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Is a Hamburger Healthier than your Salad?

Is a Hamburger Healthier than your Salad?

You want to get in shape and lose pounds and you have been ordering salads when you go out for a meal, but don’t see results. You might as well have ordered More »

SLIDE into Fashion

SLIDE into Fashion

by Ruth Ward When you think of slides, you probably think of Nike or Adidas with their rubber slides that athletes wear, or European tourists that shuffle around theme parks in them. More »

Am I Saving Money with a Store Credit Card?

Am I Saving Money with a Store Credit Card?

by Joe Hancock I was in one of my favorite retail stores, and to my delight, many things were on sale. When I checked out, the sales assistant asked me if I More »

Pest Control & Tequila… What’s Not to Love about BATS!

Pest Control & Tequila… What’s Not to Love about BATS!

by Brian Pope Insects love Florida. In fact, mosquitoes love Florida so much that eighty species have decided to become our permanent neighbors – this is more than any other state! Of More »

Something you Kneed to Know

Something you Kneed to Know

by Anya Mayr As residents of the sunshine state, we tend to stay in action. We’re athletes and activists and pioneers. We surf, play sports and hike, and we love staying in More »

Some of the Filthiest places in your home might surprise you, like….. Poop on your…TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!!

Some of the Filthiest places in your home might surprise you, like….. Poop on your…TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!!

Here are our top dirtiest places that you will find in your home. There are plenty more, but these are eye-opening. It will make you think twice about putting your phone down More »

NOT Your Grandma’s Ferris Wheel!

NOT Your Grandma’s Ferris Wheel!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? We are constantly in search of unique places for our readers to visit. Our latest trips were down I-75 to Orlando to visit I-Drive 360 and More »

 

NOT Your Grandma’s Ferris Wheel!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? We are constantly in search of unique places for our readers to visit. Our latest trips were down I-75 to Orlando to visit I-Drive 360 and a plane trip to the Washington, DC area to see National Harbor in Maryland. What both destinations have in common are massive Ferris wheels, entertainment, restaurants and stunning views.

I-Drive 360, Orlando FL

This entertainment area is located on International Drive, close to the convention area. It was named after the 360° view you will get from the Orlando Eye. You will find restaurants, shops, and entertainment and best of all, lots of free parking!

Coca Cola, Orlando Eye

The huge 400-foot, Ferris wheel opened in 2015 and is run by Merlin Entertainments, under its Midway attraction brands which also has the iconic London Eye. Although this in not as large as the London Eye, it is still impressive and gives you panoramic views of Orlando, theme parks and downtown. Each of the 30 capsules are air-conditioned and have seating. There are touch screens in the gondolas that tell you what you can see on your twenty minute tour. At night, the Eye lights up
with changing color displays commemorating national holidays, important world events, and charitable causes.
www.officialorlandoeye.com

Community SpotLight

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

In a blink of an eye, your kids will probably be all grown up and taller than you. Many of you remember my daughter, Brooke Utter, and my son, Colt Utter, from old issues of Good Life Community Magazine. When I started GLC, Colt was nine years-old and Brooke was eight years-old. Now Colt is twenty-one and Brooke is nineteen! Yes…..shocking, isn’t it? I talked about teaching them how to drive in an issue of Good Life a few years ago. That was hair-raising, but we all got through it…with only one minor accident!

Brighten Your Day with a Delicious Cake!

by Trish Utter

No bakery is complete without its cakes. Although Hitchcock’s has a few on display, they offer many more. They have design books to look through for ideas or bring any photo of your cake idea in and they can create a one of a kind cake just for you at a surprisingly low cost.

Hitchcock’s talented cake designers can make beautiful wedding cakes. From modern, trendy square cakes to traditional styled designs. Just schedule an appointment to bring your unique cake idea to fruition.

Hitchcock’s, Raising Money for Local Charities

Hitchcock’s held its Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Ironwood Golf Course. Over $30,000 was raised for MDA and local charities. Golfers enjoyed a barbecue lunch and many prizes and awards.

Be prepared for the upcoming Florida Summer!

– Knowledge is Power!

by Christopher J. Balamucki, MD

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 5.4 million cases diagnosed in over 3.3 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. There have been more skin cancers diagnosed over the past 30 years than all other cancer combined! As you may expect, it represents a tremendous cost in our healthcare system with an estimated $8.1 billion spent yearly treating skin cancers in the United States.

Weekend Celebration at Disney

by Trish Utter

Celebrating Colt’s 21st Birthday at The 50s’ Prime Time Cafe

My son, Colt, celebrated his 21st birthday at … Disney! I cannot believe that here we were celebrating my son’s 21st, when it seems like yesterday he was at Disney on all the kiddy rides.

On this trip we needed a couple of hotel rooms, but found Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa to be the ideal location for a large group of friends and family to stay. Just minutes to Disney, and across the street from outlet shopping, this property offers studio to 3 bedroom condos that are huge. We saved money by cooking and the place was big enough too comfortably accommodate everyone.

Colt wanted to show his girlfriend, Hallie Mclean, around Disney’s Hollywood Studios. One of Colt’s first stops was the Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster. This coaster is inside a large building and Aerosmith music plays as you step into a stretch limo that is then catapulted into darkness and you fly past neon, glowing street signs.

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!