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table of contents

november 2010 volume 9 issue 11

Publisher Mike Floyd Office Manager Dede Floyd Copy Editor Lynne Warren advertising director Brent Simmons

Family of Community Magazines

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Our town is one busy place. Mary Etta Surrency celebrates her 100th birthday and area schools collaborated to teach important life lessons. Focus is the place to keep up with the local business, sports, and charity event news each month.

feature - Shopping Guide

Be sure to check out our Christmas Shopping Guide and organize your gift ideas before you hit the stores. It goes without saying that everyone in Plant City benefits when we shop for treasures locally.


Little is much when God is in it. Just ask Joyce Jordan, founder of Unity in the Community, the 501(c)3 organization established in 1999 to raise and donate thousands each year to feed the hungry and benefit other local charities. She and a group of wonderful volunteers work year ‘round to share with those in need.

business profile

Freddie Mullis Plumbing is committed to top quality service for his commercial and residential customers. The company technicians can repair “any appliance connected to water lines” and replace or install new fixtures in homes and businesses. Fast service at fair prices - Mullis and his staff go the extra mile.

Photographers Suzanne Gallagher Billy Friend Lori Blaser Stephanie Humphrey Staff Writers Cheryl Johnston Brian West Joe Bowles Derek Maul Kelleigh Klein Heather Davis Laura Estes Dan Conrod Kristi Linbaugh Heather Davis Ken Lawrence Megan Braglin Brittany Cer ny contributors Al Ruechel Bruce Rodwell Gil Gott Jo-An Lusk Nate Davis Editorial Interns Raven Leverett

standards of accuracy The goal of the writers at FOCUS Magazine is to provide heart-war ming 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 infor m it about the fact error. To do so, call (813) 707-8783 or e-mail editorial@floydpublications. com. The staff will fix the error in a timely manner. Readers who wish to respond to an article – not correct facts – can do so by writing a letter to the editor. If you need any other type of assistance, then please view the directory for the appropriate department. The staff at FOCUS Magazine is committed to serving their consumers and customers to the fullest of abilities. You’re paying attention to our words. Let us pay attention to yours.

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From West Baker Street: Head southeast on W. Baker St 623 East Alexander St., Plant City, FL toward N. Mobley St., continue to follow N. Alexander Street. Our office will be on right. (just north ofthe Wal-Mart) From East Baker Street: Head west on E. Baker Street/Hwy Phone 60/US #: (813) 92W towards N.571-1516 Wilder Rd, take the 1st left onto Park Rd, continue Jim Johnson Rd. Our office will be on the right. Specialty: Oral &ontoMaxillofacial Surgery

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was watching TV the other night and an eBay commercial came on, but not what you would usually expect. They showed several home videos of little kids having complete meltdowns of excitement on Christmas morning. They were asking people to go online and upload their Christmas outbursts. We’ve all witnessed those moments when Santa brings the little one exactly what he/she asked for and they proceed to use all of their energy to express their excitement. all is in the air and we are only weeks


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I’ve seen thetoscreaming, trying figure outdancing, exactly jumping, how I gotbut my favorite has got to be when my son was around four. myself into this. If you haven’t heard, Plant He got the toy he really wanted from Santa and just City’s Noon Rotary Club is holding one fell to the floor flailing his arms and legs as if he was of their biggest fundraisers of the year, having a temper tantrum but he was just so excited Dancing with the he didn’t know whatLocals. else to Th year, my wife

and I are contestants. I have never been a

dancer, soback thison entire process has been quite several occasions where I begged Santa for Looking my childhood I can remember a challenge the things onfor myme. wish list and later opened them on Christmas morning. At the time, it seemed like nothing else mattered. That is, until you grow up. At some point that excitement If you flipoftowards the middle of the book, you’ll find the feature Brianfades West, and rush ripping apart the paper to see what is underneath begins story fading.byWhat even who isis also fellow competitor this year. writes in one part of gifts the article, “There more howawe express our excitement. YouHe begin to mentally define as thoughtful, expensive, or one othercommon terms that don’tthat matter at of agethe four. seems to be theme each competitors will share when asked about their experience. Everyone agrees that this brought them closer together as a

For manyHe adults, rush doesn’t come whenyou receiving, but through rather giving. As an adult,and whoI couple.” also that describes other emotions feel going this experience, really forward writing outhead. a wish list for the in-laws who keep persisting you make feel helooks really hit thetonail on the one? It always feels like such a dreadful task that I usually avoid doing it at all. However, as parents, exciting to write out that kids.ofYou imagining Ihow Throughit’s the challenging parts, and list thefor funthe parts thisstart competition, feelyour it is daughter a positive will react when she couples gets her involved. new dollhouse orputting kitchen yourself set, or how son line will in respond experience for the You’re outyour on the front to of his new remote controlled flying airplane. It’s a thrill to plan, and then such a fulfilling experience hundreds of people. Even though an instructor walked you through the steps many to watch them tear through the presents that morning with pure joy on their faces.

times for months leading up to the competition, it’s you two on that floor by yourselves that have to make it happen. Together, you both walk into this blindly and figure it Joyce Jordan and Linda Furman understand the “feel good” that comes with altruism. They out the as aexecutive team. Thdirector is year, more than anyofofUnity the past years, there are The diffipurpose cult, andofslightly are and president in the Community. Unity in dangerous, moves that many of us are taking on. It should be quite a show! the Community is to be a charity to support all the other charities in the community. The two

organizations they contribute to the most are the Plant City United Food Bank and Meals Reading that Brian also reminded another familiar story in thisissue issue. on Wheels, butquote there from are many others. Make sureme youof read the article in this month’s Our spotlight month is onbecause Helen this Parke of Parkesdale She shares story of about Unity in this the Community is truly a humble Farms. organization full of the passionate the love she and faces the late Roy shared in their years of marriage. would have to volunteers whose light up Parke with excitement at the66 opportunity to give toIothers.

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As youtogether. begin writing your list of everyone youasneed to buy thisinholiday season, make closer Theyout built a strong foundation a team, notforonly the strawberry sure you reference Holiday Shopping Guide. Without leaving Plant City you can find a industry, but also the in their family. variety of unique ideas for everyone in your life. From giving mom a deep clean of her house to tickets for the phenomenal New Year’s Eve show at the the RedFood Rose,Network there are so Webuying wanted to recognize the Parke family this month because many great ideas for this holiday season. Make the sureBest you support ourDessert Plant City businesses declared Parkesdale Farm Market as having Drinkable in the country! and shop local this Christmas! I’ve told people before that you’re missing out if you’ve never had a strawberry milkshake

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This October issue is packed with great stories of what’s going on in our community, so make sure you read through it all. I hope to see you November 12!

Mike Floyd Publisher Rock N Roses article All In Bloom Florist was credited with donating Corrections Inthetheflowers each month to the raffle winner. It was actually Brown’s Florist

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In the Last Supper Collection article Cheryl Johnston was credited with taking the photo. The photo was actually taken by Tony Wright Photography. foCUS Magazine Plant City november 2010


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The Annual PLANT CITY CHRISTMAS PARADE will take place on Friday, December 3 rd. This year, the parade will start at 6 PM which is a half-hour earlier than in year’s past. It will wind though downtown Plant City.


Here is the way this works……Chamber businesses will decorate a Christmas tree in their place of business. You will have the opportunity to stop by and check out all the decorated trees and vote for the one you think is best. Now, here is the good part, after you have visited all the business that participate and you have voted for your favorite tree, you will drop off the card that the business will provide you with and bring that to the Chamber office, 106 North Evers Street. There it will be deposited in a box for a drawing that will take place on December 20 th. for a $150. VISA card which can be used anywhere VISA is accepted. And who can’t use a $150. VISA card 5 days before Christmas? If you want more information on this program, please call the Chamber office at 813754-3707.

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MAJOR DINOSAUR EXPANSION! You are invited to this ground breaking ceremony for a major expansion to Dinosaur World in Plant City. We are proud to be successful and growing. We want you to share this exciting moment! Join Plant City Mayor Dan Raulerson and the Dinosaur World owners in this celebration. Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 9:00 am. Dinosaur World - 5145 Harvey Tew Road in Plant City - Exit 17 on I-4. See you there!

EIGHTH ANNUAL PIG JAM Are you ready for some good ol’ Southern style barbecue? Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20 th. That is the date of the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce EIGHTH ANNUAL PIG JAM. Over $15,000 in prizes will be awarded the winners. This is a professional competition with participants coming from all over the country. It is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. This all takes place at the Randy Larson Four-Plex at Plant City Stadium and gets underway at 10 AM with the BBQ going on till 5 PM.





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MYFOCUSTV.COM Historic Downtown Christmas Stroll Friday evening, December 10th 5:00 to 7:00 pm Many of the downtown shops & restuarants are keeping their doors open late this evening for an old time Christmas stroll of Historic downtown Plant City. Not only will McCall Park be decorated for Christmas, so will the shops & restaurants - many of them will have some kind of tasty goodies for you to sample. There will be door prizes, a Christmas Tree competition, and Christmas carolers for everyone to enjoy. Make it a date! Come yourself and bring your family and friends! foCUS Magazine Plant City november 2010


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The United Food Bank Board of Directors enjoy a moment with Miss Florida Jaclyn Raulerson. Pictured Back Row: Rick Bunnell, Marsha Passmore, Mayor Dan Raulerson, David Miller, Jaclyn Raulerson, Brian West, Jon Poppell, Mike Ardnt and George Banning. Front Row: Carole Wright, Kelleigh Klein and David Davenport. Photo by Mikie Snyder

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he Daybreak Rotary of Plant City recently hosted the first annual Cracker Country Feast at the beautiful Walden Lake home of George and Cassandra Banning. Proceeds from this year’s wild game event will benefit the United Food Bank of Plant City and its continued efforts to feed the truly hungry in the Plant City community. According to event co-chair, George Banning, “The Daybreak Rotary has hosted a Cracker Country Feast for various cultural and vocational exchanges sponsored through Rotary International. These exchanges have been with Peru, Argentina, India, Denmark, and this year Sweden.”

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Tampa Electric Company, this year’s event raised $11,000.

thereafter, Jaclyn became Miss Florida. Now he is just proudly known as Jackie’s Dad. Jaclyn will represent Florida and Over 100 attendees enjoyed an assortment Plant City in the Miss America contest on of game favorites including fried fish, January 15th at Planet Hollywood in Las gator tail, fried turkey breast, fried venison, Vegas ( Cajun gumbo, Cajun jambalaya, barbequed wild hog, elk, swamp cabbage, side dishes, Officers of the Daybreak Rotary include and a delicious array of desserts. The culinary team who designed and cooked the cracker country favorites included chef ’s Mike Hardin, Doug Updike, David Miller, Mark Poppell and Jon Poppell.

Food Stations were set up around the picturesque Banning and neighbors Dean and Mickie Snyder’s back yards. Areas were tented and volunteers helped serve In addition to Banning (Daybreak Rotary), and replenish the food trays. There was the committee in charge of planning the plenty of great food available for the entire recent Cracker Country Feast in Plant evening. City consisted of co-chair David Miller (Noon Rotary member), Doug Updyke The dress code for the feast included (President elect of the Daybreak Rotary), an assortment of country style clothing Dean Snyder, Mike Hardin, and Bill such as cracker country chic, camouflage, McCleod. The group has enjoyed cooking overalls, jeans, shorts, flip flops, and more. together and preparing a “Cracker Country Everyone was comfortably dressed for a Feast” type of menu on a regular basis to casual night of great food, beverages, music entertain family and friends. Banning and fun. adds, “Because everyone has enjoyed attending our regular Cracker Country Making a special appearance at this year’s Feasts, it has grown to where we decided event was the beautiful Miss Florida, to charge for attending and giving this Jaclyn Raulerson. Jaclyn was introduced year’s proceeds to the United Food Bank of to the crowd by her father, Mayor Dan Plant City.” Due to the generous financial Raulerson. Dan told the crowd that he support from the event’s participants and enjoyed a brief moment of fame when lead sponsorships from Albertsons and being elected Mayor and then shortly

President Alan Gray, President Elect Doug Updyke, Secretary Rob Evans, Treasurer Bill Pitrakus, and Sergeant at Arms Raymond Sheldon. The Daybreak Rotary meets every Monday morning at 7:00 am at South Florida Baptist Hospital. has grown to where we decided to charge for attending and giving this year’s proceeds to the United Food Bank of Plant City.

