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The Ultimate Community Lifestyle Magazine

Vol. 8 No. 1

All That

Glitters! Stunning looks sure to shine

Spotlight on Neighbors:

Pam Hess, Nancy Smith & Jennifer Bleiweis


Things to Love About Gainesville

Women Making a Difference Through Junior League of Gainesville

Coaches’ Tips for Staying Fit

Weekend Getaway: Family Fun in Miami

5 Heart-Healthy Super Foods

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The 4th Annual Noche de Gala “Enchanted” was held Saturday, October 22nd at Besilu Collection in Micanopy, Florida, benefiting the Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida. With your support, the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation was proud to give a $1.5 million gift to support the next phase of the children’s hospital.

A sincere thank you to everyone who helped make the 4th annual Noche de Gala an extraordinary success! It was a magical night to remember with 1,000 guests, 120 sponsors and over 150 volunteers. NOCHE DE GALA 2011 DEVELOPMENT TEAM: Founders: Horst and Luisa Ferrero Hosts & Event Chairs: Silvia and Benjamin León, Jr. Presenting Sponsor: Besilu Collection Honorary Chairs: Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Marco Rubio Regional Co-Chairs: John and Sheila Spence, Gainesville

Andy and Linda Moore, Lake City Connie Brown, Ocala Ivan and Tia Colao, Jacksonville Charles and Linda Wells, Orlando Dr. David Smith, UF Student Ambassador Director of Administration: Lesley Cox Emcee: Storm Roberts of 98.5 KTK Event Producer: Keith Watson Productions Event Marketing & PR: Frankel Media Group For more on Noche de Gala please visit our event website at

This year’s “Enchanted” Gala was designed by Event Producer Keith Watson Productions and catered by Embers Wood Grill. The evening featured acclaimed Las Vegas illusionist Simon Winthrop, sponsored by NetJets, and a surprise performance by Maske, an Australian Electric String Trio, sponsored by Tioga Town Center.

Photos provided by: Coffey Shots, Dawn McKinstry Photography, Footstone Photography, Lifeprints Photography, Rya Photos, Raúl Fernandez Photography, UF Photo Club


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contents The Village Journal

Vol. 8 Issue 1 | Winter 2012


community 20 Spotlight on Neighbors: Pam Hess, Nancy Smith & Jennifer Bleiweis


24 A Commitment Beyond the Call of Duty

26 Women Serving our Community through the Junior League of Gainesville

30 100 Things to Love About Gainesville

34 The Arts: An Essential Part of Education

37 Haile Homestead Visitor Center Now Open

39 New to the Neighborhood: The Goody Basket

40 Industry Insider: The Key to a Happy & Healthy Dog What is a Midwife?

lifestyle 42

All That Glitters: Stunning Looks Sure to Shine.


From ‘To Do’ to ‘Done’


contents The Village Journal

health & fitness


50 Coaches’ Tips for Staying Fit 53 Running for a Cause: The Results

home 55 Safeguarding Your Home


money 62 The Power to Save Understanding Tax Deductions

food 64 5 Heart-Healthy Super Foods

travel 66 Weekend Getaway:

Family Fun in Miami

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in every issue 12 Editor’s Note 14 Contributors 16 The Haile Village Center Directory 18 Publix Market Square Directory 57 Market Watch 60 Real Estate Map 70 Calendar of Events 74 Snapshots 81 Register of Advertisers 82 From the Kitchen: Dean Cacciatore

When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get the perfect running shoes, the right fit,

…and Mike. Sure, the picturesque storefronts, coffee shop, boutiques, restaurants, world-class fitness center and bakery make Tioga Town Center a prime shopping destination. But it’s more than that here— It’s the people who make Tioga Town Center an experience like no other in Gainesville. It’s people like Mike Carrillo— owner of Gainesville Running & Walking— who take the time to find the perfect running shoes for you with just the right fit, and make Tioga Town Center your favorite place to visit. So come on out! Take a stroll around and talk to the people who will make Tioga Town Center your favorite destination in town.

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editor’s note Winter | Vol. 8 No. 1

Happy New Year! I hope the holiday season found you among friends, family and the ones you love. I also hope the holidays found you some R&R! The year always seems to end in a whirlwind of last minutes shopping, holiday parties and odds-n-ends needing your attention. If you’re like me, you find yourself saying, “After the first of the year, I’ll get it done,” whatever “it” may be. Well, lo and behold, the first is here, and calling your name. Fret not, for we have the expert advise of long-time Village Journal contributor and professional organizer, Helen Kornblum. Turn to p.48 for helpful advise on overcoming that ugly ‘P’ word (procrastination), and turning your ‘To Do’ list into a ‘Done!’ list. (Don’t wait! Go!) I am particularly excited about the addition of our “All That Glitters” pictorial on p.42. Take a look at the fun you can have with glitz and glam galore! Please be sure to take a moment to consider a tribute gift to the Harold Monk, III Fund seen on p.38. The tragic loss of the husband, father and friend of this community has left many people wanting to help. The scholarship fund will benefit his daughters’ education. The talented Village Journal team and I look forward to bringing you more of what you have come to expect—insightful stories, dynamitic imagery and top-notch design—in the year ahead.

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When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get one-on-one care, remarkable results

...and Dr. Poser. Sure, the picturesque storefronts, coffee shop, boutiques, restaurants, world-class fitness center and bakery make Tioga Town Center a prime shopping destination. But it’s more than that here— It’s the people who make Tioga Town Center an experience like no other in Gainesville. It’s people like Dr. John Poser and his experienced team at Poser Plastic Surgery Center, committed to providing innovative professional services, who will make Tioga Town Center your favorite place to visit. So come on out! Take a stroll around and talk to the people who will make Tioga Town Center your favorite destination in town.

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contributors Helen Kornblum owns Natural Order Organizing. She teaches business and residential clients how to reduce stress and increase productivity. Her specialties are working with seniors and people whose lives are affected by ADHD. Helen used her BA and MA in English as Director of Publications for an education association for 15 years. She says that editing is organizing on paper. She is involved in professional groups–the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD) and the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Helen writes, teaches workshops, and gives keynote speeches about organizing.

Publisher: Ryan Frankel

Andrea Love-Leonor owns and operates the little shop, a unique children’s boutique that carries one of a kind toys, baby gifts and stylish clothing and features a play-studio for kids. Andrea’s zest for life and for what she and her husband and business partner, Thiago, have brought to the community can be summed up by their shop’s motto, ‘be active, be stylish, be happy.’ Before moving to Gainesville, Andrea spent 10 years living in New York City and made her professional mark at such notable companies as Jones Apparel Group, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Andrea is the creative mastermind behind the “All that Glitters” feature on page 42.

Public Relations: Linda Michalisin

Deputy Leo Lowe has been with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office since 2000. In his eleven years with the Sheriff’s Office he has been assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division and the Crime Prevention Unit. Deputy Lowe was awarded the Medal of Valor in 2008 for apprehending an armed gun man, while off duty, who had been involved in a road rage shooting outside of Deputy Lowe’s church. Deputy Lowe speaks to numerous public groups about a wide variety of crime prevention topics and coordinates the Sheriff’s Office’s Project Lifesaver program. Erin Spiwak, CPA, is a partner with James Moore & Co., P.L. where she is responsible for overseeing the firm’s tax department, including managing and directing day-to-day operations, as well as analyzing and planning for the impact of new tax developments. She can be reached at

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Editor: Channing Casey Account Executive: Susan Cupp Art Director: Kevin James Graphic Design: Anibal Rodriguez

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When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get the freshest local grouper, a pound of crab claws,

…and Lee. Sure, the picturesque storefronts, coffee shop, boutiques, restaurants, world-class fitness center and bakery, make Tioga Town Center a prime shopping destination. But it’s more than that here— It’s the people who make Tioga Town Center an experience like no other in Gainesville. It’s people like Lee Deaderick and his staff at Northwest Seafood, who pride themselves on offering the freshest local seafood and will make Tioga Town Center your favorite place to visit. So come on out! Take a stroll around and talk to the people who will make Tioga Town Center your favorite destination in town.

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communtiy Gainesville Community Foundation . . . . . . 367-0060

dance Cameron Dance Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-7785

dining Cacciatore Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haile Village Bistro & Queens Arms Pub . . . Limerock Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sisters Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . South Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patticakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Goody Basket (Pg 39) . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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education Abacus Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376-1492

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Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club . . . . 335-0055 Love Wedd Boutique (Pg 79) . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-7959 Olive You Eat Well . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-0281 Plantation Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1600

financial Adams LaRocca Employee Benefit Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7531 American Optimal Advisors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-5632 Entrust Freedom IRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7833 SunTrust Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-6868 Tillman Hartley, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-9015

fitness Sweat Life Fitness (Pg 52) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-4926

furnishings & gifts Marianne Coveney European Essentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-4290 The Perfect Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-8000

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Redman Neuromuscular Therapy Center . . 505-0888 Speech & Language Center at Haile Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284-3323 The Haile Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-0551

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real estate Bosshardt Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336-6611 Coldwell Banker, M.M. Parrish Realtors . . . 359-1070 Haile Plantation Sales & Information Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-4999 The Village at Haile Condominiums . . . . . . 376-6737 Tommy Waters Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . 336-7600

title & insurance Adams LaRocca Employee Benefit Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7531 New York Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-8171 Weston Arnold Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-9440

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technology e-Tech Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-3200

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WOMEN: An Idea, a Connection and a Vision How Pam Hess, Nancy Smith and Jennifer Bleiweis are making a difference in the lives of young girls. by Kendal Norris | Footstone Photography

Three women – each passionate about allaround health and fitness – have combined their education, talents and energies to make a difference in the lives of Gainesville area pre-teen girls. Haile residents Pam Hess, Nancy Smith and Jennifer Bleiweis are all coaches and staff for the non-profit after-school program, Girls on the Run, founded and organized by Molly Barker in North Carolina in 1996. The program was designed to help third to fifthgrade girls build life skills and positive core values through interactive and cooperative (as opposed to competitive) group activities – specifically running. Girls on the Run promotes physical activity, self-awareness, socialization, teamwork and responsibility. It also embraces optimism, gratitude and joy as tools for creating a fulfilling and balanced life.

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Pam Hess, currently the Director of Business and Communtiy Outreach for the program, grew up in a military family that relocated frequently, both nationally and internationally. She came to Gainesville to attend St. Leo’s University and graduated in 1998 with a B.S. in Healthcare Administration. Pam was working at UF&Shands when she met her future husband, Philip Hess, who was completing his residency. They married in 1999 and have two children, Megan, 11 and Philip, 9. As Pam recalled, “I’d heard about the program through an acquaintance and enrolled my daughter in one of the curriculums. She absolutely loved it and went back a second time. She ended up being one of the biggest inspirations for me to become involved as a coach and to bring Girls on the Run to Gainesville.”

