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    • City: Ocala
    • State: Florida
    • Zip Code: 34471

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13th Annual King of the Wing

Date: 02/26/19

Location: Southeastern Livestock Pavilion

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Please join us for the annual King Of the Wing Event Benefiting ARC Marion and MCBIA! Come sample some of the best wings in town offered by at least 20 restaurants, enjoy music, a wing eating competition, be part of the voting for your favorite wing, and much much 

Children tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Adult tickets are $25 in advance and $35.00 at the door.

VIP Ticket Includes:

  • Access To Private VIP Area
  • Fast Pass to Wings
  • Drink Pass

Look whose already secured their spot and stayed for more entries!

  • Sonny’s
  • Mojo’s
  • Wing House
  • Brick City Southern Kitchen
  • Gator’s Dockside
  • The Lodge
  • Turnpike Mikes & Manhattan Gyros

Get your tickets here:

Trinity Catholic High School Winter Carnival

This family-friendly annual community event features midway rides for all ages from enchanting kiddie

rides to exhilarating thrill rides, carnival games and favorite fair food.

Carnival parking and admission are free. Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are $30 at the event on Thursday and Sunday only.

Pre-sale wristbands, valid any one day, are $20 online before 3 pm Thurs., Feb. 21.

Ride tickets (valid every day) are $1.50 each, $25 for 20 tickets, or $50 for 50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.)

Visit the website for coupons for $5 off $30 ride wristbands and $5 off a 50-ticket Super Saver Family Pack.

Carnival hours are 5-10 pm Thursday, 5-11 pm Friday, 11 am – 11 pm Saturday, and 11 am – 9 pm Sunday.

For more information visit:


Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up is Saturday, Feb. 9

Tickets For Sale Now!

General admission to this event is free. VIP tickets are also available for $25 and include access to a front-stage viewing area for musical performances, access to the VIP Pavilion with restrooms and snacks, one complimentary beverage (soda or water), and more. To purchase VIP tickets, visit

Event Location!

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up event Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave. This annual event is presented by the Rotary Clubs of Marion County.

A cattle drive will kick off the event in downtown Ocala and will end at Tuscawilla Park where the real festivities will begin. The cattle drive will begin at 10 a.m. near Jesse’s Computers and Repair located at 300 SE Eighth St. The public is invited and encouraged to walk behind the cattle drive to Tuscawilla Park.

Event Information!

The event will feature live entertainment, including national acts Chase Bryant, Dead Horses, Orphan Brigade and Jeff Martin, as well as cowboy demonstrations, authentic gun fighting re-enactments, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, family-friendly games and more. Food and drink, including adult beverages, will also be available at the event for purchase.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517 or visit

Picture Gallery!


First Friday Art Walk is back For February!

The First Friday Art Walk takes place the first Friday of each month, September through May from 6 to 9 p.m. First Friday Art Walk is a free event located within Ocala’s historic downtown. Event festivities include over 30 artist displays, monthly live entertainment, free family art activities provided by local arts organizations and extended shopping hours. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of art, live performances, and downtown shops and restaurants. Pick up your map on the square and take a self-guided tour of local artists displaying their works for sale in front of our downtown business. Stop to take in the performing artists stationed along the way.

The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, February 1st from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities


  • Friday, February 1
  • Friday, March 1
  • Friday, April 5
  • Friday, May 3

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447 or [email protected] or visit

America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher

Event information:

  • Date: 02/01/19
  • Location: Appleton Museum (4333 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, Florida 34470)
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

On view Feb. 1-May 26, “America’s Everglades” features work by renowned wilderness photographer and conservationist Clyde Butcher. The large-format black and white photographs span three decades, capturing the rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades. From the deepest cypress strands of the saw-grass prairies, coastal waters and languid estuaries, to still life of rare species, Butcher reveals its ecosystems in magnificent detail. With his work exhibited worldwide, Butcher’s commitment to recording precious landscapes and peaceful sanctuaries across the globe provides common ground between all viewers. His work, likened to that of Ansel Adams, has earned him recognition as the foremost landscape photographic artist in America today.

  • VIP Reception and Talk
    Friday, Feb. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Book Signing
    Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information visit:

Ocala “Horse Country” Half Marathon is THIS WEEKEND!

The 22nd Running of the Ocala Half Marathon will be Sunday, January 20, 2019

Price Increase goes into effect after Midnight Wednesday.