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Left to right 4 generations: Audrey Gillespie, Addison O’Brien, Mary Etta Surrency, Amber O’Brien. Photo by Megan Braglin

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At our office, we’re dedicated to providing quality health care to our patients. We are different than some offices because we strongly believe that mind, body and spirit are important to be a sound individual. With chiropractic care we listen carefully to those in pain and value our patients that understand the important part chiropractic care can have for wellness. EFFECTIVE PAIN RELIEF AND WHOLE BODY WELLNESS With chiropractic care, patients can be given the opportunity to experience less pain, fewer illnesses, and can gain an understanding of how your environment, lifestyle, and personal mind-set affect your health. We value Massage Therapy as a dedicated profession and a blessing to assist in whole body wellness. Custom-tailored relief for: ● Whiplash, painful joints ● Frequent headaches ● Low back, hip or leg pain ● Disc syndromes, sciatica ● Neck, shoulder, arm pain ● Tight muscles, numbness ● Nervousness, loss of sleep ● Pain between the shoulders

With chiropractic you’ll feel the difference from head to toe. Our approach to total body wellness will keep you active and energized. Don’t let fatigue or pain keep you from enjoying the activities you love. Chiropractic adjustments can help bring your body back to a better state of alignment, improving your body’s balance, performance and energy- at work and at play. So remember if you are considering a place that has a motto, “To Love, To Serve”… who loves to pray for their families, friends, etc. that needs are met, wants to give quality care and be cared for as a person not a number – Thanks for considering us Blessings, Dr. Dukes and Staff Special Note: On Thursday November 25, 2010 is Thanksgiving we would like to thank our patients, their families and all those we have served past, present and future. Happy Thanksgiving! Also on Thursday November 11, 2010 was Veterans Day. Thanks to all who have served our nationGOD BLESS YOU!

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ne hundred years ago on November 18th, in the small town of Winter Haven, Florida, a baby girl was born to a hard working couple Mack C. and Rosa Etta Clark Thompson. Mary Etta Thompson Surrency grew up under the watchful eye of her parents as one of two children. Surrency remembers playing as a young girl in the orange groves for which her father was caretaker. She recalls, “I mostly wanted to get away from my house where my momma would put us to work. I was a Daddy’s girl.” She remembers surviving diseases that seem foreign to us now, such as Typhoid Fever. “There were no immunizations back then,” Surrency reminisces.

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home in Auburndale for several years before retiring. “I liked doing for people,” Surrency remarks. During her retirement, Surrency has lived in The Towers and volunteered at the Baptist Church Library with Bernie Anderson until they moved into the new building. Now, Surrency enjoys her 8

I mostly wanted to get away from my house where my momma would put us to work. I was a Daddy’s girl.

Surrency married Grady Russell Thompson and they had one daughter, Audrey Elaine Thompson Gillespie (1936). After Surrency was widowed in 1947, she worked in the Keysville area grinding the edges of wooden packing crates used for oranges. Then she was a custodian at Pinecrest Elementary school for a few years. Later in life, she became Mrs. George Washington Surrency and they had another daughter, Nancy Louise Surrency (both of which are now deceased). After divorcing Mr. Surrency, and well into her 40s, she went to nursing school and earned her LPN license. She worked in a nursing

grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Surrency’s surviving daughter now cares for her mother and happily prepares her favorite same supper every night - grilled cheese and soup with a piping hot cup of black coffee. On November 20th the family will celebrate the matriarch’s 100 years of life at High Point Church of Valrico. In lieu of gifts, the family suggests a canned food donation and a single rose to make a flower arrangement from all of those who have known and loved Mary Etta Thompson Surrency.

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“Berry Smart – Don’t Start” Drug Prevention Walk T Written By: Cheryl Johnston

he Area VI schools of eastern Hillsborough County are proactive when it comes to helping kids say “No” to drugs and other destructive behaviors.

The track and field oval at Turkey Creek Middle School was packed on Saturday, October 23 for the 6th Annual “Berry Smart – Don’t Start” Drug Prevention Walk, spearheaded by guidance counselors and school representatives. Annette Kilgore of the Springhead guidance department described the event as a “very family oriented half-day filled with some old-fashioned fun.” Through its Character in the Community outreach to homes, schools, and community, Hillsborough County Public Schools organizes events in which children can witness positive influences. The Charles E. Mendez Foundation sponsored alongside HCPS’s Area IV schools and the city of Plant City on this event, which typically takes place during national Red Ribbon Week. This campaign is a continuing tradition of displaying red ribbons to present a unified commitment towards the creation of a Drug-Free America.

On this day families rallied to offer support for the powerful message. They walked with their kids, they created activity stops and sold fundraiser items around the track, and they volunteered to serve.

of Progress Village School of the Arts. The Marshall Middle School Step Team and the Gentlemen’s Quest Club, established by Stanley Glover in 2007, demonstrated their rhythmic moves to wow the crowd.

Alice Loeb of HCPS Support Services and Area businesses donated raffle prizes Kristen Endris of Trapnell Elementary, and manned information booths with helped to coordinate the event and shared giveaways for the children. emcee duties. Jerry Jackson, Area VI Director, complimented the joint efforts of staff, students, parents, and local business partners in walking home this message of zero drug tolerance and wise choices. The Durant High School Jr.AFROTC Color Guard, directed by Captain Brentley Kerwin, presented the colors and the school’s drumline, led the walkers around the track. Plant City High School cheerleaders and drummers, along with Strawberry Crest service clubs, also volunteered.

Perhaps a thanks from a single disabled grandfather raising his grandchildren describes the day best. Darrah Headley brought his son’s two young children, Alden and Destiny, to the event because “something like this is great for the budget.” Alden, 6, attends the Little Explorers Pre-K program and Destiny, 6, is at Walden Lake. He complimented HCPS as “a group of people who care enough to do events that support what we’re trying to teach our kids. They can’t have enough role models.” He was also thankful to be outdoors in the fresh air and to mingle with children and parents from other neighborhoods, saying, “Today we have so much technology and we’re so involved with our computers that we don’t even know our neighbors. This is a great event.” HCPS would like to thank this event’s community sponsors: C.E. Mendez Foundation, Golden Rule Foundation, Plant City Commissioners, South Florida Baptist Hospital, Hillsborough County Sherriff ’s Office, Sweetbay Supermarket, AAA Insurance, Sweet Tree’s Bakery, and the Hillsborough County Twirlettes. Dedicated students and staff of the following schools certainly did their part: Bailey, Burney, Bryan, Cork, Dover, Jackson, J.S. Robinson, Knights, Lincoln, Pinecrest, Springhead, Trapnell, Walden Lake, Wilson, Marshall Middle, Turkey Creek Middle, and Durant, Plant City, and Strawberry Crest High schools.

HCPS is a group of people who care enough to do events that support what we’re trying to teach our kids. They can’t have enough role models.

Cameras clicked constantly to snap shots of the various school choruses who performed patriotic songs. Children from Knights, Cork, Dover, Wilson, and Springhead dressed in school shirts and sang their hearts out for grinning friends and family who watched with pride. Other student performances included Dover Elementary’s Spirit Squad, Hillsborough County Twirlettes (featuring Michele McGuire), and Evelyn Angeles

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lant City has big plans for its annual Relay for Life. You are part of the plan. Here’s how to help exceed last year’s incredible accomplishment.

Teams are forming now and meeting times are set at 6:30 p.m. in the Plant City High School Media Center for the following dates: November 15, December 13, January 24, February 21, March 14 and “Bank Night” is April 4th. The 2011 theme is “Curing Cancer … From Our City to Yours!” Groups from area schools, businesses, churches, civic organizations, and just plain friends/family entourages will camp out, chow down, play games, entertain, walk, encourage, and comfort each other when the teams join forces on April 8-9 at the PCHS football complex to “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back.” Relay for Life of Plant City received some wonderful news at the recruitment meeting held October 23 at First Baptist Church. A $5,000 donation on behalf

of the Massachusetts-based Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc. (think Stanley Home Products) was presented to the sponsorship fund for our city’s efforts to cure cancer. What a great start!

Sponsorships begin at $250 and continue to the Gold Level at $7,500. Sponsors receive valuable local media exposure, so the sooner involved, the better. There’s also the just plain “feels good” satisfaction of making a difference in our little corner of the world. Plant City’s efforts are quite remarkable. At the 2010 Relay for Life, our community was the 4th largest contributor in Florida to the American Cancer Society’s annual cause. Sixty-six teams collected $243,000, including $21, 025 in sponsorships. The 2011 goal is $250,000. Will you help? The recent meeting was well attended and most were brought to tears when Dana Carpenter shared how much Relay for Life has meant to the family since the death of Megan, their inspiring 17-year-old

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daughter. Megan went to be with her Lord in 2006, after a courageous five-year fight against a rare form of cancer that strikes only one in one each year. In her honor, adults and children visit the “Megan Tent” staffed by volunteer stylists for haircuts, manicures, shoulder massages, and the very special “Princess Makeovers.” This will be the 5th R4L event for the Carpenter family and friends Everyone in the room could relate because each had somehow been touched by cancer, either their own life or a loved one’s. Laughter replaced the tears when local teacher Mike Storter shared his story. Since being diagnosed 18 months ago with AML Leukemia, he has undergone a chemo, radiation, a bone marrow transplant, and of course, hair loss. He has just been re-diagnosed so will undergo another round of treatments. Yet, through it all, Storter’s faith, his sense of humor, and his level of compassion have increased. His battle now is all about helping others to walk through it and he encouraged

attendees by highlighting the amazing treatment advances. He believes “caregivers have the most difficult role” and ended by posing this question: “Which dollar will be the one that funds the cure? Will yours be the one? Will you form a team, hold a fundraiser, become a sponsor? Will you walk the track, light a luminaria, hold someone’s hand whose battling the beast now? As Dana Carpenter so aptly put it by quoting Lance Armstrong, “Be about the fight …” , and by quoting her cheerleading Megan, “God gives us what we can handle. We can do this. Together! Let’s Fight! Beat Cancer! To claim your theme city and begin your fight, visit or call Cathy Vallianatos at 813-685-0670 (x 5457). Be sure also to attend the upcoming meetings at PCHS mentioned above. Our whole community is in this thing. Please, please – do your part.

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NFL Conducts Punt, Pass, and Kick Results of Local Competition Announced Contest S

Written By: Joe Bowles | Results and Photos Courtesy of: the Optimist Club and the Plant City Parks and Recreation Department

ince 1961, the National Football League has sponsored a national skills contest called Punt, Pass, & Kick. It is a competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15, allowing youth to match up against their peers in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) by punting, passing, and place kicking a football for distance and accuracy. This year, the Optimist Club of Plant City and the Plant City Parks and


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Recreation Department held its local PPK competition on Saturday, September 25 at the Otis Andrews Sports Complex. The 54 local participants were part of more than three million boys and girls across the world have competed for a chance to advance to the finals to be held in January during halftime at an NFL playoff game. Local first place winners in each division will advance to sectional competition at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (One Bus Place) on October 1O at 10:00 AM.

Plant City’s first, second and third place finishers:

6 -7 year-olds: Girls- Alexandria Jacobsen (1st); Boys- Bo Copen (1st), Quinton Kahelin (2nd), Koy Collins (3rd)

(2nd), Samantha Palestrini (3rd); BoysMatthew Byars (1st), Lane Kiddy (2nd), Patrick Hicks (3rd)

12-13 year-olds: Girls- Taylor Edgemon (1st), Ashton Sparkman (2nd), Crystal Johnson (3rd); Boys- Jake Koisa (1st), Austin Drury (2nd), Brandon Williamson 8-9 year-olds: Boys- Gavin Hessler (1st), Benjamin Hawke (2nd), Gabriel Broussard (3rd) (3rd) 14-15 year-olds: Boys- Zachary Drury 10-11 year-olds: Girls- Sydney (1st). Michael Mulroe (2nd) Szczesniakowski (1st), Celene Lopez

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Strawberry Crest selects A Written By: Cheryl Johnston | photos courtesy of: Eleanor Hancock

pproximately 350 supporters attended the 2nd Annual Strawberry Crest High School Calendar Girl Competition last month to encourage the 33 young women competing for the 13 titles. The judges had a tough job. The event, sponsored by SCHS’s Future Farmers of America chapter, creates excitement around school as freshmen to senior females decide whether to enter, what to wear, and how to prepare for the walk and the talk.

Susan Mayo is SCHS Career/Technical Department Head, an Agricultural/Natural Resources educator, and FFA sponsor who organized the fundraiser. Two students, Jennifer Morgan and Pedro Amaral, shared emcee duties for the evening and Paul Rubio sang the National Anthem. Amaral also sang to the finalists before winners were announced. As the girls walked across the stage, the emcees read their bios, which mention parents’ names, GPA, extracurricular athletics, clubs, and community service organization memberships. Judges score girls for overall beauty, self-confidence, pose and poise.

team leader and 2010 All County Team honorable mention.

