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Summer Vacation, Your Way! ACTRESS, SINGER AND MUSICIAN

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Vol. 9 No. 2 | Spring 2013

community 20

Spotlight on Neighbors: Gary Schneider & Cherylle Hayes

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Competitive Sports: The not-so-perfect age to begin

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Use a travel agent or go direct? Good question!

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United Way of North Central Florida: Bringing Passion, Expertise and Resources to our Community

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Giving back to our best friends

lifestyle 44

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In Pursuit of a Dream – Actress, Singer and Musician, Sarah Lentz

health & fitness 50

Gainesvillle Eye Physicians: Focusing on the Finest Technology

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Pilates – Change Your Body, Change Your Life

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contents T h e V i lla g e J o u rn a l

home 56

Spotted! Items We Love – Shades of Spring

money 64 Checking In With

Your Financial Health

food 66 Seasonal Eats

travel 69 Summer Vacation, Your Way

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56 in every issue 10 Editor’s Note 12 Contributors 14 The Haile Village Center Directory 18 Publix Market Square Directory 58 Community Map 62 Real Estate Market Watch 72 Calendar of Events 76 Snapshots 81 Register of Advertisers 82 From the Kitchen of Dean Cacciatore

on the cover

Sarah Lentz wearing a sequin cap sleeve dress and Miss Sixty coat. Jewelry by J.Crew, Chan Luu, Waxing Poetic and Premier Designs (see p.46 for details). Photographed by ryaphotos. Styled by Andrea Love-Leonor. Hair by Rachel Cole. Makeup by Kara Winslow.

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editor’s note April showers bring May flowers… and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome spring with this season’s edition of The Village Journal. From updating your home with shades of spring (p.56) to planning your next vacation (p.69), we are ready to welcome warmer weather and brighter colors. This issue’s cover story features Sarah Lentz. The 14-year-old Oak Hall honors student boasts a multitude of talents that – I have a feeling – will land her in the big leagues one day. The up-and-coming actress, singer and musician dreams of being the next big star, and performing under the bright lights of Broadway. And if the melodic tunes and smooth vocals we had a glimpse of are any indication of success, we’ll be hearing her name again. (p.44). The spring spotlight landed on Haile residents, Gary Schneider and Cherylle Hayes – a couple deeply rooted in Gainesville and dedicated to serving our community. Both have a work hard, play hard mentality, and the personality to go along with it (p.20). So slip on your sandals and put away the sweaters, kick back and enjoy – as this issue is sure to provide a breath of fresh air for the spring season.

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contributors 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. 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.

Publisher: Ryan Frankel Editor: Channing Casey Account Executive: Kilty Bryson Art Director: Kevin James Graphic Design: Aníbal Rodríguez Social Media Manager: Jeannette Baer

Kelli Sanders is co-owner of Evolve Pilates and Fitness and has been teaching functional and corrective exercise through the Pilates Method since 2001. Her passions for restructuring the body and correcting posture led her to become a licensed massage therapist and to further her education through neurosomatic therapy. Kelli discovers defective postural and movement patterns in her clients’ bodies that are often missed by conventional medicine. In her spare time, she loves to cook, make recipes and spend time with her husband and son.

Brian Watson earned a Finance degree from the University of Florida and subsequently joined Koss Olinger. Quickly becoming a Partner in the firm, Brian emerged as an integral member of the Koss Olinger Investment Advisory Committee. Brian is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) specializing in retirement planning, investment management and estate planning. He was central to the development of Koss Olinger’s trademarked process, The Wealth Navigator System™. As an advisor, Brian takes great pride in his ability to implement advanced planning techniques while simultaneously educating his clients.

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T h e H a i le V i lla g e C e n te r

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architecture Jennifer Langford, AIA, CNU, PA . . . . 3 7 1 - 7 1 8 7

South Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-8776 Patticakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376-1332 Queens Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-0721

art & photography Footstone Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 562-3066 Haile Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-8000

community Gainesville Community Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-0060

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

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

event services Cacciatore Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-0701 Olive You Eat Well . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-0281 Plantation Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1600

financial American Optimal Advisors . . . . . . . . . 505-5632 AdvantaIRA Trust, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-7833 Holloway Wealth Management . . . . . . 337-8177

Cacciatore Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-0701

Markey Wealth Management . . . . . . . 338-1560

Haile Village Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-0721

SunTrust Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-6868

Limerock Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240-6228

Tillman Hartley, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-9015

Sisters Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-0281

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

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

health & beauty Haile Barber Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2005 Haile Village Body Work . . . . . . . . . . . 372-6550 Haile Village Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . 335-5025 Hang Ten Nail Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-5545

Ideal Weight Management . . . . . . . . . . 327-4120 Salon PhD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 8 - 1 0 1 1 Serendipity Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . 378-9088 Skin Therapy by Connie . . . . . . . . . . . . 226-0793

home improvements TPG Granite & Cabinetry . . . . . . . . . . . 375-8000

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, 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

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Niesen, Price, Worthy, Campo, Frasier & Blakey, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-9031 White & Crouch, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 2 - 1 0 1 1

medical Aguirre Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-2545 Benet Clinical Assessment . . . . . . . . . 375-2545 Burnell Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-0900

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Galvan Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327-3561

pet care Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue . . . . . . . . . 262-4232

Haile Endodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2999

Haile Plantation Animal Clinic . . . . . . . 377-6003

Haile Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-9602

Shampoodles by Jan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336-7236

Haile Plantation Family Dental . . . . . . 3 7 5 - 6 1 1 6

Sweet Paws Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264-8995

Haile Plantation Family Medicine (UF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265-0944 Haile Village Bodywork . . . . . . . . . . . . 372-6550 Infectious Disease Consultants . . . . . . 375-0008 Kids Only Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .335-7777 Lori Libert Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . 222-1583 Linda Goodwin, PhD, LMHC, Counselor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-0030 Speech & Language Center at Haile Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284-3323 The Haile Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-0551 UF&Shands PRC at Haile . . . . . . . . . . . 265-0944

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real estate Bosshardt Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-6100 Coldwell Banker, M.M. Parrish Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-4999 Haile Plantation Sales & Information Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-4999 Thomas Group Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226-8228

title & insurance New York Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 9 - 8 1 7 1 Weston Arnold Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . 333-9440


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beauty Great Clips...................................................3 3 1 - 1 0 0 5 Venus Nail Spa...........................................331-3878

dining Bamboos......................................................3 3 1 - 1 5 2 2 I Love NY Pizza..........................................333-6185

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

medical Alligator Island Optical.............................332-9028 Archer Dental..............................................3 3 1 - 4 7 3 1 Haile Market Therapy &

Subway.........................................................332-1707

Behavioral Medicine.................................331-0020

Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt.....................505-3352

Kinetix Physical Therapy.........................505-6665

The Roundabout Bar & Grill .................. 331-6620

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

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

financial Florida Credit Union.................................3 7 7 - 4 1 4 1 Wells Fargo..................................................331-8239

grocery Publix.............................................................3 3 1 - 1 0 3 7

insurance Bo Greene Insurance Agency...............3 3 3 - 1 1 2 3 Brightway Insurance.................................240-7500

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pharmacy Publix Pharmacy .......................................3 3 1 - 1 0 8 6

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........................3 7 1 - 1 8 2 8 Tommy Williams Homes..........................3 3 1 - 8 1 8 0 Viking Construction..................................333-9333


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spotlight HAILE PLANTATION

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Gary Schneider and Cherylle Hayes By Kendal Norris | LHM Photography

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oth partners in this happy, successful marriage grew up on the Atlantic seaboard, but hail from two very different places: Long Island and Fort Lauderdale. The self-styled New York yankee of the couple, Gary Schneider’s life-long love of Florida stems from having spent frequent vacation time with his grandmother who lived in Coral Gables. “From the age of five,” he remembered, “my idea of heaven was to one day move to Florida.” Fortunately, that dream came true when Gary won a wrestling scholarship to the University of Florida. After earning his degree in 1973, he worked as a graduate assistant and then as Head 20 | TheVillageJournal.com

Wrestling Coach and Assistant Football Coach until 1980, at which time the wrestling program was phased out and Gary switched professional gears, going into real estate and development. As he recalled, “I was lucky enough to start this new career working for my long-admired mentors, Bob Rowe and Jim Green. I also got to help launch Haile Plantation in 1981. It was the brainchild of architect/developer Bob Kramer who was a true visionary. Hard to believe now, but I was the first realtor in the same development that, 20 years later, would become my home. In those early days, I was literally operating out of a trailer selling the dream of future homes, stores, parks, restaurants and trails. People thought we were crazy!”


