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With a new year comes preparation for the new tax season. Tax season begins Jan. 24 and this year’s Tax Day is April 18. Since as early as fall of last year, the Internal Revenue Service has encouraged taxpayers to get a head start on their 2021 returns. The IRS recommends gathering and orga…

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Federal and state wildlife officials are racing to rescue manatees from starvation, and avoid a repeat of 2021. A total of 1,101 manatees died last year in Florida’s waters — 476 more than the five-year mortality average. The unusually high death count was the result of nutrient pollution in…

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Judy Elkins can picture her grandkids splashing in the pool and playing corn toss at the new Cason Hammock Recreation Area that opened Thursday. Judy and her husband, Stew, moved into the Village of Cason Hammock on Dec. 16 and eagerly waited for the amenities to open in their new neighborho…

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The community’s newest fishable bodies of water are on their way to becoming fishing destinations. Villagers looking to cast their rods and reels close to home have more places to do so with the addition of new neighborhoods down south. These venues add to a community with ample fishing oppo…

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As the holiday rush dies down, New York City theaters look a little emptier — yet stages in The Villages are coming to life this month. The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center’s annual Broadway series continues with “Jersey Boys” from Friday to Sunday and “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical…

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Even with the addition of shopping plazas, recreational amenities and numerous entertainment options, residents of The Villages haven't shunned opportunities to enjoy the area's natural scenery.

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The entertainment industry bases success on crowds. Movie studios pay attention to box office triumphs. Performing arts venues note the shows that sell tickets. Playwrights seek out the elements that capture audiences’ attention. Take away the crowds, and you have an industry in crisis. That…

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Area houses of worship welcome 2022, as well as the snowbirds spending the winter in and around The Villages, by adding worship opportunities and introducing new initiatives to welcome congregants to their sanctuaries. Wildwood United Methodist Church launched what it calls a “multicultural”…

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There was a different vibe when the Villages Aquatic Swim Team got back in the pool after Thanksgiving. “We did some special sprints to get people in the mood,” said VAST head coach Bob Jennings.

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If golf is your bag, the southeastern corner of The Villages was the place to be Saturday.

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Something old is new again. “I am so excited, because I miss the action on the golf course,” said Elaine Mazoch, who welcomed the reopening of Silver Lake executive golf course — the oldest of its type in The Villages — after a summer of watching renovations from her home off the layout’s fi…

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The excitement of a home run doesn't mean much if there's no one in the dugout to celebrate it.

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The risk of catching COVID-19 is high everywhere in the nation currently, evident locally by longer lines at testing sites and strains on the medical profession.

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