Twelve girls will represent the calendar’s months and everyone except the Cover Girl can compete again next year: Erin McGinty ( January), Michele Gonzales (February), Alisha Cancio (March), Ashton Houston (April), Kristen Spiker (May), Jordan Pugh ( June), Jessie Warren ( July), Trixi Menge (August), Corie Bellott (September), Kayla Stepp (October), Kristin Bozek (November), and Allee Wilson (December).

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Miss August, junior Trixi Menge, especially enjoyed recruiting new sponsors. She recalled, “I avidly went into the community to different businesses and met so many fantastic people.” She ended up with six sponsors, three more than required. Miss March, senior Alisha Cancio liked the challenge, too. “Not only did I gain a wonderful experience, but I was able to help fundraise for SCHS Future Farmers of America. It feels awesome to participate in events such as this at Strawberry Crest!”

Cancio described this experience as “enriching” and “awesome for my selfconfidence.” To overcome anxiety about her “clumsiness and the required walk,” Confidence and stage presence are key in Cancio said she focused on “representing the final segment during which finalists my community, my school’s student body, respond to a common question. This year’s and all the people who did everything they “What is the best part of being a Charger?” could to help me be on that stage.” seemed an easy prompt and responded beautifully. Kristen Spiker, Miss May, believes “the question gets almost everybody.” “But FFA thanked the five judges for the 2011 then,” she said, “ when I thought about competition: Beverly Mercer of Frenziebeing the first graduating class, my answer Life Theatre; Ray Sheppard, Field Training was about being part of a tradition.” Officer with Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office; Courteny Swantek, Like many of the 33 contestants, Cancio 1995 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen; and Menge were new to pageants. They Dwight Campbell, Hillsborough County definitely agree all girls should consider School Board social worker; and Mary entering next year. Cancio commented, Jo Kiehl of DANJO of Central Florida. “I made many new friends. Everyone was Eleanor Hancock photographed the girls nervous, especially during the intermission ( when the judges were deciding, so naturally we all became friends and quickly related Finally, ballots were tallied and winners to one another.” announced: “The 2010-11 Calendar Cover Girl is … Jamee Townsend.” The Menge added, “It’s so incredibly fun. I had 2010 cover girl, Martha Trejo, honored been totally against pageants prior to this, Townsend, who is the daughter of Rob and but I went out of my comfort zone and Cathy Townsend and SCHS FFA chapter sure enough, I had the time of my life.” president. Along with poise and beauty, the sophomore athlete is a Chargers Volleyball


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Prosperity Campaign Calls for Volunteers to Prepare Taxes at Free Tax Sites Written By: Cheryl Johnston


he Prosperity Campaign of Hillsborough County needs volunteers to help the county’s most vulnerable families and individuals with free tax filing assistance. Thirty-three tax sites throughout the county rely primarily on volunteers who do everything from coordinating site operations to serving as greeters/intake specialists to actually preparing the returns of folks who need some knowledgeable help. The two free filing locations in Plant City are located at Bruton Memorial Library and the Plant City Neighborhood Service Center. Between them, they are open days, evenings and Saturday. Both sites can use more volunteers. This collaborative effort among local public, private and non-profit organizations includes United Way, Hillsborough County Dept. of Family and Aging Services, the IRS, and multiple financial institutions and communitybased service organizations. The Prosperity Campaign’s purpose is to ensure clients can access free tax filing services through which they are able to claim valuable income-boosting tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit. Financial education and coaching to empower individuals to better understand their options when it comes to spending, saving and borrowing is also available. The program’s goal is to help people build assets, use credit wisely, manage debt successfully and ultimately achieve financial stability. Volunteers are needed from late January through April 15th. During the 2010 filing season, 330 volunteers assisted in the preparation of 9,320 returns. Although volunteers are not required to work a


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certain number of hours, they are asked to commit to work with their chosen site for the duration of the season if possible and to consider working at least one shift a week, which is usually about 2-4 hours. All necessary training generally begins in late October-early November and is ongoing throughout the fall and into mid-January. No matter when someone signs up, convenient training sessions are available. The training period can vary depending on which site a volunteer specifies and which role they would like to play. Greeters/ Intake specialists do not need advance training. Preparers will complete either IRS-approved VITA or AARP trainingwhich is generally around 30 hours or, if working at one of our “Benefit Bank” locations, will complete 6-8 hours of software training. Preparers will conduct intake interviews with taxpayers and then help them prepare and e-file their federal tax returns using approved software. Volunteers do NOT need to have any prior experience with tax preparation or a background in accounting or finance to participate, although basic computer skills, a desire to help low and moderate income families, and the ability to work with people from varied backgrounds are important considerations. Greeters/Intake Specialists are needed at many sites and to handle check-in procedures, which can include signing people in, ensuring they have the necessary documentation and helping them complete intake forms. Those interested should contact Kara Moore at United Way, (813) 274-0926 or via email at An application and more information is available at taxhelpvolunteers

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The Strawberry Classic Car show Vintage Beauties in McCall Park H Written By: John Ross

istoric downtown Plant City is known for hosting historic events of stature. On Saturday, October 16th, car and truck owners of antiques, customs, classics and hotrods brought their showpieces and joined spectators around the train depot for a day of free entertainment.

Benny, event organizer, said it was great to be there. “We’re having our monthly car show. It’s the third Saturday of every month. It’s free to the public and free for the cars. Everybody’s out here to have a good time.” This car show was for vehicles from 1985 and older, but “Next month is a mustang show, and in January we will have a truck

show. We like to change it up” as Benny said. Gary is a very proud owner of a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr. “It’s pretty rare,” he said. Jet black and including a custom air-ride suspension, he has spent the last three years of his life working on it, four days a week. There were many versions of the Chevelle SS, Mustang, Charger, Thunderbird, Camero, and others. The Ford Mustang show will be on November 20th. Contact the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce at 813-7543707 or visit for more information or to register. Photo by: Britany Coppola





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The Hillsborough County special ops crew uses the Jaws of Life to remove the vehicle’s roof and extract the injured driver during the dramatic mock crash at Strawberry Crest High School. Photos by Olivia Wederbrand and Kaitlyn Pressler

Strawberry Crest Students Respond to Mock Crash D Written By: Tristyn Wolfe

rivers of every age need to know: Whether it’s alcohol, prescription drugs, or a cell phone that has you under the influence, it’s as dangerous as holding a loaded gun.

Students at Strawberry Crest High School witnessed a mock car crash October 14, demonstrating the result of drinking and driving. Five students performed along with real life police, paramedics, and firefighters. The Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Department expressed thanks to Brewington’s Towing Service, Stowers Funeral Home, Tampa General Hospital and AeroMed, along with and county EMS and firefighting personnel for assistance in this powerful outdoor drama. All hope teens will seriously consider choices they make when they’re driving or riding with friends. Each year these organizations stage accident re-enactments at four area high schools. This was the first at Strawberry Crest. From the stadium’s home side, students watched the unfolding story begin with two cars covered by a tarp. Caleb Cruz and Phoebe Ellington were in one vehicle and


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Savannah Brantley and Abe Fernandez were in the other. Suddenly, a desperately honking car horn and screeching tire noises were followed by the unmistakable sound of crunching metal. The tarps were removed, revealing a disaster. Both front ends looked like smashed metal monsters. Four students inside the vehicles were bruised and bloody. A fifth student, Brittney Williams, drove past and dialed 911 to report the accident. She pleaded for help to come quickly. Almost immediately sirens from ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars pierced the air at Charger field.

they must remove the car’s sunroof using Jaws of Life.

Flat boards and neck braces helped rescuers carefully remove the injured students. With each body securely strapped to a stretcher, the scene became even more real. Paramedics worked feverishly to resuscitate two lifeless bodies. Brantley was loaded into the back of the ambulance. Next and adding to the drama, a MediVac helicopter whirled dust and debris into the bleachers as it landed on the football field.

This experience, intended to dramatically impact students’ attitudes about cautious driving and right decisions to avoid alcohol, click the seatbelt, and wait to text, seems to have accomplished its mission. Sophomore Gabriel Morua said, “It made me think about the things I do and showed me anything can happen. We’re not invincible because we’re young.” Another sophomore, Brandon Denney, agreed: “The crash shocked me into deep thought. I wondered what would happen in my family if I died by that cause. The poem gave me goosebumps. When I get into a car, I won’t have a sip of anything alcohol related in my body. I just hope we can end this because no one deserves the hardship of this tragic accident.” Ultimately, students learned that drivers who choose to live carelessly have no one to blame but themselves. Sadly and too often, some who’ve made wise choices pay the ultimate price for another’s serious mistake. Let’s hope this lesson is one that lasts a long lifetime.

Cruz was questioned and given a breathalyzer test before being declared intoxicated. Handcuffed, he was seated into the police cruiser. Little did he know a fun night with friends and a few beers would change his future forever. In the passenger seat, Ellington was dead. Unable to revive her, the rescue squad carefully placed her body into the ominous blue bag. Slumped over the wheel of car two, Brantley was unconscious and trapped. The distorted body of Fernandez was on the vehicle’s floor. He had not worn his seatbelt. At this point, firemen decided

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Zumbathon! P Written By: Abby Moon

ink was the color of choice at the Red Rose on October 16th when the hotel’s Ballroom was invaded by clapping, screaming Zumba Fitness enthusiasts with a cause. The elegant chandeliers glistened above with hope as the Zumbathon, benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, raged in high gear below.

“I have several friends who are cancer survivors, and no one should lose a loved one to breast cancer,” said Susan Staton, certified Zumba Fitness instructor and event coordinator. “I would like to see a cure in my lifetime, and this is my way of supporting that goal.” The event brought together the extended Zumba Fitness families of local instructors, Susan Staton, Claudia Moon, Patty Sanchez and Lynn Heil. The instructors took turns leading the crowd in cumbia, merengue, salsa and reggaeton dances and student, Edwin Cincron, really got things moving with his high-energy performance of “Tu Boquita.”

Plant City resident Donna Jean Crocker summarized her Zumbathon experience. “If you don’t like to exercise, but you like music, you’ll love Zumba,” she said. “Today, we don’t only get to have fun and burn calories with our friends, we are also supporting a great cause.” After hours of nonstop action, the men, women and children who came out to support the cause got a chance to win a variety of prizes donated by Plant City businesses and local supporters. Prizes included a three-night stay at a Vail, Colorado resort, a gift certificate to Souther Chiropractic, earrings from John Schupard at Crescent Jewelers, a training session from Mike “I Hate My Trainer” and a trip to the Bod Pod at Power Shop Fitness from Amanda “Arm Band Girl.” Evelyn Madonia, the owner and general manager of the Red Rose Inn and Suites, graciously donated the facility to hold the Zumbathon as well as several great prizes, including a dinner for two with preferred seating at the Red Rose Dining Room, an overnight stay in a signature Polo Club suite and $225 in gift certificates.

“Zumba Fitness has become part of my exercise plan to help me feel alive,” said breast cancer survivor, Deanna Porter. “Most breast cancer exists in your breast for 10 years before you can feel it during a self-exam.” Porter’s hyperplasia could not be felt, but was found early during

a routine mammogram. She urges all women, not just those with a family history, to be checked regularly. For more information on breast cancer awareness, the Susan G. Komen foundation or to donate, visit

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Large Business of the Year was awarded to Felton’s Meat and Produce. Pictured: Mike Mondsini, Karen Davis, Elliot Davis, Charles Harris, Lee Williams and Gary Pike. Photos by Kelleigh Klein

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ore than 200 attendees gathered at the Red Rose Inn and Suites on Thursday, November 4th to support the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce 18th annual Business of the Year Awards Banquet. The event is sponsored by the Chamber’s Economic Development Council.

Twelve businesses were nominated for the prestigious awards. The nominees were grouped into one of four categories: Growing Business of the Year (1-5 years in business), Small Business of the Year (1 – 15 full time employees), Mid-Size Business of the Year (16-50 full-time employees), and Large Business of the Year (51 + full-time employees). In addition to the four main business categories, a business is named as the Special Business of the Year. The Special Business Award is given to a business who exhibits exemplary community contribution. This year’s nominees included Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, Plant City Mortgage Corp., Timberlane Pet Hospital & Resort, Barbara Powers Promotions, Dental Associates at Walden Woods, Valrico State Bank, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Dinosaur World, Family Practice


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at Chamber Awards Dinner Written By: Kelleigh Klein

Center of Plant City, Dart Container Corporation, Felton’s Meat & Produce, and James Hardie Building Products, Inc. According to Greater Plant City Chamber Chairman, Charles Harris, “It is always exciting for the Chamber to honor the incredible businesses that we have here in Plant City. All of the businesses nominated tonight are extremely deserving and should feel a great sense of accomplishment.”

