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Water Before Bedtime

About 90% of heart attacks occur early in the morning and it can be minimized if one takes a glass or two of water before retiring in the evening.

Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body :
  • 1 glass of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
  • 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
  • 1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
  • 1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

Gators on the prowl!!!

Did you know about a man who got his hand bit by an alligator as he reached in near the water's edge to get his golf ball on 5-1-2006 or 5-1-2007. Today was an anniversary on.  The man back then was ok, but he had to go get checked out at the hospital for his minor bite. He was lucky.  The news is that on May 1, 2012, a trapper was hurt (lost part of his finger when bitten) trying to capture a wayward gator.  Unfortunately, the gator had to be shot.   The trappers said that the reason the gators are on the move is due to the low water in the ponds, not necessarily because it is mating season. Do be aware and keep your eyes open. A witness to the event on May 1, 2012 said that "it was not fun to experience tonight. Not only nerve wracking but sad the gator had to be shot."  Also, a Villager living near the preserve off Bailey Trail a few blocks behind Lake Miona Rec Center found a gator in the garage recently as well. They heard the gruntings as they came out of their house from the laundry room going to the garage to walk their dog. They call The Villages Security.   It was a small alligator but he was still a danger.  The story is that they just got him out and back to the wild and all was OK.  

Really Cool Facts about The Villages

101 Really Cool Facts about The Villages FL

The Villages is an amazing active adult community located just North of Orlando. In many respects there are so many features and amenities we felt it was worth compiling some of these facts in one list. Enjoy!

