Family

The Blended Family: Tips for Wading Through the Murky Waters of Step-Parenthood

The Blended Family: Tips for Wading Through the Murky Waters of Step-Parenthood

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

It’s been 25 years since Kathryn Kvols and her husband, Brian Harper, were married, creating a blended family of six, including her son and his three daughters. The family grew to seven with the birth of their daughter, Briana, five years later. Based on both her struggles and successes within her own family, Kvols, a […]

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5 Tips for Home Fire Escape Planning

5 Tips for Home Fire Escape Planning

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

The fall brings exciting new activities. And, with kids back in school, you can be sure that they are conducting fire drills with their classmates. The NFPA estimates that only one third of American households practiced a home fire escape plan. In the event your family experiences a home fire, you may only have minutes […]

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Fears, Tears & Passing The First AP Exam

Fears, Tears & Passing The First AP Exam

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

I confess I am one of those moms who bought Baby Einstein videos and toys and laid out great plans for her children achieving greatness and curing cancer. We had primary colored building blocks, curious mind-bending toys and little microcosms of wee little people communities. I confess that, secretly, I was just worried about whether […]

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Community

New Barre Studio Opening in Magnolia Parke

New Barre Studio Opening in Magnolia Parke

| May 11, 2015 | Reply

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA (May 11 2015) – Barre Forte, a unique fitness studio located at 4994 NW 39th Ave., Suite D, welcomes residents to try Barre—a beautiful blend of Pilates core work, yoga stretches, and ballet toning exercises. Starting Friday, May 15, Barre Forte offers several Barre classes seven days a week. Over the past decade, […]

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Cade Museum Kicks Off Inaugural Inventivity Bash

Cade Museum Kicks Off Inaugural Inventivity Bash

| April 6, 2015 | Reply

The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention will host its inaugural “Inventivity Bash” fundraiser, presented by RTI Surgical, on May 16, 2015, starting at 6:30 p.m.  This event will be held at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall. The inaugural Inventivity Bash, formerly the Cade Museum Prize Night, will focus on the science of […]

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Tips for Parade of Homes Atendees

Tips for Parade of Homes Atendees

| April 1, 2015 | Reply

There’s nothing like a brand new home and the best way to experience what local builders are offering is the Builders Association of North Central Florida Parade of Homes™. The Spring 2015 Parade features 31 homes in 18 communities in Alachua County. The Parade is a perfect way for prospective homebuyers to compare locations, features […]

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Charity

ViVA! at Rembert Farms

ViVA! at Rembert Farms

| March 31, 2015 | Reply

Haven Hospice’s 11th annual signature fundraising event, ViVA!, will again be held at the beautiful Rembert Farms. “We went the first few times and had a lot of fun, but we don’t like dressing up and fancy hotels. So, we approached Haven and offered to have ViVA! at the farm because we thought it would […]

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Girl Scouts: Woman who make a difference.

Girl Scouts: Woman who make a difference.

| March 31, 2015 | Reply

  When they are not selling decadent Samoas or irresistibly cool Thin Mints, Girls Scouts are learning lifelong skills that provide our community with far more that just satisfied stomachs. For over 20 years, the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council has been honoring women who have had a significant impact in the community. This year, […]

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Haven Hospice: Community Care & Compassion

Haven Hospice: Community Care & Compassion

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

At the 2014 Run for Haven, 700 runners who were feeling lucky and dressed in green participated in the St. Patrick’s Day-themed 5K and 10K and raised more than $24,000 to provide unreimbursed programs and services to patients and families cared for by Haven Hospice in Gainesville and surrounding communities. Founded in Gainesville in 1979, […]

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Home & Garden

Exploring Our Roots

Exploring Our Roots

| March 31, 2015 | Reply

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KITCHEN MUST-HAVES FOR FOODIES

KITCHEN MUST-HAVES FOR FOODIES

| March 31, 2015 | Reply

Food·ie (foode), informal noun: a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet. Wikipedia defines a foodie as a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger. With today’s explosion of […]

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Riverland Builds Reputation WITH SERVICE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Riverland Builds Reputation WITH SERVICE AND SUSTAINABILITY

| March 31, 2015 | Reply

While in college at the University of Florida, Gary Schneider would ride his bicycle past a home located on Southwest Second Avenue near the Mark Bostick Golf Course every day.“I always loved the house,” Gary said. “When it went on the market, Cherylle and I decided to buy it as a possible place to live […]