Chamber Board member Gary Pike (Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.) was this year’s awards banquet emcee. He wore a colorfully designed tie in honor of the late Bob Tanner who was the event emcee for several years. Assisting Gary with the awards and presentations was Charles Harris (Holiday Inn Express). This year’s program included a short video clip of all the nominees. Chamber Board of Director Al Berry was responsible for putting together the video clips. Marion Smith (Chamber President) said, “Many thanks go to Al Berry for the countless

continued on page 35 Small Business of the Year Winner was Barbara Powers Promotions. Pictured: Gary Pike, Barbara Powers and Charles Harris Photos by Kelleigh Klein

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Mid-Size Business of the Year winner was Dinosaur World. Pictured are Dinosaur World staff members Christer Svensson, Marcus Svensson, Joakim Svensson, Eloenor Gorski, Wojeckek Gorski, Nita Safrit, Libert Safrit, Heather Mann, Mayra Reyes and Gary Pike. Photos by Kelleigh Klein continued from page 34 hours he puts in recording and editing the video for all of us to see. We are so glad that we changed the format and everyone could view a video of each business. So many times, one may not know exactly what a particular business really does as far as their services are concerned or their community service activities.” This year’s winners were Timberlane Pet Hospital & Resort (Growing Business

and local charities by giving back through volunteering and financial support.” Small Business of the Year winner, Barbara Powers, thanked her husband of 21 years Matt for his continued support and encouragement. In addition, Barbara thanked Marion Smith for her guidance through Chamber membership and business connections. Large Business of the Year winner, Lee Williams, thanked his parents for their hard work and perseverance in running a successful business. In addition, Lee commented

These businesses not only provide the highest level of products and customer service, but also show a tremendous dedication to our community and local charities by giving back through volunteering and financial support

Special Business of the Year winner was Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Pictured are Gary Pike, Scott Buczek (Carrabba’s) and Charles Harris Photos by Kelleigh Klein

of the Year), Barbara Powers Promotions (Small Business of the Year), Dinosaur World (Mid-Size Business of the Year), Felton’s Meat & Produce (Large Business of the Year) and Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Special Business of the Year). According to Harris, “These businesses not only provide the highest level of products and customer service, but also show a tremendous dedication to our community

that his parents would attribute their close family ties and business success to their faith in God. For more information about membership and upcoming events sponsored by the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce visit or call (813) 754-3707. The Chamber is located at 106 N. Evers Street, Plant City 33563.

Growing Business of the Year Winner was Timberlane Pet Hospital and Resort. Pictured: Dr. Christy Layton, Adrienne Swisher, Billi Floyd, Desiree Naegelin, Priscilla Colome, Toni Wazelle and Barbara Layton Photos by Kelleigh Klein foCUS Magazine Plant City november 2010


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CROWDS VISIT THE “Salute to Veterans” AT THE PHOTO ARCHIVES & HISTORY CENTER PHOTO EXHIBIT W submitted By: Plant City Photo Archives & History Center

hen the winds of war swept across the country, Plant City residents responded by volunteering by the hundreds. The draft called many more, and the city streetscape changed almost overnight. The years 1941 through 1945 saw the young men and a number of young women called to serve their country in various branches of military service. They served across the continental United States, in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, on the ground, at sea, and in the air. Years later, most, but not all of them, returned.

In 2005, 60 years after the close of World War II, in recognition of their service, the Plant City Photo Archives collected hundreds of photographs of area veterans and established the “Salute to Veterans” photo exhibit. By 2010, the collection has expanded to include veterans from all eras, and not only photos, but many vets contributed stories about their experiences, plus maps, and clippings. On November 11, 2005, the Photo Archives opened its first public showing of the “Salute to Veterans” exhibit and the Open House that day drew hundreds of local and regional citizens to honor their veterans. In the following year, on Saturday, November 11, 2006, over 350 visitors viewed the exhibit, and many of them poured onto the street to cheer and welcome the Plant City National Guard troops as they returned from active duty in Kuwait and Iraq, and their buses were escorted through downtown en route to the Armory. This year, on Saturday, November 6, 2010, the Photo Archives & History Center held its sixth annual Open House to display the “Salute to Veterans” exhibit. Several hundred visitors enjoyed the exhibit, which featured nearly 600 photos of area veterans – in 8x10s, enlargements up to 3’x4’, and 4’x10’ vinyl banners. The guests also enjoyed the piano music of Mrs. Vonell Browning, coffee donated by Starbucks, and pastries donated by Publix


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and Sweet Bay Super Markets. The Host Committee included James “Sonny” Jones, Hubert Snapp, Ann Owens, Jean Weaver, Glen and Judy Johnson, and Carl Dekle, a WWII vet and an ex-Marine, in his full dress blues.

The “Salute to Veterans” Exhibit has been one of the most popular exhibits at the Photo Archives and will remain on display through Saturday, January 8, 2011. In past years, relatives of veterans whose photos are on display have come from across the country to visit family, and to visit the veterans exhibit. Veterans from the Plant City area and those now living in the area are invited to submit their photos to the Photo Archives for its collection and for future exhibit. Unless donated, the photos are not retained; they are scanned and returned. For further information contact the Photo Archives & History Center at 106 South Evers Street in downtown Plant City, or call the office at 813.754.1578. To view the web site, go to www.

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re you ready for some good ol’ Southern style barbecue? Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 20 th. That is the date of the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce EIGHTH ANNUAL PIG JAM. Over $15,000 in prizes will be awarded the winners. This is a professional competition with participants coming from all over the country. It is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. In addition to the professionals, amateurs and kids also grill up their favorite barbeque for you to enjoy. This is first rate family fun with live entertainment and vendors. This all takes place at the Randy Larson Four-Plex at Plant City Stadium and gets underway at 10 AM with the BBQ going on till 5 PM.

Chris Sparkman and Jodi Smith are once again in charge of this event along with the help of several Chamber members. You will not want to miss it. Come on out and enjoy some really great mouth-watering barbeque. For additional information call the Chamber office at 814-754-3707 or go on line at and check out our web site. Also taking place on November 21 st. is the STRAWBERRY CLASSIC CAR SHOW. This event takes place in downtown Plant City and starts at 4 PM and goes on to 9 PM. After you have enjoyed some great barbeque at the Pig Jam, come on downtown and look over some of the great classic automobiles. This month’s show will feature Ford Mustangs, all years and models. Another event occurring on November 20 th. is the BRUTON LIBRARY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOOK SALE. This is a great time to buy that book for the special person on your holiday gift list. All proceeds from the sale benefit the library programs. The sale will get underway at 10 AM and will close at 2 PM. Speaking of the Library, on Tuesday’s at


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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE submitted By: bruce rodwell

10:30 AM they host STORYTIMES for children ages 2 to 5 years. On November 23 rd. the story is entitled “Mice are nice” and on November 30 th. the story will be all about “Cats & Dogs”. Each and every member along with Chamber President Marion Smith and staff wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Can you believe Christmas season is almost upon us? With that in mind, it just would not be Christmas in Plant City without the Annual LIGHTS OF LOVE sponsored by South Florida Baptist Hospital. This wonderful family event will take place in McCall Park in downtown Plant City on Thursday, December 2 nd. It gets underway at 6 PM. There will be singing of Christmas songs, pictures with Santa, and of course, the beautiful Christmas tree decorated with hundreds and hundreds of colorful lights of love. Mark your calendars for this event. You will not want to miss it! The Annual PLANT CITY CHRISTMAS PARADE will take place on Friday, December 3 rd. This year, the parade will start at 6 PM which is a halfhour earlier than in year’s past. It will wind though downtown Plant City. On Saturday, December 4 th. the Chamber’s Annual CHRISTMAS BIKE FEST will be held in downtown Plant City. Come on out and look over all the great motorcycles and see all the pretty Christmas decorations and holiday lights. Great family fun. Starts at 5 PM. Last year, your Chamber started what we hoped would become an on-going event. It was a great success, so we will be continuing it again this year. What is it? A CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING CONTEST with several Chamber of Commerce businesses participating. Here is the way this works……Chamber businesses will decorate a Christmas tree in their place of business. You will have

the opportunity to stop by and check out all the decorated trees and vote for the one you think is best. Now, here is the good part, after you have visited all the business that participate and you have voted for your favorite tree, you will drop off the card that the business will provide you with and bring that to the Chamber office, 106 North Evers Street. There it will be deposited in a box for a drawing that will take place on December 20 th. for a $150. VISA card which can be used anywhere VISA is accepted. And who can’t use a $150. VISA card 5 days before Christmas?

and Brazil as well as domestic teams from Oregon, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Colorado. Volunteers are needed for this Event. No experience is necessary. You can contact the Softball Federation at 813-864-0100 for information on how you can help. It is the mission of the ISF not only to develop the sport of softball world-wide but to have a community presence. The Federation will continue to bring events to Plant City and this is just one more of the many International events that have taken place at the ISF Headquarters and Training facility at 1900 South Park Road. Here are some future dates for your calendar:

If you want more information on this program, please call the Chamber office at 813-754-3707.

December 18 - Strawberry Classic Car Show, Downtown Plant City

Here is big news from the INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL FEDERATION which has is headquartered right here in Plant City.

January 15 - Strawberry Classic Car Show, Downtown Plant City

From December 30 th. through January 7 th. hundreds of participants will be coming to Plant City to play in the Easton Foundation International Softball Federation Youth Softball World Cup. This is an extension of existing concepts, the ISF Junior Girls World Cup and the Youth World Cup. It will be open to club teams both domestic and international, specifically targeting the 16 and under age category. The event is based on the concept of utilizing softball for the development of youth, by fostering a sense of belonging and encouraging an appreciation of working together. As of this date, commitments to participate in this event have been received by International teams from Canada, the Philippines, Russia, Bahamas, Puerto Rico,

December 19 - Santa Sled Festival at Sam Cooper Lake

January 27 - Tax Update with Nate Kilton & Dan Raulerson at Hillsborough Community College. Call Terri Scott at 813-757-2190 or you can e-mail her at for further information and sign-up. February 11 & 12 - Black Heritage Festival at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center. February 12 - Plant City United Food Bank Celebrity Chef Dinner at Hillsborough Community College. Call 813-764-0625 for information and tickets.

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The theme of the evening in the Red Rose Ballroom is “Tonight’s the Night” - and what a show it will be! Back by popular demand and to help bring in another year is the fantantic Rick Larrimore as “The Ultimate Rod Stewart” and the amazing Jack Berrios as “Diamond,” a tribute to Neil Diamond. P.J. Leary & The Las Vegas Sounds with Ken Brady of the Casinos “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” will also perform. IN THE RED ROSE DINING ROOM –


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Bobby Palermo plays several instruments and has composed many songs that he sings in his show. Plenty of laughs, impersonations, and music. PJ Leary & The Las Vegas Sounds also perform.


Shirley Alston Reeves, former lead of the Shirelles and Bobby Hendricks, formerly of Bill Pickney’s Original Drifters perform, plus PJ Leary & The Las Vegas Sounds with Ken Brady of the original Casinos before and after the show in a Supper Club Atmosphere in the Ballroom.


A big hit and a Red Rose tradition!!! Fresh fruits, warm breads, roasted turkey, traditional dressing, seasoned prime rib, glazed ham, fresh fish, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, pasta, omelet/waffle station, and an assortment of desserts, including chocolate fountains, are only a few of the many delighful dishes that will make your mouth water! Three seating times available. Call to reserve your table soon.


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Joyce Jordan and Linda Fuhrman are a wonderful souls. Several years ago, Joyce had an idea to begin an organization to help those in need. After a lot of work, she established Unity in the Community, a charitable organization that has given thousands of dollars and meals to those in need throughout the community. Today, they’re seeing their seeing the fruits of their labors. Focus: Are you originally from Plant City? Jordan: No. I was born in Georgia, but moved to the Plant City area in 1949. My mom and dad moved here. I guess they thought there was better life here than sharecropping in Georgia. I believe my dad’s brother moved here first. He had a pretty good job at the time, and I’m sure that had something to do with it. Two of my children are here; Joey Herring and Denise Martin. I also have a son who lives in Arkansas, Dwayne Herring, and a daughter in Georgia, Tina Smith. But I also have 12 grandchildren and a nephew and his family that are here. Focus: What was the idea behind founding Unity in the Community? Jordan: I was working at the Shopper Courier at the time, and having a conversation with one of my accounts. We started talking about the idea, but got busy and time went by. Ultimately I came up with the name Unity in the Community. I took the idea and ran with it. It was founded in February 1999. The idea was simply to help those in need. There’s always a reason people need help; illness, losing their jobs, etc. I was raised to help others. My family was sharecroppers. We worked hard for everything we had, and although it wasn’t much, we knew there was always someone else who was worse off than we were. Whatever we had, we were supposed to share.