In 2000, after his vibrant, sports-oriented daughter, Missie, graduated from college, she and Gary had a discussion about future plans. Missie suggested they form a real estate sales team, and Gary commented, “This was much to my delight. I could not imagine how this scenario could bring us so close both professionally and personally.” Under the auspices of Bosshardt Realty Services, they formed their dynamic duo partnership of familyoriented service to clients buying and selling homes in the Gainesville area. Between 1988 and 2006, Gary was also part of a successful development partnership that help to develop areas such as Hayes Glen, Cheney Walk, Meadows on the Prairie and built several homes on Amelia Island.

But we finally took that trip to Hawaii last year that we’d been looking forward to since the wedding.” Growing up in Fort Lauderdale with three close-knit sisters, Cherylle said, “Having lost my dad at an early age, my mother raised us to be

The year 2001 would bring a life-changing event to Gary. Mutual friends – Phil and Robin Parr – fixed him up with a blind date in the fall of that year. Cherylle Hayes was a highly gifted physician – a Radiation Oncologist whose circle of friends had, for years, intertwined with Gary’s. She recalled, “It’s funny, but as we began to date and get to know each other, we found out we had participated in many similar sports and even the same Atlanta triathlon ten years before we’d even met.” Sharing a passion for the outdoors and for service to others, Gary and Cherylle later took to their marriage vows in Laguna Beach, California. Returning to their busy careers in Gainesville afterward, Gary added, “It actually took us years to make time for a honeymoon.

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independent, active and athletic. My sisters went on to have careers in law, cyber-security and public health.” Cherylle graduated from Mercer University/Medical College of Georgia with a degree in Nuclear Medicine – Health Physics. She went on to receive her medical degree (M.D.) from the Medical College of Georgia, eventually becoming a Radiation Oncologist and took a faculty position as Assistant Professor at the UF Department of Radiation Oncology. Cherylle says, “I too had an opportunity to work with long admired mentors in my profession, Bill and Nancy Mendenhall.”

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Cherylle’s next professional opportunity came when she was named Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at North Florida Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center. She commented, “I’d always been interested in the many aspects of cancer treatment and care. I love academics along with patient interaction, so this work environment provides opportunities to combine both of those areas.” She continued, “I’ve also been privileged to witness and be part of great recent breakthroughs in medical technology – new modalities like Cyberknife Radiosurgery/ Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy – robotic radiation that makes a critical difference in cancer treatment.” With a strong desire to share her medical experience and expertise, Cherylle frequently speaks publicly about different types of cancer and treatment. One of her most popular talks is entitled, “Being the CEO of Your Body.” Her husband noted, “Cherylle is always prepared, funny and knowledgeable in her speaking engagements. Helping to educate others on important health issues is a passion for her.” Cherylle’s community involvement also extends to serving on multiple boards in years past, and is currently involved with Physicians Care Network and the UF Performing Arts Center. As with so many families, cancer has personally touched Cherylle. “Several years ago, my sister in California was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that had moved into her liver and bones. She was initially given a short while to live by her doctors. But with innovative


Gary and Cherylle vacationing in Amelia Island.

treatment in the form of new molecular/systemic medications, changes in radiation modalities and other lifestyle changes, my sister is still here with great quality of life, raising her daughter, and has also become a patient advocate for survivors.” It’s in the nature of the fields of real estate and medicine for people to work long, and sometimes unpredictable, hours. So Gary and Cherylle make sure to insert de-stressors into their lives, like getting up early for a run together or taking an evening swim. Cherylle said, “One of the reasons we love living in Haile Plantation so much is that it gives us the chance to take it down a notch when we come home, to let go of the pressures of the day. We can walk everywhere – to a pool, to the running trails, to a restaurant. There’s so much serenity in just being able to rest, work out or eat out in such a beautiful environment, and without having to get into a car.” Because friendly, healthy competition has always been a part of their personalities, Gary and Cherylle share considerable enthusiasm for Gator sports. As Gary put it, “It’s not only fun, but it’s another way for us to delve deeper into a sense of community here in Gainesville.” Whenever possible, the couple loves to really get away from it all on Amelia Island. Cherylle said, “The place is a hidden treasure with so much to offer.” With no schedule to keep, we can catch our breath there.” Gary added, “Because we have a committed, loving partnership, we recognize the need to care for it, too. Fortunately, finding this quiet time is one way we can help balance the challenges of everyday life.”

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INDUSTRY INSIDER

Competitive Sports: The not-so-perfect age to begin BY ERIC WARM

SUN COUNTRY SPORTS CENTER

As parents, we tend to question when the appropriate time is for our children to begin participating in sports. Most likely, there will be someone you know who has a three-year-old involved in organized sports, and is sure he or she is destined to be the next Albert Pujols, Lionel Messi or Gabby Douglas. It is crucial to understand the factors that help determine what exactly that magic age is for our children to begin playing team sports. Having the desire to participate is most important as your children advance in sports. Parents often say their son has tremendous eye-hand coordination or their daughter has the perfect body for gymnastics, and they may be exactly right, but without the child’s desire to start and the desire to continue, he or she is not truly ready to be involved. Patience is key to ensuring children are progressing according to their own interest and desire. The fact that the kid down the street is into sports at four years old really means nothing to your family until your child is ready and showing enthusiasm for and interest in the sport. Does four sound too

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young, by the way? It may surprise you to know that USSSA Baseball has a 4U– four and under– travel division. Preschoolers are traveling, playing competitive sports, and being expected to pay attention and focus. So, yes, some kids compete at a younger age than other children. However, the key is identifying their desire to play and compete, and fostering that desire in a healthy way to make sure sports are fun and beneficial for everyone in your family. Parents should be aware that early competitive sports involvement is not always beneficial to their child’s health. An increasing number of children and adolescents are experiencing irreversible harm due to overuse injuries that may lead to premature arthritis and joint damage. Any medical professional will encourage you to get your children active at a young age, that is, within reason and being mindful not to push too hard and too fast. Beginning by exploring different sports options is likely the best choice. Gymnastics, for example, is a foundational sport where a young child starts at an introductory level and progresses from one level to the next at his or her own pace. Remember, there is always going to be a child starting before yours, but there is certainly no guarantee that he or she will progress at the same level or stay with it long term. If you are able to find a good, healthy balance between desire, ability and safety, your child will benefit greatly from the social interaction and physical activity that sports offer.


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Use a travel agent or go direct? Good question! BY LEE BYRNE

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The biggest myth surrounding travel agents is that they charge for their services. For the most part, agents’ services are complimentary—if not for an airline ticket because airlines have cut out paying commission—than for other travel aspects like cruises, tours and land packages. In those cases, an agent’s commission is paid by the vendor, which means their services are free to the customer. You get the best deal by calling on a travel agent. Since agents do not work for any one company, they search across all companies to find you the best deals and opportunities. And the best part is that a travel agent will continue to work for you even after your deposit has been made. For instance, if a cruise line has a rate change, an agent calls to inform you about the lower price, whereas if you book directly with the supplier, it is doubtful that the cruise line will let you know there has been a price reduction. A Google search can certainly be helpful, but may not always be the best option for deciding what to do while you’re visiting your destination. For example, try searching “Mediterranean cruise” and you will see 1.5 million results. Yikes! Where do you begin to look? Which companies are legitimate and which aren’t? A good travel agent will guide you and tell you about the most popular sites to see, or even some hidden secrets they’ve uncovered while traveling. Most agents also check their e-mail and voicemail even

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during the weekend, so in case of any non-dangerous emergency, your agent can be your best bet for help if you run into trouble while traveling. Yet another myth is that many online sites run exclusive promotions or withhold space many months in advance. This appears to give them an advantage on certain ships and sailing dates, but travel agents also have access to all the best promotions. You might even receive extra shipboard credit to spend onboard, or find pre-paid gratuities so that all tipping will be included. On some itineraries, a unique shore excursion might even be available. Lastly, a travel agent can help you customize your vacation. If you are planning a family reunion, wedding, or large group trip, an agent will take the burden off of you and become the “party planner.” Good agents can set up cocktail parties, beach parties, special shore excursions, wedding receptions, meeting rooms and dining arrangements. The next time you’re planning a trip, don’t be shy about utilizing the services of a travel agent– they will make planning a vacation a breeze.


