Category Community Events

GoFundMe for local man raises more than $16,000

This story was originally published on page 1 of the Alligator.

When her friend was shot about two weeks ago, Clara Edwards decided to make a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical expenses.

As of press time, Edwards, 27, raised more than $16,000 for Cliff James Deyampert, who was paralyzed from the waist down when his friend’s ex-boyfriend reportedly shot him July 25, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Paws on Parole brings dogs, inmates together

This story was originally published on page 1 of the Alligator.

Tania Rivera has been out of jail for less than a week, and she decided to go back.

In a grassy area near the bland buildings and barbed-wire fences of the Alachua County Jail, the 23-year-old smiles with her son and two big dogs.

Hammocks hang at Plaza

This story was originally published on page 1 of the Alligator.

Brightly colored Eagle Nest Outfitters (ENO) and Grand Trunk hammocks regularly pepper the lawn in front of Library West, but Wednesday was different.

It was National Hammock Day, and the UF Hammock Club called students to celebrate.

UF alumna Gabby recovering after crash

This story was originally published on page 1 of the Alligator. I wrote it with Nina Cusmano.

Reid Hall maintenance workers brought balloons, a card and two stuffed tigers to Michelle Molden-Sevison.

The tigers were the first items her daughter, UF psychology alumna Gabriella Molden, held when she was strong enough to do so.

UF’s Holi festival celebrates spring, diversity with color

This story was originally published on page 8 of the Alligator. This was one of my first published stories as an Alligator staff writer.

About 1,400 UF students danced to pop as they threw a rainbow of colored cornstarch into the air and onto their classmates.

The explosion of color momentarily blocked out the sun Saturday afternoon, creating clouds of red, pink, yellow, orange and blue. Students shrieked as friends and strangers smeared the powder on one another’s faces.

Active Streets brings community together for an afternoon

This story was originally published on the front page of the Alligator. The photo is my own.

Aedyn Martinez balanced on his child-sized skateboard, pulled his hands up and hurdled down University Avenue on Sunday.

The 6-year-old attended the free Active Streets event, which closed off University Avenue from West Sixth Street to Northeast Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While vehicles were unable to pass through nine blocks of downtown Gainesville, locals were able to dance, cycle and play in the streets.

Active Streets brings activities to downtown Gainesville, closes off road to vehicles

This story was originally published on page 3 of the Alligator.

Nine blocks of University Avenue will be closed Sunday as Gainesville residents and students listen to live music, swing fencing swords and enjoy the flavor of local establishments.

The event, called Active Streets, will transform the area between West Sixth Street and Northeast Boulevard into a place where people can interact with one another and local organizations.