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Inside: Volume 21 Issue 9 Our Exclusive 2013 Summer Camp Guide! April 27, 2013 See pages 28-33! The Direct-Mail News Magazines Serving New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Since 1993! THIS INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY NEWS MAGAZINE IS DIRECTLY MAILED TO: NEW TAMPA: Arbor Greene • Cory Lake Isles • Cross Creek • Easton Park • Grand Hampton • Heritage Isles • Hunter’s Green • Hunter’s Key • K-Bar Ranch • Lake Forest • Live Oak Preserve • Pebble Creek • Richmond Place • Tampa Palms • The Hammocks • West Meadows WESLEY CHAPEL: Aberdeen • Belle Chase • Brookside • Chapel Pines • Country Walk • Lexington Oaks • Meadow Pointe • New River • Northwood • Pinewalk • Pine Ridge • Saddlebrook • Saddleridge Estates • Saddlewood • Seven Oaks • The Lakes at Northwood • The Villages of Wesley Chapel • Wesley Pointe • Westbrook Estates • Williamsburg Despite Threatening Weather, Taste Of New Tampa Rocks Tampa Palms! TM By Gary Nager With better weather, the 2013 Taste of New TampaTM at Primrose Park (behind the Primrose School of Tampa Palms) could, should and probably would have been one of the best-attended Tastes in the event’s 20year history. The New Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s signature one-day event had great food, a nice crowd estimated at about 2,000 people (including restaurants, sponsors and other vendors, entertainers and volunteers), incredible entertainment and the kind of vibe you only get when you know people are having a good time at an event you helped make successful. The hard part is imagining how much better it could’ve been had the weather cooperated! The skies were so threatening and the winds were swirling all day, so much so that even the Chamber president Regina Ramalheira and her Board were keeping a close eye on a possible rainout and at least three restaurants who had agreed to participate simply didn’t show up because they thought (Above left) Despite grey skies all day, the 20th annual Taste of New Tampa attracted a crowd of 2,000 people to Primrose Park in Tampa Palms on Mar. 24. Among those in attendance was Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (above, right). (Below) ‘Scoops’ and a friend from Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, the Best Dessert winner, gave the event two large thumbs (fingers?) up! Photos of Mayor Buckhorn & Bruster’s by Margaux Melendez of Living Stone Photography for certain it would’ve been cancelled. So, for those who braved the elements and helped the Chamber raise just a little bit of money for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (which is located in the same Tampa Palms Professional Center near Freedom High and Liberty Middle School and whose volunteers agreed to take on the after-event cleanup detail) and the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation, I and the Chamber Board thank you. For more pics, a wrapup of the winners of the first “Battle of the Bands” and dining award winners, see page 20. Hero, following a more-than-two-minute video showcasing his selfless service to the New Tampa community. Afterward, Guy was presented with a $50,000 grant from the Lightning, which he says will be distributed among the nonprofit organizations to which he volunteers his time. Among them are Young Life New Tampa (a non-denominational, faith-based youth social program); Young Life Capernaum (a once-a-month special needs youth group); the O.A.S.I.S. (Outreach Assisting Students In Schools) Network, a program that provides gently-used clothes and hy- giene products for less fortunate students in Hillsborough County schools; Special Connections (a special needs ministry for all ages at St. James United Methodist Church in Tampa Palms); and Voices for Children Guardian ad Litem, a program that appoints volunteers to look after foster children and make sure that their needs are being met in their New Tampa resident and Lightning Community different living situations. Hero Allen Guy (center), with Teddy Purcell (left) “I just try to make a dif- and owner Jeff Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning. ference out there with the dif“Allen was perfect for the award,” ferent groups I volunteer for,” Guy says. “These programs are the ones that I chose Holcomb explains. “He’s a full-time stayto split the Lightning money among. The at-home dad, but he also is a full-time volTampa Bay Lightning Foundation really is unteer. Most men are not stay-at-home an incredible organization. I am so honored See “Hero” on page 18. to have received (the money). I usually like to fly under the radar.” Guy was nominated to be a Lightning Community Hero by Young Life New Tampa director Alissa Holcomb. For more “Taste 2013” pics, see page 21. New Tampa Resident Allen Guy Recognized As Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero NEIGHBORHOOD MAGAZINE! DTCC Bringing 250+ New Jobs To Area, Crime On The Rise In New Tampa, Softball Teams Both Fall In District Finals, Lots Of Local Business Features & More!! ‘Broadway Comes To Tampa’ Returns, Freedom Grad Premieres Film At Tribeca Fest, Full Circle Pizza Has Great Family Dining & More Neighborhood Nibbles & Biz Bytes! Pages 1-42 Pages 43-60 ECRWSS NEWS, BUSINESS, SPORTS & EDUCATION UPDATES PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID TAMPA FL PERMIT 2801 Also Inside This Issue! Dated Material Please Rush! Through selflessness and volunteerism, one person does have the ability to have an effect on and, in some cases, even change the lives of others. For his countless hours of time and service, New Tampa resident Allen Guy has been recognized as a Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero. During an April 2 Lightning home game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa, Guy, 50, a Hunter’s Green resident, was recognized during the first period as a Lightning Community Postal Customer By Matt Wiley

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