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The Village Journal

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contents The Village Journal

Vol. 8 Issue 3 | Summer 2012

community 18

Spotlight on Neighbors: Gregg & Kathleen Troy


One Man’s Wild Passion for Conservation: Single Vision Endangered Species Facility

lifestyle 32

Sizzling Summer Reads


Seaside Style

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health & fitness 43

Organizing Your Disorganized Student


The Hot Questions About Sun Safety

home 50

Fun Finds Under $50


Indestructible House Plants

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contents The Village Journal

money 58 Your Money. Your Choice. Defining Banks & Credit Unions



60 Hogtown HomeGrown:

a Newsletter, a Mission, a Way of Life


64 Super Simple: Marinades

travel 66 Great Outdoor Adventures! 70 Destination:

St. Augustine, FL


in every issue 10 Editor’s Note 12 Contributors 14 The Haile Village Center Directory 16 Publix Market Square Directory 54 Market Watch 56 Real Estate Map 71 Calendar of Events 76 Snapshots 81 Register of Advertisers 82 From the Kitchen: Dean Cacciatore

on the cover

Cole Crum photographed in St. Augustine by RYAPHOTOS wearing a swimsuit from Baby Gap, a Tea Collection surf tee from The Little Shop and RayBan sunglasses.

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When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get a custom dental plan, a massage chair to relax in

… and Cynthia. 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. People like Dr. Cynthia Brush and her staff at Tioga Dental, who take the extra time to listen to what your dental needs are, 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.

SW 128th Street & W. Newberry Rd. Tioga, Florida 32669


T h e V i l l a g e J o u r nal

editor’s note Having lived in southern California, eastern Pennsylvania, central and the coast of Florida growing up, I was never far from the ocean. Not only did I learn a thing or two about adapting to new places, I grew to love summertime spent water-side. Days spent in the waves, enjoying games of volleyball and bacce ball, and of course, the mandatory stop for an ice cream cone on the way home. Although I am admittedly not a fan of the gritty sand and sticky saltwater, I do love the beach—the soothing sound of the waves, the warm sunshine on my skin and the notion that complete relaxation is encouraged, if not almost required. For this issue— finding inspiration in the beach and all it implies—we set out to the beautiful waters of St. Augustine with the Crum family to showcase the chic and casual styles of summer spent seaside (p.36). It was a tough job, but someone had to do it! Check out a few behind-the-scenes photos below and be sure to visit our Facebook page to see more. Enjoy!

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When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get the Mac, PC, iPad or iPod you always wanted

...and Jim. 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 Jim Dufek and his staff at GatorTec, who will provide a large selection of digital products, tech advice and repairs, 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.

SW 128th Street & W. Newberry Rd. Tioga, Florida 32669


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contributors Carla Action has been an Assistant Manager at Garden Gate Nursery for 20 years. She is in charge of the indoor houseplant greenhouse and is knowledgeable in landscape gardening, butterfly and hummingbird gardening and vegetable gardening. Garden Gate Nursery is known as “Gainesville’s Hometown Nursery” and has been a part of the community for 42 years. 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. 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. Melanie Shore, APR, is a Senior Vice President and Private Banker at M&S Bank. She has been a local banker in the community for over 25 years, and is also active as a civic leader and community volunteer. She serves on over a dozen philanthropic boards and has received numerous awards for her community service, including the Rotary Service Above Self Award and is a Santa Fe College Woman of Distinction. She is married to Ray Schackow, a partner in the Darr-Schackow Insurance Agency, and they have one daughter. James A. Woodward is the President of SunState Federal Credit Union. He has over 34 years of experience in the financial industry, working for a finance company, a national bank, and for the past 32 years, with two different federal credit unions. He is a Certified Operations Executive with the Credit Union Executives Society and is the former North Central Florida Chapter President for The Florida Credit Union League. Jim has been married to Carole Woodward for 34 years and they have two grown sons and one granddaughter. 12 |

Publisher: Ryan Frankel Editor: Channing Casey Account Executive: Susan Cupp Account Coordinator: Nicole Batoon Art Director: Kevin James Graphic Design: Anibal Rodriguez Public Relations: Linda Michalisin Contributing Writers: Angela Gonzalez Dante Lima Kylie McKlveen C. Nooriel Nolan Photography: Art of Affection Photography Dawn McKinstry Photography Kaitlyn Kessler Justin Duncklee Photography Rya of RYAPHOTOS

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When you visit Tioga Town Center, you’ll get your favorite table, extra anchovies

… and Frank. 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. People like Frank Ruffino and his staff at Blue Highway, a pizzeria, who take the time to save your favorite table and remember you actually love extra anchovies on your pizza, 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.

SW 128th Street & W. Newberry Rd. Tioga, Florida 32669


The Haile Village Center


architecture Jennifer Langford, AIA, CNU, PA . . . . . . . . . . 371-7187


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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

692-0701 378-0721 240-6228 379-0281 378-8776 376-1332 376-2600

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

event services Cacciatore Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-0701 Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club . . . . 353-7012

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Olive You Eat Well . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-0281 Plantation Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1600

Adams LaRocca Employee Benefit Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7531 American Optimal Advisors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-5632 Entrust Freedom IRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7833 Halloway Financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-8177 SunTrust Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-6868 Tillman Hartley, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-9015

fitness Sweat Life Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-4926

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

haile community Plantation Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1600 River Cross Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-9793 Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club . . . . 353-7012

health & beauty Haile Barber Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2005 Haile Village Body Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372-6550 Hang Ten Nail Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-5545 Ideal Weight Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327-4120 Salon PhD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-1011 Serendipity Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-9088 Skin Therapy by Connie (Pg 53) . . . . . . . . . 226-0793 Vintage Glamour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-8811

home improvements The Sustainable Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . 339-3899

jewelry Sander’s Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-6100 The Village Jeweler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338-0015 Abazias Diamonds, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264-9940

legal C. David Coffey, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-8442 Fisher, Butts, Sechrest, Warner & Palmer, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-5922 Law Offices of Steven Kalishman . . . . . . . . . 376-8600 Mark J. Fraser, Attorney at Law . . . . . . . . . . . 367-0444 Steve Warm, Attorney at Law . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-8279 Niesen, Price, Worthy, Campo, Frasier & Blakey, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………… 373-9031 White & Crouch, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372-1011

medical Aguirre & Sappington Orthodontics . . . . . . 378-2545 Benet Clinical Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-2545 Fundamental Therapy Solution . . . . . . . . . . 505-6363 Galvan Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327-3561 Haile Endodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2999 Haile Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-9602 Haile Plantation Family Dental . . . . . . . . . . 375-6116 Haile Plantation Family Medicine (UF) . . . 265-0944 Haile Village Bodywork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372-6550 Burnell Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-0900 Kids Only Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-7777 Lori Libert Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222-1583 Optima Neurological Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-5553 Linda Goodwin, PhD, LMHC, Counselor . . . 373-0030

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

pet care Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haile Plantation Animal Clinic . . . . . . . . . . Shampoodles by Jan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sweet Paws Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

395-6131 377-6003 336-7236 264-8995

photography Footstone Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 562-3066

real estate Bosshardt Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 478-4255 Coldwell Banker, M.M. Parrish Realtors . . . 335-4999 Haile Plantation Sales & Information Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-4999 The Village at Haile Condominiums . . . . . . 376-6737 Thomas Group Realty (Pg. 83) . . . . . . . . . . 226-8228

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

shopping Go Gator Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marianne Coveney European Essentials . . . The Perfect Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Goody Basket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

317-4084 335-4290 375-8000 376-2600

technology e-Tech Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-3077 Haile Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-3505

travel My Resort Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376-0094

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Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1005 Venus Nail Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-3878

dining Bamboos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1522 I Love NY Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-6185 Kay’s Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-0664 O!O Tapas & Tinis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-6620 Subway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-1707

dry cleaning On the Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-9494

eyewear Alligator Island Optical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-9028

financial Florida Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377-4141 Wells Fargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-8239

grocery Publix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1037

insurance Bo Greene Insurance Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-1123 Brightway Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240-7500

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mailing service Haile Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-4447

medical Alligator Island Optical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-9028 Archer Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-4731 Haile Market Therapy & Behavioral Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-0020 Kinetix Physical Therapy (Pg 69) . . . . . . . . . 505-6665 The Acupuncture Center of North Florida . . . 331-0020

pharmacy Publix Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1086

shopping Haile Jewelry & Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-1905 Talking Walls 2 Art & Framing . . . . . . . . . . . 333-7225

spirits The Spirit Shoppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-7274

real estate Allison Ables Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1828 Cornell & Associates, Your Real Estate Partner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-0555 Tommy Williams Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-8180 Viking Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 - 9333