UNITED WAY OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA: BRINGING PASSION, EXPERTISE AND RESOURCES TO OUR COMMUNITY By Kendal Norris

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n 2012, United Way celebrated 125 years of history as a conduit between community needs and solution-giving resources. As the largest private funder of human services in education, health, income and safety, United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCL) has invested more than $100 million into the local community over the last 55 years.

Program. Qualified children receive a backpack full of donated food on a Friday so that they do not go without eating over the weekend and can go to school on Monday prepared to learn. A second, IRS-sponsored endeavor called Volunteer Free Income Tax Program (VITA), provides free tax preparation to families making less than $51,000 annually.

“We cover the six surrounding counties and currently fund 27 programs offered by 17 local agencies,” said Kim Faenza, Director of Communications and Marketing. “What makes United Way so effective is that we build alliances and partnerships with local businesses, schools, universities, and our community impact partner organizations to deliver a wide range of services to all age groups – from pre-natal to senior citizens.”

“Last year we were able to help participants in acquiring over $400,000 in Earned Income Credit, and a total of $1.4 million in total refunds. Those are much needed dollars going back into the community’s economy,” said Debbie Mason, President and CEO of UWNCFL.

The four long-term goals of UWNCFL are to increase the high school graduation rate to 90% by 2018, to reduce domestic impediments to education created by poverty, to ensure that children and adults are safe in their home and community, and have access to medical and dental care. “In terms of short-term goals,” said Faenza, “we address the immediate needs of people for food, shelter and urgent assistance in times of crisis. A good example of this is the United Way 2–1–1 Program. It’s a 24-hour free hotline referral service for assistance from local agencies in the areas of housing, utilities, tax preparation, food, medical care and a myriad of other issues. From July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, 16,000 local residents called that number for help.” Another way UWNCFL contributes to the community is by developing grant-funded initiatives such as the Weekend Hunger Backpack

Familywize, a timely, free service of UWNCFL, offers a discount card on prescription drugs recognized by every pharmacy in the Gainesville community. “Last year this program helped area-wide families to save $260,000 on needed medications,” Mason noted. An additional grant-funded initiative operating in north central Florida is the school-based Dental Sealant Initiative. “By partnering with the University of Florida School of Dentistry, The Santa Fe School of Dental Hygiene and Oral Health America, supervised dental and oral hygeine students at these schools place dental sealant on the teeth of children at risk for tooth decay. Since this is the number one chronic disease in children, they can grow up with healthier teeth and miss far less school as a result. The program also provides fluoride varnish and a referral service to local dentists,” said Faenza. Commenting on still another grant-funded project called Check & Connect, Mason noted:

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“AT&T contributed $300,000 last September to fund a three-year partnership with United Way and Alachua County Public Schools. The resulting program places three dropout specialists in three area high schools with the highest population of ninth graders quitting school (Gainesville, Eastside and Hawthorne). Each specialist mentors approximately 40 students, connects with families and provides social service referrals to strengthen the family unit. This grant is designed to follow these students through their high school career,” Mason said. “And of course, so much of the success of this work is due to our incredibly dedicated and talented volunteer group.”

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Volunteers also make possible the implementation of an early learning initiative called ReadingPals, which is funded by a grant from Carol and Barney Barnett [partnering with UWNCFL and Children’s Movement of Florida] and places volunteers with second or third-graders for one hour a week for the entire school year,” Faenza

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and Young Leaders Society, both of which celebrate the power of women and youth to affect positive change through philanthropy and service. And for the third consecutive year, United Downtown – a free, family-friendly street festival held the Friday before Gator football home games – increases awareness of UWNCFL’s multidimensional work of giving, advocacy and volunteerism.

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added. “These efforts are geared toward improving childrens’ literacy rates.”

Through the tireless efforts of United Way North Central Florida staff and over 11,000 donors and volunteers, this non-profit is truly making a significant difference across a broad spectrum in the lives of thousands of local residents. Visit unitedwayncfl.org to learn how you can Live United.

United Way is, as Mason describes it, “a leader and convener in community services.” Traditionally, UWNCFL has partnered with local businesses through workplace fundraising campaigns, engaging donors to work in and for the community. This alliance extends to affinity groups such as the Women’s Leadership Council

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Dr. Amara Estrada

Mending hearts and forging discoveries in animal health By Sarah Carey | Art of Affection Photography

Dr. Amara Estrada specializes in veterinary cardiology – mending the broken or damaged hearts of countless dogs, cats and other species at the UF Veterinary Hospitals – but also in building and strengthening relationships to further the human-animal bond. Whether she’s helping pet owners understand treatment options, teaching students, brainstorming with colleagues or seeking scientific breakthroughs, Dr. Estrada adds a personal touch to her professional commitments. She moves from clinic to classroom to laboratory with ease in Gainesville and beyond, and speaks regularly at national and international meetings.

Several years ago, Dr. Estrada started a tradition of sharing in Grand Rounds with UF&Shands pediatric cardiologists. The relationships she formed led to UF’s first open heart surgery on a 7-yearold Labrador retriever in 2006. The dog swallowed a barbecue skewer that migrated to its heart. The case drew national press coverage – including a mention in bestseller “Marley and Me” author John Grogan’s blog. Dr. Mark Bleiweis, an associate professor in the department of surgery and pediatrics at the UF College of Medicine, performed the life-saving procedure with assistance from UF veterinarians.

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In recognition of her dedication, Dr. Estrada, an associate professor at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was named the 2010 Southeast Regional winner of the nationwide “Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet” contest, sponsored by Morris Animal Foundation, Hills Pet Nutrition and BowTie, Inc. A UF hospital client from Utah nominated her after she saved their dog by including it in a pacemaker study she led at the time. She also has a soft heart for service dogs. Dr. Estrada’s family also includes a four-legged member, Jasmine, a golden retriever and service dog for her two boys, Caleb and Aiden, who were each born with a disability. The UF Small Animal Hospital now offers free heart screening exams for service dogs once a year, thanks to Dr. Estrada’s efforts.

“I asked them for help,” Dr. Estrada said. “They readily accepted and offered to assist us with the case.” Dr. Estrada’s current research involves the use of stem cells to repair heart function in Doberman Pinchers with dilated cardiomyopathy, and could lead to more studies of the disease in people. “If this technique works, it would provide an affordable treatment option and one which never existed before,” she said. “People wouldn’t have to watch their dogs suffer.” It’s to that end, working to stop the suffering caused by disease, that Dr. Estrada has dedicated her life.

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Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue

Treating the abandoned and wounded By Kendal Norris | Art of Affection Photography

In the Gainesville area, dog and cat rescue efforts abound. It’s that type of community. But Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue takes those efforts to another level because local veterinarian, Dr. Linda McCollough, offers medical treatment to abandoned, wounded and suffering pets. She said, “We take the more serious medical cases, including pets with severe skin and dental disease, bone fractures and heartworm disease and do as much as we can to make them healthy so they can live a happy, comfortable life. Even the three-legged and one-eyed animals that would most likely have been euthanized, are able to find homes and become part of a family.”

and the Gainesville Vocational Rehabilitation and Center for Independent Living. As Kirk explained, “We’ve instituted a three month program that allows an individual who is challenged with disabilities an opportunity to receive training and education about animal care. These employees learn to provide compassionate care for the animals on a daily basis and assist in helping place the animals in a permanent home. This partnership is one way of enabling us to become independent, as well as increases the number of animals that we can save and helps create a work force for the animal rescue community – a win-win situation.”

