FOCUS Plant City 11-06
FOCUS Magazine Plant City Edition Issue 11-06, June 2012
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This truth was driven home to our entire Focus family this month as we thought about the recent deaths of two who died much too young - Laurie Madonia and Mike Storter. See why everyone is driving to Bartow to buy a car from TOM EDWARDS. Both were proud to call Plant City home and both did more than their share of community activities. They loved their work and their close-knit families, too. And by more than just their families, both will be greatly missed. Our community lost more than just two lives. We lost personalities and doers and givers. We lost their smiles and laughter. We lost two friends. And in grieving these losses, we’ve made time to reflect on the impact one’s life, and death, can have on all who knew Laurie and Mike. Focus Magazine shares a special relationship with the Madonia family because we have worked together for 10 years to promote the happenings and incredible service at their Red Rose Inn, the special event venue recognized by most as the best in town. When Laurie lost her battle with cancer in April, the Madonias made a decision to close the hotel’s operations for an undetermined amount of time. They need and deserve time to grieve the loss of their daughter. While we can only imagine their pain, we can only hope they know how much this community values what their family has accomplished and contributed to life here. Countless generations will be the beneficiaries of this family’s generosity. Their loyalty to and love for Plant City has been a priceless gift. The four FOCUS on You Makeover winners reminded us, too, of how caring for others will always make a difference. What a privilege for our magazine to recognize these women and their compassion. This month, as we all remember and reflect on life’s impact and we look forward to celebrating our great nation on the Fourth of July, it is our prayer that Plant City’s good people will learn to stay focused on living every day to make the moments make a difference. We pray this for ourselves as well. For in the end, it’s all about the lives we touch. Warmest Regards, Mike Floyd Got a story idea? Looking to advertise in Focus? Contact us for more information. Publisher Mike Floyd email@example.com Floyd Publications, Inc. 702 W. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. Plant City, FL 33563 Office Manager Dede Floyd firstname.lastname@example.org Office 813.707.8783 Fax 813.764.0990 Copy Editor Cheryl Johnston email@example.com www.focusplantcity.com Credit Manager Angel Carter firstname.lastname@example.org Standards of accuracy: The goal of the writers at FOCUS Magazine is to provide heart-warming stories that are accurate from the start. Being human, however, we sometimes make mistakes. Please forgive us. So if you notice anything that is incorrect, then please do not hesitate to contact the editorial department and inform it about the fact error. To do so, call (813) 707-8783 or e-mail email@example.com. The staff will fix the error in a timely manner. 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Sales Julie Hasting | Kelleigh Klein | Aldo Trevino Jared Guyer | Christina DoVale | Susan Nieves Production Anthony Sassano Tony Cartagena FOCUSTV Shana Mitchell | Victoria Garren Distribution Byron Spradlin Belva DeVane Photographers Kendra Conner Staff Writers Cheryl Johnston Brian West | Joe Bowles Derek Maul | Kelleigh Klein Heather Davis | Deana Garrison Contributors Al Ruechel | Gil Gott Bruce Rodwell | Jo-An Lusk | Nate Davis BEST PRICE, BEST SERVICE FOR OVER 37 YEARS Come to TOM EDWARDS CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP to get that personal down home touch that will save you money! TOM EDWARDS CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP 1425 W. Main St (Hwy 60 W), Bartow, FL 33830 (813) 708-1181 Monday - Friday 8:30am - 7:30pm • Saturday 9am - 5pm Closed Sunday for Family HWY 37 The same can be said of Mike Storter and his family - wife Laura, daughters Taryn and Hope, and in-laws Coleman and Sue Davis. When Mike lost his faith-filled fight with leukemia, Plant City lost a great encourager, mentor and friend. Plant City’s First Baptist Church lost a pastor and prayer warrior, our high school lost a much-loved teacher, and Relay for Life lost an inspiring activist. But Mike’s legacy will live on. N HWY 60 www.edwardschrysler.com FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 9 Welcome To RRR FARM 813-982-1172 7449 Loghouse Rd, Plant City, FL Have your next Birthday Party or Event Party SUMMER RIDING SPECIAL 4 Lessons for $ 100 00 Call us now for your Gift Certificates. RRR Farm • 7449 Loghouse Rd, Plant City, FL 813-982-1172 • Expires 7-31-12 WE SPECIALIZE EACH PARTY TO YOUR NEEDS! Call us for your private parties while we still have availability! CELEBRATION OF A RANCH STARTED WITH A FAMILY THAT HAS BEEN TOGETHER 70 YEARS! RRR Ranch founded by Ray and Mary Rabon in 2002. Current owner Victoria Rabon Celebrating 70 years of Wedding Bliss Talk of the Town We lco m e t o t h e S o cia l Join the conversation! Submit your info to: firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations Nicholas Rodriguez SAR Award Recipient Don Humphrey, Secretary-Treasurer of the Major John Devane Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution of Plant City recently presented the SAR Award to Nicholas Rodriguez of Plant City High School. The award goes to the top male eleventh grade history student. Nicholas was honored with a Bronze personalized medal, certificate and a savings bond. The purpose of the Sons of the American Revolution organization is to promote patriotism, American history and community service. Happy Golden Wedding Anniversary!! Walden Lake Elementary Wins Area 6 Battle of the Books! Walden Lake Elementary was represented well at the Area 6 Battle Of The Books competition on May 25th at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. Their team consisted of Jada Brown, Rebecca Field, Katie Spiker, and team captain, Kyle Hamilton. These fourth graders made the job look easy as they cooperatively worked together to show what team work is all about. Prior to the Area Battle, the team had a tremendous amount of preparation planned. After reading 15 battle books, taking a qualifying test to make the team, and winning the school battle the team worked diligently everyday studying quotes from all the books in order to be ready to face 16 other schools. These fourth graders had to know the name of the book and/or author after a quote from that particular book was read aloud. Way to go Walden Lake Battle Team! Hans and Dianne Harvey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a cruise with their family. They were married in Valdosta, Georgia on May 26, 1962 immediately after Hans’ completion in basic training. Hans worked for the FDOT 32 years and PBS&J for 12 years, before retiring. Dianne retired with 30 years of service with the Hillsborough County School System with most of the years at Trapnell Elementary. They are members of First Baptist Church of Durant and have a small blueberry farm. They have lived in Plant City and Turkey Creek their entire lives. Florida Federation Hall of Fame Recipient PCHS Soccer Players Sign to Play at College Level Cameron Roberts and Trent Lott signed to play soccer at the college level. Cameron will play for Palm Beach Atlantic College. Trent will play for the University of Tampa. Both students were members of the Plant City High School Boys Soccer Team coached by Chris Black. Ms. Ellany Johnson of the Florida Strawberry Festival was inducted into the Florida Federation Hall of Fame. More than 30 members of the Festival’s Board of Directors, Staff, Family and Friends of Ellany were present as she was presented with the award. “Ellany Johnson is the heart and soul of The Florida Strawberry Festival. Her commitment to the success of this organization, our Board of Directors, Staff, Vendors and Entertainers is unparalleled,” says Festival General Manager, Paul Davis. Congratulations! Ellany we are all very proud of your dedication to the Strawberry Festival and the Plant City Community. Do you have an interesting local story about something or someone? Submit your info to: email@example.com 12 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy 4th of July! Freshest MEAT and LOWEST prices in town! Felton’s Meat & Grocery 617 North Maryland Ave. Plant City, FL • 813-752-1548 Monday - Saturday 7am-9pm Sunday 7am-8pm www.feltonsmarket.com FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 13 Talk of the Town PCHS Hall of Fame Plant City High School is accepting nominations for the 2012 Hall of Fame. This honor is given each year to a graduate of PCHS who has accomplished success in his/her career or community. Those wishing to nominate may mail a letter or resume of the outstanding graduate they wish to recommend to the selection committee at Plant City High School, One Raider Place, Plant City, FL 33563. Nominations will be accepted through August 6, 2012. The individual selected will be honored in September during half time at a Raider football game. John Germany, Class of 1940 was inducted in 2011. PCHS Class 1991 and 1992 Reunion!! Join us as we reminisce about old times and in the process make some new memories. Time flies when you’re having fun! And even if you’re not having fun, Father Time still has a way of sneaking up on all of us. The good news is that every five years we, the Classes of 1991 & 1992, can get together and see how our classmates are getting along. 20 Year Class Reunion will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach. Please visit the TradeWinds Island Resorts website at www. tradewindsresort.com. The dates are Friday, August 3, 2012 to Sunday, August 5, 2012. Standard rooms are $164 at the Island Grand Resort and $149 at the Sandpiper Hotel & Suites. To receive the special rate, you must reserve ASAP before they sell out, which the Resort did every weekend this past summer!! If you plan to attend this event please call this month to reserve your room. The rate will go up as their occupancy level increases! There is no penalty to cancel your reservation prior to one week before the reunion. If you reserve your room and pay your registration fee before November 30, 2011, you will be entered in a prize drawing to win a FREE 3 day 2 night stay at the TradeWinds Sandpiper Hotel & Suites. For reservations, please call 1-800-808-9833 and mention “Plant City High School Reunion / Class of ’91 ‘92”. Please note: You do not have to stay at the TradeWinds resort if you choose not to. You can come up on Saturday, August 4th and just join us for the day. 14 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com We lco m e t o t h e S o cia l Join the conversation! Submit your info to: firstname.lastname@example.org Woodmen of the World is Hiring Thursday July 19th Woodmen of the World will be holding an informational meeting for anyone interested in becoming a Field Representative. 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Plant City. You can love what you do and earn a great living doing it. RSVP to 1-800-555-9981 by July 16. PCHS Class of 1977 ReunionBroadway”!! Plant City Class of 1977 announcing their 35th high school reunion to be held on August 4, 2012. Embassy Suites Brandon 100220 Palm River Rd Tampa. Cost is $55.00 per person. Casual get together Friday night at Keel and Curley 6:00 to 11:00. Sunday morning farewell breakfast optional at Embassy Suites. For more info email Plant City Classof77@gmail.com or facebook Plant City High School Class of 1977. You may mail checks to PCHS Class of 77 P. O. Box 347 Lithia, FL 33547. Please RSVP by July 6, 2012 Welcome Back Mayor! Commissioner Dan Raulerson passes the gavel to newly elected Mayor Mike Sparkman. This will be Mayor Sparkman’s 5th term in office. We are glad to have you back! NOW AVAILABLE! Summer Styles at Southside Sarabeth Newsome rocks the trendy new look of sundresses and boots, now at Southside! Southside Farm and Pet Supply 3014 Jim Redman Pkwy. Plant City, FL 33566 813-752-2379 Treat someone this Summer to a Spa package TrAnquiliTy SpA pACkAGe includes a european facial, a 1 hr Swedish massage, Manicure and pedicure. For A Spa experience spent with the One you love try the Tranquility Spa package for TWO . Gift Certificates Available 1505 South Alexander Street Suite 102 Plant City, FL 33563 813.717.7700 FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 15 LOCAL » FOCUS STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS T he State of the City of Plant City is stable and improving, according to the address delivered Monday, June 11, 2012 at City Hall by City Manager Greg Horwedel. The event was the third annual openinvitation delivery or “annual report card” on the condition of Plant City, reflecting on accomplishments over the past 2011/2012 year and providing a look at visions for the upcoming year. As Horwedel spoke, a Powerpoint, available for public viewing on the city’s website, provided a visual of the information he provided. A 2011-2012 budget recap was given, Enjoy Department’s receipt of a new state-ofthe-art ambulance, reducing the need for Plant City EMS to call on third-party providers in emergency situations. WRITTEN BY: HOLLY MALLALIE addressing the city’s condition with last year’s budget of $59.2 million. Topics discussed included water utilities revenue (13.3% increase), sanitation revenue (no rate increase for 4th year), and storm water revenue (11.4% increase). Property tax millage rate is 4.7157, the lowest local government rate in Hillsborough County, and the city’s undesignated fund balance is at 31.1%. A budget preview for the upcoming year was also shown. Police Department highlights show a decrease in both violent and non-violent crime over the past year by around 10%. The department also acquired a new mobile command center at no cost to local taxpayers, along with the Fire More Summer Fun with Assistant Vice President Branch Manager Late Friday Hours Michael Gottesman Senior Vice President Commercial Loans Discussion also included CareFest Day, held this year on September 29th. This is a weekend-long staff partnership with local churches and Somebody Cares Tampa Bay, Inc. that focuses volunteers and donations to clean up neighborhood trash and debris. Fourth of July fireworks are also scheduled for the first time since 2007 as a partnership between the City, Chamber of Commerce, Strawberry Festival and local business sponsors. Monday, June 11th was also the final day of Mayor Dan Raulerson’s term of office. He will be running for the State House Full-Service Saturday Banking • 24-Hour Automated Telephone Banking • Auto Loans • Consumer, Business & Agribusiness Loans Other Locations Valrico 689-1231 MAIN OFFICE Brandon 759-2265 ★ Dan Raulerson and Greg Horwedel Free CHECKING Free Personal and Business Checking. No fees. No minimum balance. No fine print. And when you open an account with us, or refer a friend who opens an account with us, you'll get a free gift. Call or stop by today to open your Completely Free Checking account. 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In addition to being lots of fun, the fundraiser with its Caribbean/ Jimmy Buffet/Margaritaville benefited the Chamber’s Foundation, which funds college scholarships for local graduates. But, alas, many felt the Margarita Ball had run its course and a change was in order. This year, the Chamber dressed things up a little with a western themed event called The Boots and Spurs Roundup. The event at Cowboys Steakhouse and Saloon, located at the corner of Highway 39 and Highway 60 just south of Plant City encouraged attendees to wear their best western wear: boots, hats, jeans, cowgirl dresses, cutoff shorts, etc. Live music provided by the Ace Jackson Band, line dancing with a great instructor, 18 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com heaps of hearty grub, libations, an LCR tournament, a silent auction and a lot of great company made for an exciting time. Jim Scott, Chamber Board Chair Elect, said, “It was nice to see a good turnout for a new event.” Everyone enjoyed the great food and the LCR tournament – especially the winners. Many participants likened it to playing Craps because everyone is emotionally involved and in every roll of the dice they found themselves cheering for someone one moment and against them the next. The tournament was all in good fun and definitely a keeper for future events. Jean Ann Davenport, Dave Davenport, Leslie Davis & Gary Pike really was a lot of fun.” All in all, the new event was a great success. The Boots and Spurs Roundup The line dancing was also a big hit, netted as much to the Chamber especially with Jack Vasconcellos, David Davenport and all the ladies. Some might Foundation as at least one of previous years of the Margarita Ball. Now the question why the guys were on the dance Chamber must decide whether to repeat floor, but they were definitely having a great time surrounded by beautiful women. for next year and grow the Roundup as Lori Towler Rogers attended with friends a western themed event or move to a and said, “The line dancing wore me out. It different location and change the theme. Some great ideas are being considered, and we’ll learn about the decision next year. Chamber members do a wonderful job of developing new ideas, and no matter the decision, next year’s event is sure to be successful. And at the end of the day, that success is measured, most importantly, by the college scholarship money it can provide to our area high school graduates. You see them in T.V. commercials and in magazines! KATHERINE LETHERS Appearing in National TV Series Burn Notice on USA Network. CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY! 