February 2014 Issue

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East Coast Beach History

Beaches Museum and History Park highlights the history of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. More »

Built-In Navigation or Smart Phone? That is the Quesiton

Should you use your car's built-in navigation system or your smart phone to find your next destination? More »

Innovative Builds for Families

Innovative Home Builders build homes for families of all sizes in North Central Florida. More »

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February 2014 Issue


Get Ducky

by Ruth Ward


Cancer survivors Sandy Solomon,Caren Gorenberg, Dianne Caridi & her son Anthony. Dianne passed away in 2013.

On Saturday, March 8th, Crackers the Duck, MD, will be mingling with his fellow canards at the North Florida Regional Medical Center Duck Pond to celebrate the 5th annual Run Amuck With the Duck 5K walk/run. The catchy name brings attention to a very serious cause…the battle against lung cancer. This family and pet-friendly morning event encourages timed serious runners, as well as casual walkers, to make their way along the lovely campus of the hospital and then through the residential neighborhood nearby.

Crackers, who is a small toy duck, was sent to Caren Gorenberg seven years ago by her son Pete shortly after she was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  Shockingly, she had not a sign or symptom. The cancer was discovered through a routine x-ray.  Dressed in surgical scrubs and hand-crafted IV pole, Crackers has accompanied her to every round of chemotherapy and all her office visits. He is, of course, a favorite with the nurses!

Healthy, Tasty & Good for You

by Carol Doherty of The Great Outdoors


Mediterranean Salad with Blackened Shrimp and Scallops 

Spring Mix – 5 oz.

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette – 3 oz.

Feta – 2 oz.

Pine Nuts – 1 oz.

Roma Tomatoes – 1 oz.

Artichoke Hearts – 2 oz.

Sundried Tomatoes – 2 oz.

Heart of Palm – 1 oz.


In a large bowl, mix dressing.  Mound into bowl. Garnish with cheese, nuts, artichokes.  Top off with hearts of palm.

Blacken the scollops and shrimp on flat top. Place shrimp and scallops on top of salad.

Girl Talk: Are You At Risk for Lung Cancer?


Allison Grow, MD, PhD, Cherylle Hayes, MD & Christopher Balamucki, MD.

Allison Grow, MD, PhD, Cherylle Hayes, MD &
Christopher Balamucki, MD.


  • The most common cancer in women is breast cancer—but by far the most common cause of cancer death in women is lung cancer. Lung cancer rates have dropped in men, but are rising in women, including younger women.
  • It’s not just for smokers!! About 20% of lung cancers in women are diagnosed in never-smokers. (But you should still quit smoking! Ask your doctor about ways to quit—medicines and support groups.)
  • The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly low-dose screening CT scans for people at elevated risk for lung cancer: Adults 55-80 years old, with a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (number of years smoked times number of packs per day), still smoking or quit less than 15 years ago.

Applying for a Mortgage?

Don’t make large deposits in your bank account 

by Joe Hancock

Joe Hancock Florida

Are you about to apply for a mortgage? Do you have a lot of deposits in your account that are not pay related? Be ready to answer what they were for. Lenders require a copy of up to 2 or 3 months bank statements (ALL pages even if they are blank) as part the document requirements. This is to verify you have enough money to close the loan. Down payment, closing cost, reserves, and deposits are what the lender is looking for in the statement. Typically lenders like to see 3 months payment reserves available after you minus the down payment and closing cost.

Before you provide your statements look at them. Look for large or out of the ordinary deposits. This is what an underwriter is going to look for. Let’s look at an example of this is. Say you normally deposit $5000 per month in pay. However one month you sold a car and deposited another $12,000. An underwriter is going to want to know what that deposit was for. You will need to provide proof of what it was. WHY? The underwriter is looking for undisclosed debt. They are looking for private loans that may not be figured into your debt ratios. Lenders need to verify you do not have more debt than what is showing up on your credit report. So in the case of a car sale, you would need to provide the bill of sale, copy of the check if possible and copy of the deposit. The bottom line is you must source where this money came from. If you cannot provide this, the lender will consider this deposit a debt and calculate a payment to add into your debt ratios.