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Taste of Gainesville

Berries In Zin

Berries In Zin

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

Wow the crowd with a bowl of delightful, jewel-toned berries in a luscious zinfandel-spiced syrup, topped with Galliano almond cream and flecks of vibrant orange zest. Finish off this festive dish with almond, pink peppercorn and rosemary biscotti that are crispy, piquant and perfect for dipping in the syrup or maybe even a glass of […]

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The Last Word: Recipe by Iron Chef Celebrity Judge Madison Cowan

The Last Word: Recipe by Iron Chef Celebrity Judge Madison Cowan

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

When cooler weather finally arrives in North Central Florida, we crave foods that are a bit heartier with aromas that fill our kitchens. So, when we asked celebrity Taste of Gainesville Iron Chef Judge Madison Cowan to offer his favorite “fall” dish, we were delighted that he satisfied all our fall cravings. Enjoy Madison’s “Sweet […]

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Recipe By Frankie Poe Harvey

Recipe By Frankie Poe Harvey

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

This recipe came about because of the ingredients I had on hand — I simplified it with wontons instead of making my own dough. I hope the easy preparation will inspire you to try new flavors in your everyday cooking! LAMB & BACON RAVIOLIS with BLACK GARLIC-SHIRAZ SAUCE For the Ravioli: ¾ lb. ground lamb […]

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Last Word

Remembering Gloria Fletcher

Remembering Gloria Fletcher

| March 31, 2015 | Reply

Gloria Fletcher On February 26, 2015, the Gainesville community lost an icon with the sudden passing of Gloria Fletcher. Gloria and her husband Cotton shaped the charitable, political and business landscape in North Central Florida for three decades. Gloria was a highly respected attorney renowned for her effective representation of law-enforcement and correctional officers. She […]

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The Last Word: Why Taste of Gainesville Matters

The Last Word: Why Taste of Gainesville Matters

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

The 6th Annual Taste of Gainesville is right around the corner and will be held on Mother’s Day, May 10th. Taste was created to support charities that improve the lives of children. In addition to Taste benefitting three phenomenal organizations, there is an exciting Iron Chef competition and the UF Hilton ballrooms are filled with […]

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The Last Word: Best of 2014

The Last Word: Best of 2014

| December 1, 2014 | Reply

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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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Celebrity Iron Chef Judges Recipes: Simon Majumdar

Celebrity Iron Chef Judges Recipes: Simon Majumdar

| April 9, 2015 | Reply

Simon Majumdar Red Lentil Dahl with Spinach   INGREDIENTS 1 cup of red lentils (I toast these first in a dry pan, using my fingers to stir. When it is too hot to touch, it is done. This gives a nutty flavor to the lentils.) 1 Lemon (chopped into eighths) 1 White onion (sliced thinly) […]

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Celebrity Iron Chef Judges Recipes: Ivan Dorvil

Celebrity Iron Chef Judges Recipes: Ivan Dorvil

| April 9, 2015 | Reply

Chef Ivan Dorvil Oxtail Black Eye Peas Ragout (Serves 6-8) Ingredients: 2 Tbsp olive oil 5 pounds oxtails 1 ½ pounds black eyed peas (soak over night) 2 tsp salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 cup small diced onion 1/2 cup medium diced carrot 1/2 cup medium diced celery 1/4 cup small diced […]

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Celebrity Iron Chef Judges Recipes: Angie Shaghaghi

Celebrity Iron Chef Judges Recipes: Angie Shaghaghi

| April 9, 2015 | Reply

  Chef Angie’s Braised Lamb Shanks In red wine sauce (Serves family of four)   This flavorful dish will make a lamb lover out of you! Full of robust flavors that don’t fight against the under-used and misunderstood piece of meat, this dish will truly become a family favorite on the weekend or any day […]

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Santa Fe College 2015 Women of Distinction

Santa Fe College 2015 Women of Distinction

| April 1, 2015 | Reply

Women of Distinction recognizes outstanding female service in Alachua and Bradford Counties and was created by the Women’s History Committee at Santa Fe College in 1987. Nominees for Women of Distinction have demonstrated unique achievements in the arts, business, industry, science, environment, medicine, education, government, social services, human rights, history, sports, agriculture, humanities, community service […]

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