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Photo by Stephanie Humphrey PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL P WRITTEN BY: SHERRIE MUELLER lant City High School recently hosted the 14th annual Honor Graduate Banquet at the Red Rose Ballroom. Seniors with a 4.0 or higher grade point average were invited to this prestigious event, along with their parents. Students were awestruck by the beauty of the candlelit ballroom. Special touches included place settings with a program, a custom made PCHS cookie, and a Class of 2012 milk chocolate candy. The chocolate was added courtesy of Robert and Lynda Carty, parents of honor graduate, Caitlyn Carty. The buffet meal included a carving station of Steamship Round, house salad, Chicken Marsala, rice pilaf, roasted potatoes and a fresh vegetable medley. To top off the meal a dessert station with an assortment of delicious cakes. Evelyn and Batista Madonia also donated a chocolate fountain served with a variety of fruits and sweets for the festive occasion. Honor graduates were recognized individually and presented with an orange beach towel embroidered in teal with “PCHS – 2012 Honor Grad.” Parents then had the opportunity to photograph their student with PCHS Principal Colleen Richardson. A “photo booth” was an added surprise for the graduates. They enjoyed having souvenir photos taken with 20 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com other students and parents. These pictures were personalized as well with “Honor Grad Banquet 2012.” The expense of each honor grad’s meal and gift was covered through the generous contributions of community businesses and parent sponsorships. The highlight of the evening was the premier showing of the 2012 Honor Graduate video produced by honor grad parent, Michael Daly. Students had been asked to submit pictures depicting their life from birth to graduation with an emphasis on including pictures that include other honor graduates. Mrs. Colleen Richardson, Principal and Miss Traci Durrance, Assistant Principal for Administration agreed to participate in the video filming as well. The video, which received rave reviews, provided humor and sentimental moments. Each student received a copy of the video for personal use. The Honor Graduate Banquet is planned and orchestrated each year by school staff and parents. Di Lott and Sherrie Mueller, co-chairs for the 2012 gathering, were assisted by committee members Megan Woods-Daly, Mike Daly, Julie Holbrook, Stephanie Humphrey, Karen Hurst and Donna Keel. HONOR BANQUET A NIGHT TO REMEMBER The first honor banquet, held in 1999, saluted 53 honor graduates. The Class of 2012 event paid tribute to 144 honor grad. In expressing her appreciation, Mrs. Richardson said, “This event would not be possible without the support of our community and parents. We love this event as it recognizes our students who have excelled in the classroom.” From the sounds of lively conversation and laughter throughout the evening, it was obvious the honorees and their parents loved it, too. What a way to finish strong. Dale and Leslie Rice, both teachers at Plant City High School enjoyed attending the event as parents of honor graduate, Dane Rice. Photo by Stephanie Humphrey C Thank you Plant City for 22 years of trusting us with your care. C Caring . u o y r o f We accept all auto insurances, and most major insurance and HMO's Auto Injury Whiplash Headaches Back and Leg Pain Sciatica Muscle Spasms Neck, Shoulder, and Arm Pain Herniated/Bulging Disc Fibromyalgia Visit us at our NEWLY RENOVATED OFFICE To learn more about our services visit our interactive website at www.caringconceptsinc.com Dr. Todd Glenn Dr. William "B.J." Garrison (Palmer College Graduates) 813-754-2273 • 1215 W Baker Street • Plant City, FL 33563 Educated and Dedicated to serve you! FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 21 LOCAL » FOCUS The Strawberry Festival Queen and Court showed their support by helping with the auction and raffle. Pictured: Victoria Garren, First Maid Calli Jo Parker, Queen Chelsea Bowden, Darby Hasting, Olivia Higgins, Erica Kelley Photo Courtesy of Julie Hasting TEEN/ADULT NIGHT OUT BENEFIT E xcitement and generosity filled the night air recently as nearly 300 guests gathered May 19th at the Red Rose Ballroom to support a beautiful young teenager in her battle with the incurable disease known as FSGS (Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis). FSGS is scarring within the kidney. Right now, Darby’s medicine is maintaining her situation; however, as time goes on she may need other medications, dialysis and eventually a transplant. There is no way to know how long it will be before she will need further treatment. Only time will tell. The success of the Night Out Benefit will certainly help in any future costs Darby and her family may face. Gloria Hasitng, Darby’s mother, was amazed and appreciative at the number of people who 22 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com joined together to help her family. Julie Hasting, Darby’s aunt headed up the event. “When I first discussed the Benefit with Gloria after the Nephcure Walk, I told her I thought we could raise at least $10,000 in one night. Never did I imagine it would be double that,” Julie stated. The Hasting family will donate 25% of the $22,000 that was raised to the Nephcure Foundation. The night included great food catered by our local Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Chili’s. Jennifer and her staff from the Red Rose made sure this benefit was perfect. Bill Butler, who tended bar, made Sangria from his own private recipe collection and made sure everyone was well served. The night started out with a delicious dinner and an auction that brought in almost $5,000 alone. Raffle tickets were FOR DARBY HASTING A HUGE SUCCESS WRITTEN BY: DEANA GARRISON also a big hit as many won items that had been graciously donated by generous individuals and businesses. This night of dancing, lively conversation, raising awareness and community support won’t long be forgotten. The Hasting family would like to thank all of their sponsors which include: The Garrett Family, Unity in the Community, Henry Falcon, Susan and Steve Hurley, Will and Christine Smith, Carrabba’s, Chili’s, Dr. Gauthier, The Breeze, DeeDee Wheeler, You Boutique, IMS, Andreu Family, Hillsborough Title, Macale Builders, Busiglio Orthodontics, Jim Young, Bungalow Beach Resorts, Tortuga Inn, Tradewinds Anna Maria Island, Keel & Curley Winery, Parrish Threads, Bert’s Painting, Carolyn Wood, Cheveux, Rotarty Club, Merrin Family, Jarrett Scott Ford, Kelleigh Kline, Doug Driggers, Johnson Family, Harold’s Feed and the Burnette Family. And the work towards this cause won’t stop here. With a goal of $50,000 in mind, friends and family have joined together with even more fundraising ideas. On September 22nd Keel & Curley will host The Blueberry Stomp Mud Run to benefit Darby. Darby’s friends plan a car wash. The Young Sprouts 4-H Club will raise a pig to show at the Hillsborough County Fair Swine Show in Darby’s honor, with proceeds going directly to Darby’s Foundation. Bracelets, car decals, and t-shirts have also been hot items for purchase during this time. If you would like to contribute to Darby’s fund, donate at Bank of America under the custodial trust fund of Dwight and Darby Hasting. The family thanks you for any and all of your support. QuAlITy, ElEGANCE & STylE... Wood Flooring starting at $2.79 sq ft Crawford-Hill I n t e r I o r s , I n C. 813-754-6898 • 1407 E. 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When you need a dermatologist, come see a dermatologist. NOW OFFERING COSMETIC PROCEDURES. Fitzgeraldo Sanchez, M.D. Have skin related questions you’d like answered? Contact Dr. Sanchez himself at: Sanchez Dermatology | 420 N. Plant Ave., Plant City, FL 33563 | phone 813-830- DERM (3376) | E-mail - Sanchezdermatology@me.com Facebook Sanchez Dermatology of Plant City, FL | A division of Sanchez Dermatology Services, PL | www.Sanchezdermatology.us FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 25 LOCAL » FOCUS J udy Martin is one of the most recognized and respected individuals in the Plant City community. She worked for Tampa Electric Company for 32 years in marketing and community affairs. In addition, she has been involved with supporting community events, activities and organizations like the Woman’s Club and the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce. However, she is most well known as being the Executive Director of the South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation. The South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation provides philanthropic support to South Florida Baptist Hospital. It is the foundation’s responsibility to ensure that the hospital can continue to meet the community’s need for top quality/local health care. Most importantly, thanks to the generosity of thousands of individuals, families and businesses, they have raised more than $7.5 million to benefit hospital patients and their families (www.sjbhealth. org). Jana Butler (new Executive Director for the Foundation) and hospital COO, Stephen Nierman. Congratulate Judy Martin on her retirement. Photo by Kelleigh Klein HOSPITAL FOUNDATION REIGNS ARE TURNED OVER WRITTEN BY: KELLEIGH KLEIN 26 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com At the helm of this very successful organization since it’s start up in October of 1995 has been Judy Martin. When she started the Foundation, there was no donor database, so they started from scratch. According to Judy, “We’ve built it up through the years with direct mail, events, capital campaigns, team member campaigns, etc. The foundation has only been possible because of great volunteers and a receptive/supportive community. I’ve been very lucky!” Examples of events benefiting the Foundation include Diamonds & Denim, Fall Fancy and Lights of Love. Also, programs like Ladies Night Out, Keystone Circle and Mother’s Day have been instrumental in drawing attendees and funds to the hospital. When asked what Judy feels have been her top two fundraising opportunities overall, she responded, “The capital campaign for the new ER – the volunteer committee raised some $1.3 million in record time – the new ER opened in 2006 with all 64 naming opportunities taken. “ The second of the top two fundraisers, she indicated, would be the Diamonds and Denim event. Judy continued, “It has constantly been well attended and the sponsorships have grown tremendously – it’s probably raised nearly $1 million for the hospital.” Judy recently decided it was time to retire and turn over the reigns to the Foundation. She officially retired in May. As to her plans for now Judy explained, “I plan to take a few short trips during the summer. And . . . . . . my house will get a good thorough cleaning – closets, drawers, garage, . . . everything! I also plan to take an afternoon nap if I feel like it. Life is good.” Taking over at the helm is Jana Butler. Jana is not a stranger to South Florida Baptist Hospital or Plant City. She has worked with the South Florida Baptist Hospital/Baycare Health System since January 2013 and lives in Plant City with her husband Bart. They have two children, son Blair, 21 and a junior at the University of Florida and daughter Brittany, 18, a 2012 Plant City High School graduate who will also attend UF in the fall. Jana said, “I am looking forward to building new relationships with the people in Plant City through promoting South Florida Baptist Hospital’s missions and direction. Our annual fundraisers are great ways for people to get involved and support the needs of our community hospital.” Come Experience the Napa Valley Of Tampa Bay a p V a N a l e l e h t y e O c n f e i T r e a p m x p E a e Bay m o C Our Tasting Room & Gift Shop is open daily until 6PM Sample all our wines for just $6. Due to popular demand. Host Your Next Special Moment at Keel & Curley Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions Showers, Parties, & Corporate Events Friday Evening After Hours Wine Bar Happy Hour 6PM - 7PM Wine Tasting until 9PM Live Music 6:30PM - 10:30PM The Vodkanauts The Vodkanauts July 7th, 2012 at 7:00 PM Surf/Lounge Rock and Roll. All general admission covered seating is $8 ($10 day of the show). Tables can be reserved after ticket purchase in advance at 813-752-9100. 813.752.9100 5202 W. Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City www.keelandcurleywinery.com FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 27 LOCAL » FOCUS PREGNANCY CARE OF PLANT CITY CENTER D WRITTEN BY: APRIL LANGSTON arlene Davis arrived here approximately three-and-a-half years ago to accept the position of Executive Director of the Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City, a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides pregnancy and parental counseling. Plant City’s First Baptist Church owned the building housing the PCC. Pastor Jeff Howell President of Care Center Board and Darlene Davis Care Director. Photo by April Langston Pastors Michael Lewis and Jeff Howell with Colman Davis present the deed to the Pregnancy Care Center’s Director, Darlene Davis. Photo by April Langston Beginning the demolition project. Photo by April Langston 28 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com date, approximately $60,000 toward the construction costs has been raised. The Center’s goal is to complete the building debt free and at this point only a mere $20,000 more is needed. Recently, our community experienced the loss of an esteemed supporter of the PCC, Mr. Mike Storter. With his family’s encouragement, the Center will now accept donations towards the final amount Immediately Davis knew that the building’s layout was not the best suited for needed to complete construction. The reception area will be dedicated in memory the vision she and PCC board members of Mike Storter and his faith-filled fight had. The building, originally a one-story against leukemia. Mrs. Davis explained motel, had exterior doors spaced in equal this decision’s significance with a profound intervals across the front and rooms were separated one from another by permanent but simply stated thought: “Mike Storter showed us how to fight for life and the walls. When clients visited, they would fight for the unborn babies’ lives starts ring a doorbell at one of the many doors the second their mothers step into our and then staff members would all race to determine which door should be opened to reception room.” greet them. The new ultrasound room will be dedicated in memory of baby Lilly Nicole Mrs. Davis began the search for a more Kocab. Her father, Tampa Police officer suitable building. Fortunately, this effort was not successful. One day while standing Jeffrey Kocab was killed in the line of duty while his wife Sara was still pregnant. in the center’s parking lot, Davis realized Despite an adverse diagnosis determined that the present location was the perfect one. With bold and undeterred gumption, by an ultrasound of their unborn child, the Kocabs had decided to carry Lilly to term. she asked Dr. Lewis if the church would Sadly, she was stillborn upon delivery. be willing to give the building to the center. Dr. Lewis took this request back to Donations can be made to the Center in memory of father and daughter. the church board. Much prayer and wise counsel went into consideration of the During renovations, the Center will request. On April 15 our community of families was blessed with the answer “Yes”. remain fully operational. One of the original rooms now serves as a makeshift First Baptist of Plant City agreed to deed office for all business affairs. The Network the building over to the Pregnancy Care Center and they now own it free and clear. at 639 E. Alexander Street in Plant City will handle the needs of women and families who come into the Center for Now the real work was at hand. With the help. Contact The Network at 813- 752help and vision of local contractor Ray 8700. Young, Mrs. Davis, and board members of the Pregnancy Care Center, plans for renovations were drawn up. However, with Stay posted for the grand opening of the newly renovated center in the early fall of this vision and desire came a hefty price 2012. tag. The PCC receives financial support through area churches and individuals and community fundraising efforts. To Dr. Brenda Dukes Chiropractic Physician IMPORTANT FLORIDA AUTO CONSUMERS - MOST DON’T KNOW How Florida’s New P.I.P. Insurance Law will Affect Aventura Drivers Let’s just come out an say it, No matter what some cute little lizard on T.V. may try to tell you, most of us feel like we’re paying a bit too much for car insurance these days. Certainly, our Governor trumpeted it as a top priority this legislative session. It seemed like you could hardly open up a newspaper without reading about the imminent collapse of the car insurance market (usually right alongside a full-page ad of some cute critter trying to sell you some more . . . you guessed it . . . car insurance) and that something by golly had to be donen about it - now! Folks like me were paying close to $200 per year for P.I.P. insurance (creeping up from about $178 two years before). Forget skyrocketing gas prices, never mind a crumbling educational system, shove aside concerns about plummeting tourist numbers - we all wanted to know that as soon as our legislators had safely ﬁnished securing their own political places on the redistricting map they were getting right to work on this P.I.P. thing. And work on it they did. Let’s start with the premise that if we needed rate relief - we didn’t get it. This year our legislature passed comprehensive P.I.P. reform but they never actually required insurers to reduce rates. Sure, there is a suggestion that P.I.P. companies begin rate rollback but the law does not force a rate drop (it doesn’t even prevent rate increases). It only requires that insurance companies send an explanation letter to the insurance commissioner if they don’t lower rates. That’s it. So what did we consumers get from this reform designed to put money back in our pockets? In short, we got less coverage for the same (or more) money. For example, P.I.P. policies will now only offer $2,500 in coverage (down from $10,000 in coverage) unless the patient is diagnosed with a serious “emergency medical condition.” Services like massage and acupuncture will no longer be available and there will be no beneﬁts at all unless the patient presents to a qualiﬁed physician within 14 days of the accident. For patients who do timely seek treatment, only services that are consistent with the physician’s initital diagnosis will likely be covered. In other words, if the ER omits an injury in their records (not to say that could ever happen), watch out - your insurer may claim it’s not covered even if you prove that the ER just missed it. Your treating doctors and hospital can also expect lower reimbursements based on new fee schedules (a 25% - 35% cut to nearly all hospital reimbursements) and watch for slower payments based on provisions allowing the insurer an additonal 60 days to investigate the claim for fraud. Finally, if you thought your P.I.P. insurer may now be able to require you to present yourself to their lawyers for an examination under oath (essentially a deposition) before deciding whether to pay your claim and may be able to force you to ﬁle a lawsuit if you want documentation verifying why your claim isn’t being paid. No doubt next year we’ll see bigger ads with even bigger reptiles promising to save us a ton of money on car insurance. I for one won’t hold my breath for the savings. I expect we’ll hear that we need just a few more insurance “reforms” before we all can ﬁnally see those savings they’ve been promising. 