Choose a Distance that Fits You!
4 Races fit for the whole family!

The 2019 event features 4 different distances for runners of every level. Whether you’re doing Couch to 5K, testing your pace before Gasparilla, or trying to get in a solid 13.1 on your way to Boston, Ocala has the distance you want. Bring the whole family and everyone can get a good start on a Happy & Healthy 2019.

Looking to win a medal!
Celebrate your achievement with Great looking Custom Cast Metal Finisher Medals for every Distance. That’s right! No matter what race you enter, every finisher receives an AWESOME Finisher Medal at the Finish Line.

Great Fitting Tech Shirts
Half Marathoner’s will receive a Smooth Tech Long Sleeve and 15K,10K, & 5K runners will receive a Smooth Tech Short Sleeve Shirt. These high quality, great looking shirts are perfect for running or just wearing around town.

A “One of a Kind” Horse-Country Experience!
Considered one of the most scenic half-marathons in the country. The Ocala Half Marathon will take you through the breath-taking course of Ocala’s Horse Country.

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How to Buy a Used Smart Phone

1. Make Sure the Phone Works with Your Service

As a general rule, cell phones will only work with a single carrier. A phone built for Sprint won’t work on AT&T, because their wireless signals are different. There are exceptions, so sometimes it’s best to check. Remove the SIM card from your phone and place it in the one you are considering for purchase. No error messages? Continue to the next step.

2. Check that the Phone is Fully Functional

Before you hand over the cash, turn the phone on. Connect to a local WiFi and browse the web. If your current phone has a data plan, you can try the data connection through the cell towers. However, some wireless carriers will automatically add a data plan ($30 per month) when they detect your SIM card using a smart phone.Next, check the camera. Take a picture and view it. Now test the speakers and headphones by playing an Song or Ringtone. Finally, make a test call to a friend. Using both the earpiece and the speakerphone, listen for the sound quality and ask your friend how you sound, too.

3. Check for Water Damage and Screen Cracks

Carefully inspect the device. Is there corrosion on the connectors? This may indicate exposure to water. Look for hairline fractures in the touch screen. Is there dust or fingerprints behind the glass? This means the screen has been replaced.

4. Check Reported Lost or Stolen Phones

After all this inspection, the biggest concern is that the phone is denied service because it was reported lost or stolen. Call your wireless service provider and confirm the that it has a clean ESN/IMEI/MEID. This number is located on under the battery or can be viewed in the phones settings.

If you are able to make a call using the phone, chances are pretty good the phone is ready for purchase.

Cirque Italia

When: January 24-27
Where: 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala FL 34470
At: Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
Located: in the parking lot

—Under the stunning White & Blue Big Top Tent

  • January 24 – Thursday: 7:30pm
    January 25 – Friday: 7:30pm
    January 26 – Saturday: 1:30pm, 4:30pm, & 7:30pm
    January 27 – Sunday: 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Event Information

Cirque Italia, America’s first traveling Water Circus, is constantly searching for new ways to provide once in a lifetime experiences to the American audience, which lead to the introduction of our second unit, the Gold Unit. Our aim is to produce a luxurious atmosphere where water, technology, and performing arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show.

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Tips For Moms Buying Used Cars

If you are a mom who’s looking for a used car then you probably want something inexpensive, but safe. If you are on a tight budget, weigh the costs of maintaining your current vehicle against the cost of a vehicle with fewer miles on it.

Why Buy Used?
By purchasing a used car you can reduce the depreciation a new car feels when it drives off the lot.
Research cars carefully. Compare safety records, prices, and models. There should be many consumer reviews online search for the vehicle model and year with the word “problem.” You’ll find plenty of experience from owners to determine if the problem is easily fixed and how likely it is to happen to you.
Look at the safety records of various models. A Carfax report can tell you whether that particular vehicle has been in a major collision.
Calculate costs carefully. Remember that you will not just be paying the monthly installments but will also need gas, insurance, repairs, and taxes.

Where to Look
The classifieds are a great place to start. Not only will you find great prices from individual owners, but also local car lots looking to compete. Not all owners will provide financing. So check with your bank or credit union for reduced rates in car loans and lower prices on GAP insurance.

What to Buy
You also need to consider the size of your family. How many kids do you have to ferry around? What kind of distances do you have to drive? What weather conditions prevail in your area?
A four-door is a must. Look for child safety locks and anchors for child safety seats. If you need more room, a minivan has a tight turning radius and parks easily.

