Future Stars Basketball Program Begins June 4

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the Future Stars Basketball program Mondays through Saturdays, June 4 through July 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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OCALA, Fla. (May 31, 2018) – The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the Future Stars Basketball program Mondays through Saturdays, June 4 through July 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center located at 1510 NW Fourth St. Games will take place Saturdays, June 9 through July 7 at 8 a.m. at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center.

This program will teach participants the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork and sportsmanship. It includes four weeks of games, a one-week tournament and one championship game per age division.

This program is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 17. Registration is open now through Monday, June 4. The registration fee is $30 per player.

To register, or for more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins Friday, June 1

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Friday, June 1 and ends Friday, Nov. 30.

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OCALA, Fla. (May 31, 2018) – The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Friday, June 1 and ends Friday, Nov. 30. While Ocala/Marion County does not have a coastline, our community can still experience freshwater flooding when tropical storms and hurricanes move across the Atlantic Ocean. The City of Ocala strongly encourages its residents to be alert, aware and prepared this hurricane season. [Read more…]

Spring Fling 2018


The best way to reduce the risk of a traffic crash is to practice safe driving behavior.   Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe.  All of the following information is readily available from driver handbooks and other government agencies:

When you’re behind the wheel of a car – whether alone or with passengers – driving safely should always be your top concern.  We are more distracted than ever, so it’s crucial to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every time you’re on the road.  Your safety, and the safety of others depend on it.


It is the motorist’s responsibility to do everything possible to avoid colliding with any pedestrians. Bicyclists, skaters and skateboarders in a crosswalk or driveway are considered pedestrians. Turning motorists must yield to pedestrians at intersections with traffic signals.  Motorists must yield to pedestrians crossing the street or driveway at any marked mid-block crossing, driveway or intersection without traffic signals. [Read more…]

Fishing off Aruba

Fishing off Aruba: Bob Irwin of Bob’s Coins & Jewelry, Inc. and Wendy Netherclift of TomL Publishing LLC pictured in Aruba on a fishing trip. Bob said he wanted to target a Marlin and that’s what he did. The Marlin weight was approximately 450-500 lbs 12’ long, the largest Marlin the Charter Boat Captain had ever seen on that side of the island. It was caught and release. They were fishing in 1600 feet of water. The trip also caught 8 tuna 70-80 lbs and 5 tuna 20-30 lbs.


Governor breaking ground

WILDWOOD, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott attended a groundbreaking ceremony in The Villages to kick off construction of the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood, as well as the Brownwood Hotel and Spa. Governor Scott said, “It was great to celebrate a project that will create jobs and serve the 120,000 residents of The Villages. The Villages is a prime example of our state’s economic success. Florida has created more than 1.5 million jobs since December 2010 because of projects like the one we celebrated today.”

What to do at a Four-Way Stop Sign / Inoperable Traffic Light

  • A four-way stop is any intersection with a stop sign in each direction, a flashing red light in each direction, or an inoperable traffic light.  Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.
  • Four-way stops are usually (but not always) labeled as such, having a rectangular sign below the octagonal shape which reads something to the effect of, “4-Way Stop,” “Four-Way Stop,” or “All-Way Stop.”
  • Each driver arriving at a four-way stop must first come to a stop, then one driver proceeds at a time.
  • If turning, as you approach a four-way stop, use your turn signal about one hundred feet prior to reaching the stop sign. The four-way stop is one of the most crucial places for using your turn signal compared to almost any other driving situation.
  • Four-way stops always operate in a clockwise direction. So, the car furthest to the right always has the right of way, and then cars take their turns in a clockwise direction.
  • If multiple cars approach a four-way stop at about the same time, the driver who comes to a complete stop first proceeds first.
  • If two or more cars arrive at a four-way stop simultaneously, the driver furthest to the right always proceeds first, and each next driver in the clockwise direction follows.
  • If four cars arrive at a four-way stop simultaneously, drivers going straight should proceed first. If all four are turning right, they may all proceed simultaneously. These aside, there is no distinguishable way to see who should go first, so the intersection is at a standstill until one driver gets up the nerve and begins to inch forward, alerting the other drivers of his or her intentions, and proceeds through the intersection (thus starting the clockwise rotation from that driver).
  • If two cars opposite each other are proceeding straight, both turning right, or one proceeding straight with the other turning right, they may go at the same time. The turn then goes to the adjacent cars at the stop, who may follow the same rule if applicable.

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Villages Elementary School of Lady Lake

Pictured are Children from Villages Elementary School of Lady Lake, with the Town Council showing their Water Awareness poster. The second annual Water Awareness Poster Contest was a great success. This is put on by the Town of Lady Lake and the Florida Governmental Utility Authority.

April Nothing But Networking

April Nothing But Networking lunch was held at the Waterfront Inn. Lady Lake Area Chamber recognized our Volunteer of the year, Dodie Frank, who is the owner of Cyber Office 4U. Starting from right to left is Dan Wilcox VP of the Chamber,  Susan Soltysiak President, Dodie Fran and Donna Oates Head of our Ambassador program.

The Second Amendment

By Tony Powell

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” — Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776.

“The Second Amendment is really about state militias being strong enough to resist any attempt by the Federal government to destroy us. Reading the debates and legal wranglings from the time of the Constitution’s drafting makes this very clear.

Last month (March 2018) we talked about ‘The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution’ which says.”A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Seems simple enough, but, apparently, there are as many opinions as to its meaning as there are people who have read it. (And, of course plenty who have never read it, but they have an opinion anyway. [Read more…]