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Baker St. Plant City, FL 33563 813-759-1232 nowcareclinic.com Mon-Fri 8am-8pm • Sat & Sun 9am-5pm FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 29 LOCAL » FOCUS 2nd- Kevin Mohler 2nd- Rebekah VanHorn 3rd- Darrell Burnside 3rd- Lily Foley Winners of the events were: 6th Grade Boys 400 meters: 6th Grade Girls 400 meters: 1st- James Sloan 1st- Emily Beauchamp 2nd- Bryar Christian 2nd- Naomi Hernandez 3rd- Ferman Bueno 3rd- Adrianna Lane 6th Grade Boys 200 meters: 6th Grade Girls 200 meters: 1st- Cody Vining 1st- Kathrina Jean 2nd-tie: Estevan Castro & Daimon Shepherd 2nd- Vashaura Green 3rd- Juan Rojo 3rd- Ana Gonzalez-Medina 6th Grade Boys 100 meters: 6th Grade Girls 100 meters: 1st- Gunner Thomas 1st- Lauren Hoges 2nd- Jordan Clark 2nd- Ashley Davis 3rd- Tanner Jurnigan 3rd- tie: Danyelle Harris & Baylee Astin TURKEY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL OLYMPIC DAY T WRITTEN BY: APRIL LANGSTON urkey Creek Middle School’s annual Olympic Day held Wednesday, May 23 featured opening ceremonies that included the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office, MacDill Air Force Base 30 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com soldiers and Turkey Creek athletes. The school’s staff organized this event in which students tried out and competed in track and field, basketball, archery and other sports. A teachers’ pentathlon and closing ceremonies followed the afternoon session. 6th Grade Boys Basketball: 6th Grade Girls Basketball: 1st- Bryar Christian 1st- Cheyenne Renner 2nd- Dakota Allen 2nd- Adrianna Lane 3rd- Charlie Heidel 3rd- Harley Jameson 6th Grade Boys long jump: 6th Grade Girls Long Jump: 1st- David Morales 1st- Emily Beauchamp 2nd- Omar Delgado 2nd- Lauren Hoges 3rd- Tanner Jernigan 3rd- Salma Rosales 6th Grade Boys Archery: 6th Grade Girls Archery: 1st- Jory Cole 1st- Callie Dilport 2nd- Kyle Almskog 2nd- Alita Mehaffey 3rd- Ian Youmans 3rd- Cathy Santana 7th/8th Grade Boys Shot Put: 7th/8th Grade Girls Shot Put: 1st- Justin Martinez 1st- Infinity Dean 7th/8th Grade Boys Long Jump: 7th/8th Grade Girls Long Jump: 1st- Pedro Espinal 1st- Traile Robbins 2nd- Robert Lara 2nd- Jackie Altman 3rd- Chance Lapidus 3rd- Kaleigh Raulerson 7th/8th Grade Boys 200 meters: 7th/8th Grade Girls 200 meters: 1st- Jonathan Sanchez 1st- Alexis Brundridge 2nd- Julian Ibarra 2nd- Brittani Shaw 3rd- Pedro Espinal 3rd- Traile Robbins 7th/8th Grade Boys 100 meters: 7th/8th Grade Girls 100 meters: 1st- Justin Rogers 1st- Maddie Reed 2nd- Kevin Kern 2nd- Kaleigh Raulerson 3rd- Henry Betancourt 3rd- Aubrey Davis 7th/8th Grade Boys 400 meters: 7th/8th Grade Girls 400 meters: 1st- Robert Lara 1st- Savannah Shaw 2nd- Michael Whatley 2nd- Kayla Macomb 3rd- tie- Steven Witchowsky & 3rd- Kailey Locke Sergio Quiroz-Cruz 7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball: 7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball: 1st- Blake Moody 1st- Brandy Ashmore 2nd- Steven Witchowsky 2nd- Lily Foley 3rd- Travis Riley 3rd- Alexis Brundridge 7th/8th Grade Boys Archery: 7th/8th Grade Girls Achery: 1st- Isaiah Cavataio 1st- Brandy Ashmore 2nd- Federico Gonzalez 2nd- Mariah Calvillo 3rd- Chris Lane 3rd- Cyan Perez FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 31 TheRoofEXPERTS LOCAL » FOCUS Shingles • Tile • Metal • Flat • Repairs WE SPECIALIZE IN ALL PHASES OF CONSTRUCTION New Homes • Renovations • Additions • Repairs SATISFACTION GUARANTEED Family Owned and Operated TAMPAHOMEREMODELING.COM LIC# CBC059203 - CCC057919 - CPC057274 ONE CALL DOES IT ALL 813-986-9460 New Equipment Salt Systems Automation System Pavers & Travertine Sealing Screen Enclosure Repair Outdoor kitchens Weekly Pool Service Extend your swim session • Solar System • Heat Pump • Gas Heaters “All You Have To Do Is Swim!” SATISFACTION GUARANTEED FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED www.truebluepoolsandspas.com 32 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com PRESCRIBED LIFE P 813-982-9713 A NOVEL BY MORGAN DAVIS WRITTEN BY: APRIL LANGSTON NEW POOLS • REMODELING • EQUIPMENT REPAIRS AND SERVICE • • • • • • • Photo by Anthony Sassano lant City High School graduate, Morgan Davis (Class of 2009) is a new local author. Through an eclectic process and with support from friends and family, Davis has created a fantasy novel that will take readers to the land of dreams with characters they will want to know and with whom they can connect. According to Morgan, Prescribed Life started off as an unwritten manuscript designed to entertain an underground audience. In the beginning he sent text messages to a friend that quickly filled the inbox and wore out the keys on his phone. Chapters developed and with the encouragement of a friend and a secondhand laptop, Morgan was able to complete his first rough draft in January 2011. Morgan’s imagination and gift with words far exceed what most would expect for someone his age. He works two part-time jobs to make ends meet and believes that stepping out on this ledge and taking this leap will lead to success. With his imagination and spark he should easily create a popular and sought after series. Morgan simply wants to create easy reading, suspenseful literature that is attractive to all readers. Along with close friends and with the push and motivating support of his brother, Jesse Starr, Morgan has finished his first book and is working his way through the second in the series. All of the design and artwork for the book and Morgan’s website http://www. prescribedlife.com/ are Jesse’s work. Readers and visitors can also learn more and share thoughts through book discussions at http://www.facebook. com/#!/prescribedlifeliterature. While scrolling through Morgan’s website, pay close attention to the music and lyrics, all original work by Morgan. With his natural ability as a wordsmith and with the help of the musically talented Cliff Brown from Plant City’s own Clemons Road band, Morgan desires to continue to piece music with his books. His book is available through his website, or through Kindle and Amazon.com. 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Last year a check for $10,000 in grant money from Beall’s Department Store was presented to Burney. “The money will give us the base we need to develop new learning tools for our students,” said Principal Sally Stephens. 34 conducting,” said Stephens. The grant Cline applied for purchased golf equipment and he now coaches youngsters in a game in which few with economic disadvantages ever have opportunity to learn. He says they are very enthusiastic about the game that also teaches hand/eye coordination, focus and self-control. He believes these children are naturalborn physically gifted athletes who don’t have the dollars to spend on video games and more sedentary activities, so they have been running, playing and strengthening their bodies. Now they need to learn the psychological benefits of being active, fit, and cooperative. “This was our first field day in eight years. We’re trying to create a renaissance in P.E., minimizing traditional games by getting the mind involved with timed rotations and innovation. The goal is to bring the The greatest ‘learning tools’ she invested in health fitness beyond the 88 percentile we were two teachers: Josh Cline a Physical have already reached. When we started Education teacher and Adrienne Wills, a the year many were below 50%, so that is music teacher. This is the first year teaching a huge advance. If you are physically fit, for both. One of the first things each the odds are that you are also mentally accomplished was to apply for and receive fit. Our FCAT (Florida Comprehensive additional grants for their departments. Assessment Test) scores have gone through the roof this year,” says Cline. Wills’ grant was for guitars so her students could learn to play the popular instrument. Stephens is proud of her teachers and “We had a tremendously large audience what is happening at Burney. “It was a for our spring concert. It was wonderful spectacular field day despite the rain. In to see so many parents here to support all my years of teaching, I have never had their child’s interest in music. Like teachers display such thoughtful patience P.E., it teaches teamwork and a spirit of and be such encouragers to their students.” cooperation. Her students are very excited about the school summer program she is JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com LOCAL » FOCUS Gale Vaccaro helped young and old alike with research. Carol Lane will retire after 35 years at Bruton LIBRARIANS RETIRE BRUTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY WILL BE SAYING FAREWELL TO TWO BELOVED EMPLOYEES, GALE VACCARO AND CAROL LANE WRITTEN BY: APRIL LANGSTON A fter a 35-year career with Bruton Memorial Library, Carol Lane will soon be retiring. Throughout her time here, she has become an appreciated mentor who has impacted children through games, story times and many other family events. Carol reminisced, “I will miss the staff, the patrons, the books and most of all the children and the programming.” In addition to the extensive list of retirement activities she has planned, such as painting, woodworking and knitting to name a few, Lane still hopes to interact with children. She explained, “I would like to continue to do something similar on my own, creating programs, presenting programs or just working with children.” After a 45-year career and 10 years of service to Plant City, Gale Vaccaro is retiring. She utilizes her expertise in computer skills and research to aid young and old alike. Gale described her work as “piecing together a puzzle with clients of the library. People will come into the library wanting factual information for school projects, work or even to satisfy their own curiosity.” Together with the clients, Gale searches to answer and solve these puzzles. As to how she plans to spend her retirement time, Vaccaro explained, “After two hip replacements my husband found the perfect form of exercise for us - ThreeWheeler Low-Riding bikes- so we can explore more of Florida together and stay in shape.” Many have asked offer a donations for gifts or to place a book in honor of Gale or Carol. To do so, make checks payable to Bruton Memorial Library and mark to the attention of Danielle or Debbie. The City’s gifts policy can be viewed at http://www. plantcitygov.com/index.aspx?nid=469. 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Photo by Plant City Photo Archives The sculptures were brought to Plant City through the work of Myrle Henry, Marion Smith, Jim McDaniel, and the Photo Archives and History Center, and are sponsored by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners, the City of Plant City Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Arts Council of Plant City, and also with assistance from the Art Gallery and Lounge. The sculptures will be on display until the end of July and are on loan from The Sculpture Foundation in Santa Monica, California. Journey Stories Storytelling Evenings Continue University of Florida History Professor Dr. Steve Noll presents a talk on the history of transportation in Florida at the Plant City Photo Archives Journey stories event 04.26.12 Photo by Plant City Photo Archives Gil and the Sidewalk Judge, who has proved to pretty popular. Photo by Plant City Photo Archives SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT A OPENS TO ENTHUSED PLANT CITY VISITORS SUBMITTED BY: PLANT CITY PHOTO ARCHIVES & HISTORY CENTER fter months of promise the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center cut the ribbon and officially opened the Smithsonian exhibition Journey Stories on Saturday, May 26. State Representative Rich Glorioso and a number of Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors assisted Photo Archives Executive Director Gil Gott in the ribbon cutting. Those gathered for the ribbon cutting were the first to visit the exhibition following the invitational preview and reception Friday evening and were treated to coffee and pastries while they took in the expansive display. The first tour group was a women’s church group led by Photo Archives Advisory Council members Gwen Thomas and Liesta Sykes. Other groups enjoying the gripping stories told by the exhibit include Hillsborough Virtual Middle School, McDonald Training Center – James Ranch, and Wilson Elementary third graders. Other groups scheduling tours include Aston Gardens Court, University Village, and various Red Hat groups, seniors, and church groups. For groups and tour information call the Photo Archives office at 813.754.1578. The exhibition is open every day – Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sculptures Capture Visitors The Plant City Sculptures Exhibit, featuring eight life-size bronze sculptures from the Seward Johnson “Man on the Street” series, has captured the fancy of Plant City residents and visitors alike. Candy Owens, secretary at the Photo Archives, says that people come by all day long and pause to have their photo taken with the “Sidewalk Judge” on the bench. This unique sculpture sits on the sidewalk Journey Stories is part of the Smithsonian’s in front of the Photo Archives building traveling exhibitions and will be on display and has attracted women, who plop in his lap, and children, who enjoy holding his at the Photo Archives until closing at cane. 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The exhibition consists of six free-standing multi-sided The eight sculptures are located in front kiosks covering the flow of American of the historic Union Station, and in history from the colonies to the jet age. McCall Park, as well as in front of the The exhibit stands over seven feet tall and Photo Archives building at 106 South all six kiosks cover over 800 square feet of gallery space and includes audio narrations, Evers Street, and in front of the Plant City spectacular graphics, flip-books, videos and Entertainment building at the corner of Thomas and Drane Street. Maps showing more. the sculptures and their As part of the Smithsonian exhibit program, the Photo Archives and History Center has been holding storytelling events at various locations in Plant City. The first was held at the Bruton Memorial Library January 24, and then on February 17 a special lunchtime program was held at the Bealsville Recreation Center. On April 26 a program was held at the Union Station/Depot in downtown, and on May 10 a storytelling evening was held at the historic Bing Rooming House on Allen Street. On Tuesday, June 19, a Journey Stories local storytelling evening will be held at the Educational Partnership Center on the HCC-Plant City Campus, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The building is on the south side of Cherry Street behind the Workforce Alliance building. Speakers include local residents Jack Gibbs and Martha Sue Hawkins Skinner speaking on their journey stories, and Dr. Gary Mormino, Frank E. Duckwall Professor of History and Co-director of the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida, will speak on Florida’s social development. The final storytelling evening will be Thursday, July 26, at the Photo Archives and History Center, 106 South Evers Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will include Jossie Azorin, Judith Gaspar, and Dr. Dania Alarcon speaking about migrating from Cuba to America. for further information call 813.754.1578, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 37 Law Office of Ingrid M. Hooglander P.A. 