Recently Tioga Town Center had its 3rd Annual Car Show to benefit the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation. Many people showed off their pristine vehicles and lots turned out to drool over cars they could only dream of owning. Approximately $30,000 was raised from this fabulous event.
by Terry Martin-Back
Memorial Day will be celebrated across our nation on May 26th with cook-outs, ceremonies and those fantastic Memorial Day Sales to go along with the beginning of summer activities. Memorial Day is not the same for everyone, it has a special meaning to me. For me, today’s celebrations of Memorial Day, is not what our family did, a half century ago, we called it Decoration Day.
by Amanda Payne
Alachua Chamber of Commerce, The Alachua Historical Society and the City of Alachua were proud to open the doors to the official Alachua Welcome Center! The building is located on Main Street and used to be the old Alachua Police Station. Through lots of hard work and donations it has now been transformed.
By Trish Utter
Q: How did you get into Real Estate?
A: I got into real estate because when I moved down here as a trailing spouse- UF husband- I couldn’t get a job in my field of social work. My mom had been in real estate and I always swore that I would never do that because it was disruptive to our family time, but…….
Q: Why did you take the plunge to own your own business?
A: I started my own business because for 10 years I worked for several real estate companies- mostly mergers and acquisitions. I was in the same office which became three different companies. I saw things I would do differently and took the best of the best and started my own shop. Very gutsy! If I had to do it over again, I would be like one of my top Producers and make more money rather than owning my own business. It is very time consuming, expensive and stressful- especially with the economic cycles.
By Nadine Slimak
The lions of the reef don’t need to roar — they incite dread just by showing up. Lionfish, which are predators native to Indo-Pacific waters, have invaded and severely harmed Atlantic marine ecosystems and have been found from North Carolina to all around Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, scientists and residents are working hard to study, report and remove them.
The lionfish invasion is considered a major emerging threat to global biodiversity. Between 2004 and 2008 the population of lionfish exploded by 700 percent!
The fish was initially introduced to U.S. waters through the aquarium trade in the 1980s and possibly from an aquarium in South Florida that was destroyed by hurricane Andrew, releasing six lionfish into the Biscayne Bay. Lionfish have now spread throughout the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. In fact, lionfish have invaded the Gulf, Southern Atlantic and Caribbean so heavily that prey fish populations in some places have fallen by 90 percent.
by Scott Kish
I began my journey into weight loss about a year and a half ago. I had always felt uncomfortable at the weight I was at, but I had never really tried anything to lose weight. I began having some health issues, which I passed off as something not weight related. I guess you could say something inside my heart finally clicked. I noticed one day some people I knew logging in what they had eaten in a phone application and inquired about it. At the time I thought it to be amusing, but was assured it was to help you lose weight. I thought about it over a couple days and actually decided to give it a try. The application was MyFitnessPal. You simply key in what your present weight is, your goal weight, and your present activity level. The app then caters a daily calorie count target. You then just log in or scan what you eat. The application automatically keeps track of your calorie count.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a double-stranded DNA virus that is considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There are over 100 different strains, of which 30-40 are sexually transmissible. HPV 16 and 18 are considered HIGH RISK, while other strains, such as 6 and 11, are lower risk (causing genital warts). The virus is transmitted via skin, mucosal (e.g. inside of mouth), and genital contact. Risk of exposure to the high risk strains increases with number of sexual partners.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 20 million new STDs in the United States each year (50% from ages 15-24), costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone! Although 80% of the population has been exposed to HPV, the majority of infections clear after approximately 2 years and cause no harm.
The high-risk HPV strains can cause cervical, head and neck (mostly oropharyngeal), anal, penile, and vaginal/vulvar cancer. While more than 99% of cervical cancer is caused by high risk HPV, the majority of head and neck cancer is caused by other factors, such as tobacco use (smoking) and alcohol. Over the last 20 years, the oropharynx, a specific region of the head and neck, is experiencing a significant rise in HPV-positive cancers.
by Trish Utter
Bosshardt Realty Services is a unique company which has been in our area for almost 30 years. When I am driving around, I notice Bosshardt signs everywhere. You may not realize the sheer scope of this company until you dig a little deeper. Bosshardt Realty is a dominant force in Alachua County and throughout Florida. Their 2014 slogan is “The future is so bright” and the path to accomplish this is through determination to always be professional and to give back to the community.
One area where Bosshardt differentiates itself is by offering its REALTORS® ongoing real estate education and mentoring from a management team who is available 24/7. There is always a highly skilled manager supporting every associate. Bosshardt has recently increased it’s sales force and support staff to meet the needs of a growing market. “Our commitment to training and mentoring new associates is taken very seriously. We don’t just hire sales associates and send them to online training courses. We recruit professionals, do hands on training and daily coaching. Our management team offers additional educational perks in the form of mini sessions of specified learning that even a seasoned REALTOR® can benefit from.” says founder and CEO Carol Bosshardt.
My daughter Brooke and I were excited to visit the Boca Raton Resort & Club, part of the Waldorf Astoria collection. We had heard many good things about this hotel but we were not prepared for the jaw dropping, immaculate, vast property.
I made a sharp right turn onto a palm lined driveway and there in front of us was a pink…… Boca Pink, gatehouse and behind that a large fountain and topiary trees. “We are expecting you Ms. Utter, enjoy your stay” said the guard. I drove down the drive slowly to take in the beautifully manicured gardens and pulled up to the main entrance. One bellman opened my door and another opened the passenger door for Brooke. We had arrived!