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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.

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

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Sept. 13

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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

Ocala, Florida (August 3rd, 2021) –The Florida Association for Career and Technical Education awarded Dean Blinkhorn, Vice President of Operations and former Director of Talent Development at the Ocala Metro Chamber of Economic Partnership, the Walter Clausen Award.  Blinkhorn accepted the award at the Association for Career and Technical Education Conference in Orlando on Tuesday morning.

“Dean’s work has been integral in connecting our local business and industry with CTE students,” states Kathy Otte, Career and Technical Education Program Specialist at Marion County Public Schools. “He started several initiatives to benefit our students, such as NEXTworking and Hire a Graduate that have helped our students determine a career path. His support has enabled a multitude of opportunities for our CTE students.”

“I humbly accept this award as a recognition of the extraordinary work the Ocala Metro CEP has been able to achieve in CTE education through the continued efforts of many hard-working classroom teachers, district CTE staff, and industry partners in the community,” Blinkhorn says. “I’m looking forward to being part of the local CTE conversation for many more years to come.” Continue reading

 Pictured are the two candidates. Mayor Quinn on left and Manual Fakhoury right. They both spoke at the Ocala Business Leaders Family breakfast meeting August 11th. They both stood on their past records.

Incumbent Mayor Kent Quinn spoke standing on his record. He as he called it, when speaking he wings it! But as he was winging it a lot of good information came out. One of the big things is voting against a Pavilion for the Homeless. Quinn said the Homeless are in two category. Those who want to be homeless. A lot of crime comes from this group. Also their is a group that don’t want to be there. They want to get a job and work their way out of the homeless situation. Quinn also share some long range plans. He reported that he and Chief Balken had discuss the policing needs of the city and they propose it to City Council, it is up to them to vote for the finance needs. Quinn is also on the State Board of Directors for the past 19 years of the CHS which is the Children’s Home Society, it’s over a hundred years old and is the largest private not for profit child welfare agency in the state of Florida. Continue reading

Our New Vision family grieves the loss of co-founder, retired employee and volunteer, and all-around great man Robert Schott who passed this week, reuniting with his beloved wife Doris, who passed in May. The loss of the Schotts is bittersweet as New Vision celebrates our 16th birthday: our organization would not have been “born” without them. Together, we will continue their legacy of service and kindness. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with the extended Schott family.

Helen Keller said, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

Thank you, Bob and Doris, for being a “light in the dark” for so many!

Sandra Wilson, Spoke at the Business Leaders meeting

Ocala Business Leaders meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 30th. Sandra Wilson, City Manager for Ocala, shared information on the growth, challenges and successes of the City of Ocala. She also shared some of her past experiences and jobs.

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Ocala, FL) – The Summer Season for the Ocala Polo Club is in full swing with matches every Saturday through September at 6pm. Watch as two teams consisting of four players navigate a white ball across the field using horse power and wooden mallets. Players gallop up and down the field passing the ball to other teammates with the mission of scoring a goal. The match is broken up into periods called chukkers. Each chukker lasts seven minutes and in between chukkers, players can switch out their horses. Players can attempt to ride other players off of the ball or bump them out of the way, but two umpires oversee the game and issue fouls when someone does something that could endanger the other riders. In the end, the team with the most goals wins the match and celebrates on top of the podium! An announcer commentates the match, making it a great event to bring family and friends to especially if they have never been to a polo match before.

The Ocala Friends of the Library is holding their quarterly book sale Friday, August 6th. Noon – 2:00 will be open for Friends of the Library members only. The general public will be able to shop from 2:00 pm – 5:30 and Saturday, August 7th from 10:00 am until 3:00. The sale will be held at the Ocala Public Library. Hardcover books will be 50 cents and paperbacks will be 25 cents.

Please come and shop! All proceeds go to fund necessary community programs at the Ocala Public Library.

If you’re able to help us or in need of more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pictured is someone everyone knows is Tony Clayton the Business Coordinator for Ocala Electric and also the current President of the Ocala Business Leaders. He does a great job. This day he was speaking at the business leaders breakfast about Ocala Electric and what it takes to bring power to you. The business Leaders are a great group. You should visit one of their breakfast at the Ocala Municipal Golf and Country Club 7 AM. Tell them Tom sent you. Photos taken by Tammy Portrait Artist Inc.

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