A runner herself and currently a Pilates teacher, Pam Hess went to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2008 with friend Jennifer Bleiweis to become a certified coach for Girls on the Run. Pam said, “Afterward, it took about a year of planning and logistics to get funding and support and sites for the program. We were given incredibly generous help by the Gainesville Community Foundation, who took us under their wing and assisted us with administrative tasks, funding and valuable community contacts.” The Gainesville Community Foundation is the fiscal agent for Girls on the Run and allows the program to operate as an affiliate non-profit. “We couldn’t have accomplished what we’ve been able to without them,” Pam commented. Girls on the Run programs are typically presented at elementary school campuses, Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs. Currently Gainesville has six different sites available and features two programs a year – one in the spring and one in the fall. As Pam noted, “Young girls typically go in and out of levels of confidence in their pre-teen years. Depending on what’s happening in their lives, they can be extremely vulnerable. Our program gives them a chance to work on the whole person – heart, mind and body. Its aim is to empower them, to give them a voice and tools for handling challenges, coping with others and making good choices.” She added, “And I’ve grown personally from my work with these girls. It’s revealed ways for me to make improvements in my own life. Being involved with strong, loving women, who are the ‘spine’ of the program, has re-enforced my belief in the importance of teamwork.” Nancy Smith, now the Executive Director of Girls on the Run in Gainesville, is a California native who grew up in the Midwest, and has always been interested in what makes people tick. Majoring in psychology at Western Michigan University, she graduated in 1982 with a B.S. degree. It was also in Michigan that she met her future husband, David, who was working on his PhD in Psychology at the University of Michigan. They were married in 1987 and the couple spent 13 years in North Carolina where David was working in the Department of Surgery at Duke University. Nancy did behavioral research work in the early years of their marriage

until two children came along while they were living in Toronto, Canada. Nancy said, “Our son Tait is 22 now and our son Chandler is 20. Both are attending college out of state. But when they were in pre-school I decided to become a pre-school teacher and did that for 15 years. After we moved to Gainesville in 2004 when David earned an academic appointment at UF, I continued to teach. That’s how I met Pam who was an instructor at the same school.” They also learned that they were neighbors and fellow runners. While preparing for the 2010 Five Points of Light half marathon, Nancy was looking for a local volunteering opportunity. She recalled, “At the pre-race, Pam and Jennifer had set up a promotional table for Girls on the Run. And then everything clicked into place. I began coach training with them and jumped into the pilot season in February 2010 as an assistant coach.” One of the aspects of Girls on the Run that Nancy enjoys most is the community activity in which the girls choose a way to participate in giving to others. She said, “Last spring the girls made an activity/treat basket for children in the Pediatric Ward at Shands Hospital. They put in stickers and coloring materials and get-well cards and then delivered them. It was extremely rewarding.” Nancy also loves the interactive nature of the program, which involves writing, conversation and short runs building up to longer ones. “The girls become comfortable sharing their thoughts and exploring ideas. A comfort level is established where group support is more important than competition. We urge them to stop, breathe and listen to their inner voice, so that they develop positive ways of communicating, as well as increasing physical strength.” Haile resident Jennifer Bleiweis is another Gainesville transplant who grew up in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia and earned her B.S. degree in Dietetics in 1987 from the University of Georgia. She remembered, “When I had to do my oneyear accreditation program, I decided to go to San Diego, California where there was an internship at the VA Hospital. I’d never been out of Georgia

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and decided to have an adventure of sorts. It was there I met my husband, Mark, who was in medical school.” They married in 1989 and after passing her boards, Jennifer took a job as a Dietitian at a San Diego community hospital. She said, “Over the next 11 years, we moved five times across the country because my husband was doing extended surgical training that would eventually prepare him for his present position as Pediatric Heart Surgeon and head of the Congenital Heart Center at Shands. We also spent time in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when Mark was doing further training. Along the way we had three children, Samantha, now 19, Max, 16, and Jack, 11.” It was at Chapel Hill in 2001 that Jennifer first heard about a one-week summer camp program called Girls on the Run. She enrolled daughter Samantha, who absolutely loved the experience. Jennifer said, “When we moved to Gainesville and I met Pam and Nancy, I began to see the commonality of all of our interests and experiences – plus the fact that we’d all heard about the program and had that ‘North Carolina connection.’ I truly believe there are no accidents!” Jennifer now serves as Program Director for Girls on the Run in Gainesville.

Left to right: Nancy, Pam and Jennifer

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Together these three remarkable women – who are hard-working mothers and accomplished professionals in their own right – have donated time, energy and resources over the past 18 months to deliver Girls on the Run to those who’ll benefit most from it. This past season there were 44 enrolled at four sites and so far they’ve coached a total of 130 girls in six different sites throughout Alachua County. As Nancy Smith stated, “It’s still a fairly new program in the community, but word is spreading and parental support is building. And we’re getting a number of calls from teachers, school staff and principals who want to get involved. So it looks like we’ll be adding at least three new sites for the spring 2012 season.” In a culture where false values and sometimes cruelly unhealthy images permeate the media, Girls on the Run presents a much-needed, uplifting antidote. By helping to instill positive attitudes, coping skills, physical strength and community spirit in young females, it’s a program that merits respect and appreciation. But none of this would have been possible in the Gainesville area without the skill, dedication and devoted efforts of women like Pam Hess, Nancy Smith and Jennifer Bleiweis.

Week 3: Fueling Your Healthy Pace

Choosing to be a Girl on the Run

To understand the importance of healthy nutrition, habits, physical activity and maintaining balance in life, girls run laps at a steady pace and list their six healthy habits, in order of priority, after each lap.

Using activity stations, girls understand how choosing attitudes and actions will make a team work well together, and the importance of holding themselves and teammates accountable to choices made.

Week 8:

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Practicing the 5K

Girls run a 5k (3.1 miles) and consider areas of improvement in their cardiovascular and emotional stamina. Completing the 5k teaches them that hard work does allow them to set a goal and accomplish it.

Week 6: Standing Up for Yourself

Learning the importance of standing up for one’s self and understanding the power of one’s own voice to constructively express feelings, wants and needs by using the phrase “I feel ___ when you ___ because ___. I would like for you to___.”

Week 10:

Using Your Power

The girls implement their chosen community impact project. This season they enjoyed making holiday cards to send to troops overseas, thanking them for their service.

The Final Celebration!

The team participates in a 5k race as the culmination and celebration of all their hard work and dedication over the past 10 weeks. This season they ran the Reindeer Run 5k.

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Week 1:

Learn. Enroll. Volunteer.

For more information about the program, current locations, enrolling and volunteering, visit To contact the Girls on the Run program in Gainesville directly, email or call (352) 375-2610. To learn more about the Gainesville Community Foundation, visit or call 352.367.0060

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A Commitment Beyond the

CALL OF DUTY by Kevin Awe

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On weekends, Captain Stephen K. Miller wakes up and puts on his uniform, and buckles his standard issue uniform patrol gun belt, complete with all the traditional police tools, weapons and utilities. Serving as a Deputy Sheriff and now as the Commander of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division, he prepares to protect and serve the citizens of Alachua County.

volunteer their time and energy by serving as a Deputy Sheriff in the Reserve Division in a fashion similar to that of the military reserves. The Reserve Division has two classifications of reserves: Reserve I Deputy and Reserve II Deputy — both well trained law enforcers who combined provide hundreds of hours of service to the department at no cost. “When we tell people about the program, they usually have one of two distinct reactions. Either they say, ‘Are you kidding me, these people volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way for free?’ or ‘Wow, I did not know that existed… how can I apply to be part of this program?,” exclaimed Miller. ACSO

The gavel slams, case closed. Attorney at Law, Stephen K. Miller shakes hands with the opposing counsel and walks out of the courtroom. After more than 17 years of practicing law, his career as an attorney is still very rewarding. The husband and father of four enjoys doing all he can to see that the courts enforce civil laws and justice is achieved for his clients.

“Being a Deputy Sheriff is not what you do, it’s who you are,” said Miller. “Serving 25 years in law enforcement provides me a deeper understanding of the legal system, which gives me an unique perspective as an attorney. I love being a part of the Reserve Division and using it as a way to serve my community.”

“If you saw a Deputy from the Reserve Division right next to a full-time deputy, you couldn’t tell them apart,” Miller said. “They handle the same kinds of calls, have the same uniforms and, unfortunately for criminals, the same arrest powers. Deputies in the Reserve Division, once completing the same training as full time Deputies, can check out patrol cars, carry weapons and do everything regular Deputies do.”

Although Miller might be a personal injury lawyer by day and a crime fighting law enforcer on the weekends, it isn’t for the money. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Program offers interested citizens the chance to

Joining the Reserve Deputy Program and serving as a Deputy Sheriff doesn’t come without a time commitment. All Deputies in the Reserve Division are required to volunteer at least 12 hours a month, must endure a field-

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YOU DESERVE THE BEST training program as well as attend agency-inservice training every other month. Although many citizens are unaware of it, the Sheriff’s Office has had the reserve program for decades. Currently there are approximately 20 Deputies in the Reserve Division, and more are in training. Sheriff Sadie Darnell has played a significant role in this programs growth and fully backs the Division. “Sheriff Darnell’s support has moved this program light years ahead during her tenure as Sheriff of Alachua County,” said Miller.


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Women Serving our Community through the

Junior League of Gainesville by Kendal Norris | Rya of RYAPHOTOS

League Member reading to children at Miracle on Main Street event held on December 3, 2011.

Junior League has a long and distinguished record of service as a non-profit organization fostering and promoting social, economic and educational volunteer services and training. It is active in nearly 300 communities throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The Junior League of Gainesville is involved in a number of projects including Kids in the Kitchen, Read with Me, The Children’s Home Society Family Visitation Center and Miracle on Main Street. Its local annual fundraising event is the extremely popular Tour of Kitchens. Members of the League in Gainesville represent a broad spectrum of women of all ages who are professionals and homemakers. What they have in common is their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others within their own community.

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Lindsey Johnson has been a member of Junior League in Macon, Georgia, Fairfax, Virginia and now in her hometown of Gainesville since moving back in 2009. A wife, mother, graduate student and business woman, Lindsey has a lot on her plate, but has found time to chair the 2011 Miracle on Main Street, Junior League’s annual toy give away event. It speaks to the old adage of “If you want something done, give it to the busy person.” Year-long, community-wide assistance with toy drives and sponsorship from many local businesses allowed Miracle on Main Street to provide over 500 area families (approximately 1,200 children) with toys, books, sports equipment and bikes during the holiday season. Lindsey commented, “Our December 3rd event took nearly a year of planning and an intensive

six-to-eight months of organizing to be the success that it was. With 23 percent of Alachua County citizens living below the poverty level, there was a big demand.” This year, Miracle on Main Street was able to serve an additional 150 families, all due to the generosity and support of Gainesville-area residents and businesses. Miracle on Main Street took place at Friends of the Library warehouse of the Junior League’s headquarters at 430 N. Main Street, where the Junior League Thrift Shop (operating since 1935) is also located. Junior League “Miracle” Committee members issued invitations to about four dozen area nonprofit agencies that, in turn, distributed them to individual families. On the day of, each family was assigned the help of a personal shopper and could select one “big ticket” item (that might include a bike, scooter or electronic gadget) and a handful of other items such as toys, books and games. Lindsey noted, “Some families actually camped out all night to be able to get a good place in line when we opened, so we provided a nutritious breakfast for everyone and had games and booths set up to keep the children engaged while their parents shopped inside. We were only able to do this through the generous donations from local restaurants and other businesses that contributed granola bars, oatmeal packets and coffee.”

126 bikes were given away to children.