Recommended models for moms:
Audi A4 Avant
Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Honda Fit
Hyundai Elantra Touring
Lexus IS 250C
Scion xB
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Prius
Volkswagen Jetta
Volvo V70

Rabies Clinic Marion County

Date: 12/29/2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Marion County Animal Services
5701 SE 66 ST
Ocala, Florida 34480

The importance of vaccinating your pet

Although the majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, Your pets and other domestic animals can be infected when they are bitten by rabid wild animals. When “spillover” rabies occurs in domestic animals, the risk to humans is increased.

Pets are vaccinated by your veterinarian to prevent them from acquiring the disease from wildlife, and thereby transmitting it to humans.


How can you prevent rabies in animals?

  1. Visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs.
  2. Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision.
  3. Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.
  4. Call animal control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill.

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HITS Ocala Winter Circuit

10 consecutive weeks of shows with two additional weeks of USEF-Rated shows—the Ocala Holiday Series—in mid-December. The extensive range of classes, offering over $4 million in prize money, and abundant show opportunities makes HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida, a prime winter destination. The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit features USEF National and Premier-Rated Hunters, 5* and 6* Jumpers, two USHJA International Hunter Derbies and qualifiers for the HITS Championship. The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit culminates each March with the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.

HITS moved to Post Time Farm in 2002, where exhibitors take advantage of the Horse Capital of the World. With 450 lush acres, over 100 permanent turn-out paddocks, and 30 permanent barns, HITS Post Time Farm is an inviting home-away-from-home for you and your horse to enjoy a world-class showing experience.

Horse Show Office Hours (During shows only)

  • Monday: 12 pm – 5 pm (8 am – 5 pm for feed/stabling)
  • Tuesday: 7 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday-Sunday: 6:30 am – 5 pm

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Ma Barker’s Notorious Hideout Location for Sale

Ma Barker Property

OCKLAWAHA, FL – Ma Barker — Florida’s most notorious gangster — continues to make headlines. The lakefront property near Ocala, Florida that was the site of the infamous Gangster Era shootout where Barker was killed is now listed for sale on The parcel has about 160 feet of frontage on scenic Lake Weir and is ready for development. The 1.59 acre parcel is listed by Joan Pletcher Realty at $349,900.

Meanwhile, the infamous historic home itself has been relocated to nearby Carney Island Recreation & Conservation, where it is soon to open to the public as a museum. The relocation of the property was a headline event in itself when it was floated across Lake Weir on a barge in late 2016.

The ‘Ma Barker House’ has had a wild history, including its recent move across Lake Weir by barge.

The Barker shootout became the stuff of legends. The 1960 film “Ma Barker’s Killer Brood” scores a lousy 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. The 1970 film “Bloody Mama” starring Shelley Winters, Robert De Niro and Bruce Dern currently has a 17% rating. The top rated film that included the story of the Barker gang was 2009’s “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp.

The two-story cracker home was the site of a shootout with the FBI in 1935 that left Kate ‘Ma’ Barker and her son, Fred, dead after four hours and thousands of bullets fired. The 61-year-old woman died with a Tommy gun in her hands, according to the FBI. A sneak-peak of the new museum is now available at, which features 360-degree virtual tours of the rooms where Ma and Fred Barker were shot to death in the longest shootout in FBI history.

The interior of the Ma Barker house preserves the 1930’s-era decor.

“It’s a beautiful home with lots of history,” said Efren Vasquez, a web designer with Brick City Digital, which created the new website. “It was amazing seeing the bullet holes still on the walls and furniture as I walked through the house.”

These bullet holes in a rocking chair resulted from the 1935 shootout with FBI agents.

The Friends of the Bradford-Ma Barker house, a not-for-profit corporation are working to restore the home and open it as a museum in early 2019. The purpose for opening the home to the public is to tell a story of how the good guys won. This was one of the FBI’s greatest success stories. The Barker/Karpis gang was one of the last remaining active gangs in the United States when J. Edgar Hoover set his sights on destroying all organized crime in the country. When he named the Barker/Karpas gang as “Public Enemy No. 1” the Barker’s knew it was time to lay low, so they retreated to Ocklawaha where they thought they would never be found.

Gator Joe Clue

“Gator Joe” was the clue that led authorities to the hideout. The name of the famous local alligator was included on a map found in the possession of one of Kate’s sons when he was arrested in Chicago.

