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City of Alachua welcomes Holiday Inn Express & Suites

City of Alachua welcomes Holiday Inn Express & Suites

The City of Alachua has waited a long time for a new hotel and were thrilled when Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alachua, recently had their grand opening. The hotel is located next to Publix More »

Local Celebrity Spotlight: Meet Kim Stinton: Business Woman, Wife and Mom!

Local Celebrity Spotlight: Meet Kim Stinton: Business Woman, Wife and Mom!

Kim and her husband Andy own The Floor Store of Newberry and have always been active with events in their area. They have advertised with Good Life Community Magazine for 12 years. More »

New Technology in Prostate Cancer

New Technology in Prostate Cancer

by Charles L. Perkins, M.D., Ph.D. North Florida Radiation Oncology (NFRO) is proven to be a leader in providing comprehensive, compassionate cancer care for men with prostate cancer. Because of this leadership More »

Finding the Perfect Place to Rent

Finding the Perfect Place to Rent

by Trish Utter A friend of mine, who is a nurse, was telling me how difficult it was to find a nice apartment in a great location in the Gainesville area. She More »

 

Rev Your Engine at Local Car Clubs

Gainesville Car Friends & Other Local Car Clubs

This group of car enthusiasts meets every Friday night from 7-9pm on the roof top of the parking garage at the Phillips Center. There are about 600 members that come from all different backgrounds. Some are college students while others are local business owners. You will find a vast array of American muscle cars, imports, and unique modified vehicles, and sometimes an exotic will show up.

Working in a Man’s World

by Ruth Ward

“At the end of the day, the relationship with my client is what matters the most.”

– Tammy Broxson

Women being treated as equals has been highlighted by the media. The Commercial world of real estate is one the most male dominated careers in the U.S. Even business CEO, Broker, Carol Bosshardt was told not to bother to get into it as it was a “Good Ol’ Boy” industry! Tammy Broxson, Commercial Broker Associate, is also breaking barriers in the commercial world of real estate, having achieved the CCIM designation, while positioning herself in the top of her field. The Certified Commercial Investment Member, or CCIM, designation is granted to commercial real estate professionals upon successful completion of a graduate-level education curriculum and presentation of a portfolio of qualifying experience, making it an incredibly challenging achievement. To earn it, one must complete rigorous coursework and exams while running their business full-time.

Where are you from?

I was born at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. We moved to Ft Walton Beach Florida when I was 5 years old. I made Gainesville FL my home in 1995.

Are you married, do you have kids?

I am married to Chris Broxson. I have 3 children from previous marriages. Lauren is 27, Gabriella is 16 and Trey is 14. Gabriella and Trey attend GHS.

What do they think of what you do?

Lauren gets her entrepreneurial spirit from me, so she appreciates that I love what I do and I get to share it with so many people bringing a positive impact to their lives. My husband, Chris, is my biggest cheerleader but feels as though he could also have his real estate license with how much he hears about it from me.

From Desperation to Celebrating 25 Years at Her Dream Job

by Trish Utter

The person that greets you at any business is the face of the company. They can make or break a business. For the past 25 years, Sharon Ruthie Hale-Ferguson has been the pivotal part of the success at the law firm of Robert, A. Rush.

This modest woman grew up in N.E. Gainesville. Her father was shot and killed when she was just 5 years old. Ruthie’s mother watched over her like a hawk. She attended Santa Fe College and then became a young mother. Her dreams of going to medical school were over. She had many different jobs, one of which turned into a nightmare of sexual harassment. Ruthie became very depressed and started to miss work due to her co-worker’s sexual advances, and then that company let her go.

What made you apply for a job at the law firm of Robert A. Rush?

Ha! Ha! Ha! I never applied for a job at Robert’s office. I was at home laying on the couch crying my eyes out. I was so depressed, but I had tremendous faith! I had no money and my pride was out the window. After praying, I turned on the television and the news talked about a lawsuit being filed against the county. The contact information was for the Law Office of Robert A. Rush. I could hear a soft still voice telling me to go to that office and speak with them about that lawsuit. I had no idea that God had a plan!

I arrived at Rush’s office a total basket case. I spoke with a former secretary and she said they couldn’t help me. I went back home, but I kept feeling this push to go back. So I did! The secretary said, “Ma’am I told you that we couldn’t help you!” I said, “I know! I’m back to speak with an attorney regarding my employment termination.”

Choosing the Best Vehicle for Your Teen

One minute you are driving your kids back and forth to school and then they are getting their driver’s license and now you feel ….scared. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety teens are 3 times more likely to have an accident than 20 year old drivers, per diven mile.

IIHS is known for its ratings of new vehicles, but for many families, a brand new TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ isn’t in the budget for a teen’s vehicle. In a national phone survey conducted for IIHS of parents of teen drivers, 83 percent of those who bought a vehicle for their teenagers said they bought it used (see background research).

