Rush Issue

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Truth, Justice and Rush

Robert A. Rush is a top lawyer in Gainesville, Florida who cares about his clients, family and his community. More »

New Orleans and All That Jazz

Learn about all the wonderful sights and places to go while in New Orleans, like Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, with these top things to do. More »

The Best of the Beach

Ever wondered what to do at the best beaches in Florida? Fun in the sun at Siesta Key and Naples, Florida are at the top of our list. More »

Exciting New Design Concept

Donna Cohen's exciting new design concept makes interior decorating a breeze with customized out of the box designs. More »


Rush Issue

Cover August 2014-for-web

Gainesville Fastpitch All Star Softball Team


Front row (left to right): Coach Jeff, Rebekah Freeman,  Dejah Williams,  Savannah Abrams,  Erica Lewis, Jana Abrams,  Coach Anthony, 2nd row: Kameryn Baker,  Dnika Appling,  Ne’dra Burney,  Madison Hultman, Natasha Fox, Amahria Woodard,  Arielle Williams Very back: Coach Jacques

by Teameika Trueluck

They are ladies in the streets and a beast in their cleats. 
They have talent, a desire to compete and they are a force to be reckoned with. The 14u Gainesville Fastpitch All Star Softball Team is no stranger to hard work, sweat and tears.  There are twelve girls on the team.  All of the girls are from the surrounding area and attend local middle and high schools.  This season the girls have competed in 24 games.  They were undefeated in their regular season.  They then played in the Babe Ruth Softball District 3 Competition in Madison Fl. and finished 1st in the district undefeated.  They continued on to the Florida State Babe Ruth Softball Tournament where they placed 2nd in the state in the 14u division.  This placement awarded the team with a special invitation to compete in the Babe Ruth Softball Regional Tournament in Morganton, N.C.  
The team has three coaches. Jacques Harris is the head coach and there are two assistant coaches Jeff Abrams and Anthony Thorton.  All three coaches are volunteers.  Their main goal is to not only develop and teach the girls fundamentals, but to make sure that they are having fun while doing it.  

High Springs Historical Society Museum

by Bob Watson


Bob Watson

Every man has had toy trains at some point in his life. Now grown-up boys can drawl over antique rolling stock and other memorabilia of the pioneer life at this museum.

Not many people know that the High Springs was a big rail road hub. In 1895, the Plant System Railroad established its division headquarters in High Springs with roundhouse, turntable, repair shops, and two-story district hospital. Three branches of the Atlantic Coast Line converged in the town which became known as “The Railroad Center.” The town was buzzing with homes and apartments being built such as the Renfro Apartments, the New Florida Hotel and Rimes Boarding House that accommodated all the railroad men.

The High Springs rail yard exhibit is a 6′ x 20′ scale diorama of the Plant System Railroad. The replica was built by Jim Dyksterhouse from a 1917 blueprint and then scaled to HO size (1:87).

The Good Life Martini


Drink designed for Good Life Community Magazine by Mike Hodges – The Great Outdoors Restaurant


2.5 oz Absolut Raspberri Vodka
0.5 oz Absolut Peach Schnapps
0.5 oz Blue Curacao
Splash of Sweet & Sour


1. Pour all ingredients into tumbler.
2. Shake hard.
3. Strain into a glass and garnish with a slice of orange.
4. Enjoy!

The Best Beach Chair

P1020797Looking for something that is lightweight, that can adjust to five positions and hold all your drinks and keep them ice cold?

Beach ChairWe found The Classic Backpack Beach Chair with an aluminum frame in blue, a versatile beach chair patented by Rio Brands. You can see that it is wider than most beach chairs, allowing for more room not only in the seat but also in the large pockets.

RIO-Beach-ChairThe aluminum frame keeps it light and easy to use as a backpack. The unusual five position construction allows you to lay flat without having to drag a large lounger to the beach. Look for it in stores now.

The Top 5 Improvements You Should Make to Sell Your Home Quickly


1. Curb Appeal- If you were not home and a buyer got out of the car to look around your property, you would want the appearance and appeal to be meticulous! This means the grass and the landscaping are well manicured as well as some seasonal flowering plants for color. A load of wood chips always make a property look fresher. The walk ways should be pressure washed and clean of debris all the way to the front door, where there must be fresh paint and no cobwebs. A nice entry mat and maybe a couple of potted plants by the front door is an enhancement.

Skin Cancer – Minimize Sun Exposure and Avoid Tanning Beds!

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

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

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 3.5 million cases diagnosed in over 2 million people yearly. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans can develop skin cancer in their lifetime! In fact, there are more cases of skin cancer each year than all of the cases of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined.

Types – Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas, both arise from the epidermis (outermost layer of skin), are the two most common types of skin cancer with an estimated 2.8 million and 700,000 cases diagnosed annually in the United States.

Melanoma, arising from pigment-producing cells in the skin (melanocytes), is much less common with an estimated 76,100 new cases. Although melanoma accounts for less than 2% of all skin cancer, it can be very aggressive, accounting for the majority of skin cancer deaths.
Why are there so many skin cancers? Two words — SUN EXPOSURE!

Toxic Ingredients in Beer

By Ruth Ward

Tailgate season – friends, football, food and ice cold beer! But have you ever wondered what is in your beer? Is it harming your health?


We spend so much time looking at food labels and making sure ingredients are natural but what about your beer.

Robert A. Rush Interview


Q-What made you interested in becoming an attorney?
A-To fight for truth and justice.

Q-You have a stressful occupation. How do you relax?
A-I have a passion for gardening. I spend a lot of time growing blueberries and tomatoes that I bring to my office and give to my staff.

Q-Do you have any pets?
A- I have two black German shepherds names Adicus and Scout and four horses that are spoiled rotten.

Q-What gadget can’t you live without?
A-None I avoid them.


Truth, Justice and Rush


Robert A. Rush

Power, integrity and doing the right thing don’t often go together but when I think of the law practice of Robert A. Rush that is what comes to mind. I have known Robert and his family for years. He is the kind of attorney that stays up all night studying his cases, taking each one as if the client is a member of his own family.

When you walk through the stained glass door of the beautiful blue historic building you are greeted by Ruthie Hale-Fergusen. She has been at the practice for over 21 years and is so sweet. She makes clients feel at ease and whisks them into the right office without delay. For a client who is coming into the law office with a serious case, this is a comforting feeling to be surrounded by people who genuinely care and are true legal pros.

Robert grew up on Long Island New York and then moved to Clearwater, Florida to start high school. Robert attended Johns Hopkins University where he played lacrosse. He completed his schooling at the University of Florida and quickly became a huge Gator fan.

Robert’s first job was as a research entomologist at the USDA lab in Gainesville. It was after this that his true passion and lifetime occupation started when he graduated from the UF Law School and began practicing law in 1985.

Robert Rush totally immersed himself into the art of learning courtroom techniques and putting on jury trials because he thought that if he was going to hire a lawyer, he would want one who was experienced and knowledgeable in going to trial because as he explained to me… “ultimately, that is how all disputes are resolved when the people cannot come to a compromised agreement.”