makes for a productive workspace. All rooms are generous in size to include formal and informal living rooms each with a fireplace. 3 bedrooms on main level; 2 additional bedrooms, full bath and large playroom upstairs. Large kitchen w/ Island & breakfast room with views to exquisite property near Country Club of Ocala and Florida Horse Park. $859,000 ML#421088
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BEAUTIFUL TRADITIONAL ESTATE! Gracious tree-lined drive leads you to this lovely 5 bedroom 3 bath home on 4.48 Acres. Open the front door to the grand foyer with double circular staircase. Large rooms. Formal and informal areas are magnificent. Spacious downstairs master suite. Perfect upstairs floor plan. Home open to a large inviting pool and tennis court. Large motor home garage with extra storage. This home is perfection. $949,000. ML# 425211.
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Surrounded by natural beauty and located in gated community, this 4/4 two story home in Bellechase offers everything you could want in your dream home. Enter into foyer w/built-in bookcases, leading into formal living room w/ coffered ceilings, tile flooring, & gas fireplace. Spacious family room has wood beam ceiling, wide plank wood flooring & opens to custom kitchen w/ granite countertops, stainless appliances & breakfast bar. Additional living space w/wood flooring, added in 2013, could be used for many purposes, such as a game room or theater room. Home also features formal dining room, which leads into state of the art wine cellar, w/ independent temp control & 700+ bottle capacity. All bedrooms, including master, are located on 2nd floor. Master suite is spacious w/ his & hers custom closets, double vanities, garden tub & separate walk-in shower. $525,000 ML 412230
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Timeless elegance! Warm & inviting 4/4.5 home w/ views of the 14th fairway. Beautiful gourmet kitchen boasts custom cabinets & granite, along with large center island & breakfast room, making it the perfect gathering spot for family & friends. Family room w/ fireplace opens to kitchen & looks out to sparkling pool w/covered patio. Spacious master has closet w/ built-ins, bath w/double vanity & walk in shower, and french doors opening out to pool area. Elegant staircase leads to upstairs balcony and 3 bedrooms, each with their own walk-in closets and baths. Home has solid oak flooring & crown molding throughout. Detached 2.5 car garage has separate living quarters w/2 upstairs multi-purpose rooms & downstairs living space w/full bath. Could easily be modified to in-law suite. $1,200,000. ML# 425192
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4/3.5 w/study located on 18th fairway. Kitchen features granite counter tops, island & double wall oven and opens to breakfast room w/mitered glass window. Master w/ his & hers closets & pocket sliders to pool. Master bath has double vanities, garden tub & glass block shower. Game room/theater room opens to kitchenette which leads to pool. Formal living room and family room, both with fireplaces, look out to screened lanai with sparkling pool and spa. Oversized 3 car garage rounds out this beautiful home. $599,900. ML#410162
Feels Like Home! Surrounded by beautiful oaks and lush landscaping, this 4/4.5 bath with study offers golf course views. Home has formal living room & dining room and kitchen w/ custom cabinets & granite, which opens to family room with fireplace. Breakfast room looks out to beautiful pool, lanai and oversized spa. Master suite w/wood floor, shares double sided fireplace w/master bath. Lots of privacy in backyard and close enough to walk to tennis, golf and clubhouse.$649,900. ML#420994.
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HEALTHIER LIFE May 3, 2014...that was when my journey began. I woke up that morning, got up, and was out of breath — just from getting out of bed. I was 26 years old, had high blood pressure, and still had the rest of my life ahead of me. I stopped for a moment and decided it was time to make a change. I had just moved to Ocala and wanted to begin a new, healthy lifestyle. After a couple of weeks of eating healthier, I walked through the doors at the Frank DeLuca YMCA. I was a little hesitant because although I’d been fairly active throughout my life playing all types of sports, I’d never been able to get a consistent exercise regime down. The membership representative that gave me a tour was extremely friendly, and I decided to join that day. She got me connected with a Wellness Coach, and I started the Coach Approach program, which is a free program that allowed me to meet individually with a coach for six months. Within a couple of visits with my coach Roxanne, she recommended that I try working out with a trainer to help me get to where I wanted to be. That small introduction to my trainer, Tiffany, who I’ve trained with for a year now, changed my life. As I sat there during our initial assessment, I thought, “This is what I need, someone to help keep me on track.” At the end of our first meeting, I decided to start training with her, and I’ve never looked back.
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These were all accomplishments within my first year of being a member at the Frank DeLuca YMCA. I’m thankful every day I come to the Y that I was introduced to such an amazing facility with an absolutely wonderful staff. I still train with Tiffany 2-3 times a week, because, well, why wouldn’t I? She’s incredible and has helped me to come so far, plus there are more goals to demolish. I love the atmosphere here at the Y, and what’s even better is that my journey here has only just begun…
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UIDR Y PHOT OGRA PHY JOHN JERN BY IGAN
RIVEN D Y G O OL OLD TECHN A THE R K U A O , N F O O G MIDST JOHNST PRISIN R Y U N S N N THE H A ND S, JO AS FOU N LIVE H R , E N D A O OLVED. M M V E N I N I S H R TE G MAC COMPU O SEWIN N , E CH QUE NI I N U D AN
BE FOREWARNED. Spend five minutes with Johnny Johnston and you’re likely to catch old sewing machine fever. You just might find yourself on a frenzied scavenger hunt, rummaging through garage sales or your grandmother’s closet. All in hopes of discovering a rare antique
sewing machine. And then with a smile on your face, you’d visit Johnston with your find. Johnston has earned his moniker of “The Old Sewing Machine Man” one stitch at a time. An animated storyteller, Johnston delights in regaling people with all things old sewing machines, especially the Singer Featherweight 221. From history
to the joy of finding a treasure to the fine distinction between restoration and reconditioning, he loves spreading the sewing machine gospel. And all this is rather surprising because before his current obsession, Johnston spent 30 years as a cop. Not much need for sewing machine expertise in that line of work. But, ah, as the saying goes—behind every man of worth is a woman. And in this case, that
woman is Debbie, Johnston’s wife of 32 years. A lifelong quilter, Debbie had a Singer Featherweight 221 in need of repair. And she was also determined that when her husband retired, he was not going to become a couch potato. Somehow those two things met at a crossroads, and, Violà! Johnston had an avocation and a vocation all sewn up into one.
“DEBBIE TELLS ME THAT’S MY NEW WORKSHOP AND HANDS ME BUSINESS CARDS THAT SAID I COULD FIX OLD SEWING MACHINES.”
“I bought Debbie a Singer Featherweight 221 in the late 1970s. Quilters love the Featherweight because they’re portable and they make perfect straight stitches for their piecing work,” says Johnston. “It worked great for 30 years, but then
it started giving her trouble. She didn’t want to give up her Featherweight, so we looked around for someone who could repair it. That turned out to be a difficult task.” The Johnstons, who live just northeast of Ocala in Anthony, did
finally find a man in Citra. He fixed the sewing machine just fine. But unfortunately, he died soon after. That got Johnston, who always had a mechanical knack, thinking. “I started thinking about learning to fix old sewing machines,” recalls Johnston. “Debbie and I would go to garage sales to look for them. I’d buy any kind, take them home and work on them. It was all learn as you go. Then I took a sewing machine repair class. After that, I began studying the history of them and found it all very interesting. By the time I retired from the Ocala
Police Department in 2008, I had a nice little hobby.” But Debbie had something more in mind than just a hobby. “I got home one day and there was this pre-fab building on our property,” says Johnston, 70, with a chuckle. “Debbie tells me that’s my new workshop and hands me business cards that said I could fix old sewing machines.” With business cards in hand, Johnston started accompanying Debbie to quilters’ shows on weekends. He was instantly well received. “I started getting business right away,” says Johnston, who also
...HER FATHER WAS KILLED IN THE WAR, AND AFTER THAT, HER MOTHER JUST COULDN’T BRING HERSELF TO USE THAT FEATHERWEIGHT.
began stocking hard-to-find sewing machine parts. “People started bringing me all kinds of old sewing machines. I was amazed at how many old sewing machines people had and that they wanted fixed.” In fact, business became so brisk that Johnston had to set parameters to get any work done. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are customer days, where people can come by with their sewing machines. Tuesdays and Thursday are what he calls “Johnny-only work days.”
“I enjoy visiting with people and hearing the stories about their sewing machines,” says Johnston. “But the sewing machines were starting to pile up. With this schedule, I can visit with people and still get my work done.”
JOHNSTON ISN’T JUST the go-to Mr. Fix-It when it comes to old sewing machines; he’s also become an avid collector and historian. A sort of old sewing machine guru. His on-site
museum, which is open to tour upon appointment, includes a wide variety of sewing machines from hand cranks to treadles to portables. The oldest is an 1861 Home Shuttle, made by the Gold Medal Company. A particular favorite is a 1934 Featherweight, which had been introduced at that year’s Chicago Expo: A Century of Progress and still has the event’s original sticker on it. Johnston also donated a 1950s-era Singer hand-cranked sewing machine to the Ocalabased Silver River Museum’s Florida Seminole Indian Exhibit. Seminole women were expert seamstresses, who perfected a signature patchwork sewing style. From the late 1920s to the early 1960s, there was a Seminole Village at Silver Springs. Tourists could see Seminoles going through their
daily routines, including sewing on Singer hand-cranked sewing machines. The items they made were sold to tourists and residents. “I got my collection started by going to estate sales and auctions. And you’d be surprised at what you can find at just regular garage sales,” says Johnston, who is a member of the International Sewing Machine Collector Society. “Then, as people heard of me, I started getting calls. Some of the sewing machines needed repair and reconditioning. Others were practically like new. Every find was always exciting.” And Johnston particularly likes when he finds out the story connected to the sewing machine. “A woman called me and said she had a Featherweight that her father had bought for her mother in 1942 just before he went off to war,” says Johnston. “Well, her father was killed in the war, and after that, her mother just couldn’t bring herself to use that Featherweight. I go to look at it, and it’s not only still in the box, it was still in the original wrapping paper! I bought it right away. All I had to do was oil it, re-wrap it and then I sold it ready to use.” Another in-the-box Featherweight gifted Johnston with a fortuitous discovery that advanced his historical knowledge of the sewing machine.
TOURISTS COULD SEE SEMINOLES GOING THROUGH THEIR DAILY ROUTINES, HANDINCLUDING SEWING ON SINGER HAND CRANKED SEWING MACHINES.
“I was at an estate sale and opened up this Featherweight box,” says Johnson. “And not only was there a machine in pristine condition, but there was a book that I had never heard of before in the box, too. I couldn’t believe my good fortune.” The book was a first edition of Featherweight 221: The Perfect Portable/And Its Stitches Across History by Nancy Johnson-Srebro. “It was the most thorough history of the Featherweight that I had ever come across in one book,” says Johnston, the delight in his voice over the discovery still evident. “After I did some research, I found that the book’s third edition was still available. Since then, I’ve kept it in stock and sell it well. People who love the Featherweight just love the book.”
THE AMERICAN LOVE affair with the Featherweight 221 has been a longstanding one. First manufactured by the Singer Sewing Machine Company in
1933, the Featherweight 221 was an alternative to the standard stationary treadle sewing machines made of steel. The Featherweight 221, made of composite aluminum, weighed but 11 pounds and came in standard black with the Singer name in gold. It was trademarked as ‘The Perfect Portable.’ Its advertising slogan was: As light as a feather and the most compact sewing machine ever. That slogan was so effective that although Featherweight was never etched onto any machine, the name persists eight decades later. According to Johnston, the first models sold for $45 to $50, which was a surprisingly high cost in the midst of The Great Depression. But they sold very well, and by the 1950s, the cost rose to $135-$150. It’s estimated that between 1933 and 1968, Singer produced and sold 3.5 million Featherweights. “In 1964, Singer sold out to the Brothers Sewing Machine Company in Japan,” says Johnston.
“But Singer had a deal to keep producing the Featherweight here. Then, when the Japanese began flooding the market with their cheaper portables, Featherweight sales fell. Singer stopped making them in 1968.” Production might have ceased, but the Featherweight still had its loyalists, especially the quilters who held on to them and continue to use them decades later. And just like Debbie’s eventually needed repair, so too do other machines that find their way to Johnston.
he isn’t in his workshop, he gives talks to interested groups; he and Debbie jump in their RV and go to weekend shows. “I’m having a ball,” says Johnston. “I get to meet so many interesting people and hear great stories about their sewing machines. I love the challenge of reconditioning a machine. Every day is different. Thanks to old sewing machines, there definitely hasn’t been much couch time in my retirement.” Want To Know More? theoldsewingmachineman.com (352) 867-8035
WHEN IT COMES TO sewing machine restoration, Johnston is a bit of a purist. So much so that he prefers the word reconditioning to restoration. “The problem I have with restoration is that people have come to think of that as taking something old and making it modern,” explains Johnston. “I’m not interested in doing that. I preserve the patina and try not to replace the original graphics on the sewing machine head. What I like to do is recondition a sewing machine back to its original beauty, not create a whole new machine. If you want that, then just buy a new one.” Johnston is so steadfast about his reconditioning concept that he turned down an opportunity with The History Channel. “They called me about doing a segment on what they described as restoring old sewing machines,” says Johnston. “I explained to them that I didn’t do that, but instead reconditioned them. They couldn’t understand the difference and tried to change my mind. But I turned them down. They were very surprised that I did.” It’s not like Johnston needed the attention or the extra work. He stays plenty busy, taking in three to four sewing machines a day. When
In The Kitchen IF YOUR IMAGE OF THE IDEAL HOME COOK IS A WOMAN IN AN APRON, THINK AGAIN. IN MANY HOUSEHOLDS, IT’S JUST AS LIKELY TO BE DAD WHIPPING UP DINNER AS MOM. by Cyn thi a McF arl and
TO GET THE INSIDE STORY, WE ROUNDED UP FIVE LOCAL FATHERS WHO REGULARLY COOK FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WHAT WE FOUND IS THAT THESE MEN ARE IN THE KITCHEN (AND BEHIND THE GRILL!) BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT, NOT BECAUSE THEY “HAVE” TO COOK. THEY EVEN SHARED SOME FAVORITE RECIPES, SO READ ON, AND WHEN YOU END UP HUNGRY, DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU.