Lindsey Johnson with Miracle on Main Street shopper.

Gainesville area volunteers – including a number of Wal-Mart employees – manned the face painting, Kids in the Kitchen and Read with Me booths. The League volunteers were assisted by 65 University of Florida student athletes and coaches who, in addition to helping as personal shoppers and wrapping presents, entertained children with exercise activities. UF mascots, Albert and Alberta, were also in attendance and each family was given a photograph of themselves taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Lindsey said, “It was a great way to kick off the season of giving and to spread some general holiday cheer, and hopefully to put smiles on the faces of children in need.”

Junior League initiatives, such as Miracle on Main Street, require the support of other League fundraisers in order to sustain. Upcoming is Junior League’s extremely popular annual fundraising event, “Tour of Kitchens,” on March 10th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. A self-guided tour of Gainesville’s loveliest gourmet kitchens includes delicious samplings and innovative demonstrations, with visits to homes in Historic Duck Pond, Town of Tioga and Haile Plantation. “The Tour of Kitchens is truly a wonderful Gainesville community treasure,” said Garrett Bell, a past President and now a sustainer of Junior League. “The experience of touring beautiful homes and kitchens might even spark a little interest in doing some remodeling of your own.”

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How to Join

Women interested in joining Junior League of Gainesville should contact the Junior League office at 352-3768305 or office@gainesvillejrleague. org. Applications for the new member class are due by May 31, 2012.

This year’s tour also includes local prime steakhouse, Embers Wood Grill, as they will be giving tour-goers a first-hand look at the inner workings of a commercial kitchen. Interactive demonstrations include food preparation

methods and menu planning with Executive Chef Briton Dumas, as well as wine classes with Sommelier, Ryan Todd. “Events like the Tour of Kitchens are fun to attend and are a great way to raise money for the community,” said Pam Green, also a past President and now sustainer. “It’s really a winwin for everyone!” A number of Gainesville restaurants and catering businesses are contributing their time and products toward making this day a great success. Funds generated support programs and partnerships with community agencies serving the needs of local women and children. Over the past few years, the amount raised has exceeded $25,000. To purchase tickets to the 2012 Tour of Kitchens or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit


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100 Whether you’re a Gainesville native, new to town or just a longtime resident, you know there is a lot to love about this little North Central Florida community. With that in mind, we compiled 100 things that make Gainesville the town we love. In no particular order…


Gainesville ranked the #1 place to live in 2007 by the New York Times.

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The University of Florida. Of course the chant rings true: It’s great to be a Florida Gator. The Hippodrome State Theater. Not only does “The Hipp” make downtown Gainesville more beautiful, but it’s also the setting for award-winning theater.


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The weather.

Gainesville, just like any other city in Florida can get pretty hot, but the fall and winter can be truly gorgeous and just cold enough to make you feel like you’re somewhere else.

Let’s Go Downtown Free Concert series. How many towns host free concerts every Friday night during the summer? Morningside Nature Center. A great place to take a stroll or go bird watching. Jonesville Tennis Center offers 14 clay courts open the public. The Thomas Center. If you’ve never been to this Spanish-inspired courtyard just outside downtown Gainesville, it’s the perfect place for a picnic. Hawthorne Trail. The cyclists love to get their workout on this trail.

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Things to Love About Gainesville by Dante Lima


It’s delicious and it was invented in Gainesville in 1965. Gainesville Art Walk. Gainesville’s annual art festival is perfect for a family outing. Farmer’s Markets. Gainesville is host to seven farmer’s markets every week. Friends of the Library Booksale. Buy classic literature for cents on the dollar. Alachua County high school students posted the highest SAT scores in the state from 2008 through 2010. The UF Bat House. See the bats fly over Lake Alice at dusk. It’s a Gainesville tradition. Game day. Saturdays during the fall revolve around Gator football. Planet Walk on NW 8th Ave. You can walk to Neptune and back. RTS. The 4th largest mass transit system in the state is a great way to get around. The Phillips Center for Performing Arts. This concert hall is host to some of the nation’s top talent, from Bela Fleck to the Broadway musical “Avenue Q.” Named the “Healthiest City In America” by the Wellness Councils of America in 2003. Hoggetowne Medieval Fair. For over 20 years, this festival has given Gainesville the opportunity to go back in time to joust and eat turkey legs. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Paradise on the outskirts of town. Lake Wauburg. Just a short drive south of Gainesville and a great place to canoe, paddle boat or just take a jump off the 8-foot dock.

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Trees. Gainesville has been recognized as “Tree City, USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation every year since 1982. 90 minutes. Gainesville is located just a 90 minute drive from Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville, leaving a short drive to their respective international airports. Edmund P. Gaines. The namesake of Gainesville was a commander in the second Seminole War in 1854. Titletown, USA. In their 105-year history of intercollegiate competition, University of Florida’s varsity athletic teams have won 26 NCAA National Championships. Gainesville Regional Utilities is first in the nation to adopt a solar photovoltaic feed-in-tariff. Florida Museum of Natural History. Learn about Florida’s ancient flora and fauna and the Native American tribes who settled in the area. Gainesville Community Playhouse. It’s the oldest community theater group in Florida. Gainesville Improv Festival. This yearly festival is dedicated to laughter and adds to Gainesville’s rich landscape. Open air shopping and dining available in Downtown Gainesville, Haile Village Center, Tioga Town Center and Thornebrook Village. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, later nicknamed “The Swamp” by former head coach Steve Spurrier in the 90’s. It is not unusual for the attendance of a Gator home football game to exceed 90,000 people. 34th St. Wall. The one wall in the city where graffiti is legal. It’s also a great place to wish someone happy birthday. Stephen O’ Connell Center… The O’ Dome. Home of the Rowdy Reptiles.

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Haile Plantation. Gainesville is home to one of the nation’s first and largest examples of new urbanism. Newnan’s Lake. A great place to spot alligators. Harn Museum of Art is one of the largest university art museums in the Southeast. The Sante Fe College Teaching Zoo. Features 75 species of animals over 10 acres of land. Haile Homestead. The original plantation site for what would later become the community of Haile Plantation. It’s now serves as a museum. Gainesville Raceway. This quartermile dragstrip has home to the NHRA Gatornationals since 1970. Home to the award winning Gainesville Health and Fitness, named “World Fitness Center of the Year” in 2001. Burrito Bros. This restaurant has become a tasty Gainesville landmark. Solar Power. With more than 7 megawatts of installed solar power for roughly 200,000 people, the city’s installed capacity per capita is more than triple the United States average. Karma Cream. Locally made organic coffee and ice cream. North Central Florida Blues Society. This group of passionate music lovers keeps the blues alive in Gainesville. Growth. Gainesville is one of Florida’s fastest growing cities, displaying a 17.6% population increase relative to the rest of the state in the 2010 census. Language diversity. The Modern Language Association’s data shows that 12.89% of Gainesville residents speak languages other than English. The Bed & Breakfast District. A lovely area just southeast of downtown that’s home to a wide array of bed & breakfasts. Urban planning. Gainesville is on a grid system, which makes finding your way around easy.

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The Independent Florida Alligator. The Alligator is the largest student-run newspaper in the United States.


The Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History. This enclosed outdoor space is home to dozens of species of butterfly.

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Law enforcement. Gainesville boasts three law enforcement entities: Gainesville Police Department, University Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Gainesville Regional Airport. More than 1000 worldwide destinations available through the American Airlines, Delta and US Airways hubs. Night golf. Light up the night with a round of golf on the fully lit links and driving range at West End Golf Course. Monday night jam at Lillian’s. For over a decade, Lillian’s Music Store in downtown Gainesville has been the musician’s choice for open jams. No Idea Records. The iconic punk rock record label started in 1985 calls Gainesville home. The Civic Media Center. A non-profit community run alternative library, that offers everything from books and magazines to concerts and poetry readings. ( Olympic Archery training at the Easton Sports Complex in Newberry. The Swamp Restaurant. This Gainesville icon is located across the street from UF’s campus and regularly makes the list of best college/ sports bars. Poker. Ocala Poker & Jai Alai is just a 12-mile drive south of Gainesville. Pools. When the summer heat rolls in, Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has three public pools for your enjoyment.

Home of the original Sonny’s restaurant, located on Williston Road.

Disc Golf at Lake Wauburg. A great place to toss a Frisbee. Swamphead Brewery. Gainesville’s only local brewery. ( High Springs. Just 20 miles north of Gainesville you’ll find a host of springs that you can travel by tube for a small fee. Snorkeling and camping are also options. ( Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park features a 120’ deep cavity and mini rain forest.


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Payne’s Prairie. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets at Florida´s first state preserve. Paintball. Just south of I-75 for some friendly fire. ( Grooveshark. This online music streaming website was founded in Gainesville by three University of Florida undergraduate students in 2006, and now employs around 80 people. Smart. Over 49% of residents 25 years or older have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

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Rock & roll.

Singer/songwriter Tom Petty and a founding member of the Eagles, Don Felder, were both born in Gainesville.

Low cost of living. As of January 2011, Gainesville’s cost of living index is 90.1 compared to 100 across the U.S. Baughman Center at UF. A contemplation space that overlooks Lake Alice. It’s the definition of tranquility. Pet friendly. Alachua County has five dedicated dog parks for Fido to run freely. Sun Country Sports. A Gainesville staple serving families for 25 years!

Higher education. The

University of Florida, Santa Fe College, City College are all located in Gainesville.

Gainesville is home to the Florida School of Massage where they offer a discounted rate at the student massage clinic. Live music. Gainesville is home to over 150 active, local bands. LifeSouth Community Blood Center. The community blood bank collects a minimum of 266,000 donations annually to serve over 100 medical facilities in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Food. There’s currently over 180 locally owned and operated restaurants in Gainesville. Bo Diddley. Gainesville was the longtime home of rock legend Bo Diddley. Downtown’s community plaza is named after the legend.

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Rock climbing. There are no mountains in Gainesville, but there are several rock climbing gyms. The Gainesville Sun. A New York Times Company-owned regional newspaper. Antiques. Micanopy, just 8 miles south of Gainesville, is a destination for antique shoppers in the area. Healthcare. Shands, North Florida Regional Medical Center, and the VA Hospital offer world-class care. Biking. The League of American Bicyclists ranked Gainesville best in the state as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Sachel’s Pizza-- a local favorite, known for its unique atmosphere and delicious pizza. City Parks. There are 25 city owned parks and conservation areas. Gainesville Jazz Festival. A yearly tribute to America’s truest art form. The Homecoming Parade. A tradition in its 88th year with over 100,000 people in attendance. Beer & Wine. Gainesville is home to dozens of downtown bars that specialize in craft beer and fine wines. Florida Innovation Hub at UF. The new allinclusive business incubator surrounded by retail spaces and residential living. Short commute. The average travel time to work for residents is 18 minutes.

96. Low unemployment.

Gainesville’s unemployment rate is 7.4% compared to 10.6% for the rest of Florida.

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Air Quality. Gainesville’s Air Quality Index in 2010 was 27.2, five points better than the national average. Fracture. This innovative company calls Gainesville home and transforms your digital picture into a glass masterpiece. Rock bands Less Than Jake, Hot Water Music, Sister Hazel and Against Me! all got their start in Gainesville. Dragonfly Restaurant. Downtown attraction for sushi lovers and socialites that has gained a loyal following.

