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Ronald Angelo Maiellaro, 75, of Ocala, FL, passed away on August 26,2021.

Ron was born on August 6, 1946 in Auburn, NY to Angelo and Esther Maiellaro. He was in the Navy Reserves and was on active duty during the Vietnam War, serving as a Radarman Second Class Petty Officer. After earning a Masters degree in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education Administration, he spent most of his career teaching General Science and Chemistry at Beaver River Central School in Beaver Falls, NY. He then was the developer of Computer Services through BOCES in Glenfield, NY, teaching teachers how to use computers and how to incorporate them into the classroom. In 1988, Ron moved to Ballston Lake, NY and was the Director of Information Services for the Shenendehowa Central School District before becoming the Assistant Principal at Coda Junior High. In 1995, Ron left education and moved to Ocala, FL and working with his wife, Elaine, they started their own business, Square Routes, Inc., an expedited trucking company.

Upon retirement in 2007, Ron, with Elaine, became very involved with the Fair Tax movement, becoming President of the Florida Fair Tax Education Association. He also enjoyed golf, traveling and cruising, and visiting family.

Ron is survived by his beloved wife, Elaine DeRito Maiellaro of Marcellus, NY. He is also survived by daughter Deborah (Jim) Stine, son Mark (Mary) Maiellaro, son Derek (Stephanie) Maiellaro, and daughter Hiroko Land, as well as his brothers Robert (Geneva) Maiellaro and Edward (Rachel) Maiellaro and sister Sylvia Maiellaro, seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother Ramon (Ruth) Maiellaro and his parents, Angelo and Esther Maiellaro.

Ron was not just a wonderful father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, he was a patriot, “Captain Ron”, a friend, a teacher and a mentor to many. He had a great sense of humor, had a memorable laugh, fiercely loved his family and his country, and was always positive. He will be missed dearly by all.
Ronald Meiallaro final resting place is at the Florida National Cemetery.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Groveland Police Department, today announced the arrests of three Metro Orlando registered nurses for aggravated abuse and neglect of a disabled adult. Christina Hison, Linda Moore and Christopher Rodriguez Lozada are accused of causing third-degree burns to a disabled adult.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This trio was trusted to provide care to a patient suffering from a serious health condition. Instead of acting in the best interest of the patient, they disobeyed hospital policy and established medical procedure. Because of their actions, the patient suffered a new set of medical issues requiring multiple surgeries. Thanks to the work of my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and local law enforcement, these caregivers will be held accountable for their neglect and abuse. We will not tolerate abuse of our seniors in Florida.” Continue reading

On August 16, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the State of Florida is setting up a new monoclonal antibody therapy treatment site in Orlando at Camping World Stadium. This location has the capacity to serve more than 300 patients per day and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

“Early monoclonal antibody treatment keeps people out of the hospital and saves lives,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We look forward to continuing to open these sites throughout the state and hope awareness about the treatment continues to spread.”

To find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments around the entire state, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.

To see the full video from the event, please click HEREContinue reading

No matter where in Florida you may live, keeping our children and students safe is a community responsibility.  There are many guidelines put in place to ensure that our students arrive to and from school safely every single day such as designated crosswalks, School Crossing Guards or Community Service Aides, seat belt laws, and so on.  But one law that is absolutely crucial and yet often gets ignored is, ALWAYS” stopping behind a school bus.