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amazing, we sold the tickets for $5 each and limited them to $50 worth of tickets per individual. We sold a lot of tickets. Focus: Tell me about the health problem.

continued from page 62 Focus: When you were just getting started, how did you raise funds to help those in need?

we were told that if we’d change the dinner to barbeque ribs, we’d do even better. So we made the change, and we did even better. Each time we’ve made more money. Charles Smith cooked the ribs and it was. The yard sale items are all donated. We have it in the parking lot under a tent at the Sweetbay located down town on Wheeler St. When we finish, one of the churches comes to us and we donate everything that’s left over to them. The first weekend in November this year, we held a sporting clay event in Tenoroc. They have the sporting clay setup and we worked with them to host the event. On November 16th and 17th, we’ll be providing 382 turkey dinners to families that were identified in the community that are in need. The dinners have everything needed to make a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving.

Jordan: We started by organizing a music show at the 1914 high school. Myrle Henry was doing his Florida Opry at the time and got me some connections for the entertainers and really mentored me through the process. The day we held the show, we had a yard sale, arts and crafts, kid’s games, a massage therapist and a barbeque dinner. Businesses made donations to the event. We grossed about $15,000. It was wonderful. For this first event, we worked from about four in the morning to about midnight that day. It was a lot of work. I even had family come in from all over to help us. I had family from north Florida, Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana that showed up to help, and a Focus: Your organization has grown quite a lot of friends helped us, too. We also sent bit over the years. letters to local businesses to solicit their help. Jordan: Yes, we’ve grown so much. We had just a few volunteers the first year. Focus: And what are you doing these days as We didn’t have a board at the time. The fundraisers? volunteers would just get together and talk about things. We had people telling Jordan: Henry Falcon, the Store Manager us that we were just spinning our wheels at Sweetbay, had always been a contributor, and we weren’t going to make any money. along with the shopping center where his There was a particular business that told store is located. Henry decided he was me early on that we weren’t going to going to do a golf tournament. In 2002, make any money, and about three years he put the tournament together in about later they wrote me a very nice letter 2 months, raised about $5,000 and we’ve commending us on the work we were continued to do the golf tournament ever doing. That was really nice. And we still since. Today, we do a barbeque dinner run the organization out of my home. We in September, a Yard Sale the Friday and don’t pay any rent for the location. We’re a Saturday after Thanksgiving. The dinner 501(c)(3) organization and we’re proud to started out as a spaghetti dinner. It went say that the vast majority of the funds we over well, but we had people tell us that raise go directly to those in need. we should do barbeque chicken, that we’d do even better. So we did the barbeque chicken and it was successful, too. Then

Focus: When did you establish the board? Jordan: We established the board in 2004 and today we have 12 members: Linda Fuhrman, President, Steve Hurley, Vice President, Anna Ritez, Second Vice President, Captain Hook, Secretary, Joyce Jordan, Executive Director and Treasurer, Henry Falcon, Nancy Farley, Sharon Moody, Glenn Mathias, Eddie Flowers, Cameron Huff and Steve Simon. We also have a Directorist, Jeniffer Martin. Jennifer is a high school student that serves on our board. She volunteers for us doing a lot of computer work. As a Directorist on our board, she participates in our meetings, but doesn’t have a vote. Focus: This year, Unity in the Community had a fairly unique fundraiser, and a lot of success. Jordan: Yes. When Steve Hurley first came to town, I met him and Captain Hook at the Chamber Contact Breakfast. I spoke with them about Unity in the Community and gave them some information on what we were doing. They wanted to be a part of it and we brought both of them onto the board. They had an idea to sell raffle tickets for two 52” televisions and give Unity in the Community the proceeds. They raised about $2000. Bubba the Love Sponge, a local DJ, asked Steve, “Why are you giving away televisions when you have a car dealership?” So after Steve finished choking, he said, “I’ll pay for half of it if you’ll pay for the other half.” So they got a new yellow Chevrolet Camaro. Hulk Hogan got involved and it really turned out well for everyone. They sold tickets on-line, through Stingray Chevrolet, at the Florida Strawberry Festival and through each of the board members. It was promoted heavily on the radio. Even more

Jordan: In 2001, doctors discovered I had a brain tumor. I had surgery and had it removed, but as a result, I have some shortterm memory loss. There are some things that I just can’t remember. I just keep going forward. Everything is fine today, but from time to time I’ll have a seizure. Sometimes I try to say things but the words just don’t want to come out. I have to give thanks to God, and my involvement with Unity in the Community. The doctors have told me that my involvement in the organization has helped me tremendously to recover from the tumor. It’s kept me active and helped me heal. I just thank God for everything. Focus: Who are the recipients of all this hard work? Jordan: We gave $7,500 to the Trinity Special Sportsman Ministry to build an archery range for the kids in their ministry. We just gave the Junior Women’s Club $10,000 for jackets for needy children, $20,000 to the United Food Bank of Plant City and $25,000 to Meals on Wheels. God is good! We give primarily to the United Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. They’re our two largest recipients each year. Then, because of the influence of Steve Hurley and Stingray Chevrolet, next year we’ll begin establishing scholarships for local high school students from Plant City, Durant and Strawberry Crest. We’ll be able to start this with the graduating class of 2011. Focus: If someone would like to help out with your organization, how can they get involved? Jordan: They can call me at 813-7521275. If they would like to make a donation, they can make their contribution to Unity in the Community, PO Box 524, Plant City, FL 33564. A lot of people don’t realize that we’re a 501(c)(3) organization, so everything that is donated to us is tax deductible. There’s no doubt that Jordan has a passion for this work. She enjoys it. It keeps her busy. And although she’s the one helping others in need, it brings joy and a little bit of therapy to her. Thanks so much for all your efforts. Plant City is a little bit better place to live, because of you.

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The other thing that made my experience so smooth with Allen Dodd was that they walked me through the entire process. Krystal or Hector answered the phone every time I called and could inform me on the status of my repairs. Because parts had to be shipped from Germany, and they ran into a couple unforeseen damages during the process, my car ended up being in the shop for three weeks. However, I never had to deal with the insurance company. They handled everything for me and I drove around in my rental until my Beetle was restored. Probably my favorite part of the entire process was that before they return a vehicle to a customer, they do a complete detail job on the entire car. When I drove away in my Beetle, it literally felt and smelled exactly the same as when I drove it off the Volkswagen lot the first time.

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Both insurance companies offered for me to use their preferred vendors. The reason I chose Allen Dodd’s is because he always says, “insurance company’s chosen shops always work for the insurer. They are rewarded for saving the insurance company money. We work for you. Our job is to restore your car back to the prime condition it was in before the accident and we don’t cut corners to save costs.” There are so many horror stories about cars they’ve seen come into their shops. They often work on vehicles that were previously repaired by the insurance company’s preferred collision centers. Most of the time they use aftermarket parts to replace damages, even if those parts are rusting or have other issues. Often they will “band-aid” problems rather than actually fixing them, which causes the vehicle owners a wealth of problems down the road. “Almost every single estimate we see for vehicles we work on post-accident are under-quoted. It’s commonplace for us to end up with a final bill thousands of dollars above the original estimation,” said Hector, shop manager.

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business focus » European Hair Designers • 2412 James L. Redman Parkway • 813-754-4141

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uropean Hair Designers is an “All in the Family” unisex styling salon. Expect to feel comfortable, like you belong, when you walk through the door of this hometown business whose sole focus is to help you look your best. Owner/stylist Betty Kurtz is “proud to be in Plant City,” she says, “where so many good salons are located and so many excellent hair stylists work and live.” Betty is passionate about her business and desires to serve clients well. In describing the stylists, of European Hair Designers, she explains: “We have several ‘born here, lived here all my life stylists,’ along with fine professionals who have extraordinary training from other areas. Add to that the zeal we have for our profession and it equals a happy place to work and visit.”


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Joanie Johnson, who previously worked in the prestigious Yellow Strawberry Salon in Ft. Lauderdale, joined the staff in 1994. According to Betty, “Anita can boast clients with names you would recognize. Her expertise is in talking with her clients, truly having a ‘feel’ for their needs, visualizing that and then producing it to their liking. Her clients are extremely loyal because her techniques offer such versatility. For a major change or makeover, see Joanie. Bob Browning owned an exquisite boutique and has a meticulous flair for knowing ‘just the right look’ for his clients. He’s also been a registered nurse for 15 years. His perms are precise and he’s also a barbershop haircut expert. Authentic hot lather shaves are almost antiquated, but not here. Need a flat top cut or shave? Just ask!

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KooKai Jones, a L’Oreal international trained stylist with 10 years experience, joined European Hair Designers in 2008. Born in Thailand, she was trained in top color and styling techniques by the pros in Hong Kong. Hair straightening with top of the line products is a specialty, as are symmetrical cuts. Her trademark massages during shampoos, pedicures, and manicures help customers relax, relax, relax. Cheryl Hernandez is a serious artist in every aspect of her prior 25 years as a floral designer and today as a stylist. She was a Buccaneers cheerleaders’ hairdresser. Certain models on Home Shopping Network sport her precise foils and cuts, too. For hi-lites and low-lites placed exactly right, see Cheryl, for sure. Debbie Moore is a master in foil techniques and in knowing which color combinations work best with which skin tones on the beautiful people of Plant City. She owned The Gallery here and has now returned to European Hair Designers where her ‘roots’ are. Her cousin Judy established the business where several family members have worked successfully for years. Informative and comfortable

consultations are always free. Welcome home, Debbie.

clients describe our salon’s atmosphere as a classic, a ‘Steel Magnolias’ kind of place.”

services. Men frequent the salon regularly for color, for hi-lites and for manicures.

Anita Romao is the hair extension specialist. Custom created extensions to compliment each client’s style can be gently added to thicken their own hair. A stylist for 20+ years, she gained her extension expertise through her daughter’s horrible experience with glue and heat. Research led her to Pure Extensions, where she earned certification in the eco-friendly “microtube technique” with reusable hair that boasts “no heat, no glue, no damage.” School colors can be added to hair and removed safely, to be reused for the next school function. Anita offers free consultations for ideas and pricing. Remember this for any holiday or special event.

Experience counts and Betty reports, “I have seen this business change so-o-o much since I was licensed in 1968. New knowledge has come to light, and products are much more user friendly. Natural ingredients have replaced harsh chemicals. Processes now are safer for the stylist and the client. We are latex free and use products with very low or no ammonia. We are not a ‘green salon’ yet, but we’re working on it.”

European Hair Designers is in process of adding IPL and infrared lights for facial work to heal acne, encourage collagen production, and diminish winkles. This specialty service can include a 24-karat gold masque used to tighten facial skin.

Betty Kurtz, the owner/stylist who is also a licensed real estate agent, calls work at the salon “her happy job.” She describes her passion, saying, “Health and beauty go hand in hand. Beauty is not just skin deep. Just as important is attitude. Nothing enhances a face more than a smile…and smiles are definitely part of the package here.” She continued, “More than a few

Gift certificates are always available and weekly specials are posted outside the shop. For example, Bob now offers $10 barber cuts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Competitive pricing and flexibility help clients to “have it your way.” Need bangs trimmed, or only a partial foil this month? European Hair Designers offers modified prices for these modified services. The talented stylists can provide updos to French twists, “lots of curls” to ringlets, high styles with teasing to roller sets or weekly rinses. Waxing, manicures, and pedicures are also commonly requested

Like to shop? The salon sells reasonably priced handbags and gift items from Herban Cowboy and Bob’s Boutique. XM radio enhances the “relaxed and friendly atmosphere,” as Betty’s husband puts it. She adds, “Yes, he is a customer, too.” The salon, located in Walden Woods Plaza near Beef O’ Brady’s, supplies Wi-Fi for client use. Soon a new ice cream/yogurt shop will join the plaza, so treats and food are always close by. Phone 813-754-4141 or make Betty’s day and stop in at 2412 James L. Redman Parkway in Plant City. She says, “It always makes us happy when clients walk out looking their best, and their smiles are the icing on the day.”

