Ocala “Horse Country” Half Marathon is THIS WEEKEND!

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

ACT FAST:
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.

Fore more information visit:

http://www.ocalahalfmarathon.com/?utm_source=Ocala+Half+Marathon+24hr+2019&utm_campaign=OHM+2019+24hr&utm_medium=email

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.

For more information visit:

https://www.ocalamarion.com/events/cirque-italia/

Couples Workshop: ELEVATE

Start your New Year off right!

If you have wondered what a couples workshop is like but don’t want to pay the price then this event is made for you. Come join Dr. Liva LaMontagne as she shares effective and proven skills to increase positive communication, manage stress, set financial goals, deal with differences, and maintain a happy and healthy friendship bond.

This exciting workshop will be held once a week for 5 weeks at the University of Florida, McCarty Hall B, room 3096, Gainesville, FL 32611. Classes will be held from 6:00-8:30 pm on MONDAYS Jan. 7th, Jan. 14th, Jan. 21st, Jan. 28th, and Feb. 4th.

The class is FREE and A FREE light meal will be served at each class and you may be eligible for GIFT CARDS. Parking is FREE.

PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED. Registration closes on Jan. 6th or when the class fills.

 

For more information visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/couples-workshop-elevate-registration-52813616950

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.

For more information visit:

https://www.marioncountyfl.org/departments-agencies/departments-a-n/animal-services

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

For more information:

http://www.ocalamarion.com/event/2019-hits-ocala-winter-circuit/?instance_id=46509

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 Ocala4sale.com. 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 MaBarkerHouse.org, 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 MaBarkerHouse.org 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.

 

For more information visit:

http://www.ocalamarion.com/event/santa-on-the-square-downtown-ocala-2018/?instance_id=46484

 

Christmas Countday.

December 19, 2018 Ocala Classified News

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Its less then a week away before Christmas. If you are a last minute shopper then now is the time to buy before it becomes Christmas day. 

Want to know the second, minutes and hours then check out this cool website.

http://www.xmasclock.com/

How to Organize a Great Garage Sale

Garage sales are a great way to get rid of all your unwanted belongings or hunt out a bargain. Organization is key to having a great garage sale.

A classified ad is the best way to get lots of people to your garage sale.

 

 

1. Create a Game Plan. Advance preparation lets you work with more efficiency. Gather together all the items you are going to sell and price each item ahead of the sale. You could also make extra money by baking ahead of the day or making some tasty sandwiches and cool lemonade. Shopping, browsing and bargaining is hard work, and the folks who turn up will soon be hungry!

Try to hold your sale close to or on the first or fifteenth of the month, which is when many people get paid and have some spare cash in their pockets. Saturdays are the best day and earlier in the day is better than too late in the evening.

Consider teaming up with a few of your neighbors who also like the idea of selling their unwanted items. The bigger the sale, the more people will think it is worth the trouble to pop over and have a look.

Simplify your pricing structure. Use Gather bags and boxes well ahead of time so people will have something to tote their stuff with. Wrapping fragiles in newspapers or providing recycled plastic/paper shopping bags is an added courtesy towards your customers.

You will need some money in a tin or waist bag to give out change. It’s best to be over-prepared with plenty of change as people will often come unprepared with large bills. If you are hoping to make as serious dollar, do not under-price your goods.

2. Create a Fun Atmosphere. Offer some drinks or snacks (it’s a great way for the kids to get involved and make a little extra money.) Have a box of free stuff or maybe a 25 cent bin for kids shopping with their parents. Keep the tables neat and organized.

3. Advertise in Advance. Two methods work best – online advertising and street signs. Get your classified online by Thursday night so shoppers can make your sale destination on their route. Get top dollar for your stuff by including photographs and descriptions of your most attractive items in your classified ad. Make sure your road signs are big, bold and easy to follow. Attach some balloons to really grab attention.

4. Don’t Neglect Security. Always have a friend or family member assist with the sale to keep an eye on things if you take a break. Lock your doors and avoid letting strangers into your house. Keep your dog secured and away from shoppers.

5. Make Clean-Up a Breeze. Some of the garage sale circuit semi-pro’s will offer to haul whatever you don’t sell. You can also check with local thrift stores, who may be willing to collect unsold merchandise. Otherwise, box the remainder to toss or take to a Goodwill store. Use our classified sites to give away unwanted items that remain.

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
References

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

What Makes a Car Classic

Age of the Vehicle

In most cases, the age of a vehicle determines if a car is a classic.

  • Antique – A vehicle more than 45 years old.
  • Classic – A vehicle made at least 20 years prior to the current year. This definition is accepted by most state DMV’s.
  • CCCA Classic – A “fine” or “distinctive” automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948 as defned by the Classic Car Club of America.
  • Vintage – A vehicle made between 1919 and 1930.

Classic Style

The design of cars is generally divided into the following era’s — horseless carriages or veteran cars, brass or edwardian cars, vintage cars, classic cars (pre thru post war), muscle cars. The modern car era begins in the 1980’s where design was dictated by fuel efficiency and safety. Distinctive features were abandoned and cars even by different manufacturers began to look the same. The modern “classic” returns to the bold design of yesteryear. Some have marked this as a corporate ploy to dupe buyers with nostalgic redesign. But others see this a as a return to proper design sensibilities, after a 20-year hiatus.

Cult Following

Whether corporate ploy or design revival, the status of a modern classic is really determined on Saturday in garages and car shows all across America.  Drivers are looking for clean lines and distinctive looks. They want cars and trucks that stand out  from the rest. If auto makers fail to provide it, these drivers will weld, grind and paint their way to a new era of “classic.” Only time will tell which new designs will find fanatical followers who will keep it on the road for 40 years, instead of the scrap yard compactor.

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.

Contrast

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.

Resolution

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).

Verify

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?

Thrill The World Ocala is Back for 2018!

Come and be a part of the biggest fall event in Ocala. Thrill the world is an event that is sponsored by Extensions Dance Studio and Just Entertainment Inc. This event is put on annually to try and break the Ocala record of the largest simultaneous dance with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” People of all ages come dressed up as zombies and dance to this iconic song. This is a family friendly event and everyone is welcome. This event is on October 13th 2018 from 4 to 10 PM. But we’re not just dancing! There will be local merchandise and food vendors set up with candy for the littles and their amazing handmade products! Not to mention you will also get a taste of Ocala with the amazing food trucks!

Don’t know the thriller dance? Then don’t worry! Extensions Dance studio will hold rehearsals at 2303 NE Jacksonville road on October 10th and October 11th at 6:45PM

If you are wanting to be a dancer it is only $5.00 for advance sign up and $7.00 the night of the event. LETS HELP BREAK THIS OCALA RECORD!

Pet Tech: Microchip IDs

Implanting a microchip into your pet is an excellent way to recover your pet when it is lost. A third of pets go missing every year, with 90% of untagged pets failing to return home. Using a microchip together with a collar tag will give you extra security and peace of mind.

Information held on the microchip consists of:

  • Chip number
  • Pet owner’s contact information
  • Name and description of the pet
  • (Optional) Vet contact information and an alternate contact number

Many vets like to scan your pet at every visit to check that the chip can still be picked up, and also to use the number as an identifying reference for the pet, in the same way humans can be identified by a fingerprint, social security or passport  The microchips are designed to last 25 years and safely stay put inside your pet without getting lost in its body.

Remember, always notify the registry if you have changed address or if you have adopted a pet with a microchip.