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Federal troops, led by Union General Gordon Granger, arrived in Texas to seize control of the state and ensure the abolishment of slavery. For more information on this annual family event, contact Sharon Moody at 813-4537234. ribbon cutting Wednesday June 27th at 11:00 a.m. at 1202 S. Collins St. Come join everyone to learn a little about each business, wish them much success and participate in the ribbon cutting. The Strawberry Classic Car Show will be held Saturday, June 16th from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. in downtown Plant City. The car show features cars that are at least 25 years old, with may classics on hand from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. This is a great family event if you’re looking for a relaxing evening. Several downtown merchants are open longer hours to accommodate the crowds. You’ll probably run into many of your friends and neighbors. There are several food vendors, and the atmosphere is great. The Summer Patriotic Concert, presented by the Plant City Community Choir, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th at St. Clemet Catholic Church. For more information, contact Joyce Nestor at 813-493-1979. Sunday June 17th is Father’s Day! Happy Father’s Day to everyone! The new Chamber members this month include: • Elite Credit Solutions, which held its ribbon cutting June 7th at the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce • Liberty National Insurance will hold its ribbon cutting on Tuesday June 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, • Fluid Measurement will hold its ribbon cutting Tuesday June 26th at 11:00 a.m. at 911 S. Woodrow Wilson St. Suite 22-23 • Faith Christian Academy will hold its 38 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly Business After-Hours on Thursday June 21st at Chili’s, 3001 S. Jim Redman Parkway. 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If we’re lucky, the stress comes and goes quickly and we return to our “normal.” However, some people go through times that involve much more and last months or even years - events like death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, personal illness or serious injury. FOCUS Magazine recognizes that many in our community not only go through stressful times, but they also walk through them while continuing to bless and care for others. Each year we invite our readers to write in to describe the heroic women they know, who even while facing difficult times, still “give back” and positively impact those around them. On May 14th, the FOCUS Magazine team read through every letter submitted for this year’s makeover. Each was compelling and written from the heart. It is obvious to the staff that our community is stronger for the many determined women who even though facing challenges, still give of their time and their talents to help someone else. The team then had the difficult task of selecting just four ladies who would get to enjoy a full day of pampering, focused on them and for their relaxation. focus on you makeover by Kelleigh Klein In the pages that follow, read to learn more about the wonderful women we selected to be featured in the 2012 FOCUS on You Makeover. From the moment the contest is advertised, team FOCUS begins inviting local businesses to contribute time and talents to help ensure a wonderful day for our winners. The FOCUS On You Makeover experience begins on a Thursday evening at Dillard’s at the Westfield Brandon shopping mall. This year manager Jill Nicholson greeted the ladies, congratulated them for being selected and explained how the shopping for a new outfit would begin. A friend or family member attended with each lady to help her select an outfit. The women modeled, laughed, snapped pictures and received input from their friends on the best styles, colors, and flattering fit. Brigittia Long, owner of the You Botique, donated accessories to complement the outfits each selected. On Friday morning, May 18th, the winners met at Fred’s Southern Kitchen to enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet and meet one another. Jarrett-Scott Ford and Bartow Chevrolet donated SUVs for the day, so the ladies could be chauffeured to their appointments. The first stops were at The Artistry, Textures Hair Studio and Remedi Medispa for massages and facials. Lunch provided by The Catering Company and Café was delivered to the ladies while they were relaxing. Next, it was off to get manicures, pedicures, hair styling and make-up, courtesy of The Artistry, Textures Hair Studio, Shear Divine Hair and Nail Salon, and Merle Norman. With their fresh new looks, the ladies headed home to dress for dinner. That evening, three of the winners and their escorts were delivered to Cowboys Steakhouse and Saloon in a limo provided by Kings Limousine for a night of dining and fun. FOCUS would like to thank those who took time to write letters nominating their heroic woman for our annual Makeover event. The selection process becomes more difficult each year. We’d also like to acknowledge the generosity of the businesses that made this 2012 Makeover a very special experience for the winners. All of you touched our hearts and confirmed for us once again why we do what we do - tell your stories and connect with the best community in the world. EXCLUSIVE FOCUSTV We would like to thank all of the businesses that participated in the 2012 Focus On You Makeover The Artistry, Bartow Chevrolet, The Catering Company, Clemon’s Road Band Cowboy’s Steakhouse, Dillard’s Brandon Westfield Mall, Fred’s Southern Kitchen, Jarrett-Scott Ford, Merle Norman, Remedi Day Spa, Shear Divine, Textures Hair Salon Continue reading to learn about our amazing winners. FOCUSTV followed these four amazing women on their makeover journey. See the full video of the days events here... www.focusplantcity.com FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 51 Laura Johnson Before Hi, minate hnson. I want to no My name is Daryl Jo an son. She has been my wife, Laura John mily. inspiration to my fa to o she made a decision Almost two years ag is Th e. staple procedur undergo a stomach st h improving as she lo resulted in her healt ck ba . She has been going almost 200 pounds til un e and working full-tim to school full-time en be st her job. She has recently when she lo r since. fighting depression eve grandchild ntly lost our first In addition, we rece s a truly devastating after birth. This wa wever, through all of event in our lives. Ho about a has been worried the challenges, Laur eds last. ne r he t herself and everyone else and pu over and ke ma serving of this I feel she is very de for a ial r her to feel spec it would be good fo day. 52 Thank you, Daryl Johnson JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com After S ometimes life presents us with great opportunities and sometimes we are presented with seemingly unbearable challenges. Laura Johnson has been a recipient of both these past few years . . . Two years ago, due to obesity and poor health, Laura opted for a gastric bypass procedure. The resulting 200-pound weight loss improved her health and renewed her energy enough that she returned to school full-time while still working full-time and caring for her family. Last fall, Laura lost her job of six years due to financial cutbacks after working 6 years with this company. The current economic climate has prevented Laura from finding new work, a real challenge for someone who’s worked many years to help support her family. The “straw that broke the camel’s back” for Laura came in May this year when the much anticipated birth of her first grandchild ended tragically during the delivery of Daryl and Laura’s beautiful grandson, Clayton Keith Johnson. Laura’s makeover day began at Remedi Medispa with a personal greeting from owner Stacey Dunn. Laura was treated to a massage and luxurious facial. Stacey said, “I hope Laura was able to relax and put her stress and care to the side for awhile and enjoy being pampered.” If Laura’s big smile was any indication, she was definitely feeling less stress by the end of her visit. Next Laura visited Shear Divine Hair and Nails where salon owner Julie Broome provided her with an “in vogue” haircut and style that made her feel like a new woman. Sharra Bledsoe-Ferguson, the manicure and pedicure “perfectionist,” gave Laura a fresh and fun color that worked perfectly with her dress for dinner. The finishing touch to Laura’s new look came from makeup by Merle Norman’s Allison Adcock. And perhaps the best part - Daryl was completely wowed by his wife’s new look. The couple enjoyed the entire evening from limo ride to dinner’s end. meet the makeover team Abbey Jones Maria Padron Remedi Medispa Shear Divine massage facial mani/pedi Remedi Medispa Sharra Allison Julie Broome makeup hair Merle Norman Shear Divine FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 53 Cindy Bedolla Before Hi FOCUS Magazine she just for her where erves to have a day des a, l oll era Bed sev dy Cin for My mom, than herself about anyone other doesn’t have to worry reasons. cer. 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My cousin lost my cousin’s s, live ir the in a 4-year-old daught d lve invo en’s father was not s unable to take on year. As the childr the son, but she wa for e car to care, my red tee mother volun ear- old face foster her than see the 4-y stay in e sh uld co y onl both children. So rat to adopt her, so not ed ask She has and . up her d e ppe rais mom ste parents to would have two loving h love her as bot s ent the family, but she par My sister from then on. ng everyone else first been considered my ther is always putti mo My n. ow sure she ir the if she were she were to win, I’m thing in return. If ple to do peo s ect exp er and never expects any nev she into tears because these rst bu er ly off bab you pro would teful that her. I am forever gra anything like this for opportunities. 54 Thank you, Cayla Ramirez JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com After C ancer has impacted Cindy and her family in many challenging ways. Her personal battle with breast cancer was a hard fought win. After surgery to remove the cancer, she still had to face rounds of chemotherapy and radiation to ensure a second chance at life. Her daughter indicated that even when Cindy was going through cancer herself and dealing with the physical challenges of treatment, her primary focus was her family and making sure that their needs were met. Nine years ago, when Cindy’s 27-year-old cousin and single mother of two was diagnosed with cervical cancer, Cindy stepped up to be her caregiver. She knew the illness could be devastating and that she would need someone to hold her hand and help with the children. When the young mother lost her cancer battle, Cindy did not feel her caregiving role was over. She learned that one of her cousin’s children (a four-year-old daughter) had no one to raise her and was facing possible foster care. Cindy knew she could provide a loving home for the little girl, so she and her husband adopted their new daughter. When a member of FOCUS Magazine called Cindy to let her know she had won, she indicated they were short staffed at work and she didn’t know if she could get off. Within an hour, she called and said her boss, Marc Poling with Mango Cleaners was in full support of Cindy taking the day off to participate in the FOCUS On You Makeover Day. He was very happy she had been selected and thus, her makeover journey began. Cindy’s makeover day, spent at the Artistry, began with a massage by Leah Clark, LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) and a facial by Tonya Groninger. Jenna Gates Bergwall styled Cindy’s hair and her JoAnn Register provided the finishing touches to her makeup and nails. Since Cindy’s daughter Cayla nominated her for the FOCUS On You Makeover, Cindy brought Cayla as her dinner guest. The two ladies were picked up in the limo and enjoyed a wonderful dinner and night together with one another and new friends. Cindy said, “ I have never been pampered this much . I truly feel like a princess” meet the makeover team Leah Tonya Linda The Artistry The Artistry The Artistry massage facial mani/pedi Joann Jenna The Artistry The Artistry makeup hair FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 55 Angel Sullivan Before eDear FOCUS Magazin my Aunt Angel. I want to nominate February and she Her son just died in e has the whole is always crying. Sh pictures of him. house covered with and said that She is always alone ld climb in his every night she wou she would feel bed and every morning start crying again. his pillow and then my uncle and her She does a lot for brother. From, Joel After 56 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com O n January 22, 2012, single mother Angel Sullivan’s world changed forever . . . Her son Brandon Sullivan, age 16, walked with a friend to a nearby convenience store for a beverage. Angel had no idea it would be the last time she saw her son alive. A car driven by Timoteo Gabriel DeJesus struck Brandon and another young man. Brandon died instantly. In an online post at tbo.com, Angel said, “I’m lost.” She continued, “He had so much to live for and was doing well. He didn’t even have a chance.” Brandon, who wanted to be a chef, would have graduated high school in 2013. Angel has not left her home much since the tragedy. She’s been unable to return to work. Her friends and family indicated she really needed to have a day of pampering. Angel was hesitant about accepting the makeover invitation. However, as the day unfolded, she appeared to be opening up and relaxing. Angel’s day of pampering was spent at Textures Hair Studio. When she walked through the door, she was immediately greeted with hugs, tears and the phrases “I love you” and “We miss you.” Some may call it fate, some may call it God’s divine intervention, but Angel was spending the day with her fellow employees from whom she had taken a leave after the accident. Catching up with good friends started the day off perfectly . . . Angel’s makeover team at Textures provided an over-the-top experience. Not only did Team Textures massage, cut, color and style her to look like a new woman, but her friends at Textures also stayed around for the day to catch up and visit with her. She was truly treated like a queen. meet the makeover team Diane Stockton Carla Youmans massage/facial mani/pedi Textures Hair Studio Textures Hair Studio Lisa Edwards Textures Hair Studio makeup/hair Laura Storter Before Dear FOCUS, to church with me my friend that goes I go to church and dad. Her dad has her h wit ally lot, especi is struggling with a My friendâ€™s rs. yea Leukemia for 2-3 been struggling with with two children, ling dea n bee has orter, mom, Mrs. Laura St also has to cook . Mike Storter. She a house, pets and Mr Storter. Taryn is are Taryn and Hope dinner. Her daughters school and is 5 pre in is pe Ho rs old. a 4th grader and 10 yea years old. n that does , nice and loving woma Mrs. Laura is a sweet think she needs I ne else but herself. everything for everyo think about to e tim me so and have a little time to relax long Mr. Mike w ho like t have happened, the good things tha 14 days, but it has e doctors gave him Storter has lived. Th . Mike Storter is Mr e. aliv ll t he is sti been 40 â€“ 50 days tha pe you understand ho right now. But I ion uat sit le rrib ho a in ra has been going uations that Mrs. Lau the problems and sit one of the four. be and e will be picked through and that sh Sincerely, Jacelyn Shissler After M any letters were sent to FOCUS Magazine nominating Laura Storter for this year’s makeover. Laura and her husband Mike Storter, who passed away in late May, have been strong Christian role models devoted to their faith in Christ, to one another, to their daughters and to their church family and friends. Their life testimonies during times of health and times of sickness have blessed thousands. Since Mike was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, Laura has not wavered in her faith in Jesus nor wallowed in her circumstances. Because of God’s indescribable peace, she is handling her husband’s death with assurance and grace as she continues to bless others. Those who attended Mike’s funeral will likely never forget the slideshow of the loving and much-loved family, often surrounded by the young people to whom they ministered and served as examples. Due to a conflict with Hope’s graduation from preschool Thursday evening, Laura couldn’t join the group for shopping, so she selected her new outfit earlier in the afternoon. She met the group at Fred’s the morning of the makeover and immediately bonded with the other three winners. The group chatted over breakfast and coffee, sharing their stories and kinds words of encouragement with one another. Laura also spent her day of pampering at The Artistry, where Leah Clark provided a relaxing massage and Tonya Groninger provided a soothing facial. Afterwards Mistie Collins styled her hair and applied her makeup. Linda Hall was Laura’s manicurist for the day. Laura did not ride in the limousine to Cowboy’s for dinner because she was accompanied by her two daughters, Taryn, 10, and Hope, 5, along with her parents Coleman and Sue Davis and her brother Jamie Davis. When Taryn saw the limo pull up with the other contestants, she mentioned that was one of things she really wanted to do sometime . . . “ride in a limo”. Her wish came true when at evening’s end, Laura and her daughters were taken home in the limousine. meet the makeover team Leah Tonya The Artistry The Artistry massage facial LaVonne Mistie The Artistry The Artistry mani/pedi makeup/hair Shiloh Baptist Church Discover Something Different!! Bring the kids to Shiloh this SUMMER for extra FUN with new friends! 