Category Archives: Celebrity Spotlight

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Robert A. Rush, PA

Robert A. Rush is one of only four attorneys in the State of Florida who has been designated an expert in both Civil and Criminal law, but you probably don’t know that he produced a Broadway Show about Elvis and that he does his own landscaping at his office! This down to earth attorney would rather hang out in his vegetable garden than be caught up in glitz and glam. Rush’s employees often get vegetables from his garden and homegrown flowers, which makes for a very happy office. This conservative, high-profile attorney has been caught listening to rap music. You can never judge a book by its cover!

Where are you from and why did you move to Gainesville?

I am from New York, but moved to Alachua in 1977 and attended the law school at UF. I still live in the same, small, brick house after all those years. I love the simple, tranquil lifestyle that Alachua has to offer.

How do you relax?

Ha, not much!!! I work at least 60 hours a week by choice, as I love what I do. When I can, I enjoy spending time with my horses and chickens. I also love to garden. My two German Shepherds, named Scout and Atticus, keep me busy with long walks in the woods. I enjoy a walk on the beach, but that is not very often.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Amelia Island, as it has miles of unspoiled beach. It is so peaceful and quiet and is a good place for me to unwind with a good book. While I am there I like to fish, play golf and love the local food. Plus, it is only an hour and a half away!

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Dr. Cherylle Hayes

Dr. Cherylle Hayes is an Oncologist at The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Hayes is one of the hardest and smartest working women in the area that we know. We have seen Dr. Hayes supporting many local charitable events including PALS.

Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville and why?

I am from Fort Lauderdale and moved to Gainesville at the end of 1996 to work with the department of radiation oncology at the University of Florida as an assistant professor. I fell in love the Gainesville community and enjoy the team I work with at North Florida Radiation Oncology (dream team).

How do you relax?

Hmmmm, that’s a good question…Is that learned? I relax by getting away and sleeping in after 8am! I love to read, exercise in any form (long walks, swimming, etc.) and really appreciate being with my friends and family.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Amelia Island…It’s a great place to catch up on rest and enjoy long walks on the beach. It is peaceful, great place to roam around with a lot of natural habitat and quiet with a lot of foodie places to enjoy….

What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?

Waze…I’m not telling why!

Local Celebrity Spotlight – William C. Storoe IV, DDS PA

dentist1If you have attended any of the local charitable events around town chances are you have bumped into Dr .William Storoe or Bill as his friends call him. He is always full of humor and fun and never without his beautiful wife DeAnna. He has photos of his children all over his office. Dr. Storoe is a well-known name with all the local dentists as he is the Oral Surgeon that removes a lot of wisdom teeth in the Gainesville and surrounding areas.

Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville and why?

I am originally from Warrenville, Illinois… a small town about 35 miles west of Chicago. Town of only about 600 people when my parents moved there in 1964… I remember being able to see the Aurora Borealis from our back yard when I was little… Now you’re lucky if you can see five stars! We moved to Gainesville in March 2002 when I purchased a local practice and started practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

How do you relax?

Relax?!?!? What’s That??? That is the problem, I seem to have a difficult time relaxing. Married with four kids, with an active dog and a very busy family extracurricular
life, I have very little time to ever sit down and relax. However, we do a great variety of things for fun! Fishing, hunting, skeet, dog training, water sports, golf, surfing, boating, etc., all in addition to working a very busy practice, maintaining 15 acres and our family. I’m lucky if I get 4-5 hours of sleep a night!

Local Celebrity Spotlight: Ward Scott

wardscott1A teacher by trade with over forty years of experience in the classroom. A Professor Emeritus Santa Fe College English Professor, recipient of the Santa Fe College Lifetime Achievement Award, four-term Santa Fe College Senate President, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2002, NISOD EXCELLENCE AWARD IN TEACHING AND LEADERSHIP, University of Texas, 2008, Finalist Florida Association of Community Colleges Teacher of the Year, 2007.

Retired from classroom teaching and is now the talk show host for The Ward Scott Files, a live call-in talk show sponsored by MARC RADIO and broadcast on 101.7 Hank FM and 980 AM, the voice of North Central Florida News Radio. Scott has been on the air with MARC radio as The Ward Scott Files since September 2013.

Where are you from and when did you move to Alachua and why?

Born in Columbia, South Carolina. Moved from Gainesville to Alachua in 2001.

How do you relax?

Watch my cattle graze in the pasture at sundown at Windy Hill Farm in Alachua.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

I always look forward to skiing in the Colorado Rockies and an annual trip to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.