Many of the bullet holes have been repaired, but a few still scar the walls of the house.

For more information, visit and take a 360° tour through the house and see bullet holes in the walls and original furniture still in the home. The website also has information about sponsorship opportunities, private tours and will post announcements about the museum opening in 2019.

Santa is coming to town!

“Santa on the Square” returns to Downtown Ocala in December.  This holiday family friendly event will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 4-20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown square.

Children of all ages will enjoy music, snacks, hay rides and even a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! This event is complimentary and open to the public.


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Seasonal Hiring is Upon Us! 5 Tips for the Perfect Resume:

Writing a good resume is really important if you hope to make an impression and stand out from the competition for the vacancy. Your resume should speak for you and give a correct impression of who you are and how you will be an asset to the company. A badly written resume could cost you an interview; conversely, a good resume will be your foot in the door and could be the deciding factor in the company calling you up or not.

Essentials in a Resume:

Personal details and contact information
Education and qualifications
Work Experience
Activities/interests/positions of responsibility held

Make Your Resume Stand Out

Use a professional email address for your contact details. Childhood nicknames or strange/suggestive email addresses will not win you any points.

Demonstrate some career focus and mention your strengths and where they were developed.

Tailor your resume for every job you apply for. Add that extra touch and detail which make it more relevant to the post you are applying for. One-size-fits-all resumes and covering letters starting “To Whom It May Concern” will lead you on the road to nowhere.

Give enough detail about your studies such as: which university and schools you went to, what you studied (describe modules where appropriate to the job),which qualifications you received and what grades. Start with the most recent studies you completed.

List work experience with dates, job title and company names. Talk about the skills you acquired on the job; highlight how they are valuable for the job you are applying for. Identify contributions and concrete achievements you made to the success of the company. Put your list in chronological order, with most recent employment first.

Mentioning your interests will make you sound human, and can also be a point in your favor if you link important knowledge or experience you have gained through your interests to the job you want. If you voluntarily committed time and effort to any cause, this will reflect positively on your character.

Mention languages you are fluent in; vocational skills you have; training, seminars or conferences you have attended. Add any driving licenses you hold, first aid certificates and any software packages you are familiar with.

Finally, list two referees who can back up your resume with their personal recommendation for the job. Make sure you ask their permission in advance and list their contact details, together with a clear indication of who they are, on the resume. Remember, your resume is an advertisement for who you are and what you can offer. Make it slick, relevant, and to the point.

Photos That Sell: Using Focus and Isolation

Whether selling a couch or a car, a good photo increases response. Here are two keys to making great classified photos:

1. Focus
A blurry photo tells people you don’t care or worse, that you may be trying to hide a defect. Most digital cameras will allow you to hold the trigger half-way and bring the image into focus before taking the picture. Digital cameras need good light to focus automatically. If the light is low, using a flash will usually help.

Once you’ve mastered focus, you may want to eliminate distractions by limiting what’s called “depth of field.” A shallow depth of field is created when only the subject is in focus, but the foreground and background are blurred. For manual settings, you do this by selecting a wide-open aperture. For automatic settings, you might try the “Portrait” mode.

This puppy photo has a shallow depth of field (only the subject is in focus, but the background is blurred.) It also uses isolation by eliminating distracting background elements.


2. Isolation

Isolation refers to eliminating distractions from the subject a photo. A subject is isolated when there is nothing in the photo except the single item. In most cases, there will be something else in the photo — the ground, the sky, floor or walls.  But taking the picture from an angle with no other cars or distractions in the background allows the buyer to see easily which car you are selling.

Drive your car to an empty parking lot to keep other cars out of the photo. Move a few feet to the left to keep a power pole from appearing to grow out of the car’s moonroof.

Selling a vehicle? To make your photographs pop, choose a simple background that doesn’t distract from your car. This image uses the technique of isolation to make the vehicle stand out.

When photographing small items, place a single item on top of a cleared table. A white tablecloth will eliminate distracting colors or patterns from the table’s surface.

Look for distracting items in the shot. Does that trash can have to be there? Of course not. You can move it out of the way until you have to take the photo. The same thing goes for clutter or stacks of magazines.

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Deep frying turkeys are becoming increasingly popular. The meat is moist and tender, not greasy. Once the materials are assembled, the method is fast – just 3 minutes per pound, instead of 20 minutes.

