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Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Letters

Your dog is your responsibility

A Village of Bonnybrook resident urges her fellow Villagers to take responsibility for the dogs.

Amenity fees and the right thing to do

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Fernandina resident offers an idea about what should be done about the collection of amenity fees.

Around Florida

DeSantis vows fixes to online system overwhelmed by unemployment claims

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced plans to rapidly repair the online system Floridians are using to file for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 crisis.

Obituaries

Richard B. Dodge

As the City of St. Petersburg (FL) administrator, Rick Dodge led the efforts to attract the Salvador Dali Museum, a major league baseball park, and win an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Health

Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

The death of singer-songwriter David Olney, who suffered a heart attack and died while performing onstage, reminds us of the value of knowing CPR. Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his thoughts.

Business

Wal-Mart limiting number of customers inside stores amid COVID-19 outbreak

A major chain store with locations in and around The Villages has made a sweeping change that will impact customers amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

iSparkle talent show will honor winner of entertainer Petrina’s annual scholarship

Popular Villages performer Petrina

The popular Petrina’s iSparkle Got Talent Show 2 is coming to Eisenhower Recreation Center.

The event, which will feature more than 30 local entertainers, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Performers at the event will pay tribute to this year’s $2,000 scholarship recipient, Emily Padgett of Colorado Springs, Colo. Padgett’s aunts, Susan Padgett and Donna DeSimone, own a home in The Villages.

During the show, a short video submitted by Padgett that demonstrates how she lives iSparkle in her daily life will be shown. Those attributes include: Inclusion, Support, Protect, Act, Respect, Kindness, Lift Spirits, and Encourage. Padgett also has the chance to increase her scholarship by $500 if she supplies another video application in a year’s time to show that she is continuing down the path of the values of iSparkle.

iSparkle scholarship winner Emily Padgett, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Seats are still available for the event that’s designed to raise awareness of the scholarship and increase funds for next year. Those entertainers helping in the cause this year include: Petrina, Janet Maloney, Zam/Mark Traynor, Doug Byers, Vinnie, Jan Myers, Mike DeWees, Hometown Cloggers, Cindy Cooper, Audrie Nevin, Bob Vipraio, Billie Thatcher, Brenda Jacobsen (ukulele group), Tina DeWees, Juanita Doyle, Clown Alley #179 (Pattie Hattie, Felina, Scrappy, Peechie), Donna J., The Lady in Black, Marti Doris, Armando Campo/Angela Ferrigno, Melanie Lodge and Jane Machol.

For ticket information, email sparkleteamcoord@gmail.com.

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Richard B. Dodge

As the City of St. Petersburg (FL) administrator, Rick Dodge led the efforts to attract the Salvador Dali Museum, a major league baseball park, and win an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

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Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

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Opinions

Dr. Trump hawks outlandish ideas

Villager Miles Zaremski, writing in an Op-Ed, says Dr. Trump is hawking some outlandish ideas and what hangs in the balance is only our lives.

Crime

Wildwood police seeking help in locating stolen older-model Chevy pickup

Wildwood police officers are searching for a pickup truck that was stolen in the city recently.

Belleview man popped on multiple drug charges after ramming deputy’s patrol vehicle

A Belleview man was arrested Monday night after fleeing from Marion County sheriff’s deputies and then ramming into a patrol vehicle.