Southern History HEN FRED THROWER SAYS HE LIVED IN “L.A.,” HE’S TALKING LOWER ALABAMA, NOT CALIFORNIA. LIVING ON A FARM “IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE,” FRED WAS IN ALABAMA UNTIL AGE 5 WHEN THE FAMILY MOVED ACROSS THE STATE LINE TO MIDLAND, GEORGIA. FRED WAS RAISED BY HELEN, THE NANNY AND COOK WHO’D ALSO RAISED HIS MOTHER.
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“It was just like that movie, The Help. I spent a lot of time with Helen; she was my best friend,” recalls Fred, 49, a political consultant who works from home in Ocala but also has an office in Washington, D.C. “I learned to cook from watching her, and her husband, John, taught me how to barbeque.” At age 16, Fred landed a job as a cook at Pridchett’s Fish Camp back before laws restricted a minor from working in a restaurant kitchen. He worked there through college. “We used to cook about 1,200 pounds of catfish each night. When you’re cooking that much fish, you’re not using a thermometer to tell you when it’s done! When it starts to float, it’s almost ready,” says Fred. The father of three sons, Fred Jr., 20, James, 18, and Sam, 15, Fred has lived in Ocala since 2005. He admits he started cooking at home regularly when he became a single dad that same year. “I realized I couldn’t just feed them chicken nuggets every night… although they would have eaten them! I started making each boy pick a dish each night—that way I knew at least one of them would eat what I made.” After Fred remarried in 2008 to Nancy, he continued to do much of the cooking, although she was more than willing to take on the task. “I’m Mr. Mom since I work at home. I have a Green Egg and
really love smoking meat; that’s my favorite thing to cook. I cook a lot of pork butts, whole chickens, chicken wings and seafood, like oysters,” notes Fred, who is also a youth baseball coach. Fred’s two oldest boys both work in the restaurant industry at present, although he doesn’t think they’ll do it as a career. Sam, the youngest, however, definitely has caught the “bug.” “He watches cooking shows; I don’t even do that!” laughs Fred.
se Grits e e h C e l p m i S 3
dad's recipe cups water
tsp salt 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheese
(Recipe courtesy Fred Thrower)
tbsp bacon grease
large eggs, well beaten
tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish. Combine water and salt in a large po t. Bring to a boil, and add grits slowly. Stir grits, reduce heat to low an d cover. Cook 7-10 minutes. Add 1 1/4 cups of cheese—Fred recom mends shredding your own cheese as this makes a huge difference in tas te—and butter, stirring until melted. Add milk, eggs, bacon grease and bla ck pepper, and mix well. Pour into the baking dish, and sprinkle the rem aining 1/4 cup cheese on top. Bake 45-50 minutes. Set the oven to broil for the last 3 minutes to give the gr its a little color.
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A Serious Foodie “FOODIE” AND PROUD OF IT, THAT’S BERT SAVELL. THANKS TO HIS FATHER’S MILITARY CAREER, BERT WAS BORN IN GERMANY, AND HIS FAMILY HISTORY STARTED HIS LIFELONG FASCINATION WITH FOOD.
“My mother was a German war bride and a fabulous cook, as were my grandmothers on both sides, so I got used to good cooking. My dad’s from Louisiana, so I had that food culture, too,” recalls Bert, 68. Bert, who spent much of his life in California, got a job in a fine dining restaurant in Monterey while in college. He started out washing dishes and
worked his way up to part-time prep cook. “Living in the Monterey peninsula, I got a chance to experience many fine restaurants, good food and good wine,” he notes. During his career as a sales manager for an orthopedic implant company, Bert traveled extensively. He made it a point to try different types of cuisine everywhere he went and routinely bought cookbooks. Today, his cookbook collection includes nearly 400 volumes. He puts those recipes to good use, cooking every night for himself, and often for friends. “I’m a bachelor now, but not the kind who makes toasted cheese sandwiches,” he laughs. “Last night I made rack of lamb with risotto and a nice tossed salad.” Since moving to Florida in 1996, Bert, who lives in Homosassa, enjoys incorporating the area’s fresh seafood into his dishes.
“My daughter, Heather, caught the ‘bug,’ and despite my advice not to, she became a professional chef,” adds Bert. “She lives in Nashville now, so when she comes to visit, I like to cook for her and make the special dishes she grew up with, such as Cajun dishes like seafood gumbo and Rouladen (a roasted flank steak). It’s fun for us to talk about food together; we compare and share recipes. My son, Scott, likes to eat but has virtually no interest in cooking.”
Through trial and error, Bert has taught himself to cook a variety of different styles, but his favorite remains Cajun/Creole. “They are really two different schools of cooking,” he notes, “but both are from Southern Louisiana.” He takes his cooking seriously. This spring, when friends suggested a crawfish boil, he drove all the way to Louisiana and picked up 90 pounds of fresh crawfish so he could pull it off in style. It was a success, of course, but no one who knows Bert would have expected any less.
Cajun Andouille Shr imp Pasta 1
lb linguini noodles
lb peeled shrimp
stick sweet butter
cups white mushrooms, sliced
bell peppers, chopped into 1⁄2-inch pieces cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
cups grated Parmesan cheese
green onions, chopped coarsely
cups heavy cream
lb. andouille sausage cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
cup vegetable oil
Mix cream and cheese in a saucepan; simmer over slow heat until cheese begins to incorporate with cream. Let stand, checking to see it stays well mixed to consistency of heavy sauce. Sauté andouille for about 10 minutes in oil. Add in onions, garlic and bell peppers until they just begin to soften. Add in shrimp for 10 minutes or until they just begin to turn pink. Set aside. Bring pasta water to boil. Add in 1 tablespoon salt. When vigorously boiling, put in pasta, turn off heat and cover. Sauté mushrooms in butter until they begin to soften. Add sherry, and set aside. Pasta should be “al dente.” Remove from pot, and drain well. Add in vegetables, andouille and shrimp mixture, stirring into pasta. Then, add in mushrooms and cheese/cream mix, which should be well incorporated first. Place in pre-heated oven at 250°F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, mix well and serve. (Recipe courtesy Bert Savell)
C h ic k e n C a c c ia tore 12
3 3 2 2
pieces chicken, both white and dark Salt and pepper tbsp olive oil oil-packed anchovy fillets small red onions, finely chopped carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1 4 ¾
celery stalk, finely chopped fresh bay leaves
to 1 cup dry red wi
ne 2 ½ cups chopped cherry tomatoes with juice ½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Bert Savell Photos © Fred Lopez; Mike Dean Photo © John Jernigan
Sprinkle chicken pie ces with salt and pe pper. Heat oil in large skillet over me dium-high heat. Se ar chicken in olive oil on both sides until golden brown, abou t 4 minutes per side. Remove chicken to plate. Add anchovies and garlic to skillet, using a wooden spoo n to break up anchov ies. Sauté until garlic is fragrant an d anchovies are me lted. Add onions, carrots and celery; sauté until tender an d just beginning to turn golden. Add wi ne, and stir well un til the sharp smell wine is cooked off, of about 2 minutes. Ad d tomatoes and their juice, along with oli ves, and stir well. Re turn chicken pieces skillet, making sure to they are covered by tomatoes, flipping to coat with sauce. Cover with a lid, an d simmer on low for to 40 minutes. Garn 35 ish with fresh pars ley before serving. (Recipe courtesy Mike Dean)
Keepin' It Fresh
OR FLORIDA NATIVE MIKE DEAN, FRESH AND LOCAL INGREDIENTS ARE THE BEST CULINARY INSPIRATION.
Born in Sarasota and raised in Ocala, Mike has called Marion County home since the mid-1970s. Married to Kristin Dean for 18 years this year, Mike, 44, is a civil attorney who has practiced law in Ocala since 1997. The couple have two boys, Jackson and Eric, and one daughter, Kendall. “I learned a lot about cooking from watching my mom in the kitchen. When I was in high
school, I started experimenting with lots of simple things,” says Mike. “I enjoy fine-tuning recipes, but it’s more about making sure it tastes great and using the freshest herbs and ingredients.” Mike and Kristin share the cooking duties about 50/50. When it comes to having folks over, Mike usually handles the cooking, whether it’s outdoors on the grill or on the stovetop inside. Among his specialties are gumbo, chili and chicken cacciatore—but he’s known for his low country boils. “We mainly do that for parties. It’s a fantastic way to entertain a group of anywhere from 15 to over 100 people,” says
Mike. “It traditionally includes shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage, but sometimes, we’ll switch it up and do a Louisianatype boil where we add crawfish or maybe crab.” The Deans live on a farm, and it’s tradition to sit down to family dinner most nights. On Sunday afternoons, extended family often drops by to enjoy a big meal together. “In our family, one thing that’s evolved is that we all enjoy outdoor activities and saltwater fishing, in particular,” says Mike. “Whatever happens to be biting is what we’ll be cooking. Cooking and eating what you’ve caught that day is
even better than buying it from the market.” Mike and Kristin have taught by example, and their children appreciate good food. “Their palates are pretty sophisticated now,” laughs Mike. “They enjoy things many kids don’t eat, like sushi and ceviche, made with whatever we’ve caught fresh that day, whether it’s scallops, trout or whatever. All three kids are interested in cooking. They’ll watch and ask what and why I’m doing things, but especially Eric. He’s my sous chef when I’m cooking and also likes to make pancakes for the family on weekends.”
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Gyoza ¼ 1
ORLD TRAVELS NOT ONLY ADD MEMORIES TO OUR LIVES, THEY CAN ALSO FOREVER INFLUENCE OUR CULINARY TASTES. FOR DENNIS GROENENBOOM, A 22-YEAR CAREER IN THE AIR FORCE TOOK HIM TO MANY DIFFERENT STATES AND COUNTRIES, EXPOSING HIM ALONG THE WAY TO A WIDE VARIETY OF DISHES, SOME OF WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION.
“MY DAD ALWAYS COOKED WHEN I WAS GROWING UP.“
2 2 4
cup grated Napa cabbage tsp salt
tbsp vegetable oil
pound ground beef OR pork OR chicken
tbsp ground ginger (or 2 tsp fresh minced )
tbsp rice wine tbsp sesame seed oil
green onions, chop pe
tbsp soy sauce
Gyoza or wonton wrappers Oil for frying
In large bowl, comb ine all ingredients except wrappers an oil for frying. Mix d well. Place one spoo nful of mix in center of each wonton wrap per. Fold corners of wrapper together to form a semicirc le. Seal edges toge ther with a paste ma from a little flour an de d water. (You can use fork tines to he seal edges.) Continu lp e until you’ve used up all filling. Heat in heavy frying pa oil n over medium-hig h to high heat. Drop gyoza into hot oil, an d cook several at a time for about two minutes or until go lden brown. Remov e fro m oil and place on paper towels to dry. Continue until all are cooked. Serv with a dipping sauc e e of soy sauce, rice wine and sesame seed oil, mixed toge ther to taste. (Recipe courtesy Denn is Groenenboom)
“Of all those states and countries, Japan probably influenced my cooking interests the most. I liked their food, and once I got back to the States, I found if I wanted Japanese, I had to cook it myself,” says Dennis, 67. One of his favorite dishes is Gyoza, a Japanese meat dumpling (also known as a “potsticker”), typically made with chicken or pork, along with shredded carrots, cabbage and ginger. “Some people like to steam them, but I like mine fried better; you can go either way with it,” Dennis notes. “You don’t have to go to a specialty store to get the ingredients. You can buy wonton wrappers in the frozen section at the grocery store. I like to serve them with a dipping sauce
made of rice wine, soy sauce and sesame oil.” After retiring from the Air Force in 1988, Dennis worked as a prison guard in the Florida Panhandle and then locally in Lowell, before retiring full time in 2000. He and his wife, Bobbie, live in northwestern Marion County near Williston. When it’s Dennis’ turn to cook, you can bet he’ll be doing it outside. “My dad always cooked when I was growing up. He often cooked the Sunday dinner after church,” Dennis recalls. “When I was just 6 years old, I was outside cooking over the grill with him. It’s always good when dads involve their kids with cooking. I let my son, Brian, help me when he was little. I think my love of cooking rubbed off on him.”
Dennis Groenenboom and Ron Reddish Photos © John Jernigan
Hot From The Oven OMETIMES WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING BECOMES A HOBBY. AT LEAST THAT’S HOW IT HAPPENED FOR RON REDDISH… BUT NOT UNTIL HE RETIRED FROM TWO DECADES OF RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT.
Georgia-born and -raised, Ron, 68, has lived in Marion County since 1982. He managed the former Bennigan’s, an Ocala mainstay on East Silver Springs Boulevard for many years, and before that, Morrison’s Cafeteria. During his 20-plus years in restaurant management, Ron got into the kitchen himself. “In the training program with Morrison’s you go through every station, and that’s where I really learned to cook. I enjoyed the baking part of it the best, and the breads I bake today trace back to that,” says Ron. After retiring from the restaurant industry, Ron worked for a time as a Realtor of both business and commercial real estate, as well as in foreclosure retention. “Five or six years ago, a bone spur showed up on my neck and caused a problem with my left arm and hand. That limited the yard work I could do, so I was inside more, and that’s when I got into cooking and baking,” says Ron, who’s probably best known for his bread. “We haven’t bought bread from the store for a year or more,” he admits. “I have a white yeast bread recipe that I can make into rolls, buns or loaves. I also make an old-fashioned tea cake that is plain and simple but really good.” Ron and his wife, Debbie, have been married 29 years. Ron has two sons from a previous
marriage, one grandson and three granddaughters, who live in Jacksonville and Atlanta. And while Ron and Debbie both cook at home, he tends to do more and likes it that way. In addition to baking his favorite bread recipe, he can often be found smoking pork, chicken and beef ribs. “I have a homemade smoker that’s about 48 by 36 inches with three metal shelves inside that I had made by a welder. The smoker is wood and really looks like a small outhouse,” he laughs. One of his favorite meals is a slow-cooker pot roast that he makes with “lots and lots of onions.” Then he uses the rich juice to make his homemade French Onion soup. And, of course, the best thing to sop up that soup is a big chunk of warm bread, fresh from the oven.