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We Offer One Time Cleaning • Licensed - Insured - Bonded • References Available Upon Request 62 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com Interview by Cheryl Johnston Photography by Anthony Sassano T his month we know our readers will enjoy and be more than encouraged by the words of three local Class of 2012 high school valedictorians: Bijen Patel of Plant City, Kellen Fisher of Durant and Ruben Godinez of Strawberry Crest. Traditionally, this title from the Latin root â€œvale dicere,â€? which means to say farewell, is conferred upon the highest grade point graduate. In turn, that student wordsmiths and delivers a speech at the class graduation ceremony that inspires reflection and expresses gratitude for the years many call the happiest of their lives. Focus Magazine would like to extend special appreciation to the HCPS system, supportive families, dedicated educators, and this caring community for assisting such outstanding scholars. Our future lies in the great hands and great minds of students like these three. FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 63 Focus: Congratulations, Gentlemen. Tell us first a little about your supportive families and the schools you have attended. PATEL: My family includes my mother Mayuri, my father Jayesh and my brother Samir Patel, who will soon be a junior at PCHS. We enjoy going out for special meals and attending social gatherings together with friends. I’ve attended only three schools: Walden Lake Elementary, Tomlin Middle, and PCHS. FISHER: My parents are Jeff and Karen Fisher and I have a brother, Duncan Fisher, who’s 15. I spent all four years at Durant after Mulrennan Middle and Buckhorn Elementary. My family enjoys going out to dinner and just hanging out together. GODINEZ: Maria and Ruben Godinez are my parents and my sister Karen is 20. She’s married to Jesus and has a son Pedro. We are a very close family and we’re good friends, too. We like to watch movies together. I attended elementary school at Jackson and at Escuela Primaria Jose Rolon in Mexico. Then I went to Tomlin, PCHS for one year and Strawberry Crest for three years. Focus: What did it take to become valedictorian and when did you decide to pursue that position? PATEL: I have not long had a goal to be valedictorian, but I have always made education a priority. My weighted GPA was 8.92 and 4.0 unweighted. I’ve taken 14 AP classes and some online. Science was my favorite subject. The time I spent on studies varied quite a bit. FISHER: I knew in the 9th grade that I wanted to be a valedictorian. After 15 Advanced Placement courses my GPA is 6.715 weighted and 3.87 unweighted. I took one online course. History was my favorite subject and typically, I studied two hours a day. GODINEZ: When I learned that I was ranked #1 at Strawberry Crest I was determined to keep my position. With 15 AP classes, my weighted GPA is 7.0 and unweighted is 3.97. I took no high school courses online, but did 5 dual enrollment classes at Hillsborough Community College. My favorite subjects were Law Studies, Statistics, Weight Lifting and lunch. I usually studied for one to two hours a day. Focus: What are your plans for college? PATEL: I will attend the University of South Florida in Tampa as a USF Presidential Scholar and USF Honors Scholar and major in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training with the eventual intent to be an anesthesiologist. I’m thankful for the Bright Futures 1270 Scholarship and Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Scholarship, too. “I have not long had a goal to be valedictorian, but I have always made education a priority” - Bijen Patel FISHER: I was awarded a freshman scholarship to Florida State University and I plan to graduate there. I’m not sure at the moment as to a major. GODINEZ: I will attend Duke University on their Trinity Scholarship and then law school with plans to become a prosecuting attorney. Additionally, I’m 64 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com thankful for the Barnes Scholarship and a Hillsborough County Scholar Athletes Scholarship as well as scholarships from St. Clement’s Catholic Church, Unity in the Community, Plant City Chamber of Commerce, SCHS Booster Club. Focus: Will you mention a few favorite teachers, classes and strong influences? PATEL: I would like to give a shout out to Mr. Padgett. He has been my teacher for three years now and is a phenomenal advanced placement teacher. Since ninth grade he has prepared me for rigorous course work and has played a role in my success. He set me on the right path early in high school. Mrs. Rice, who I have known for 10 years now, is another teacher who has always been there for me. Mr. Schism is a phenomenal English teacher who gives great advice for life through his daily lessons. One person who has had a great influence on me is my dad. He worked very hard to get to where he is at now, and he continues to work hard on a daily basis. FISHER: Mr. Haczynski in AP Human Geogra- phy and in Philosophy opened my eyes on how to look at life. Mr. Shimkus, who teaches AP U.S. History and AP Government, is a great teacher and someone who really knows his subject. “My five-year goal is to graduate from Duke and be enrolled in Duke’s Law School. Within ten years I hope to pass the bar exam and become a member of the Hillsborough County District Attorney’s Office.” GODINEZ: Mr. Boyd in AP World History helped me discover a love for history. Mr. Meredith in AP - Ruben Godinez U.S. History guided me and helped with college applications and recommended me for several scholarships. Mr. Compton in AP U.S. Government helped me to prepare many essays for scholarships. I admire my mother because she does not only work from 7AM-4PM, but also from 4PM-7AM. She never stops providing for our family. She’s an inspiration and a role model. Focus: With what activities were you involved? PATEL: I earned community service hours and enjoyed the work environment in the surgery center at our local hospital. I was also involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Science Club, Math Club, Academic Club, National Junior Honor Society, Key Club and the Special Olympics. FISHER: I was a member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor So- ciety and recognized as Order of the Elks- Student of the Year. I played JV and Varsity football, performed 100+ community service hours at TOPS and Cracker Country, and I worked at Publix. GODINEZ: I served as President of National Honor Society at SCHS, belonged to Mu Alpha Theta, took 5 dual enrollment classes at HCC, played SCHS soccer as team captain and traveled also with the Plant City Lancers soccer team. I am employed at BubbaQues and am involved in community service with My Brother’s Keeper at St. Clement’s Catholic Church, where I’m in the youth group. I volunteered also with the PC Recreation Dept. At school I was voted “Best All Around Senior” and Prom King. I received an Academic Letter and an Athletic Excellence Award as well. pired we all began to clap, knowing it was our final AP exam of our high school careers. It was a very great sight to see. Focus: Describe your career goals and future. PATEL: The secret to my success so far has been to prioritize education, but also to enjoy life whenever possible. My toughest high school moment was eleventh grade when I took on seven advanced placement courses. The best advice I would give my classmates is to pick a career or major that they enjoy because you only live once and life should be enjoyed to the fullest. PATEL: First, I will graduate from college and then make decisions from there. FISHER: Although I’m unsure of my major yet, I expect to be in graduate school within five years and have a steady career within ten years. GODINEZ: My five-year goal is to graduate from Duke and be enrolled in Duke’s Law Focus: What advice have you for students following in your footsteps? FISHER: Your guidance counselors are your best friends. School. Within ten years I hope to pass the bar exam and become a member of the Hillsborough County District Attorney’s Office. GODINEZ: Never let anyone tell you that you don’t have the potential to achieve your dreams; if someone does, use that as a motivation to prove them wrong. Focus: What fills your spare time? Name a few of your favorites. Focus: So, about the speech - was it difficult to write and present? PATEL: In my spare time I hang out with my friends, go to the gym, play basketball and PATEL: It was difficult to write the speech because I had a lot of things come to mind, play video games. I like to eat Baby Back Ribs, watch Boss on television and listen to music by Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Tyga. It would be interesting to have LeBron James as a Facebook friend. FISHER: I spend time with my girlfriend and I enjoy working out. I watch the Daily but I knew I would not be able to include all of them. I simply included the best advice I could give to my classmates. FISHER: I didn’t find it hard to write. I just focused on inspiration. Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report. My favorite food is steak and I like the song “Take Care” by Drake and Rihanna. GODINEZ: It wasn’t difficult for me because I have a good connection with the senior class. I wrote a rap about our experiences with a message for our futures. GODINEZ: I like to be either at the gym or playing soccer. My favorite foods are enfrijoladas and sirloin steak. I listen to Blink 182, Rise Against, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Yellowcard. On TV I watch How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs and Lie to Me. The Marvel movies are great - like Ironman and The Avengers. As for sports teams, I’m for the Dallas Cowboys, Chivas de Guadalajara and FC Barcelona. Focus: We asked your parents to share a few thoughts about your achievement. Here’s what they said. Focus: Briefly mention one thing you’ll remember about your high school experience. PATEL: I did not expect to learn statistics, which is a very unique type of math class and one I enjoyed. The entire senior year has been full of fun and joy since day one and I will never forget it. Thanks to all my friends for the numerous memories throughout the senior year. FISHER: It’s been a great four years with plenty to remember and it’s difficult to narrow it down to just one. GODINEZ: At the end of my AP Microeconomics exam, the whole class was doing the wave from one side of the testing room to the other and when time ex- “Although I’m unsure of my major yet, I expect to be in graduate school within five years and have a steady career within ten years.” - Kellen Fisher Jayesh and Mayuri Patel: Bijen has worked hard throughout all 12 years of school. We are very proud of him for becoming valedictorian and we are very excited about his future. We will also never forget to be thankful for every PCHS teacher, counselor and administrator. They have always made us feel so at home. Bijen’s brother Samir will be a junior next year and we know they will be a help to him as well. Jeff & Karen Fisher: Lucky for us, Kellen has always been a self-motivated student. Even in the early days of elementary school he was diligent in doing his homework. He took a few high school classes in middle school and after getting to high school with an established GPA, he decided he wanted to be the valedictorian one day. While we were all for that, we never tried to put a lot of pressure on him, as it was his goal and not something we decided for him. We are very proud of him for this accomplishment. We are just as proud of him for being the young man that he is.” Maria & Ruben Godinez: We are very proud of Ruben and of his accomplishments. He’s been so dedicated to school and he offers help to everyone and everybody - in school, after school and at home. We are so happy and we know he will have a wonderful future. Congratulations, 2012 Graduates. You will be difference makers and powerful influencers as you move forward to impact our future. You finished at the top and it just doesn’t get any better than that. Your community is very, very proud of you. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 65 KEPES RADIATION ONCOLOG & K E S Y Y HE (Formally Known as Plant City Cancer Center) ·· IMRT IMRT ·· 33- Conformal Conformal ·· HDR HDR (High (High Dose Dose Rate) Rate) ·· Prostate Prostate Seed Seed Implants Implants ·· Accuboost Accuboost HDR HDR for for Breast Breast Cancer Cancer ·· HDR HDR for for Skin Skin Cancer Cancer Heysek & Kepes Radiation Oncology Center We have changed our name to show who we are and what we do. We continue to provide personalized and state of the art care. Randy V. Heysek, MD FACRO Kathryn L. Kepes, MD FACRO Call 813-719-7705 for appts/consultations 303 North Alexander Street, Plant City, FL (located on the grounds of South Florida Baptist Hospital) 66 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com BUSINESS » BUSINESS PROFILE WOMEN’S CARE EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN’S CARE typical appointment time. CRITICAL INFORMATION For women of all ages and varying obstetric or gynecological needs, Women’s Care is the place to seek the most advanced medical advice. Services include the following: SCHEDULE YOUR PERSONAL CONSULTATION TODAY! OFFICE HOURS AT ALL LOCATIONS ARE MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM 8:30AM-5PM AND UNTIL 7:30PM TUESDAYS IN BRANDON. CALL OR VISIT WOMEN’S CARE ONLINE AT WWW. WCOBWEB.COM OR IN PERSON AT ONE OF THE FOUR CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: Annual Wellness Exams Obstetrics/Gynecology Bio-Identical Hormone Consultations In-Office Procedures with Anesthesia: Nova Sure & Essure Minimally Invasive Surgery Options da Vinci® Robotics High Risk Deliveries FREE Childbirth Classes Mammogram Screenings Urodynamic Testing Bone Density Scanning Tuesday Evening Appointments and Mammograms available at the Brandon Location Vaccinations: Flu, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Pregnancy Testing at Lithia, Gibsonton and Plant City locations. BRANDON: 731 SOUTH PARSONS AVE. 813.681.9171 LITHIA: 5470 LITHIA PINECREST RD. 813.699.1006 GIBSONTON: 13123 KINGS LAKE DR., STE. 102 813.574.1350 PLANT CITY: 103 SOUTHERN OAK DR. 813.754.7561 FOR EVERY PATIENT, EVERY TIME WRITTEN BY: DEANA GARRISON W omen’s Care, a practice tending to women’s medical needs, has conveniently located offices in the four communities of Brandon, Lithia, Gibsonton, and Plant City. The beautifully decorated patient rooms at each Women’s Care location go beyond the average doctor’s office décor and help patients feel relaxed and comfortable as the highly qualified physicians and staff address their healthcare needs. To add to the level of comfort, Women’s Care is proud to offer Patient Education Systems™, a new interactive information program installed in all of the group’s locations. This system provides patients with an educational experience while they wait by offering point-of-care, interactive health information. Women learn about the latest advances in healthcare options in the privacy of the exam room as they wait for their attending physician. Through a user-friendly remote control, patients can view brief high-definition educational videos focused on their individual areas of concern. They also have the option to receive additional information from their doctor. In clear language and with phenomenal graphics, each topic is overviewed in a way the patient can completely understand. Patients can also learn how the services available from Women’s Care physicians will be of benefit to their health. Additionally, Women’s Care leads the way with the latest technology and especially with the da Vinci® Robotic surgery for hysterectomies. Using this minimally invasive procedure, da Vinci® Robotics provides unbelievable benefits. Patients will experience substantially less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker returns to work and regular activities, often in as little as two weeks. Dr. Steven Granger explains, “This is not your mother’s hysterectomy.” Today’s technology has made fear of hysterectomy a thing of the past. Dr. Granger, Dr. Greg Den Haese, and Dr. Karin Stanton are the most experienced da Vinci® Robotic surgeons in the area and they are all at Women’s Care. Each Tuesday is “Ladies Night” at the Women’s Care location in Brandon. Office hours are extended to 7:30 p.m. to accommodate those who need a later than FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 67 A F T E R 50 Hey s! r Senio and Join Us .... June 28, 2012 9 am – 2 pm SENIOR FRIENDLY LUNCH Only $4.50 $1000s in Prizes & Giveaways! FREE Presented by... GOODIES awberry Inside Str xpo Hall E Festival ity Plant C 2202 W. Reynolds St. Plant City, FL Dancing • Live Music Free Health Screenings BINGO • Games FRE E and Lots More! COFFEE & FREE PARKING Premier Sponsor All New Introducing... 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Envisioning how you’ll spend your days can be a fun activity – but in order to be really ready for retirement, you probably need to dig a little deeper. Retirement is something you look forward to for a long time, and it will likely be a big change from your working years. It’s important to invest some time now to prepare for this change, and be sure to get your spouse, family members and friends involved in the conversation. Openly discussing your vision will help ensure a successful adjustment to your new life. For example, envision your typical day. How will you spend your time on an average day in retirement? Can you write out a schedule for the week? When you’re not traveling, what will you do during the day? Will you volunteer or work part time? Visiting the grandchildren sounds fantastic. How often will you go? 