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Dads & Daughters

Dads & Daughters

Growing up, I played tennis with my father every Saturday — rain or shine. He was ultra-competitive but also incredibly patient. As a 7-year-old, rail-thin little girl, I would swing my racket around in dizzying frustration because I could never hit the ball, but he continued to patiently coach me, and I eventually made contact. […]

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The Importance of Summer Camps and Activities for Children

The Importance of Summer Camps and Activities for Children

| March 31, 2014 | Reply

For most kids, summer vacation is a long-awaited break when they can finally kick back, sleep in and watch endless of amounts of television. However, the “dream” summer vacation may actually become quite boring after the first week. Unfortunately, research shows that students’ learning trajectories often start to slide during summer vacation — a phenomenon […]

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Cultivating the Future

Cultivating the Future

Growing up as the fourth generation of an American farming family, I had the opportunity to establish a great liking for nutritious fruits and vegetables from my family’s farm, a habit that has helped shape my healthy lifestyle today. I loved strawberry season, when my dad would come home with flats of strawberries still warm […]

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Community

The Heart of a Tioga Home

The Heart of a Tioga Home

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

When the Snodgrasses sought to build a custom home inspired by a Belgian-style farmhouse, they tapped Luis Diaz of Dibros Design and Construction to execute their vision. As a builder who always seeks new challenges and inspiration, Diaz was up for the task and set out to add a modern version of a Belgian farmhouse […]

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Top 100 Things To Do In Alachua County

Top 100 Things To Do In Alachua County

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

Grab a drink from Bay Island Coffee Co., the drive-thru coffee shop Head to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park to enjoy nature & a great workout Make your own cupcake at Sarkara Sweets Cafe Sway and sing to “We are the Boys from Old Florida” at a UF football game Watch the bats fly out […]

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Gainesville Newcomer Guide

Gainesville Newcomer Guide

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

Home to the University of Florida, the state’s largest and oldest university, Gainesville, Fla., is a hub for education, entertainment and culture. Attracting some of the world’s top students and academic researchers, Gainesville has quickly become a metropolis for innovation and diversity. The city has been nationally ranked time and time again, whether for entrepreneurs […]

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Charity

HOPE X 9 = Galasso Family

HOPE X 9 = Galasso Family

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

Lindsey Galasso of Alachua has delivered nine healthy children, but she and husband Dan Galasso have also delivered hope for other parents looking for a miracle. Since the birth of their first child, Nathan, in 1999, the Galassos have chosen to make each birth an opportunity for someone else by donating the newborn’s umbilical cord […]

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ViVA! 2014

ViVA! 2014

| March 31, 2014 | Reply

Sometimes, life can get pretty wild, and we often forget to take a minute to step back and appreciate its beauty. We tend to more easily recognize the value of life during difficult times, such as facing the challenge of supporting a loved one through a life-limiting illness. ViVA! 2014, Haven Hospice’s annual signature fundraising […]

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LifeSouth Battles the ‘Summertime Blues’

LifeSouth Battles the ‘Summertime Blues’

The arrival of summer brings relief for Gainesville’s road warriors who face cross-town commutes, but for LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, the summertime slowdown means the battle is about to begin. “Basically, at LifeSouth we have two seasons: when school is in session and when it’s not,” said LifeSouth North Florida District Director Dustin Scott. “When […]

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Home & Garden

Wild Bird Landscapes

Wild Bird Landscapes

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

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Historic Homes of Gainesville

Historic Homes of Gainesville

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

Filled with buildings dating back to the mid-19th century, Gainesville has more historical value than many realize. Throughout the years, these buildings have been delicately preserved and restored, but residents often don’t realize the true value of an area that has much more to offer than a typical college town. By preserving these historic sites, […]

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Sally and Steve Blakewood: A Twist on Traditional

Sally and Steve Blakewood: A Twist on Traditional

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

Tucked away in the back nine of the Gainesville Country Club golf course is a home as unique as its owners. Steve and Sally Blakewood, owners of the Waldo Farmer’s and Flea Market, are traditional, yet eclectic, and have remodeled their 1981 home to reflect their lifestyle. The couple lives, works and plays together, so […]

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Taste of Gainesville

SummerTime BBQ

SummerTime BBQ

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

4 Rivers – Recipe by John Rivers St. Louis Ribs  Each type of meat served at the Smokehouse is cooked in a manner that reflects the best style I found during many years of traveling throughout the country. Whereas my pulled pork comes from Alabama and my brisket goes back to Texas, the best ribs […]

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Patricipating Resturants

Patricipating Resturants

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

The 5th Annual Taste of Gainesville, brought together 30 Gainesville restaurants on June 1. These complied profiles are the second half of the restaurants participating in this year’s event. For a complete list of all the restaurants check out the April/May issue of HOME magazine or go to tasteofgainesville.com.    