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Gregg & Kathleen


by Dante Lima | Rya of RYAPHOTOS

Most people walking around the University of Florida campus or in the Gainesville area couldn’t pick Gregg Troy out of a line-up, but he and his wife Kathleen would probably rather keep it that way. They’re a quiet, private family with three grown sons and love to boat, fish and watch old re-runs of Cheers for a laugh. However, Gregg plans on making a splash as he prepares to coach the U.S. Men’s Swimming team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Troy family has called Gainesville home for nearly 15 years. They moved from Jacksonville, where Kathleen was born and raised, so Gregg could take a job as a swim coach at the University of Florida. Troy’s day job is to coach the UF men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, but outside of Gainesville, he’s had

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the opportunity to go across the globe and coach Olympic medalists and world record holders. UF is no stranger to star coaches in the athletic department. From Steve Spurrier to Billy Donovan and Urban Meyer, UF coaches are household names. But while those coaches have achieved enormous success, the Gators have never had a coach reach the heights of Gregg Troy. He’s made a dent in the history of global athletics. That is a distinction that separates him from the rest. In a sport where a minor tweak in technique or a different swimsuit can mean the difference between worldwide fame and anonymity, Troy guides his athletes on large principles. When

you’ve been selected as the head coach of the U.S. men’s swimming team for the 2012 Olympics, the picture essentially is as big as it can get. So as he waits for some of the most elite swimmers on the planet to hit the water, he tries to remain grounded. Family plays an important part in Troy’s life and philosophy as a coach. Togetherness, pride and sportsmanship are traits he’s tried to instill in his swimmers at every level of coaching, from his tenure with the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, to the University of Florida, to the U.S. national team. The idea of a support system carrying over to sports comes from raising his three sons with his wife, Kathleen. All three boys went to Buchholz High School in Gainesville and played sports including swimming, football, track, cross-country and soccer. The Troy boys are moving forward as adults and pursuing their individual goals, each in different areas of the country. Their oldest son, Patrick, lives in Miami and works as the Strategic Account Manager for Hospitality Design at TUUCI. The youngest, Ryan, lives in Idaho

pursuing a degree in outdoor education. Their middle son, Geoffrey, is a Lieutenant in the Marines and about to complete flight school this summer. “When you’ve had children go through the cycle it makes you a better coach,” Troy said. “It prepares you for what you’ll go through with your student athletes. You understand they are going to make mistakes. You certainly don’t condone them, but you hope to guide them. You become more involved in their day to day life.”

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Swimming is just one aspect of coaching, Gregg says. Managing personalities, knowing when to give advice and when to be silent, ensuring that his swimmers are mentally and emotionally prepared for the hard work and practice is really the most important part. At the University of Florida, where Gregg has been since 1998, he sometimes has to urge athletes away from the distractions of typical college life.

Kathleen also spends her life around water. She, along with her business partner, Jill Wilby, started SwimAmerica of Gainesville and the Gator Swim Club, two organizations that cater to the needs of aspiring and competitive swimmers. SwimAmerica is a learn-to-swim program for children ages 3 and older, and Gator Swim Club is a traveling competitive team for swimmers 7 years and above.

He and Kathleen did the same with their boys, now 26, 25 and 23. “When I was 22, I was coaching athletes at the world class level, so things are a little different, but I look back at how my father was with me, and you have to be cautious of when you offer advice,” he said. “The best thing is when you get a phone call asking for advice. I am more of a resource person now. We’re always there for our sons’ emergencies and needs.”

She says her love for the water stems from growing up in Jacksonville near the ocean and the St. John’s river where she learned to ski and swim. “Water sports have always been in my life.”

Kathleen says that time with family has always benn cherished. “Time was of the essence when the whole family was together. Coaching hours are brutal, to say the least, so considering, we have a uniquely close relationship with our kids,” Kathleen said. “The boys were into board games, so we had a lot of ‘game nights’. They also had their own activities at school. Most of the time they were on the same team because they were close in age, so we got to experience that together.”

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When you’re married and coaching swimmers on a daily basis, it’s hard to get away from the pool. “Chances are if you’re a good coach, you don’t have too many hobbies,” Gregg said. “You know you’re going to have to make some sacrifices in your personal life.” According to Gregg, the sacrifices are small. His handicap on the golf course isn’t getting any lower and he’s not watching too much TV, but he can make a mean salsa with his homegrown peppers and he loves to cook his fresh caught fish. “We love to go to the beach,” Kathleen said. “When Gregg’s not getting a whiff of chlorine, he’s smelling salt water.” Saturday, September 29, 2012 Besilu Collection, Micanopy, Florida

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for Conservation by C. Nooriel Nolan | Art of Affection Photography

Carl Bovard doesn’t just talk about wildlife conservation; he lives it. On his ten acres in Melrose, Florida, Carl has built an educational wildlife facility, designed to inform the public about the importance of preserving the habitats of endangered species, particularly the tiger. As soon as visitors walk into Single Vision Endangered Species Educational Facility, it’s all about the animals. A majestic blue and gold macaw watches from his habitat near the front gate. Five German shepherd dogs welcome visitors at the wooden fence, and the large cats can be seen in the distance peacefully rubbing their bodies against the fences that secure their enclosures.

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kinkajous, three cougars, one Asian Black Leopard, and 5 big cats – a lioness, a 700 lb Siberian Male Tiger, and three Bengal Tigers: two orange, one white. The cats are the main attraction here, and it’s easy to understand why. Aside from Carl’s passion for their conservation, their sheer size and grace draws visitors’ attention upon immediate entry into the facility. Highly socialized from a lifetime of interaction with Carl and volunteers, the tigers seem to enjoy human company, rubbing and “chuffing” (low, guttural noise similar to a purr) on the other side of the double chain-linked fence, seeming to welcome visitors to their home. The three Bengals share two fairly large enclosures as their main living space (much larger than the 10 x 20 foot cage minimum

standard requirement*). However, Carl tries to keep them as active as possible. “I get them out of their enclosure to play and expend energy,” Carl explains. “Otherwise, they get frustrated.” Play includes pouncing activities, consisting of long poles with large objects attached to the end. “Tigers are just big cats,” says Carl. “They just need a bigger lure to chase.” He also takes them on walks around the property, allowing them to scope out and mark their territory. Carl’s dedication to wildlife conservation began after a motorcycle accident left him temporarily blinded. The injury caused him to contemplate what he would miss most if permanently blind; thinking about his childhood on his grandfather’s farm, Carl concluded it was seeing animals. Though he regained his sight in only one eye, this did not deter him from pursuing his newly found direction. His epiphany led him to a degree in Biology from Indiana University and to his first career at Sea World, where he learned about animal behavior and began educating the public about endangered species such as the sea turtle and manatee. Later, while working as a carnivore keeper at Jungleland Zoo in Kissimmee, Carl found his true calling: training big cats. Though Carl loves all his cats, he has a special affinity for the two orange Bengals. They were his first exotics and inspired Single Vision nature preserve. He helped deliver the cubs while working at the Jungleland Zoo in 2005, and instantly knew Bali and Amira had changed his life. Amira was breeched, and nearly suffocated before Carl and his mentor pulled the

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cub out and literally breathed life back into her. Bali, it turned out, had poor vision and could only see as well as a near-sited human, instead of the normal six times greaterthan-human vision. Carl and the cubs were therefore bonded at birth. Thus was the start of his facility, Single Vision. He soon bought property and began raising the sisters. Carl believes that personal interaction with these rare, majestic creatures will inspire others to take up his conservation cause: “Hopefully someone leaves this facility passionate about conservation and goes on to help.” Through private tours of Single Vision, educational outreach programs to schools, and events in surrounding cities, he attempts to educate children and adults alike. When visiting schools, Carl brings the smaller animals, lemurs, etc. But for other events, his cats often accompany him. He calls his creatures “Animal Ambassadors” because they are helping spread the message of conservation to Florida communities. Sita, the leopard, has been traveling with him since she was a kitten; everywhere Carl goes, she goes. It is evident she has grown to love the attention, often seen reaching playfully toward visitors outside her enclosure. The facility aims not only to bring awareness to the devastation of endangered species, but also to shed light on the dangers of owning exotic pets. Carl’s mission is three-fold: to spread the word about the poaching and destruction of tiger species around the world, to rescue and rehabilitate exotic cats that are being mishandled and to educate the public about owning exotic pets. He is equally passionate about all three. Most of Carl’s animals are rescues, acquired from private pet owners, who were ill equipped to provide the most basic care for the wild animals they chose to adopt or breed. When people buy exotics, they do not often take into consideration the special diets, toys and habitats that they require in order to have a good quality of life. 26 |

The end result is often catastrophic, both for the animals and the people who purchased them. Through the Feline Conservation Federation, of which Single Vision is a member, rescue cats are placed into facilities that have the resources and know-how to properly care for them. Carl is eager to help newly rescued animals, but has limited resources to take on new animals at this time. Single Vision is a non-profit, relying on visitor donations, student volunteers from pre-vet programs, and stipends, all of which fund the educational demonstrations at schools, local fairs and other events. It has been a struggle for the facility to stay afloat, especially since the economic downturn – fewer people are donating. The cats eat 1400 lbs of meat per week, and this is only one expense that Carl must shoulder. But he perseveres, working odd jobs to support his animals. Carl’s ultimate goal is to build an Educational Attraction, through coordination with other wildlife rescue centers, which will generate greater public interest. He envisions a tiger splash pool, where visitors can watch the tigers play in a large water habitat. He hopes that by attracting large audiences, more people will be touched and inspired to fight for wildlife preservation. The Single Vision slogan is “Extinction is Forever” and he hopes to get this message across. You can sense the passion and love in his voice when he talks about, or to, his cats. His love for endangered species is evident, as he has dedicated the past seven years of his life to the creatures in his care. Single Vision is truly a labor of love. To learn more about Carl and his cats, or to make a donation, visit:


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A Smile Restored Dr. Paivi Samant |

Samant Dental Group, P.A.