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The Arts:

an essential part of education by Kendal Norris

Much of what we know about great Renaissance The School of Theatre and Dance Director Paul Favini said, “Our department provides artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci comes from their biographies instruction and hands-on practical training in acting, costume design, music, scenic written by one Giorgio Vasari in the 16th design, dance and lighting design. All of these century. From time immemorial, the arts have disciplines are essential components of any lived, flourished and disappeared generation production – whether dance or after generation. Only a few theatre, ranging from dramatic seminal ones whose talents have “I hope that this work or musical. We’re so fortunate been preserved in paint or stone of mine … if it proves to have a Friends group that’s or on paper are remembered completely passionate about through the ages. worthy of a happier the arts and about helping fate may… keep the our students excel and expand Today most artistic programs, arts alive, or at least their horizons.” lacking former state and may inspire some of the federal support, require local more able among us to Friends of Theater and encouragement, assistance give them every possible Dance is a volunteer, nonand appreciation to thrive. encouragement.” profit organization founded That’s why groups like Friends - Lives of the Artists of Theater and Dance are so in 2008 to raise funds to by Giorgio Vasari important to students of the support resources within the UF College of Fine Arts University of Florida College (1511-74) School of Theater and Dance. of Fine Arts who are working Board member Nell Page to tangibly express their innate commented, “Through our annual Splendor: gifts. Luckily for them, a dedicated group of professors, staff and volunteers are diligently Backstage Pass fundraising event, we’ve been working alongside them to create forums, venues able to provide scholarships and travel stipends for students to participate in performances, and tools to enhance those efforts. 34 |

The Arts lectures and educational opportunities. We’ve also been able to assist them with transportation to showcase their talents nationally and internationally.” Nell continued, “Splendor gives young artists a chance to show the public, through hands-on demonstrations, what it’s really like behind the scenes – the complexity of all that’s involved in bringing a play or any type of performance to life. It’s not just about dialogue, dancing or singing; it’s about architecture, costume design, and engineering as well. Students have an opportunity to share the ‘secrets’ and technical expertise behind the greasepaint, set designs, stage lighting and costumes.” The theme of the March 16, 2012 Splendor Backstage Pass benefit at the Nadine McGuire Pavilion is “Add Magic and Stir.” As a UF graduate with a BFA in Performing Arts and life-long professional actor, Nell Page knows first-hand what kind of dedication and sensitivity it takes to make a career in the arts. She recalled, “I was very lucky to have parents who supported my desire to express myself artistically. It’s funny that many parents encourage their children to be in school plays when they’re quite young. But when those same kids enter high school, everything turns practical, serious and competitive in nature. There’s a huge gap in creative expression at this point. We’re trying to bridge that gap by encouraging youth to seek successful careers in the arts on many levels. It really comes down to changing a mindset and discovering what’s possible.” Paul Favini elaborated further, “Theater can be a profound experience. There are so many ways of growing through artistic expression. It builds self-esteem, increases socialization and inter-dependent teamwork and even physical activity in this online, sedentary culture we’re living in. Plus, students involved in the arts and performance activities learn how to finish what they start. They develop a kind of discipline that

involves hard work, focus, step-by-step processes and problem-solving. Those same challenges can also be a lot of fun. And they get to experience that unspoken energy link between performers and an audience that’s truly magical.” The seven to eight productions a year that the School of Theatre and Dance puts on help make the University of Florida the largest presenting organization in the city of Gainesville. They include at least two dance concerts, a large musical production (using nearly 100 contributing cast and crew members) and dramatic plays. Also locally, there’s the Gainesville Community Playhouse, the Pohfal

Splendor 2012: Backstage Pass Friday, April 8, 2012 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Nadine N. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion Tickets: $100 For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets, call (352) 846-1218

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The Arts Dance Studio and The Hippodrome Theatre. Over the years, many UF Theatre and Dance students have logged enough working hours at the Hippodrome to join Actors’ Equity and get a leg up on their professional careers. As Nell Page noted, “So many resources exist today that parents can use to help their children grow in creative expression. It’s important early on that who they are as young individuals is recognized to be of value – that they have a unique voice

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in the world. Dance is the body telling a story; acting is the heritage of a long line of orators who have kept traditions and history alive. Communicating concrete stories to a group allows the vulnerability of the human spirit to be cherished.” It’s all testimony to the fact that the arts are not superfluous – contrary to what contemporary politicians and legislators may say. They are an essential and age-old formula for integrating experiences of the mind, body and spirit and sharing those experiences in community. Because Vasari realized that five centuries ago, we’re privy to the otherwise secret lives of some of the world’s greatest artistic geniuses. The eternal link of talent is intrinsic in human nature, and can still bring us together – with a little help from its friends.

Haile Homestead Visitors Center Now Open

by Kevin Awe | Rya of RYAPHOTOS

Known across the region for the famous “Talking Walls” and rich plantation historical experience, the Historic Haile Homestead has recently made some exciting history of its own. After much anticipation, December 4th finally marked the completion and opening date of Phase I of the newly constructed Haile Homestead Visitors Center.

“Only due to the generosity of our many donors, along with a grant from the Alachua County Tourist Development Council, was the visitors center project possible,” said Kirkman. “We are very excited at the completion of Phase I. The new additions will give our guests and volunteers a much deserved improvement for their experience here at the Homestead.”

Opening just in time for holiday festivities at the Homestead, the new visitors center sparked quite an interest, as more than 400 guests arrived to check out the new accommodations and to enjoy the evenings events.

Although the completion and opening of the Phase I projects was successful, the overall project plans have yet to be accomplished. Completion of the display and reception areas, the gift shop and small office, all of which have already began construction, are included in Phase II of the project, along with some additional items around the park. This phase has not yet reached the required funding to finish all that is needed.

“The first event of our Homestead Holidays was a rousing success,” said Historic Homestead Inc. President and Historian, Karen Kirkman. “I loved hearing how so many people were so impressed and amazed that they had lived in Gainesville for so long, and had only now discovered that this treasure was so close to them!” The newly constructed and proudly featured visitors center made the evening even more special and memorable. By offering numerous needed accommodations for guests, as well as providing a number of services useful for the Homestead itself, the new center has already proven itself valuable. Along with a muchneeded new parking lot and park entrance, these additions include brand new bathrooms with heating and air, a gift shop area, volunteer office area, a kitchen prep room and a new reception and display area. The construction of the center represents that of the actual plantation home, complete with a large front porch and an entrance breezeway that leads to the main areas of the center. Positioned perfectly to lead guests towards the actual plantation home, the center serves as an appropriate gateway to start the Homestead experience.

“We estimate another $75,000 will complete Phase II, along with furnishing, landscaping, etcetera” explained Kirkman. “But we are both confident and hopeful that those funding goals will be met soon.” The Historic Haile Homestead is run completely on volunteer work and is a recognized not-forprofit organization. Haile Homestead President and The primary goals Historian, Karen Kirkman behind Historic Homestead Inc. are the support, preservation, interpretation and operation of the Kanapaha Plantation in Gainesville, Florida.

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Haile Homestead Become a Member! KANAPAHA PARTNER: $20 - $99 Kanapaha Partners will receive the Historic Haile Homestead’s quarterly newsletter, recognition on a poster displayed at the Homestead, notice of special events and $1 off tours for the member and guests accompanying the member. CRAFTSMEN’S GUILD: $100 - $249 Members of the Craftsmen’s Guild will receive Kanapaha Partner benefits, and two Gift Certificates for tours at the Homestead. CAMDEN BENEFACTORS SOCIETY: $250 - $499 Members of the Camden Benefactors Society will receive Craftsmen’s Guild benefits, and free tours for the membership year for the member and one guest accompanying the member. BENNET’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: $500 - $999 Members of Bennet’s Circle of Friends will receive Camden Benefactors Society benefits, and up to three guests accompanying the member. HAILE HERITAGE COUNCIL: $1,000 and up Members of the Haile Heritage Council will receive Bennet’s Circle of Friends benefits, and free tours for the membership year for the member and any guests (no limit) accompanying the member.

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One easy and popular way to support the Homestead is to become one of five member levels. Independent donations are also most welcome, including funding a specific item or need that the Homestead has. “We still have plenty of naming opportunities available for those folks who would like to leave a legacy or memorialize someone,” said Kirkman. “We are very blessed to have such a historical treasure right here underneath our noses, and we are so excited to share it with such a great community.” To learn more about the Haile Homestead, the new visitors center, membership or donation details, visit their website,

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Harold Monk III Harold Monk, III tragically died suddenly on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at his home in Haile Plantation. Monk was a native of Gainesville, former Gator Football player, owned and operated Gator Spirits and Fine Wines since 1998, and also became a realtor last year. He leaves behind wife, Harmony and their daughters, Olivia, 10 and Lauren, 8. The Village Journal is proud to support the Harold Monk, III Memorial Fund, a scholarship fund to benefit Monk’s daughters’ education.

To make a tribute gift, visit or send it to the Harold Monk III Memorial Fund c/o the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller, P.A., 101 NW 75th ST, Ste. 1, Gainesville, Florida 32607 38 |

new Haile Plantation

to the neighborhood residents, John and Karin Reger saw a need for locals, who live and work in the community, to save time by picking up a quick meal to go that includes a variety of gourmet salads, sandwiches and wraps. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy KB’s Gourmet Kake Truffles, Jelly Belly candies and ice cream!

The Goody Basket

9127 SW 52nd Ave. • (352) 376-2600

Located in the heart of the Haile Village Center, The Goody Basket is a neighborhood store that features food, sweets and gifts. Longtime Haile

The Goody Basket has an exclusive offering of unique gifts including Tyler Candles, Primatives By Kathy, and Terrapin Ridge Farms Sauces & Dips. All of these gift items can be quickly assembled and wrapped on the spot into custom baskets for any holiday or special occasion throughout the year. You can learn more about The Goody Basket by visiting their website at

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The Key to a Healthy and Happy Dog Chuck Siegel |

Daytime Dogs

Much like humans depend on proper nutrition and regular exercise to promote a healthy body, mind and spirit, the same principals apply to dogs. Whether large or small, young or old, all dogs need both a healthy diet and consistent exercise to make them happy and healthy. A dog which does not get sufficient exercise runs an increased risk of developing health issues such as heart disease, arthritis and obesity amongst other serious health issues. In fact, lack of activity and proper exercise may lead to aggression and destructiveness in your dog. Canines need to work off excess energy through exercise, the lack thereof often times leads to boredom which then can result in destructive behavior. For these reasons and more, almost all dogs need regular daily exercise, preferably outside the confines of their own backyards. Take your canine out for daily walks. These excursions will not only promote physical and mental well being, but they will encourage proper social behavior with other humans and canines alike. Many of the issues we see in the pet care industry are derived from dogs that have never been properly socialized. This often leads to many problems for the dog and their humans throughout their life. By taking these simply steps, you can make a tremendous impact, one that will promote and encourage a wonderful harmonious relationship between your entire family and your dog.