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HealtH & Beauty SpotligHt The TruTh abouT your nail salon and gel manicures by VicToria Vo


ave you ever pondered about certain things that your nail salon is doing or the quality of product they have to offer? Keeping up with the industry, latest fashion trends, safe and cleanliness techniques, newest products and services to offer our clients must take time, trial and error, and most importantly the final approval is ultimately from the clients. Here at Kutur we personally test and wear all products before we can start offering it to clients. So we invest in the newest and latest products and technology then at the end, we only have the best of the best to offer our clients. The truth about nail salons and their gel manicures, there has been a lot of controversy about what is the real gel polish? Gel polish is not an acrylic powder form, it is not liquid gel that is from a jar then applied on a with a gel brush, it is not accompanied by a drill, gel nails are only for your natural nails, if it is over acrylic or tips then it defeats the entire system’s concept. Gel polish goes on like polish from a nail polish bottle and has the quality, strength, and performance of gel. If there are doubts that you are receiving the 14 Day Gel Polish Manicure then you should question your nail techs. Only well-trained salons are able to provide this service and your nail tech should be able to answer any and every question you may have. HEALTH-- The ULTIMATE question is always, “Why hasn’t anyone ever came up with this until now?” The latest technology is the LED Lamp, which is taking place of the UV Lamp (not all gel polish systems are compatible with the LED Lamp). The hype is all about the safest and newest technology that cuts the curing time in more than half, and not exposing your hands to UV. There have been many reports and health conscious people are concerned with exposure to UV tanning beds and of course the gel lamps for your nails. Yes it is a big investment for our business but our main concern is our client’s health and most importantly our own health as well. The GOOD news is that Ku’tur is always on top of it all and we now have the LED lamp for our clients. Though the UV lamp is exposing you to an extremely low amount of UV rays, and there have not been any proven facts that the UV nail lamps are causing any health issues. The UV lamp is not a tanning bed; you would have to sit in the UV lamp for weeks and months at a time to compare the equivalent to what a tanning bed affects offers. It’s sad to say that it is only until now is when the LED lamp has became available to the nail industry. Just like with any medicine and technology, it takes time before it can be invented until LED Nail Lamp, years on through trial and error. replacing the UV Lamp


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Freddie Mullis Plumbing, Inc. F written By: Jason Stone

reddie Mullis knows his trade. You definitely learn a thing or two about work ethic and quality when you’ve been working in the same field for more than half your life (unless as a 10-yearold during the Industrial Revolution you already had six-and-a-half years of factory experience under your belt). No wonder his company is so successful.

I see that a lot in my business [doing unnecessary work], especially if there’s insurance involved.” Mr. Mullis puts a great emphasis on customer appreciation and respect. “If someone comes to my house and does something for me, I expect them to treat me well. I think that it pays off in the end to be honest, reputable, and the kind of person that you want in your house.”

Born and raised in Plant City, Mullis started his business the day after Easter in 1984. “I treat people the way I want to be treated,” said Mr. Mullis. “I like to go the extra mile in my work, but I’m not going to do something that’s not necessary.

Freddie Mullis works on any appliance that has water flowing to it including water heaters, faucets of all types, sinks, and toilets. Technicians also repair dripping faucets and replace broken

water lines under concrete floors or sewer lines to the street or to septic tanks, etc. In addition, the company works in new installation - fixtures of all kinds (sinks, bath tubs, toilets, showers, shower valves, and more). “If it has water going to it,” said Mr. Mullis, “we’ll work on it!”

Freddie Mullis knows that availability is what customers appreciate in a plumbing company. “The plumbing business has been good to me. You work when you want to, and you work when you don’t want to - it’s part of the business. If people call, you gotta go. I don’t technically have 24-hour service, but if they call, I go.

Freddie Mullis Plumbing, Inc. 607 N. MERRIN ST Plant City, FL 33563 813-754-0317 “If a restaurant calls at 9:30 or 10:00 at night with a stopped-up drain, I know that the restaurant staff has to come back to work at 6 a.m. - they’ll have people in there working and they can’t have a stopped up drain. You put clothes on and you go and take care of it. I always have taken care of my customers. I know that if you take care of them, they will remember you.” Freddie Mullis Plumbing, Inc. is comparable to other plumbing companies in terms of price and fairness. “I try to treat everyone the same, no matter what their financial status is.”

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hanksgiving is a good time to be thankful for those charitable, educational and religious groups that provide your community with valuable services. And now may be a good time to consider supporting these groups because, if you contribute before the year is over, you may “do well by doing good” through valuable tax deductions. To illustrate the benefit of these deductions, let’s assume you’re in the 25% tax bracket. If you give $100 to a qualified charity, you can deduct $100 (with a tax benefit of $25) when you file your taxes. Consequently, the real cost of your donation is just $75 ($100 minus the $25 tax savings).

As you consider your charitable gifts, keep the following points in mind: * You must donate — not just pledge. You can make a pledge to donate, but the amount is not deductible until you actually pay it. * You must contribute to a qualified charitable group. For your gift to be deductible, it must go to a qualified taxexempt organization — either a religious group or a group that has received 501(c) (3) status from the IRS. If you’re unsure if the group you want to support is taxexempt, just ask. * You must itemize. To claim a charitable deduction, you must itemize deductions on your taxes. Thus far, we’ve talked only about cash gifts. But you may have other financial assets, such as stocks, that you can give to


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charitable groups, and these gifts also can earn you tax benefits. For example, suppose you give $500 worth of stock in XYZ Company to a charitable group. If you’re in the 25% tax bracket, you can deduct $125 when you file your taxes for 2010. But by donating the XYZ stock, you avoid paying any capital gains taxes you might have incurred if you had sold the stock yourself. Making charitable gifts now may help you reduce the size of your estate and potentially lower any future estate tax burden on your heirs. Right now, federal estate tax laws are in flux, but it’s possible that, one day, your estate might be large enough to generate estate taxes. If you wanted to formalize your charitable gifts and help your estate planning, you might consider establishing a charitable remainder trust. Under such an arrangement, you’d place some assets, such as stocks or real estate, in a trust, which could then use these assets to pay you a lifetime income stream. When you establish the trust, you may be able to receive a tax deduction based on the charitable group’s “remainder interest” — the amount the charity is likely to ultimately receive. (This figure is determined by an IRS formula.) Upon your death, the trust would relinquish the remaining assets to the charitable organization you’ve named. Keep in mind, though, that this type of trust can be complex. To establish one, you’ll need to work with your tax and legal advisors. In any case, be generous during this season of giving. You’ll be helping a charitable group accomplish its worthy goals — and you may be helping yourself when tax time arrives.

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I started as an apprentice at Royal Jewelers in Plant City in high school. Then I went to Bowman Watchmaker Institute in Pennsylvania. I bought Crescent Jewelers from Bill Bullock in 1970.

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I consider my greatest success to be my children and grandchildren. I want to leave a legacy for my children.

» What do you have planned your future? » What are your aspirations? for My only plans are to continue serving the My greatest aspiration would be that when people in Plant City think of jewelry they think of Crescent Jewelers.

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with first-time buyers to help them find a new home, and it is their goal to continue doing that forever! They both feel that when you enjoy what you do, it is not work.

» What is your background history? Randy and Kathleen are high school sweethearts. The met in New York in high school and went to both the Jr. and Sr. proms together. After college, the got married and have been married for over 23 years. The have 3 children, Courtney 19, Bradley 15, and Kirsten 13.

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Throughout college, Randy always thought he wanted to go to law school. Eventually, after Kathleen was home with 3 small children, Randy attended Stetson University College of Law. After a several years of practice, he was named Randy and Kathleen moved to Florida in partner at a law firm in Tampa. Although 1990 and have been Plant City residents many thought he was crazy, he left that since 1995. They both agree there is no better place to raise their family than Plant position to sell real estate with Kathleen a few years ago. “Helping friends and City, Florida. The family is very active in neighbors with their real estate needs is a the community and especially with the lot more fun than fighting in court” says First United Methodist Church of Plant Randy. Fortunately, he is still able to put City. his legal experience and background to good use. Unlike many realtors who send short sales off to third party “negotiators,” Randy personally handles all short sales and related negotiation with the banks. Their clients really like the fact that a licensed attorney is handling these matters for them.

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Since college, Randy and Kathleen have always been interested in real estate. Even while attending college outside of Philadelphia, they would spend weekends driving around new home construction sites and walking through new home model centers. They have even built two homes and unlike many people who claim that the building process is too stressful, they really enjoyed the process. More than anything, they enjoy working with people. They especially like working

In their free time, Randy and Kathleen really enjoy taking family vacations. Over the last few years they have traveled thoughout the northeast, have seen the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, have gone skiing in both North Carolina and Colorado, and they are planning a family Cruise in this winter. When the kids are gone, they hope to travel to Europe, but that is probably on the 5-year plan.

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New listing on the lake! This home is as fabulous as the view over Lake Hammock! It has been completely remodeled with new wood and tile floors, granite counter tops in kitchen, bathrooms, and wet bar area, plus new fi xtures. The leaded front door will catch your eye immediately, and the cathedral ceilings will draw you into the foyer, which opens to the great room with wood burning fireplace, and a magnificent view of the lake. The gourmet kitchen adjoins the great room, dining room, and music room - a true open plan, so when guests arrive, no one is isolated! 4 BR/3 BA with 3281 s.f. The pool area has a spa and wet bar to enjoy while the steaks are grilling. You have to see this home! Call Jimmie today, 813-390-6441. MLS #T2438870. $495,000.

Beautiful home in Plant City’s Historic District including brick street, sidewalk, and landscaped yard. Home was built in 2005 and has all the conveniences of an energy efficient home, and built to conform to the neighborhood. The home has a balcony off the master bedroom suite, granite countertops in the kitchen, and a mother-in-law apartment in the back for extra income. Home is located within walking distance of downtown Historic District with shops, restaurants, and weekend activities. 4 BR/3.5 BA with 2576 s.f. make this a great family home for the value. Call Jimmie Robinson, 813-390-6441. MLS #T2423487. $174,500.

Come home to this 1950’s block home in the Historic District of Plant City. Home sits on a corner lot and has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace, newly updated kitchen and 2 car garage. Near downtown, parks, library and schools. Great neighborhood with no homeowners association dues. This home has 1986 s.f. of true Florida living space. Ready for new owners! Call Jimmie Robinson, 813-390-6441. $149,000. MLS #T2424395




A rare combination of sophistication and luxury! This lovely waterfront home boasts 3 large bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, with a great room style of living! Gourmet kitchen hosts granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Abundant windows give you a view of the private lake and trees beyond! Village Green offers low-maintenance living in Walden Lake. Move-in ready! Call Cheryl McDaniel, 813-758-1429. $184,900. MLS# T2440929

Sprawling 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch home situated on 1.8 acres minutes to Brandon, Plant City and Tampa! Country living with mature trees offering a peaceful place to call home! Features include a large family room with a wood burning fireplace, country kitchen and storage area that would make a great craft or sewing room. Splash in the in-ground pool covered with screen enclosure. Detached oversized 2 car garage with workshop area. Newer roof and A/C. Call Cheryl McDaniel,813-758-1429. $225,000. MLS# T2443269

Carefree living! HOMES priced from $139,900 to 169,900. 3BR/2BA/2CG w/waterfront view, Holly II model with park setting, 2BR/2BA/2CG with new concrete tile roof. Call Maddie Alford, 813-382-8382 to preview.




Great 3 BR/3 BA home on golf course. Screened lanai w/ pool. Bonus room and den could be used as bedrooms if closets were added. Call Jean Bridgmon, 813-478-3107. $273,200. MLS # T2442764.

3/2 Split plan home on pond in Walden Lake near rear entrance. Pool with screen enclosure. Home features a formal living room and front room with fire place. Call Jean Bridgmon, 813-478-3107. $132,900. MLS # T2443327.

Well cared for home with immediate occupancy. Appx. 5 year old roof, full cabinets in the garage for lots of storage. Wood burning fireplace in living room, French doors from kitchen, living room and master to L shaped screened patio Parquet wood floors throughout except ceramic tile in wet areas. Large walk-in closet in master bedroom with double vanity, a whirlpool tub and separate shower. Home Warranty included. Call Jean Bridgmon, 813-478-3107. $112,000. MLS # T2429843.




Sparkling and better than new! This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home has been wonderfully maintained with volume ceilings, large bedrooms, tons of storage, new pool (2006) and new double pane windows (2005). All of this and more on a beautifully landscaped fenced corner lot. You won’t be disappointed! Call Malissa Crawford, 813-967-0168. $199,000. MLS # T2438212.

SHORT SALE Bargain! Why rent when you can buy? This recently updated home is cute as a button and move-in ready. 2 BR/1 BA just needs you! Call Malissa to see this home today! Short Sale Assistance Center is ready to expedite the process. $49,900. MLS #T2435023.

