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

From Farm to Table

From Farm to Table

| June 15, 2015 | Reply

Jordan Brown pulls his living from the black earth. His fingernails are dirty because they have to be, because the soil caked beneath them determines his fate. He is a farmer, and as farmers go, he is as rare as a Florida strawberry in July. On top of being a certified organic farmer, Brown is […]

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Making a Difference: The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

Making a Difference: The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

| May 29, 2015 | Reply

In 1993, Heart Phoenix lost her eldest son, River, to tragic circumstances. He was an actor and humanitarian with boundless promise, with talents cut short just as they began to bloom, and Heart has spent much of the two decades since his death honoring his memory through social work. “River was always solution based,” Phoenix […]

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Girls Place: Leading the Girl Revolution

Girls Place: Leading the Girl Revolution

| May 29, 2015 | Reply

In the beginning, there was the Boys Club. On Monday nights, they’d let girls in for a few hours of camaraderie before closing the doors to them again for the rest of the week. This didn’t sit right with the Junior Woman’s Club. “We were striving for gender equity,” said Renae Clements, who was then […]

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Charity

ViVA! 2015 On Safari with Haven Hospice

ViVA! 2015 On Safari with Haven Hospice

| May 29, 2015 | Reply

ViVA! 2015 – On Safari with Haven Hospice “It is always so exciting to see so many people out supporting Haven Hospice,” said Haven Hospice Fundraising and Special Events Coordinator Stephanie Brod about ViVA! 2015, an African safari-themed fundraising event held on April 18 at Rembert Farms. Over 650 attendees enjoyed music by the University […]

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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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Home & Garden

Tailored Details

Tailored Details

| May 29, 2015 | Reply

When John and Sheila Spence built their 2,800-square-foot craftsman-style home eight years ago in the Steeplechase Farms neighborhood in Newberry, they built the home that met their needs at the time. In the past year, they teamed up with Quality DesignWorks, a design/build firm, and the home underwent an expansion and renovation. The updates not […]

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Repurposed Design

Repurposed Design

| May 29, 2015 | Reply

Do you have old, tired furniture in your home but feel unsure of how to give it a much-needed facelift? Do you want to get into the “do it yourself” mind-set but feel intimidated? Lucky for you, Gainesville has creative options when it comes to repurposing furniture and other household items — all you need […]

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Tips for Kitchen Efficiency

Tips for Kitchen Efficiency

| May 29, 2015 | Reply

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” – Julia Child Julia Child had it right on with her attitude toward life and creative cooking, but I’m pretty sure she would not have said the same about the kitchen itself. She was a well-oiled (pun very […]

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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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Pace Center for Girls Alachua Welcomes Guest Celebrity Chef Angie Davis-Shaghaghi and Frankie Harvey, Taste of Gainesville’s 2015 Iron Chef

Pace Center for Girls Alachua Welcomes Guest Celebrity Chef Angie Davis-Shaghaghi and Frankie Harvey, Taste of Gainesville’s 2015 Iron Chef

Famous for her competitive roles on numerous network cooking competitions on Rachael Rey and the Food Network, Chef Angie Davis-Shaghaghi also hosts events, conducts cooking demonstrations, caters for private parties, and is a celebrity spokesperson for numerous brands. Through her mobile cooking school, Creative Cooks, she shares her knowledge and passion with students of all […]

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Santa Fe College Receives Latino Americans’ History Grant

Santa Fe College Receives Latino Americans’ History Grant

| June 26, 2015 | Reply

Released by Amanda Hernandez Communications Coordinator, Santa Fe College Santa Fe College has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). Of the 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Santa Fe College was selected […]

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Uptown Village at Townsend

Uptown Village at Townsend

| June 25, 2015 | Reply

Discover urban luxury at Uptown Village at Townsend, Gainesville’s most “socially sophisticated” apartment community. Floorplans Uptown Village at Townsend offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes with optional lofts and/or solariums. All apartments are equipped with individual alarm systems, programmable digital thermostats, washers and dryers, built-in computer niches or entertainment centers and abundant closets. In […]

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Treehouse Village Condominiums

Treehouse Village Condominiums

| June 25, 2015 | Reply

A serene, secret hideaway awaits you in Treehouse Village, where abounding nature meets urban comfort. Floorplans Treehouse Village offers spacious and modern two bedroom suites. Two large closets can be found in each bedroom, and each bedroom has its own full bathroom. Bedrooms are equal in size and follow a split-floor plan, making Treehouse Village […]

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