Family

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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Gator Go: The Story of a Failed Sports Drink

Gator Go: The Story of a Failed Sports Drink

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

  The story of how Dr. Robert Cade and his team developed Gatorade™ in 1965 to help University of Florida athletes replenish water and electrolyte levels is well known. But, what about “Gator Go”? This issue’s History at HOME unearths a forgotten sports nutrition drink also developed at UF that never achieved the popularity of […]

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Community

Making A Difference Abroad

Making A Difference Abroad

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

As a child, I visited the Dominican Republic every summer; it was quite the departure from my suburban, middle-class home in South Florida. The drive from the airport to our home in the northern town of Puerto Plata revealed the extreme poverty that would, at times, leave me breathless. Why didn’t these children have shoes, […]

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Keith Perry: Continuing To Make An Impact

Keith Perry: Continuing To Make An Impact

, | October 3, 2014 | Reply

To know Keith Perry as the successful business owner, family man, politician and philanthropist, it is hard to imagine him as anything but a straight-A student. Surprisingly, the conversationalist never liked the idea of sitting inside a classroom; instead, he was more apt to be caught daydreaming about all the exciting things he could be […]

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What Does Plum Creek’s Plan Mean for the Community?

What Does Plum Creek’s Plan Mean for the Community?

| July 29, 2014 | 1 Reply

Three years ago, Plum Creek said it was serious about involving the local community as the company plans the future of 60,000 acres of land it owns in Alachua County — a holding that is more than 30 times the size of the University of Florida campus and nearly three times the size of Paynes […]

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Charity

Vigil Volunteers & Palliative Care Awareness

Vigil Volunteers & Palliative Care Awareness

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

“You have a whole team in there when you are born, but when you are dying, not everyone is as lucky to have family or friends around them, said Haven Hospice Vigil Volunteer Hazel Hazlett. Hazel describes being a vigil volunteer as a privilege and her friend, Martha, feels the same way. “I think that […]

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Advocating For the Voiceless in Alachua County

Advocating For the Voiceless in Alachua County

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

In 2013, there were 4,364 children involved in child abuse investigations in Alachua County alone. That equates to roughly 10 percent of the children who reside in the community — a shocking number. Fortunately, our community’s government and social service agencies collaborate to provide a child-focused, safe and supportive environment for child abuse intervention and […]

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Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Timeline

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Timeline

| July 29, 2014 | Reply

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Home & Garden

High-Tech Home Gadgets

High-Tech Home Gadgets

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

Nest Thermostat Nest Labs’ WiFi and sensor-enabled thermostat is quickly becoming a household name after being acquired by Google in January 2014.The unit is compatible with most HVAC systems and remembers the temperatures you prefer. It programs itself and automatically turns the temperature down when you’re away. Nest can be remotely managed using a smartphone, […]

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Outdoor Living: Enjoying The Beauty of Fall in Florida

Outdoor Living: Enjoying The Beauty of Fall in Florida

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

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Before and After: Open Floor Plan Design

Before and After: Open Floor Plan Design

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

                    La Notte Design was hired to complete an open floor plan for a new family moving to Gainesville, Fla. Gia Arvin with Matchmaker Realty contacted Brandi Catalanotte, owner of La Notte Design, to help her clients, Thibaut and Kristen van Marcke. Open floor plans are […]

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Taste of Gainesville

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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A Taste From Taste of Gainesville

A Taste From Taste of Gainesville

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

When my good friend Chef Madison Cowan tells me something is worth doing, I know from past experience that it’s definitely worth taking his advice. So, when he called to invite me to join him at the 2014 Taste of Gainesville, I cleared a few days in my slightly crazy schedule and made plans for […]

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Last Word

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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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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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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Bok Tower Gardens: Heaven on Earth

Bok Tower Gardens: Heaven on Earth

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

  In Lake Wales, Fla., seemingly in the middle of nowhere, resides one of the highest points in central Florida known as Iron Mountain.  Bok Tower Gardens is situated right on the top of it.  I grew up in Lake Wales and always treasured the beautiful Bok Tower and its gardens, but as each year […]

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Celebrating The Arts

Celebrating The Arts

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

October is filled with fall activities from the fair to homecoming, but did you know it also marks National Arts and Humanities Month? Organizations throughout the United States hold special events and highlight existing activities throughout the month-long awareness campaign. Here in Gainesville, the creative community has been working with the City of Gainesville Department […]

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Gainesville Fitness Gems

Gainesville Fitness Gems

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

Two summers ago, I asked two peerFit staffers to help me test and rank the best fitness classes in Gainesville for HOME magazine. This resulted in the three of us taking over 70 classes in 30 days, and while it was an amazing experience, it was completely exhausting! This time, as I thought about ranking […]

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Will Travel for Medical Care

Will Travel for Medical Care

| October 3, 2014 | Reply

Dan MacDonald understands all too well the effects of chronic pain. “It robs you of your future hopes and dreams because you can’t see any way out,” he said. “You’re a prisoner.” Dan suffered for 15 years before a visit to Gainesville changed his life. MacDonald is a former elite-level hockey goaltender from Calgary, Alberta, […]

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