Since opening up her own veterinary facility, Haile Plantation Animal Clinic, 18 years ago, Dr. McCollough has continuously been engaged in rescue work, culminating about nine years ago in the establishment of the not-for-profit, Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue. Today, Executive Director Kirk Eppenstein, formerly the director of the Gainesville Humane Society, noted, “It’s our mission for Haile’s Angels to become financially independent from the clinic. We are pursuing every viable avenue, such as fundraisers, grant writing and sponsorships and are using social media to promote awareness of the importance of helping these needy animals. Developing a strong and reliable volunteer team is also vital as the animals need constant, daily care.”

Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue typically saves between 500-600 animals per year, at an average cost of $500.00 per animal. Recently, Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue joined forces with local restaurant, Limerock Road Neighborhood Grill, for a “Spayghetti” dinner in which sixty percent of the dinner sales were donated by owner, Gordy Braund, to Haile’s Angels. “We want to give back to the Gainesville community so that we can all be a support team for each other,” said Dr. McCollough.

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Learn more and support Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue at www.hailesangels.org or by visiting their new adoption center located at 5231 SW 91st Drive in Haile Village Center.


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Earth Pets Natural Pet Market A Health and Heart-Centered Enterprise By Kendal Norris | Randy Batista Photography

Some people operate primarily from the head, while others are led by their heart. When it comes to the well-being of our four-legged friends, Guy Webster weighs in predominantly on the heart side. Founder and owner of Earth Pets Natural Pet Market, Guy has been in the animal feed and supply business for over 30 years. His deeplyrooted love of animals was quickened during the late 1970s when he worked closely with

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veterinarians on the U.S. Army base in Okinawa. Upon returning home, he was determined to open up his own pet store and the result was Canine Care Center. With a longstanding interest in holistic and organic pet food and products, Guy started Earth Pets in 2000 – a totally green, all natural food and supply business that has grown in reputation and success


over the last dozen years. Guy’s sister, Gay WebsterSachs stated, “Guy wanted to offer healthy, organic food and animal care products to the Gainesville community of pet owners. He has studied this field intensively so he could share top-notch, quality advice and service. Now he’s something of a living encyclopedia on the subject, and his customers are the grateful beneficiaries. Even if he’s not in the store, he’s available for phone consultations.” Earth Pets uses local suppliers whenever possible and features area-made pet tents, collars, leashes, beds and yes – cookies! The “Barkery” inside the store is a sumptuous display of every fun, edible temptation a dog could wish for. A pet of the day is featured, along with a treat of the day, so that visiting Earth Pets is an adventure for both humans and animals. The friendly and educated staff (all UF graduates!) are members of Guy’s family, along with store dog,

Dingo. Together they also help with local animal rescue efforts through the Paws on Parole program and Second Chance Farm. Each week adoptable pets can be found outside Earth Pets, reveling in the free treats and the attention of customers and prospective adopters. Guy also exhibits a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to supporting community efforts at fundraising. He regularly donates dog baskets, treats, food and other pet supplies to local charities. Given that his grandfather was a minister, Guy comes by this generous nature honestly. As Gay noted, “Guy believes passionately in doing his best for people’s pets – whether it’s organic food or beds or brushes or toys or the odd, holistic cure for a tummy ache. It’s all part of his love of and dedication to the health of our furry friends.”

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Paws on Parole A Program of Perfect Priorities By Kendal Norris | Art of Affection Photography

Four years ago, a partnership was born between two groups more or less on the fringe of society – a partnership that grew to be more successful than anyone could have imagined at its inception. That’s when some lucky canine residents of the Alachua County Animal Services met up with a group of inmates at the Department of Corrections Gainesville Work Camp. It was a challenge born of eagerness, acceptance, growth, love and mutual rewards. Animal Services Education Coordinator Hilary Hynes said, “The goal of the program is multifaceted; its purpose is to increase the adoption and retention rates of dogs at the Alachua County Animal Shelter. But it also has a number of wonderful side effects: enthusiastic community support, development of inmate skills, discipline, confidence and compassion, and of course, socialized, well-trained pets that go to deserving individuals and families.” For eight weeks, dogs from the ACAS spend concentrated time with their inmate handlers learning basic obedience and socialization. Under the patient supervision of volunteer professional trainers, inmates learn how to use positive training techniques to potty train, feed, groom, and teach basic obedience skills along with providing routine health care. At the end of this period, the adoptable 40 | TheVillageJournal.com

pets must pass a Canine Good Citizens test according to the American Kennel Club’s standards. Along the way they’re matched with an adoptive person or family who are carefully screened and who are encouraged to continue training for longterm success. Hilary added, “None of this would be possible without community donations of time, food, medicine, toys and grooming tools from local individuals, organizations, businesses and school fundraisers. All of this cooperation ensures that when our dogs graduate from the course, they are fully micro chipped, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and given heartworm prevention treatment. They’re ready to be happily integrated into a new home.” So far, 138 dogs have been placed and the residual benefits are real, especially for the Gainesville Work Camp inmate participants. According to Hilary, “Finding the perfect fit between animal and new owner involves the insights and participation of the inmate handlers. They journal their experiences with the animals and take pride in their accomplishments. It’s heartwarming to watch them develop great skills that can be put to use when they regain their freedom. This partnership is by far the coolest thing I’ve ever done – it’s a total win-win for everyone involved.”


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Daytime Dogs and Friends Staying Caringly Connected By Kendal Norris | LHM Photography

Routines these days for many pet owners are fairly hectic. With family, job, travel, school and extracurricular activities to attend to, sometimes pets lose out on quality time. Luckily, Daytime Dogs and Friends can step in to fill that gap. With over 40 combined years of experience with domestic animals of all kinds, Chuck Siegel and his staff bring a wealth of expertise, skill and passion to their mission of providing daycare, dog walking, dog adventure outings, in-home visits, overnight care, pet taxi, and pet supply delivery. As Chuck stated, “We use positive reinforcement techniques to give pets a safe, enjoyable and healthy experience. Our goal is to return them to you in a balanced and happy state.” Serving Gainesville and Alachua County, Daytime Dogs and Friends has highly trained handlers certified in pet first aid who know the various animal breeds and tailor their care and exercise needs accordingly. Chuck added, “A weekly hour-and-a-half walk through a nature trail does wonders for a dog that loves to explore new scents and environments, and a contented pet is a better companion to come home to.” Open since 2008, Daytime Dogs and Friends immediately made a commitment to local animal 42 | TheVillageJournal.com

rescue efforts as well. They partner with and support Paws on Parole, Haile’s Angels Animal Rescue and Gainesville Pet Rescue. They also work closely with Alachua County Animal Services and Earth Pets Natural Pet Market, along with Canine Companions for Independence. Chuck noted, “Having lived in this community for over 16 years, we know how important it is to help with fundraising and community events that focus on pet adoption to good, loving homes.” Daytime Dogs and Friends also underwrites the “Animal Airwaves Live” radio program on UF NPR 89.1 WUFT-FM station every Saturday from 1-2 p.m. “The broadcast features various faculty members from the UF Veterinary Hospital, each with a different specialty,” Chuck explained. “They cover a variety of educational and informative topics from pet care to equine health to exotic animals. It’s a wonderful resource for the pet-owning community.” Daytime Dogs and Friends has not only built meaningful connections with their clientele, but through their dedicated charity work, they’ve become an integral part of the animal rescue team in Gainesville. As Chuck said, “Our goal is to continue to provide excellent pet care and to keep promoting those magical animal-human connections.”


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How old were you when you realized singing and acting were your passions? I was around the age of seven when I was Amaryllis in The Music Man and loved being a part of it. I realized then that that’s what I’m good at and loved, and wanted to do more of.

You recently went to the National Thespian Festival. What was it like? It was fun. I have been doing it for three years now and I really enjoy it. You not only get to compete, but become friends with kids the same age as you that are interested in the same things from all over the country.

