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TAMPA Living at its best

Summer 2010

Summertime Storm Preparedness Checklist Family Emergency Plan: q Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surges, wind, and flooding q Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home q Determine the closest evacuation route from your home q Have a plan for your pets if there is a need to evacuate q Take a First Aid and/or CPR class

Sure, we’ll take the year-round Florida sunshine over the northern snow any day, all the while remaining well aware that into each life a little rain must fall! The summer storm season is upon us and it is in everyone’s best interest to be as informed and prepared as possible. Creating a family emergency plan and organizing a supply kit are two actions which will put you a step ahead in the event of dangerous weather (see checklist at right). It is also important to assure you properly secure your home. Five critical areas to

protect and reinforce are: the roof, straps, shutters, doors, and garage doors. If your home happens to suffer damage following a storm, contact your insurance company and file a claim as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you take photographs and/or video of the damage as a means of assisting with the claims processing procedure. For additional information, there are a variety of online resources available that you can consult. To access, simply type “storm preparedness” in your Internet browser’s search function and click.

In this issue: • Storm Preparedness • Helpful Back-to-School Advice • Summertime Grilling Recipe • Summer Fun Craft Project • Community News

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Emergency Supply Kit: q Water, at least 1 gallon per day per person (3-7 day supply) q Non-perishable food, snacks, canned juices, paper plates/plastic utensils, non-electric can opener q First Aid kit, medicines (OTC and RX) q Flashlight and batteries q Toiletries, hygiene items q Battery operated radio q Pet items q Cash and Important documents (in waterproof plastic bags) q Vehicle fuel tanks full

Helpful Advice on Beating Back-to-School Anxiety K-5 Kids Need to Talk Talk about it: Talk with your elementary age children about their excitement, stressing the benefits (seeing their friends, playing sports, etc.).

The transition into a new school year can be a time of excitement...and stress. Children as well adults can become anxious, irritable or depressed by this major change. The trick to fighting the backto-school anxiety is to start preparing well ahead of the first day of school. Dr. Dan Jolivet, a licensed clinical psychologist and Vice President of Clinical Services with Magellan Behavioral Health, shares how:

Give them some control: Be firm that they do have to go to school, but give them control over some simple choices, like buying or bringing lunch or riding the bus or their bike to school.

Teens Want You to Listen Keep communication lines open: Teens want you to listen to their back-to-school concerns, but not judge. Do everything possible to keep the lines of communication open at this critical age. Look for patterns: A wild new hairdo? No problem. Purple hair AND scary new

friends AND a drop in grades? Now it’s time to worry.

Adult Students Also Need Encouragement Focus on your goals: Remind yourself why you are going back to school (better job, more money, etc.). Remember that you’re not alone: Remind yourself that other “non-traditional students” have made it through this, and that it’s normal to be a little anxious or fearful. This article is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to provide any reader with specific authority, advice or recommendations. For more information, visit

Summer is Grilling Time! – Savory Chicken Burgers with Pesto Mayonnaise Ken Haedrich, a cookbook author and Disney® “FamilyFun” contributor came up with this extra juicy burger that’s made with ground chicken. Pesto, used both in the burgers and in the special sauce, adds a savory flavor to his delicious version of a cookout classic. –––– INGREDIENTS –––– FOR THE BURGERS • 1-1/2 pounds ground chicken • 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar or 1/2 cup grated parmesan • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper • 1/3 cup mayonnaise • 2 tablespoons pesto • Oil for brushing the burgers • 6 burger rolls • Lettuce and sliced tomatoes FOR THE PESTO MAYONNAISE • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 2 tablespoons pesto

–––– INSTRUCTIONS –––– 1. Line a medium-size baking sheet with plastic wrap and set it aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, cheese, salt, and pepper, gently tossing the mixture with your hands or a large fork until evenly blended. 2. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and pesto, then add it to the ground chicken mixture and combine until evenly blended. Shape the meat into six 1/2-inch thick patties, placing each one on the lined baking sheet as you go. Cover the burgers with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes to firm them. (Note: The patties will be softer than traditional hamburgers.) 3. While the meat is chilling, prepare the grill and make the pesto mayonnaise (just combine the ingredients in a small bowl). Then brush one side of each of the burgers with a little oil and place them on the grill, oiled side down. Lightly brush oil on the other side of the burgers and cook them for 5 minutes on each side, turning once, or until the meat is no longer pink inside. 4. Serve the burgers on the rolls, dressed with the lettuce, tomatoes, and pesto mayonnaise. Makes 6 burgers. Nutritional Information: Per serving (1 cheddar-based burger on a bun with 1-1/2 tablespoons of pesto mayonnaise): Calories 572, Total Fat 41 g (62% DV), Saturated Fat 9 g (47% DV), Cholesterol 122 mg (41% DV), Sodium 833 mg (35% DV), Total Carbohydrate 23 g (8% DV), Fiber 1 g (5% DV), Sugars 3 g, Protein 28 g (55% DV). Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Community News