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Begin your walks by starting slowly, particularly with those dogs that have previously not been exposed to regular daily activity outside the home. Aim for two to three walks each day. Soon you will find that your dog is growing in his

or her confidence and ability to properly engage with others, both humans and other animals. Besides the many advantages your pup will derive from these easy and simply steps, you too will benefit by becoming more active through these regular daily canine activities. During this time of year in Florida, there is no better opportunity to get out there and enjoy the great weather with your best friend. These cool and clear days offer you and your dog a perfect time to get outdoors! Your dog will love you for it!

Really, what is a midwife? Shelley Russell, CNM & Julie Rischar, CNM |

Really, what is a midwife? Most people think a midwife simply delivers babies, but midwifery care is so much more than that. Although midwives are probably most well known for how they help women in labor and delivery, they apply the midwifery model of care with women throughout their lifespan. The midwifery model of care encourages a compassionate partnership with the patient. Additionally, a midwife will affirm the normal processes of women’s lifecycle events. The goal of the midwife is to encourage a woman to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make informed healthcare decisions. Midwifery care is one of the oldest medical practices in existence. There are references to midwifery in the Old Testament of the Bible as well as in the recorded history of the Egyptian Pharaohs. In ancient societies, when childbirth was the leading cause of death in women, entire social groups depended on the skill of the midwife for the survival of their clan. Midwives held a place of significant stature and were rewarded both financially and socially for their important work.

All About Women

Although the first midwives concentrated primarily on the processes of childbirth, today’s midwives provide personalized care to women of all ages. Nursemidwives understand the unique physical and emotional needs of women. They understand that the family structure can affect a woman’s individual healthcare needs and they take the time to ask questions and listen. Today’s certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who completed one of the advanced programs accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). Certified nursemidwives are trained and licensed to evaluate healthcare needs of women from puberty onward. Midwives provide preconception counseling, family planning services, preventive gynecological care, as well as screening and treatment for infections. The goal of today’s CNM is to engage the patient in conversation and keep the lines of communication open as a woman moves from one stage of life to another. Whether a patient is deciding on what kind of pain medication is best during labor, or how long to breastfeed a new baby, or how to handle an unexpected gynecological problem, nurse-midwives are here to collaborate on that decision. They are trained to ask questions and guide patients in making the best possible individual, healthcare decision. Nurse-midwives offer safe, personalized healthcare for women of all ages.

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All That

LITTERS It’s glitz. It’s glam. It’s all that glitters. Shining bright, this season is all about sophisticated sequins. Spice up your next night out on the town with a stunning look that is sure to shine.

Photographed by Rya of RYAPHOTOS Styled by Andrea Love-Leonor Hair by Rachel Cole for Turning Heads Salon Makeup by Lisa Ferguson Location: Michalisin Residence, Haile Village Center

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Meet The Joneses Garrett, Audrey and their three children, Ashton (6), Gavin (4) and Lincoln (1) are Haile Plantation residents and the quintessential all-American family. Garrett, a middle school teacher, and Audrey, an artist, enjoy spending time together as a family outdoors, especially camping and playing at the beach.

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Bronze One Shoulder Sequin Dress Dillards, $59 Nina “Evan” Pumps Dillards, $109

On Gavin & Lincoln Khaki 5 Piece Suit, $56 Sperry Top-Siders Stride Rite, $48

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Longsleeve Appliqué Tie Tee The Little Shop, $27

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Sequin Bubble Skirt GapKids, $45

Calvin Klein Tan Sports Coat Men’s Warehouse, $300

Cleo Fringe Statement Earrings, $49

Calvin Klein Tan Slacks Men’s Warehouse, $120

Haley Casual Brown Boots Stride Rite, $53

Vintage Twist Bracelet, Gold, $39 Soiree Pearl Pave Bracelet, Brown, $34 Both:

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From ‘To Do’ to ‘Done’

Taking charge of the ‘To Do’ list. by Helen Kornblum

How many important items have been hanging out on your To Do list for a long, long time? If you can’t cross them off as a lost cause, it’s time to release procrastination’s nasty grip on your life. What a giant leap forward that could be into 2012!

Blame our brains

One theory holds that we can blame our tendency to procrastinate on the power struggle between our older limbic brains and our more recently evolved pre-fontal cortex. The limbic system kept our species alive in its early stages by reacting quickly to overt threats. It helped us make impulsive and intuitive decisions. The slower prefrontal cortex, the seat of reason and reflection, didn’t get much play until our ancestors left the savannahs and had to use their planning skills for communal benefit. We thus share a preference for instant gratification rather than for planning and restraint to accomplish long term goals. To make matters worse, we’re surrounded by a slew of irresistible temptations that are foisted upon us by clever marketers.

Retrain our brains

Eliminating procrastination begins with expectations. Henry Ford reminded us that if you think you can’t do a thing, you’ll be right. Convince yourself that you can do the job or task successfully to bolster your motivation. Start small and build achievable steps, keeping track of your progress. Reward your efforts, 48 |

“Since its first appearance in the English language in the 16th century, procrastination has identified not just any delay but an irrational one—that is, when we voluntarily put off tasks despite believing ourselves to be worse off for doing so. When we procrastinate, we know we are acting against our own best interests.” *The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done by Piers Steel, PhD. Harper Colllins, © 2011.

which will eventually lead to some level of success. Drown out any negative self-talk by seeking out upbeat, confident people. Let their positive energy inspire you. Ask for advice. Focus on what you have to do to get from where you are now to your vision of the future. Acknowledge what can go wrong so you can have Plan B ready without feeling blindsided. Remind yourself that modest gains in an imperfect world are good stepping stones to your goals. Creative people, including those who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD) usually dislike boring, repetitive tasks. They lose focus, resent the rigidity of routines, and yearn for more stimulating activities. Without making tasks too complicated, you can add a playful element or see the task as part of a larger, more meaningful mission. Good self-care – sleep, exercise, diet – affects energy and motivation, too. Add some background music or a work session in a coffee shop to vary the routine.


Anthony B. Agrios, MD Joseph S. Iobst, MD Julie Rischar, ARNP, CNM Shelley Russell, ARNP, CNM

Take Care of You.

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If you can, identify your temptations and then use strategies to resist them. Unplug or hide them. Imagine them as evil influences. Surround yourself with supportive messages or photos for inspiration. Concrete goals, short-term steps, and realistic deadlines written into your planner will help you corral your energy and impulses toward a desired goal. Taking charge of you ‘to do’ list and overcoming procrastination isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort if you want a less pressured, more satisfying life.

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Coaches’ Tips for

Staying Fit

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Mary Wise Head Coach, Volleyball


How do you maintain a steady workout schedule with such a busy coaching career?

I make the workout a part of a daily routine.


What does your routine workout consist of? Do you tailor it when you are traveling on the road? If so, how?

25 – 35 minutes of running per day


For someone who is not able to always make it to the gym, do you have tips for at-home workouts?

I am able to get a work out in much easier by running from home and not having to drive to the gym.


Our busy readers are curious about how to get the best results in the short amount of free time that they have. What exercise(s) do you believe gives the most effective work out in the shortest amount of time?

Our strength coach would tell you body weight workouts are best and all core strengthening is a plus. For that reason, I will do push-ups and sit-ups daily.


Obviously your team exercises and conditions together during the sports season. What is your opinion about the benefits of working out in a group?

There is much to be gained by our team conditioning together, but most important, is that our team trains under the direction of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Matt DeLancey. Each work out is specifically designed for that individual player based on her position and her needs.


Do you have a ‘cheat’ day that you give yourself a break from exercise and strict diet? What does your ‘cheat’ consist of?

I try to run every day knowing there will eventually be a day due to team travel or recruiting where it’s not possible.


Are there any other tips or advice that you’d like to share about staying fit?

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What has worked best for me is to make workouts part of your daily routine – much like eating breakfast.

We know how hard it is to find time for a workout with a busy schedule, so we turned to the experts for advice. University of Florida coaches, Mary Wise, Gregg Troy, Todd Morgan and Jenny Gladding, share their insight about how they make a workout work with a busy lifestyle.

Gregg Troy Head Coach, Swimming You have to be aware when you have a free moment, and take advantage of it to get a workout in. The workout schedule I maintain is not as regular as I would like, but you have to do what you can with a busy schedule. I run three to four days a week and lift weight twice a week. Stadiums are a great workout too. When I’m on the road I usually try to get into gym at the hotel for at least 20 minutes if there is one available, and do some aerobic activity. If you can’t make it to the gym, running or walking is always good for your body. Any sort of aerobic activity that elevates your heart rate to 140, and if you continue that for 20 minutes or longer, you’re doing well for an at-home work out. Think of it as a workout in 20 minute bouts.

Todd Morgan Assistant Coach, Track & Cross Country I try to stick to a set schedule during the workweek, in terms of establishing a common time to workout. On the road, I always try to get it done before anything I need to do with the team. I always get in a 45 to 65-minute run. Then, four to five times a week I will go through a core/push-up routine. A few times week I may alter my run into a harder session within the 45-60 minutes (i.e. - Fartlek, hill repeats, intervals). You can do a tremendous amount of strengthening exercises with just your body weight. One of my favorite books is Never Gymless, by Ross Enamait. It has endless tips for home-based workouts that don’t require gym equipment.

In all honesty, the most effective workout in a short amount of time is walking stadiums. It never gets easy no matter how many times your do it, and it elevates your heart rate quickly. The impact of running can be too much on your body.

Running. I know, I am biased, but seriously, it gives you the most “bang-for-your-buck” in terms of investment versus return.

I think you have the opportunity to do much better in a group. Working out alone can be nice, however, a group helps to motivate you. If you’re having a bad day, the group will help push you to keep going. Choose wisely though, because an unmotivated group can have a negative impact on your motivation.

I think having a partner is a great idea. Let’s face it, some days you don’t want to get out the door and work out. But knowing that someone is counting on you being there can be that extra little needed push.

For all of the exercise that you do, recovery is just as important. If my schedule is simply too busy, instead of stressing out, I write it off as my recovery day. I also listen to my body and if it’s telling me that I’m too tired, I take a day off. Don’t feel guilty if you need that day away.

I don’t run in the rain anymore, that’s my “cheat” day. I hated doing it when I was training as a student-athlete and professional, so now I just stay inside.

Although I don’t do it myself because I’m around it all the time, swimming is possibly one of the best workouts that you can get. It works the entire body at once, and increases flexibility and endurance. It does things that not only help your body, but are really great life skills in the grand scheme of things.

Set fitness goals for yourself, whether they are short term or long term. For me, I plan to run 40-miles a week, even if that makes for a long Sunday. Running a road race or marathon are good long-term goals also.


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Jenny Gladding Assistant Coach, Softball

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It’s hard, but I try to make the most of my time at softball practice. Being a pitcher in college has afforded me the trait to be a great batting practice pitcher for our student-athletes, which is a great daily workout.


A normal routine workout for me is throwing hundreds of pitches each day anywhere from a half-hour to two hours. On the road, the routine stays the same, but may vary in time as we prepare for games.


Even doing something small, like going for a walk or doing some stomach crunches while watching your favorite show on TV can help keep you fit.


I would recommend taking a short class, like Zumba, or something fun that gets your heart rate up and is a full body workout. Workout classes only take little time, are fun, a great workout and will give you the best results in the shortest amount of time.


