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New Hours of Operation: City of Ocala Customer Service Office Lobby

Effective Wednesday, May 1, the City of Ocala Customer Service Office will implement new hours of operation in the lobby area only.

Post Date:04/16/2019 12:16 PM

OCALA, Fla. (April 16, 2019) – Effective Wednesday, May 1, the City of Ocala Customer Service Office will implement new hours of operation in the lobby area only. The City of Ocala Call Center will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Effective Wednesday, May 1, the City of Ocala Customer Service Office lobby, located at 201 SE Third St., will be open Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lobby’s current hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala at 352-629-2489.

 MARION COUNTY, Florida (April 9, 2019)- Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the Ocala Police Department (OPD) conducted a two-day operation on April 4th and 5th targeting suspects involved in retail theft crimes. With the cooperation of Walmart and their loss prevention personnel, MCSO and OPD all worked together to help reduce retail theft in Marion County.  After being observed committing retail theft crimes by loss prevention personnel and undercover detectives, 39 people were arrested with a combined total of 39 felony charges and 46 misdemeanor charges. 

During the operation, as individuals were apprehended for theft, detectives conducted interviews with the suspects to determine if they were involved with any additional crime in Marion County.   Numerous individuals that were arrested also received charges for drug possession or had warrants for other crimes previously committed.  Continue reading

Ocala Business Leaders Speaker Dustin Humphrey explaining how the company started, the different types of fencing, what he recommends. A lot of information was shared, then some people in the audience recommended Dustin based on work his company had already done. For info call 352-445-7225

This picture was taking early, before the opening. After the opening thousands upon thousands of people came through. Everyone I interviewed said it was busy beyond belief. That is great for the County as long as everyone had fun and got home safe. Don’t miss it next year, same time, same place! Watch for a press release in our February issue next year.

Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 2pm – 4pm in the Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL.  Karen Fortin will present “Understanding Historical Causes of Death”. A Special Interest Group on DNA will meet in the same location prior to the general meeting from noon until 1:30pm. Everyone is invited. For more info visit www.mcgsocala.org or call (352) 897-0840.

The Boys and Girls Club held an open house for the Ocala Business Leaders. Some of the Boys and Girls competed against the visiting business people in games. Grownups and children alike gave testimonies and at the end, everything looked very optimistic. If you would like to donate money or your time or more, call April Savaries with the Boys and Girls Club 352-690-7545 Tell them Tom sent you!

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Parade of Senior Services was held March 22 at CFCC Klein Center. There was a full house of vendors, well over one hundred and I would guess over one thousand visitors attended. It was open from 10 am to 2 pm and was a packed house. The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department puts this on every year to educate the Seniors on all the free services available to them in this County. There were a few vendors that were not free services but they gave out a lot of free stuff, most was pretty neat. Let’s see if I can remember a few items. Free: tote bags, tire gauge, stainless drinking straw, pill boxes, rulers, walking counter, bandana, candy, literature on hearing, seeing, close caption phones, animal rescue, realtors, movers, insurance people, wood whittlers’ and more. A few vendors made personal little goody bags which means more to me than a store bought item.

The event was well organized, well-advertised, weather was good, well attended -what else could you ask for of a great event. Next year call Bridget at Ocala Parks and Recreation to be a part of the event.

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The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday March 21, 2019 at 2 PM at the Marion County Public Library located at 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.  Free to the public. A brief business meeting will be followed by the March program TBA (see www.mcgsocala.org).  For further information, contact Joel Swanson at (352) 897-0840 or president@mcgsocala.org.

Roaring twenty’s theme was well represented at the 2019 Ocala Business Leaders Installation Banquet. It was held at a Secret Speak Easy last month and was well attended. The food was good, the games were fun, the door prizes were plenty, what more could you ask and no it not get raided! Pictured left is the new incoming President of OBL Connie Pendleton and right,  April Savarese, Vice President of Membership with OBL. Both Ladies are very active with OBL.

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