With that reality in mind, the Institute regularly publishes a list of affordable used vehicles that meet important safety criteria for teen drivers. There are two tiers of recommended vehicles, best choices and good choices. Prices range from about $2,000 to nearly $20,000, so parents can buy the most safety for their money, whatever their budget.

Perfect Way to Spend an Afternoon

Saint Johns Town Center in Jacksonville

by Trish Utter

Executive Chef Partner Paula Cammuso and Service Manager Jonathan Errico

I love little road trips, and often go over to St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. The drive takes about an hour and a half from Gainesville. This is one of the very best planned, luxury, open-air, shopping areas I have been to. It opened in 2005 and has over one hundred stores, and many restaurants and they recently added a Food Truck area. The Town Center is beautifully landscaped and is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing afternoon. You can park your car and leave it – with lots of convenient parking, it eliminates the stress of driving around for hours looking for a spot, and you park right where the shops are!

Handmade, Sparkling
Raspberry Lemonade

Bring your dog…yes, bring Fido, as you find most of the stores are pet-friendly and have water bowls outside. Some even offer dog treats. There is a small dog park, and as you stroll, you will also find lots of small areas to sit in the shade and relax.

One of Seasons 52 famous
Roasted Mushroom flat breads

My daughter, Brooke, and I started off with lunch at Season 52. We sat at a comfortable, plush booth. Service Manager, Jonathan Errico took the time to give us background on the restaurant and explain the menu. 52 started sixteen years ago in Orlando, and now has many locations. It offers separate vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and glute-free menus. 52 is well known for their light and crispy flat breads. One of our favorites is the Braised Short Rib & Cheddar. It just bursts with flavor and texture. Another signature item is their Organic Sunshine Martini. The vodka is infused with fresh oranges for a week. You really get two drinks for the price of one, as they leave the martini shaker at the table. Brooke loved the Mint Lemonade that is made in-house with agave, lemon and mint chiffonade.

Everything at 52 is only made with the top ingredients. Executive Chef Partner, Paula Cammuso has been with 52 for six years. It is great to see a woman in a male-dominated trade. Chef Cammuso told us that our Cedar Plank-Roasted Salmon entrée (that my daughter and I spilt) is also their most popular. Errico told us that at the end of every night, the restaurant second harvests the leftover food and donates it to the Salvation Army. What a great idea. We had to try one of their mini desserts, as they won the Best American Restaurant Association Award for Small Innovated Desserts. We ended with a cup of cappuccino….heaven.

Meet Anne Rush: Attorney, Wife and Super Mom!

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

I grew up in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. It is a rural area. My family’s home was outside city limits. I went to college in Cambridge, MA, just outside Boston. I loved it and wasn’t ready to move back to rural Kentucky after graduation. I met my husband while visiting Florida after college and eventually moved to Gainesville. I’ve been here ever since (but for a short stint in Gulfport, FL for law school).

How do you relax?

A glass of wine, a favorite podcast, and a sewing project.

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

It’s been so long since I’ve had a real weekend getaway, that it’s hard to say. Having had our son, working full time takes a lot of time away that could be spent with him, so I want to make sure to be present with him when I am able. That usually means little day outings to places or events.

What do you listen to in your car?

Podcasts. I love “How I Built This”, “Planet Money”, “S-town”, “Criminal Injustice”, “Freakonomics Radio”, “Stay Tuned with Preet”, and “Hidden Brain”. There are several others that I browse as well. I really enjoy being able to use my drive time to better educate myself on a variety of topics related to my work interests, hobbies, national politics, etc.

Tired of Being Tired?

by Anya Mayr

We’ve all been there: we have an extra-long day at work, we drive the kids to and from soccer practice, only to come home and help them do their homework, cook, clean, and prepare for the next day. Before you know it, its 11:00pm, and you still want to watch an episode of the Netflix series you started a few weeks ago. By the time you’re done, bedtime ends up being at midnight… only to wake up at 5:30am the next day and do it all over again.

While you might think that five and a half hours of sleep and your morning coffee are enough to help you function throughout the day, the long term effects of sleep deprivation are real; especially if you spend your sleep hours tossing and turning, piloted by insomnia, or interrupted by your spouse’s snoring concert.

The hard truth is, missing out on the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep affects you more than you think. Sleep deprivation has been linked with all kinds of health problems, including memory issues, weight gain, mood changes, weakened immunity, high blood pressure, risk of heart disease and even a higher risk for diabetes.

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

The chilly weather makes you want to hug the ones you love even more and …….talking of love, I was honored to attend the wedding of Judy Brill Lang and Davis Rembert. I have known Davis for a long time and many in our community know him as he has hosted a multitude of charitable events on his property at The Barn at Rembert Farms, which is located in Alachua. The couple have known each other since attending Gainesville High School. Davis was in 12th grade and Judy was in the 9th grade.