Working out as a group has many benefits, but the biggest benefit would be having others there to push you. It’s not always easy to push yourself on a daily basis and it’s great to have someone that can be there to make you work a little harder.


My cheat day is usually Monday. We typically play games all weekend, so Monday is our “off day” from practice and softball.


Try to do something small for yourself every day, even if it’s just talking a walk around the block.

Running for a

Cause: We Run for Dale:

by Kendal Norris

Running for Duchenne Research

Based on an original design by British Special Forces, the Tough Mudder is an extremely popular, enormously challenging obstacle-filled race. The 11.5 mile event in Tampa on December 3, 2011 lived up to its grueling standards for Gainesville participants Karyn Austin, Lelia Ginder, Ericka Ryals, Maria Uredeneta, Jodi Bennett and Karen Tumbleson. Their “We Run for Dale” team raised awareness and money for Duchenne, an incurable disease that affects 20,000 male children a year. Lelia and Rick Ginder’s son, Dale (age 9) is one of them.

The Smith Family:

Running for the U.S. Marine Corps

On an unusually cold day in Washington, D.C. on October 30th, the Smith family– Jim, Mary, Megan and James– completed the annual 26.2 mile Marine Corps Marathon in honor of their son and brother, Brian Smith. He’s a USMC First Lieutenant serving in Helmund Province, Afghanistan. Megan said, “Although we had to outfit ourselves with extra layers, we all had a great time running a course that took us past our nation’s most beautiful monuments and along the Potomac River. The crowds lining the route were so supportive and cheered us on consistently.” James finished the race in just under four hours, with Megan close behind at four hours, sixteen minutes. Both parents (in their fifties) ran about a six-hour race. They were all wearing “Team Brian” T-shirts and were awarded their medals at the Iwo Jima Monument by officers of the U.S. Marine Corps. Megan added, “It was a very crowded venue – almost elbow to elbow – with approximately 22,000 entrants completing the race, some of whom were inter-service ‘Wounded Warriors’ in wheelchairs. They were truly inspiring.”

Lelia said, “While we were training for and then running the race, our inspiration was Dale; his excitement and enthusiasm for the effort spurred us on. He’d also seen some You-Tube videos of past races, so he could brag to his schoolmates afterward that his mom did the Tough Mudder.” She added, “What was nice about this event was that it was about camaraderie more than competition, so you saw runners helping each other all along the course.” Many of the obstacles were more of a mind-thing than a physical thing, she noted. For instance: having to jump into chin-deep, ice-filled water and perform difficult balancing tasks. Lelia recalled, “There was lots of mud, too, crisscrossing creeks and sandpits. It was constantly sucking at our shoes. But we couldn’t complain because it was something we knew Dale would never be able to experience, so we did it for him.” Funds raised are being donated to Cure Duchenne and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Just after the marathon, The Smith clan was greeted by their supporters, including Brian’s twin brother, Kevin, and Megan’s husband, Mike, and a congratulatory email from Brian who hoped his family had enjoyed the experience. Megan said, “It made it seem like he was there with us all along.” Brian is due to return to the States in January 2012.

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Running for a Cause

Mariah Spengler: Running for Leukemia Lymphoma Society

Mariah Spengler’s recent participation in the October 16, 2011 Nike Women’s Half Marathon race in San Francisco was all she’d hoped for and more. Her $3,200 pledge to Leukemia Lymphoma Society was actually topped by several hundred dollars and Mariah, coming off of a debilitating injury, placed 3,819 out of 16,444. “Given the difficulty of the course with all of those straight-up hills, I was quite pleased with my timing and the results,” she said. “The weather was perfect and the support from other Team in Training members was phenomenal.” The race course took Mariah past San Francisco Bay, Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Park, and included views of the Golden Gate Bridge and historic Alcatraz. Mariah was one of three Gainesville runners at the event and commented, “The atmosphere was so supportive and friendly – full of camaraderie. We all enjoyed the Inspiration Dinner the night before and the celebratory dinner the day after. The North Florida Team in Training team altogether raised $108,000 and the event itself brought in $12 million for Leukemia Lymphoma research.” At the finish line, Mariah and her co-runners were greeted by San Francisco firefighters dressed in tuxedos and running shoes who presented them with a Nike Women’s custom charm made by Tiffany & Co. Now that’s some California cool!

Team Maxeteers: Running for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy The Gainesville Maxeteers team is participating in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on behalf of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy on January 7th, 2012 in Orlando. Veteran runner Dee Ann Gravenstein’s son, Max, has Duchennes and is the inspiration for raising research money to cure his disease. Dee Ann noted, “Our team has gained two new members: Cindy Eisenchenk and her daughter, Lauren, who’ll join Pat Williams, Maureen Proctor, my daughter, Katarina, and myself in Orlando.” Dee Ann is happy to report that she and Katarina have raised $5,200 – exceeding by far their initial pledge of $1,200. Each 54 |

team member continues to train at her own pace. Pat completed a marathon over Thanksgiving weekend and Katarina is playing basketball at school as part of her training. Dee Ann said, “Walt Disney World is a great venue for running. They have characters from the Magic Kingdom around to help out. The race starts on the interstate, enters the Magic Kingdom, then goes back to the interstate and ends up at Epcot, where medals are awarded to race finishers. We get a chance to meet a lot of wonderful

people and it’s really invigorating.” Son, Max, has also been in the awards arena of late when he won the eighth grade category for his project at the Science Fair. “He’ll be advancing to the regional fair and hopefully to the state level,” Dee Ann stated. “It’s very exciting!”

Safeguarding Your Home by Deputy Leo Lowe, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

Most people who live in a gated neighborhood or in an affluent community do not believe their homes are susceptible to burglary; however, these homes are just as prone to burglaries as any other residence. Burglars do not discriminate between types of homes or locations. They tend to pursue homes that present an opportunity. Some opportunities include an open window or door, ladders left out, tools left unsecured, improperly installed locks, no alarm system or a “hidden� key. Other attractive signs that burglars notice are newspapers collecting in the box, garbage not going out on trash day, tall hedges and privacy fences that allow burglars to approach unobserved, no lighting, etc. Making your home appear less appealing to criminals and removing the opportunities for them to enter easily can drastically reduce the chances of your home becoming victim to crime. Here are a few tips for keeping your home and family safe:

Improve Natural Surveillance

Trim the hedges surrounding your home to 3 feet or less and trim the tree limbs up to 6 feet or higher. This will eliminate possible ambush and surveillance locations. Secure, anchor or remove anything that could be used to break a window or access the second story. If you are considering fencing, chose one that allows for natural surveillance, such as picket or wrought iron fencing.

Install Security Alarms

Alarms have come a long way in the last fifteen years. The technologies have improved so that false alarms hardly ever occur. There are now convenient alarm remotes that allow you to disarm without having to use the control panel to disarm it. The integrated smoke and carbon monoxide sensors protect your family, animals and home, even when you are not there. The audible modes and parental codes can even help monitor family members if they should wander, or perhaps even sneak in or out. Alarm stickers can prevent a crime from occurring by deterring the robber and should be placed on every door and window as an added deterrent. The alert from an alarm increases the chances of Law Enforcement catching the criminal and the audible alarm helps scare the criminal from further intruding into your home.

Check All Locks

Locks should be checked on every door. Make sure deadbolts can lock completely and screws and hardware are tightened. If you can see the deadbolt when the door is closed, consider adding hardware that will cover the door gap. As for windows, consider using auxiliary locks. These locks prevent the window from being easily opened and lifted out of its track. Sliding glass doors also need an auxiliary lock, called a Charlie bar, that can prevent the door from being opened.

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Keep Records of Belongings

Always make sure you have a list of the make, model, color and serial numbers for all of your belongings. Take digital photos of every belonging and engrave your driver’s license number into those items that do not have serial numbers. This will make it easier to track down items that might be taken.

Prevent Crime

Signage can solve many of these problems before they occur. Consider having “No Trespassing” signs and “No Soliciting” signs placed at the entrances to your properties. If you live in a subdivision, ask that the association put “No Soliciting” signs at the entrance.

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Start a Neighborhood Crime Watch or attend the meetings if you already have one. Neighborhood Watch helps your neighbors, Law Enforcement and yourself better communicate, as communication is key to safeguarding your neighborhood and your home. Report all suspicious incidents, people, vehicles or behavior to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office by calling the non-emergency number, (352) 955-1818. Report all emergencies to 911. To schedule a free home security survey or to start a Neighborhood Crime Watch, please call the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at (352) 374-1800 or (352)367-4043.

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Heritage Green | SW 86th Terrace

Haile Village Center | SW 91st Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1983 1185

Sold Price

3/2 $106,000

1999 1623

Sold Price

3/2 $160,188

Founders Hill | SW 46th Road

Hickory Walk | SW 52nd Road

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1983 1376

Sold Price

2/2 $119,500

1993 1750

Sold Price

3/2 $192,000

Founders Hill | SW 84th Drive

Carlton Court | SW 31st Lane

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1986 983

Sold Price

2/2 $116,000

2003 1934

Sold Price

3/2 $212,500

Founders Hill | SW 46th Lane

Grahams Mill | SW 91st Road

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1987 1224

Sold Price

2/2 $135,000

Laural Park | SW 52nd Place Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1985 1584

1988 1869

Sold Price

3/2 $224,900

Haile Market Square | SW 25th Road Sold Price

3/2 $140,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2011 2076

Sold Price

3/2 $239,900

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Lexington Farms | SW 55th Road Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1989 2053

Sold Price

4/2 $235,000

Matheson Woods | SW 41st Road Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1993 2160

Sold Price

4/2 $242,000

Grahams Mill | SW 97th Terrace Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1991 2201

Sold Price

4/2 $269,000

Sable Pointe | SW 33rd Lane Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2001 2434

Sold Price

4/3 $295,000

Bedford Square | SW 27th Road Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2004 2706

Sold Price

5/3 $330,000

The Preserve | SW 45th Blvd Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1993 2532

Sold Price

4/3 $363,248

Kestral Point | SW 48th Place Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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2004 2661

Sold Price

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India Station | SW 46th Place Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1995 2904

Sold Price

4/3 $450,000

Preston Wood | SW 92nd Street Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2004 3404

Sold Price

5/4 $495,000

Branton Court | SW 85th Terrace Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2007 4010

Sold Price

4/3 $485,000

Cameron Park | SW 92nd Street Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2001 6350

Sold Price

5/5 $1,100,000

Single-family and attached homes sold in Haile Plantation October 1st through December 15th. Provided by Coleen DeGroff of Seide Realty.

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THE POWER TO SAVE Understanding tax deductions Cut costs. Cut back. Save more. Spend less. There are many individuals providing advice on ways to hold on to your money longer. However, it is difficult to do so when your costs continue to increase and your income stays the same. And while some organizations have the luxury of passing costs on to the ultimate consumer, you have nowhere to turn. There is hope though. Tax breaks. If you are eligible, these cost-saving tools are a great way to put the power of saving back into your hands. How is this possible? Along with all the other cost saving tools available, the IRS provides several tax breaks that will help keep money in your pocket this upcoming year and beyond. With a little bit of research and good record keeping on your end, you may find these tax saving tools to be a huge value for your family. DEDUCTIONS, DEDUCTIONS, DEDUCTIONS There are many deductions available, but not many people know where to find them or how they work. Tax deductions are just as they sound. They “deduct,” or decrease, the amount of taxable income you earn, thus reducing the amount of taxes you may have to pay the government.

