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 »


A Weekend in Washington, D.C.

By Trish Utter

My daughter and our friend, Chery Regan, were in Washington D.C. for a weekend. A trip that included a visit to Congressman Ted Yoho and a drive through the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia, but it started with a most unusual tour of the city.

“Cherry Blossoms will appear in the Spring”, said our tour guide from DC Ducks. The amphibious vehicles that DC Duck use were built in 1942 to take troops to the beaches of Normandy. Today, these amphibious vehicles have been completely restored. Our trip, started, by taking us past the Embassy of Canada, a very modern looking building. Then, we went past all the museums, like the Smithsonian, Air and Space Museum, the Capital and the White House. The highlight of the tour was to drive down a ramp at a marina and into the Potomac. The views from the water of Washington D.C. are spectacular, and especially being at the very end of the Reagan National Airport runway, on the Potomac, when planes are taking off, you felt you could reach out and touch them.

Exciting and New at Disney World

If you live in Florida you have probably been to Walt Disney World a hundred times. But have you visited Pandora, The World of Avatar? This opened in May 2017 at Animal Kingdom. The world as you know it is turned upside down. You walk through a, literally out–of –this-world, rainforest named the Valley of Mo’ara!

Medical Center on the Move

The amount of growth that North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) has undergone within the past year is vast. Among the developments, are both an AHCA certification and a DNV accreditation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a position in Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals, the introduction of technological advances like a 128-slice CT scanner and a Biplane Neurointerventional Suite, and the addition of its first Freestanding Emergency Room-West End, near Tioga. In continuing its upward trend, the Gainesville community hospital has now introduced a third, 24/7, full-service Emergency Room location in the Millhopper area.

Building Your Dream Home

Step inside your new Hartley Home and be WOWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Ruth Ward

Hartley Brothers was founded back in 1980 by Robert and his younger brother Phil. They initially worked as carpenters framing for a number of builders around the Gainesville area. As their framing business progressed, they started doing some additions and other construction work.

Within a year or two, they began building their own homes. Their first subdivision was comprised of one acre lots located off of Archer Road in Gainesville. At that time, the homes and lots were selling together for $49,000….have times changed!

Steve, the eldest brother, came to join the family business 1989.

Cars, Champagne & Movie Stars!

by Trish Utter

I admit it…I have a problem…a car problem. I adore exotic cars, the roar of the engine excites me and a need for speed runs through my veins. I have often wished that I could park my car in my house, as I would sit and stare at it just like an exquisite work of art. This is why every year on the second weekend in March, I visit Amelia Island where over 33,000 car enthusiasts get together for the largest car shows and events on the east coast. The most prestigious of these events is The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at the Ritz Carlton, Golf Club, Amelia Island.

Community PIX

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?

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

Good things are ahead, but hurricane Irma certainly left many of us in a tailspin. I remember when I moved to Florida about 14 years ago. I had been living up north and had no idea what a hurricane was like. I thought I was escaping snow and ice and would be living in an idyllic tropical paradise. Within a month of moving here, hurricane Jeanne hit. It was the deadliest hurricane in the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. For six weeks, Florida endured four hurricanes, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. I remember thinking that maybe snow days weren’t that bad.

I live in the City of Alachua and will never forget Jeanne. We were without power for 10 days! The Red Cross had set up in the parking lot outside Hitchcock’s and handed out water and food. We had no air conditioning and no way to cook. It really made you appreciate the small things in life even more.