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Chris Gerbasi

Chris Gerbasi has been a journalist for more than 30 years, writing and copy editing for newspapers and magazines throughout Michigan and Florida, and covering everything from city hall to spring training.
Villages staff seeks residents’ input on hurricane preparation

Villages staff seeks residents’ input on hurricane preparation

At some point, the “aftermath” of Hurricane Irma ends and analysis for the next natural disaster begins. The Villages district administration is soliciting input from Villages residents on how the community might make improvements in storm preparation. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 9. District Manager Janet Tutt recently sent out a letter to residents thanking them for their actions before, during, and after the…
Chili’s restaurants support St. Jude, No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital

Chili’s restaurants support St. Jude, No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital

Lake and Sumter county businesses and organizations that raise funds to support St. Jude hospital know that they’re not only helping children with cancer, they’re also backing the best. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital on U.S. News & World Report’s 28th annual “Best Hospitals” list. The publication compared nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions, a news…
Clermont police arrest two men in theft of $100,000 of jewelry

Clermont police arrest two men in theft of $100,000 of jewelry

Two Groveland men have been charged in the theft of more than $100,000 worth of jewelry from a Kmart store in Clermont. Isaac Fitzgerald Soudat, 18, surrendered Monday to Clermont police after the other suspect, Christopher Lee Freeman, 20, turned himself in Oct. 10, according to police reports. Both men were charged with commercial burglary and grand theft over $100,000, and face arraignment in November.…
FEMA to open Disaster Recovery Center for residents, businesses

FEMA to open Disaster Recovery Center for residents, businesses

Additional help is on the way for people still trying to recover from the damage of Hurricane Irma. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday it will be opening a mobile Disaster Recovery Center for residents and business owners affected by the hurricane. The center will be open from 1-8pm Thursday, Oct. 19, and 8am-8pm Friday, Oct. 20, through Monday, Oct. 23, at the…
Never fear: Blue Öyster Cult soon will be here

Never fear: Blue Öyster Cult soon will be here

The members of Blue Öyster Cult might be more likely to fear the reaper these days but they’re still kicking, and kicking out the jams. The classic rockers will perform at 7:30pm Feb. 21 at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St. The intimate show at the 600-seat venue will celebrate the band’s 45 years of rock ’n’ roll. With one of the…
Halloween already? Then it’s time for monsters and costume balls

Halloween already? Then it’s time for monsters and costume balls

A Halloween event and Friday the 13th make for a scary combination. But if you’re not too afraid to leave your house, head out to the Museum Monster’s Ball. The spooky dance fundraiser for Lake Eustis Museum of Art starts at 6pm Friday—Oct. 13—at Eustis Community Center, 601 Northshore Drive. Wear a costume if you dare! The party features the Roy Baker Band, a cash…
5 precincts have new polling sites, Lake elections chief announces

5 precincts have new polling sites, Lake elections chief announces

Voters in five Lake County precincts should be aware that the locations of their polling places have changed. The county’s Supervisor of Elections Office announced changes that will go into effect for the Nov. 7 municipal elections. The following precincts will have new polling places: Precinct 79 New polling place: Clermont Arts & Recreation Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. Previous polling place: Sundance…
Say ‘Thank you’ to Leesburg city employees for efforts after storm

Say ‘Thank you’ to Leesburg city employees for efforts after storm

After the devastation in September from Hurricane Irma, city crews in all communities jumped into action and neighbors helped neighbors restore some sense of normalcy. The Leesburg Partnership and Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce invite all city of Leesburg employees and their families to a community appreciation and celebration. The event is scheduled from 5-7pm Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Mote-Morris House, 1195 W. Magnolia…
Petrina performing ‘Paper Doll Show’ Nov. 5 in The Villages

Petrina performing ‘Paper Doll Show’ Nov. 5 in The Villages

It’s complete pure nonsense but it’s also complete pure fun. It’s Petrina’s “Paper Doll Show,” with special guest Vinny, at 7pm Sunday, Nov. 5, at Lake Miona Recreation Center, 1526 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages. The multimedia show features a life-size cartoon app for a backdrop as Villages entertainer Petrina sings and makes quick changes in paper costumes when buttons on the app get pressed…
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