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SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT JOSH? HE’S A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION AND DRIVES A PROMOD RACING CAR THAT MAKES OVER 4,000 HORSEPOWER AND TRAVELS A QUARTERMILE TRACK IN FIVE SECONDS AT OVER 250MPH.
osh Klugger grew up in the construction business. His parents started Center State Construction in 1988. Today, he proudly carries on the family business. Recently, they were honored with the grand prize at this year’s Parade of Homes. “It was truly an honor; with 31 entries, there was some stiff competition,” says Josh. “Winning that award validated that the extra mile we go to build a quality home with cutting-edge design pays off.” The pros at Center State pride themselves on quality construction, customer communication and relationships. “Clients have my personal cell number and know that I am available to meet with them anytime they have questions regarding their project,” says Josh. “Having that one-on-one relationship makes the building process more enjoyable and overall easier.” Models are available, from 2,500 to 3,800 square feet, and Josh says the three things every buyer needs to know before signing a contract are the solvency of the company, total cost and whether or not the home is covered by a 10-year warranty. You know with Center State!
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| CAMPUS USA CREDIT UNION 3097 SW COLLEGE RD., OCALA | (352) 237-9060, EXT. 11133 CAMPUSCU.COM
arlon Awuma has always been good with numbers. So after graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in finance, he began his career as a financial advisor at CAMPUS USA Credit Union. “I’ve always wanted to have a career that would allow me to have a significant impact on people’s lives,” Marlon says. “Financial security is one of the most important concerns that most people have.” At CAMPUS USA, Marlon offers comprehensive financial guidance, retirement planning and investment management, working with members to build a customized financial plan. His best piece of investment advice? “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. There are a lot of great investments out there. Don’t be afraid to try something new.”
MARLON’S FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT IN OCALA? “DEFINITELY SHOLOM PARK. I AM A FAMILY MAN, AND I LOVE BRINGING MY WIFE, NIKKI, AND MY THREE CHILDREN, GABRIEL, CAMERON AND JENNIS, HERE FOR SOME TIME OUTDOORS.”
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| HOFFMAN ARTS STUDIO 4720 SE 120TH ST., BELLEVIEW | (352) 322-3159 HOFFMANARTSSTUDIO.COM
or Robert Hoffman, opening Hoffman Arts Studio last year seemed like a natural progression. He had been creating portraits for family and friends for some time. “It’s what I love to do,” Robert says. “I have loved art my entire life. It started when I was a child watching my grandmother and mother. I guess art is just in my DNA.” Robert creates portraits from photographs using soft pastels and charcoal, sometimes modifying the background and colors depending on the client’s desires. “I have always loved the way pastels blend and work on paper. I enjoy creating paintings that capture the spirit and emotions that touch peoples’ hearts.”
ROBERT’S FAVORITE OCALA LOCALE? HORSE COUNTRY. “IT’S BEAUTIFUL FARMS, ROLLING HILLS AND ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL BEAUTY HAVE LONG BEEN A PLACE OF INSPIRATION AND PRIDE TO ME.”
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MILLS CONCEPTS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA owner |TECHNOLOGY AND ASAP COMPUTER SERVICES
1737 SW 17TH ST., OCALA | (352) 732-1161 NETWORKINGOCALA.COM
echnology Concepts of Central Florida, LLC has been providing computer networking services for small businesses for 13 years. President Rick Mills moved here in 2002 and fell in love with the community. “Ocala proved to be a great place to raise a family. While my children will soon be spreading out, they will carry with them the values and friendships they found in Ocala for a lifetime,” he says. It was also the perfect place for his IT talents to flourish. Along with expert tech support, Rick and his staff promise available, qualified professionals who will always use a personal touch. “We get to know our clients, their needs and their personalities,” says Rick. And the best part of Technology Concepts? “Our people,” he explains. “We have a passion for helping people and have a lot of fun doing what we do.”
WHILE OTHERS ENJOY THEIR OWN POOLS, RICK SPENDS WEEKENDS ON THE POOL DECK OFFICIATING COMPETITIVE SWIMMING, SOMETIMES WISHING SOMEONE WOULD PUSH HIM IN TO COOL OFF.
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| ASAP COMPUTER SERVICES 1737 SW 17TH ST, OCALA | (352) 732-ASAP (2727) ASAPOCALA.COM
ince opening in February 2013, ASAP Computer Services’ number one priority has been service with integrity. “Our customers repeatedly express their appreciation for finding a technology service provider they can trust,” says Vince, the operations manager. ASAP offers a wide range of hardware and software-related technology services, including on-site service for their clients. Not only do they provide an expert IT eye, they do it with impressive turnaround time. Vince and his team strive to provide quality service in a field they’re passionate about. “I feel like Ocala deserves the most honest, high level of service I can give back, and I am glad we have a team that’s able to offer that.”
VINCE ENJOYS RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE FOR THAT FREE, OPEN ROAD FEELING.
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| STUDIO 200 8075 SW HWY 200, STE. 113, OCALA | (352) 237-7020 STUDIO200SALON.COM
immy Nurmi at Studio 200 Salon is dedicated to experience—experience that has taken him behind the stage at New York Fashion Week and trainings across the country. “Client experience is my top priority at the salon and making sure I deliver an expected result every visit. This same philosophy is shared throughout the salon, and it’s what keeps clients coming back!”
JIMMY IS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FOR A FLORIDABASED HAIR CARE COMPANY CALLED HEALIUM HAIR AND A SELF-PROCLAIMED PING PONG CHAMP.
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family-owned and -operated business that has been building custom homes and professional buildings for 35 years, Peter Morey feels the success of the business comes from constant improvement and innovation. “We offer each of our clients professional design and build services with a keen eye toward customer satisfaction,” Peter says. “People choose Morey Construction because of the long-term respect we have earned through hundreds of successful projects throughout the area.” And although Peter names a long list of happy customers as one of his proudest accomplishments, there’s one aspect of the business that brings him the most pleasure year after year. “I simply love building—it brings me a lot of pride to see projects come to completion with a beautiful design and quality of construction that is second to none!”
fun fact: THINK PETER SITS AROUND IN HIS COMFY OFFICE ALL DAY? THINK AGAIN! “I HAVE WORKED AS A TRADESMEN IN EVERY FACET OF CONSTRUCTION, INCLUDING HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATIONS, CONCRETE AND BLOCK WORK, CARPENTRY, ROOFING, PLUMBING, ELECTRIC AND DUCTWORK, AND I ENJOY WORKING WITH MY HANDS TO THIS DAY.”
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ome people just love their careers. “Every day I help people achieve the American dream of owning a home, and I take a lot of pride in making sure they buy the perfect home that fits their needs,” says Realtor Brian Cox. “I won’t let them make a bad real estate decision.” Realtor Blake Hunter works with all types of property but has a passion for the farm market. “I grew up around the horse industry and have extensive knowledge of the area, from mini-farms to training facilities.” Their best advice? If you find the perfect home, act on it! It could be someone else’s perfect home, too. Also, don’t put a ton of unneeded work into selling your home—you may not recoup it. Finally, don’t be afraid of foreclosures— there are deals to be found! No matter what type of property you desire, the Professionals at Sellstate and The Brian Cox TEAM can help. “The key to a stress-free experience is knowing what your client expects and delivering your services to the best of your ability,” says Blake.
WHEN YOU WANT A JOB DONE RIGHT, YOU CALL ON THE BEST. IN 2014, SELLSTATE NEXT GENERATION REALTY IN OCALA WAS NAMED THE NO. 1 SELLSTATE OFFICE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
PANCHAL JAYANTI PANCHAL, M.D.
2654 SW 32ND PLACE, STE. 100, OCALA / (352) 854-7444
owner |SUCCESS BY DESIGN
2654 SW 32ND PLACE, STE. 100, OCALA / (352) 387-0090
hen Dr. Panchal came to Ocala in 1994, he opened up an internal medicine practice. His greatest rewards are being able to take care of the whole family and the fact that his patients don’t have to worry about going somewhere else to get tested. “We take care of everything in one place,” he says. He also started the Success By Design weight loss program to help patients take charge of their own health. Patients in his program receive diet counseling and advice to avoid future hospitalization. His advice for patients is to have faith in their physician and to follow instructions. These days, when the health care industry as a whole is generalizing practices and lumping them together, it’s rare to find a thriving private practice. Dr. Panchal owns and runs one such practice, and he considers it one of his greatest career accomplishments.
WHEN HE’S NOT WORKING, YOU MIGHT JUST FIND HIM ON THE GOLF COURSE OR THE DANCE FLOOR.
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| AFTER HOURS AUTO SALVAGE 1360 NW 24TH AVE., OCALA | (352) 629-7711 AFTERHOURSSALVAGE.COM
im Snell’s father opened After Hours Auto Salvage in 1979, and he’s been working in the business since he was 15 years old, so he knows a thing or two about cars. Selling new and used auto parts for a fraction of the dealership price, once Tim locates the part a customer is looking for, he can also install it for you in the on-site, full-service repair garage. “Salvage yards are truly recyclers,” Tim says of the process. “Once vehicles are stripped of all useful parts, the cars are crushed and the metal is sold and recycled.” The father of two boys, Tim also enjoys sports and the great outdoors. “We love to fish and hunt. I also play golf and love cheering on the Florida Gators!”
TIM RACED MOTOCROSS UP UNTIL HE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. “I WAS ONCE ON THE COVER OF CRASH AND BURN MAGAZINE!”
| ORGANIC CHEF FOODS 619 S. PINE AVE. OCALA | (352) 620-2737 ORGANICCHEFFOODS.COM
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l Rosas knows about healthy eating. The certified culinary professional from Le Cordon Bleu owns Organic Chef Foods, where the ingredients he uses for his popular breakfast and lunch dishes, like the Slap Happy BBQ Pork Sandwich and the Sweet Potato Paleo Corned Beef Hash, are “as local and fresh as they can be.” Patrons can also purchase a variety of all-natural meats, on-the-go meals and more from Organic Chef Foods. A desire to eat clean and healthy led Al to start the first grass-fed beef farm in Florida in the early ‘90s. And his views haven’t changed. “Simply put, if you don’t want toxins in your body, don’t eat them.” His secret, though? “I like fried chicken… a lot.”
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4596 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala
Stationary Stations You’ll find these food trucks parked in a specific location through Marion County. Check them out for some good cookin’!
Rashad Jones and his wife, Patrice, have always enjoyed cooking with friends and family. After entering a cooking contest and winning, they reveled in the moment and decided to take their love of cooking one step further by investing in a food truck. Patrons can expect authentic, Southernstyle barbecue, including slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs and more. Don’t forget the homemade dessert each week, too. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT; OPEN 5PM UNTIL THE FOOD IS GONE ON FRIDAYS, 11:30AM-5:30PM SATURDAYS (352) 817-7914; MYBIGLEESBBQ.COM
11642 N Williams Street, Dunnellon
When Elizabeth Williams was pregnant with her first son, she had the overwhelming desire to eat Bolivian tamales, so she did the next best thing and decided to start making them herself. Afterward, at every party she was invited to, her tamales were a hot commodity. When she moved to Florida and had trouble finding a job, she remembered her love of tamales and thought she might be able to make a business selling tamales from a food truck—the rest is history. In addition to her famous tamales, Elizabeth sells Boars Head hot dogs, Polish sausages, knockwurst, Italianstyle meatball sandwiches and more. CASH ONLY; OPEN 11AM-3:30PM MONDAY-FRIDAY, CLOSED TUESDAYS (708) 990-5903; FACEBOOK AND TWITTER @ELYSCUISINE
Located at the intersection near Exterior Spaces Landscaping and Garden Center in Oxford
Usually parked on the corner of SE 36th Avenue and SE 24th Street at the Qwik King in Ocala
To help supplement the days of retirement, Mary Ellen and her family invested in a food truck, and Mmmpa Lumpia came to be. Lumpia is a non-traditional “Filipino” fried spring roll filled with chicken, pork or beef. With eight lumpia choices named after characters from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the Veruca features spicy ground beef and peppers wrapped up with a blend of cheeses, while the Willy is a sweet treat—choose between apple, cherry, peach or banana, served with a caramel or cocoa-hazelnut sauce. ACCEPTS CASH OR CREDIT; OPEN 4-7PM TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (352) 816-5790; ORANGEFOODTRUCK.COM
After 28 years in the furniture business, Duey Cyr closed up shop at his showrooms. He had to think long and hard about what he wanted to do next. With a longtime love of cooking under his belt, Duey decided to take a chance and open Dippity Duey’s. His sandwiches are made with the freshest ingredients and marinades. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT; OPEN 6:30AM-1:30PM MONDAY-FRIDAY (352) 267-5144; FACEBOOK @DUPPITY DUEY’S
SMOKIN’ SWAMP BBQ
NE corner of Old Jacksonville Road and NE 49th Street, Ocala
After spending 31 years in the corporate world, Greg Guynn left to find gratification in something else. Growing up, he often cooked for his family and friends and found joy in providing for others. A food truck seemed like a natural progression from the business world. Greg specializes in simple, popular BBQ foods, such as beef brisket, chicken and BBQ spare ribs. And you’ll love his traditional sides, like baked beans, mac ‘n’ cheese, French fries, coleslaw and more. OPEN THURSDAYS THROUGH SATURDAYS
Photos by John Jernigan
BIG LEE’S BBQ
YUM YUM KITCHEN 13101 W Highway 326, Ocala
Chef Regan Reid, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, finds the freshest, inseason ingredients to offer customers the best the region has to offer. Customers can expect fresh to-go food, such as the Hawaiian pork rice bowl, blackened salmon BLT, big burrito, blackened crab cake rice bowl and much more.
Hanging out at a local festival or concert? Chances are you might see one of these trucks at a great event.
ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT; 8AM-3PM MONDAY-FRIDAY (352) 425-0108; FACEBOOK @YUM YUM KITCHEN
5400 W Hwy 40, Ocala
Growing up, Robert Stewart recalls spending a lot of time around his grandfather’s BBQ pit. Robert’s early introduction to BBQ led to a life-long love and as he grew, his interest in cooking and BBQ blossomed further. A desire to work on his own without a boss led Robert to start his own food truck business. He specializes in, you guessed it, slow-smoked, Southern-style BBQ cooked on pecan wood chips. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT; 11AM-5PM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (904) 566-2480, JRSBBQ.US
BJ’S FRESH EXPRESS
With diverse culinary backgrounds, owners Jennifer Enriquez and Bobby opened BJ’s Fresh Express after watching the food truck movie Chef. Bobby has eight years of experience creating traditional, deep, Southern flavors, and the team specializes in gourmet burgers, fresh-cut fries and entrées of Americana fame. Try the Gunboat specialty burger, featuring grilled pineapple, tangy BBQ sauce and white cheese, or the Red Caboose, which comes with chipotle mayo, jalapeños, bacon, crispy onion straws and pepper jack cheese. ACCEPTSCASHANDCREDIT /(352)512-2884;FACEBOOKANDTWITTER@BJSFRESHEXPRESS
7277 SE Maricamp Rd, Ocala
Delfina Rojas Lupe came to Florida from New York where she used to own a food truck. Some quick research of the area revealed that while there were several brick-and-mortar Latino restaurants, Ocala was lacking a designated Latino food truck. So Delfina did the natural thing and moved her food truck to Ocala, starting up her successful business once again. Guests can expect traditional foods, such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas, sandwiches and Mexican soft drinks of all flavors. Try the cucumber lemonade as well! ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT; OPEN AT 12PM TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (917) 645-6684
Growing up in a family with deep Southern and outdoor roots, a passion for pit cooking and grilling was instilled in Michael Hunt at an early age. After a handful of competitions with his son at his side, the duo was hooked. Several first place finishes encouraged the team to start a competition truck and take their food on the road. Spanky’s offers award-winning gourmet burgers, mac and cheese, green beans and ham, smoked baked beans, Grandma’s potato salad and more dishes you’d find in the South. You can find them at various events throughout Sumter and Marion Counties. CASH ONLY / (863) 440-4024; FACEBOOK @SPANKYSBBQFL
After years of considering opening a brick-and-mortar store, a change of heart prompted Bobbi DeClue to make her move. A friend who owned a truck in Orlando told Bobbi about a food trailer they had for sale, and she jumped at the opportunity. Cora’s Kitchen became a reality. Her extensive menu includes tasty items you might find in grandma’s kitchen, from buttermilkbattered chicken tenders to hot dogs and her famous vegan tacos.
In memory of his grandmother, Fely, RB decided to start a mobile restaurant to share Filipino cuisine and culture with the masses. The menu is based on family recipes handed down from RB’s mother and new innovations created just for BaBoyz. The truck serves
traditional Filipino cuisine with many Asian/Spanish fusion-influenced dishes. You can find them at various events throughout Central Florida. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT / (407) 797-3408; BABOYZTRUCK.COM; FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: @BABOYZTRUCK
MEATUP FOOD TRUCK
After contemplating opening a Brazilian restaurant, Charles and Valeria just couldn’t decide on a location. The movie Chef prompted them to begin researching food trucks, an option that could bring them the best of both worlds—a way to make and sell their great food from a variety of locations. You’ll find the MeatUp Food Truck at local events throughout Marion, Lake and Alachua Counties. The pair sells Brazilian-style steak dinners, sandwiches and wraps, rice and beans, yucca, plantains and classic American favorites such as burgers, hot dogs and fries. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT / (352) 455-1180; MEATUPFOODTRUCK.COM
THE LONDON FISH & CHIPPY
When the overhead was too high to start up a brick-and-mortar restaurant, Ashlie Miller began looking into a food trailer instead with her daughter, who has a background in catering in England. The London Fish & Chippy truck serves everything seafood with a side of chips: fish, calamari, scallops, clams, conch fritters and shrimp, and don’t forget the homemade Butterbeer while you’re there! Based out of Eustis, look for them at local events throughout Marion County. ACCEPTSCASHANDCREDIT/(352)602-6532;FACEBOOK:@THELONDONFISH&CHIPPY
POUR N SMOKE
After helping a friend prepare food at a local event, Paco Alpizar found a newfound passion for food service and settled on opening his own food truck. Paco serves up everything from Southernstyle BBQ and award-winning brisket to deep-friend jalapeño and cheese cornbread. Feeling brave? Try the Chaos: a 16-once cup layered with pulled pork, baked beans, crushed Fritos, nacho cheese, sour cream and parsley flakes. You can find them traveling all around town. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT; 11AM-10PM TUESDAY-SUNDAY (352) 857-4915; POURNSMOKE.COM; FACEBOOK: POUR N’ SMOKE BBQ & GRILL
PAWPAW’S KITCHEN & CATERING
After seeing other trucks around the area, Okie Lanier realized that he wanted to start up a truck himself, and so Pawpaw’s Kitchen was born. Here you’ll find fresh fish, shrimp, beef and chicken hoagies; hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, French fries and more. Pawpaw’s Kitchen also offers catering for weddings and large events, so give them a call today for reservations. ACCEPTSCASHANDCREDIT/(352)816-1994;FACEBOOK:PAWPAW’SKITCHEN&CATERING
After spending 14 years with the 351st Military Police Company of Ocala, Scott Snyder began looking into options for beginning and running his own business. Previous restaurant experience led Scott to purchase a food truck online and open Papa Pineapples. Although his menu may change from time to time, one thing you can always find on Scott’s truck is pressed Hawaiian or Cuban sandwiches. Yum! You can check them out in Leesburg and at local events around town. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT / (352) 598-6492; FACEBOOK @PAPA PINEAPPLES
Sweet Tooth If dessert is what you’re after, be on the lookout for these sweet trucks. KONA ICE
Find them around town at schools, day cares, parks and summer camps.
Kona Ice of Ocala began in May 2013 and is one of the fastest-growing food franchises in America. Beyond the ice, they have donated more than $60,000 to the community of Ocala. Kona’s shaved ice comes in more flavors than you can imagine. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT (352) 804-5662; KONA-ICE.COM, FACEBOOK AND TWITTER @KONAICEOCALA
COOLANDS SOFT SERVE Check them out at local events!
Jessica Cooper fulfilled her lifelong dream to own and operate a food truck when she opened Coolands. Who doesn’t love ice cream? Patrons can expect tasty, soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, waffle cones and bowls, and more. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT FACEBOOKANDTWITTER@COOLANDSOFTSERVELLC
GRUMPY’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM Find them at Marion and Sumter County events and more.
After the passing of their son, Jason and Dawn Reed were looking for a change. When the opportunity to take over a friend’s ice cream business presented itself, the pair went for it. The homemade ice cream comes from their own recipes and is served in a variety of cones. Or, you can take home a pint to enjoy later! ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT (352) 216-9661; FACEBOOK: @GRUMPY’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
CUPKAY’S CAKERY See them out and about at events around the county.
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu with honors, Kaylee Pelton decided to open up a cupcake food truck instead of a brick-and-mortar store. Along with her fiancé, Adam, she travels to area festivals, concerts and events to serve the public. You’ll find gourmet cupcakes, coffee, seasonal desserts and even cupcake-shaped breakfast staples like biscuits and gravy. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT (352) 516-9118; FACEBOOK: @CUPKAY’S CAKERY
MOJO ON THE GO
Your Favorite Restaurants—On The Go! BRUSTER’S REAL ICE CREAM
Look for them at local events. Bruster’s offers fresh, homemade ice cream flavors of the highest quality. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT (352) 622-2110; BRUSTERS.COM/OCALA
MOJO ON THE GO
Look for them at local events and around town during lunch hours.
A taste of Florida through fresh fish, Latin pork and Caribbean dishes with Ox tail, curry goat, blue crab tacos and a whole lot more. CASH ONLY (954)812-5982; FACEBOOK:@MOJOONTHEGO
Tilted Kilt offers hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, tenders, pulled pork, Philly steaks, chicken Philly sandwiches and more, all served with a tasty twist.
Customers will find their favorites served with a little something different.
Look for them at local car and bike shows.
One of those days when only a hot dog will hit the spot? These food trucks have you covered. RUDY’S DAWGS
You’ll find Rudy in both Belleview and Summerfield.
In 2009, after getting laid off from his job, Rudy Robles opened a hot dog stand in Belleview. It was an immediate hit. His son, Rudy Jr., decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, opening the second location of the family business in Summerfield. The Boar’s Head all-beef dogs and sausages are done up New York style and are cooked to perfection in a red onion sauce. ACCEPTS CASH AND CREDIT; BELLEVIEW HOURS: 11AM-4PM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY; SUMMERFIELD HOURS: 11AM-6PM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY BELLEVIEW: (352) 804-8141; SUMMERFIELD: (352) 300-0210; FACEBOOK: @RUDY’S DELICIOUS DAWGS
SANDY’S HOT ROD DOGS
Catch them around the Magnolia Business District and local events.
A longtime love of cooking (and a desire to start her own business) led Sandy Amaturo to purchase her own hot dog cart this past October, officially opening Sandy’s Hot Rod Dogs. Customers can choose between all-beef franks and smoked Polish sausages. Of course, all the fixin’s are available as well.
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AMANDA HOTBUNS Rain or shine, Rich Grazmick, Linda Deloatche and Amanda Deloatche provide their customers with a lunch they’re sure to remember. The Sabrett hot dogs and smoked sausages are served with your choice of toppings, including a crowd favorite, sauerkraut. ONLY ACCEPTS CASH; 11AM-5PM, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (352) 895-3462
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See them around town at local events.
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XPERTS FROM THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE RECENTLY SHARED THEIR PROJECTIONS FOR BREAST CANCER INCIDENCE IN THE FUTURE, AND, AS ALWAYS, WE’LL HAVE TO TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD. BREAST CANCER CASES ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE AS MUCH AS 50 PERCENT BY THE YEAR 2030. RESEARCHERS ALSO BELIEVE THE AGES OF THOSE MOST OFTEN AFFECTED BY BREAST CANCER MAY SHIFT. Presently women ages
70 to 84 constitute 24 percent of cases and may increase to 35 while women ages 50 to 69 will likely fall from 55 to 44 percent. Although it seems the things we know about cancer are changing, there is a bright side. The subtype of estrogen receptor negative breast cancers (these are the most notoriously hard to treat) will decrease from 17 percent of cases to only 9 percent.
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KIDNEY STONE IS A SMALL PEBBLE MADE OF SALT AND MINERALS THAT STICK TOGETHER AND ARE FORMED WITHIN THE KIDNEYS OR URINARY TRACT. KIDNEY STONES OCCUR WHEN THERE IS A DECREASE IN URINE VOLUME AND/OR AN EXCESS OF STONE-FORMING SUBSTANCES IN THE URINE. The most common type of kidney stones contain calcium in combination with either oxalate or phosphate. In addition to calcium, other chemical compounds that can form stones include uric acid, magnesium, ammonium phosphate and the amino acid cysteine. Kidney stones can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. When the kidney stone travels from the kidney to the bladder, they cause extreme pain. But silent kidney stones don’t move, and they are typically the ones that grow larger in size; they are usually discovered by accident through a medical checkup for other reasons.
NEED TO KNOW NEPHROLITHIASIS: Medical term for having kidney stone(s)
having kidney stone(s) in any location in the urinary tract
URETEROLITHIASIS: Medical term for having kidney stone(s) in the ureters
Lifetime risk of kidney stone(s)
WHO’S AT RISK? Men between 30 and 50 Postmenopausal women Women who have had their ovaries removed Those who are overweight or obese Those with a family history of kidney stones
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS SURGERY: Kidney stones are removed through a small incision or through using a ureterscope, which is passed through the urethra and bladder into the ureter.
UROLITHIASIS: Medical term for
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EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE LITHOTRIPSY (ESWL): Shock waves are used to break up large kidney stones into smaller pieces that can then pass through the urinary tract.
Lifetime risk of kidney stone(s)
Risk of developing another kidney stone within 5-7 years after having initial one
MEDICAL CONDITIONS: Gout, diabetes, hyperparathyroidism, Crohn’s disease, high blood pressure, inflammatory bowel disease MEDICATIONS: Diuretics, calcium-containing antacids, drugs used to treat HIV infections
DIET: Dehydration; high intake of animal protein and
oxalate-containing foods, such as spinach, beets, wheat germ, peanuts; excessive consumption of salt and sugar; too high vitamin D supplementation SYMPTOMS: Sudden onset of extreme pain in lower back, side, groin or abdomen; nausea/vomiting; cloudy and/or bloody urine; fever & chills; frequent and painful urination DIAGNOSTICS: Non-contrast CT scan/ultrasound in combination with abdominal X-rays
TREATMENT: With ample fluids, most kidney stones pass through the
urinary tract on their own within 48 hours. If necessary, an injectable anti-inflammatory drug (Toradol) will be administered. Prescription or over-the-counter pain pills are usually prescribed. Once the kidney stone has passed, a urologist will examine it and determine what type of kidney stone it is and recommend possible preventive measures.
Sources: kidney.org; medicinenet.com; webmd.com
Getting the right diagnosis the first time can mean more time enjoying life For musculoskeletal pain and mobility issues, a quick and accurate diagnosis is the key to a rapid and satisfactory recovery. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the Board Certified, subspecialty fellowship trained radiologists and highly trained technologists of RAO utilize the latest in MRI technology to detect and more completely describe a range of problems often missed by X-ray, CT or bone scans. Our state-of-the-art high-field and open MRI units are equipped with the latest technological advances to maximize detail and provide unique information about injuries to small internal structures such as menisci, ligaments, tendons and bones. Many of these conditions can only be imaged by means of a specialized MRI scan. Properly diagnosed problems can be treated quicker and more effectively, so you can enjoy a faster return to the things you love.
Life is precious. Live it to the fullest with help from the caring professionals of RAO.
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John D. Boon, IV, MD Ryan Tompkins, MD Edson G. Cortes, MD Brian Cartwright, MD Not Pictured: D. Mark Allen, MD We are proudly contracted with a variety of insurances and file all claims with the exception of non-contracted HMO's. Please visit our website for a detailed list of who we are contracted with. Contracted insurances are subject to change.
T MAY BE A SPORT WITH A FUNNY NAME, BUT PICKLEBALL IS A FAST-GROWING, POPULAR GAME FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AROUND THE WORLD. BEST DESCRIBED AS A HYBRID OF TENNIS, BADMINTON AND TABLE TENNIS, PICKLEBALL CAN BE PLAYED OUTDOORS OR INDOORS, SINGLES OR DOUBLES. CREDIT FOR THE INVENTION OF THE GAME GOES TO THREE BAINBRIDGE, WASHINGTON, FATHERS, WHO CREATED THE GAME IN 1965 FOR THEIR KIDS WHO WERE BORED WITH THE USUAL SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES. Today, kids are introduced to pickleball in middle
and high schools, and it is a favorite activity in senior communities. According to the USA Pickleball Association, there are pickleball facilities in all 50 states and an estimated 100,000 participants. On the USAPA website, there are 240 pickleball facilities listed in Florida, including the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department’s Coehadjoe Park. “Pickleball is great exercise that’s not as hard on the knees as tennis,” says Ocala resident Art Alwine, who is a USAPA ambassador. “It’s a great game for all ages, but it’s very well suited for seniors. Once people start playing, they get addicted.”
