AAC cuts dedication ribbon on renovated Chula Vista Rec Center

AAC cuts the ribbon at Chula Vista

After more than six months of renovations, Chula Vista Recreation Center on Rio Grande Avenue, about one mile from Spanish Springs Town Square, re-opened Friday morning to the usual Villages ribbon-cutting fanfare. A sizeable group of well wishers were on hand to cheer The Villages staff and local government leaders responsible for the project -- … [Read more...]

Walkers to have limited access to Polo Fields beginning Monday

A resident walks his dog in the early morning at the Polo Fields.

Beginning Monday, gates will be limiting access to the Villages Polo Fields.For those who love to walk or jog at the polo fields, their access will be limited to 7 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. It will be the only time residents will be allowed to us the grounds for exercise.Rental of the facility pavilion will still be available … [Read more...]

Wide variety offered at craft show this weekend at Colony

The Villages Craft Show

Steve Burt and his wife Jolyn were busy Friday afternoon setting up their booth for the craft show slated for Saturday and Sunday.The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Colony Plaza shopping center.Burt will be selling copies of his book, "FreeK Week." The book is the third in a trilogy and part of the book is set in The … [Read more...]

Villagers getting into Halloween spirit with decorations

Judi Werkema puts up Halloween decorations.

Villager Judi Werkema was busy this week getting her light-up Jack-O-Lantern set up in her front yard.After getting it out of storage, she was busy touching it up in time for the Halloween season.It is now on display in the front yard of her home on San Marino Drive.Are you getting into the Halloween spirit?Share your photos with us … [Read more...]

Wildwood man held on charge of sexually assaulting ex-girlfriend

Brian Pennington

A 27-year-old Wildwood man is being held on $42,000 bond after allegedly sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend.Brian Keith Pennington is facing charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and battery in connection with a Sept. 12 incident at his home on Lawrence Street in Wildwood.He was arrested by Wildwood Police during a traffic stop Tuesday. … [Read more...]

Fruitland Park amends Villages development order, passes annual budget

Fruitland Park is known as the Friendly City.

Fruitland Park commissioners set the property tax rate for the next fiscal year, approved their annual budget and passed an ordinance that allows the Villages to develop an additional 24 new homes in the Villages of Fruitland Park next year.That ordinance---a relatively minor alteration with no fiscal impact, according to the city's Community … [Read more...]

Wildwood approves largest-ever budget with growth on horizon

Wildwood City Hall

Wildwood commissioners are bracing for the city to more than triple in size in the coming years and approved its largest-ever budget Thursday evening.The $19 million budget begins to pave the way for future growth with improvements in the water and sewer system."This is significantly more than in years past," said Mayor Ed Wolf.City … [Read more...]

Chris Montez reaches back into musical vault in Katie Belle’s show

Chris Montez Featured Image

Somewhere in rock and roll heaven, Ritchie Valens is smiling.One of Valens’ musical disciples, Chris Montez, showed Thursday night at Katie Belle’s he is carrying on the tradition created by Valens so long ago. “When I was a kid, Elvis Presley was the king of rock and roll,” Montez said from the stage during his nearly one-hour set. “But in my … [Read more...]

Free putting clinic will be offered Friday to benefit St. Jude hospital

Mark Panigoni

A putting clinic will be offered Friday at Miona Lake Golf Club to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.The putting clinic will begin at 4 p.m.The club's golf pro Mark Panigoni will be joined by the designer/engineer behind the Black Hawk and Black Swan putter, David Kargetta.To … [Read more...]

Ribbon-cutting Friday at renovated Chula Vista Recreation Center

Chula Vista Recreation Center.

Chula Vista Recreation Center is reopening Friday after months of renovation.The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the recreation center at 1011 Rio Grande Avenue.Residents are encouraged to join in the festivities.The district is keeping up its aggressive renovation schedule with Silver Lake Recreation Center having … [Read more...]

Texas woman arrested on DUI charge after accident at hospice

Desiree Pianelli

A Texas woman was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence following a minor accident Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of Cornerstone Hospice.A Sumter County sheriff's deputy was called at 11:41 a.m.. to the scene at Casa Bella Way.The deputy found Desiree Duhon Pianelli, 52, of Coppell, Texas who appeared to be unsteady on … [Read more...]

Villager transported to hospital after accident at golf cart bridge

The golf cart bridge over U.S. Hwy. 27/441.

A 46-year-old Villager was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center after a golf cart collided with the golf cart bridge at U.S. Hwy. 27/441.Lady Lake police responded to the scene on the eastside of the golf cart bridge shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday following a call from Lake County dispatch.There the officers found two men, including … [Read more...]

Villager remains in Ocala hospital week after collision with police car

The air bag in this small car deployed in the accident.

A 42-year-old Villager continues to recover at Ocala Regional Medical Center from injuries suffered last week when her vehicle was struck by a Leesburg police car.Maria N. Varletta of Palo Alto Avenue was driving a white Saturn convertible at 5:42 a.m. Sept. 18 and crossing U.S. Hwy. 27/441 when the accident occurred. The passenger side of her … [Read more...]

Villager arrested by deputies Tuesday in Village of Pinellas

Ralph Wilkins

A 58-year-old Villager was arrested by Sumter County sheriff's deputies shortly after midnight Tuesday after an altercation with a woman.When a deputy arrived on the scene of a residence on Alva Terrace in the Village of Pinellas, a woman told the deputy that Ralph M. Wilkins had grabbed her arm and pushed her, according to the arrest … [Read more...]

Villagers who share the same name meet for dinner at Lopez Legacy

Lopez Legacy

What do a retired CPA from Detroit and a retired dentist from Long Island have in common? They both  live in the Villages and have the same name, Bob Bloom. After having a sink faucet repaired by a local  plumber who had a neighbor with the same name as his customer, Bob Bloom from the Village of Winifred called Bob Bloom from the Haciendas of … [Read more...]