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UF Health pulls plug on Coronavirus testing site at Villages Polo Fields

UF Health has shut down its Coronavirus testing site in The Villages even though frustrated area residents are desperately seeking appointments.

Letters

Too many COVID-19 hotspots in The Villages

A Village of Pine Hills resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says there are too many COVID-19 hotspots in The Villages.

Bicyclists should stay to the right

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Fenney resident offers his ideas on bicyclists and safety.

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

Bobbie K. King

Bob King started spending his winters in The Villages in 1999. He spent much time traveling the U.S. and world, managing Iowa caucuses, tending to his former farm in Bluegrass, Iowa, investigating his genealogy and ancestors, and, most importantly, spending time with family and friends.

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

Barnes & Noble in The Villages latest business to shut its doors

The Barnes & Noble bookstore in The Villages has closed its doors due to the fears of the spread of the Coronavirus.

Ellen Louise Thomas

Ellen Louise Thomas

Ellen Louise Thomas of The Villages, FL, passed away on January 15th, 2020 at the age of 70, at Leesburg Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Dorchester, MA as Ellen Louise Hersey. She graduated from Holy Cross Cathedral High School in Boston, MA in 1967. In Boston, she worked at the Shawmut Bank.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Walter, daughter Kimberly Labagnara and husband Lawrence of Sudbury, MA and son Eric Thomas and wife Jessica of Cleawater, FL. She also leaves behind her grandchildren Evan, Andrew, and Jacob Labagnara, and Layla Brijbag and Logan Thomas. Ellen and her family lived in Mansfield, MA for 19 years where her husband was a Deacon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and she worked at the Mansfield Cooperative Bank.

Ellen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family, cats, loved to go on Cruises, play Mah Jongg and Triple Play cards with her friends.

She was a proud member of Operation Shoe Box volunteers, who put together and send packages to the military overseas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wildwood Soup Kitchen, Operation Shoe Box or the American Cancer Society.

A Celebration of Ellen’s Life was held on January 20 at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Wildwood, FL.

For those who are not in Florida, a Celebration will be held in Massachusetts in the near future.

 

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