GET ON THE COURT
A pickleball court measures 20 by 44 feet, the same size as a doubles badminton court and is striped similar to a tennis court. There are right and left service courts, and the 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net is called “the kitchen.” The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The same court is used for singles and doubles play. Existing tennis or badminton courts can easily be converted into pickleball courts.
RULES OF THE GAME In pickleball, the ball is served underhand and diagonally, starting with right-hand service square. The ball must bounce once on each side before volley is allowed. Points can be scored only by the serving team. Pickleball games are normally played to 11 points with a win by two points. Tournament games are played to 15 or 21 points with a win by two points.
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MUST-HAVE EQUIPMENT PICKLEBALL PADDLE:
Smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than pick add for a ping-pong paddle, i leba cted pickleball paddles were ll originally made from wood. But most modernday versions are made of lightweight aluminum and graphite composite materials.
PICKLEBALL BALL: Slightly smaller than a wiffle ball, the plastic pickleball has holes it in as well. There are different types for outdoor and indoor play. The average pickleball diameter runs from 2.8-2.9 inches while weighing .88-.92 ounces. Colors include white, yellow and orange.
Want To Play Pickleball? Coehadjoe Park 4225 NE 35th Street, Ocala 9am-Noon/Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 5:30-7pm/Tuesday & Thursday Contact: Art Alwine/(954) 684-3805 or (352) 671-4642 Marion County Parks & Recreation Department, (352) 671-8560
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Sources: fitness.com, prevention.com, mensfitness.com
Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa introduces
Do you know what it’s like to lose weight but not always see the image results you want? Perhaps previous surgeries have created problem areas for you. Sometimes even the hardest work doesn’t provide the results you want, but Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa, in Ocala, in addition to their proven weight loss programs, can help you get them using one innovative, non-invasive procedure: CoolSculpting.
ifestyle Solutions MedSpa’s founder and medical director, Dr. Michael Holloway, along with wife, Shannon Holloway, who serves as the company’s executive director, are well known for promoting healthy lifestyles in Ocala, and this year, the facility acquired some new technology to offer patients the best in medical aesthetics. CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared, patented technology developed by Harvard scientists that takes about one hour per treatment area. Patients typically see up to a 25 percent reduction
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of fat in the treated area. Better yet, the results are lasting as long as one maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle. From adolescence, the body has a fixed number of fat cells. They expand with weight gain but, unlike some may think, they don’t multiply. CoolSculpting provides individualized contouring of problem areas (or as some patients like to say, “areas of opportunity”) by freezing fat cells in the targeted area. Once cells are damaged, they begin a process of cell death, and the body then eliminates them,
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which occurs naturally without harming any neighboring tissue. CoolSculpting is not intended for weight loss, though it can put the finishing touch on your hard work by adding definition and, in some cases, motivating individuals to stick with their prescribed weight loss program. Previous surgeries or cosmetic procedures, like liposuction, can produce an uneven look, which can be smoothed out with Coolsculpting. Many women have trouble eliminating fat from the infamous belly button area, and those who have had Cesarean sections may find it even more difficult. And everyone has that one difficult zone that won’t let go, at least, not until now. Coolsculpting is cleared for the abdomen, love handles, inner thighs, saddlebags, muffin top and other areas a patient may desire. Dr. Holloway, Shannon and the entire Lifestyle team are committed to developing programs and adding new technologies in order to provide results their patients deserve. During a thorough and personalized initial consultation, you can discuss your expectations and the Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa staff can clearly outline the way CoolSculpting can help you. CoolSculpting uses specially designed suction to target a
specified area on the body and focus its cooling power. Patients relax in a heated bed with blankets surrounded in candles and gentle music and report little to no discomfort. Many take advantage of the cozy hour to catch up on work or read. Some patients even use their CoolSculpting time as an opportunity to nap. And recovery? While a little bruising and itching is normal, patients typically can return to their normal everyday activities immediately following the procedure. CoolSculpting guests can expect to walk in, relax and walk out an hour or two later feeling no worse for wear. For troublesome spots that won’t let go or for added definition following weight loss, Dr. Holloway and the staff of Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa believe CoolSculpting is the best natural and non-invasive answer.
Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa 2139 NE 2nd St, Ocala (352) 368-2148 lsmedspa.com
ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING COMPOUNDS
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UR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM HAS A BIG JOB TO DO. ALSO KNOWN AS THE HORMONE SYSTEM, IT REGULATES ALL OUR BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES FROM CONCEPTION TO OLD AGE. ALL THIS MULTITASKING INCLUDES DEVELOPMENT, GROWTH AND FUNCTIONS OF THE BRAIN, NERVOUS AND REPRODUCTION SYSTEMS. AND IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH OF A WORKLOAD, OUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM ALSO REGULATES OUR METABOLISM AND BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS. ALL OF THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED VIA HORMONES RELEASED BY OUR ADRENAL, PITUITARY AND THYROID GLANDS, AS WELL AS BY FEMALE OVARIES AND MALE TESTES.
Once these hormones enter the bloodstream or fluid surrounding cells, receptors in various organs and tissues recognize and respond to them. But when we are exposed to endocrine disruptors, things can go wrong, sometimes very wrong. Endocrine disruptors are hormone-altering chemicals that
adversely interfere with the endocrine system’s vital functions. These chemical compound villains can increase/decrease certain hormone production, turn one hormone into another, imitate hormones or interfere with hormone signaling, telling cells to die prematurely. Endocrine disruptors have been
linked to reproductive problems, early/delayed puberty, heart disease, abnormal thyroid function, kidney disease, early menopause and cancers. And here’s the scary part: Endocrine disruptors may be found in many everyday products, such as detergents, food, toys, cosmetics, plastic bottles, metal cans,
flame retardants and pesticides. Most people are aware of bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor found in metal can linings, some receipts and other products. But here’s a look at some common endocrine disruptors you may not have heard of and how best to avoid them.
THE SINISTER 6 it interferes with male and female sex hormones, even as early as in the womb. Research shows that the American food
supply is widely contaminated; the best way to reduce exposure is to eat fewer animal products.
ORGANOPHOSPHATE PESTICIDES: Originally developed by the Nazis in World War II as a neurotoxic chemical, the organophosphate chemistry was later used by American scientists to create pesticides. Among the most common pesticides used today, organophosphates adversely affect fertility, brain development and thyroid hormone levels in humans. The best way to reduce your exposure is to buy
ATRAZINE: A highly toxic pesticide, atrazine is widely used on the U.S. corn crop and is a pervasive drinking water contaminant. Animal research has linked atrazine to delayed puberty, breast tumors and prostate cancer. To reduce your exposure to atrazine, buy organic
GLYCOL ETHERS: These common solvents are found in cleaning products, paints, brake fluids and, surprisingly, in cosmetics.
produce and get a drinking water filter certified to remove atrazine.
products with ingredients such as 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME).
PERCHLORATE: A rocket fuel component, perchlorate contamination
PHTHALATES: This chemical compound is found in plastics and even
had been found in much of the U.S. produce and milk supply. In the human body, perchlorate disrupts your thyroid hormone balance by competing with the nutrient iodine. In infants and young children, perchlorate can interfere with proper brain and organ development. Two ways to negate perchlorate is to install a reverse osmosis water filter and get enough iodine in your diet, such as using iodized salt.
Research has linked exposure to asthma, allergies, blood abnormalities and lower sperm counts. Avoid
personal care products. Studies have linked phthalates to lower sperm counts, less mobile sperm, birth defects of the male reproductive system, thyroid irregularities, diabetes and obesity. Avoid plastic food containers, plastic wraps and plastic children’s toys that aren’t labeled as phthalates free. In personal care products, the term “added
fragrance” sometimes means hidden phthalates.
Sources: niehs.nih.gov, ewg.org, epa.gov
DIOXIN: Formed when chlorine/bromine is burned in the presence of carbon and oxygen during many industrial processes, long-lived dioxin builds up in the food chain and in our bodies. Its talent is that
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We are all connected We are all simply a bundle of connections; physically, mentally and emotionally. How well we realize and embrace that truth will determine how healthy we are today and will be tomorrow. D E PA R T M E N T S
3 from the heart
A personal message from Dr. Asad Qamar
4 ice spotlights
Meet one of our vein care specialists and learn what makes ICE Vein Care such a tremendous resource for the people of Central Florida in our Employee and Department Spotlights.
5 patient spotlight
We feature a father/son connection in our Patient Spotlight that illustrates just how important connections can be to a healthy, healing outcome.
15 the beat
New technologies and procedures give us fresh perspectives on the state of our health.
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FROM THE HEART
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER
Making the connection This next issue of IMPULSE is an exciting examination of “connections;” the ways we are all dependent on the inter-connectivity of the systems that sustain us as well as the ways that they impact our lives. ICE itself is a study in connection. Just as our cardiovascular system connects to our respiratory system and our muscles connect to our bones, so do the disciplines of ICE connect with one another to impact the overall health of our patients. We offer our patients everything from Cardiovascular to Primary Care to the highly specialized discipline of Vein Care and Limb Salvage. Why? Because it is all connected. We Are All Connected goes a little deeper into that idea by examining the ways specific connections can have an impact on our health as a whole. We look at cardiovascular health and how it connects to primary care. We also look at vein health and the particular ways it can have a surprising impact on our overall health.
“Just as our cardiovascular system connects to our respiratory system and our muscles connect to our bones, so do the disciplines of ICE connect with one another to impact the overall health of our patients.”
When you are through with this IMPULSE our goal is for you to have learned a little something about yourself, your health, and about how you are only as strong as your weakest connection. I hope that you enjoy this issue of IMPULSE as much as we all enjoyed bringing it to you. As always, I am so grateful to the physicians and staff at ICE for helping us all make a real difference by making connections with the patients and the people in our lives.
Asad U. Qamar, MD FACC, FCCP, FSGC, FACP, FSCAI Cardiologist
P R O F I L E S O F PAT I E N T S A N D C A R E P R O V I D E R S
TomPA-C, Tran MPAS Tom Tran brings a unique and lauded background to the special challenges associated with venous disorders. He worked his way through college and went on to become a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Shands hospital in Gainesville. Tran accepted positions with several emergency departments throughout Florida before capitalizing on his interest in venous health by inventing a medical device — the Transcatheter Extractor — and starting his own company to sell his device throughout the United States. “I often removed a patient’s catheter through surgery,” he says, “This device allows for less downtime for the patient and takes them out of the operating room and into the doctor’s office.” He was named Physician Assistant of the Year for the State of Florida in 2007 and appeared in numerous articles throughout the nation. Today, Tran lends his talents and vast experience to ICE, is actively involved as a board of trustees member of the Physician Assistant Foundation and is an adjunct instructor at Nova University’s physician assistant program.
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D E PA R T M E N T
Vein Care Vein Care at ICE is a revolutionary resource for the treatment of PAD, problem veins, complications from diabetes, spider and varicose veins and the more serious vein disorders that can eventually lead to loss of a limb. For those in dire need, the numbers are frightening: almost one of every 200 Americans has suffered an amputation—about 97% of those to a lower limb. The real tragedy? Many of those losses could have been avoided with swift and adequate intervention. ICE Vein Care was created to do exactly that. ICE combines all of the myriad specialties involved with reversing the declining health of an arm or leg and matches them with the technology, facilities and staff necessary to get the job done. Examination rooms, labs, testing and treatment facilities plus, medical professionals hand-selected for their skills and dedication. All of it is focused on the singular mission to treat and manage peripheral vascular diagnoses. ICE will do whatever it takes to save a limb and give a patient their life back.
PAT I E N T
Michael Rice (Sr. and Jr.) The Rice family was reeling from a tragedy that took one of their members much too soon; Michael Rice Jr. lost his daughter—Michael Rice, Sr. his grand– daughter. Just then Michael Sr., who was a diabetic, began having trouble with his legs and Michael Jr. began experiencing unexplained blackouts. Something had to be done and ICE was that something. After Dad had stents put in both legs correcting his circulation problems, he urged Michael to go to ICE about the blackouts. A series of tests revealed that Michael needed a pacemaker and with that fix, both broken hearts in this family could again focus on mending. “If not for my dad’s insistence on Dr. Qamar I might not be here today. He insists Dr. Qamar saved his legs and my life and I agree.” 5 puticeonit.com
H E A R T- H E A LT H Y R E C I P E S
DISHES SO GOOD AND SO GOOD FOR YOU!
1 cup of each per serving Serves 4
• 8 oz dried whole-grain linguine • 1 tsp olive oil
• 1/2 of a small red onion, thinly sliced • 1 small zucchini, halved, thinly sliced crosswise
• 1 small yellow summer squash, halved, thinly sliced crosswise • 2 tbsp water
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• One 15.5-oz no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
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• 1 large tomato, chopped
• 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar • 1/4 tbsp salt
• 1/4 cup shredded or grated Parmesan sauce
1. Prepare the pasta using the package directions, omitting the salt. Drain well in a colander.
2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the onion for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender-crisp. 3. Stir in the squashes, water, and pepper. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the squashes are tender-crisp, stirring occasionally.
4. Stir in the beans, tomato, basil, and vinegar. Cook for 3 minutes, or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in the salt.
5. Serve the bean mixture over the pasta. Sprinkle with the Parmesan.
Dietary Exchanges 4 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 very lean meat
the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart ® Program.
Calories 346 Total Fat 5.0g Saturated Fat 1.0g Trans Fat 0.0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0g Monounsaturated Fat 2.0g Cholesterol 4mg Sodium 272mg Carbohydrates 62g Fiber 12g Protein 15g
Recipe copyright © 2015 American Heart Association. This recipe is brought to you by
with Cannellini Beans and Summer Squash
Fruit Salad with Lemon-Mint Yogurt Dressing INGREDIENTS
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
• 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint • 1 tsp honey • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice Salad
• 1/2 cup cantaloupe balls • 1/2 cup blackberries • 1/2 cup raspberries • 1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks, packed in their own juice, drained (fresh preferred) • 4 sprigs of fresh mint (optional)
2. In a medium bowl, gently stir together the salad ingredients except the mint, being careful not to crush the berries. Spoon onto small plates and drizzle with the dressing. Garnish with the mint sprigs if so desired.