A beautiful smile can say it all! For many of us, we aim to maintain a young, healthy appearance and want to live longer, but often forget that our teeth are an important part of that. With the newest technologies available in dental imaging, implants, lasers and materials, there is no better time to restore and maintain one’s teeth for a lifetime of health. Dental implants have become quite popular in recent years. An implant functions as a replacement for one or a multitude of missing teeth, and the implant is usually unnoticeable. Implant-supported teeth feel similar to the real tooth and function comfortably. Most complete dentures can be easily attached to implants for a better retention and fit. Tooth reconstruction is also undergoing a significant makeover. Dental veneers, crowns and bridges can now be made metal–free, using milled zirconium or lithium disilicate materials. This helps to eliminate the look of a dark gum line, and greatly improves the color and strength of your teeth. Technology is experiencing an overhaul also, as the use of modern-day laser dentistry is of prime importance. Dental lasers were initially created to show gingival tissue contouring around teeth. However, as this technology

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has developed, we now have more powerful dental lasers that can also cut bone and repair teeth with cavities. One major benefit of lasers is that they can deliver a significant amount of dental anesthesia; thus, on many occasions additional local dental anesthesia is not necessary. The days of having to use impressions for certain dental procedures are no more. Now, using an intraoral camera-esque scanner that provides digital images of the teeth, patients can view the images on the computer screen and then the image can be processed to send to the dental laboratory for fabrication. This allows us as dentists to create virtual restorations and improve on the accuracy of our workmanship. Good oral health has shown to increase our life span and limit our likelihood of suffering from one of many common systemic ailments like: diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Become an informed consumer of dentistry for a lifelong enjoyment of healthy eating and good function. Beautiful teeth matter!


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Hear now, Hear well! Dr. J. Swamy |

President, Clear Sound Audiology

According to studies conducted at the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), the number of Americans with hearing loss has grown to more than 34 million—roughly 11 percent of the U.S. population. In the past decade alone, hearing loss among Americans has increased at a rate of 160 percent of U.S. population growth, and it is one of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America today. The signs of hearing loss can be subtle and emerge slowly, or they can be significant and come on suddenly. Either way, the common indications are often not being able to hear well in a crowded room or restaurant, having trouble hearing children and women, keeping the television or radio turned up to a high volume, needing to ask friends to repeat what they’re saying, or experiencing ringing in the ears. Untreated hearing loss leads to a wide range of physical, social and emotional conditions, which often include loneliness, irritability, pessimism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, withdrawal from social situations, reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety. At the work place, it can result in reduced job performance and reduced earning power. The fear, embarrassment and stigma of hearing loss often prevents individuals from acknowledging the presence of

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hearing loss and seeking help. Therefore, raising awareness of untreated hearing loss as a significant health issue is very critical. In my experience of over 20 years, I continue to see a positive growth in our understanding of hearing loss and in the technology to help individuals hear better. Since many individuals wait for years before seeking help, they can easily be overwhelmed with all the information that is available to them through various sources. It is important that a professional help them navigate the myriad of information in a way that empowers them and builds trust with their doctor.

Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Gainesville Senior Center Love That Dress! is a community-wide fundraiser with the goal of celebrating women, honoring the female spirit and raising money to benefit the PACE Center for Girls. This event provides Gainesville area residents the opportunity to buy new or gently used dresses and accessories at bargain prices, donated by fellow community members and businesses.

Get Involved! To help with sponsorships, auction items and ticket sales, or to schedule a collection party, please call (352) 374-8799 or visit Now accepting women’s new or lightly used attire and accessories as well as girl’s party dresses. Donations can be dropped off at PACE: 1010 SE 4th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601 Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VIP: 3:00 – 5:00 pm General Public: 5:00 – 9:00 pm Tickets: $15 in advance $20 at the door $100 VIP

Sizzling Summer Reads



by Angela Gonzalez | Kaitlyn Kessler

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer A how-to guide on tailoring the creative process for yourself.

Inspire An Invisible Thread


What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell A collection of articles from The New Yorker for a crash course on the world around us.

by Laura Schroff

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

An inspiring, true story revealing fate’s power in bringing together an unlikely pair.

A true and touching story about a professor’s lesson on making dreams become reality.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Management Fable About Helping Employees Find Fulfillment in Their Work by Patrick Lencioni

Learn to inspire those around you, beginning with the question, “why?”



Spice up your summer while lounging pool-side or taking in the rays on the beach with a great book. Whether you’re in the mood to think, inspire and lead, or just laugh, indulge and get-lost, kick back and enjoy one of these recommended page-turners.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows An entertainingly humorous tale of an intriguing world created between pen pals during the German Occupation of World War II.

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Understand the keys to making any job fulfilling and rewarding through this real-world story.

Bossypants by Tina Fey Laugh-out-loud autobiography of one of today’s most respected Hollywood stars.

Indulge Sweet Cream and

Sugar Cones by Kris Hoogerhyde, Anne Walker and Dabney Gough Recreate the showstopping ice cream treats from San Francisco’s famed Bi-Rite Creamery.

Babycakes by Erin McKenna Redefining healthy baking with easy, delicious (and some gluten-free and vegan- friendly) recipes.

Get Lost

Arcadia by Lauren Groff Gainesville’s own Lauren Groff delivers a tale about a boy’s eye-opening transition from the mock Eden of his youth into today’s world, and then into 2018, postglobal warming.

Another Summer by Georgia Bockoven Weaving together love and laughter, heartache and hope, promise and passion, the house perched on the Pacific’s edge shares the stories of the summer’s tenants.

Bond Enjoy these books with young readers!

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen A sensational and witty tale set in the Florida Everglades that readers of all ages will enjoy.

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Bond (cont.)


The Queen of October by Shelley Fraser Mickle Gainesville author Shelley Fraser Mickle shares the story of 13-year-old Sally, who makes the best of her situation—living with her grandparents after her parents’ divorce—and finds love from unexpected sources.


Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts by Martha Stewart A collection of projects, tips and ideas for 365 days of holiday-inspired crafting.

I Brake for Yard Sales: And Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster by Lara Spencer Tips for making the most of yard sale, thrift shop and flea market finds.

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Shape Up

Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself by Alejandro Junger. M.D. Reset your body’s health and learn how to transform your habits for long-term health benefits.

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs


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Our culture’s assumption of what is healthy is tested.