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UNIT #1 • 7-5 WEEKDAYS • SAT BY APPOINTMENT WALDEN LAKE T he Walden Lake Community Association Board Meetings, open to all Walden Lake residents, are the third Monday each month at 6:00 PM at the Walden Lake Community Association office building on Griffin Boulevard in Walden Lake. The next meeting will be June 18th. A beautiful Memorial Day spray was presented at the American Legion on Memorial Day, which was then transported to Walden Lake’s front entry off Alexander Street. The Board hopes that many of you were able to see the Spray and remember our fallen heroes who served so sacrificially defending for our freedom. At the May meeting, the Board assigned chairs to the following Committees: Budget & Finance Steve Swantek Building & Development: Marcus Alexich Landscape: Jan Griffin Planning & Contracts: Jon Corson Community Involvement & Safety: Jim Chancey Enforcement of Covenants: Robert Hunter Nominating Committee: Karen Olson Communications: Heather Updike Special Events: Ray Page REVIEW SUBMITTED BY: NATALIE SWEET committed to discovering individuals who cause property damage and will prosecute each incident of vandalism. Should you witness any acts of vandalism, including those involving vehicles, please call the office at 754-8999. New city water restrictions are now in force. Watering days have been reduced from two days to one day per week. Restrictions can be read online at http:// www.plantcitygov.com/DocumentView. aspx?DID=4638. At that site, you may also find the regulations for watering when re-sodding or adding new landscape. We have been having some rain, so hopefully that will continue and help us all green up our lawns! The food drive continues for the United Food Bank of Plant City. In January our residents donated 195 pounds of canned and boxed food; in February 143.6 pounds; and in March and April l07.1 pounds. The need to feed the truly hungry in our community is ongoing and not just during holidays. The Food Bank is offering a summer children’s program and your donations can help it to continue. Next time you see a Buy One/Get One, make a plan to purchase and keep one and donate the other to the Food Bank. Any non-perishable food donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the HOA office Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Next month, I will be delivering the statistics on the Real Estate Market in Walden Lake for first half of 2012. I You may have noticed damage to the have had many residents tell me that roadsides along Timberlane. Several residents witnessed an individual “mudding this is extremely helpful and allows them to understand the market better. If you for fun” on the roadsides and reported the would like information on any particular license number to Walden Lake. Walden property or have a need for specific Lake followed up with the police and statistics, please do not hesitate to call me. eventually through legal action recouped I can be reached at 813-758-9586. the cost of repair. Walden Lake is 74 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com Team Wainoris Multi-Million Dollar Producers ...Selling Hillsborough and Polk email@example.com | www.teamwainoris.com Randall Wainoris 813-997-3000 REALTOR®/Attorney at Law Kathleen Wainoris 863-608-1557 REALTOR® Notary Cheri Aumond McLean 813-967-1285 REALTOR® THE FACTS LOOK ENCOURAGING! According to the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors, months inventory figures are lower now than they have been in over 5 years! Currently, there are only 4.3 months of home inventory. (total home inventory divided by monthly sales). In fact, the average selling price of single family homes was higher in April than it has been in almost two years! What does that mean to you? Houses are starting to sell fast! Thinking of selling your home? Now may be the time! Prices are starting to rise, and inventories are really low! Call us here at Team Wainoris, we are here to help you! WALDEN LAKE CARE - FREE LIVING! Large 3 bedroom 2 bath villa just a few steps from the community pool. Bright and open ﬂoor plan with volume ceilings, inside utility and even a unique interior solarium! Beautiful lot, great location. Call today. Asking $109,900. ALMOST NEW 5 BEDROOM HOME Open ﬂoor plan near Lakeland Square Mall. Master suite with garden tub, large island kitchen: short sale, asking $169,900. BANK APPROVED DREAM! Stunning 5 bedroom 4 bath home on beautiful secluded lot with no deed restrictions. Gourmet kitchen, real wood ﬂooring, volume ceilings and so much more. Call today to see this incredible home. Bank approved price of $287,900. WALDEN LAKE TWO STORY Add your ﬁnishing touches and a little TLC to this beautiful home with vaulted ceilings, brick ﬁreplace and granite counters and so much more. Short sale: asking $150,000. FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 75 REAL ESTATE » MORTGAGE THE TRUTH ABOUT HARP 2.0 S SUBMITTED BY: NATE DAVIS ince home values have plummeted a drastic 46.5 percent in Florida since 2006, many homeowners are paying off mortgages nowhere near their homes’ appraisals. A second version of the Home Affordable Refinance Program was established by the federal government to offer such people relief. No. Rarely is this the case. It is best to shop around. Despite being upside down, you do have options. HARP 2.0 allows underwater homeowners who have been responsible with making their mortgage programs to refinance to a lower rate. Many people have been taking advantage of the program – a wise decision – and along with its advent have come many misconceptions. - Do I have to extend to a 30-year mortgage? Let’s clear some of this up. - Do I need to use the same lender from my initial loan? No. You are allowed to shop around for a better rate. - My current lender will give me the best deal, right? 76 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com - Do I need money at closing? Depends. Never for Fannie Mae loans. Sometimes for Freddie Mac ones. No. You can do a 15-year mortgage and pay it off sooner if you’d like. Typically, interest rates on 15-year loans are smaller than 30-year ones. - Will HARP 2.0 reduce the amount I owe on my loan? No. The objective of a refinance under HARP is to help homeowners get into more stable or more affordable loans. Refinancing will not reduce the principal amount you owe to the first lien mortgage holder or any other debt you owe. 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Focus: Can you describe this year’s team and what you will remember most? COMEBACK KIDS! DURANT COUGARS CLAIM FIRST EVER STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WRITTEN BY: JOE BOWLES | PHOTOS BY: MATT CARTER A fter surviving several close calls in the district and regional tournaments, the Durant High School Cougars claimed their first-ever state championship at the National Training Center Complex in Clermont, Florida. The Cougars grabbed a semifinal victory over Jacksonville Mandarin on May 13, overcoming an early deficit and a 70-minute rain delay on May 14, before their 8-2 victory over Miami Palmetto. On their way to the state title, the Cougars ended with a 24-4 record and a #22 national ranking. Head coach Matt Carter, a Brandon native in his sixth year at the helm of the Cougars softball team, spoke with Focus about their experience. Focus: What did it feel like when the last out was made in the championship game? Carter: Instant relief! It was a long season, with a lot of emotions. There was a long 78 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com break, 12 days, between regions and the state finals, and then there was the rain delay in the final game. So, there was a lot of time to think and all sorts of scenarios were running through my brain. Focus: Did you know that there was something special about this team? Carter: When we started our season in the new 8A bracket, we, as coaches, knew it was going to be tough. Then we went undefeated until the Bartow tournament. We felt great. But then, we dropped three in a row…all district games, and things looked totally different. But, after our annual Cancer Awareness Game in honor of Antoinette Cuellar, things began to click, and from then on, we never lost another game. Focus: What’s the deal with all the cliffhangers, one-run, and come-from-behind wins leading up to the state tournament? Carter: We’ve got a great group of girls this year. They just don’t give up until the last out. As a team, they just seemed to gel. Maybe they didn’t get along 100% of the time, but it didn’t show, and they never tore each other down, which can split a team wide open. Focus: Taking nothing away from the talent of Mandarin or Palmetto, but it looks like Carter: This year was all about “team.” I’ll remember that we also had a very devoted coaching staff. Coach Crabb has been with me since I became the head coach and I rely on him a lot. Also during the final game, during our one-hour delay, I’ll remember the singing and the dance competition in the dugout. Our team was really loose considering we were in such a big game. In addition, I want to say, “Thanks to the fan support all season… they were with us ‘til the end. From the whole team and coaches, we say, THANKS!” Focus: Thanks coach, and once again congratulations on a great season! FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 79 SPORTS » ATHLETE OF THE MONTH WRITTEN BY: JOE BOWLES JORDAN LAFAVE F or Jordan Lafave, her senior season couldn’t have been scripted any better had the pen been in her own hand. It was a season filled with personal successes and was topped off with team success, as she and her Durant High School teammates celebrated a state title in a season packed with come from behind improbable wins and a sense of destiny. “We felt like this was the only way to end our season,” the Cougars outfielder said. “We made it this far and we were not going to accept anything but a win. When the last out was made, it was instant relief. We finally did it!” They sure did. You see, Lafave was referring to Durant’s final victory over Miami Palmetto that clinched the school’s first ever state softball championship. Photo by: Jordan Lafave 80 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com Lafave hasn’t been perfect, but one could argue that she’s not far from it. This year she’s hit .442 with 46 hits, 13 RBI’s, 31 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Her efforts over the past few years have not gone unnoticed. She made Focus Magazine’s All District second team as a sophomore and first team as a junior; Tampa Tribune’s All County’s second team as a sophomore and its first team as a junior and senior; FHSAA All State first team as a junior. She also was Durant’s defensive player of the year as a sophomore and offensive player of the year as a senior, along with team MVP. By the way, she set school records for runs scored her junior year and for hits in her senior year. For Lafave, the road to the finals began in Belton, Texas when her parents signed her up for tee ball at their local Little League Park. After relocating to this area, she played for Plant City Little League and a series of travel teams that included the Plant City Riptide and the Tampa Mustangs Bell. The highlight of Lafave’s senior year, outside of the team’s state title was something that happened in Durant’s semifinal game in the regional tournament against Palm Harbor University High School. Durant tied the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, sending the game into extra innings. Lafave, not known for her power, hit a walk-off homerun for the Cougars allowing their magical season to continue. It was Lafave’s first ever over-the-fence homerun. Jordan is one of three children. Her older brother D.J. lives in Texas and Jordan lives here with her mother Denise and her 16-year-old sister Allie, who has autism. Despite Jordan’s hectic schedule, the family is very close and they dedicate every weekend to each other, capped off with a Sunday evening movie night. Involved with the Best Buddies program and the Wiffle Ball Club, LaFave, an honor student, is leaving the school she calls “the world’s best high school” and its “Cougar pride” behind for the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville on a softball scholarship where she will major in criminology. Lafave readily confesses to be a driven perfectionist when it comes to her passion, “I love the game so much that I want to be a perfectionist and sometimes that gets in the way of just playing the game. I can’t let certain things go. With softball you need to have a short memory, but when you are so passionate, it’s hard to do.” APARTMENTS FOR THE ELDERLY One bedroom Apartments • Rent based on income Plant City Towers Plant City Living Center 405 E. Damon St Plant City, FL 33563 813.659.2669 103 W. 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FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 81 82 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com SPORTS » BEEF O’ BRADY’S, BASEBALL TEAM OF THE MONTH 2418 James L. Redman Pkwy., Plant City, FL (813) 757-0300 WRITTEN BY: JOE BOWLES | PHOTO BY: DAVE BYERS in league history. Their only regret was a first round loss in the City Tournament in an otherwise stellar season. USI ended up with a team batting average of .409, and a team ERA of 3.18. Eight different players hit homeruns and nine different pitchers combined to strike out 211 opponents while issuing only 87 walks. Universal Structures Inc. Front row: Peyton Martin, Adam Givens, Cole Cothren, Josh Duke, Sebastian Monserrate, William Dunbar. Second row: Blake Price, Will Johnson, Austin Eldridge, Matt Byars, Cody Ginther. Back row: Coach Chad Eldridge, Manager Dave Byars, Coach Steve Givens. Not Pictured: Rex Lott BASEBALL TEAM OF THE MONTH UNIVERSAL STRUCTURES, INC. P lant City Little League’s regular season champions in the majors division (11-12 year-olds) is Universal Structures, Inc. With a record of 18-3, the team averaged more than 10 runs per game while giving up less than four runs per contest. USI is coached by Dave Byars, former league president, and is assisted by Steve Givens and Chad Eldridge. USI was a special team, but Byars had a hunch before the season began that he might have had the ingredients in place for something special. “I had four returning players that I drafted last season, but I had to draft eight new players for the 2012 season. I was fortunate that three of the returning players, Matt Byars, Austin Eldridge and Cody Ginther were part of the 2011 Florida State Champion 11 year- old all-star team and they were all pitchers, so I knew we would be competitive. I drafted Will Johnson who recently moved to Plant City from Tampa. He had played for the 11-year-old Citrus Park Little League all-star team that won their section. Two other players I acquired in the draft, Sebastian Monserrate and Cole Cothren, were also tournament team players, so I knew we had a chance to be special.” Byars did have something special and by the end of the season, USI had beaten every team at least once and most teams twice. After looking at the stats, it’s hard to imagine that any team could beat this juggernaut. But unlike other sports, it’s pretty difficult in baseball to end any season at any level undefeated. USI fell short of an undefeated season, but they may have had one of the best records For Byars, it was a total a team effort, “Literally every player on my team contributed to us winning a game this season. Austin Eldridge pitched a 14 strikeout, one-run game to start the season. Then he hit two homeruns with five RBIs, while pitching a four-inning no-hitter in another game. Austin ended the season with eight homers and a batting average of .702 along with being crowned the winner of the Homerun Derby. Cody Ginther hit 10 homers for the season with a batting average of .643 and pitched a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in another game. Will Johnson hit a game winning walk-off grand slam to finish the season with eight homeruns and a .607 batting average. He was also the runner-up in the Homerun Derby. Matt Byars had a 1.93 ERA with 31strikeouts and only six walks in 19 innings as a relief pitcher. He finished the season with three homers and a .440 batting average. Sebastian Monserrate hit six over the fence and finished with a .457 batting average. USI had seven players who hit over .300, so teams had a hard time deciding who to pitch to or pitch around.” USI will be representing Plant City in the upcoming Tournament of Champions. This event pits the league champions from the various Little League Parks in District IV in a tournament that will determine the best regular season team in each age group within the district. FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 83 EXTRA » AL REUCHEL laws in our state and nation. If you have not complied with those laws, it is illegal for you to vote. Simple! Straightforward! A number of states, including Florida, are now re-examining voter rolls because independent audits suggest that thousands of non-US citizens have registered to vote, and are, in fact, voting in local, state and national elections. A television station in nearby Ft. Myers found as many as 100 non-US citizens on the voters rolls in Lee County. We don’t know how many non-US citizens are registered to vote in the Bay Area. I know for a fact that some organizations were registering voters at a local mall and several of those folks, residents of Germany, filled out the forms and were told they could vote with no problems. Let’s put the numbers issue aside. Now the Justice Department wants Florida to stop purging the voter rolls because they say the state is unfairly targeting minorities. Understand that checking to mark sure a person is a citizen with full voting rights is not the same as denying them the right to vote if he or she is a documented citizen. What makes this matter more complicated is that the Department of Homeland Security has a database that could help the state confirm an individual’s citizenship. Homeland Security refuses to allow any cross checking in the name of national security. So, is Florida supposed to stop the purge because it inconveniences individuals who might have been identified as potential violators of election laws? Or, is Florida supposed to ignore and allow those nonUS citizens to vote illegally in the election? WORDS HAVE MEANINGS. OR DO THEY? N WRITTEN BY: AL RUECHEL o judgments or opinions here - just trying to sort it all out. Illegal aliens are those individuals who are not US citizens. They are illegal because they do not have the proper paperwork as established by law. Because they are illegal, by definition of the law, they are breaking the law. But the Justice Department does not want them to be 84 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com called illegal because of the stigma that word carries. They are, therefore, now called undocumented. undocumented driver? And does it matter what you call “it” if “it” still amounts to breaking the law? And who decides what “it” is called? Is it the job of the So it begs the question: are undocumented government, the media, political parties, or aliens breaking the law or not? And if they somebody else? are, why aren’t they all being prosecuted? In order to vote in this country you must If I drive a car without a license, am be a U S citizen and have registered to I breaking the law or am I just an vote in accordance with a series of existing Or is the Justice Department more concerned in defending the long standing policy that prohibits purging the rolls 90 days before an election than it is in finding the lawbreakers? Is Justice worried that non-US citizen’s rights would somehow trump the right of legally qualified voters to secure a fair election? So, apply the lessons from the above said stories. Let’s apply the new language rule to all of the English language. Each day we will be taking a vote on what meanings the words we use every day will have. That way, when we turn on the news or when we break a law, we might all understand what the heck just happened instead of having to create an entire new dictionary of words that no longer carry any meaning. 