What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?

Martini Shaker, Wine Opener and the Drudge Report.

What was your first job?

Hoeing beans and feeding chickens.

What is in your fridge?

Chocolate Ice Cream.

What has your best financial investment been?

Real Estate such as commercial, residential and farm land.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Foul deeds will rise though all the earth overwhelm them to men’s eyes.” Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2, line 256.

Who inspired you as a child?

My mother. She taught me to read even before I went to kindergarten and to memorize nursery rhymes. She taught me my love of the English language.

What is your favorite thing to do locally?

Brown’s restaurant on 441 in Alachua on pork chop Thursday.

What type of music do you listen to?

My 104 year old mother when she plays the piano, particularly when she plays the church songs I first heard sung in the country church choirs of my childhood. It makes me feel so good, like maybe the world will be all right after all.

What is your favorite movie?

It is difficult to pick one: The Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera, A Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now and Dr. Strangelove

What drives you crazy?

As my grandmother used to say, my mother’s mother, people who like to talk to “hear their heads rattle.”

What is your favorite meal?

Cheeseburger and french fries. What else is there?

What have you always wanted to do but never done?

Finish something I start.

What was your first car and what do you drive now?

A white, 1956 two door six cylinder Ford sedan with a stick shift that had no air conditioning. Drove it to Ft. Lauderdale in the early sixties for Spring Break. Now I drive a manly Ford F 150 with four wheel drive complete with the big Triton engine.

Ward’s First Car: 1956 Ford

Ward’s First Car: 1956 Ford

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Travis Williams

by Trish Utter

TravisWilliamsWhere are you from, and when did you move to High Springs and why?
I was born in North Carolina and moved to Lake City, Florida in 1989. I spent most of my life in Lake City before moving to Oklahoma for college, then returning to High Springs to take a Music Department position at Impact Family Church.

How do you relax?
I like to travel. There is just something about getting away from the everyday crazy that helps me relax.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?
Orlando is our weekend getaway spot right now. Our son loves SeaWorld.

What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?
Well, I could probably live without all of them, but the one I use the most is probably my iPhone and the Facebook app.

What is in your fridge?
There are definitely leftovers. Probably almond milk, some assortment of fruit and tons of salad dressing.

Who inspired you as a child?
My father, Timothy Williams. He has always been a hard worker and has shown me that being an honest and trustworthy person always pays off.

What is your favorite thing to do locally?
My wife and I love going to Mark’s Prime Steakhouse. I like to order their filet and asparagus.

What type of music do you listen to?
I like Jazz, but most days are spent listening to some sort of kids, sleepy-time music.

What is your favorite movie?
Favorite of all time is Patch Adams.

What drives you crazy?
People who don’t use common sense.

What don’t people know about you?
I have played the piano for over 28 years. I like to play contemporary Christian music.

What have you always wanted to do but never done?
Skydive.

What was your first car?
1990 Pontiac Sunbird, fire-engine red.

Local Celebrity Spotlight

Local-Celebrity1Where are you from?

I am from Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Florida to open a restaurant company.

How do you relax?

By riding my mountain bike at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park.

Do you have pets?

Yes, a dog. At one point I had four rescue dogs. Now I have Thelma, a 14 year old, 120lb sweetheart.

What gadget can’t you live without?

My Garmin G.P.S. for my bike.

What is your favorite beauty product?

Got 2 Be Glued, it’s a glue for my hair.

What is in your fridge?

Coke Zero, fruit, tofu and carrot juice.

What has your best financial investment been?

My best financial investment has been people. I do not have millions in the bank, but I do have some very special people that have been with me in my professional career since my arrival in Florida 14 years ago… Elana, Blake, Justin and little Rick.

Do you have a favorite quote?

When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you!!

What is your favorite clothing store?

Nordstroms, Gap and the Loft.

Who inspired you as a child?

My Nana Deneno who was Italian and taught me how to cook.

What was your first job?

I was a Roll Girl, I passed out bread rolls and butter at a high end restaurant. It was my first job in a restaurant. (We do not mean family or education.)

What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?

A long bicycle ride.

What type of music do you listen to?

Classic Rock, I love The Beatles.

What is your favorite movie?

“Moonstruck”

What drives you crazy?

People that don’t listen…and germs.

What was your first car?

A maroon Karmann Ghia, I loved that little car.

What is your favorite meal?

An arugula, kale salad with crasins and red wine vinaigrette and a little shaved parmesan cheese and pan sautéed coconut crusted tofu on top.

