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Category Archives: Celebrity Spotlight

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Congressman Ted Yoho who serves Florida’s 3rd District

Congressman Ted Yoho

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

I was born in Minnesota and moved to Pompano Beach when I was eight years old. I graduated from Deerfield Beach High School in 1973. I attended Broward Community College and then moved to Gainesville in 1977, and have been here since.

How do you relax?

I read, work, fish, and travel with my wife and family.

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

I like to go to Welaka, which is on the St. John’s River. It is close to Gainesville and phone reception is weak. It is absolutely primitive Florida out on the river, and the fishing is great.

What do you listen to in your car?

Mostly country, Western, Margaretville, jazz and classic rock. Sometimes FOX Brett Baier or CNN Wolf Blitzer.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? How much was you first pay check for?

Local Celebrity Spotlight: Donna Cohen

Donna Cohen is a very talented interior designer that lives in Gainesville and works in our local area. You will find her at many charitable events either volunteering or as a guest.

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

I was born in the small town of Granville in upstate New York. I went to school in Boston, and was home for a summer after working in Boston between jobs.

I met David, my husband, and that was it! It’s funny because the women in the family knew of him as we had been shopping in his family stores since I was a teenager! We were getting tired of the cold and a business opportunity came up in Ocala. When he came home one day and asked, “Do you want to move to Florida?” I jumped at the chance. David had a condo in Boca Raton on the ocean so I thought, “great”! Can you imagine the night we arrived in Ocala 30 years ago…CULTURE SHOCK! We stopped to get gas and I couldn’t get over all the trucks with guns on them! A friend that we knew said, “You cannot live in Ocala…Gainesville is a university town”, so we took his advice and here we are…. love it now!

How do you relax?

I relax by lighting a candle, pouring a glass of wine, and then cooking!
Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why? I like to go to St. Augustine to relax, or NYC for my city fix!

What do you listen to in your car?

I listen to Sports Talk Radio… every day! I love Brady, Shane, Steve, Pat, Jeff, and Zach – the local guys on there.

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

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Joe Hancock

Joe Hancock is the President of the Alachua Chamber, Vice President of the Alachua Lions Club, and Area Sales Manager for Union Home Mortgage Corp. Hancock is often seen in the City of Alachua helping out with events or leading a networking group and helping to promote local businesses. Hancock is married and has two beautiful children. You can’t think of the City of Alachua without thinking about Joe.

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

Born and Raised in Gainesville. Moved to Alachua in 2012 and couldn’t be happier. My wife, Crystal worked here and loved it. When it was time to buy a home we decided Alachua was the place. It did not have the hustle and bustle of Gainesville and the people were nice. It is a walkable town and we have access to I-75 and 441 to quickly get anywhere we want.

How do you relax?

Playing with my kids. Mason is 3 and Summer is 1. I really think it is wrestling more than anything else. They love it. They love to jump on me, pound on me, climb on me, and just roll all over me. I love it and can’t get enough of it!! They relax me more than anything else in the world. Before the kids it was driving at the racetrack.

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.