Prepackaged turkey frying kits are available or you can assemble your own. Here’s what you will need:

  • 40 or 60 Quart pot (The turkey should fit easily with room on all sides.)
  • A meat hanger to lower and remove the turkey
  • Propane tank and gas burner
  • Meat thermometer
  • 5-6 Bottles of Cooking Oil (Approximately 1 1/2 gallons)
  • Fully thawed turkey (Warning: Frozen turkeys explode!)
  • Dry rub or marinade and syringe

Caution: Cooking oil is flammable, especially over an open flame.

Find a level, grassy or dirt area outside away from buildings and flammable items, like trees or wooden decks. Keep a kitchen rated fire extinguisher close by.

1. Measure and Heat the Oil. Lower your turkey into the pot. Fill with water to two inches over the turkey.  Remove the turkey and measure the depth. Dump the water. Fill to the same measurement with oil. It will take about 30 minutes to heat to 325°F.  Stay below 350°F.

2. Prepare the Turkey. Unwrap and clean out your turkey and fit the meat hanger through the bird. Rub your spices all over the turkey. Do not stuff.  Lower the turkey slowly into the now boiling oil.

3. Cook the Turkey.
The short wait (about 30 minutes for a 10 lbs bird) will soon be over. So keep a close eye on the time. Raise the turkey to take its temperature. When the internal temperature reaches 170° F in the breast and 180° F in the thigh, remove the turkey and let drip dry. Inject your marinade using a syringe. Always let oil cool before moving or disposal.

35th Annual Light Up Ocala is Saturday, Nov. 17

Light Up Ocala returns to downtown Ocala Saturday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 9 p.m.

The theme for this year’s event is “Here We Glow Again.”

This year’s event will feature two stages and two entertainment zones throughout the downtown area with entertainment and more than 100 vendors the whole family will enjoy. Entertainment will include live music, dance, food, crafts, and, of course, the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at approximately 6:30 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., the Junior Sunshine Parade will begin at the corner of S Magnolia Avenue and E Fort King Street. The parade will make its way through the downtown area, going past the gazebo, up to NE First Street, then returning to SE First Avenue and E Fort King Street.

The parade will include performances from local dance studios, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Troops, Cup Scouts Packs, a marching band and a special appearance by Santa.

“Whoville featuring the Grinch” also returns to Light Up Ocala this year. Whoville will be located at the Marion Theatre parking lot, 50 SE Magnolia Ave. Complimentary photo opportunities will be available with the Grinch and the Whos of Whoville.

The Let’s Skate Ocala! synthetic ice rink will be located at Tuscawilla Park and will operate through Monday, Dec. 31. Admission is $5 per person for a 30-minute session and includes skates.

Free shuttle rides and free parking will also be available in the downtown parking garage located at 296 SE Broadway St. throughout the event, as well as the County Courthouse parking garage located at 110 NW First Ave. from 3 to 10 p.m.


Road Closures: Light Up Ocala – Saturday, Nov. 17

The following is a list of road closures that will be in effect for Light Up Ocala, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 9 p.m. in downtown Ocala.

Road closures in effect Saturday, Nov. 17 from 7 a.m. to midnight:

  • NE/NW Second Street, from NE Watula Avenue to NW First Avenue
  • NE/NW First Street, from NE Watula Avenue to NW First Avenue
  • SE/SW Broadway Street, from SE Watula Avenue to SW First Avenue
  • SE/SW Fort King Street, from SE Watula Avenue to SW First Avenue
  • SW/SE Second Street, from SW First Avenue to SE Osceola Avenue
  • N/S Magnolia Avenue, from NE/NW Third Street to SE/SW Third Street
  • SE/NE First Avenue, from SE Third Street to NE Third Street
  • NE/SE Osceola Avenue, from NE Third Street to SE Fort King Street

Road closures in effect Saturday, Nov. 17 from noon to midnight:

  • State Road 40, from NE Eighth Avenue to N Pine Avenue (US 441)

Detour routes:

