• Sounds of “Take Me Out to The Ball Game” have recently permeated the airwaves signifying the beginning of the baseball season. On this day in 1954, Hank Aaron hit the first of his 755 home runs. With baseball in mind, your Pun Alley writer takes to the plate to try to make some hits for you.


    Several years ago the Washington Nationals, with the worst record in baseball, fired their manager. Usually for results that bad in Washington you don’t get fired; you get re-elected.

    Strike Out

  • Sally Dussler said she was “flabbergasted” that a place where she had lived for just about a week would throw her a big party for her 101st birthday.

    But that was the case at Quiet Oaks Assisted Living on Monday afternoon when the Pennsylvania native and former New Jersey resident was honored, just two days after she hit that milestone.

  • Tomorrow is Husband Appreciation Day, according to the Internet site, Bizarre, Crazy, Silly Unknown Holidays. Even though husbands are often the blunt of jokes and are blamed for many things, the smart wife knows how to celebrate this holiday.

  • Much has been written about the State of Israel lately, some good, some bad. As with other countries of the world, the media like to play up certain aspects and leave some of the others in the dark. As Israel begins to celebrate its 62nd year of statehood on April 19, I would like to propose a few reasons, not in any particular order, why having a state of Israel is so important for not only Jews, but for the world at large.

  • Next Thursday, April 15, is the day of national reckoning when your income tax is due. Not only does our income get taxed, but also our minds in trying to fill out all those IRS forms. It seems appropriate that the month begins with April Fool’s Day and ends with cries of “May Day!” Tread lightly; the Alley is full of tax.


  • The members voted to open membership in the Jewish Social Club to all Oak Run residents. Everyone is invited to come join and enjoy the club's many great entertainments and events. May 5 will be Cabaret Night featuring Lori Forman, "On Broadway." Tickets will be on sale at the Orchid Club on April 15 and April 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at a cost of $5. Tickets will be available on the night of the performance at a cost of $7.

  • Our third monthly birthday party, which honored residents born during March, attracted nearly three dozen birthday girls and boys, spouses or significant others. The festivities were hosted by MC Liz Herrick, from the sponsoring Social and Recreations Committee. Providing refreshments, cake and ice cream were Virginia DiNoto, Mary Dwyer, Ellen McGrath, Pat Smith and Janice Wood. Everyone was given two Bingo cards with Mary Lippo claiming the first win and Lou Russo taking the second Bingo. Marilee Hickman was accompanied for her grand finale by Kay Martens.

  • Parents interested in enrolling their children in Florida Virtual School’s Connections Academy, an online education option, may attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, April 13, at Marion Technical Institute’s Student Union located at 1614 S.E. Fort King St. in Ocala. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

  • I just finished reading an article that makes a lot of sense. It is suggested that we eliminate clutter that is both inside and out so as to Spring Clean our Life.

  • Nancy Solomon is a special person in Palm Cay. Her love of our community is seen by her involvement in many activities.

    Presently, she is president of the Homeowner’s Board. This job keeps her very busy as all past presidents can attest to. She also served as vice president of the board.

    She coordinates and schedules activities in the Clubhouse. She keeps a yearly calendar of events and posts these on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. This is an important job because it allows for maximum use of the facilities and minimizes conflicts of the space.

  • Cherrywood Democratic Club will hold an open house meeting on Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

    This month we welcome Mrs. Mary Williams, candidate for the Marion County School Board District 5.

    We ask that you remember our young people serving our country and if you are able to make a donation toward their needs you may do this through our secretary to active service personnel now serving in Iraq. Your donations will be gratefully appreciated.

  • They were hidden away in dank, dark cellars; earthen tombs of despair. They lived in closets or cupboards with false swinging fronts like clothes out of season, hidden from view; mothballed from the world. They slept in barns, woods, attics, hoping it was not the final rest and that a crying child would not give away their secret. It was a time when the world was turned upside down with madness and hatred. Even in the darkness of these terrible times, there were those who stepped up and did the right thing and helped to save countless Jewish lives during the Nazi reign of terror.

  • Sunday is Easter, an important day for Christians as they commemorate the resurrection of their savior, Jesus Christ, after his crucifixion on Good Friday. It’s also a fun day for children as they get baskets from the Easter Bunny and go on Easter egg hunts. Our travel down Pun Alley brings us some Easter and rabbit tales.


  • The Women of the World had another sucessful fashion show March 13 (their 26th) at the Health and Recreation ballroom of On Top of the World. All profits were given to Hospice. Dillard's was very generous in letting the models wear clothes from their store for the fashion show. The models were members of the group. Also 3 men from On Top of the World's staff both modeled and escorted models during the show. In addition to selling tickets for the dinner, 75 baskets were filled with various items by the ladies and raffle tickets were sold to determine the winners.

  • Our Redeemer Lutheran

  • An atheist complained to a friend, “Christians have their special holidays, such as Christmas and Easter; and Jews celebrate their holidays, such as Passover and Yom Kippur; Muslims have their holidays. Every religion has its holidays. But we atheists,” he said, “have no recognized holidays. It’s unfair discrimination.”

    “What do you mean, atheists have no holidays,” his friend replied, “People have been observing a special day in your honor for years.”

  • Palm Sunday at Countryside

    The Rev. Gary Marshall will lead the Procession of Palms on Palm Sunday, March 28 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.

    All are welcome to attend this special Lenten service. For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.

    Our Redeemer Lutheran

  • Smitty Williams recently marked her 102nd birthday.

  • Three local authors are scheduled to appear on Saturday, April 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Freedom Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of Freedom Public Library, this program provides the opportunity to hear and speak with not just one, but three published authors: Sylvia Fiorello, Lyn Hill, and Susan Rowan Masters.


    While you're there, fill out a ticket for a door prize to win one of their books. Drawing will take place during the last half hour of the event.

  • The Florida Strawberry Festival, held last week in Plant City, was a time for family fun, contests, entertainment, and strawberries, although the number of strawberries available was vastly diminished by our cold winter. But, I did come away with some interesting stories.


    In spite of the cold winter a farmer brought a monster strawberry to the festival and was certain that it would win the contest. During the evaluation the chief judge picked up the strawberry, ran away with it and was seen putting it in his trunk of his car.