What You Should Know When Talking to a Lawyer

by Robert Rush


In over 30 years of practicing law I found that most people who come into my office have never had to hire a lawyer before in their life.  Each person has a problem for which they need assistance.

If it is an accident case, that person is often scared, confused, and in a lot of pain. Not surprisingly, most people just want assistance getting their medical bills paid, or compensation for their lost wages, or just to have their car fixed. The shock happens when the at-fault party refuses to own up to their mistake and fails to even offer to take care of their medical expenses.  Do not be afraid to call a lawyer if you need one. Most lawyers represent people in accident cases on what is called a “contingency fee basis,” which means that you will not be obligated to pay the attorney unless the attorney is successful in resolving your case.


East Coast Beach History

by Robert Rush


Jacksonville Pier in background with cars on the beach and boardwalk in foreground. July 4, 1928. From the collection of the Beaches Museum & History Park.


Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Bathers on beach with cars, roller coaster, boardwalk in background. Red Cross Life Saving Corps station on left, ca 1929. From the collection of the Beaches Museum & History Park.

Situated in a busy part of Jacksonville Beach are a few beautiful historic buildings that you may have driven past on your dash to the beach but you need to stop and take a few minutes or hours to peek inside. This is home to the Beaches Museum & History Park which opened its doors in 2006.

Here you will find wonderful collections of old photographs of the beach area covering, Mayport, Atlantic, Neptune, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and historic Palm Valley. A variety of beach memorabilia such as old post cards, beach chairs, surf boards and film footage, items from the Ponte Verdra Beach Club and more can be viewed.


Built-In Navigation or Smart Phone? That is the Quesiton

Many of you are out looking for a new or used car and technology has come a long way. Many vehicles have built-in navigation systems now, but is this option worth the money?

Here are some pros and cons to consider in regards to a navigation system or simply using your smart phone.

Built-in-Navigation-for-webFactory Installed Navigation System

Pros–The factory installed navigation systems are covered under the bumper to bumper warranty and usually have bigger screens. It is less likely that someone would steal this from your vehicle and will help your vehicle’s resale value.

Cons–You cannot input directions while you are moving and you may need to update the maps in a factory installed system which may be as much as $200!

Smart Phone

Pros–Can be programmed before you get in your car. It does not cost anything and it is always current. Easy to program and is portable.

Cons–Small screens, higher risk of theft if left in vehicle and you have to take your eyes off the road to look at your phone unless it is mounted. Volume may not be loud enough. Signal issues, loss of connectivity and drain on battery life.


Innovative Builds for Families

by Ruth Ward

Gourmet kitchens by Innovative Home Builders

Gourmet kitchens by Innovative Home Builders

No one knows new construction as well as Travis and Callie Williams, owners of Innovative Home Builders of North Florida, Inc. This young power couple has been building quality homes since 2007 that include large custom homes, Newtown 1894 and Ashton Ridge subdivision. Their latest project, Cinnamon Hills, is located in a gated subdivision in High Springs.

Cinnamon Hills is an impressive subdivision that is set on beautiful rolling countryside. Each home has a feeling of sitting on its own. So many subdivisions are cramped, but here you can take a deep breath of country air and have the security of knowing you are in a gated community. The sun sets over golden fields and oak trees and families safely ride their bikes around the neighborhood. Horse trails run through the area but don’t let the tranquil country setting fool you as it is close to I-75, shopping, UF and the hustle and bustle of Gainesville.

What’s On Spring 2014


Sat, Feb 22, 10-4pm. 2nd Annual William Bartram Heritage Day at Little Orange Creek Nature Park.  Featuring experts discussing William Bartram and his travels throughout north central Florida. Plein Air Artists will also be painting.  Exhibiting and selling artwork. Live music, native plant sales, storytelling and earth skills demonstrators. Enjoy real southern measl and golf cart rides around the beautiful park. 352-494-3790 or 352-318-1265.