Chance Sunglasses in Sienna ($88) • Blue Dodd earrings ($19.99) > Banana Republic Frollick Turquoise Bracelet ($69) • Satya Lotus Gold Cuff ($250) > Down to Earth 36 |

Seaside Style Summer by the sea– is there really anywhere else you’d rather be? Whether it is spent floating above the blue water, drifting in the waves or stretching out on the main deck, the ocean provides a place of solitude, peace and beauty. Inspired by the high seas and white sandy beaches, this season’s fashion choices range from vibrant swimwear to comfortable and chic dresses that will have you ready to hit the high seas.

photographed by RYAPHOTOS Styled by Andrea Love-Leonor ______________________________ hair Rachel Cole for Turning Heads Salon makeup Kara Winslow location Conch House Marina, St. Augustine Models Brian, Erin, Cole and Mason Crum

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Mazzy Leather Thong Sandal in yellow ($29.50) > Banana Republic ______________________________ David Aubrey Jade Drop Earrings in pink ($49) > Down to Earth ______________________________ Seventies Exaggerated Link Bracelet ($26.95) > Banana Republic

Sperry Top-Spider Billfish 3-Eye Boat Shoes ($89.99) >______________________________ Dillards Straw Fedora ($45) >______________________________ Banana Republic

Tea Collection Dawn Patrol Tee ($26) > The Little Shop

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Tart Geoprint Sundress ($137) >__________________________ Down to Earth

Yellow V-Neck T-shirt ($16.50) Flat Front Lagoon Blue Shorts ($39.95) >___________________________ Gap Navy Blazer ($225) >_________________________ Banana Republic

Shark Swimsuit ($24.95) >_________________________ Baby Gap Tea Collection Surf Tee ($26) Tea Collection Striped Shorts ($26) > The Little Shop

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Tea Collection Cepat Tee ($26) Poleng Short ($39) > The Little Shop __________________________ Nell Silk Maxi Dress ($149) > Down to Earth _________________________

Ecko crosshatch chambray shirt ($39.50) Hurley One & Only 2.0 shorts ($45) > Dillards ___________________________ White V-Neck Tee ($17) Denim Shorts ($27) > Baby Gap

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Organizing Your Disorganized Student by Helen Kornblum, MA

Like any parent, you are eager to get your child off to a good start as the school bus rumbles through your neighborhood. Some families, especially those that have children with ADHD or other learning challenges, need a few extra strategies to help their child deal with the academic, social and emotional demands of school. Many children and teens respond positively to the following techniques.

Rise and Shine…Please

The elementary school crowd can usually hoist themselves out of bed, but some children dawdle their way through morning routines. Nightbefore prep holds the key to a successful launch in the morning. Create a colorful checklist of the activities necessary to get ready for school. After dinner, walk your child through the steps until he or she learns the ropes. Reward his or her efforts by using stickers on the chart. Achieving a certain number of stickers earns a bigger reward. Having everything ready in the morning can mean that there’s time to play a simple game or for a short physical activity, perhaps accompanied by lively music. Because young children often have no sense of time, a large clock or a timer—analog, not digital—can make the passage of time visible and show how much time is left before departure. Together with your child, draw a clock face the same size as the clock you and

your child will be looking at. On it, draw the hands in the position of the departure time. If the clock is on the wall, tape your paper one beside it. As departure time nears, ask your child to compare the times shown on the two clock faces. It’s not an exact science with this age group, but it’s a start. Playing beat the clock can be fun, too. Most teenagers don’t “do” mornings well. It’s not easy to pry them out of bed, but it’s their responsibility to get up. Aside from using a forklift, you have a few options: alarms, music and light. You can encourage them to come up with some combination of these, maybe in staggered sequence, to face the day. You may have to get up a little earlier, too, but it’s worth a try. Once your teens are up, the less they have to do, the better. As with younger children, simplifying the morning requires effort the night before. Have them put backpacks and needed equipment (musical instruments, sports clothes, a special project) by the exit door to avoid a morning scramble. Their finished homework should go into a special folder inside their backpack. It’s a coup to have lunch ready in the refrigerator, and an even bigger coup if your teen makes his own lunch! As for dressing and cosmetic rituals, replace nagging with multiple alarms and/or clocks placed prominently in the bathroom.

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Work the planner

Today’s teens have complicated lives in middle and high school. Disorganized or not, teens have to deal with multiple teachers, variable schedules, especially for extracurricular activities, and a lot of homework. For most of their lives, you have been the master planner, and while you may be ready to step back, your teens may not yet be ready to take on these responsibilities. Middle and high school students need planners and calendars to help them “see” time in relation to the days and weeks of their school and personal lives. Take a field trip with your teen to the stationery department of your local office supply store to look at the variety of planners and let them choose one that appeals to them. The sooner students develop the habit of writing things down, the better. Disorganized kids are often very visual, as well as forgetful. Gradually, they will learn that a paper trail eases the stress of having to remember everything. You can help them learn to use this new tool by asking questions to get them started.

Attitude Adjustments

If your disorganized child frustrates your organizational instincts, you may need to give your attitude a tweak or two. Keep these points in mind: • Your child isn’t lazy or deliberately defying you. The disorganized child doesn’t pick up

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on many behaviors intuitively and needs your patient supervision, and a lot of practice, to learn. There are also certain tasks your child probably needs to do his own way, no matter how inefficient they may seem to be. • Your child really does want to please you. Praise his or her efforts every chance you can. He or she has probably already heard too much criticism from others. • Change your vocabulary to express your child’s strengths rather than harp on shortcomings. Disorganized children aren’t bad or defiant. If anything, all their energy and curiosity takes them to places that most of us with predictable, linear thought patterns will never go.

For more information about student organizing, look for … The Organized Student by Donna Goldberg

Organizing the Disorganized Child by M.L. Kutscher & M. Moran

Smart but Scattered

by P. Dawson & R. Guare

Where’s My Stuff?

by S. Moss & L. Schwartz has useful apps for dealing with time.

When the school bell rings, your calm, positive attitude and flexibility with your student will help to take the “dis” out of disorganized.

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HOT questions about


Sun Safety by Jeffrey Morris

Wearing sunscreen goes without saying, but knowing which products to use and how to use them can be unclear. Until now. We answer all the hot questions about sun safety.

How often do I reapply? New York dermatologist Arielle Kauvar suggests that one should re-apply sunscreen about every two hours, especially if being exposed to direct sunlight.

Did You Know… Even when indoors, fifty percent of UVA rays can penetrate through windows.

What does the SPF number mean? The SPF number on sunscreen stands for Sun Protection Factor and is determined based on a sunscreen’s efficacy in blocking UV rays. However, an SPF of 100, versus SPF 50, does not mean that you can spend twice the amount of time in the sun. Factors such as time of day and propensity to burn can affect how long one may be in the sun before burning. It is important to reapply every two hours and after sweating, swimming or excessive toweling. 46 |

What is the minimum SPF number I should use? The American Academy of Dermatology increased its daily recommendation from SPF 15 to SPF 30, which is still the minimum. However, always take into account how long you plan to be exposed to the sun.

Fact Check: All sunscreens cause skin to breakout. False. Many products that are oil-free and lack heavy moisturizing ingredients, like petroleum and mineral oil, help prevent breakouts. Gel-based formulas are also a good choice. Many dermatologists recommend using kids’ sunscreen, since it has no fragrance and chemical-free ingredients.

Did You Know… The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness recently reported that sunscreen might help maintain a lower body temperature while exercising.

What are UVA rays? UVA rays are constantly present, no matter the season. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, they are less likely to cause sunburn than UVB. UVA rays are what penetrate the skin more deeply, damaging the cells beneath the skin. The rays crack the collagen in your skin, thus leading to wrinkles, sun spots/brown spots and sagging. Some dermatologists say it contributes to directly causing skin cancers like melanoma. These rays can also penetrate your clothes and glass, such as windows and car windshields.

Fact Check:

Spending time outside helps your body produce vitamin D. True. Sun exposure does affect vitamin D synthesis. The skin utilizes cholesterol to synthesize vitamin D from UVB rays. Remember to always apply sunscreen when outdoors!

Fact Check: A baseball hat offers sufficient protection from the sun. Not quite. A mere baseball hat will not prevent the sun from creeping in. Dermatologists recommend wearing a tightly woven hat made from straw or cloth that has a wide brim.

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questions about

Sun Safety Fact Check:

Sweat doesn’t wash away sunscreen. Not entirely true. Sweat does break down most sunscreens; however, spray-on products with an oil-free formula are much better than lotions when it comes to sweat.

What are UVB rays? According to, they are most prevalent in the summer months, strongest during mid-day, and can penetrate the outermost layer of skin. It is also known that they most often cause tanning of the skin, but are responsible for causing sunburn also; therefore, these rays are the main cause of skin cancer.

Are spray sunscreens just as effective as lotions? It’s been supported by the Academy of American Dermatologists that both options provide similar amounts of protection. Sprays are indeed quick and convenient; however, you can easily apply unevenly and miss certain areas. For better coverage, spritz into palm of hand and use as if it was a lotion.

Did You Know… No sunscreen is completely waterproof.


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Foods rich in Vitamin D: With increased protection from sun exposure, it is important to get your daily vitamin D intake through your diet. Try these foods, which are high in vitamin D.

Mushrooms (exposed to UV light) Single serving; 869% DV

Sockeye Salmon 3 oz.; 142% DV


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

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352.331.3332 Leading the Way in Robotic & Laparoscopic Surgery Orange Juice 1 cup; 34% DV

Milk 1 cup; 29% DV

Eggs 2 eggs including yolks; 20% DV *DV = Daily Value

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Fun Finds With the summer season comes bright colors and prints in both fashion and home dec贸r. Brighten the mood for summer with some of these fresh and fun items you can use around the house and for entertaining guests.