This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home located on a cul-de-sac is beyond gorgeous and move in ready! This home features hard wood floors, crown molding throughout, remodeled kitchen with granite countertops and newer appliances. Zoned A/C lets you manage the climate upstairs and downstairs for maximum efficiency. A must see for the particular buyer. Call Malissa Crawford, 813-967-0168. $174,900. MLS # T2429521.

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Trick or treat echoed bewitchingly Saturday morning by costumed children and dogs coming for a day of spooktacular fun. Walden Lake Dog Park had its 2nd Annual Howl-O-Ween party for Kids and Kanines. Two-legged and four-legged goblins entered a decorated Polo Field filled with spiders, skulls and pumpkins for all to decorate. All enjoyed the hayrides, many more than once. Best Costume Prizes for the kids were given to: AGES 0-3: Power Ranger (Collin) and Pirate (Kloe); AGES 4-8: Ghoul (Spencer) and Lego Girl (Abby); AGES 9-12: Softball Player (Emma) and Boba Fett (Chaz). Best Costume Prizes for the Kanines were given to: GRAND PRIZE: Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog (Patty); SMALL DOGS-- 1st Prize: Pumpkin (Be); 2nd Prize: Witch (LeeLee); 3rd Prize and Police Officer (Lilibeth). LARGE DOGS—1st Prize: Teacher’s Pet, Class Clown and Teacher (Desk and Cupcake); 2nd Prize: Pirate (Star); 3rd Prize: Pumpkin (Hugo); Honorable Mentions: Skeleton (Mulligan) and Love Bus (Buddy).

The Nominating Committee has requested resumes from any residents who would be interested in serving on the Board of Directors. There are three directors terms that are expiring and up for re-election in April, 2011. Please check with Bette at the The Bloodmobile will be at Walden Lake office for any additional information. Golf & Country Club on October 2nd from 8:00 AM to noon and is open to all The Board of Directors hosted an Open who wish to donate. Kids play golf for free House for the residents on Saturday, with a paying adult after 3:00 on Monday October 23rd. Board members provided thru Friday until September 30th. tours of the buildings for residents as well as refreshments, which were made Walden Lake Golf & Country Club is and provided by the Board of Directors. now booking golf tournaments and holiday The Blood Mobile was present for those choosing to donate blood. Many residents parties for the upcoming season. They generously brought food for the Plant City recommend booking early to be sure your date is available. Call 752-1171, extension United Food Bank. The goal is to have 3,000 pounds to be donated from Walden 222 and speak to Tracey to schedule. Friday nights at the Club is Happy Hour Lake by December 31st. Nonperishable from 6-9 and drinks are 2 for 1. There food items may be brought to the office is also an assortment of hot and cold hor any time till the end of this year. For d’ourves if you wish to participate in for $6 more information please contact betteg@ per person.

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id you know that the available balance on your revolving lines of credit can impact your credit score?

A factor in credit scoring called “Debt to available debt”, or “Proportion of balances to credit limit” can have a big impact on your score. Besides timely payments, another way to boost your credit score is to pay your credit card balances to approximately 20% of the available balance, or request that your limit be increased so that your balance is now 20% or less than the available limit. It does not have to be 20%, but generally, the close you are to 20% the more positive your score will be. This is where is gets nasty with credit card companies and home equity loans. Let’s say you have a credit card with a balance

of $4,000 and the limit is $12,000. Your debt to available debt is 4000/12000 = 33.3%. Not too bad. Now, imagine that your credit card company, like many, either freezes your card or simply reduces the available limit on your card to a maximum of $5,000. You are making the same payments, have the same balance, and are not late. Guess what happens to your credit score as a result of this line decrease? You guessed it. This would have a negative impact on your score because you debt to available debt is not worse off since you are utilizing (4000/5000) 80% of your available debt versus the original scenario of 33.3%. While you can’t change the system, it always pays to be aware of the implications of yours or others actions with your credit score.

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y now everyone knows that we are NOT in an Appreciating Market for Real Estate. That fact is true for most, if not all of the country. We have been in a Depreciating Market for about 3 years. Locally, on average, 1 in 10 homes makes it to the closing table in today’s market. In a recent meeting, I reported that in the Plant City market it is just under 1 in 10 homes (.8). Warren Buffet calls it an “Economic Pearl Harbor”. That does not make one feel warm and happy. Forbes Magazine reported last December that the Housing outlook for 2010 was a price decline of nearly 23% for the Tampa Market. So far in 2010 the data shows the decline in home prices right at 22%. A ray of hope for 2011, there is actually a projected price increase of 1.26%. The economic forecast team of CaseShiller created an index of American


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housing prices going back to 1890. The history and factual data shows that the average rate of Appreciation is between 1-3% per year. If you are a Seller – and you are “waiting” for the buyers to catch up to your asking price, you might need a hefty load of patience. Today, you either Sell or Stay. Of course, if you are in a Short Sale situation your home should already be priced at or below market value. What will get your home to the closing table? Something to think about, but don’t take too long. Case-Shiller also reported cumulative price declines since December 2007 for major U.S. cities. The data for the Tampa Area shows a cumulative decline in prices of 43% since 2007. That is negative fortythree percent! There is a risk to overpricing…and there is a cost of waiting. Time can be your friend or Time can be your enemy. That is brutal honesty.

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sports » basketball How would you classify this team? Our team is built on defense. On defense, we’re going to be very aggressive. We’re going to play a strict man-to-man defense and we’re going to get after the other team. Any goals this year? Yeah, I believe that our first major goal is to be able to compete against the other teams. Our second goal is to be more team-oriented. Our third goal is to win the district and move on to regions. Can you tell me something about you players?

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Thanks for allowing me to interview you. Tell me something about yourself. Well, I’ve been married to my wife Tammy for 26 years. I have two boys. Jordan is 22 and Shane is 25. I also have a five-year-old granddaughter named Hope. I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and played basketball and football at Somerset High School. I started out coaching high school boys’ basketball about 17 years ago. For a period of time, I worked at Berea College. Then I became the head boys coach at Western High School in Louisville. Several years ago, I moved to Plant City and I ended up coaching girls’ basketball at McKeel High School in Lakeland. McKeel had only won four games in the previous five years. My first year there, we won seven games. The next year we won 17, the third year we won 19, the fourth year we won 21, and last year we won 22. How did you become the head girls coach at Plant City? Well, we wanted to be closer to home. So, I took a job a Shiloh Middle School. I was a finalist for the head-coaching job at Southeastern University, but later accepted the job at Webber International University

An Interview with Raiders Girls Basketball Coach Mark Boswell

(Babson Park). I worked there a couple of months this summer, but when the job at Shiloh came open, I resigned at Webber and took the Shiloh job and then accepted the coaching position at Plant City High School.

How does this season look? We look good. We’re not a young team as far as age, but we are a young team as far as skill level and experience.

Our point guard Kiana Robello is very smooth with the basketball. She has everything under control. The other players will draw from her and what she does. We have another player, Morgan Stevens. The kids have sort of elected her as captain. She’s a real leader. Yikera Kurns is a sophomore who played last year. She is developing as a leader. Our kids pray before practice and we’re trying to build character through these leaders. I think that Morgan and Yikera have really started to hold the other kids accountable. Thanks coach and good luck this season.

How has the transition been at Plant City? The first thing I did was make the kids understand how disciplined I wanted the program to be. I think we have a great group of kids. We have kids who really want to work hard. I want them to understand that it takes discipline to turn a program around. Do you have a coaching philosophy? Well, my philosophy in coaching is this; discipline first. Then get good kids in the program. Once you get good kids in the program and the kids work hard, you can build anything. Do you have a philosophy in life? God first. Once you put God first, everything else falls into place.

Coach Boswell rallying team during practice Photo by Joe Bowles

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sports » athlete of the month

written & photo By: Joe Bowles

Kiana Robello A “

ccording to her head coach, Mark Boswell, everything Kiana Robello does is smooth, “Kiana is very smooth with the basketball. She’s has everything under control. She’s sort of like a duck on the water. She might be churning underneath but she is smooth on the surface. The other players on the team will draw from her and what she does.” That is not a bad assessment for a player who had a limited amount of playing time as a freshman and sophomore and took her junior year off to concentrate on her academics. But that is what her coach and others see when they observe the Plant City Raiders senior point guard operate during preseason practices in preparation for the Raiders first game November 16 against Plant High School.

Kiana, Focus’ Athlete of the Month, was born in Jacksonville and moved to Plant City as a child. She is the only child of Jennifer and Kaypo Robello. Kaypo lives in Pensacola and travels to see her games as much as he can and Kiana lives with her mother here in Plant City. “My mom’s a real sweetheart, said Kiana, “I love being the only child. I guess I’m spoiled. Yeah, pretty much that’s the way it is, but I’m loving it.” Kiana is a bubbly 5’3” 118-pound dynamo that began playing basketball at Tomlin Middle School in the sixth grade. Before the Tomlin tryouts, she had never played basketball before. She took up the sport quickly and played on two AAU teams, the Lakeland Chargers and the Plant City Panthers, coached by former college standout Latosha Lewis. There is more to Kiana, however, than basketball. She is member of the National Honor Society and is very active in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). She


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I just love English. I’m probably the only kid in America who is taking three English classes.

also loves English. In fact, this year she is taking three English classes at the same time. “I just love English. I’m probably the only kid in America who is taking three English classes. I love English because I love to write. One day I would love to be a novelist.” Kiana has applied at a number of colleges and has already been accepted at University of Central Florida and the University of West Florida. She is awaiting the word from several other colleges. Before this season, Kiana really had not looked into playing basketball in college but wouldn’t turn down the opportunity if it were offered. “In the past, my mind was on academics and playing basketball was just something to do,” said Kiana, “but now, I am really excited and if the situation is right and I am asked to play in college, then why not! Coach Boswell has shown interest in me. I’m not the tallest and I’m not the fastest but he tells me that I am a good ball handler and that I have a chance to play at the next level. In fact, this season is going to be great. I can hardly wait for it to get started.” Kiana loves Plant City and says that she will probably come back here one day to live and raise a family, but she is eager to graduate so she can explore the world outside the city limits of her hometown. She is ready to see the world.

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sports » Baseball team of the month

2418 James L. Redman Pkwy., Plant City, FL (813) 757-0300 written By: Joe Bowles | photo courtesy of: Plant City Little League Hernandez was credited with the save. That afternoon, the Angels defense was a little shaky committing five errors against previous USSSA National Champion, Game Ready Baseball. Evan Bowles picked up the win with seven strikeouts in five innings of work giving up two hits and three unearned runs, exiting the game with a 7-3 lead. The Angels held on to pick up their third win of the tournament 7-5.

Angels’ players show off their USSSA National Championship rings Photo courtesy of Florida Baseball Heaven

National Champions USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) is the second largest youth sports association in the world with more than 42,000 teams and more than 3.5 million members. Since 1997, the USSSA has conducted two national tournaments, one in the spring and another in the fall.

This year’s USSSA Fall National Championships were held October 1-3 at the Chain O’ Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida, the former Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. For the Florida Baseball Heaven Angels Gold 18U team, the championship win was a sweet reward for stumbling through an opening round pool game on their way to five victories and the USSSA Fall National Championship earning team players


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The Angels are made up of players 18 years and younger from central Florida. Plant City players include Matt Singletary, Cody Smith, and Evan Bowles. Head Coach Sheldon Fulse, a former standout at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, a third round draft pick, and a veteran of six years with the Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox, felt that the team began to come together as they moved through pool play. “It was encouraging to see them work together and accept their roles. When they did, good things began to happen,” said Fulse.

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Indeed they did, but only after a rocky start in the first round of pool play. On Friday evening, Angels’ pitcher Kyle Jensen pitched well and kept things close for five innings, but when he was relieved in the 6th inning, the All American Prospects scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead. In their final at bat, the Angels were able to string together a hit, a walk, and an error to load the bases. Juan Rivera delivered a bases clearing triple to tie the game and later scored as the Angels celebrated a 6-5 come from behind victory. The next morning, the Angels picked up a victory against the Orlando Baseball Academy 3-1. Lionar Morales picked up the victory giving up five hits. Jose

In the championship round, the Angels earned a first round bye but ended up facing Game Ready Baseball once again in the semifinals. This time they played errorless baseball and humbled their opponents 8-0. Zack Rowe and Jose Hernandez combined for the shutout while Matt Singletary supplied the offense with two doubles. The Angels advanced to the championship game against the Flagler Bulldogs late Sunday evening. Jake Reigner pitched a gem shutting out the Flagler 4-0 scattering five hits, striking out six, and hitting a triple to help lead the Angels to their first national title. “It was a combination of good pitching and timely hitting,” said Fulse. “Juan Rivera provided the leadership. He’s the kind of player that you need on your team. It’s really satisfying when you see the team come together like they did in just a few days.” Team members include: Cody Smith, JaMaurice Burgess, Lionar Morales, Jake Reigner, Matt Singletary, McCauley Falu, Zack Rowe, Kyle Jensen, Evan Bowles, Juan Rivera, Lorenzo Fernandez, and Jose Hernandez.