Sun, Feb 23, 1-4pm.  25th Annual Celebration of Wine at UF Reitz Union Grand Ballroom to benefit Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM.  Culinary treats, wine tasting, auction and entertainment.  CelebrationOfWine.org

Sun, Feb 23, 2-4pm. CPR Training Event at High Springs Community Middle School Gym, hosted by High Springs Community School FFA Chapter. Learn adult/child/infant CPR, adult/child/infant choking emergency assistance, and how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device. Open to the public of all age levels. No American Heart Association course completion card is issued for this course. Training will be provided by the HeartSafe City Foundation. $10 per person. HeartSafeSchool.com. Click on the HeartSafe Schools tab, then click on the Register tab.  352-870-9646.

Tues, Feb 25, 6-9pm.  PAL’S Party at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar.  Live entertainment, heavy orderves, two drinks included. Silent auction.

Sat, March 5, 9am. 5th Annual Run Amuck with the Duck at North Florida Regional Medical Center. A 5K Walk/Run supporting the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF). Family and pet-friendly.  lungcancerfoundation.org/events CarenGorenberg@gmail.com or 352-256-6263.

Sat March 15, 7:30-11am.  Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Gainesville Kiwanis clubs at Gainesville High School cafeteria. $5 per person, kids under 12 accompanied by parent free. Take-outs are available, portions are generous. 352 335-3985 or email PatBartlet@aol.com.

Sat, March 22 & 23. Spring Garden Festival at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. 200 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits, foods and butterfly conservator. Children’s activities area, live entertainment and live auctions. $8 adults, kids ages 2-13 $5. Members receive a $2 discount. 352-372-4981.  Kanapaha.org

Sat, March 29, 6pm. Splendor: New York Nights. Benefit hosted by the Friends of Music and the Friends of Theatre + Dance to support the academic performing arts programs at the University of Florida College of Fine Arts. Enjoy live music by the UF Jazz Band, performances by a guest alumni and students, dancing, dinner and a silent auction. Tickets start at $40. arts.ufl.edu/Splendor  352-273-1465

Sat, April 5, 7pm.  Belles and Bowties, Fantasy Event at the O’Connell Center.  Live music, dancing, Vegas gaming, dinner, auction and open bar.  StopChildrensCancer.org

Sat, April 5. Easter Egg Hunt at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. 3000 candy filled eggs spread over Kanapaha’s expansive lawns. 352-372-4981    Kanapaha.org

Tues, April 8, 6:30-8:30pm. 3rd Annual Wing Bowl Eating Competition at Splitz Bowling Center for the Child Advocacy Center. Fun, dinner and a good cause.  $20, Kids under 10 get in for $5.  ChildAdvocacyCenterGainesville.org

Fri, April 11, 7am-2pm. 11th Annual Hats, Hearts & Handbags at UF Hilton to benefit the Girls Place. A spectacular luncheon not to be missed.   GirlsPlace.net


Thurs, March 13, 5:30pm. NWTF-Gator Gobblers Hunting Heritage Banquet at Rembert Farm. Dinner and live auction. $55, $100 couple, $30 kids, $275 sponsor, $700 sponsor table (8 seats).  352-316-0073 or GatorGobblers.NWTF@gmail.com   facebook.com/gatorgobblersnwtf   GatorGobblers.com

Sun, Mar 30, 11am-5pm. 23rd Annual Alachua Main Street Festival on Main Street, Downtown Alachua. VENDORS wanted spaces start at $55.00.  An opportunity for entrepreneurs to display their products and to raise funds for a Santa Fe College Scholarship. www.AlachuaBusiness.com  Alachua.Business@gmail.com

Sat, April 5, 10am-1pm. Egg Drop Alachua at 5441 Cellon Creek Blvd. It’s like an Easter Egg hunt, only way cooler. In addition to thousands of eggs on the field, we will drop tons of eggs from a helicopter signaling the official start of the hunt! Your kids will have a blast collecting eggs that can be redeemed for candy! Entry and entertainment is all free!  EggDropAlachua.com.


Fri Feb 28 Mardi Gras at Bacon’s BBQ. Live music and food. BaconsBarBQ.com

Sat March 22, 1-5pm. 1st Annual Backpack BBQ Bash for Backpacks at Bacon’s BBQ. Live music by Mike & The Tornados, BBQ competition & tasting.  $20.  BaconsBarBQ.com