$5 for 2-pack

$4 for pkg of 25

Wine Bottle Cover

Vintage Paper Straws



Handmade Clay Coasters by Sharon Vogel

Alligator Watermelon Stand Kitchen & Spice

The Perfect Gift


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Painted Wood Frame Down to Earth


$ Under $8 $5

Crocodile Bathtub Mat

Heat Waves Soap Pop


Poppy Mouse Pad by Marimekko速 Marianne Coveney European Essentials


Fabric Organizer Bin in Tangerine Chevron

Deal! $35

$45 each

Happy Days Pitcher by Sagaform

Pillow Covers in Suzani and Trellis prints

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Indestructible H ouse

P lants

by Carla Action

Although no plant is technically indestructible, there are plants that will bear the brunt of neglect, and actually thrive in your home all year long with minimal care and maintenance.

Sansevieria “Mother-inLaw’s Tongue”

These dramatic clumps of upright leaves come in dark green, light green or with vertical yellow variegation and can grow 2 to 4 feet tall. This plant can endure almost any light intensity, from low to bright indirect light and only needs to be watered every two weeks. Sansevieria’s air purifying and allergy relieving benefits make for a great house plant.

Syngonium “Nephthytis”

Made of bushy clumps of large pink, lemon lime or pale green leaves, this plant grows up to 12 inches tall. It requires medium to bright indirect light and dry soil – perfect for the forgetful owner. Only water once every few weeks.

Aglaonema “Chinese Evergreen”

This plant is known for its shaded green and white patterned leaves that stand upright at an average height of 2 to 3 feet. Water every 1-2 weeks and keep in an environment with low to medium indirect light. In fact, this plant requires little direct sunlight, if any.


There are nearly 40 species of Dracaena. Most varieties have long, slender leaves that stem from a central stalk, also known as “Lucky Bamboo.” Dracaenas can handle low to bright indirect light and only need watering every 1 to 2 weeks.

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Philodendrons’ “Pothos”

Spathiphyllum “Peace Lily”

If you notice any of these characteristics in your plant, take the plant or a leaf to a local nursery for help:

Skin Therapy by Connie

Philodendrons most common species are often referred to as the “Heartleaf” or the “Elephant Ear.” These plants are excellent at removing formaldehyde, especially at high concentrations. Philodendrons need low to bright indirect light and should be watered once a week.

Excessive leaf drop Thinning Sticky leaves Spots or damaged areas on leaves Webbing Color loss White spots

Of all houseplants, the spathiphyllum is the best living air filter on the planet, ridding rooms of foul odors and purifying oxygen. This plant comes in several varieties from small to extra large. Fragrant white blooms are produced in bright light; however, this plant will also grow in low, indirect light. Make sure to keep the soil moist by watering approximately twice a week.

Connie Nobles, Esthetician Salon PHD Haile Village Center 9140 SW 48th Place Gainesville, FL 32608

352-226-0793 Dermalogica Specialist

Tips to keep your plants thriving: Water thoroughly, but never allow plants to sit in a saucer of water for more than 30 minutes. Fertilize once a month with water-soluble fertilizer, or fertilize the plant with a time-release fertilizer 3 to 4 times a year.

Facials • Sugaring • Waxing Brow Tinting • Lash Tinting

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H a i l e P l a n t a t i o n R e a l E st a t e

market watch

Heritage Green | SW 86th Terrace

Haile Market Square | SW 26th Lane

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

1982 1,293 3/2 $91,000

2010 2,659 3/2 $240,000

Laurel Park | SW 83rd Terrace

Hickory Walk | SW 52nd Road

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

1982 1,251 3/2 $119,000

1995 3,016 3/2 $250,000

Heritage Green | SW 86th Terrace

Hickory Walk | SW 52nd Road

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

2001 1,740 3/2 $161,000

1994 2,952 3/2 $269,900

Chickasaw Way | SW 103rd Way

Chickasaw Way | SW 52nd Avenue

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

1996 1,632 3/2 $155,000

2001 2,872 3/2 $254,900

Laurel Park | SW 52nd Place

The Preserve | SW 88th Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

2001 2,833 3/2 $215,500

1990 3,602 4/3 $246,000

Grahams Mill | SW 91st Terrace

Garison Way | SW 72nd Way

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

1988 2,748 3/2 $221,500

2007 2,968 3/2 $298,000

Eloise Gardens | SW 63rd Place

Sable Pointe | SW 32nd Lane

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

2005 2,395 4/3 $234,000

2001 3,453 4/3 $292,000

Hampstead Park | SW 98th Boulevard

Bedford Square | SW 94th Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

1999 2,745 4/2 $247,500 54 |

Sold Price

2004 3,084 3/3 $299,000

Haile Village Center | SW 91st Drive

India Station | SW 95th Terrace

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

2000 3,694 4/4 $292,000

1993 3,725 3/3 $440,000

Hampstead Park | SW 93rd Terrace

Preston Wood | SW 31st Place

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

1998 3,707 4/3 $313,000

2003 4,115 4/4 $460,000

Haile Market Square | SW 26th Lane

Oakmont | SW 94th Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

2008 3,135 3/2 $316,700

1991 4,324 4/3 $497,000

Hampstead Park | SW 94th Way

Kestral Point | SW 103rd Way

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

2001 3,407 4/3 $350,000

1997 3,413 4/3.5 $515,000

Whitaker Oaks | SW 96th Drive

Benjamins Grove | SW 102nd Terrace

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

Sold Price

1994 4,372 3/3 $408,000

1997 5,183 5/5 $542,000

Southgate | SW 61st Avenue

Charleston Park | SW 42nd Place

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

1995 4,608 4/3 $425,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Sold Price

1990 6,669 5/5.5 $609,500

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

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Your Money. What are the primary differences and advantages of using a community bank versus a credit union? Which one is the best fit for you? James Woodward of SunState Federal Credit Union and Melanie Shore of M&S Bank provide answers to our money-talk questions.

Defining Credit Unions Q: What are the benefits of doing business with a community bank? A: When doing business with a credit union, a portion of the net income is returned to the owners (members) of the credit union in the form of better savings and loan rates, and little to no fees for services. Credit Unions are member owned co-operatives that are not for profit or charity, but for service. Without the profit motive, decisions are based on what is best for the members. Credit unions consistently deliver what consumers want and need– extraordinary services and value.

Q: Who is best suited to use a credit union? A: In one word, everybody. No matter what age or household income, no matter what your financial needs are

as a borrower or a saver, no matter if you are retired, work for a company or are your own boss. Most credit unions are full service organizations that offer a wide range of products and services that can meet your financial needs with fair and competitive pricing.

Q: Why do people choose credit unions over community banks? A: A fall 2011 Harris Poll showed that credit unions enjoyed the best in class customer retention rates for

financial institutions with 87 percent extremely/very likely to continue. This loyalty impacts the connection consumers feel with their credit union at a rational and emotional level. Credit unions were near the top for the 2012 Temkin Ratings that measure customer trust. At a credit union, each and every member is an equal owner, as owners/members elect fellow members to serve on the board of directors. The unpaid volunteers from the membership serve on the board of directors as the voice of the members and guide the credit union.

Q: What type of loans do credit unions offer? A: Most credit unions offer a variety of consumer loans to fit a person’s needs and wants. People can apply for

a loan in person, on the phone or online. Such consumer loans would include credit cards and personal lines of credit. Vehicle loans include auto, motorcycle, boat and RV. Mortgages include land loans, first and second mortgages with fixed and adjustable rates. In addition, several credit unions have started offering business loans, including lines of credit, credit cards, owner occupied commercial real estate, investment commercial real estate and multi family properties.

Q: What criteria should someone use to evaluate whether a credit union is the right fit for him or her? A: A person always wants to verify that a credit union is financially sound; this can be done by going to the Nation Credit Union Administration (NCUA) website, NCUA is the independent federal agency that insures federal and state chartered credit unions. The same financial information can be found in the main office lobby of a credit union. Once you have reviewed the financial information, you can also visit the credit union’s website to discover their branch locations and hours, what products and service they offer, and what rates and fees they charge. Asking a family member or friend what experience they have had with a credit union is also a good idea. Lastly, visit the credit union’s branch location to meet with the staff to determine their friendliness and knowledge about the financial products you are looking for. 58 |

Your Choice. Defining Community Banks Q: What are the benefits of doing business with a community bank? A: Community banks are locally owned and operated, and both customers and employees are invested in the community in which they live and serve. The slogan “shop local, buy local” comes to mind as a common theme in the community bank model. Typically, the focus of a community bank is on the needs of its local community. Deposits and loans remain local and are given back to the community through the lending process. Community banks are typically deeply involved in the community and know their customers and their families.