1/2 cup per serving Serves 4 Calories 66 Total Fat 0.5g Saturated Fat 0.0g Trans Fat 0.0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 1mg Sodium 26mg Carbohydrates 15g Fiber 3g Protein 2g
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Connections abound in the world around us.
Not only in our relationships with one another but in the very real connections that we have within ourselves. Our entire physical, emotional and many would say spiritual wellbeing is connected to the systems and the health of those systems that comprise our physical bodies. Philosophers and quantum physicists make a point of saying “everything in the world is connected.” Spiritualists maintain “we are all one” and poets have been writing about our “connectedness” forever. ¶ ICE was founded upon a vision of connection— linking the importance of patient-centered, compassionate care with the state-of-theart technologies that continue to define medical science today. ICE recognizes those connections and actively manages them to maintain the overall health of its patients.
The Hip Bone’s Connected to the Thigh Bone…. Like the old song says, physically we are all a series of connections. So much so that the very real connections between our health and the various physical systems within our bodies are obvious. We are comprised of many discrete systems that have evolved to work together to keep us alive: Cardiovascular and Respiratory…Digestive and Excretory…Endocrine and Immune…Skin and Nervous System…Skeletal and Muscular. Our lungs provide the oxygen our circulatory system must have… Our muscles and skeleton work together to expand and contract the lungs so they can do their job… Our heart powers the
oxygen-enriched blood throughout the body to carry nutrients and life-sustaining cells…Our digestive system extracts the nutrients from our food that all our other systems need to sustain them...And controlling everything is our brain, sending and receiving messages all along your nervous system…. All of the disciplines represented within ICE— Cardiovascular, Primary Care, Vein Care—are as interconnected as the systems of the body to provide a more complete approach to patient health. A patient being treated for vein disease may really need the help so they can walk—to strengthen their heart. A cardiovascular patient may be having trouble with their weight—enter nutrition
counseling from primary care. A routine check-up in one of our family care offices may uncover a patient’s concerns about a sudden shortness of breath—which would prompt a visit with our cardiovascular team. ICE provides the connections that help maintain a patient’s health, of course. But ICE is also deeply embedded within the community, connecting regularly with charities and citizens’ groups to keep the community healthy. Finally, ICE is tightly connected to the medical community itself; keeping tabs on the rising stars, the emerging trends, and the latest technologies to keep providing the superior level of care it has become known for. 9 puticeonit.com
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The Cardiovascular Connection
THE HEART BRAIN
Dr. Qamar founded ICE in 2009 with a single location and a nurse practitioner and cardiovascular as its principle discipline. The cardiovascular connection to overall health is obvious. The heart pumps blood. Blood travels arteries and veins throughout the body. Without the oxygen and nutrients borne along by the circulatory system, the body couldn’t function—practically, the very definition of connectiveness. But Dr. Qamar made another important connection at ICE when he put the two sides of heart health together. The physical side—the hard-working, pumping machine connected to arteries and veins. And the emotional side—the compassionate heart that helps put patients at ease and speed recovery. Cardiovascular health is much more than providing a high level of medical competence and the latest machines and procedures. It's an acknowledgement that a healthy heart is key to our overall physical and emotional wellbeing. That’s why patients who sometimes come for a seemingly non-heart related problem will have their entire cardiovascular system examined—healthy veins and arteries are critical to overall heart health. And finally, why the staff at ICE from Dr. Qamar to the receptionist take great pride in providing a level of compassion and comfort that is so welcoming, many patients describe it as feeling more like a visit to an old friend than a doctor's office.
For centuries, the heart was considered to be the center of our thinking, feeling world. It was the source for all emotion, courage, and wisdom. Love was said to originate in the heart and countless sonnets were written to and about the fickle organ. Can it be that science is finally proving what centuries of poets and lovers have known all along? In 1991, Dr. J. Andrew Armour introduced the idea of a “heart brain.” Dr. Armour, an early pioneer in neurocardiology, came to the rather startling conclusion after extensive research that the heart has its own, complex network of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells—similar to but separate from the brain. What’s more, in the book Neurocardiology edited by Dr. Armour and Dr. Ardell, the doctor draws even closer parallels between the brain and heart. The heart’s “little brain” has such an elaborate network— over 40,000 neurons strong—that it can act independently of the brain itself to “learn, remember, and even feel and sense.”
The Primary Care Connection There is an undeniable connection between a healthy cardiovascular system and keeping it healthy through adequate nutrition, avoiding illness and disease, maintaining a healthy outlook and keeping to a schedule of regular check-ups with physicians trained to do all of that. ICE makes that connection real with its staff and facilities devoted exclusively Primary Care and Family Practice. The original compassionate, patient-centered approach to care that ICE was founded upon applies perfectly to family practice. So, ICE established its family practice connection for patients as a complement to its cardiovascular services. ICE physicians and staff trained specifically for primary care serve as the first line of defense for patients in need of regular checkups and medical services— everything ranging from common bumps and bruises to more serious ailments and illnesses.
THE MIND/BODY CONNECTION
A family practice is the ideal place to intervene and head off lifestyle habits that could be sabotaging overall health like smoking, poor eating and little to no exercise.
The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) tells us “up to 65 percent of coronary heart disease patients with a history of heart attack experience various forms of depression. Though such emotions are not unusual, they should be addressed as quickly as possible. Major depression can complicate the recovery process…. Prolonged depression in patients with cardiovascular disease has been shown to contribute to subsequent heart attacks and strokes.” On the positive side, according to the Cleveland Clinic, the mind/body connection is so strong there are mind-body exercises that have been proven conclusively to improve health. The key
is the mind’s inability to distinguish between something imagined and something real. When we remember something frightening, heart rates go up and the palms sweat as if we were really in that situation. But, imagine something pleasant, calming, soothing—and heart rates go down, stress hormones dissipate and we experience peace. Exercise those thought processes, cultivate periods of calm and inner peace and the body will respond by reducing pain and anxiety, enhancing sleep, decreasing the need for pain meds after surgery, reducing recovery times and actually shortening hospital stays.
Even stress. Life today can be a never-ending pressure cooker, with stress at home, on the job and other areas raising blood pressures and creating circulation problems.
According to the American Psychological Association, “how you respond to stress may be a greater risk factor for heart problems than smoking, high blood pressure, and
high cholesterol.” Regular visits with a primary care physician can recognize those dangers before they get too serious and give patients the time and tools to correct them. 11 puticeonit.com
The Venous Connection ICE made the connection between vein health and overall health as a natural outgrowth of its cardiovascular focus. Not only do healthy veins play a vital role in the efficiency of the circulatory system as a whole. But veins that are unhealthy—which often occurs in the legs—can lead to significant health concerns for the entire body.
Even more significantly, they can lead to serious problems like venous eczema, blood clots, skin ulceration, much more serious vein diseases, and in rare instances, skin cancers. ICE has designated examination rooms, labs, testing and treatment facilities, and a team of medical professionals dedicated to treating venous diseases and abnormalities. Many
More than 25 million Americans suffer from some form of venous disorder.
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The most common vein disorders are spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins most often appear in the face or legs as a tiny web of red or black threads. They cause cosmetic concerns but spider veins are almost never a serious health issue. Varicose veins are a different story. At the benign end of the scale, they cause no problems other than in appearance. But if left untreated, varicose veins can be a constant source of discomfort.
patients come to ICE with venous complications due to diabetes. The rise of that insidious disease is directly related to the growing epidemic of limb loss in America. Studies show that almost one of every two hundred Americans has had an amputation—97% of those in a lower limb. What is tragic is that many of those amputations could have been averted with the types of treatment ICE Vein Care can provide.
VEIN DISEASES Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition often associated with varicose veins. According to the Vascular Disease Foundation, upwards of 20 percent of adults suffer from it. Vein blockages, damaged vein walls or valves in the veins that aren’t doing their jobs properly can all cause CVI. Blood pools. Skin becomes discolored. Skin ulcers can form. CVI can degrade the immune system to such an extent that the risks of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and obesity more than double. Worse than that, CVI can also cause DVTs to form—deep vein thrombosis—a disease that creates blood clots in the large veins of the legs. DVTs can cause everything from severe discomfort and chronic weakness in the legs—to death. If a piece of a clot were to break off and travel to the brain or lungs it could mean a stroke or a pulmonary embolism. Over 300,000 American die every year from those—and the contributing factor in most cases? Vein disease.
So, How Connected Are You? The short answer is, very. We’ve learned about many of those connections. From the systems in our bodies… to the ways they impact our overall health… to how what we do can have a major effect on all of it. But perhaps the most important connection we can make today is the one that links our health directly to the facilities and physicians of ICE. Why? Because of the connections within the ICE disciplines of cardiovascular, primary care and vein health. No matter where we first involve ICE with our health concerns—chest pains, stubborn flu, swollen legs and ankles, whatever the problem may be—ICE has the resources to treat both our specific health issues and our overall health at the same time.
TA K I N G T H E M E A S U R E O F PA D
Doctors at ICE discover a correlation between “skinny legs” and PAD and develop an alternative screening method to x-rays that is just as accurate—a measuring tape! Tissue Loss in PAD Patients Presenting for PTA
Taha Baig: Orlando, Florida // Asad Qamar and Abbas Ali: Ocala, Florida ICE
I N T E G R AT I V E MEDICINE The days of tightly focused care to treat a patient’s ills—e.g. heart attack, stroke, migraines, leg pain— without considering the patient’s health as an inter-connected whole are ending. There’s even a name for it: Integrative Medicine. Medical schools are offering courses in it. Hospitals are offering new services to their patients to support it. Doctors are widening their treatment protocols to take advantage of it. Now, treatment for a patient who suffers a heart attack may also include sessions with a nutritionist to insure a healthier diet...Antidepressants prescribed early on to combat a common side-effect of serious heart problems... Stress-reduction techniques to promote healing...Herbal medicine... Exercise recommendations like yoga or tai-chi. The key is connection and acknowledging that treating a person as a whole instead of focusing on a singular acute or chronic condition can affect a person’s overall health.
Background At ICE, serving 25,000 patients across 10 counties in Central Florida, patients who underwent peripheral interventions (PTA) presented tissue loss. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) has significant mortality and morbidity. Diagnosis is important to assess for further complications. In our studies patients with skinnier legs had severe bilateral PAD. Currently PAD is assessed initially with ABI but this method is inaccurate in diabetics. We investigate a simpler physical exam method to assess PAD with a measuring tape. Methods From patients undergoing PTA, 60 had usable images for analysis. Initial x-rays of maximum soft tissue in pixels were converted to cm and analyzed, calibrated against catheter of known size. Image J software was used for analysis. Patients with severe bilateral PAD had tissue loss of 9-11cm compared to cath lab staff volunteers. To verify the accuracy of these measurements, patients with both x-ray and tape measures were analyzed against controls. Amongst subjects with Xray and tape measurement available, regression analysis showed a very close correlation between circumference measured by either technique. Results
Conclusion Patients who presented for PTA to ICE had a significant tissue loss of 11cm on x-ray in comparison to staff volunteers; 4.5cm on tape measurement in comparison with controls. Our data suggests people with an increased risk of PAD can be effectively screened by a simple tape measurement and recommend taking maximum calf circumference of at risk patients, with <34cm as abnormal.
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A surgical team in the Netherlands fitted a 22-year-old woman with a plastic, tailor-made skull printed from a 3-D printer. “We used to create an implant by hand in the operating theater using a kind of cement, but those implants did not have a very good fit. Now we can use 3D printing to ensure that these components are an exact fit. This has major advantages, not only cosmetically, but also because patients often have better brain function compared with the old method.” source: Dr. Bon Verweij, Leader of the team at University Medical Center in Utrecht
Chemo is so yesterday
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Latest news on the cancer-fighting front is immunotherapy — harnessing the body’s own immune system to fight the disease. “It’s not an overstatement to say this is a turning point in cancer research, especially for patients with melanoma,” says J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. “Treatments for cancers of the kidney, lung and pancreas could be up next.”
How pregnant are you? A brain defibrillator
The NeuroPace RNS® system includes sensors implanted in the brain that can spot a seizure coming on and zap it before it happens — great news for the 840,000 epileptics who suffer uncontrollable seizures. source: www.neuropace.com
Clearblue has developed a better pregnancy test that not only provides a “Yes or No?” answer, but estimates how far along you are.
An Apple a day Doing current fitness trackers a giant one better, the Apple Watch — with your iPhone — logs your steps, your heart rate, and other health markers, to put a whole lot of health power on your wrist. Image: Hadrian / Shutterstock.com
Image: Matthew Mientka
Skull printed on a 3D printer
St Vincent’s heart photo via twitter @MarkWBurrows
Finally a Hep C Cure — no really. Hepatitis C kills 15,000 Americans a year. Treatment up to now helped a mere 30 to 40% of those infected with the disease. But today, a pill — FDA-approved Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) — cures up to 90% of Hep C patients when combined with another new drug, Simeprevir. “Before, it was like fighting a war with flyswatters, but now the big guns have arrived.” source: Douglas Dieterich, MD, Professor of medicine in the division of liver disease at Mount Sinai Hospital, NY
by the numbers SOMEONE IN THE U.S. DIES FROM HEART DISEASE ONCE EVERY
Calling Dr Frankenstein! First transplants of dead
Zap your migrane!
SOMEONE IN THE U.S. HAS A STROKE ABOUT ONCE EVERY
AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH SOME FORM OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE OR THE AFTER-EFFECTS OF STROKE
27 percent OF ALL CANCER
hearts into living patients
A team of Australian scientists was able to revive dead hearts from cadavers and successfully transplant them into patients. The hearts had stopped beating for about twenty minutes when they were treated in an oxygen perfusion machine and injected with a perservative to keep them “fresh.”
Cefaly is a prescription device approved by the FDA that prevents migraines. It attaches to the forehead where an electrode delivers precise impulses to the trigeminal nerve. source and image: www.cefaly.us
DEATHS ARE ATTRIBUTED TO LUNG CANCER It’s by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.
