By Christine Alvarez on February 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: February 24, 2015 at 2:01 pm
At the end of its one-week campaign, Eat The 80 raised $3,000 for meals to give away to families. The money will provide meals for four or five families over the next month.
By Cristina Mendez on February 19th, 2015 | Last updated: February 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Students struggle to get the required amount of sleep while dealing with the demands of college. A study by the National Sleep Foundation finds that most students fail to make sleep a priority in their busy lives.
By Bradley Williams on February 17th, 2015 | Last updated: February 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm
Manuel Zelaya, his brother Daniel and their longtime friend Marc Charbel are in their mid-twenties and co-founders of Lazy Delivery, a business that delivers groceries and other items from physical stores to area residents. They are expanding their business to Tallahassee later this month.
By Kathryn Williams on February 17th, 2015 | Last updated: February 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm
Blues music has taken over Gainesville in the form of an exhibit at the Matheson History Museum. “Florida’s Got the Blues” runs through April 30 and showcases the history of blues music in North Central Florida.
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By Jose Zozaya on February 16th, 2015 | Last updated: February 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm
The number of sustainable and alternative homes is increasing in Florida. Gainesville resident Tom Fox leads the way with one of the first shipping container homes in Florida.
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By Valerie Crum on February 16th, 2015 | Last updated: February 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm
Solar energy is growing in popularity in Florida. The largest solar power system in Marion County was recently completed despite losing incentives, including Florida’s solar rebate.
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By Rebecca Kravetz on February 16th, 2015 | Last updated: February 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm
Gainesville residents worked to advance the Empowerment Center’s homeless shelter by creating the Citizen’s Work Group. The group is comprised of 14 community members who will assist with homeless-related issues.
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By Marena Smith on February 12th, 2015 | Last updated: February 13, 2015 at 11:47 am
Gainesville resident Donald Ridenbaugh is recruiting members for his historic pirate group, The Crew of the Scavenger. Ridenbaugh, who plays the 18th century pirate Captain Jack D. Stifler, is currently planning the 2015 Pirate Bash.
By Victoria Messina on February 12th, 2015 | Last updated: February 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm
Two local artists opened the SoMa Art Media Hub, an art supply store, on Monday with the intent of making it a central art hub for other local artists. SoMa fills a void that was left when Central Florida Office Plus closed in 2014.
By Stephanie Tinoco on February 11th, 2015 | Last updated: February 11, 2015 at 6:35 pm
Though workers at GRACE Marketplace said the shelter is a safe space, increased security efforts are being made. These efforts include an overnight staff and security-camera installation.