Q: Who is best suited to use a community bank? A: Community banks offer personalized service and know their customers by name. Through automated platforms such as on-line banking, debit cards, remote deposit capture, community banks offer all the bells and whistles of larger banks, on a local level with a personal touch. For consumers that like a high touch, personal approach to banking, community banks offer a full array of deposit and loan services to the community in which they serve.

Q: Why do people choose community banks over credit unions? A: One reason might be familiarity with that particular institution, or because a family member or family business banks there and has a banking relationship or has recommended them. Community bank’s constitute 96.4 percent of all banks.

Q: What type of loans do community banks offer? A: Community banks offer competitive mortgage and consumer loan products (a new car, home equity loan, etc.), commercial and real estate loans, and various loans to help small and mid-size companies in their market.

Q: What criteria should someone use to evaluate whether a bank is the right fit for him or her? A: Visiting the bank you are considering joining is always a good idea. You will get a feel for the culture of the banks, as well as what it would be like to bank there. Ask the advice and opinion of other people you know and trust and see what they recommend. It is important to ask about service charges, products and services offered, hours of operation to see if the bank’s hours are convenient to your schedule, and of course, on-line banking and ATM access and fees associated with usage. You should always feel good about your bank and banker, and that they are an advocate for you and your family– and that, just like a glove, it’s a perfect fit.

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Hogtown HomeGrown: A Newsletter, A Mission, A Way of Life


by C. Nooriel Nolan | Art of Affection Photography

f you’ve ever attended the Haile Village Farmer’s Market, or any other market around town, odds are you’ve seen Stefanie Hamblen. She’s been shopping the markets for many years, but lately, she has become a cooking “attraction.” Five-and-a half years ago, Stefanie was let go from her job and began doing some soul searching in pursuit of a new career. After a trip to the Gainesville Downtown Art Festival and Farmer’s Market, she returned home and asked herself, “What am I good at doing?” The answer was food…and, thus, Hogtown HomeGrown was born. Since she was a child, Stefanie had an affinity for cooking. She attributes this partly to her grandmother’s influence. “Grannie did lots of cooking and canning…fig preserves, peaches and pears; legendary recipes in the family,” Stefanie recalls. She would also let young Stefanie loose in her kitchen. Laughing, she says, “The only rule was ‘you make it, you eat it.’ That made for some interesting dishes.” Her grandparents had a farm in Georgia and raised dairy cattle and a variety of vegetables. Cooking was emphasized in her family, but it wasn’t always healthy cooking. It wasn’t until she met her husband that Stefanie embraced a vegetarian lifestyle. When Stefanie met her husband, Jeff, she was on the Atkins diet, which stresses low carb and high fat/meat intake. After a meat-heavy diet, veggies seemed very appealing, so she adopted his vegetarian diet, though she admits that she would cheat, sneaking fast food burgers occasionally while out-and-about. They believed in vegetarianism strongly enough to raise their children vegetarian, but Stefanie wasn’t completely dedicated to the vegetarian diet, herself. Being diagnosed

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with diabetes (22 yrs ago) gave her an extra push to take her vegetarian lifestyle seriously. With adherence to eating organic vegetarian meals, and fish on occasion, she was able to get off her diabetes medications entirely. “It has helped tremendously,” she says. “I only monitor my blood sugar about twice a week now. It has made for a healthier life.” It’s a lifestyle she hopes to inspire in others through her many projects. Stefanie now calls herself a “foodie” – a term that, to her, means someone who cares enough about the food they eat to know how it’s grown and where it comes from. When she turned 50, her passion for locally grown, organic foods pushed her to make a career of it. She initially started the Hogtown HomeGrown newsletter to inform her friends and neighbors about where to buy local, in-season foods, and the benefits and pleasures of eating a vegetarian diet. The website soon followed, but Hogtown HomeGrown has become much more. It has become a movement to encourage the entire community to shop at their local Farmer’s Market. “It’s a touchstone to remind people that eating locally is not going away,” Stefanie explains.

“It’s the best way to help the environment and the local economy.” She hopes people will heed the reminder and make it part of their lives. Stefanie is certainly doing her part to help the local food economy. She shops at local Farmer’s Markets weekly, and even hosts an “Eat Local Challenge” that encourages residents to eat local, seasonal foods every day for a month. Stefanie also helps recycle nearly spoiled fruit, by seeking out bruised items at markets that others might pass up. She purchases them for home canning projects, saving important resources, while creating delicious products. In July 2011, she started her own jam business, The Illegal Jam Company, which has gathered quite a following. With unique flavors like plum & star anise, or sweet ‘n spicy tomato, it is apparent why her jams don’t remain in stock for long. Another valuable project of Stefanie’s is Blue Oven Kitchens (created with fellow founding members Val Leitner and Maya Garner), a non-profit that boasts “Nurturing Food Entrepreneurs + Growing the Local Food Economy.” The non-profit’s

mission is five-fold: (1) Provide business support, including kitchen facility rental space for lowincome and disadvantaged food entrepreneurs during vulnerable start-up and expansion periods; (2) Research and address local food system bottlenecks; (3) Foster connections between farmers, the food service industry and consumers; (4) Educate the community of North Central Florida about its food system and economy; (5) Explore new avenues of sustainability.

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To achieve goal three, Blue Oven Kitchens holds an annual “Farm-to-Restaurant Workshop and Culinary Fair.” By bringing together food service professionals, distributors and farmers, the event planners strive to provide a better understanding of how local food can enter local food service outlets. This year’s fair will take place in Gainesville on August 13th. Goal four is Stefanie’s main responsibility – educating the community. She is the education program, providing cooking demonstrations at area Farmer’s Markets in Gainesville, Alachua and Lake Butler, spreading awareness about the economy of food. Due to Blue Oven Kitchens’ mission of education, Stefanie was asked to participate in the Alachua County CHOICES Health Services Program, which provides low-cost medical services for uninsured residents, as part of its

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nutritional outreach efforts. Through CHOICES, she performs cooking demonstrations in various locations around the county – churches, work sites, health fairs, etc. Though the demos are mostly designed for adults, occasionally there are children in the audience, which pleases Stefanie. “Children are the fastest learners,” she says. “They are also often the most receptive to change.” Stefanie values her outreach opportunities, but her favorite method of teaching remains with at-home cooking classes. “I like doing a tour of the farmer’s markets and then coming back to my home to cook what they’ve purchased,” she explains. For Stefanie, this personal interaction nurtures the whole experience of buying and eating locally, shifting it from a “buzz word” fad, to a way of life. Ultimately, her mission is for the Gainesville community to adopt buying and eating locally grown foods. To learn more, visit:,

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Marinades Marinating basics

With the summer upon us, barbeques are abundant and grills are a-smokin’! These simple marinades are easy to make and will enhance the flavor of your meal ten-fold.

The breakdown of your marinade. There are certain elements to most marinades. If you’re feeling daring, with these tips, you can experiment on your own! • • • •

An acid to tenderize – lemon juice, vinegar even orange juice Flavoring - any flavoring you may have available at home Oil – this holds the elements together and makes the meat moist Salt – this will add juiciness and more flavor

Timing. It is essential that you plan accordingly. It can take as little as 20-30 minutes to marinade your meats, but remember: the longer you marinade the better the flavor. Cutting. Sometimes to expedite the marinating process cutting larger pieces of meat into smaller pieces will help.

Easy marinating recipes

Teriyaki Marinade ½ cup soy sauce ¼ cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon vegetable oil ¼ to ½ teaspoon ginger 18 / teaspoon garlic

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Citrus Chicken Marinade ½ cup orange juice (juice of 1 orange) ½ cup lemon juice (juice of 2 lemons) ¼ teaspoon rubbed sage or several leaves fresh, chopped 1 ½ inch section fresh ginger, peeled, minced 1 tablespoon soy sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced a few drops Tabasco or ¼ teaspoon hot salt

Guinness Marinade 4 ounces Guinness Stout Beer at room temperature 2 garlic cloves 1 ounce soy sauce 1 tablespoon minced Vidalia onion 1 teaspoon shallots

Pork Rib Marinade 1 cup cider vinegar 1 cup water 1 tablespoon pork rub (use the same as you will use on the ribs) 2 tablespoon corn syrup

Asian Sesame Marinade 1 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons molasses 3 tablespoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons sesame oil 3 cloves of garlic minced or pressed 3 tablespoons ginger minced or grated 3 tablespoons sesame seed

Mexican Marinade (All meats) 13

/ cup cider vinegar / cup white vinegar 13 / cup olive oil 13 / cup fresh cilantro, chopped 6 cloves garlic, minced Juice of 1 lime 2 tablespoons cumin 13

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Great Outdoor

Adventures! by Dante Lima

Visit Gainesville


ne of the many perks of living in the Gainesville area is the variety of outdoor activities available in the summer. It’s the perfect time of year when North Central Florida’s flora and fauna are full of life. The diverse natural settings within a short drive of Gainesville give any outdoor adventurer the opportunity to camp, fish, zip line, canoe, bird watch, hike, snorkel or swim. We’ve outlined some of our favorite spots in the area to get your fill of nature this summer and even expand your knowledge of local habitats.