How long did you prepare for your audition in The Music Man, and how did you feel when you got the part of Amaryllis? It was sort of spontaneous actually. I had sung “Goodnight My Someone” at my aunt’s wedding rehearsal dinner, and when I found out about auditions I decided to sing that song since it’s in the play. My mom actually came to school to tell me that I got the part. I was so excited

Tell us about your experience at the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska. I went the summer before going into seventh grade and since it is a high school competition, I was the youngest one there. I will be going again this summer.

Which productions have you been a part of so far? I’ve been in The Music Man, It’s a Wonderful Life, Jane Eyre, several school productions, and two operas, one being Amahl and the Night Visitors, which I played the lead role as Amahl. How has your classical opera training influenced how you perform current music? It trained me be able to sing anything. I can sing multiple styles of songs because of it, and also project my voice much more. And what types of productions would you like to perform in the future? I would like to be in films and go on tours, but I also love musical theater and would love the opportunity of being on Broadway. What do you love most about performing? It’s such a unique way of expressing yourself. Anything you wish you could do better? I wish I were better at playing the piano. How do you handle the stress or difficulties of performing? Taking a deep breath whenever you’re stressed or on stage helps me a lot. My guitar teacher tells me to picture myself performing successfully before I go on stage.

How do you balance performing with your academics? You have to know when one is more important than the other. On nights before shows, you have to get your homework done early. On the other hand, nights before big test aren’t the best time to learn a new song. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not performing or practicing for a performance? I like to hang out with friends. How have your experiences with on-stage productions influenced other aspects of your life? I’m much more outgoing and confident in the way I present myself to people, and it’s also helped me make new friends. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I want to be an artist like Taylor Swift that tours and is in movies and TV shows. She’s one of the biggest stars in the world, and yet she seems to stay so grounded and be such a good person. Do you have any advice for someone your age that may want to try acting or singing? Set goals for yourself, and keep in mind why it is that you want to do whatever it may be whenever you doubt yourself. Everything takes practice and effort so you just have to keep trying.

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High technology has, in recent decades, revolutionized the field of ophthalmological medicine. Procedures that used to be somewhat risky and laborious are now safer, quicker and more expedient. No doctor in the Gainesville area is more acutely aware of, or up-to-date on such matters as Dr. Gregory Snodgrass of Gainesville Eye Physicians. Having received his ophthalmology training at Ohio State University, Dr. Snodgrass joined Gainesville Eye Physicians as a partner in 1987. The practice has since expanded to include satellite offices in Tioga Town Center, Live Oak, Lake City, and Melrose. The practice also features a 7880 square foot, state-of-the art ambulatory surgery center, which was built in 2006, called the Laser and Outpatient Surgery Center. “One of the reasons we wanted to centralize our procedures was to ensure the highest possible quality of products and equipment and trained staff for our patients,� Dr. Snodgrass

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commented. “Thankfully, we’ve been able to accomplish that goal and consolidate all surgical procedures at this centrallylocated facility.” Having performed over 25,000 cataract surgeries over the span of his prestigious career, Dr. Snodgrass maintains that the trend in ophthalmologic surgery has been to implement less invasive techniques – ones that require smaller incisions, fewer or no stitches, and thus, speedier recovery times. “Innovations like those featured by the Alcon INFINITI Vision System for cataract surgery actually enhance surgical control and produce optimal outcomes,” he commented. This phacoemulsification system employs ultrasound which disintegrates the cataract (cloudy lens). Then those particles are vacuumed out, and a new, artificial, intraocular lens is implanted that is able to correct the patient’s visual impairment. With the ReSTOR multi-focal IOL, the majority of patients (about 80%) enjoy both near and distant vision without needing to wear glasses. Dr. Snodgrass noted, “There’s also the added advantage of eliminating numbing injections, because we use a topical anesthetic in the form of drops. No patch over the eye is necessary post-surgery, either; just a temporary clear, see-through bandage.” Typically, the follow-up routine for such surgeries includes applying eye drops and three post-operative office visits.

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A major advantage of using the Alcon lens is that it is made of soft, foldable acrylic material. This makes implantation easier for the physician and more comfortable for the patient. Dr. Snodgrass added, “By using the AcrySof® Toric lens, we can also correct for astigmatism, so that glasses for distance aren’t necessary after surgery.” Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye preventing light from focusing properly on the

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retina – causing blurred vision at any distance. The AcrySof® ReSTOR lens may also be welcome news for the many middle-aged and senior individuals who suffer from presbyopia, a condition that comes with age in which the lens of the eye loses its ability to focus, making it difficult to see objects up close. One of the things that becomes quite clear when consulting with Dr. Snodgrass is that he takes special care to educate individuals thoroughly and in understandable language. “Over the years, I’ve consciously worked on my communication skills because I know how important it is to make sure my patients know exactly what’s going on with their vision and with any necessary surgical procedures,” he explained. “I show them pictures, give them information and answer any and all questions they may have before and after surgery. It’s imperative to me that they are comfortable from the time they arrive until the time they leave.”

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In terms of patients who require or prefer to wear eyeglasses, Dr. Snodgrass asserts that all lenses are not created equal. To ensure quality and consistency of service, Gainesville Eye Physicians features a wide variety of optical choices for their patients who need glasses. The newest such facility, called Gainesville Eye Physicians and Optical, is located in Tioga Town Center. “It’s here,” according to Dr. Snodgrass, “that our patients can go from ‘A to Z’ in terms of their eye care needs. From initial examination to being fitted for the highest quality frames and lenses: monoor bi- or trifocals, blended, and add-ons. When everything is in-house and under one roof, it saves time and provides consistency and quality service for our patients.” He added, “I’m assisted in this endeavor by our wonderful team of physicians and a committed, loyal and highly-trained staff that is so supportive and excellent at what they do.”


PILATES CHANGE YOUR BODY, CHANGE YOUR LIFE By Kelli Sanders

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY FIX BACK PAIN ASIDE FROM SURGERY OR MEDICINE? THE ANSWER IS PILATES. The Pilates Method focuses on correcting and realigning an individual’s posture. Poor posture can cause serious health issues, including back and joint pain, loss of strength and mobility, and lack of energy. Studies have also linked poor posture to depression, poor self-confidence and lack of motivation. Physiologically, incorrect posture can also cause headaches, shallow breathing and digestive problems. Eighty-five percent of the U.S. population will experience back or neck pain at some point in their lives, according to the Orthopedic Clinics of North America. Although some people choose surgery as a method for correcting the problem, very few cases of back pain actually qualify for surgical procedures. Correcting pain in the back and other areas of the body requires a lifestyle change, a change that Pilates can address through its ability to treat poor posture and muscle dysfunction. Correct posture can improve overall well-being. Good posture means getting out of bed in the morning with less stiffness. It means throwing a ball with the kids without shoulder pain. It means no more achy, jumpy legs after a full day in front of the computer. Although postural restoration is just one of the many benefits of Pilates, some people still think this renowned fitness technique is simply a workout for women, but they couldn’t be more mistaken.

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Originally a rehabilitation technique, the Pilates Method was created by Joseph Pilates, a German man who aided soldiers during World War I. He studied the movement of animals, gymnasts and athletes to create a fitness system that would create long, lean musculature with the perfect balance of strength and flexibility. Since then, new science and medical information has helped practitioners of this method to expand on the foundation made by Joseph Pilates, but the principles have always remained the same:

core. Moving from a strong center creates easy-moving joints and increased energy efficiency. • FLOW – Pilates focuses on rhythm and coordination of movement. This makes transitioning through everyday activities easier and more graceful. • WHOLE-BODY MOVEMENT – Pilates routines always focus on working the entire body, creating balanced muscle development and a more uniform look.

• CONCENTRATION – By concentrating on the movements performed (instead of mindlessly walking on the treadmill), one can awaken thousands of inactive brain cells, improving cognitive function and re-energizing the brain.

• BREATHING – Pilates focuses on correct and full-capacity breathing. This fully oxygenates the muscles, cleanses the blood and promotes healthy organ function.

• CONTROL AND PRECISION – By learning to control movements, everyday activities will be more precise, and spatial awareness is improved.

