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Join us for Let’s Skate Ocala! from Nov. 17-Dec. 30 located in beautiful Tuscawilla Park at 825 NE Watula Ave.  The “synthetic” ice rink is open to the public Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., Fridays, 5-10 p.m., Saturdays, 2-10 p.m. and Sundays, 4-8 p.m.  The fee to skate is $5/person/45-minute skate session for ages 3+.  Need a place for your holiday party?  Rent the rink for only $150/two hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Enjoy festive music, a food truck, a photo booth and more! Every Friday we provide FREE hay rides and these FUN Theme Nights: Nov. 23-Family Game Night (BOGO admission); Nov. 30-Skate with the Symphony; Dec. 7-Hawaiian Limbo and Kona Ice; Dec. 14-Under the BIG Top, Games and Prizes; Dec. 21-Santa’s Workshop, Cookie Decorating and Reindeer Games and Dec. 28-All Things Disney and Let’s Go to the Movies featuring Beauty and the Beast!  The Let’s Skate Ocala! Holiday Skating Rink will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.  If you need additional information, please give us a call at 352.368.5517.  Happy Holidays!

Scams and Your Small Business: A Guide for Business

Scams and Your Small Business: A Guide for Business

In the FTC’s efforts to help small business owners avoid scams, this free guide for businesses explains common scams that target small businesses and non-profit organizations, describes scammers’ tactics, and provides steps people can take to protect their company from scams. Free copies can be ordered on their website.

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There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or recycling routes Thursday, Nov. 22.

OCALA, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2018) – City of Ocala business offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or recycling routes Thursday, Nov. 22.

Residential sanitation collection regularly scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 22 will experience a one-day delay and will be collected Friday, Nov. 23.

Waste Pro recycling collection for City of Ocala residents regularly scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 22 will take place Friday, Nov. 23.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Department at 352-351-6697.

by TomL

I got a lot of feedback about the picture on the front page of the Lady Lake Magazine / Villages Spectator. If you look at the picture there are a lot of young men of military age. They are carrying a flag from their country of origin, not the US flag. Put that together with the fact that they confronted the Mexican military police throwing rocks. I just think we have to be careful.

I stood up for an immigrant who wanted very much to be a citizen. How many people can say that. He got his citizenship papers and is a fine upstanding American. But he did not cross the border illegally. He asked for a work permit and work for me. I taught him a trade. While working at his trade he went to college and got a degree. He bettered himself and his family. That is what I think an immigrant should show – his desire to be a good American. Crashing the border with a large group is not right!

I don’t agree with everything President Trump does and says but he is the best tool to cleanup corruption in Washington and world wide deals that our past politicians screwed up. I am for immigration but let’s do it right.

American Stroke Association highlights importance of rehabilitation after a stroke this World Stroke Day

(NAPSI)—The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, wants stroke survivors to know that while life may be different after a stroke, rehabilitation can help them regain some independence, decrease chances of another stroke and provide new goals to work toward.

Worldwide, stroke is the No. 2 cause of death and is a leading cause of long-term disability. Stroke is more disabling than it is fatal. However, stroke is largely beatable through high-quality rehabilitation and patient support and implementation of the Association’s Rehabilitation Guidelines.

“Rehabilitation is key to recovery after stroke,” said Olajide Williams, M.D., chief of staff of Neurology, associate professor of Clinical Neurology Columbia University Medical Center and an American Stroke Association volunteer. “But up to a third of people who have a stroke do not participate in a rehab program.” Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Medicare’s annual enrollment period is now underway, and runs from October 15 to December 7, 2018. You may be happy with your current Medicare coverage, but it pays to shop around. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Don’t shy away from shopping. Plan details change each year, so the policy that was best for you in 2018 may not be your best option for 2019. Changes to premiums, deductibles and co-pays can be costly. An analysis of more than 17,000 people using Medicare.com to compare Medicare plans found that just 10 percent were enrolled in the lowest-cost plan for their prescription drug needs. Those who switched to a new drug plan stood to save an average of $611.

Watch for changes in drug coverage. Read any letters from your insurance company outlining changes in your prescription drug coverage. Insurance companies often tweak their formulary, or list of covered drugs, each year. That can mean higher out-of-pocket expenses for you. Compare coverage for your prescriptions under any new Medicare plan you consider. Continue reading

OCALA (Oct. 19, 2018) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 3.7 percent in September, down a full percentage point over the month and 1.1 percent lower than the same time last year.

The labor force was 202,042, a bump of 1,707 over the month and 795 more over the year. The number of those with jobs increased by 3,603 over the month to 194,554 which is 2,917 more than September 2017.  The number of unemployed dropped by 1,896 since August to 7,488, a decrease of 2,122 over the year.

According to today’s release of the September employment summary by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Levy County continues to hold the lowest jobless rate in the region at 3.2 percent, down from the August rate of 4.1 percent; Marion County’s rate is 3.6 percent, a 0.9 percent drop over the month; and Citrus County’s rate fell from 5.4 percent to 4.3 percent.

To put that in context, the last time the region’s unemployment rates were that low, the average price of a movie ticket was $6.88, admission to Disney World was $71, gas cost $2.85 a gallon and The Departed struck box office gold. That was in April and May 2007 for Marion and Citrus counties and May 2006 for Levy County. Continue reading

The Ocala Art Group (OAG) is hosting a lecture by acclaimed artist Curtis Arnett, one of the original Florida Highwaymen, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm in the auditorium of the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470.

Arnett is one of the youngest of 26 African-American artists who traveled the highways of I-95 and A1A decades ago, who later became known as The Highwaymen. They sold their Florida landscape paintings inexpensively which today are widely sought after for their historical value.  Many of these paintings can be found on public display in banks, office buildings and private homes throughout Florida and the United States.

You won’t want to miss this program that will include a history of Mr. Arnett’s life, his journey as one of the Florida Highwaymen and a demonstration of his art.  This event will undoubtedly excite and inspire artists as well as art enthusiasts.  The program is free to members of the Ocala Art Group and the Appleton Museum of Art.   If you are not a member, you may join prior to the program.  Please contact Richard Woy at (352) 598-9069 or woyzus@cs.com for more information.

The Lady Lake Chamber Hob Nob was a great success. Sue Kelly, executive director of the Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce introduced and thanked the sponsors and thanked everyone for coming.  The sponsors for the event were Cubicles Plus, Primerica and Clear View Optix. Demshars. Food was great, lots of socializing and business discussions. Door prizes were given out by drawing business cards collected at the door. As you can see by the pictures everyone was busy and enjoying the HOB NOB!

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott is in constant communication with federal, state and local emergency management officials and state agency leaders to ensure that communities impacted by Hurricane Michael are receiving the resources they need. Governor Scott has surveyed damage from Hurricane Michael in Bay, Gadsden, Washington, Liberty, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Wakulla, Franklin and Jackson counties. Yesterday, the Governor issued Executive Order 18-283 which gives Supervisors of Elections in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties the authority to extend and enhance voting options based on needs and challenges they have identified.

Following Governor Scott’s request, President Donald Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Michael. See the declaration at www.flgov.com. On October 7th, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency in 26 Florida counties, and expanded it to include 35 counties total on October 8th. To see his Emergency Order, go to  www.flgov.com.   Continue reading

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