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Meet the Judges

Meet the Judges

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

Madison Cowan In 2004, after being awarded a four-star rating from The Times as head chef of Ashbells in London’s West End, Madison Cowan established Madison Cowan LLC, a global culinary production company that oversees operations in licensing and consulting, cooking demonstrations, television production and mobile clandestine dining that reaches throughout Africa, Europe, Japan and […]

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Last Word

The Last Word

The Last Word

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

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Last Word

Last Word

| April 2, 2014 | Reply

“‘We want you to be on our cover…wearing food.’ Well, who says no to that — or to Scott Costello! It was such a fun day watching cabbage, beets, leeks and Brussels sprouts become haute couture before my very eyes. It was a one-of-a-kind experience, and not everyone can say that he or she can […]

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A Dog’s Life

A Dog’s Life

| January 31, 2014 | Reply

I’ve heard my humans say, “It’s a dog’s life,” when they look grumpy or tired, so I think it’s supposed to mean something bad. Now, I don’t know what poor dog they’re talking about, but I’m sure it’s not me ‘cause my life is pretty darn good. I get to go on long walks on […]

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Other Recent Posts

A Tribute to My Dad,  Jon Thomas

A Tribute to My Dad, Jon Thomas

| August 7, 2013 | 1 Reply

  Who was Jon Thomas?  Well, quite literally, he was a Clown.  A funeral is a great place to learn some interesting facts about your friends and loved ones.  At my father’s funeral, there were vignettes of his life displayed throughout the funeral home.  Most folks knew him as a funeral director, Rotarian or philanthropist. […]

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Impact of Winning the “Race”

Impact of Winning the “Race”

| August 7, 2013 | Reply

In the last decade or so, educators have seen many major educational initiatives come and go. That’s certainly true in Florida, where the Sunshine State Standards are giving way to the Common Core Standards and the FCAT is giving way to end-of-course exams now — and to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for […]

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Iron Chef Gainesville 2013 Winner Ray Leung

Iron Chef Gainesville 2013 Winner Ray Leung

| August 7, 2013 | Reply

Taste of Gainesville took place June 2 at the Hilton UF Conference Center. The main event at the fourth-annual fundraiser was an Iron Chef competition pitting two-time champion Briton Dumas of Embers Wood Grill against Patrick Jones of Gainesville Country Club and Ray Leung of Dragonfly Sushi. The three chefs each had one hour to […]

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Gateway Bank of Central Florida Hires new VP & CRO

Gateway Bank of Central Florida Hires new VP & CRO

| June 13, 2014 | Reply

Darleen Morgan joins Gateway Bank of Central Florida as Vice President and Commercial Relationship Officer. Darleen has been a financial professional in the Gainesville area with more than 30 years of experience in both retail and commercial banking. Darleen is a Rotarian and a long time Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of […]

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Constructing The Ultimate Workout

Constructing The Ultimate Workout

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

Recently, a few friends and I decided to get back into shape, but we didn’t dive into joining a gym, buying a P90x DVD or showing up to a random running club to fix our inactivity problem. Instead, we made a fun game plan that was a combination of setting activity goals and activity trackers, […]

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A Recipe for Fashion Design

A Recipe for Fashion Design

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

Just as a chef uses a unique recipe to make a desired dish, an artist uses his or her own unique creative process to design and create. Similar to a chef who uses a recipe as a reference while still leaving space for creative expression and fluidity, each artist has a creative process that is […]

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Costumes By Design

Costumes By Design

| June 4, 2014 | Reply

Think about the last play or dance performance you saw. Now imagine that, instead of wearing costumes, all of the performers wore their normal street clothes. The effect wouldn’t be the same, would it? Costumes are an incredibly important part of a performance, helping to set the scene and transport the audience to a different […]

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