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BULLYING, FREEDOM, AND THE POWERLESS WRITTEN BY: DEREK MAUL This issue I’d like to open a discussion on bullying. But I’m not interested in a political slant. Fact is, I’ll likely upset both Democrats and Republicans because my first point goes like this: “Bullying is about the misuse of power, and for many of America’s powerful it is second nature.” Bullying occurs anywhere where Christ’s commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself ” is not a foundational teaching (read Mark 12:28-31). And I’m including many religious institutions and so-called Christian homes, where religion is used as a tool for control rather than a vehicle for teaching the life-charged principles of the Gospel of Love. Bullying is a coercive transaction between those with power and those without power, in which power overrides the values our culture claims to stand for, such as fairness, My concern with the current bullying justice, decency, equality, respect, kindness conversation is that it’s too limited. The etc. foundational orientation does not go away PROBLEM 86 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com just because bullies graduate from school. Bullies tend to transfer the ethos to the way they relate to those with less power in the adult world (often as husbands, teachers, coaches, principals, managers, law enforcement officers, airport security etc.). So I don’t believe the problem is necessarily “So-and-so was a bully in high school.” So much as, “So-and-so still describes such behavior as ‘hijinks’ or ‘boys will be boys,’ or ‘tomfoolery,’ or ‘we didn’t really hurt him, so no-harm no-foul….’” In other words, many of the people who Here’s an “on the fly” draft: • There is no quirkiness, peculiarity, appearance, orientation or variation from the statistical “norm” that makes any human being less equal, valuable or worthy of respect. So LEAVE THEM ALONE! • The foundational right of the individual to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not subject to the whim of anyone holding power over them. • The statement “All people are created equal” is not mitigated by accessibility to money, influence, intellect or brute strength. • That right is also not diminished by age. Children are also “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” • The use of power to belittle, coerce, embarrass, detain, frighten, terrorize or otherwise compromise the “all people are created equal” rights of another human being is un-American, and it’s unAmerican to the very core of our values as a people. TRUST Freedom is predicated on trust, righteousness and mutual respect. In other words, we can’t legislate “nice.” However, we can teach it, and until parents and schools take a more responsible and deliberate interest in the moral development of young people, the United States of America will remain a poor approximation of the society envisioned by the founders. Peace, grace, and kindness – DEREK The PTA wants to thank the Teachers and Staff for all the hard work they do to make our school successful! Principal- Susan Raburn Assist Principal- Dionne Davis Michelle Arn Nik-Cole Austin Adrian Brown Carolyn Brutton Tanya Byrn Ragen Carpenter Maria Cauthen Cheryl Chancey Gertha Coffee Pansy Cowder Graciela Cruz Dionne Davis Danece Davis Marilyn Delgado Amy Donahue Denine Douglas Cynthia Doyle Norma Falter Vickie Galloway Judy Garrell Kathleen Giovino Jeff Goidel Judy Golden Akilah Graham-Allen Kimbley Graves Michele Hamblin Amanda Holland Nikki Jackson Patrick James Janell Johnson Ann Johnson Sarah Keel Karen Kirby Cheryl MacTammany Gearldine Marshall Christina MayďŹ eld Debbie Murray Sarah Nussdorfer Heather Padgett Amber Pelham Kathryn Pelham Chrestel Penirian Rustin Perez Christine Perez Sandra Piergallini Maria Posadas Vicky Prins Susan Raburn Nicole Rees Veronica Rivera Dona Sergi LaGretta Snowden Roy Spell Paula Springer Ginger Summers Thaddeus Thomas Cathy Townsend Elizabeth VandeSande Frances Walker Jana Williams Denise Williams The PTA wants to thank the local businesses that have supported our school and programs to help our school succeed! Americare Anytime Fitness Carrabas Chilis Chuck E Cheese CK Farms Commercial Cleaning Service Dinosaur World Eye Candy Prints Family Bowl Fish Hawk Sporting Clays Fun Faces 4 U Hinton Farms Produce, Inc Maryland Fried Chicken Octopus Carwash Olde Town Pizza Outback Panera Bread Papa Johns Parkesdale Farm Market Peter Comas Signs By Mineo Sonic Southside Feed and Supply Summers Air Mechanical Inc Surgical Associates of Tampa Bay Sweetbay The Corner Store The Medicine Shoppe Twisty Treat Thank you Mrs Raburn for your leadership and support. You will be missed. Enjoy your retirement! FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 87 EXTRA » ARTIST OF THE MONTH Photo By: Heather Davis YOUNG LOCAL ARTIST FINDS ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS IN MANY AVENUES A YO M RE PA W HE NY WRITTEN BY: HEATHER DAVIS UR Biggest Guy Harvey Selection Around! CO D IN G O O Every Military Guy Harvey Shirt Sold $2.00 goes To The Military! kelly morris (813) 727-2802 2553 st. rd 60 east valrico, florida 33594 (next to beef o bradys) 88 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com rt may come to you at any time in your life. For some it may be years later when you now have more time to follow your interests. But for some fortunate few, art may be something that entered from a very early age. Such was the case for 11-year-old Wyatt Davis, who was exposed to art at an early age by a very artistic Grandma and two art-loving parents. Not one to shy away from trying anything creative, Wyatt has tried his hand with many different mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpting, quilting, cooking, and music. His favorite art forms are clay sculpting and watercolor painting. The quilt was awarded both the first place and grand champion prize. Wyatt has already begun work on his next Strawberry Festival entry, which will be a stone carving of a bear. When creating art, Wyatt says he feels happy and creative, but admits to sometimes feeling frustrated enough to break his paintbrush in two because it’s not working. In the end though, when the picture is done, he thinks it’s nice. Wyatt has had the opportunity to pursue art as part of his homeschooling curriculum on a regular basis. Some of his other pastimes include reading, designing with Legos, exploring science, visiting the library, taking care of his chickens, playing For three years in a row Wyatt has entered computer games and cooking. As a fifth his artistic creations in the Strawberry generation Plant City native, Wyatt loves Festival Art Show. The first year he entered living in our community, referring to it as a clay sculpted T-Rex dinosaur, which took his favorite place. second place. The following year Wyatt entered a watercolor painting of a turtle, When asked what words he would use to which attracted an interested buyer. As describes himself, Wyatt chose the words well he spent time hanging in the Art “imaginative, friendly, kind, and silly.” Gallery in downtown Plant City. Last Upon meeting this young artist, I am sure year he entered the competition with an you would agree. eighteen-patch quilt with matching pillow. First Presbyterian Learning Center CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL PROGRAM AGES INFANTS-4 FALL REGISTRATION (2012-2013) Infants through Pre-K Preschool 8:30am - 11:30am Pre-K Class 8:30am - Noon All-Day Care 7:00am - 6:00pm Registration going on now spaces limited! Register Now!! 404 W. Reynolds St., Plant City, FL 33563 For registration information, please come by the office or call 813-752-6874 All Staff Accredited FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 89 EXTRA » AUTO REVIEW CREWMAX MEANS PLENTY OF ROOM TUNDRA CREWMAX OFFERS ROOM FOR TALL PASSENGERS AND MORE T SUBMITTED BY: BRIAN WEST oyota has been making reliable trucks for years. The Tacoma has become a staple in their lineup, and after a few iterations, like the T100, the Tundra has cemented itself into the lineup as their full-sized truck. I’ve always been a fan of Toyota vehicles, and I can say that I’ve never had any problems. As long as you keep them maintained, they’ll last forever. My wife and I recently purchased a Sienna Minivan, and it’s another winner from Toyota. While having the mini-van serviced, I had an opportunity to get a closer look at the new Tundra. The Tundra has always been available with a crew cab, but I’d never noticed the CrewMax until now. If you’re someone looking for a full-sized truck with a crew cab, you really need to take a look at the 90 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com CrewMax before you make your final decision. The CrewMax is just what it sounds like; a crew cab maxed out. This crew cab is so large that the seats slide forward and back and can even recline to a very comfortable position. To say there is a lot of room is an understatement. Of course, it does come at a price. You lose about 12” of bed space, but if you use the crew cab more than the bed, it may be worth your consideration. Another nice feature available with the Tundra is an electric rear window. The entire rear window lowers completely down into the exterior rear wall of the truck. The tailgate has a soft open, which avoids that sudden jolt most truck owns experience when the tailgate drops. Toyota doesn’t cut corners on the interior’s creature comforts. The leather interior is nice, with all the instruments laid out exactly where you’d want them. The model I drove even had a sunroof. About the only thing I could find missing were cup holders for the rear seat in the center console. Cup holders in the doors are down low to the side of the seat and aren’t easily accessible when the doors are closed and you’re driving down the road. kind of towing power. Everything else about the truck is all Toyota. Under the hood, you have two options: a 4.7L V-8 or a 5.8L V-8. Both have plenty of power, although the 4.7L averages 18-20 mpg, while the 5.8L averages 14-15 mpg. The single biggest performance difference that matters to most truck owners is that the 5.8L V-8 provides enough power to tow 10,000 lbs. quite a load for any truck. You could haul cars (that’s plural by the way) with that When all is said and done, the MSRP for the CrewMax XSP-X is $45,000. It may seem a little high considering it was 2-wheel drive, but again, it may be worth the look. If you’re shopping for a new truck, take a look at the Tundra. The model I drove was an XSP-X. The X is an appearance package placed on the truck at the port. It includes 20” wheels, a chin guard, color-coded fender flares, badging, chrome gas cap and chrome muffler extension. The MSRP on the package is an additional $5,000, but it really adds to the look. Wesley Chapel Toyota has a great selection and would be happy to help you. Just tell them you read the review in Focus Magazine. PLANT CITY DRIVE-IN ban Be s t C u inner RC A W 6 :30am to 10 :00am NEW EXTENDED HOURS! Terrific Breakfast at Terrific Price! Sausage Gravy and Biscuits Meat, Egg and Cheese breakfast Cuban Premium Coffee 12oz. 70¢ plus tax For Lunch....Large sandwich menu Authentic Cuban Sandwiches (pressed on request) Extreme Fresh Salads Homemade Spanish Bean Soup Hand made Shakes nd Gif t Cards a s y ra T Part y le b Availa Busy? Pick up your Cuban Sandwich ANYTIME! YOU ASKED FOR IT, YOU GOT IT, NEW EXTENDED HOURS 1505 N. Wheeler St. Plant City, FL 33563 We are open from 6:30a.m - 6:30p.m Mon - Sat. except Wed. we close at 5p.m. 813-752-3779 You can View our Menu online at www.Thestrawberryhut.com Notice portions shrinking while prices increase? NOT HERE. We’re still making it like we always have since 1993 WE WON’T ASK YOU TO SUPER SIZE YOUR COMBO CAUSE IT ALREADY IS. FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 91 COME ENJOY SUMMER WITH US! LPR WORLDLY TASTES, MODERN TWISTS At La Porta Rossa, we showcase Italian Cuisine with modern twists bringing you tastes from all over the world, our Executive Chef is skilled in multi-ethnic cuisine and is prepared to surprise and delight your senses over and over again. LUNCH HAPPY HOUR BIRTHDAY SPECIALS SPECIAL EVENT MEETINGS WINE’D DOWN WEDNESDAYS COOKING CLASSES CATERING WEDDINGS 1833 EAST EDGEWOOD DRIVE, LAKELAND • 863.688.9616 MON-THUR 5-10, FRI AND SAT 5-11, LUNCH MON-FRI 11-2 Isn’t it beautiful? Let’s keep it that way! 92 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com ENTERTAINMENT » DINING PROFILE CARRABBA’S W e recently made a visit to Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Plant City where manager Scott Buczek, with 15 years of experience, not only runs the restaurant with ease but also serves the community in many ways. His generous donations and discounts to local schools, charitable causes, and group funding projects have been much appreciated. One recent gesture was an “at cost” non-profit donation to the event held for Darby Hasting. He has also been known to help Relay for Life as well as numerous schools with the $10 tickets for a Carrabba’s meal from which the fundraiser receives half the earnings. Another event assisted by the restaurant’s staff was an etiquette course for children, provided at minimal cost, to help the ITALIAN GRILL IN PLANT CITY WRITTEN BY: DEANA GARRISON and the Champagne Shrimp and Scallops Pasta. The Chicken Bryan is a delicious pasta dish topped with goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and a basil lemon butter sauce. The Parmesan-Crusted Chicken selection is a sautéed chicken breast coated with freshly grated parmesan cheese and homemade breadcrumbs, served with your choice of a side. The very tasty Champagne Shrimp and Scallops Pasta consists of pan-seared shrimp and scallops with jumbo lump crabmeat, mushrooms and roasted red peppers over tagliarini in Carrabba’s special champagne cream sauce. At first sight, all three dishes triggered mouth-watering excitement to take those first bites. Our meal was topped off with cherry cheesecake, definitely a dessert destined to become a favorite. Make sure to check out Carrabba’s specials, too. Now available is the popular $10 pasta dish. Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. includes drafts, house wines, and liquor drinks on the rocks. Wine Wednesdays offers diners a $10 discount on any bottle of wine. A dining experience at Carrabba’s is a real treat. With top-drawer food and fine service, meals with family, friends and business associates will always make a lasting impression. And with the local support this Carrabba’s team deserves, we all ultimately benefit. CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL 1205 TOWNSGATE COURT PLANT CITY, FL 33563 813.752.0760 HOURS OF OPERATION: MONDAY-THURSDAY 4-10PM FRIDAY 4-11PM SATURDAY NOON-11PM SUNDAY NOON-9PM Walk in today, try one of the house specialties or your own personal favorite, and offer a big thanks for what Buczek and his team do to serve our community. Your satisfaction is their promise. Carrabba’s Proprietor Scott Buczek Photo by Tony Cartagena young diners learn proper behavior, table manners and proper use of the dining utensils. Buczek was recognized for his community activism in 2010 when Carrabba’s won the Special Business of the Year Award from the Plant City Chamber of Commerce. On our visit, we sampled the Chicken Bryan, the Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, All of Carrabba’s food is brought in fresh and made from scratch just for you. You won’t find a microwave anywhere near this kitchen. Watching the action at the open grill is one of the attractions to enjoy as you begin your experience with a choice of great appetizers. Photo by Tony Cartagena FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 93 94 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com ENTERTAINMENT » RECIPE Prosciutto , y r r e berries b aw h tr ic 1 lb. straw large) S w d d e t n s a S d if Roa and halve d Cheese le (stemmed balsamic vinegar il r G d an has poons ugar THE KING I OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WRITTEN BY: GAIL JONES t’s funny how certain foods can come to be identified solely with one area of the country despite the fact that many are produced, fished or farmed in a variety of locations. Potatoes define Southern Idaho, and lobsters are synonymous with the state of Maine. If you don’t believe me, try these: peanuts, cheese, and ham. Did you immediately think Georgia, Wisconsin, and Virginia? As a relative newcomer to Hillsborough County, it didn’t take me long to realize what defines this part of Central Florida. All together now…Strawberries! There is an entire culture built around the little, red, heart shaped orbs. Farm stands open and close with the season, huge throngs of workers tend the crops and then disappear, and acres and acres of fields form the landscape along State Road 60 and throughout Plant City. There’s even a festival for the berry and its own personal Queen. Geez, it’s practically a monarch around here, Sir Strawberry, the king of Hillsborough County. I was curious about the history of the berry, so I called Dr. Vance Whitaker, a professor of strawberry breeding and genetics at The University of Florida with a few basic questions, and learned some interesting facts: Bananas, avocados, grapes, honeysuckle, watermelon, and tomatoes are examples of true botanical berries. The strawberry is not. The fleshy part that we eat develops from the tip of the stem, and what we call the “seeds” on the outside of the strawberry are technically the fruits. The strawberries we purchase today are actually a cross between a South American wild strawberry and a North American wild strawberry that were shipped back to France by explorers in the mid-1700s and crosspollinated, by chance, in a botanical garden. No one really knows why they’re called “Straw” berries. It’s commonly assumed that it has to do with the straw that has historically been used to mulch the young plants, but there are other theories, including a cute little tale about European children harvesting the fruits in the wild and tying their stems with a piece of straw to carry them to market. ay cake al bir thd My annu made strawberr y e ld been hom ver since I was o . e est e u k q ca re rt o a sh articulate nt, enough to once a year eve r a s t’ a all yea s ie But th rr e b e straw and I lov use I have never ter, a ca e B . g n dessert e lo veryday with an e n a n e be up to come rr y I wanted a savory strawbe to r fo ago rs a e option y d nd I learne standby. toes to intensify a the t a a m h to w st so a ro or, their flav oad preserve d it with the overl d ie heck , I tr y strawberries an it e of Plant C just maybe, I hav at th k in . th I ell e King w served th 4 tables oons s 5 tablesp mon zest le n minced d 1 teaspoo ed butter, softene lt a d s a s re n b o y o lit p s a 4 table ood qu g s . e in lic th s r 8 pape tto, sliced r cheese iu c s ro p s te uns 8 slice 8 slices M d others, but (I’ve trie e the eems to b Munster s mbination of perfect co flavor and ild texture, m feel free to saltiness… our own.) t on y experimen Pre-heat oven to 425. Blend sugar and balsamic in a bowl and warm in a microwave or saucepan to dissolve sugar. Cool slightly. Toss strawberries, balsamicsugar mixture, and lemon zest together on a deep sided cookie sheet. Roast for ten minutes. Cool slightly. Meanwhile, lightly butter one side of each bread slice, and melt some of the remaining butter in a skillet to coat. Layer cheese prosciutto and ¼ cup roasted strawberries on unbuttered side of four slices of bread and top with the remaining four. Sear on medium heat to a crisp golden brown and serve with remaining strawberries and balsamic on the side. *If you have some fresh basil, it is great slivered and tossed in the sandwich. FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 95 » DINING GUIDE FIND DEALS ONLINE AT MYFOCUSCOUPONS.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT ASIAN CHEN CHINESE BUFFET F resh specialties, top chefs, and great prices are what you can expect at The Asian Chen Restaurant located in the Thonotosassa Publix shopping area. Find out why customers are raving about this new fine dining establishment. Monday-Thursday 10:30am-10pm. FridaySaturday 10:30am-11pm: Sunday 11:30am-10pm. Seniors receive a complimentary beverage with their meal and party trays are available. 2609 THONOTOSASSA RD. PLANT CITY, FL 33563 813-757-9888 LUNCH $ 5.75 • DINNER $6.95 • SENIORS GET FREE DRINK DINNING ORDER FROM MENU SALAD BAR FOR FREE. CHILI’S C hili’s has been spicing things up since 1975. There is something for everyones taste. From sizzling chicken or beef fajitas, fired grilled classic burgers or the new honey chipotle baby back ribs that are slow smoked over pecan wood so they’re “fall-off-the-bone” tender with a bold new honey-chipotle flavor that’s impossible to resist. Call in or come in, your always welcome at Chili’s. 3001 JAMES L REDMAN PARKWAY PLANT CITY, FL 33566 813-764-8548 • WWW.CHILIS.COM COWBOY’S SALOON AND STEAKHOUSE C owboys Steakhouse and Saloon features a restaurant for meat-loving southerners to enjoy southern cooking and a connected saloon to line dance in afterwards. Inside everything is wooden from the floors to ceiling. Come in and enjoy juicy steaks,but don’t forget about our fresh baked sour-dough bread, and other appetizers and entrees that are sure to make your mouth water. 106 STATE ROAD 60 E. PLANT CITY, FL 33567-9253 813- 650-8888 MI CASA M i Casa Mexican Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant dedicated to serving the finest foods and atmosphere of Mexico and the Southwest. We serve lunch and dinner, and proudly feature Fajitas, Enchiladas, Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, Chiles Rellenos and Chimichangas, as well as other specialties of the house. In addition, we offer a wide variety of margaritas, beer and drinks to accompany your favorite meal. And best of all, at prices that are affordable to almost anyone. We’ve been voted Best Mexican by the Focus RCA awards five years in a row! 2613 THONOTOSASSA RD PLANT CITY, FL 813-752-0057• WWW.MICASAMEX.COM 96 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com » DINING GUIDE FIND DEALS ONLINE AT MYFOCUSCOUPONS.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT OLDE TOWN PIZZERIA I f you love deep-dish pizza, Olde Town Pizzeria is the only place around to find it. The cheesy Chicago-style pizza is a popular item on the menu, as well as the Award Winning Strawberry Walnut Salad and thin crust pizzas. In addition, they have an array of delicious pastas, salads and sandwiches to satisfy all taste buds. This family owned and operated restaurant is a Plant City favorite for those who love high quality food and friendly service. 3011 JAMES L REDMAN PARKWAY PLANT CITY, FL 33566 (813) 752-5800 • WWW.OLDETOWNPIZZERIA.COM PLANT CITY HOMETOWN BUFFET P lant City Hometown Buffet is a family owned and operated business started by Elaine Vo, a resident of Plant City for the last 24 years. They offer a wide variety of items spanning the five buffet bars, including seafood and steak. There is certainly something to fit every taste preference, especially if you’re looking for seafood with their catfish, stuffed crab, buttered shrimp and much, much, more. 1914 JAMES L REDMAN PARKWAY PLANT CITY, FL 33563 813-754-4488 SHRIMP & CO. EXPRESS C ome visit the freshest Shrimp Plant City has to offer at Shrimp & Co. Express and Enjoy some Fresh hand breaded Shrimp with hush puppies, spicy slaw and seasoned herb potatoes, nine Po Boys Shrimp & Co. Dishes to choose from and more. Open Tues- Thurs. 11am-8pm Fri and Sat. 11am-9pm Closed on Sunday and Monday. 3503 W. BAKER STREET (U.S. 92), PLANT CITY FL. 33563 (813) 752-9040 • WWW.SHRIMPANDCO.COM ZAXBY’S Z axby’s offers its guests indescribably good prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Jumbo Buffalo Wings, sandwiches, Zalads, Zappetizers and milkshakes along with a variety of sauces. Zaxby’s also offers Party Platterz and catering which are perfect for any size event. Visit Zaxby’s location in Plant City at 2901 1/2 James Redman Pkwy. to find out for yourself how delicious and flavorful Zaxby’s is. 2901 1/2 JAMES REDMAN PKWY. PLANT CITY, FL 33564 (813) 752-1971 • WWW.ZAXBYS.COM FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 97 ENTERTAINMENT » BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL during the peak months of November through May. From June through October the fee is $300 to rent the venue. The site has become a favorite for weddings as it includes a spacious outdoor gazebo area. Starr and Scott Anderson were at the First Saturday Concert enjoying a night out with friends. Both Starr and Scott are active in the Plant City community and were impressed with the facilities at Keel and Curley. Starr offered, “This would be a great place to host a class reunion. It is casual and fun!” Mike Cook, a weekend server at Keel & Curley explained the Friday Night “uncorked” event as a time to unwind and visit with friends. Guests can enjoy Gerry Williams Band sang songs of soul, funk and rhythm. Photo by Sherrie Mueller live entertainment by local musicians on the covered deck. Happy hour, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., includes half price on beer and glasses of wine. Appetizers are served from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. There is a $5.00 cover charge for the popular weekly event. The atmosphere is always casual and fun at “Uncorked Friday.” Table reservations are recommended for both First Saturday Concert and Uncorked Friday events. The next First Saturday Concert on July 1 will begin at 7:00 p.m. and features The Vodkanauts of Tampa, a group known for their” surf rock” music. Call 813-752-9100 for reservations. Keel & Curley is located at 5210 Thonotosassa Road in Plant City. Scott and Starr Anderson order from Mike Cook of Keel and Curley at the First Saturday Concert. Photo by Sherrie Mueller KEEL AND CURLEY HOSTS FIRST SATURDAY CONCERT WINERY WRITTEN BY: SHERRIE MUELLER Every first Saturday of the month Keel and Curley invites guests to sit back and enjoy their favorite wine, beer or soda and listen to the band. On a recent Saturday Concert night The Gerry Williams Band comprised of nine members rocked the house as guests danced, celebrated special occasions and enjoyed an evening out with friends. The band entertained with the sounds of a trumpet, trombone, sax, electric piano, steel drums, drums, and guitars. Keel and Curley added to the festive evening by offering the ladies free wine freezes. The frozen, slushy drink choices were Wild Berry Pinot Noir with Pina Colada, Black Raspberry Merlot with Raspberry Mix, Strawberry Risling with Strawberry Mix, and Key West Key Lime with Margarita Mix. 98 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com On the spacious covered deck Corey Swingle was celebrating his graduation from Brandon High School with family and friends. Keel and Curley provides a family atmosphere for most any occasion. The venue can accommodate up to 200 people comfortably. Corey’s family brought in Corey’s favorite Mexican food for guests to enjoy as they celebrated his accomplishment. Among the guests were Alex Knott and Robert Woods who were also celebrating their graduations from their respective schools, Armwood High School and Strawberry Crest High School. Clay Keel, son of owner Joe Keel, is the Venue Manager. He explained that groups can reserve tables for their parties and bring in their own food. If it is a band night there is a cover charge of $8.00 per person. 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FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY JUNE 2012 99 ENTERTAINMENT » EVENT CALENDAR PLANT CITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS If you have an upcoming event and would like us to add it to our calendar of events please email the information to: email@example.com SATURDAY, JUNE 16 TUESDAY, JUNE 26 » Strawberry Classic Car Show » Sinabouda Lily (storyteller) 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Downtown Plant City For more information: Call the Chamber 754-3707 » Plant City Farmers Market Last Chance to visit the Farmers Market until September 22nd 8:00am ‘til 11:00am Located at the Train Depot in Historic Downtown Plant City TUESDAY, JUNE 19 » Story Time 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Bruton Memorial Library For more information: (813) 757-9215 THURSDAY, JUNE 21 » Business After Hours Hosted by Chilis 5:15 p.m. 3001 James L Redman Parkway For more information: 754-3707 SATURDAY, JUNE 23 » 6th Annual O’Brien’s Plant City Charity Golf Classic 10:00 a.m. The field is limited to the first 36 paid teams Walden Lake Golf and Country Club 2001 Clubhouse Drive For more information: 752-1171 JUNE 2012 focusplantcity.com 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Plant City Stadium This year’s Fireworks are sponsored by PC Parks and Recreation, Plant City Chamber, and the Florida Strawberry Festival among other sponsors. For more information call the parks department: 659.4225 SATURDAY, JULY 7 10 a.m. Burton Memorial Library » The Vodkanauts For more information: (813) 757-9215 7:00pm Keel and Curley Winery 5202 W. Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City All general admission covered seating is $8. ($10 day of show). For advanced tickets call 813-752-9100 THURSDAY, JUNE 28 » Fun Fest and Jamboree 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dancing, Live Music, Free Health Screenings, Bingo, Games and lots more! Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds Expo Hall 2202 W. Reynolds Street, Plant City For more information: 813.653.1988 SATURDAY, JUNE 30 » Summer Movie 11:00 a.m. Bruton Memorial Library For more information: (813) 757-9215 MONDAY, JULY 2 » Journal Craft 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Create a journal either a personal one or a dream journal and decorate it to suit your taste Bruton Memorial Library For more information: (813) 757-9215 WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 » Independence Day!! 100 » Plant City Parks and Recreation Fireworks Display » Bike Fest 5:00 p.m. to 9:0 p.m. Downtown Plant City For more information: 754-3707 MONDAY -FRIDAY, JULY 9-13 » Vacation Bible School Church on the Rock 301 E. Alsobrook Street 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Time to get movin to the Beat of 2012 TUESDAY, JULY 10 » Bedtime Stories 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your favorite story to share with everyone Burton Memorial Library For more information: (813) 757-9215 MONDAY, JULY 16 » Batman masks 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Batman comes out this week at Bruton Memorial Library. Make masks and other batman related crafts. Bruton Memorial Library For more information: (813) 757-9215 THURSDAY, JULY 19 » Woodmen of the World 6:00 p.m. Informational meeting for persons interested in a Field Representative position with the company. You can love what you do and earn a great living doing it. RSVP to 1-800-555-9981 by July 16 ONGOING EVENTS » Journey Stories / Smithsonian Exhibition May 26- July 7 Journey Stories is a compelling Smithsonian exhibition that shows how our evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation made us grow. On display May 26th July 7th. For more information call Plant City Photo Archives 813-754-1578 Location: 106 South Evers Street, Plant City » The Republican Club of Plant City meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 7:30 -9:00 am, at Buddy Freddy’s Restaurant, 1101 Goldfinch Drive, Plant City. The next meeting is March 27th. Cost of breakfast is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Come network with your neighbors in the conservative movement. » Strawberry Square 4401 Promenade Blvd., Plant City A full schedule of Square and Round Dancing is happening every day at Strawberry Square. We have many callers and cuer’s on the schedule. Visit our website: www. strawberrysquaredancing.com or call the office: 813-752-0491 » Keel and Curley Winery Friday Evening After Hours Wine Bar Happy Hour 6:00-7:00 p.m. Wine Tasting until 9:00 p.m. Live Music 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. ENTERTAINMENT » CROSSWORD FATHERHOOD CREATED BY: CALVIN R. AND JACKIEFATHERHOOD MATHEWS ACROSS 1. Voyage 5. Giovanni’s love 10. __ Hari 14. Animal with a long snout 15. City about whose streets we sing 17. Silvery fishes 20. Nehru 23. Period of years 24. Beard wearer 25. Plundered 26. Ahead of time 28. Elbowed pipe 29. Pen point 31. Apparent 34. __ out a living; get by 35. Commandment opener 36. Butterfly, for one: abbr. 39. Ending for legal or computer 40. Suffix for bulk or boss 41. Ward 48. 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