Drivers need to remember that Florida law prohibits passing, in either direction, a school bus that is stopped with its “STOP” sign extended and flashing red lights activated on a two-way street or highway.  If the highway is divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least five feet wide you do not have to stop if you are moving in the opposite direction of the bus.  Anyone caught passing a stopped school bus or speeding in a school zone can expect to get a costly fine – the Lady Lake Police Department simply will not tolerate violations that could harm a child.  We also take into account which side of the bus you chose when violating the law.  While neither side is necessarily “safer,” the amount of danger to kids sharply increases if you pass the bus on the right-hand side, as this is the side that the children use to step off of the bus, and therefore are more likely to be struck by your car. Continue reading

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion will not host drive-through testing on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Drive-through testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

Sept. 1

Sept. 6

Sept. 8

Sept. 13

Sept. 15

Sept. 22

Sept. 27

Sept. 29

We would appreciate it if you would make any needed corrections, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Craig Ackerman
Operations Director
Florida Department of Health in Marion County

I would like to introduce myself. I am Sharon Day.  For almost 30 years, I was in a fast paced career in a major New York Company.  Although it was lucrative, it was not fulfilling.  I got to a point where I needed to follow my inner guidance and make the leap into entrepreneurship. For the past 20 + years, I’ve been an energy therapist, an ordained Minister, Founder of Healing Hearts Animal Sanctuary (2005), and President of 4 Your Health LLC.  I would like to share a story, which may have a profound effect upon your life.

On an ordinary day in November 2019, I received 3 calls from people who had recently attended funerals of victims of suicide. Each person questioned why this had to happen, with hints of blaming God.  After the last call, saddened beyond words, I knelt and prayed, “God, give me a tool to help humanity.” Continue reading


I Like Gov DeSantis!

Here we go.

Along comes Monoclonal Antibody

This Governor has not stop surprising  me. He wants to come up with solutions and give credit where credit was due. He noted that Trump bought all that the Monoclonal Antibody that the manufacturer had before he left office. It will be free to the public. That shows you how far ahead Trump is compared to Biden. He knew it would be important in the process of curing people with low Immune systems. The doctors treated Trump with Monoclonal Antibody’s when he contracted COVID-19. The hospitals in Marion County are using it.  Hope it comes to be available to the public in Marion County Soon. Continue reading

While summer is often a slower time for many businesses with people taking vacations and kids out of school, that is not the case at the CEP. If anything, this year the already crazy speed has gotten even faster. I would like to update you on a few recent awards and recognitions.

US News & World Reports Best Places List

The venerable US News & World Reports Annual “Best Places to Live” list was just released, and the Ocala Metro again placed very well. The list ranks the 150 largest metros in the nation on a series of data points and then provides ranking in several categories. For 2022, the Ocala Metro ranked: Continue reading

Dear Friends,

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this country undertaker’s column and for shouldering the responsibility of being an informed citizen that cares about what happens in this state and country.

Many different feelings strike me as we look around at what is happening in the world today, but the strongest feeling that keeps rising to the top…is gratefulness. Grateful that we still live in a country where we have an incredible amount of freedom. A few weeks ago, the world watched the situation unfold in Afghanistan (thanks to Joe Biden’s complete lack of competency) where we saw images of mothers throwing their children over barbed wire in hopes that some friendly troops might take them out of the country. We saw Afghan youths clinging to U.S. cargo planes as they took off, only to come crashing back to the earth when they found they could hold on no longer. Such disturbing images remind us that freedom is that dear and most days we have no idea how fortunate and blessed we are to live in America. Let us keep the people of Afghanistan in our prayers that they may one day enjoy the freedoms that we do in this country and let our spirit of gratefulness glorify our heavenly father. Continue reading

Is this the BIRTH OF DICTATORSHIP in the Good Old USA?

Apparently any President, Governor or Mayor can issue an Executive Order which cancels, voids and  over- rides the law. This goes all the way back to George Washington and every President since.

A recent example was the outgoing President, closing the border to Mexico, then the incoming President reversing that ban. And, after an invasion of over a million South Americans, he can change his mind again.

All this without any input or control by our elected representatives.

In fact, the Federal Register Act specifies that such orders need not be published if they had “no general applicability and legal effect.”, but it doesn’t say who makes that decision.

An executive order is supposed to limit the President to managing the Federal Government and should comply with laws passed by Congress and  with the Constitution. But, of course, a President can fire any government employee who doesn’t comply with his instructions, whether it’s best for the country or not. Continue reading

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