  • SR 40: N Pine Avenue to NW/NE 14th Street (SR 492) to NE Eighth Avenue, back to SR 40
  • NE/NW Second Street: NE Watula Avenue to NE/NW Third Street and to NW First Avenue
  • NE/NW First Street: NE Watula Avenue to NE/NW Third Street and to NW First Avenue
  • SE/SW Broadway Street: SE/NE Watula Avenue to NE/NW Third Street to NW/SW First Avenue, back to SW Broadway Street
  • SE/SW Fort King Street: SE/NE Watula Avenue to NE/NW Third Street to NW/SW First Avenue, back to SW Fort King Street
  • SW/SE Second Street: SW First Avenue and to SW/SE Third Street
  • N/S Magnolia Avenue (southbound): NW Third Street to NW/SW First Avenue to SW Third Street, back to S Magnolia Avenue
  • SE/NE First Avenue (northbound): SE Third Street to SE/NE Watula Avenue to NE Third Street, back to NE First Avenue
  • NE/SE Osceola Avenue: NE/NW Third Street to NW/SW First Avenue to SW/SE Third Street, back to SE Osceola Avenue

Buying A Used Flat Screen TV

Buying A Used Flat Screen TV

Buying a flat screen TV or other electronic gadget can be a little daunting if you are not technical-minded and unfamiliar with them. However, this guide will point out the most important terms you need to know to make an informed choice when buying your used flat screen TV.


One of the most important features of a flat screen TV! The term refers to the lightest and darkest values a TV screen can display at the same time. The higher the contrast ratio is, the better the quality. Another term you will hear is Aspect Ratio. This refers to the width of the screen in relation to its height. A typical value for a widescreen TV is 16:9.


The term resolution means the number of columns by the number of rows on the screen, usually a Plasma or LCD. A typical value would be 1,280 x 720. Together the resolution and contrast values determine the quality of the picture. A TV is considered high definition if it has a pixel count close to one million. A resolution of 1280×720 or 720p can be called High Definition (HD) and is great for watching DVDs and HDTV. For increased picture quality for blue-ray players or other hdtv sources, a 1920×1080 or 1080p is usually priced higher.

Size and Brand

You will need a good idea before you start your search for a used Flat Screen TV of the brand and screen size in inches. The most popular sizes at the moment range from 42-52 inches. Keep in mind the distance the viewers will be sitting at and also the space available. Are you going to use wall mounting or a stand? Looking at a couple of consumer reviews will give you an idea of quality.

You also need to choose between a Plasma or LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen and whether you want HD (High Definition) of 1080p or Standard (720p). A Plasma screen is best for picture quality, price, fast response time and viewing angles. An LCD is better if you are concerned about energy consumption, want a higher resolution, a brighter picture and no burn-in marks (when a static picture leaves its imprint on the screen).


Always ask to see the TV in use before you buy. Make sure it switches on and off smoothly, that the cables are in good condition and that the remote control works. Very importantly, check the screen for any dead spots’ where the pixels are damaged. Is the TV still under warranty? Is the sound good?

How to Choose the Right BBQ Grill


Nothing compares to cooking on an open flame. Whether you’re roasting mouth-watering vegetables or grilling juicy steak kabobs, the barbecue is perfect for sealing in the natural flavor. If you are looking to join the millions who already enjoy the barbecue life, or want to replace or upgrade their equipment, a little homework may be in order before being met with the dozens of choices available. Charcoal or Gas? Stainless Steel or Cast Aluminum? $150 or $500?

What’s Your BBQ Budget?

Setting a budget is a realistic place to begin, as some barbecue grills can cost $1,000+. A good way to establish a budget is to decide where you will be using your grill (backyard, patio, apartment balcony) and consider your space restrictions. This will help narrow down some of the choices and perhaps set a price range for you in the process.

The Big BBQ Question: Charcoal, Gas or Electric?

Before your shopping process begins, the looming question of Charcoal, Gas or Other must be answered. Charcoal grilling aficionados swear by the smoke flavor, despite the mess of dealing with the charcoal and required cleaning of these grills. Charcoal does require ample heating time before it can be used. Gas grills offer convenience in that with a push of a button the gas ignites and, with limited pre-heating, the grill is ready to use. For some, the other category includes electric grills. These grills are an eco-friendly, easy to use and often the best choice for apartment-dwellers.

Grilling Safety Tips

After choosing the perfect grill, make sure anyone who plans to use the grill is familiar with how to do so safely. Only use barbecue grills outdoors in well-ventilated areas. Use long-handled utensils and be cautious of clothing with strings (aprons) or shirt tails. Be prepared to handle the fire and flare-ups with a water bottle, baking soda, fire extinguisher or garden hose. And always use common sense when grilling.

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