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COMPUTER NECK A REAL PAIN SYNDROME IN THE NECK A
Sources: medicinenet.com, health.harvard.edu, experiencelife.com
T WORK, YOU PROBABLY SPEND YOUR DAY SITTING IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER. MAYBE AT HOME, YOU RELAX WITH A TABLET LIKE AN IPAD, PLAYING GAMES OR READING AN E-BOOK. BUT LATELY YOU’VE NOTICED YOU HAVE A CONSTANT PAIN IN THE NECK, LITERALLY. CHANCES ARE, YOU HAVE COMPUTER NECK SYNDROME. ACCORDING TO A HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH STUDY, ALL THE TIME WE SPEND WITH DIGITAL DEVICES HAS A DETRIMENTAL IMPACT ON OUR BODY’S ERGONOMICS.
The weight of the head on the spine increases by 10 pounds for every inch it moves forward, making the neck muscles work harder. This forward motion causes strain to muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments and spinal discs. You end up with pain, tightness and loss of motion in the neck, shoulders and midback. Computer neck syndrome can also cause headaches, jaw pain and numbness in the hands. Here are some tips and exercises to alleviate that pain in the neck!
WHEN USING ALL DIGITAL DEVICES... Take a break every 15-30 minutes; shake out hands and arms, and relax eyes, head and neck by refocusing eyes to a point 20 feet away. Take a 10-minute walk break every one to two hours.
DESKTOP/LAPTOP COMPUTER DO’S
• SIT IN A CHAIR WITH GOOD LUMBAR SUPPORT OR PLACE A PILLOW AGAINST THE SMALL OF YOUR BACK. • SIT UP STRAIGHT WITH HEAD LEVEL AND TOP OF COMPUTER MONITOR POSITIONED JUST BELOW EYE LEVEL.
GET A TABLET CASE THAT PROPS UP YOUR DEVICE AT A COMFORTABLE VIEWING ANGLE, ONE THAT DOESN’T FORCE YOU TO BEND YOUR NECK OR TIP YOUR HEAD DOWNWARD.
• KEEP YOUR SHOULDERS RELAXED AND YOUR ELBOWS CLOSE TO YOUR BODY. • KEEP HANDS, WRISTS, FOREARMS AND THIGHS PARALLEL TO THE FLOOR.
EXERCISES TO GET THE KINKS OUT SIDE BEND NECK STRETCH: Sitting or standing, tilt head to one side, ear toward shoulder; hold for 15 seconds, and then relax. Repeat three times on each side.
SHOULDER SHRUG: Sitting or standing, slowly bring shoulders up to your ears; hold for three seconds, relax and repeat 10 times. EXECUTIVE STRETCH: While sitting, lock hands behind your
head, and then bring elbows back as far as possible. Inhale deeply while leaning back and stretching; hold for 20 seconds. Exhale, and relax. Repeat three times.
TURTLE PUNCHES: Sitting or standing, tilt your sternum (breast bone) upward, and keep your chin parallel to the floor. Slowly guide your chin back until you feel a mild stretch in the back of your neck. Now, place a closed
fist between your chin and chest. Nod your chin into your fist for five seconds. Repeat five times. *Note: You should feel the muscles in front of your neck working, not the back ones.
DIAGONAL NECK STRETCH: While sitting, turn head slightly to right, and then look down as if looking in your shirt pocket. Hold for 15 seconds; then relax. Repeat three times on each side.
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NOT SO NATURAL...
HEN YOU’RE CHOOSING YOUR GROCERIES AT THE STORE, YOU’RE PROBABLY MORE LIKELY TO PURCHASE THE FOODS WITH LABELS THAT PROCLAIM THEIR “NATURAL FLAVORS” INSTEAD OF ARTIFICIAL ONES. TRUTH IS, THE TWO AREN’T VERY DIFFERENT AFTER ALL. The only difference is the source—artificial flavors are entirely
man-made while natural ones are derived from, well, nature. Take fruit-based gummy snacks for example. Often so-called natural flavors are made up of a chemical originally found in the fruits, then extracted, enhanced and added back to the food in a lab setting. In fact, one natural ingredient could contain anywhere from 50 to 100 ingredients like preservatives and solvents. So the next time you’ve got an artificially flavored snack in one hand and a naturally flavored morsel in the other, don’t fret too much over the difference.
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S YOU UNWRAP THE GOLDEN FOIL, YOU UNVEIL THE SMOOTH, MILKY BAR YOU’VE BEEN WAITING TO SAVOR ALL DAY. THEN, LIFTING THE CHOCOLATE TO YOUR MOUTH, TEETH READY TO SINK IN—BOOM! THE ONLY RECTANGLE THAT PROMISES REAL HAPPINESS PLUMMETS TO THE GROUND. WITH THE CLOCK TICKING FAST, YOU QUICKLY DIVE TO SCOOP UP THE FALLEN MORSEL. NOW THE QUESTION STANDS—WAS IT WITHIN THE FIVE SECONDS?
THE FIVE-SECOND RULE: a law not yet governed by our Constitution, yet one everyone knows by heart. Yes, we are talking about the infamous few seconds that acknowledge the time crunch between deciding whether dropped food should land in your mouth or in the trash.
What generally takes place is a judgment call based on several contributing factors: What was dropped, where was it dropped, how hungry you are and, let’s face it, how much you were looking forward to that first bite. On the other hand, what you choose to do may not center around these reasons at all. Perhaps, nagging in the back of your mind is the article on Wikipedia (reliable source, we know!) that swore your spot in the emergency room if you even thought about bending over to pick up the fallen snack. And it is true (to a certain
extent), that dropped food does carry bacteria. So the question is how great is the risk and is it really worth taking. One English university weighed in on the ongoing debate and reported that food retrieved a few seconds after hitting the ground is less likely to contain bacteria than food left for an extended period of time. The researchers found that food left longer than 30 seconds contained up to 10 times more bacteria than food picked up after three seconds.
The bacteria was transferred to the foods tested “almost immediately upon contact.”
However, it seems that more studies have deemed eating off the floor under any circumstances to be “unspeakable.” Why? Another study conducted by Clemson University monitored the transfer of common bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus to fallen foods such as toast, candy and meat when contact was made from three to 30 seconds. Their results? The bacteria was transferred to the foods tested “almost immediately upon contact.” So the deliberation? Whether your food takes a hit in your kitchen or a parking lot—five seconds or 30—there is a risk and there is bacteria lurking. So start gripping your food tighter because as it turns out, there is a reason why “The Five-Second Rule” has not yet made it to The White House.
Sources: wedmd.com, kidshealth.com
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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La Famiglia Pizzeria 2506 A SE 17th St., Ocala / (352) 245-2419 Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thurs-Sat 11a-10p / Sun closed
Stepping into this pizzeria, you may be fooled into thinking you’ve arrived at a cafe in New York City! With a menu chock-full of hearty offerings like steaming cheese calzones, chicken cacciatore and jumbo, spicy chicken wings—their pizza is not the only specialty that will bring you to your feet! But if it is pizza you’re after, there are plenty of specialties to try, such as the lasagna, chicken parm, buffalo chicken and more. This family owned restaurant is sticking close to their motto, and we are in complete accordance—they are “not just pizza! It’s much more...”
Two medium cheese pizzas, one two-liter soda and an order of 6 garlic knots for $21.99! Catering available Delivery available
100 Proof Saloon 1735 N Pine Ave, Ocala / (352) 512-0233 / Mon-Sun 11a-2a
With a full menu of unique favorites—like their fried bologna sandwich, gator tail nuggets and pulled pork tacos—you can enjoy lunch, dinner or a night out inside or on the patio. If you can handle the heat, start your meal off with their Jalapeño Bottle Caps (lightly battered jalapeño slices) or their 100 Proof Hot Wings. With a non-smoking interior, it’s a great place to grab anything from a salad or a burger to shrimp or tacos. Take out and free Wi-Fi are available, too.
From sandwiches and salads to gator tail nuggets and 100 Proof Hot Wings, there’s something for everyone at 100 Proof Saloon. Bike Night every third Saturday of the month. Live music starts at 6 p.m.
ATERMELON IS A VERSATILE FRUIT WITH A FLAVOR PROFILE THAT PAIRS PERFECTLY WITH MANY OF THE INGREDIENTS IN TRADITIONAL MEXICAN DISHES. SWEET AND JUICY, WATERMELON IS A GREAT WAY TO CUT THE HEAT OF SPICIER FOODS, AND ITS TEXTURE LENDS AN UNEXPECTED, SATISFYING CRUNCH IN DIPS SUCH AS CHUNKY SALSAS.
Baja Fish Tacos with Watermelon Guacamole Servings: 12-16 tacos 2 2 2 1⁄3 2 1
medium avocados, peeled and chopped tablespoons lime juice teaspoons jalapeno pepper, diced (or to taste) cup cilantro, chopped medium garlic cloves, minced can (4 ounces) green chilies, drained and diced
Impress guests at your next celebration with these mouthwatering morsels:
cups watermelon, diced and divided Salt, to taste Cooking spray 1 1⁄2 pounds cod Chili powder 12-16 corn tortillas 3-4 cups commercial coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots) 1⁄2-1 cup commercial salsa
• Although about 200-300 varieties of watermelon are grown in the United States and Mexico, there are about 50 varieties that are most popular. • The ﬁve best-known types of watermelon include: seeded, seedless, mini, yellow and orange. • Watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
For guacamole, mash avocados to mix of smooth and chunky in medium bowl. Add lime, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic and chilies, and mix thoroughly. Add 1 ½ cups diced watermelon and salt (if desired), and toss. Cover, and refrigerate to let flavors blend. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place cod on sheet, and sprinkle with chili powder and salt. Bake for 12-20 minutes (depending on thickness of fish) or until cooked through. Remove from oven, and cut into pieces. Heat tortillas on grill or griddle. Top each with a few pieces of fish, ¼ cup coleslaw mix, a heaping spoonful of guacamole, a tablespoon of salsa and a few pieces of remaining diced watermelon.
Watermelon Margarita Makes 1 serving 1 1⁄2 3⁄4 3⁄4 2 6
ounces tequila ounce Triple Sec ounce Midori ounces sour mix ounces watermelon, cubed and seeded ounces ice
Blend all ingredients. Serve in 14-ounce glass. Garnish with lime and watermelon wedge.
Fire and Ice Salsa Makes 3 cups 3
cups watermelon, seeded and chopped 1⁄2 cup green peppers 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon green onion 1-2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers Combine ingredients, mix well and cover. Refrigerate 1 hour or more.
For more recipes featuring low-calorie, no-fat watermelon, visit watermelon.org.
• Early explorers used watermelons as canteens. • Watermelon is 92 percent water, which makes it a good option for hydrating your body.
Watermelon Cilantro Salsa Tropical Makes 8-12 servings 2 1 1 4 1 1⁄2
cups seedless watermelon, chopped cup fresh pineapple, chopped cup fresh mango, chopped limes (juice only) cup scallions, trimmed and chopped cup fresh cilantro, chopped Salt and pepper, to taste
Toss all ingredients in mixing bowl, and season with salt and pepper just before serving.
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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.
Let Ipanema do all the grilling for dad this Father’s Day. All of our endless selections are cooked over natural hardwood coal. We are serving dinner all day on Sunday, June 21st from 12pm6:30pm. Taste Brazil!
Latinos Y Mas Latin Fusion Restaurant & Catering 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinosymas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sunday
Whether your event will be at our location or yours, Latinos Y Mas is the place to turn to for catered events or parties. Our friendly staff is more than happy to help plan an extraordinary dining experience. You can choose from an assortment of authentic Spanish cuisine platters or order from the takeout menu. Or, for your convenience, Latinos will customize a menu just for you. The VIP rooms and the patio are available for private events and can accommodate 20-70 people.
Daily lunch specials are served Monday through Friday from 11am-3pm and gift certiﬁcates are available. Happy Father’s Day!
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 4:30-6pm Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 29 years! Ask about our lunch specials!
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Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 /ocala.tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p HAPPY HOUR Daily from 3-7pm & 9pm-close. BIKE NIGHT June 6th. Happy hour 4-11pm. ASK ABOUT OUR CARRY-OUT catering.
Next time you’re in the mood for a taste of Ireland, look no further than Ocala’s very own Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Their classics will have you convinced that you’ve just taken a one-way flight to Dublin. Favorites such as fish & chips, shepherd’s pie and Gaelic chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce all served by beautiful lasses in kilts will leave you wanting more! Menu items as low as $6 from 11am-3pm makes The Tilted Kilt the perfect place for a quick bite to eat during lunch. Stop by with the whole family to enjoy TV on the big screens, games, good service and great food! Scan this QR code and see our calendar of events.
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 Trivia Night every Thursday 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location)
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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).
Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale, FL / (352) 259-2444 / eatonsbeach.com Sun–Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p Check out EatonsBeach.com for weekly beach events and music guests. Try Eaton’s Beach catering for your next event—we’ll bring the beach to you. From corporate events and birthdays to weddings and wedding rehearsals, Eaton’s Beach will help you plan the perfect event with the perfect food.
People from all over converge on Eaton’s Beach for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s the Sandbar’s scintillating musical lineup on the weekends. For others, it’s the ease of a day at the beach— complete with resort-style cocktails. We like to think it’s for the award-winning food. With back-to-back wins at Taste of Ocala, Chef Del Rio’s Pastrami and Shrimp & Grits are two things that make Eaton’s Beach a destination where the only thing better than the view… is the food.
Brooklyn’s Backyard 2019 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite #102, Ocala / (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com / Sun 11a-8p / Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thu-Sat 11a-whenever Head down to the “Yard” for fresh food and fun in a relaxed backyard atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for finger foods like the fried cheese bites or something more exotic like pierogies or poutine, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! Try one of their fresh fish entrees. In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2015 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer and wine in the ‘Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal!
Winner of 2015 King of Wings! Don’t forget—we cater! Let us create an unforgettable menu for your next special occasion. Also, check out Live Music Fridays and Seafood Bucket Saturdays. Brooklyn’s Backyard—Good Beer, Better Food!
Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesaocala.com Mon-Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p Closed Sunday Planning an event? The professionals at Mesa de Notte specialize in full-service, professional catering for any gathering. They offer amazing Italian, Spanish, American and Asian cuisine but can certainly tailor any menu for any budget. Your guests will no doubt be impressed! Mesa de Notte also offers a full alcohol selection as part of the catering options, from beer to liquor to high-end wines. Service is guaranteed to be second to none whether your event is for 10 or 100. That’s just the kind of quality you’ve come to expect from Mesa de Notte.
2015 Best of Taste Winner & Best Taste People’s Choice
Mesa de Notte features a full-service bar serving beer, wine and liquor.