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a family-friendly community located in Brooksville, is currently selling home sites in Village C. These sites feature a spectacular conservation view and many are oversized. Take advantage now, as these won’t be available long. Pricing for 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 2-car garage residences –– ranging from 1,265 to 1,981 square feet of thoughtfully designed living space –– starts from under $112,000, an unbelievable value.

HARRISON RANCH is in full swing this summer with residents taking advantage of the clubhouse and community amenities. Families are splashing around in the junior Olympic-size swimming pool, exploring the community via its scenic trail system, grilling out at the BBQ pavilion, enjoying the many planned activities, and kickin’ it up on the sports fields. Choose from among several distinctive neighborhoods within the community. Homes at Harrison range from 1,265 to 3,032 square feet of living area. Pricing starts from a very attractive $137,990. VENTURA BAY

is fast becoming known as THE place to be for those desiring the benefits offered by a townhome lifestyle. It’s not surprising, given the ideal Riverview location –– nearby shopping, excellent dining, great schools and a multitude of activities. Plus, there’s easy access to downtown Tampa, historic Ybor City and the Channelside District. This gated community features lush landscaping, a swimming pool and cabana. Pricing for these 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath townhomes starts from the upper $130s.

Summer Fun Craft Project – Friendship Bracelet To prove to each other that their bond will last, your child and her pal can fill up their arms with a batch of best friend bracelets. It’s a fun and easy summer craft project.

2. Tape the knot to a tabletop (or anchor in a closed drawer). Holding the free end, twist the bunch repeatedly in the same direction until it is tightly wound.

Games through early October Tampa Bay Rays Regular Season Baseball Tropicana Field Through August 15 Summer Nights at Busch Gardens (Open late with special shows, events) July 28 Dave Matthews Band 2010 Tour 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre July 31 & August 1 Nichelodeon presents Storytime Live! Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts August 4 American Idols Live! 2010 Tour St. Pete Times Forum August 7 Aerosmith 2010 Tour 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre

August 13-15 CATS, the Musical Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

• Colored embroidery thread • Tape 1. To make each bracelet, gather six 24-inch strands of embroidery thread. Hold the strands together with the ends matched up, then tie an overhand knot one inch from an end.

Games through end of July Tampa Bay Storm Regular Season Arena Football St. Pete Times Forum

August 13 Brad Paisley with Darious Rucker 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre

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3. Pinch the twisted band in the center and fold it in half so that the free end matches up with the knotted end. Re- lease the center, and the band will automatically twist back on itself. 4. Slip the ends through the loop (the pinch point) at the opposite end of the band, tie a knot to secure the bracelet, knot again and trim the ends. Information for this article is from the Disney® “FamilyFun” Website. For lots of other fun craft projects and much more, visit

August 21 & 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pre-Season Football Raymond James Stadium August 20-22 The Sound of Music Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts September 10-12 45th Annual Tampa Boat Show Tampa Convention Center September 16 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers St. Pete Times Forum

Pick your own neighbors – it’s easy! Wouldn’t it be great to be surrounded by friends and family all the time? It’s easy to do with Pulte Group’s homebuilding brands (Pulte Homes, Centex Homes, DiVosta and Del Webb). Step 1: Tell your friends and family about your Pulte home. Tell them about the area, all the great features of your home and how much you love the community. Step 2: Pick up brochures from your Pulte Homes sales office so your friends can get a glimpse of the great homes and community options. Make sure you give them the $500 coupon they can use toward home options – compliments of you! Remind them to present it on their initial visit to the community. Step 3: Join them to tour the models in your beautiful Pulte Homes community. Point out all the special things that brought you to our Pulte Homes community. Before you know it, you’ll be helping them select their next home! Bringing friends and family closer has never been so easy!


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