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It’s hard to think of summer without water, so we’ll start off by pointing you to Poe Springs Park, a 202-acre public park filled with scenic woodlands and rolling fields near the banks of the Sante Fe River. Poe Springs is one of the many spring systems located just miles north of Gainesville, but it is the area’s largest and pumps 45 million gallons of water daily. If you’ve never been to a spring before, it’s a truly unique experience. The lazy flow of the water is perfect for a relaxing drift on a tube or kayak. The water temperature stays in the low 70s yearround, which can be a little chilly in the spring,

but in the summer it’s a refreshing compliment to the Florida heat. The water is shallow and kid-friendly. Also, Poe Springs does not allow alcohol in the park, so you won’t find the water littered with bottles and cans. Instead, you’ll find a clean, clear spring teeming with fish and other wildlife. For more information on Poe Springs Park visit

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Another way to experience the beauty of Florida’s springs is at the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost. Canoeing is an easy, fun and healthy way to travel the spring system without getting wet. The Santa Fe Canoe Outpost will rent you all the equipment you’ll need, including paddles and lifejackets, although you can bring your own. Take a short, one-hour trip down the US-27 Bridge or make it an adventure for the whole day and paddle your way down Ginnie Springs and Rum Island. With 6 distinct trips and available transportation, you can customize your time in the water. For more information on the Sante Fe Canoe Outpost, visit

If you like to get your adrenaline pumping, make the short drive to Ocala, where you can feel the wind rush through your hair at Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours. If you’re not familiar with a zip line, it’s just as fun as it sounds. Think of a long cable suspended between two points on an incline. You’re strapped in with a harness and “zip” along that line via a pulley. The sharper the angle, the faster you go! It’s an exhilarating, safe way to traverse terrains you could never access on foot, and the zip lines give you views normally reserved for birds. You may have seen them on children’s playgrounds, but Canyons zip lines take you above the trees on a flight through the forest. The full canopy tour is a three-hour tour through some of Ocala’s most diverse natural settings. Take zip lines and swinging bridges across valleys, through the treetops and over water and canyons. While it is safe to bring children older than 10, this adventure may be more suitable for adults and teenagers, due to the amount of hiking. Thrill seekers and nature lovers alike will love this experience. For more information on Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours visit

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When you’re back on land inside Gainesville’s city limits, the Morningside Nature Center is a fantastic place to take a morning walk, take the kids for an educational outing or even go for a picnic. The center is a 278-acre, Longleaf Pine preserve with seven miles of winding trails through sandhill, flatwoods, cypress domes and a spectacular wildflower display. Morningside is one of the only locations in Gainesville that actively tries to educate the community on their surroundings and how to interact with nature. On a Saturday morning, you can take

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a bird watching class that runs through the basics of how to use binoculars and a field guide. Saturdays also boast Morningside’s living history farm, which showcases original turnof-the century buildings, live farm animals and a barnyard for visitors to enjoy. Simply walking the trails on a summer evening can be a relaxing encounter with deer, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, skinks, and the numerous birds that populate North Central Florida. For more information on Morningside Nature Center visit

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Finally, if you live in Gainesville, hometown of the Gators, and you’ve never actually seen a live one, then walking the La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie might be your best chance. The three-mile round trip trail provides scenic views of wet-prairie and marsh habitat, including Alachua Sink and Alachua Lake. From a safe distance, you can see Sandhill cranes and alligators sun bathing in the summer. Although the prairie is probably at its most beautiful at sunset, the trail closes one hour before sunset for safety reasons. For more information about the La Chua Trail, visit Get out there and get in touch with nature this summer! If you look around, you’ll find a unique mixture of tropical and forest settings within a moments drive that will provide great fun for you and your family.

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St. Augustine by Kylie McKlveen | Rya of RYAPHOTOS

You can get there in less than two hours if you’re willing and if traffic is behaving. Take a short drive eastbound into its historical downtown streets and head straight to the shore with the windows rolled down, letting in the ocean’s breeze. Gainesville’s oldest neighbor is inviting you to explore her city for a day trip, long weekend or an entire week, depending on how much time you have to steal away to sweet St. Augustine.

In a Day. St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest city, and the stopping point on Ponce de Leon’s quest to discover the Fountain of Youth (which is part of an archeological park that you can actually visit). If exploring the entire city in search for youth sounds a bit too ambitious for your day off, then pack a cooler and head to the beach for a bit of relaxation instead. Drive over the Bridge of Lions, which is appropriately flanked by a pair of marble lions and connects downtown St. Augustine to the beautiful Anastasia Island and Anastasia State Park. This pristine park and beach is known for its ancient sand dunes and coquina rock, which was mined here to build the Castillo de San Marcus National Monument, and attracts St. Augustine residents and visitors that come to beach comb, camp, swim or surf. Anastasia Watersports, located onsite, rents canoes, sailboards, paddleboats and kayaks. St. Augustine is rich in culture, history and Spanish influence, and its evidence stretches far outside King Street in the downtown area. Also on Anastasia Island is the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, which was originally a Spanish watchtower in the 1500’s and the oldest aid to navigation in North America. The standing tower was rebuilt twice due to shoreline erosion and storms, and the current tower was finished in 1874. Visitors can take in the view of 70 |

St. Augustine from the top of the tower and learn more about its history in the museum, which was originally the lighthouse keeper’s house. Whether it’s approaching lunch or dinner at this point in your stay, look no further than The Conch House, which was first opened in 1946 as a 4-unit motel by the Ponce family. Today, still owned and operated by the Ponce family, The Conch House is a casual restaurant on the marina docks, built with palm fronds and crafted wood, and decorated with nautical antiques. If you are looking for a unique atmosphere where you can sip on tropical cocktails and eat freshly steamed seafood (you are on vacation after all), this is it. Options for seating are both inside overlooking the water, or outside under private cabana-like tiki huts that are elevated over the water. Be sure to save room for dessert– head baker, AG, has been making their key lime pie for 27 years!

Another favorite local spot is the eclectic Gypsy Cab Company, which has been serving awardwinning “urban” cuisine for 25 years. Owner, Pat Morrissey, describes the innovative menu as “borrowing” from Italian, German, Cajun, Mediterranean, classical European, Southern, Oriental and “Floribbean” cuisines. Afterwards, walk nextdoor to the Corner Bar for an afterdinner drink to top off the evening.

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Day two in town is the perfect time to see what that Fountain of Youth is all about. To truly take in all that St. Augustine has to offer, hop aboard a trolley tour of the city. Old Town Trolley Tours depart every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and sights include the City Gates and Spanish Quarter, the Old Wooden Schoolhouse, a bay view at the Monterey, beautiful historical churches and homes, the Lightner Museum, Flagler College, the Oldest House, the Fountain of Youth and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, among many other stops. A trolley tour is the easiest and most entertaining way to see all of St. Augustine in a day and learn the incredible

history behind our nation’s oldest city from a friendly, knowledgeable guide. A city with this kind of history is bound to have its share of skeletons in the closet, if you will. Another popular way to visit the historical landmarks in St. Augustine is by taking a ghost tour. The Ghost Tours of St. Augustine was once voted the No. 1 Guided Tour in Florida by Florida Living magazine readers, and has been featured on Discovery® and the Travel Channel®. The walking tour first started offering regular ghost tours in 1994, and starts at 8 p.m. every night of the year, including holidays. The lantern-lit guided tour features the area north of the plaza including two cemeteries and haunted bed & breakfasts, and tells the tales of ghostly experiences, folklore and legendary stories of events that actually happened in St. Augustine. The tour guides will tell you themselves: all stories are thoroughly researched from records at historical libraries, church documents, personal diaries and interviews. To continue the exploring and family-friendly adventures, climb aboard the Black Raven Pirate Ship for a treasure hunt, to meet pirates and to learn how to sword fight (for the kids). The ship departs twice a day during the week, and three times a day on

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St. Augustine the weekend, including an 8:15 p.m. departure time for those 21 and older only– perfect for an unforgettable celebration. This sail across Matanzas Bay is one the entire family will enjoy. While you are exploring the city’s downtown, and in between touring and sword fighting, stop by Collage Restaurant on Hypolita Street. The restaurant defines its menu as “artful global cuisine” and the ambiance is truly elegant and romantic. In fact, hard-sell travel review website TripAdvisor recently named Collage Restaurant as one of the “Top Ten Romantic Restaurants in the United States.” If a romantic date is what you are looking for, Collage Restaurant is a must during your time in St. Augustine.

