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Ocalan participates in the Emerson College stage production of ‘Augusta and Noble’

Emerson College student Alejandra Ruiz of Ocala participated in the stage production of Carlos Murillo's “Augusta and Noble” during their 2019-2020 season. Performances ran through Oct. 17-20 at the Robert J. Orchard Stage in Boston.

Ruiz is majoring in theater and performance and a member of the Class of 2022.

OTOW Democratic Club receives recognition for helping veterans

U.S. Air Force veteran Bill Sullivan, vice president of the Marion County Democratic Veterans Caucus, presented a Certificate of Recognition to Daniel Lack, president of the On Top of the World Democratic Club, for the club's many donations of canned, boxed and non-perishable food and other items to help veterans in need.

OTOW Democratic Club members bring food and other items to their monthly meetings. Members then transport the donations to the Ocala Ritz Veterans Village on East Silver Springs Boulevard. The club has been donating to the Veterans Village for several years, Lack said in a press release.

Ocala family receives new home from Habitat for Humanity

Tawn Michewicz and her two children, Ryder and Layel, recently received a new home from Habitat for Humanity of Marion County.

“What a beautiful day we had yesterday on Nov. 5, welcoming home the Michewicz family to their new home,” Tyler Starr, social media coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, wrote in a press release. “Tawn and her two children, Ryder and Layel, were so excited and happy for this moment to finally arrive. The look on their faces when they opened their door for the first time really says it all. We’re so blessed to have this home completed in time for this family to spend it together for the holidays.

“Tawn’s continued determination has helped her reach her goal and we are so proud of all the hard work she has put into the program,” Starr continued. “Tawn has been such a joy to have in our program, and we are so thrilled that her and her family can finally enjoy this new home together.”

Habitat for Humanity of Marion County thanked the sponsors of the home (Hale Products/Idex) for putting in funding and also volunteering at the construction site and getting a chance to build some of the home.“

Representatives from Hale/Idex were at the Nov. 5 house blessing, as the house keys were passed around for everyone to touch before finally giving them to the homeowner.

“It was a wonderful house blessing for a wonderful family,” Starr said. “We want to give our family partners a chance at a better life and we will continue to work toward a community where everyone has a decent place to live, and where measurable improvements in health, education, security and wealth generation are enjoyed by more and more homeowners. The benefits of decent and affordable homeownership are indisputable, and it’s truly gratifying to help these families have a place to call home.”