1) Population of The Villages is currently over 81,000 (The population crossed 81,000 in September 2010)
2) Current number of rooftops is over 42,000 and rapidly approaching 55,000
3) New home sales continue at approximately 200 per month
4) Re-sales are currently averaging 100 per month
5) In the 1st quarter of 2011 543 new homes were sold
6) New home sales in the 1st quarter of 2011 were up 7% over the prior year
7) 1st quarter 2011 pre-owned (re-sales) home sales were up 10% over the prior year
8 ) When The Villages opened up home sales South of 466A – 55 homes sold in 1st eight days
9) There are roughly 67 Villages
10) Villages range in size from 100 homes to 1550 homes (Duval is the largest with 1550)
11) The Villages property area covers 32 square miles
12) There are approximately 90 miles of golf cart paths
13) The Villages occupies parts of 3 counties in Florida (Lake, Sumter & Marion)
14) The population of the Villages grows by approximately 4,500 annually
15) Currently there are 2 town squares (Lake Sumter Landing & Spanish Springs) with a 3rd town square about to be constructed (Brownwood)
16) There are 10 commercial areas (Lake Sumter Landing, Spanish Springs, La Plaza Grande, Buffalo Ridge, Colony Plaza, Southern Trace, Spanish Plaines, Mulberry Grove, Brownwood Paddock Square (Coming Soon – 2012), Antrim Dells (will be next to Brownwood Square and will be a 500,000 sq. ft power center)
17) Commercial property at the Villages averages a 97% occupancy rate
18) In the last two years The Villages signed 107 leases for new businesses
19) 98% of Villagers recommend The Villages to their friends & family
20) There are over 1800 organized clubs
21) 57 recreation centers
22) 8 regional recreation centers
23) 18 Village recreation centers
24) 31 Neighborhood recreation centers
25) 65 swimming pools
26) 4 fitness centers
27) 9 Country Clubs (7 with pools – Arnold Palmer & Tierra Del Sol do not have pools)
28) 29 executive golf courses
29) By final build out The Villages will operate 12 country-club championship courses (the last three will be 27-hole layouts
30) By final build out The Villages will have 35 9-hole executive golf course
31) At final build out The Villages FL will have a total of 621 holes of golf.
32) 486 total golf holes
33) There are 281 par three holes of golf in The Villages (51 on Championship and 230 on Executive Golf Courses)
34) There are 30 par 4’s on Executive Courses and one par 5 (Amberwood #6 is a par 5)
35) A par round for “The Villages” would be 1714. Par for all executive holes would be 815 and Championship would be 899
36) There are 140,806 yards (80 miles) of golf available in The Villages (from back tees) Championship Golf Holes total 48.8 miles and Executive Course holes total 31.2 miles
37) Cane Gardens’ Allamanda/Jacaranda (3606/3583 yards) from the back tees is nine yards longer than Palmer Legends’ Cherry Hill/Laurel Valley(3541/3639 yards)
38) With 9 Championship and 29 Executive Golf Courses The Villages exceeds the second largest golf facility in the world, Mission Hills in China, which as 216 holes.
39) 276 golfers shot their age in 2010
40) Total shoot-your-age rounds in The Villages totaled 1036
41) There were 1,630 holes-in-one in The Villages in 2010, and 1 albatross
42) There are over 50,000 golf carts in The Villages
43) Golf carts are the vehicle of choice in The Villages
44) 315 Holes Of Golf in The Villages have Received Audubon International’s Silver Certified Sanctuary Designation At The Villages (read about it on Florida Golf Magazine’s website)
45)Villagers play 5200 softball games each year
46) There are three softball seasons
47) Men’s & Women’s softball leagues total 17
48) There are 213 softball teams
49) More than 100 tennis courts
50) Over 100 pickle ball courts
51) Golf Management Systems statistically estimates that golf balls lost in 2010 total approximately 5,466,106 (WOW!)
52) There are 4 water towers in The Villages
53) 1105 miles of water mains
54) 427 miles of fresh water mains
55) 450 miles of waste water mains
56) 228 miles of irrigation water mains
57) There are 7645 manholes in The Villages
58) The Villages population is larger than 93.4% of the municipalities in Florida (28th largest of 411)
59) At build-out the population of The Villages will make it the 14th largest municipality in Florida
60) The Villages population is larger than 31 of the 67 counties in Florida
61) There are 3 dog parks in The Villages (Paradise, Mulberry, & Brinson-Perry)
62) Homes prices range from $100,000 to over 1 million dollars
63) The Villages hospital started 8 years ago with 60 beds and now there are over 200 beds in The Villages Health System
64) The Villages is home to a 99,000 sq. foot VA Outpatient Clinic
65) The Villages hospital will have a comprehensive stand alone cancer center when the Moffett Cancer Center is completed
66) There are seven major grocery stores
67) Over 100 dining choices (not including the country clubs)
68) Last year The Villages added $30 million dollars to the Sumter County tax base
69) In 2010 there were 717,124 championship rounds of golf played in The Villages 70) Average rounds of golf were 57,370 per course which is almost twice the nationwide average
71) In 2010 there were 1,657,367 executive golf rounds played in The Villages
72) 9 hole golf courses averaged 59,192 rounds of golf... 73) Executive golf rounds played in The Villages were 3.5 times the national average... 74) All homes must be occupied by at least one person who is 55 years of age or older... 75) Persons under the age of 19 years are not permitted to reside within The Villages but may visit for a maximum of 30 days per year unless an exemption is grant... 76) 3 subdivisions are designated as “family units” and are not subject to the under-19 restriction... 77) The majority of The Villages is developed and maintained using several Community Development Districts... 78) around 225 communities in Florida currently use this form of government... 79) The Villages currently operates 12 CDD’s... 80) Ten of the 12 CDD’s cover the various areas of The Villages where residents own homes, and provide and maintain the roads and transportation paths, storm water systems and structures, underground utilities, curbs and gutters, and street lights... 81) The remaining two CDD’s are:Village Center Community Development District -(VCCDD) & Sumter Landing Community Development District... 82) There are also two homeowners associations in The Villages: The Property Owners Association (POA) and The Villages Homeowners Association (VHA).... 83) The Villages has its own Polo stadium and Polo leagues... 84) The Villages has its own radio station... 85) The Villages also has its own television station... 86) The Daily Sun is The Villages newspaper... 87) Over 12,000 people work in The Villages, or for businesses in the thriving community... 88) The Villages has its own Charter School for employees that allows a student to attend from Pre-k3 through High School... 89) 93% of students at The Villages Charter School advance to higher education... 90) The Villages Charter School is an A rated High School with 99% of students graduating... 91) The Villages Charter School has over 2100 students per year and it’s growing fast with a new Early Childhood Center being constructed for 2011... 92) The Villages Charter School has been an A rated High School for the last 5 years... 93) The Villages operates its own Lifelong Learning College for residents... 94) The Lifelong Learning College has on average 500 courses each semester... 95) The Lifelong Learning College has about 18,000 residents attend around 25,000 sessions each year... 96) Each year The Villages mails residents surveys to obtain recommendations for improvements... 97) In 2010 The Villages added 30 million dollars to Sumter County’s tax base... 98) The Villages is planned to be home to 2.7 million square feet of commercial buildings and retail tenants... 99) The Villages is the safest single site development in the country with the lowest crime rate... 100) Approximately 150,000 people travel through the community each day along its busiest corridor US441/27... 101) There are 1,915 residential streets North of CR466A in The Villages Sources of information are: The Villages Homeowners Association (VHA website), Wikipedia, Villages Commercial Property Management Website Information as of April 2011

Un-Common Scams to Avoid

In addition to our module on previously featured in The Villages Daily Sun scams, here are the un-common scams to more

The Villages, Past - Present - Future

Click here to see the recently created video discussing the history of The Villages!


Maybe you've received the circulating email about how checking labels can help keep Americans employed??  If not, check it out here... - Have You Seen The Commercial??