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 / Thu-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhouseﬂ.com “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 downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and 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 or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.
Summer menu now available! Our Thai Chicken Salad is back by popular demand. Starts June 1st! For more information on catering, contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nuseel at email@example.com
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ILD WATERS IS UP AND RUNNING FOR THE 2015 SUMMER SEASON! AND THIS YEAR THE POPULAR VENUE ANNOUNCED THE OPENING OF A FEW NEW ATTRACTIONS THAT WILL APPEAL TO THE MOMS AND DADS IN THE CROWD. Along with the ever-popular water
attractions, including The Silver Bullet, The Hurricane and the wave pool, The Splash Bar will be fully stocked with both child- and adult-friendly beverages. This year, offerings have expanded to include a full liquor and draft house bar with top-shelf options, Caribbean-themed burgers and fries. Fast Eddie’s Fish Taco Stand and Shivers Ice Cream and Deli are also options. But that’s not all, a brand-new, state-of-the-art arcade is slated to open this month, complete with 15 interactive machines, including dual play basketball, air hockey,
dual racing games and classic pinball for the nostalgic at heart. And keep your eyes open for volleyball and tug-of-war tournament sign-ups, plus the introduction of the park’s new mascot, “Wiley Water.”
WANT TO GO?
WILD WATERS Monday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
Admission: $32.99 for ages 12 and up, $27.99 for ages 4 to 11 and children 3 and under are free with paying adult; season passes, $55.99 (352) 877-2267 silversprings.com/wild-waters
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ARTISTS TAKE ACTION! Those with artsy abilities are invited to step up to the plate and submit their finest work to the first annual RAINBOW SPRINGS ART FESTIVAL. This inaugural event is slated to take place in downtown Dunnellon on November 21. This is an open call to artists of all genres, so whether you play with paints, mess with metal or whittle away at woodworking, this is your chance to showcase your talent. Those interested should submit their original pieces by September 1 and will be notified of their acceptance into the exhibition by September 30. (352) 804-2364.
June 27 - August 23
ALL NEW AT THE APPLETON The APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART will unveil Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection. This 75-piece exhibition includes the work of 30 artists and is only a portion of 300 works in the Arthur Primas Collection. The exhibit will feature paintings, sculptures, works on paper, graphics and documents that cover a period of 200 years. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
DOWNTOWN TO DO’S Don’t let the sizzling sun keep you locked indoors; there are plenty of great activities going on all summer long! Every Saturday morning our area farmers, craftsmen and artisans display their goods at the OCALA FARM MARKET from 9am to 2pm. The Historic Marion Theatre will air several children’s movies throughout the summer. Two dollars will buy the ticket, a drink and popcorn to boot! And Community Fest will kick off early in July. This citywide celebration includes a 1,000-foot water slide, food trucks, vendors, entertainment and more! And be sure to sign up for Iggy’s four-mile Freedom Run on July 4 at Veterans Park. For more information, visit ocalafl.org or mariontheatre.org or call (352) 629-6300.
JAZZ IT UP
The APPLETON MUSEUM will come alive on the evening of June 25. In recognition of the impact the Harlem Renaissance has had on the art world, Jazz Night will feature a number of both musical and spoken word poetry performances. The event is hosted by The Studio and will run from 6-8pm and feature a cash bar. Admission is free for members and only $5 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) Everglades: America’s Wetland contains 40 framed photographs by Mac Stone, an award-winning conservation photographer and naturalist who recently published a major book by the same title. The exhibit will run through July 5. Beyond Reality: The Many Worlds of James H. Vredevoogd is the artist’s first retrospective. Realistic in style but surrealist in subject matter, his works are enigmatic dreamscapes with their own unique symbolism and iconography. The exhibit runs through June 7. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. VILLAGES POLO CLUB (ONGOING) The Villages Polo Club will host a match every Friday evening at 5pm and every Sunday at 2pm throughout the month. General admission is $15, and tailgating tickets are available. Only cash will be accepted at the gate. thevillagesentertainment.com
or (352) 750-7656. FREE YOGA FOR VETERANS (ONGOING) Bliss Yoga and Wellness Center will host a free yoga class for active-duty and military veterans every Wednesday at 12:15pm. Classes are taught by a military veteran and are suitable for all fitness and experience levels. (352) 694-YOGA. SUMMER MOVIE NIGHTS (FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 1) Silver Springs State Park will host Summer Movie Nights, airing a different film at 8pm each Friday and Saturday night. Concessions will be available. For a complete list of movies, visit silversprings.com or call (352) 261-5840. ROCKIN’ SUMMER NIGHTS (ONGOING) Wild Waters Park will host Rockin’ Summer
Nights every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 6:30pm-2am. Bands and live entertainment will perform each night, and the bar will be fully stocked. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. KAYAK AND PADDLEBOARDING (ONGOING) The Marion County Department of Parks and Recreation will host numerous kayak and paddleboard outings and clinics throughout the month. Visit the website or call for a list of locations and times. marioncountlyﬂ.org or (352) 671-8560. CONVERSATION CAFE (WEDNESDAYS THROUGH JULY) For those looking to practice their English language skills, this informal gathering held at the College Road Baptist Church from 6-7pm allows individuals to converse in a laid-back setting. Childcare and teen activities will be offered. (352) 854-6981. YOGA (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A free yoga class will be offered at Sholom Park in Ocala on the first Saturday of the month through November. Class begins at 9am. (352) 854-7950. SENIOR LEARNERS COURSES (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A number of courses will be available for seniors at the College of Central Florida. seniorlearners.org or (352) 239-8770. GUY HARVEY EXHIBIT (ONGOING) The artwork of internationally renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey is currently on display on the second floor of Gateway Bank. All artwork is for sale, and Gateway Bank will donate its share of the sales to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Exhibit hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm Continued on page 74
Q& A DONALD GUALANDRI
A COMIC CONVENTION W IN TE RV I E W B Y BONNIE KRETCHIK
HERE ELSE COULD YOU FIND MASKED MEN, CAPED CRUSADERS AND POWER RANGERS ALL IN ONE SPOT? THE 3RD ANNUAL OCALA COMIC CON IS SLATED TO TAKE PLACE AT THE OCALA HILTON ON JUNE 20-21. WHAT STARTED OUT AS THE BRAINCHILD OF BUSINESS PARTNERS DONALD GUALANDRI AND CHRISTOPHER MAJOR HAS BECOME A HUGE HIT AMONG AREA COMIC AND SUPERHERO FANS OF ALL AGES. NOW IN ITS THIRD YEAR, THE OCALA COMIC CON IS EXPECTED TO BE THE BIGGEST YET. DONALD TOOK A FEW MINUTES FROM HIS BUSY SCHEDULE TO FILL US IN ON WHAT HE’S GOT IN STORE FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT. For those who don’t know, explain what Comic Con is.
Was it diﬃcult ﬁnding enough entertainment and vendors to come to Ocala?
Basically, the event brings together anime, comic book characters, superheroes and everything associated with the “nerd” cliché all in one spot.
Well, we didn’t want to copy what we saw in Tampa. We liked what they did and wanted to borrow some of their ideas. The first year was a challenge and a real learning experience.
How did you come up with this idea? My partner Christopher Major went to the Tampa Bay Comic Con in 2012. We liked the idea so much that we decided to try to recreate something similar here in Ocala. I’m always looking for new ways to bring entertainment to the area, and this was something totally different.
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Did you expect the event to be such a hit? No, honestly we didn’t expect to get over 2,000 people the first year, and we definitely didn’t anticipate double that amount the second year. This year though, we are expecting a record turnout and have planned accordingly by changing the layout to accommodate a larger crowd.
What can visitors expect? There are lots of comic book artists, vendors and really unique things you wouldn’t be able to buy elsewhere. There will also be gaming tournaments, raffles and a costume contest.
Will there be activities for kids? There’s tons of stuff for kids to do! They usually love the Star Wars characters walking around, and this year we’ve got the Red Power Ranger, too, and the Pokémon Tournament is always a big hit. On Friday night, there’s a dance party where everyone dresses up—it’s lots of fun.
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THE GAME’S AFOOT BRAD GARRETT ASSISTED LIVING: THE MUSICAL ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC’S SOVEREIGN BRASS THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 3RD ANNUAL RED, WHITE AND OSO BLUE ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC’S THE GIRLS CLUB
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Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages
Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages
Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages
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Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages
APPLETON MUSEUM CLEARANCE SALE (JUNE 1) The Appleton Museum clearance sale will begin on June 1. Members will save 30 percent off entire purchases, and non-members will save 20 percent. Several marked down items will be available throughout the store. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FIRST SATURDAY AT THE APPLETON (JUNE 6) The Appleton will host a free, family-friendly art event the first Saturday of each month from 1-3pm. Hands-on activities are appropriate for children ages 4 and up. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. 1ST SATURDAY VILLAGE (JUNE 6) Held at the Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon from 9am-2pm the first Saturday of every month, you never know what you are going to find at this amazing local market. Vendors fill the lawns and parking areas offering everything from fresh produce to handmade jewelry.
Several shops run monthly specials, and local cafes offer live music and great food. dunnellonhistoricvillage.com
or (352) 465-9200. YARD SALE (JUNE 6) The Forest Community Center will host a monthly yard sale on the first Saturday of each month. The sale will be held at Forest Community Center at Sandhill Park from 8am-noon. marioncountyﬂ.org or (352) 671-8560. OCALA ART GROUP DEMONSTRATION (JUNE 10) The Ocala Art Group will host a watercolor portrait demonstration with Kim Shields. The program will be held at the Appleton Museum from 12:30-2pm. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AT SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK (JUNE 18) Come enjoy the CEP’s monthly Business After Hours at Silver Springs State Park. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, food, drinks and great company! silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.
DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS (June 20) Well,
dancin’ in the Circle Square Cultural Center anyway. Motown Magic is a tribute concert to some of the hottest groups and singers from the Motown era, including Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations and many more! This one-night-only concert gets its groove going at 7pm; doors open at 6pm. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670 Continued on page 76
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TRIPS ’N’ TOURS (JUNE 24, 30) The Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours program will take members to the Brown Museum of Art and Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. Lunch will be served. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455, ext. 4456.
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FIRST ANNUAL HEART OF HEROES FESTIVAL (JUNE 27) The Heart of Florida Youth Ranch is hosting a fundraising festival from 12-6pm at its facility in Citra. The event will include bounce houses, laser tag, face painting, games and boxing exhibitions and demonstrations. Vendors and food trucks will be on hand, and there will be a hero costume contest to end the day. hofyr.org or (352) 595-7100. SLIDE THE CITY (JULY 3) Slide the City is a family friendly event consisting of a 1,000-foot water slide. In addition to the water slide, there will be food trucks, music and entertainment. For registration information, visit slidethecity.com or call (941) 216-3606
OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT (JULY 4) The Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents the third annual Red, White and OSO Blue: A Salute to Our Troops Concert at the Circle Square Cultural Center. The doors open at 6pm, and the concert begins at 7pm. Parking opens at 4pm and is $5 per car or free parking with resident ID from On Top of the World or Stone Creek, or symphony tickets. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670. COMMUNITY FEST (JULY 4) This all-day event (10am-10pm) features the Slide The City 1,000foot water slide, food trucks, music and entertainment, a concert and fireworks at the end of the night.
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GOD & COUNTRY DAY (JULY 4) The 46th annual God & Country Day will take place starting at 12pm on the property of Golden Ocala at the NW corner of Hwy US 27 and CR 225 (NW 80th Ave.). The event will feature art and craft vendors, live entertainment, food vendors, bounce houses, train rides, an inflatable water slide, pony rides, kids’ games, a petting zoo and, of course, fireworks starting at dark. ocalagodandcountryday.org or (352) 282-4925. ROCK THE SPRINGS (JULY 4) Come to Silver Springs State Park for live entertainment, fireworks, a Harley ride, a veteran tribute and more! silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. FLICK & FLOAT (JULY 10) Hang out in the Hampton Aquatic FUN Center pool while watching a movie on the big screen. Movie to be announced. Admission is $2 per person. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 368-5517. FREE MUSEUM DAY (JULY 11) The Appleton Museum will offer free admission to the museum from 10am-4pm. Guests are offered an opportunity to explore the museum and enjoy the exhibitions, art-making activities in the ARTSpace and art-related short films in the auditorium. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
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LARGE GATHERING OF OCALA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL CITIZENS MIXED AND MINGLED ON FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 24, AT GOLDEN OCALA GOLF AND EQUESTRIAN CLUB FOR THE OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GALA. It was an evening that perfectly combined fun
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“We feel energized by the support and are extremely thankful. Our donors and patrons are leaving a thriving arts legacy for future generations,” emphasized Matthew Wardell, OSO’s music director and conductor. Likewise, Pam Astrom, OSO’s guild chair, said, “I’m so grateful for each and every guest that came out to the gala. Their enthusiasm, generosity and love of the symphony were evident. This gala had the most attendees on record. Guests danced the longest, raised the highest amount of money to date and had fun in the process.” Guests began the evening mingling and bidding on a cornucopia of silent auction items that included everything from a night at the Seven Sisters Inn Bed and Breakfast to artwork from local artists. The live auction included fun experiences such as Fire Fighter for the Day, sponsored by the Ocala Fire Department, Lunch and Carriage Ride with Chester Weber and Mayor for the Day. The gala raised more than $88,000 to support the orchestra’s operating budget. The OSO is thrilled to premiere their 40th anniversary season at the Reilly Arts Center located in Tuscawilla Park. Key features of the center include a quintessential 1930’s facade, original steel
bow trusses lofted above a fully renovated, 709-stadium-seated auditorium, a top-ofthe-line acoustic system and high-quality multimedia options. Also of importance are the Live Oak Founders Club reception area, which is perfect for social gatherings or corporate functions, as well as the Jenkins Auto Group outdoor stage. The RAC will not only be the new home of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra but also a haven for the arts in Ocala. It is a unique venue that can be used as a rental space for special occasions and functions. The season opens on Friday, October 23, with “Opening Night at the RAC,” a one-time only event. There will be a reception as well as a special performance featuring The Planets with a live orchestra and cosmic video projections. Tickets for the event are available at ocalasymphony.com and range from $35-$75. If you are interested in finding out how to get involved with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, contact Pamela Calero, executive director, at (352) 351-1606 or email@example.com.
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