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Erika Gallivan, 68, works out using water weights at the Northwood YMCA on a chilly Wednesday morning. Gallivan said that for one hour a day, five days a week she works out in the pool, which is heated to 84 degrees during winter. Gallivan, who was born in Germany, moved to Gainesville from Westburg, Vt., about six months ago to be closer to her daughter and two grandchildren and says that she's adjusting to the weather here just fine.

DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 2:28 a.m.

Search on for robber of Gainesville Citgo

  • Armed with a gun, a man robbed a Gainesville convenience store Tuesday night, police reported.
    The man held up the University Citgo at 1527 SW 13th St. shortly after 9 p.m., said Gainesville Police Lt. Lonnie Scott. The robber, carrying a silver, snub-nose revolver, demanded cash from the clerk.
    The gunman escaped on foot with about $600, according to police reports.
    Dogs and a helicopter were used to track the robber. His trail led to Frederick Gardens Apartments, 1405 SW 10th Terrace, but police were unable to locate him.
    No one was injured during the robbery.
    Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Alan Coleman at 334-2427.
    - Lise Fisher

    UF student hit while crossing 13th Street

  • A University of Florida student was injured late Tuesday when she tried to cross SW 13th Street against traffic, according to Gainesville Police.
    Anna Rutz, 20, was in stable condition at a Gainesville hospital Wednesday following the accident that occurred just before 9 p.m. at Inner Road and SW 13th Street, police said.
    Rutz had tried to cross the intersection east on her bicycle when she was hit by a 1995 Toyota that had a green light, according to a police report. She fell and struck her head on the ground.
    Rutz is a junior at UF, the university confirmed.
    - Lise Fisher

    Police say boy followed on his bicycle in city

  • Police increased patrols in a northwest Gainesville neighborhood after a boy riding his bicycle said a man started following him Tuesday afternoon.
    The 11-year-old Westwood Middle School student told police he had been biking through a church parking lot in the 3000 block of NW 16th Boulevard at about 3:45 p.m. He said he spotted a man who yelled for him to come over.
    The boy ignored the man and kept riding, said Gainesville Police Lt. Lonnie Scott. But, when the student looked back, he said he saw the man chasing him on foot. The man wasn't able to the catch the boy and was last seen running away toward the south parking lot.
    The boy's mother told police a similar incident occurred in March but was not reported to officers. Police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg said officers have not verified reports of any other incidents like the one described by the boy.
    The Westwood school resource deputy also was informed about the incident, Scott said.
    - Lise Fisher

    Medicare drugs plan to be explained

  • The Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging and state Rep. Ed Jennings Jr., D-Gainesville, will team up Friday to present a workshop on the recent changes and additions to the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.
    The new optional prescription drug insurance program will be available beginning Jan. 1, and the six-month enrollment period is now underway. The benefit will be administered through private health insurance companies.
    The workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2505 NE 8th Ave. in Gainesville.
    - Diane Chun

    Gainesville RTS to honor Rosa Parks

  • Gainesville's fleet of more than 70 Regional Transit System buses will drive with their headlights on today in tribute to Rosa Parks and her role in launching the modern civil-rights movement.
    Today marks the 50th anniversary of Parks' refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955. The act prompted a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that eventually led to integration of the city's public transportation.
    RTS joins thousands of buses in Montgomery and about 16 other cities nationwide in commemorating the anniversary, said Jesus M. Gomez, RTS's interim transit director. In addition to operating with their lights on, some buses in other cities also plan to leave the first seat behind the driver vacant as part of the tribute to Parks, who died Oct. 21 at age 92. RTS, however, plans just the lights-on tribute.
    - Bob Arndorfer

    Bridge in Gainesville to close till spring

  • The Hogtown Creek Bridge on SW 2nd Avenue in Gainesville will be closed from Friday until the spring to facilitate a road reconstruction project, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
    The road, which runs parallel to University Avenue between the Creekside Mall and the Westgate Regency Shopping Center, will be closed between the driveway for Mildred's Big City Food and SW 36th Street.
    Through traffic will be redirected to University Avenue and westbound traffic headed to the Creekside Mall and Parkwood Professional Plaza will use SW 36th Street, according to a FDOT press release.
    Some daytime lane closures along University Avenue are also expected due to drainage work.
    The entire $15.6 million project is scheduled to be completed by early 2007.
    - Megan Winslow

    Goodbye to hurricane season, Key West style

  • KEY WEST - Residents of this quirky island city bid farewell to the history-making hurricane season of 2005 by burning a pair of hurricane flags in a beach-side celebration Wednesday.
    The symbolic torching took place during ''America's Official End of the Hurricane Season Party,'' a cap to the six-month season that brought 26 tropical storms, 13 that matured into hurricanes.
    But like the season that spawned Tropical Storm Epsilon just days before its official close Wednesday, the flags - which are red with a black center and fly vertically - were not so easily vanquished.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Strahan and Florida Keys senior emergency management director Billy Wagner tried to ignite the flags with a propane torcg. But the flags wouldn't burn until they were doused with rum.
    - The Associated Press
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