Claiming Energy-Related Tax Credits Visit to download the following forms: 1) Your normal tax form for 2011 2) Renewable and efficiency credits: require IRS Form 5695 3) Alternative motor vehicle credits: IRS Form 8910 4) Qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles: IRS Form 8936

Home equity debt interest deduction. The first place to look is within your home, but not in between your couch cushions. If you’ve done any improvements using a home equity loan or a line of credit, then you might qualify for some deductions.

by Erin Spiwak, CPA

The interest on home equity debt used for those improvements (limited to $100,000 in debt) or any other qualifying purpose could result in some great tax savings. Home sale gain exclusion. If you’ve sold your primary residence you can exclude up to $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers) of gain if you meet certain guidelines. If you had any losses on that sale you won’t be able to deduct them. If you have a second home, consider converting it to a rental property versus putting it up for sale. It would be considered a business asset, which means you may be able to defer tax on any revenue if it’s done through an installment sale or a Section 1031 (“like-kind”) exchange. Rental income exclusion. If you have a vacation home (second home) or rent out all or a portion of your primary residence for less than 15 days, you don’t have to report the income. But expenses related to the rental may not all be deductible. Energy-related breaks. There are a wide variety of breaks available for energy-efficient families. Geothermal heat pumps, solar energy systems, or wind energy systems are just some of the products that qualify for tax credits through 2016. These tax credits can only be claimed once and are limited to the year you purchased the product. You should save your receipts and Manufacturer Certification Certificate for your products. Visit to learn about product specific incentives, as well as Gainesville Regional Utility’s website, which lists several ways to help you save on your taxes.

SAVINGS: THEY’RE ALL IN THE FAMILY Child Credits. Parents, you’re probably used to your children only costing you money. However, with tax child tax credits, now you can actually ‘make’ money. For each child under the age of 17, you may be eligible to claim a $1,000 credit at the end of the year. What about child care expenses? There’s a credit for that, too. If you have children under the age of 13 or other qualifying dependents, you may be eligible for a credit for a portion of your child care expenses. These qualifying expenses are limited to $3,000 for one child and $6,000 for two or more. Another way to save is through a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). You can allocate up to $5,000 pretax to an employer-sponsored child and dependent care FSA account. Saving for the future. Consider setting up an IRA now for your teenager who is working. Since your teen is young, his or her account would have many years to grow tax-deferred or tax-free. Another way you can help your children save is by hiring them. This doesn’t mean sweeping the house or raking the leaves. If you own your business, you can deduct their pay and possibly secure other tax benefits for legitimate work. They will pay zero federal income tax if they earn a maximum of $5,800. Education credits and deductions. Parents with children currently enrolled in college have several credits available. The American Opportunity credit is a tax break that covers 100% of the first $2,000 of tuition and related expenses and 25% of the next $2,000. You can receive a maximum credit of $2,500 for the first four years of college. If you’re finding that you need to pay for college tuition beyond the first four years, consider the Lifetime Learning credit. This allows you to apply for a credit up to $2,000 per tax return. For parents who don’t qualify for a certain credit because your income is too high, you may be eligible to deduct up to $4,000 of qualified higher education tuition fees. However, this deduction is limited to $2,000 for families

with incomes exceeding certain limits and is unavailable to families with higher income. Families paying off student loans may be able to deduct up to $2,500 of interest per tax return with the Student Loan Interest Deduction. Keep in mind that all of these cost saving tools will only be good if you use them. It will require some work and good record keeping. Meet with your tax advisor to find out which of these tax benefits can help you save in 2012 and for years to come.

A Note about Alternative Minimum Tax The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is the first step when planning for deductions. Simply stated, AMT is a separate tax system that limits some deductions while failing to permit others. The purpose of AMT is to ensure anyone who benefits from these tax savings will pay at least a minimum amount in taxes. It also limits higher income taxpayers from using deductions as a way to escape paying income taxes.

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Super Foods by Jennifer Denault, American Heart Association

We all know that exercise is important, but eating a heart healthy diet could be the single most important thing you do for yourself and your loved one. When it comes down to it, nothing matters more than taking good care of your heart. Focusing on a heart healthy diet will lower all other disease risk factors as well. Lowering your chances of heart disease also lowers your chance of developing cancer and TypeII diabetes. In celebration of Heart Month in February, try adding these five “super-foods” to your diet to boost nutrition and maintain healthier heart. Blueberries Blueberries always top the list as one of the most powerful disease-fighting foods. They contain the antioxidant anthocyanins, responsible for their dark blue color. These readily available and tasty fruits are also packed with fiber and vitamin C. Be sure to stock up when the blueberry farms are open and boost your heart health by adding them into your diet regularly. Salmon The Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon are also an important component when fighting heart disease. The American Heart Association advises eating salmon and other omega-3 rich foods twice a week for benefits that go beyond heart health. It is a great fish to enjoy in sushi as well as cooked in a variety of ways. Look to your favorite fresh seafood store for more recipes and way to include this item into your diet on a regular basis. Soy Protein This is usually an inexpensive, high-quality protein that contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This powerful protein can also lower triglycerides, which will also help prevent cardiovascular. Foods containing soy protein are soy nuts, edamame and tofu.

Oatmeal Oatmeal is found in most of our pantries and is not just for making cookies. Oats are nourishing whole grains and a great source of vitamins, minerals, and cholesterol-lowering fiber. Research shows oats lower cholesterol levels and may help prevent certain cancers. Spinach Spinach is without a doubt a powerhouse in the vegetable kingdom. This leafy vegetable, with its rich, dark color, contains a high concentration of vitamins, and minerals that protect against heart disease, and preserve your eyesight. By eating healthier and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you are reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. During your next trip to the grocery store, look for foods displaying the American Heart Association’s heart-check mark. These foods have been certified to meet the American Heart Association’s guidelines for heart-healthy foods. To learn more about heart health, please visit

American Heart Association

Heart Ball

Saturday, February 11th from 6:30 – 11:00 pm Hilton UF Conference Center The event, sponsored by UF & Shands, will celebrate the AHA’s work, mission, donors, volunteers and lives saved.

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Weekend Getaway:

Family Fun in Miami by Dante Lima

Venetian Pool

Miami is the go-to symbol for Florida fun. The problem is, most of the time that fun is depicted as “adult” fun. We see the sun-tanned bodies on the beaches, the flashy nightclubs, high-end dining. We see the alcohol and the partying that aren’t exactly family friendly unless your family’s last name happens to be Kardashian. But there is another side of Miami that many of us do not think about. There’s the side that brings thousands of families to Miami every year for the fun attractions and sunshine. Now that the Gainesville Regional Airport is offering affordable non-stop flights to Miami International Airport, it makes Miami a great option for a weekend getaway the whole family can enjoy.

Hotels We recommend that you stay at one of a few child-friendly hotels. The first is the Wyndham Miami Beach Resort, where kids stay free. At the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, kids also stay free and are offered a complimentary gift, access to a game and video library and have the opportunity to participate in supervised activities. At the Ocean Point Beach Resort & Spa there are kayaks and paddleboats available for rent.

Activities Kids love pools. And while chances are great the hotel you’ll be staying at has a pool, there’s a small chance it looks or feels anything like the Venetian Pool in the city of Coral Gables. Coral Gables, a small city located within the heart of Miami, is home to the University of Miami, the historic Biltmore hotel and the famous Venetian Pool. It’s one of the few places where old Miami flourishes and rich European style architecture gives you the sense that you’ve gone back in time. The pool was built in 1923 out of a coral rock quarry and is fed from an underground aquifer. Its 820,000 gallons are drained and refilled daily to ensure that the water is as pure as possible. There are two lookout towers that give a great view of Coral Gables, two waterfalls, cavelike grottos and a bridge. It’s a one of a kind experience that’s open to the public daily. For rates and requirements please visit If your children are still up for some aquatic themed activities, your next stop could be at the Miami Seaquarium. The Miami Seaquarium is famous in South Florida for being the long time home of Flipper the bottlenose dolphin.

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Miami Seaquarium

Biltmore Hotel

While your kids these days may be a bit too young to remember Flipper on TV, they will no doubt be delighted by the show which features Flipper performing flips, spins, tail walks and jumps all narrated and choreographed to music. You even have the opportunity to swim with dolphins through the Seaquarium’s dolphin interaction programs. Guests can have a handson, educational experience with the majestic animals. First, you’ll learn about the mammals in a classroom and then put on a wet suit for the real thing. You’ll get a chance to hug, kiss a dolphin up close and even take a ride across the pool. There are also dolphin and killer whale shows, sea lion shows and a stingray and crocodile exhibit. For the little ones curious to see the array of wildlife the Miami Seaquarium has to offer, the Tropical Reef Presentation is a 750,000 gallon aquarium teeming with colorful reef fishes of all sizes. Kids can watch as a diver hand feeds the fish. There are daily rates and group rates available for parties of 15 or more and the park is open 7 days a week. For more information on rates, shows and attractions visit The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, also located in Coral Gables, is a beautiful twohour walk through some of the most lush, tropical scenery you’ll find in Florida. It’s the perfect place to take a short stroll with the family, admire some of the breathtaking floral landscape, chase some butterflies and have a picnic lunch. There are tram tours in case it gets too hot and there’s also a butterfly tour. Art exhibits are featured in the gardens depending on the time of the year at Fairchild, so keep that in mind if you’re planning a visit during your trip. This attraction certainly isn’t an all day outing, so it can easily fit in amongst your other plans. Lastly, the Miami Children’s Museum offers an educational, interactive and mind nurturing experience for all. The Miami Children’s Museum is encourages visitors of all ages to play, learn, imagine and create. The World Music Studio allows kids to play with instruments and sounds from across the globe and visit a recording studio. There’s a mock Port of Miami, which gives guests the chance to see what goes on at a real port from importing and exporting items to opening a gantry crane. Kids can climb through a two-story sand castle and feel sands taken from all over the globe, learn how about veterinary medicine and how to care for their pets, learn good nutrition and

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Weekend Getaway healthy hygiene, navigate a cruise ship and learn about the Everglades all at the Miami Children’s Museum. It’s an educational alternative to the beach and especially handy if the weather turns sour. A museum might seem like a hard sell, but hop on the Miami Children’s Museum website for a virtual tour. Once children see that a museum can be more than just art on a wall, booking a visit should be much easier. For information on traveling exhibits and rates visit www.

Restaurants Dave & Buster’s is a can’t-miss choice for family fun. The restaurant chain is famous nationwide for its eat & play promotions. One part of the restaurant is exactly that, a restaurant. Dave & Buster’s serves a wide array of American favorites that your kids are sure to love. The other part of the restaurant is a video arcade. After (or before) you’re done eating, you and the kids can take your play cards and take your pick of the hundreds of games available, from air hockey to racing games. It’s food and nightly entertainment all in one place.

