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Family

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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Ginny and Bill Allen: Every Day is a New Beginning

Ginny and Bill Allen: Every Day is a New Beginning

| March 31, 2014 | Reply

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” -Seneca Bill and Ginny Allen see the blessings that every day holds. Through nearly three decades of marriage, the high school sweethearts have experienced tremendous joy and success, as well as personal trials and challenges. Yet the couple has never lost faith that each day presents […]

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Community

Gainesville’s Diverse Culinary Past

Gainesville’s Diverse Culinary Past

, | March 31, 2014 | Reply

Ask any longtime resident of Gainesville what their favorite old restaurants are, and you’ll likely receive a number of answers: Tony and Pat’s, the Original Pizza Palace, the lunch counter at Wise’s Pharmacy, Sonny’s, Joe’s Deli and Phil-Nick’s are just a few. In the fickle restaurant business, trends come and go, and places are hot […]

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Bailey Estates

Bailey Estates

| March 31, 2014 | Reply

If you’re looking for a new home in a great neighborhood but can’t find exactly what you want, you may have overlooked Bailey Estates. The community of new homes offers a rare combination of benefits that make it a great place to live for young families and retirees alike. Many homebuyers haven’t discovered Bailey Estates […]

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Hats, Hearts and Handbags: Community Gets Creative to Support Young Girls

Hats, Hearts and Handbags: Community Gets Creative to Support Young Girls

| March 31, 2014 | Reply

The luncheon fundraiser is a common event in Gainesville. People socialize, dine and listen to a guest speaker. But, there is one lunch that has all these things and, as attendees call it, “a fierce competition.” Hats, Hearts and Handbags is the signature campaign for Girls Place Inc., when attendees get creative as they decorate […]

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Charity

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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Woman Who Make a Difference

Woman Who Make a Difference

| March 31, 2014 | Reply

Jeanne Singer Jeanne Singer’s mother always wanted her to experience what she had never been able to: the service and the inspiration that comes from joining a Girl Scout troop as a young girl. Born in New York to parents who survived both the Great Depression and WWII, Singer always knew that joining her local […]

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Home & Garden

What’s the Deal with Residential Real Estate?

What’s the Deal with Residential Real Estate?

| April 1, 2014 | Reply

The Gainesville area residential market is in flux. Sales have rebounded in the past year. Many new homes are smaller — and on smaller lots — than ones built in the past, although the new homes often offer more features such as granite countertops and high energy efficiency as standard features. HOME: Living in the […]

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Poolside Retreats

Poolside Retreats

| April 1, 2014 | Reply

  CREATE A REFUGE Relax and enjoy your own outdoor living space. Your poolside can be transformed into a personal retreat from the busyness of everyday activities; a swimming pool can even double as a reflection pond, as featured in this pool home in southwest Gainesville. Terraced verandahs overlook dry-garden succulent plantings, giving contrast and […]

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BANCF Spring 2014 Parade of Homes

BANCF Spring 2014 Parade of Homes

| March 31, 2014 | Reply

The Parade of Homes™, presented by the Builders Association of North Central Florida, is one of our community’s favorite events. Now in its 58th year, the Parade of Homes™ has showcased over 1700 homes in 250 beautiful neighborhoods throughout Alachua County, allowing visitors the opportunity to see the latest in home innovation, the best in […]

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Taste of Gainesville

Ray Leung, Executive Chef, Dragonfly Sushi

Ray Leung, Executive Chef, Dragonfly Sushi

| April 1, 2014 | Reply

What inspired you to become a chef? At an early age, I grew up watching my dad cook and was always helping out in the kitchen. From something as simple as stirring, grabbing ingredients or throwing ingredients into the wok or just setting up the table, it was always fun when it came to kitchen time. […]

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Valero Alises, Executive Chef, Sabore

Valero Alises, Executive Chef, Sabore

| April 1, 2014 | Reply

What inspired you to become a chef? My parents were the greatest influence in my choice to become a chef.  From them, I learned the value of both a great meal surrounded by friends and family and the wonderful conversations around the dinner table. What is the best part of your job? Getting to see […]

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Taylor Dukes, Executive Chef, Great Outdoors Restaurant

Taylor Dukes, Executive Chef, Great Outdoors Restaurant

| April 1, 2014 | Reply

What inspired you to become a chef? The novel “Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain. After finishing college, I was working as a line cook, unsure of what career I wanted to pursue. I picked up “Kitchen Confidential” just because I was curious and finished it in two days. The experiences and people Bourdain talked about inspired me to continue my […]

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Last Word

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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A Sigh of Relief

A Sigh of Relief

| December 2, 2013 | Reply

Sometimes, the biggest cause for celebration at a wedding is that it’s finally over! Few things are as satisfying for a bride – and sometimes for her bridal party – as seeing her vision become a reality. But after the fittings, hair and makeup appointments, dance lessons, and thousands of other tasks are completed, including […]

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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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Women Who Make a Difference: Dawn Burgess-Krop

Women Who Make a Difference: Dawn Burgess-Krop

| April 2, 2014 | Reply

At the age of six, Dawn Burgess-Krop was held accountable for taking care of her family while her mother was ill and her father had to travel a great deal for his job. Being the oldest sibling came with a weight of responsibility that made her into the woman she is today. One experience she […]

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Gainesville Fashion Week

Gainesville Fashion Week

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Taste of Gainesville Participating Resturants

Taste of Gainesville Participating Resturants

| April 1, 2014 | Reply

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