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From the Desktop

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, More »

Brighten Your Day with a Delicious Cake!

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 More »

Hitchcock’s, Raising Money for Local Charities

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. More »

Be prepared for the upcoming Florida Summer!

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 More »

Weekend Celebration at Disney

Weekend Celebration at Disney

by Trish Utter 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 More »

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Robert A. Rush, PA

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 More »

Those Who Help Others Sometimes Need a little Help Themselves

Those Who Help Others Sometimes Need a little Help Themselves

by Trish Utter I have known the founders of Gentle Carousel, Jorge and Debbie Garcia-Bengochea, for years. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an award winning, all volunteer 501(c)(3) charity. They travel More »

Bosshardt Realty – 30 Years of serving Gainesville

Bosshardt Realty – 30 Years of serving Gainesville

March 15, 2017, marked the 30th Anniversary for Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC. Carol Bosshardt, owner and founder of the company, opened her brokerage with one simple philosophy – take care of the More »

America’s Most Jaw Dropping Piece of Real Estate

America’s Most Jaw Dropping Piece of Real Estate

The mountain air is fresh in Ashville, North Carolina. The huge, beautiful trees sweep across the 3-mile driveway. The winding narrow approach road gives visitors time to sit and relax, but wonder More »

 

Rules of Engagement

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by Trish Utter

roe2This is peak season for wedding engagements but girls did you know …..you might have to give that rock on your finger BACK!

Love is in the air during the winter months. With winter wonderland carriage rides, champagne and glittering lights of the season, it is no surprise that this is a busy time for jewelers selling stunning, diamond engagement rings.

Pizza with History

Robert A. Rush and Clovis Watson, Jr.

Robert A. Rush and Clovis Watson, Jr.

by Ruth Ward

Where we have come from and where we are going is important. There is a lot to be learned from our rich history. It is with that in mind attorney, Robert A. Rush, opened a new pizza restaurant in Alachua named Pizza in the Hood.

“We live in a time where there is so much strife and division. One wonders what messages young people are really receiving. The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. The prison rate has quadrupled from about 500,000 people in 1980 to over 2.3 million today.

They worked hard and now live the……American Dream!

carpet1This family is what America is all about. Hard work, giving and loving every minute of life. I met Jorge and Susie Villalobos years ago at a business function. They attend so many it would make your head spin. They also are seen at many local sporting events cheering on their son who plays basketball for Buchholtz High School. The power couple are owners of The Best Restoration that is located here in Gainesville. The Villalobos family are the American dream. Moving here with nothing and with very little knowledge of the English language. They worked very hard to achieve their dream.

Alachua Car Show

by David Masemore

The first Alachua Car Show, sponsored by the Alachua Chamber of Commerce drew in about 50 cars from all over the state of Florida. Cars lined Main Street. Joe Hancock, the chamber president, came up with this exciting new event. Hancock also installed a flagpole at the chamber building on Main Street where the flag was raised for the first time.

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1923 Ford Owner: Eric Hiam
Started build in 1984 and titled the car in 1987. The car underwent a full rebuild, the Chassis and motor were both restored, and the car was given to his son to persuade him to get off motorbikes. We think it worked!

Meet Chef Taylor Dukes

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If you have had the pleasure of dining at the Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs then you have been lucky enough to sample some of Chef Taylor Dukes’ food.
My favorite item on his menu is the filet mignon. I don’t often eat red meat but this is a steak I cannot pass up. Tender inside but crisp outside and seasoned to perfection. It melts in your mouth.

I see a glimpse of Chef Taylor through the glass kitchen door. He is completely focused on his kitchen and staff. The whole operation runs like a well-oiled machine.

Prostate Cancer – Knowledge is Power!

Christopher J. Balamucki, MD

Christopher J. Balamucki, MD

by Christopher J. Balamucki, MD

In the United States, prostate cancer is the leading non-skin cancer in men and second most cause of cancer death, so we really need to take it seriously. In fact, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. There were 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2016, which unfortunately resulted in 26,120 deaths.

Red Carpet Pix

Gainesville Gone Austin was held at Santa Fe River Ranch. A benefit for the Child Advocacy Center. Guests enjoyed food by Chuy’s

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Stop Suffering and being Embarrassed by your Legs

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by Ruth Ward

In Florida we wear shorts all year long so our legs are out there. If you have unsightly veins it can be impossible to hide. Dr. Scott Koppel treats hundreds of patients annually for spider and varicose veins, painful swollen legs, chronic wounds and more.

Where are you from?

I’m from New York. I grew up in the suburbia of Long Island with three siblings. I went to the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, and graduated in
1993. After completing my residency at Beth Israel Hospital, I moved to Gainesville in 1995 which was just in time to see the Gators win the National Championship the next year.