As a weight-bearing exercise, Pilates helps to strengthen bone in key places like the hips and lower back, as well as additional space in the body, especially within the joints; this allows greater ease of movement. Furthermore, this fitness technique improves nervous system function and motor skills, enhancing concentration and other cognitive functions.

• CENTERING – Pilates teaches proper centering: aligning the bones within the body’s

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The importance of proper alignment is addressed in Pilates by establishing and maintaining a neutral position, in which the pelvis, spine, ribs and skull are in perfect balance with each other. Once neutral position is achieved, the arms and legs can move freely from the torso, allowing greater joint mobility. Mobility within the joints means less pain in the spine, hips and shoulders; it also improves athletic ability in sports like running, swimming and cycling. Pilates then addresses the four spinal motions: flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion. These movements make everyday practices easier to perform, like bending down to pick something up (flexion), keeping your head and chest lifted (extension), turning to look into oncoming traffic (rotation) and bending to the side (lateral flexion). The Pilates Method teaches concepts that allow an individual to make his or her body stronger and more functional. In these ways, Pilates achieves what most other disciplines cannot— it not only has the potential to positively change your body, but also to change your life.


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A Jones A Personal Elf Amy & Jeffrey Hogue Ashley & Nick Moskowitz Bacons BBQ Bonnye Roose Brass Tap Brenda Robinson Brown-Forman Continental Imports Country Mortgages Crevasse’s Regency Florist Dermatology Associates Dragonfly Elizabeth Davis Embers Wood tGrill Farm Credit Fine Farkash & Parlipiano Horst and Luisa Ferrero Florida Skin Cancer & Dermatology Specialists Flourish Magazine Folds & Walker, LLC Forest Meadows Funeral Homes Freeman Realty, Inc. & Carolyne R. Freeman FTS Limousine Gainesville Today

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H a i le P la n ta ti o n R e a l E s ta te

market watch Chestnut Hill | SW 47th Lane

Southbrooke | SW 91st Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1985 1426

Sold Price

3/2 $110,000

2005 1449

Sold Price

3/2 $175,000

Founders Hill | SW 46th Road

Katelyn Lane | SW 98th Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1986 1001

Sold Price

2/2 $115,000

The Links | SW 52nd Avenue Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1998 1369

Katelyn Lane | SW 98th Way 2001 1724

Sold Price

3/2 $178,587

Grahams Mill | SW 91st Terrace Sold Price

3/2 $127,000

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2002 2217

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1993 2090

Sold Price

3/2 $200,000

Ashleigh Circle | SW 34th Road Sold Price

3/2 $169,900

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2000 1879

Sold Price

3/2 $208,000

Grahams Mill | SW 98th Drive

Katelyn Lane | SW 98th Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1988 1529

Sold Price

3/2 $170,000

2001 1955

Sold Price

2/2 $218,000

Buellers Way | SW 98th Terrace Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1997 2602

Sold Price

4/3 $220,000

Grahams Mill | SW 54th Road Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1992 2677

Sold Price

3/2 $240,000

Amelia Gardens | SW 102nd Drive Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1995 2552

Sold Price

4/3 $249,500

Victoria Circle | SW 30th Road Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2003 2425

Sold Price

4/3 $254,000

Chickasaw Way | SW 51st Lane Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1999 2425

Sold Price

4/3 $255,000

Middleton Green | SW 49th Lane Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1996 1996

Sold Price

3/2 $262,000

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

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Sold Price

4/2 $274,000


Retreat Place | SW 91st Terrace

Preston Wood | SW 31st Place

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2005 2326

Sold Price

3/2 $280,000

2004 2917

Sold Price

3/3 $455,000

Madison Square | SW 92nd Terrace

Stratford Ridge | SW 40th Avenue

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1998 2741

Sold Price

4/3 $315,000

2003 4043

India Station | SW 95th Terrace

Mills Glen | SW 32nd Place

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1994 3496

Sold Price

4/3 $315,000

2000 3941

Sold Price

4/4 $510,000 Sold Price

4/4 $588,000

Hampstead Park | SW 93rd Terrace

William Kent Court | SW 93rd Drive

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

1998 2514

Sold Price

4/3 $332,000

Haile Market Square | SW 85th Terrace Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

2007 2487

Sold Price

3/3 $385,000

1999 5699

Sold Price

4/3 $898,000

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YOUR FINANCIAL HEALTH By Brian Watson, CFP®

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inancial decisions may come easily to some people, but not everyone. The key issues you face are unique to not only your specific personal situation, but they also depend on your current stage of life. Achieving your financial goals—or not—will impact every aspect of your life, so it is crucial to check-in with your financial plan over the course of your life to ensure you are on track for a successful retirement. Included are several life stage-specific considerations to think about when it comes to making major financial decisions.

Young Families

When you are young, the most critical problem is often cash flow. Once you do start to have extra income, the question becomes how to best optimize your savings, investment and retirement strategies. At this point in your life, a financial planner can be a crucial component of helping you understand how to manage and plan, while considering your specific situation and goals. How you spend and set financial goals becomes increasingly important, especially since young couples can disagree about money. Some studies even show that it is the chief relationship killer. When children come along, these tensions often become compounded. As such, young people and families should ask themselves the following questions: • How much do I spend versus save based on my current income, and is it allowing me to plan for the future in the most tax efficient manner? • Do I have a game plan in place in case the primary breadwinner falls sick or loses a job? 64 | TheVillageJournal.com

• Do I have life insurance in case something happens to my spouse or myself? • Do I have a will in place to establish a guardian for my children if something happened to my spouse and myself? • What future opportunities, such as college, would I like to help my children with, and am I saving enough for them now?

Near Retirement

When we get older, we look forward to the day when we will retire. Often times, people who are nearing retirement are underprepared for the true cost it will take to support the lifestyle to which they are accustomed. Some may think they can live below their current lifestyle, but even this poses a significant challenge. In fact, the most critical time to meet with a planner may be in your 40s and 50s. While some of the questions from past years still matter, you now have to begin considering new questions, as well, including: • How long will I live and how much money am I really going to have? • Do I have the right mix of assets to create the income I will need to live, in addition to Social Security, or am I taking too much risk?


• Will I want to work part-time? • What will I require for health care when I retire? • Will my children and spouses be taken care of when I pass away? It is crucial to have a “checklist mentality” when nearing retirement. A planner can help you develop and follow through with that checklist and be a good check-and-balance about where you stand in relation to where you want to be, and what you need to do to get there.

Retirement

At the time you retire, you may think you’ve done all you can since you are no longer drawing income from a job, but there are still crucial issues you may face. The greatest concern becomes outliving your assets and leaving your legacy to the right people and/ or the right charities. Questions you may consider include:

• Will a trust help me leave assets for my spouse and children without huge tax consequences? • Are there organizations dear to me that could benefit from any legacy I leave behind? • Should I keep my current home or downsize? • Am I on track to live according to the plan I set when I was nearing retirement? • Should I consider an annuity that might guarantee the level of income I receive, regardless of the fluctuations of the stock market? While these basic questions only scratch the surface of what you should be asking at key times in your life, they will give an accurate gauge of the state of your financial health. Seeking guidance of a financial planner will not only aid in the assessment, but also foresee and correct any possible factors that could steer you off course.