While watching a recorded Military Channel video on "Killing Bin Laden", see the irony??  You will! --> I saw a commercial for with a Slogan of "The Foundation for a Better Life"... At first I dismissed the thought to put this on the site, but the music accompanying the commercial changed my mind and I looked up the website and decided this website is too good not to share...enjoy.  OH!  Remember to come back to and continue searching!!

Common Scams to Avoid

Previously featured in The Villages Daily Sun, here are the common scams to more

Fender Skirts and Other Phrases

Click here to bring back memories!!!   Be prepared to hear "Old Time Rock N' Roll" as you scroll through the page!   :)  Oh - it takes a while to download - lots of animated images and, of course, the music too!   Please be patient!

Savings for Seniors

Want to save money?  Here are some ideas!!  

Car Products for Your Car

Here are a couple of really cool products to help maintain your more

Cleaning T-shirts

Cleaning ideas for more

Marriage and Money

Living in Sin?   Just might be a good idea!   Read more...

Tornado Safety Tips

National Weather Service Issues New Tornado Safety here to read more!!

Can't Sleep??

How to get "Back to Bed" when you find yourself up in the middle of the night...Use these solutions to return to dreamland -- FAST!    (click here to read more...)

Dining Guide

With so many easily accessible restaurants in The Villages, it can, on occasion, become difficult to decide where to go ... Checking them out before leaving home is quite simple on   Click here to get started! 

Help Feed The Needy is committed to assisting the needy in our community...Please join us in the effort...(learn more)

Together Again

Is there someone from your past living here in The Villages?  Someone from your Home Town, High School, College, Army Unit, Ships Crew, Air Wing or Work Place?  Why wait to run into an old friend or acquaintance, especially if that person lives right here in The Villages!   Now there is an easy... (learn more)

Travel Tips

When you reside here in Paradise (aka Disney World for Adults), one wonders why would we ever go anywhere else...Well, there are as many reasons as there are places to go, and GO we do! has several sections that ...  (click here for more)

Veteran's Corner

Stay connected to the Veterans Organizations, both here in The Villages and beyond, by going to the Veteran's Corner.  Click Here for more...

Villages1 Best Recipes

Want to use to share your favorite recipes?   Click here to let us know and we'll get the ball rolling for you...

Villages1 Photo Center

Want to use to share your photos with family and friends?   Click here to let us know and we'll get the ball rolling for you...

Villages1 Sponsors of the Month

If you find this Information Site helpful when looking for something in and around The Villages, please consider thanking all of the sponsors of this site.   Our Sponsors are identified as FEATURED and their websites can be accessed by clicking on any of the rotating boxes found on this site.   Your support of our Sponsors, by giving them the first chance for your business, is greatly appreciated.   Everyone benefits from this relationship!

Boat Lift out of Manhattan - 9/11/01

We all get a lot of emails with jokes, warnings, etc., but one of our readers received this You Tube link on what happened when the events of 9/11 caused people fleeing the island...this is something else, you must see it!! Click here to go to You Tube!

Ocala Drive In

Charlie and John Watzke and staff invite you to the renovated Ocala Drive In Theater, re-opened after months of cleanup and repairs, preceded by years of the screen being dark.  Remember the "good old days" in Ocala at the Drive In!!

209-813-0170 SCAM!!! Beware

If you receive a call from 209-813-0170 telling you that your computer is INFECTED with "thousands" of's a scam.   Tell them you will burn your computer to stop the infection and hang up on them.   Maybe they'll get the message not to mess with Villagers!!!

Tigers and Lions and Bears, OH MY!

We received the following email, we haven't verified if it's accurate or not, but sharing none-the-less because the email came with names and a specific Village...

"Dear neighbors and friends this is why you should not leave your garage doors open. This is not a hoax. The only sad thing is that it wasn’t in the Daily Sun to make people aware as it occurred in the Village of Winifred.  At long last, here is the picture of the black bear that appeared in the Village of Winifred about 3.5 weeks ago. The picture was taken by the next door neighbor, Shirley Czapla. He was visiting Jean & Jim Thomson's house. It occurred on a garbage morning at about 6:30 a.m. Notice it is almost daylight outside when it decided to leave. The dumpster, on the left, is 6 or so feet tall and therefore the bear was about 5 - 6 ft. tall.
Please tell your friends about! Click here to send an email!

Prayer for our Nation

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and Set us free. Amen!'    - Billy Graham

Mark Panigoni Tips

It's Funny!!

2nd Front Page Ideas

There are so many businesses, attractions, activities, chances are we've left someone or something out elsewhere in the site.  This is where we want to HIGHLIGHT those kinds of things.   We have some ideas and will be implementing them, but also wanted to give our visitors a chance to chime in!   Click here to tell us what you would like to see in this section!