Local Celebrity Spotlight: Kim Bosshardt

kim-bosshardtAre you from Gainesville?

I was born in Pensacola and moved here from Homestead to attend the University of Florida in 1994 and have been here ever since.

How do you relax?

Finding the right work life balance is pretty challenging these days. Even time spent with my three children can get stressful. I like to read, and of course a massage is always a welcome way to relax.

Do you have pets?

Yes two miniature Australian Shepherds: Red and Sprinkles

What gadget can’t you live without?

I rely heavily on my iPhone for everything, but I’d say my Kindle Reader. ….no actually Amazon’s Alexa, which is like Siri but for the home.

What is your favorite beauty product?

I like Sephora and trying new things all the time. I also am trying “ipsy” and like getting new samples each month.

What is in your fridge?

Eggs, milk, water, champagne, beer, a good dark chocolate bar

What has your best financial investment been?

Starting my own law firm and Title Company.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“I don’t care what anyone says, it will always be your birthday Kim.”—about my birthday being on September 11.

What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?

I love the different charitable events. It’s nice to get out and see Gainesvillians. Especially the ones that are committed to giving back.

What type of music do you listen to?

Country Music. I love a good sad story.

What is your favorite movie?

Sound of Music

What drives you crazy?

People not recycling.

What is your favorite clothing store?

Amazon.com

What do you do with unwanted clothes/shoes?

I donate them to the Children’s Home Society thrift store.

What was your first car?

1992 red manual Toyota Tercel.

Where will you spend the Holidays, do you cook and what time do you have your Holiday meal?

Hanukkah begins early this year-December 6, so we will be celebrating at home with family and friends. It’s the only time of the year that I fry anything and the kids love it. I will be making latkes and doughnuts.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

My first real job was working for Dairy Queen and loved it. Besides learning about minimum wage ($4.25 back then), taxes, and paychecks, I learned ice cream makes people happy—you never see a sad person in an ice cream store.

Local Celebrity Spotlight: John Spence

spenceAre you from Gainesville? If not where and why did you move here?

I was born and raised in South Miami, I am a fifth-generation Floridian, I moved to Gainesville in 1984 to go to Santa Fe College and then the University of Florida. I graduated from UF in 1989 from the College of Journalism and Communications with a degree in Public Relations.

How do you relax?

Fly fishing, typically for freshwater trout in Colorado or New Zealand – My wife, Sheila and I also have a boat that we take to Cedar Key and Steinhatchee quite often. I also like to garden and I’m learning to paint landscapes and painting with acrylics.

Do you have pets?

We have an absolutely wonderful Vizsla named Suri – which is short for “surrender” because we surrendered our heart, our wallet and our yard to her. She’s a show dog and a national level champion. She is the smartest and sweetest dog we’ve ever owned.

What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?

The voice recognition software called Dragon NaturallySpeaking, I use it to dictate all of my memos, emails and the last three books I’ve written…or spoken.

What don’t we know about you?

My mother was one of the top lady anglers in the world. She caught the first 500 pound blue Marlin in Key West after Hemingway and was the Commodore Bimini.

What is in your fridge?

Fresh vegetables from our yard, fresh eggs from her next-door neighbor’s chickens, and Noosa yogurt from Australia……. it is so delicious.

What has your best financial investment been?

In self-learning… books, audiobooks, and seminars – anything and everything that would help me improve in my business and life.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“You become what you focus on and similar to the people you spend time with” – John Spence

Who inspired you as a child?

Leonardo da Vinci – his work still inspires me.

What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?

Go to the downtown art shows or events at the Phillips Center and Santa Fe College.

What type of music do you listen to?

I mostly listen to books and news, but acoustic guitar and jazz are my favorite types of music.

What is your favorite movie?

Monty Python’s quest for the Holy Grail – I have it completely memorized.

What drives you crazy?

People who do not do what they say they will do.

What is your favorite meal?

Grilled steak with baked potato and garlic spinach.

Where is your favorite beach and why?

The beach on the east side of Bimini, I spent a lot of summers there and it’s never crowded.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

I worked as a mate on a charter boat in the keys, and I learned the importance of customer service. It was a menial job, cleaning toilets, cleaning up the boat, bringing food to the customers and I learned that if you treated them great, even if we didn’t catch fish they had a good time.

What was your first car and what do you drive now?

A black Ford Bronco and now I drive a Chevy Tahoe – I’ve always driven trucks my entire life.