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ost of us don’t think twice about ordering a salad topped with tomatoes in early winter or pomegranate-glazed steak in the middle of summer, but doing so can actually have a significant effect on our environment, our budgets and our health. The human body is designed to benefit from specific minerals and vitamins at different seasons. For example, spring greens help us slim down after rich winter foods, and water and antioxidant-packed fruits help us fight the extra sun exposure in the summer. There are many more benefits to eating fruits, vegetables and herbs that are in season. If simply better tasting food doesn’t convince you, the promise of a smaller grocery bill should. The law of supply and demand implies that if there’s more of something available, it will cost less, and this holds true for berries in the spring and melons in the peak of summer. Furthermore, buying a fruit or vegetable outside of its natural growing season costs more for the environment. Foods grown far away from where they are sold use an immense amount of resources to make the trip. Carbon dioxide emissions from transportation not only negatively affect the environment, but all the associated fuel costs

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needed to travel the extra distance is factored into the price of the product. This is another reason eating local and supporting restaurants that buy local and fresh ingredients is so important. “As a chef, when you search for the finest ingredients you use what’s at peak of season. Fundamentally that’s what [good food] is about. Having the best quality products and having a relationship with farmers is obviously a significant piece of the puzzle,” said Bert Gill, chef and owner of “locavore” restaurants Blue Gill Quality Foods, Mildred’s Big City Food, and New Deal Café. “Our menus change accordingly, based on what’s in season. Not just vegetables, but beef, pork, seafood in particular, as far as not buying imported,” he notes. “We’re going to keep doing it like this.” When vegetables are grown outside of their regular season, or in distant locations with the appropriate climate, they have to be picked earlier than their ideal ripening time so they do not spoil before taking the journey to supermarkets; this only detracts from their natural tastes. Food grown in an unnatural way is also less nutritious because each plant has particular soil and sun needs required for utmost health, and these can easily be thrown out of balance when grown indoors or in regulated environments. These fruits and vegetables are also all too often raised with too much “human help.” Things like harmful pesticides, growth hormones and other chemicals are applied to help the plants reach maturity faster than their natural timing. Everyone can attest to the world of difference between tasting a sun-ripened fruit and its lesser counterpart. Watery, small strawberries or mealy hothouse tomatoes are unappealing in recipes that count on moistness and texture. The underwhelming taste and absent nutrients might even make it even more difficult for picky eaters to eat their vegetables. Buying fresh food that is locally, sustainably and responsibly grown is as important as ever. Remember to eat fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are in season and as fresh as possible—for you and your family’s health, your wallet, your palate, and your conscience.


Rosemary Strawberry Shortcake

Asparagus, Sugar Snap & Parmesan Pasta

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS

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• 2 quarts strawberries, rinsed and sliced (about 6 cups) • ¼ cup honey • 3 cups all-purpose flour • ½ cup granulated sugar • 2 ½ tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped • 4 tsp. baking powder • 1 tsp. salt • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces • 3 cups heavy whipping cream • ¼ cup powdered sugar • 1 tsp. vanilla

Serves: 8

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 400. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine strawberries and honey. Set aside. In food processor combine flour, ¼ cup sugar, chopped rosemary, baking powder and salt. Pulse for a few seconds. Add in the small cubes of butter. Pulse some more. Slowly add in 1 ¾ cups of the cream while pulsing, while dough comes together to form a ball. Turn out the dough on lightly floured surface. Quickly knead and roll (our push with your fingers) into a 9 × 13” rectangle, about ½ inch thick.

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• 16 oz. asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1½ inch pieces • 8 oz. bow-tie pasta • 8 oz. pound sugar snap peas or snow peas, trimmed • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 1½ ounces) • Additional freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Serves: 4

INSTRUCTIONS Add asparagus to large pot of boiling salted water. Cook until just crisp-tender. Transfer to bowl of cold water using slotted spoon. Cool asparagus slightly and drain. Addpastatosamepotofwaterandboiluntiljust tender but still firm to bite. Add sugar snap peas and boil 2 minutes. Add asparagus and heat through. Drain well. Returnpasta-vegetablemixturetopot.Addoiland toss to coat. Add ½ cup cheese. Seasonwithsaltandpepper.Serveimmediately, add additional cheese separately.

Transfer the dough to the parchment paper. With a sharp knife score the top of the crust. Sprinkle with ¼ cup of remaining sugar. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Whip the 1 ¼ cups remaining whipped cream rather stiffly, adding in ¼ cup powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Cut the shortcake into squares, and in half, filling the middle with strawberries, then whipped cream. On top, put another dab of whipped cream.

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On Stage April 10 - May 5

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Winner of the Tony Award’s “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is a coming-of-age musical where characters lament that, as children, they were assured by their parents (and by certain fuzzy puppets on public television) that they were “special” and “could do anything,” but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world, their options are limited and they are no more “special” than anyone else.

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SUMMER VACATION

YOUR WAY By Kylie McKlveen

With a dramatic and unpredictable winter behind us, it’s the perfect time to anticipate the season ahead of us: the time of year that country stars can’t sing about enough (see: all of Kenny Chesney’s songs)—it’s summertime. Kids are out of school, and adults take on a child-like restlessness of staring out the window, looking at their watches and calculating the quickest route to their vacation spots. Have you planned where you will spend your well-deserved days off?

Kickback

To some, there is no vacation like a beach vacation. Your packing list should include light reading, a variety of sunscreens and a bathing suit. Prepare to do…well, as little as possible. Enjoy your summer vacation at one of the twelve beach communities along Highway 30A—you’ve probably spotted the blue, round bumper stickers on cars all over Florida and throughout the south. Dune Allen Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, WaterColor, Seaside, Seagrove Beach, WaterSound Beach, Seacrest Beach, Rosemary Beach, Inlet Beach and Carillon Beach comprise the nestled 30A area. From five-star resort properties to cottage-style rental homes along the water, to old Florida-style bed & breakfasts, Florida’s Panhandle has a variety of types of rental providers to choose from, depending on the vacation you have in mind. Though the 30A area is rapidly becoming a popular vacation destination, there are still quieter beaches to be found, as well as a low-key, relaxed state of mind throughout.

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Explore If you’re looking to indulge your inner curiosity, explore a new part of the Sunshine State, or if your vacationing goal is just to keep everyone entertained via museums, aquariums, local boutiques and retail shops, check out Sarasota and its surrounding areas, which can satisfy one or all of the above. Sarasota is home to the famous John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where guests can take self-guided or guided tours through the museum, Cá d’Zan, and circus to learn more about art, performance, and life of the Ringlings. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium marries the science, education and natural entertainment of Florida’s sea life and creatures into an enjoyable day for all ages. Also interesting and native to Sarasota, is the Tervis Tumbler Company Store – the original Tervis Tumbler shop that sells tumblers that you can take back as souvenirs. If shopping is the name of the game, put the following into Google Maps: St. Armand’s Circle on

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Lido Key. Park and walk around this cutesy area, wandering in and out of specialty and islandliving fashion shops like Tommy Bahama, Simply Natural, Fresh Produce and The Beach House. Don’t forgot to stop for ice cream before you drive back over the bridge to downtown Sarasota. For a day in the sun and sand, travel 15 minutes south to Siesta Key where you’ll find soft, sugary-white quartz crystal sand and the calm and sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The beaches of this eight-mile barrier island was recently named the number one beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach, or Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research.


Sail Away

If you don’t want to plan your vacation (the reason for a vacation is to take a break from working, after all), enlist the help of local Cruise and Travel Specialist Lee Byrne of Cruise Planners (www.bookurcruise.com). Byrne recommends sailing out of one of the three closest cruise ports, which are within a short drive of Gainesville: Port Canaveral, Tampa and Jacksonville, which have cruise options this summer from Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines or Disney Cruise Lines. With all-inclusive cruising, the food and fun is endless, and you are invited to do as much or as little as you wish. The cruise director’s schedule offers a full day’s worth of activities while at sea or port, or you can choose to go off the beaten path and explore the destinations on your own – just be sure to be back on board before the boat departs! The cruises are generally 3 to 5 days in duration and port in one or more of the following: the Bahamas (Nassau, Freeport, CocoCay, Castaway Cay, Half Moon Cay and/

or one of Disney, Royal Caribbean or Carnival Cruise Line’s private islands specially for their cruise guests), St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Belize, Roatán, Jamaica, Haiti, and Key West. Wherever it is that your vacation takes you and your family, enjoy the special time together – and escape from the everyday, your way!

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The Village Journal is always happy to help you spread the word about your community club or event. Please submit a description, including the date, time and location on our website TheVillageJournal.com Submission does not guarantee publication. Community Bridge Meets Every Monday, 1pm Plantation Hall

Newberry Garden Club Plant Expo Saturday, April 6th, 8:00am – 1:00pm Newberry First United Methodist Church

Community bridge group meets every Monday afternoon at Plantation Hall at 1 pm for social bridge. Contact Marj Crago 352-336-1055 or Suzie Taylor 352-337-9956 for information.