In a Week.

Though a long day of trolley and ghost tours can help you better understand the culture and history of this laid-back coastal town, there are still plenty of charming restaurants to try. Take an easy drive up scenic highway A1A to Cap’s on the Water, a waterfront restaurant with a large outdoor deck under a canopy of trees that serves seafood fare with traditional Southern and Mediterranean flavors. Or, back over the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island is GAS Full Service Restaurant. Don’t let the name fool you – this local seafood restaurant, housed in what was once a gas station, makes their food from scratch every morning using local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible, and was a Taste of St. Augustine Award Winner. Other local restaurant favorites worth trying include Aunt Kate’s and Mango Mango’s. A1A Aleworks,

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in downtown St. Augustine overlooking the Matanzas Bay, serves fresh seafood and brews its own signature handcrafted beers named after St. Augustine characteristics and landmarks (Bridge of Lions brown ale, King Street light lager). On Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the St. Augustine Amphitheater hosts the Old City Farmers Market, featuring local vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and live entertainment. It is a great place to enjoy the local artisans and to pick up a piece of St. Augustine to take back with you. For the more adventurous type, spend an afternoon at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Take a look at albino alligators, exotic birds, monkeys and lemurs, pythons and meet Maximo, the 15-foot-3-inch saltwater crocodile who weighs in at 1,250 lbs, making him the

biggest animal at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Tour the animal exhibits or get in on the action at the alligator farm by ziplining through the treetops on one or both of the Crocodile Crossing challenge courses that hover just above alligators and at eye level with tropical birds and lemurs. Top off the week-long trip to St. Augustine with a tour and wine tasting at San Sebastian Winery, located in one of Henry Flagler’s old east coast railway buildings. Complimentary wine tours and tastings are given seven days a week to try their vintage-dated hybrids, such as Stover and Blanc Du Bois, as well as sparkling wines from native Muscadine grapes. Afterwards, on the weekends only, enjoy live jazz and blues music on its rooftop bar, the Cellar Upstairs. Locals say this is one of the best-kept secrets, and guests can enjoy wine, as well as domestic and

imported beers, light appetizers and listen to music on the open-air deck. From ghost tours and pirate cruises to sandy beaches and wine tasting, St. Augustine is ready to entertain. This eclectic vacation spot offers as much or as little activity that you want on a vacation, in a location that is just far enough to let yourself get swept away in the sun and sand, but is close enough to enjoy its charm for a just day.

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Let us know what’s going on!

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 352275-7722 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 www. 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 34th Annual Melon Run Wednesday, July 4th, 8am Westside Park The Florida Track Club is hosting their July 4th tradition – the famous Annual Melon Run. This family friendly event will feature the race, watermelon and Independence Day festivities! For more information or to register, visit www.

Tioga Town Center Movie Nights Friday, July 13th, 7pm Tioga Town Center Bring the whole family for a movie in the park and enjoy a homemade picnic while watching The Adventures of Tin Tin! Snacks available for sale. Visit events.php for more information.

Hairspray, A Musical Comedy: Opening Night Saturday, July 13th, 8pm Gainesville Community Playhouse Explore the 1960s, as loveable, plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad wins a spot on the local TV dance program and turns into a celebrity overnight. This family friendly musical runs from July 13-August 5. For more information and show times, visit

6th Annual Haven Hospice Antique Road Show Saturday, July 21st, 2pm Haven Hospice Attic, Gainesville Shop Haven Hospice’s exclusive antique showcase! All proceeds from the same of items support unfunded patient care and programs in our community. For more information, visit

2012 Swamp Dance Fest Thursday, July 26th, 7:30pm Constans Theatre Presented by the UF College of Fine Arts School of Theatre & Dance. Tickets are $13-$17. Call (352) 273-0526 or email

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Tioga Town Center Summer Concert Series

Love That Dress benefitting PACE

Friday, July 27th, 7:30pm Tioga Town Center

Saturday, September 8th, 5pm City of Gainesville Senior Center

Gather your friends and family and enjoy a free outdoor performance by Stonebrand Band in Tioga’s Town Square. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit for more information.

This event provides Gainesville area residents the opportunity to buy new or gently used dresses and accessories at bargain prices, donated by fellow community members and businesses. For more information, visit

Tioga Town Center Movie Nights

Tioga Town Center Movie Nights

Friday, August 10th, 7pm Tioga Town Center

Friday, September 14th, 7pm Tioga Town Center

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

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

7th Annual Tyler’s Hope Golf Tournament

Sister Hazel

Thursday, August 18th – Saturday, August 18th Gainesville Golf and Country Club

Friday, September 21st, 7:30pm Phillips Center for Performing Arts

100% of registration fees goes to finding a cure for this dystonia. Thursday is Gold Sponsors dinner; Friday is a practice round for the tournament and dinner with a silent live auction and band; Saturday is the tournament. For more information, visit

Gainesville’s own Sister Hazel returns to kick off UFPA’s 2012-13 season. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (352) 392-2787.

Tioga Town Center Summer Concert Series Friday, August 24th, 7:30pm Tioga Town Center Gather your friends and family and enjoy a free outdoor performance by Chris McCarty in Tioga’s Town Square. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit for more information.

Grape Stompin’ 2012 Saturday, August 25th, 1pm Bo Diddley Plaza A wine tour to various downtown restaurants, local bands, delicious food and live and silent auctions. Admission is $65 and includes the wine tour, a commemorative wine glass and a horse & carriage ride. Visit for more.

Tioga Town Fair Saturday, August 25th, 4pm Tioga Town Center The annual Tioga Town Fair benefitting the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation promises to be fun for the entire family. Fair activities include bounce houses, obstacle courses, carnival games and food and much more! For more information, visit


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Tioga Town Center Summer Concert Series Friday, September 28th, 7:30pm Tioga Town Center Gather your friends and family and enjoy a free outdoor performance by Orquesta SalSumba d’ Gville in Tioga’s Town Square. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit events.php for more information.

Noche de Gala Saturday, September 29th Besilu Collection, Micanopy Following last year’s sold out event, benefitting the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, this year’s Noche de Gala promises to be an evening packed with live entertainment, a silent auction and much more! For more information, visit www.

important numbers Emergencies: • Emergency: 911 • Gainesville Police: 352-334-2400 • Gainesville Fire Rescue: 352-334-5078

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• 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 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

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Stop Children’s Cancer Fantasy Event April 21, 2012

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April 14, 2012

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Mary Wise Scramble for PACE April 27, 2012

Haile Jazz Fest

Dawn Mckinstry Photography

April 28, 2012

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Hailes Angels Walk April 28, 2012

Tioga Car Show

Art of Affection Photography

May 12, 2012

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Runways and Rescues Fashion Show Art of Affection Photography

May 18, 2012

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Gainesville Fisher House Night in Margaritaville June 10, 2012

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from the kitchen of

Dean Cacciatore

Pollo alla Vesuvio On Sunday gatherings, my grandmother would make a number of dishes, most of which had macaroni as the main ingredient. However, this chicken dish was one of her favorites and complimented everything. She simply called it “chicken and potatoes.” Everyone would fight for the end of the crusty semolina bread to scrape the yum yums in the corner of the roasting pan.

directions 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a large roasting pan. 2. Heat ½ inch olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes and sausage, and brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. When browned, transfer the potatoes and sausage to the roasting pan. 3. Season the chicken with 2 teaspoons salt. Brown chicken on all sides in batches, about 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer the breast pieces to the roasting pan, leaving the dark meat in the skillet. 4. Drain the oil from the skillet and pour in another 3 tablespoons olive oil and the crushed garlic. Once the garlic begins to sizzle, toss in the onions, thyme and oregano. 5. Deglaze with the white wine and the juice from 1 lemon. When the white wine has reduced by half, add the chicken stock. Return to a boil, and then pour all the contents of the skillet into the roasting pan. 6. Place in the oven, and roast 20 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and return to oven to roast for 30 to 40 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is tender and caramelized and only a thin layer of liquid remains in the bottom of the pan. Serve on a large serving platter.

Buon Appetito!

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ingredients Serves: 6 to 8 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into lengthwise wedges 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces 1 4lbs chicken, cut into 8ths 4 teaspoons kosher salt 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil 6 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled 2 small onions, cut into large diced pieces 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 lemon 1 cup dry white wine 1 cup chicken stock

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