Swensen’s in Coral Gables is a full on Americanstyle diner with burgers, fries and all the classics, but your kids will love the ice cream menu. That’s right, Swensen’s features an entire menu dedicated to ice cream sundaes. Choose from Caramel Turtle Fudge, Very Berry Shortcake, Hot Apple A La Mode, Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie and dozens more. They also serve classic diner-style milkshakes and malts and even smoothies. Put the cherry on top of a long, sun-soaked day with an ice cream sundae at Swensen’s. Miami is as diverse a city as we have in Florida and there’s still much more to explore on your own. We encourage you to find the Miami attractions that play into your family’s interests and plan for as much variety as possible. When in doubt, ask locals for tips on where they spend time with their families. Reviews and guides are helpful, but sometimes the best advice comes from the people who know the town best. Happy travels!

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The Village Journal is always happy to help you spread the word about your community club or event. Please submit a description, including the date, time and location on our website Submission does not guarantee publication.

ongoing activities Haile Village Farmers’ Market Every Saturday, rain or shine Haile Village Center - SW 91st Terrace 8:30 am – 12:00 pm The Market features local farm direct produce, freshly baked goods from local bakeries, honey, flowers, plants for your garden and more. Enjoy the small village atmosphere and celebrate the bounty of our community.

Haile Plantation Community Butterfly Garden This serene garden is located behind the 7th green of the Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club, between Chickasaw Way and Middleton Green on SW 104th Terrace. The care of the butterfly garden is done by volunteers. For volunter information, contact Bonnie Edie at or 352-275-7722 or Barbara Collett at 352-335-9948.

Historic Haile Homestead Tours Historic Haile Homestead is open to the public for tours on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and on Sundays from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Trained docents will guide you through the Homestead and its history. Each tour lasts between 45 minutes to one hour. Tours are $5 per person, children under 12 are free. Special arrangements may be made by calling (352) 336-9096.

Bridge Club Meets every Monday at the Meeting Hall at 1:00 pm. For more information call Paula Pearson 337-9119 or Marg Crago 336-1055.

Yoga Yoga classes are held at Plantation Hall by Joyce Orr every Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:30 pm and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:30 am. For more information, please call 262-4331.

River Cross Church People who love life and want to get the most out of it. Their main service meets at Plantation Hall in the Haile Village Center on Sunday mornings. The service is casual in dress, upbeat in music, and relevant in message. Please visit for more information.

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DramaKids DramaKids is a great way for your child to develop confidence and express themselves in a fun environment. Classes are held at Plantation Hall and for information, please call 225-3377.

events Gainesville Wedding Expo Sunday, January 15th, 12 – 5 pm Phillips Center for Performing Arts The best local vendors, photographers and event planners are available at your fingertips for easy wedding planning.

UF Performing Arts Annual Gala: A Midwinter Night’s Dream Saturday, January 28th, 6 – 11 pm Phillips Center for Performing Arts Attend an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet buffet dinner, beverage ice luges, a unique silent auction, dancing and more as the UF Performing Arts celebrates its Platinum 20th Anniversary!

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire January 29-30 & February 5-6, 10 am – 6 pm Alachua County Fairgrounds Watch as royal knights joust, and jugglers and magicians perform. Medieval artisans and craftsman will be selling and demonstrating items in the marketplace.

Tioga Town Center Movie Nights Friday, February 10th, 7 pm Tioga Town Center Bring the whole family for a movie in the park and enjoy a homemade picnic! Snacks available for sale. Visit for more information.

Dudley Farm Plow Days February 3rd – February 4th, 10 am-2 pm Dudley Farm Historic State Park View farming as it was a century ago as draft horses and mule teams plow the Dudley Farm crop fields.

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ACEL Kickball Tournament

The Beauty & Body Expo

Saturday, February 4th, 10 am Diamond Sports Park

Saturday, February 11th, 10 am – 5 pm Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall

This year’s ACEL (Alachua County Emerging Leaders) kickball tournament will feature music, door prizes and most importantly, help raise money for charities. Register a team at

Discover the best local providers, products and latest trends. There will be classes all day, including Gainesville’s largest Zumba class!

Car Show and Music Festival

Will Muschamp Scramble for Kids Golf Tournament

Sunday, February 10th, 11 am Haile Village Center

Friday, February 17th – Saturday, February 18th Mark Bostick Golf Course at The University of Florida

The Hot Rodding for Heroes Classic Auto Tour and Show will benefit the Fisher House Foundation, a program that supports America’s military by providing shelter and support during a medical crisis.

This two-day event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, Children’s Home Society of Florida and the Girls Club of Alachua County.

American Heart Association Heart Ball

A Celebration of Wine 2012

Saturday, February 11th, 6:30 – 11 pm Hilton UF Conference Center

Sunday, February 19th, 1 pm Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, University of Florida

The event, sponsored by UF & Shands and benefitting the American Heart Association, will celebrate the AHA’s work, mission, donors, volunteers and lives saved. For more information, visit GainesvilleFLHeartBall.


This 23rd annual wine tasting and auction will support University of Florida radio station 89.1 WUFT-FM. There will be 300 wines for tasting, culinary treats and a live and silent auction. For more information, call (352) 392-5551


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Unwanted guests in your house can be a hassle, but unwanted guests in your yard can be a nightmare. Don’t let armadillos, hogs and moles ruin your beautiful landscape. Call us to put control back in your hands. Nuisance Animal trapping Critter Prevention and exclusion residential & Commercial Lawn Maintenance and Landscaping installation of Mulch, sod and Plants

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A Night at the Museum

Tioga Town Center Movie Nights

Friday, February 24th, 7 – 11 pm Florida Museum of Natural History

Friday, March 9th, 7 pm Tioga Town Center

A Night at the Museum raises funds for a permanent Discovery Room at the museum. Event features a formal diner and entertainment.

Bring the whole family for a movie in the park and enjoy a homemade picnic! Snacks available for sale. Visit for more information.

Winter Fine Arts Fair

Antique Tractor and Car Day

Friday, February 24th – Sunday, February 26th Tioga Town Center

Saturday, March 10th, 9 am – 2 pm Dudley Farm Historic State Park

The invitational 5th Annual Winter Fine Arts Fair will feature 120 artists and fine craftsmen. Music, food and children’s activities are available.

Members of the North Florida Antique Tractor Club and the Antique Automobile Club of America will hold demonstrations and a car showcase.

Mardi Gras

Junior League Tour of Kitchens

Saturday, February 25th, 5pm Haile Village Center

Saturday, March 10th, 10 am – 4 pm

Visit for information.

This is a self-guided tour of Gainesville’s most beautiful residential kitchens and spaces. Tickets are $30 per person, with all proceeds going to programs and partnerships in the community that serve the needs of women and children.

Run for Haven 2012 Saturday, March 17th, 2 pm Tioga Town Center

An organized family has less stress, more time, and more fun! “…what an impact your work with me has had on how I approach my life. The peace and clarity I feel comes from the logic inherent in how the space in my house is used. It is so much easier to clean up; find things; set priorities. Truly it has made a world of difference.” L.N., Gainesville

You can learn organizing strategies for your family, home, and office.

Join hundreds on St. Patrick’s Day for a 5k and 10k run, benefitting Haven Hospice. Registration fees include post-run party with live music, food, drinks, expo booths, award ceremonies and more!

Pilobolus Dance Theatre Sunday, March 18th, 2 – 4 pm Phillips Center for the Performing Arts The Pilobolus Dance Theatre has performed for the Academy Awards and the NFL Network. Its creative, gravity-defying choreography leaves viewers enthralled.

Relay for Life- UF Friday, March 23rd – Saturday, March 24th, 6 – 12 pm Stephen C. O’Connell Center Join teams to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember love ones lost and fight back against the disease.

Spring Star Gazing Saturday, March 24th, 8 – 10 pm Dudley Farm Historic State Park Helen Kornblum, MA


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Alachua Astronomy Club presents “The Spring Sky”. Discover asteroids, constellations, comets, galaxies, meteorites, planets, satellites and stars through telescopes guided by club members.

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Spring Garden Festival Saturday, March 24th – Sunday, March 25th, 9 – 5 pm Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Kanapaha’s largest fundraiser of the year will feature 200 booths, arts and crafts, educational exhibits, a walkthrough butterfly conservatory, live and silent auctions, live entertainment and more.

Puttin’ on the Ritz: 25th Anniversary Sunday, March 25th, 6 – 10:30 pm Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe This annual fundraiser benefits the Children’s Home Society of Florida. There will be food, live music and a silent auction.


Getting Started: • Alachua County Visitors Bureau: 352-374-5231 • Gainesville Chamber of Commerce: 352-334-7100 • Driver’s License Bureau: 352-955-2111 • Gainesville Regional Utilities: 352-334-3434 • Vehicle Registration: 352-374-5236 • Voter Registration: 352-374-5252 • Alachua County Public Schools: 352-995-7300

Tioga Town Center Spring Concert Series Friday, March 30th, 7 pm Tioga Town Center Gather your friends and family and enjoy a free outdoor performance in Tioga’s town square. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase.

ViVA! 2012 Saturday, April 14th, 5:30 pm Rembert Farm, Alachua 100% of the proceeds from this event go to Haven Hospice. Festivities include live music, delicious food and live and silent auctions.

Haile Jazz/Music Festival Saturday, April 28th, 12 - 5 pm Haile Village Center Visit for information.

important numbers Emergencies: • Emergency: 911 • Gainesville Police: 352-334-2400 • Gainesville Fire Rescue: 352-334-5078 • Alachua County Sheriff’s Office: 352-367-4000 • Animal Services & Animal Control: 352-264-6870 • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222 Haile Community: • Haile Community Management: 352-335-7848 • Plantation Hall: 352-371-1600 • Haile Community News Submission: 352-331-5560

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Rya of Rya Photos

October 21, 2011

Noche de Gala

Footstone Photography

October 22, 2011

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from the kitchen:

Dean shares Cacciatore a secret family recipe!

For me, there is no comfort food like lasagna. It is the perfect dish for any time of the year and every special occasion. I remember my grandmother telling me stories of how this dish was created. She told me that in the Marches, the true pasta capital of Italy, they used to make the pasta with only the egg yolks and only a portion of semolina was added to the flour. She felt that this was a much better way to make the pasta sheets as it held its shape perfectly during cooking and comes out firm with a beautiful deep yellow color. This is how she made her pasta, but over the years, we Americanized the pasta with mass production. Please enjoy this recipe, as it is a true Italian classic.



Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons for the lasagna 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups whole milk at room temperature Pinch freshly grated nutmeg 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce, (gravy) Salt and white pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound ground chuck beef Salt and pepper 1 1/2 pounds ricotta cheese 3 large eggs 1 pound lasagna sheets, cooked al dente 3 cups shredded mozzarella 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1/2 ounce of fresh basil

Bechamel sauce: In a 2-quart pot, melt 5 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. When butter has completely melted, add the flour and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly to prevent any lumps from forming. Continue to simmer and whisk over medium heat until the sauce is thick, smooth and creamy, about 10 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of wooden spoon. Remove from heat and add the nutmeg and tomato sauce. Stir until well combined and check for seasoning. Set aside and allow to cool completely. The next step is optional if you do not want to include beef, you can substitute pork, turkey, or even vegetables that are in season (fresh spinach always works well). In a saute pan, heat extra-virgin olive oil. When almost smoking, add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Brown meat, breaking any large lumps, until it is no longer pink. Remove from heat and drain any excess fat. Set aside and allow to cool completely.

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