Trees, shrubs, flowers of all kind, bulbs, fruit & vegetable plants, yard & garden related crafts for sale. Proceeds support community projects & scholarship funds.

ViVA! 2013 Saturday, April 6th, 5:30pm Rembert Farm, Alachua This exciting annual fundraiser is sure to be fun for all, with proceeds going to Haven Hospice. Festivities include live music, delicious food and live and silent auctions. www.vivameanslife.com.

Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival Saturday, April 6th – Sunday, April 7th Thomas Center Lawn As one of the three largest annual events in Gainesville, this fine arts & crafts festival offers a wide selection of activities for all ages including a free jazz and blues concert on Saturday. For more information, visit www.springartsfestival.com. 2013 United Way Leadership Reception – A Night of Thanks Thursday, April 11th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm The Tower Club The United Way of North Central Florida team thanks its generous Leadership Donors, those who give $750 or more each year. R.S.V.P. to Sarah Coulson scoulson@unitedwayncfl.org. Tioga Town Center Movie Nights Friday, April 12th, at dusk Tioga Town Center Bring the whole family for a movie in the park and enjoy a homemade picnic while watching Toy Story 3! Snacks available for sale. Visit www.tiogatowncenter. com/events.php for more information. 2013 Walk MS: Gainesville Saturday, April 13th, 8:00am – 12:00pm Westside Park This 5k walk will help the National MS Society fund cutting-edge research and support programs and services for people living with multiple sclerosis right here in the North Florida area. For more information, call (904) 332-6810 or email floridaevents@nmss.org.

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One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy Tuesday – Saturday, April 16th – 20th, times vary Phillips Center for Performing Arts

Great Strides: Blow Away Cystic Fibrosis 2013 Saturday, April 27th, 8:00am Albert Ray Massey Park (Westside Park)

In this high-energy 75-minute solo piece, Ross plays all the characters, recreates the effects, sings the songs, flies the ships and fights both sides of the battles from the original Star Wars trilogy. For more information, visit www.performingarts.ufl.edu.

This 10k walk will assist in finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a devastating genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of 30,000 people in the United States. Free t-shirt for every $100 raised, and prizes for larger amounts raised. For more information, please contact Amanda at (352) 375-3303.

7th Florida Infantry Regiment Muster Friday and Saturday, April 19th and 20th Witness history as living historians and interpreters portray the life and lives of the members of the Confederate States of America Army. $5.00/vehicle up to 8 occupants. For more information 352-472-1142 or www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org. Stop Children’s Cancer’s Fantasy Event Saturday, April 20th, 7:00pm- Midnight Stephen C. O’Connell Center

Tree City Quilt Guild 8th Biennial Quilt Show Saturday, May 4th, 9am – 5pm and Sunday, May 5th, 10am – 4pm Best Western Plus Gateway Grand In addition to a generous display of quilts, the show also has several vendors and a quiltique bazaar including a large variety of handmade items. Raffle tickets for chances to win a bed-size quilt or gift basket. Certified quilt appraiser, Teddy Pruett, will be in attendance. For more information contact Renée Carson at 352-281-0345 or renee@gem25.com.

The 2013 “Silver Spurs & Stilettos” event features dancing, gaming, and food with open bar to benefit local pediatric cancer research. Tickets are $150 and are available online at stopchildrenscancer.org/fantasy. Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale Saturday, April 20th – Wednesday, April 24th, times vary Alachua County Library 500,000 books, records, games, CDs, DVDs, audio, video, paintings, posters, prints, puzzles and magazines have been donated for the sale. All profits benefit Alachua County Library District and community literacy projects. Visit www.folacld.org. Mary Wise “Scramble for Pace” Golf Tournament Friday, April 26th, 7am Mark Bostick Golf Course The 14th Annual Golf tournament will benefit the PACE Center, allowing girls and young women have an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. Visit www.pacecenter.org or call (352) 374-8799. Tioga Town Center Spring Concert Series Friday, April 26th, 7pm – 10pm Tioga Town Center Gather your friends and family and enjoy a free outdoor performance by Karl Weismantel in Tioga’s town square. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit www.tiogatowncenter. com/events.php for more information.

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Tioga Town Center Movie Nights Friday, May 10th, at dusk Tioga Town Center

The 4th Annual Sweet Dreams’ Touch-A-Truck Saturday, May 18th, 9am-2pm Citizens Field

Bring the whole family for a movie in the park and enjoy a homemade picnic while watching Cars 2! Snacks available for sale. Visit www.tiogatowncenter. com/events.php for more information.

Sweet Dreams’ Touch-a-Truck provides children with a hands-on educational experience by giving them an opportunity to climb into and/or on vehicles and to talk with the operators. They will learn about the vehicles and pedestrian safety around large vehicles. For more information, visit www.sweetdreamstouchatruck.com

Tioga Car Show Saturday, May 11th, 10:00am Tioga Town Center This free event, benefitting the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, will feature exotic cars, antiques, hot rods and motorcycles. Enjoy touring file automobiles of all ages, food and drinks, entertainment and bounce houses and safety sessions for kids. For more information, visit www.TiogaCarShow.com

2013 Annual Master Gardner Plant Sale Saturday, May 18th, 8am – 12pm Alachua County Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Ave.) A variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more available for sale in order to raise funds for the Alachua County Master Gardner Volunteer Program, which runs school gardens at elementary schools in Alachua County. For more information, contact the Extension Office at (352) 955-2402. Feast on the Farm Preakness Party Saturday, May 18th, 2012, 4pm – 9pm Rembert Farm, Alachua HOPE (Horses Helping People) is hosting its annual fundraising event to continue providing equine-assisted activities to those with special needs. Watching the 138th Preakness Stakes, and enjoy live music, dinner, unlimited cocktails, casino games and silent auctions. Tickets start at $50. Visit www.feastonthefarm.com or call Megan at (678)-416-0036. Moonlight Walk Saturday, May 18th, 7pm – 11pm Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

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Kanapaha’s Moonlight Walk is a magical experience, featuring twinkle lights, lanterns, and approximately 1,500 luminaries along a 1.25-mile walkway. There will also be live entertainment, food, and refreshments. For more information, visit www.kanapaha.org.

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Tioga Town Center Spring Concert Series Friday, May 31th, 7pm –10 pm Tioga Town Center Gather your friends and family and enjoy a free outdoor performance by Tropix in Tioga’s town square. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit www.tiogatowncenter.com/events.php for more information.


Tioga Town Center Movie Nights Friday, June 14th, at dusk Tioga Town Center Bring the whole family for a movie in the park and enjoy a homemade picnic while watching The Lorax! Snacks available for sale. Visit www.tiogatowncenter.com/events.php for more information. Tioga Town Center Spring Concert Series Friday, June 28th, 7pm – 10pm Tioga Town Center Gather your friends and family and enjoy a free outdoor performance by the Just Maybe Band in Tioga’s town square. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit www.tiogatowncenter.com/events.php for more information.

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from the

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Dean

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SPAGHETTI alla Puttanesca This has to be one of my favorites of all time. My grandmother told me that women in Italy would make this sauce and let it cool in their windows allowing the smell to attract men. I don’t know if it is true, but if you look up the translation, there might be something to it. What I do know is that it certainly gets my attention. This is a great spring recipe, especially with fresh local sweet basil and even some fresh local tomatoes from your local farmers market.

PREPARATION Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes with puree, olives, anchovies, capers, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Simmer sauce over medium-low heat until thickened, breaking up tomatoes with spoon, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and fresh basil. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, but still firm to bite. Drain pasta; return to same pot. Add sauce and parsley. Toss over low heat until sauce coats pasta, about 3 minutes. Serve with cheese.

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INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped • One 28.2 ounce can peeled tomatoes in puree • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, halved, pitted • 3 anchovy fillets, chopped • 1 1/2 tablespoons drained capers • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • 1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper • 3/4 pound dried spaghetti • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley • Grated percoino romano cheese


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