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» Answer:

Good question, and one that used to come up pretty frequently when high-protein diets were all the rage. There are essentially two different scenarios that we need to address here. The first one involves those with a pre-existing kidney condition. In this instance, following a high-protein diet, and specifically the induction phases of some of the most popular programs, can lead to a steeper decline in function. For these individuals, high-protein diets are not recommended. The second scenario involves people with normal kidney function. There isn’t any research indicating that high-protein diets negatively impact these folks, but there’s an important caveat here that we can’t ignore. How do you know if you have normal kidney function? Do you really know if your kidneys are working as well as they should be? Many with renal insufficiency (an early condition of declining function) are asymptomatic, and completely unaware of


the potential for problems down the road. And, unfortunately, most folks don’t see a doctor before starting a high-protein diet. Therefore, if you’ve committed to losing weight with this type of regimen, it might be a good idea to get your labs checked.

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I know stretching is incredibly important, but someone told me not to stretch before working out. This doesn’t sound right to me at all. Can you clarify?

» Answer:

Whoever told you this is pretty smart. We all grew up with the notion that stretching prior to exercise would loosen up our muscles and help prevent injuries; however, recent research has proven otherwise. It is now generally accepted that doing static stretches prior to a workout will likely make you slower and weaker during your exercise sessions, and might actually increase your risk for injury. Your best bet would be to do some active, sport-specific movements beforehand to adequately prepare your muscles for work. Then, you can focus on stretching after your workout, when your muscles are warm and much more elastic.

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Victoria Watkins Kayvious Campbell senior of the month senior of the month Written By: Brooke Allie

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and even takes time to help construct sets for the play Wizard of Oz on the weekends. Helping others while he has time off seems to be a common theme with Kayvious; he helps out whenever handed the chance despite when it may come. He has volunteered at soup kitchens with his church on the weekends and even assisted the elderly during Christmas break last year.

attributes, which take many a life time to really get under control. “I’ve learned that no matter what your role is, paying attention to the little tasks that may seem pointless, really are the key in making something come together. Without the small, tedious tasks being taken care of your event may fall apart.” “Falling apart” isn’t something which seems to be a problem for Victoria because of the work ethic and time that she devotes to the task at hand.


igh grades, high scores, and high aspirations, this high school senior has certainly taken the high road throughout her life. Guided by her faith, Victoria Watkins has proven to be a quite impressive student and leader around PCHS. Just like any other month, Victoria has been busy with non-stop activities held by the various extracurricular programs she’s involved in. She is vice president of Student Council, historian of Future Business Leaders of America at Plant City High School and of District 9, a member of the Buccaneers Student Advisory Board, President of Inter Club Council, and Vice President of NHS and this is just to name a few. It’s amazing she can find time for herself or even to have a job. Victoria says the key to her time management is “I have to organize my time and write out schedules so I can get things done efficiently. I just try not to over plan.” Being a member of Student Council since her freshmen year, Victoria has certainly put in plenty of time to the organization. Last year as Jr. Vice President along with another student council office Victoria planned and executed PCHS’s homecoming, “A Night in Disguise”. This job takes time, organization and lots of planning, all things Victoria has a talent for keeping. Though these things haven’t come easily, student council has been a catalyst in her development of these


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Born and raised in Plant City, Victoria always finds time for her community. Involved in the Buccaneers Student Advisory board, she spends a lot of time helping out others. With the SAB she has volunteered at The Children’s Home in Tampa, assisted at Bucs “ZOO BOO!” at Lowry Park Zoo and gathered products at school and home to donate and help out the troops serving our country. With the Inter Club Council at PCHS, she has been busy organizing and encouraging clubs to participate in the supply drive for Veterans which is held by the schools deputy and the community. Also Victoria is now planning a school beautification project with NHS which should take place this coming month. With all of these activities Victoria spends her off time working at the Plant City Beef O’ Brady’s as a waitress and is also a member of the tennis team. She has been on the team since 9th grade and loves the competition and focus that comes with playing tennis. Last year Victoria was named Ms. January in the Calendar Girl competition at PCHS and this year was voted onto Homecoming court at school. In the future, Victoria hopes to attend either Santa Fe or Hillsborough Community College and continue on to a major university, pursuing a degree in culinary or photography. Her dream is to own her own diner and be a photographer because these careers give her “The freedom to be creative. With these careers I can be spontaneous and fun; you make your own rules and regulations and what you make can be something greater than you ever imagine.”


positive role model for both his team mates and his peers, Kayvious Campbell is setting an example for all student athletes that pushes them to be better, work harder and never give up. Kayvious is involved in many extracurricular activities around PCHS. He is a member of student council, secretary of executive council, Jr. Civitan, National Honors Society and many more. These activities challenge him to become a better leader and keep him busy year round. To add to an already exciting senior year, Kayvious was voted as a member of Homecoming Court at PCHS, an experience he says “Made me realize how far I’ve come! Freshmen year I was a shy kid with low self-esteem and now as a senior I am confident and outgoing.” This confidence also brings a positive presence to this senior; you will never catch Kayvious in the halls without a big smile across his face! He is very active in volunteer work and just this past month Kayvious has been volunteering at the local food bank, participating in school beautification projects with Interact Service Club

Beginning his freshmen year, Kayvious joined the Plant City High School football team and instantly felt at home. “Football has been more than just a sport for me; it has been like another family and I have really bonded with my team. We’re like brothers!” This brotherhood has carried him all through high school and turned him into a stronger person. Though unable to play most this season due to a serious kidney injury, he has maintained bonds with the team and helps mentor the younger players during study hall. “Even though I can’t play sports anymore because of my injury, I really have learned that you can’t ever take life for granted because it is something that can be taken so quickly.” With this new found take on life Kayvious is ready for the challenges that may lie ahead. Next year, Kayvious hopes to attend either University of Florida or University of South Florida and possibly major in psychology. He has attended programs at both of these schools; the UF High School Outstanding Scholar Program and USF’s Scholar Showcase, both programs for students who have worked hard through their high school careers. Whatever he may do in his future, it is easy to say he will be successful if he keeps up with what he is doing.

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extra » al reuchel So we disagree. That’s not the end of the world. But these folks who you may chose to call politicians our outsiders all put themselves at tremendous risk. No, nobody is going to shot them, or at least you pray their lives are not in danger. But getting out there and opening up your soul and your passion to public scrutiny carries the risk you may be hurt emotionally or even financially. Yep! It takes money to run campaigns and plenty of dog catchers and mosquito control and fire districts candidates dug deep into their own pockets to fund their campaigns. We are not all Rick Scotts or Jeff Greens. What you didn’t see was all the meetings and the debates and rallies were only a handful of people showed up. You didn’t hear them talking late into the night with their own campaign folks, neighbors likes you and me, folks in churches and synagogues, shaking hands at grocery stores, passing out their own fliers, licking the envelopes, and doing those stupid TV interviews that last all of 30 seconds with barely 15 of that making air.

The election is over I t’s 3:30 AM. The 2010 midterm election is winding down. My brain is on overload with results, more questions to ask our TV analysts, more screens to read, more interpretation about what this all means. Simple! We have survived another election cycle. The process that separates us from the rest of the world has succeeded again. Of course, not all our favorites won. California dumb founds us by electing Jerry Brown for a third term as Governor. Wasn’t he basically a hippy left-winger when he was first elected? I heard him on Fox a couple of weeks ago and he almost sounded like a fiscal conservative. Then they turned down legalizing marijuana and voted to prevent governments from raising any taxes without voter approval.


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In our own state Rick Scott surprised me by becoming Governor. It has nothing to do with qualifications or his past or his direction in the future or Alex Sink, it just surprised me.

now what?

Written By: Al Reuchel

Dan Gelber, Bondi. What’s not to like about them.When you get a chance to sit next to them or chase them around on a bus tour or met their families you begin to understand they are just like us. They have dreams and aspirations and they

My brain is on overload with results, more questions to ask our TV analysts, more screens to read, more interpretation about what this all means.

And here’s the tough part for me personally. I really liked all of these candidates. Sink, Rubio, Crist, Meek,

want what’s best for all of us. People are essentially good and I tend to see that goodness sometimes to my own detriment.

People that run for office and lose are just as important to the fabric of what makes America as the ones who get all the glory. Without the losers we wouldn’t have the exchange of ideas we need to keep this country great. I worry when elected officials aren’t challenged with someone with a different view point. Being forced to explain why you believe something is the best way to measure the value of your thoughts. And for the folks who hold their noses or refuse to vote because they say they don’t like the choices I have some words of advice. If you don’t like it, run yourself. Your ideas do us non good if you aren’t willing to take part in the process. There are enough people standing on the sidelines thumbing their noses to fill a hundred Tampa Stadiums. Well, go ahead and fill the stadium where you can’t hurt anyone except yourself. Scream into the darkness and see if the darkness answers back. For the rest of you who did vote---God Bless you. God Bless Florida… and God Bless America!

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extra » derek maul

Traditionally, religion has ascribed the moniker “miracle” to anything not readily explainable in human terms.

» Meta-worldy:

God created this world, and God labeled the work “good.” This world was designed as the place where relationship between the created and the Creator would take place. Experiencing God, then, is a crucial element of that it means to live in the natural world. God is not otherworldly, God is “metaworldly”....

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here is a lot that I love about the community of faith where I worship. One of the most outstanding characteristics is the caring, permissiongiving atmosphere, where intellectual honestly is valued and discussion is never closed off by the fear that our faith may not be robust enough or big enough to handle tough questions.

Consequently conversation in small groups, Bible-studies, and Sundayschool classes often leaves me mulling important ideas over - in my mind and heart - for days. Recently, for example, we discussed chapter ten from my book, “The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian”. The chapter in question was, “A Collision of Worlds.”

What I mean is that we do the work of creation a disservice when we relegate God to the status of outsider. And we do disservice to the intention of God’s creative work when we conduct our lives in a manner that excludes the divine. A life lived in communion with God is – therefore - the most natural thing in the world; especially when we consider that we are created both in the image of God and for relationship with God.

“META-NATURAL” Written By: derek maul

We talked at length about experiences that have served to blur the distinct lines we like to draw between concepts such as time and eternity, natural and supernatural, spiritual and mundane, heaven and earth, the natural and the miraculous...

That is not even close to being a satisfactory way of thinking, because the fundamental assumption is exclusionary to the point of being preemptive.

It was this last couplet that commanded most of our attention. Traditionally, religion has ascribed the moniker “miracle” to anything not readily explainable in human terms. It’s a definition that is necessarily fluid; things drop off the miracle list the moment they can be categorized scientifically. The problem with this way of thinking is the understandable - logical conclusion that all we have to do is look long enough and hard enough and we can explain away God with regard to absolutely everything.

Instead, we talked about the miraculous way in which God works in and through God’s people to make possible things that have been always been intended for this amazing and wonderful world, from the dawn of creation. Rather than supernatural, then, what we call miracles are more accurately metanatural.

» An alternative view:

By “metanatural” – and I believe I have invented a new word - I mean more comprehensive; beyond what we can easily see as natural; transcending natural; at a higher state of development....

“What we’re talking about here is a kind of dissonance. It’s the conflict between realities. We live in this temporal world, yet we are eternal in our nature. We inhabit bodies that are fragile and seriously flawed, yet we are also children of the Great King, and we are invited to live kingdom lives of victory and great purpose… In the book of Ecclesiastes, The Teacher put it this way: ‘God has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end’ (Ecclesiastes 3: 11). Eternity in a sense is the here and now; at least that’s where time without end begins. The pilgrim must learn to tell time in both realities. God’s time is at once both beautiful and challenging. But it is not a distinction designed to grate; rather, it is a perspective to be honed.” – The Unmaking of a Part-time Christian, p. 115 Good fodder for thought. Grace and peace, always - DEREK

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extra » ken lawrence local auto repair businessman. The most recent has been “Teddy” who was bottle fed along with four other kittens after being found abandoned by their birth mother. Being the youngest of our clan of four cats, “Teddy” keeps the older trio on their toes. This brings me to a dear friend of ours, who will remain nameless, other than a first name, because of privacy matters. This lady, Lynne, became infatuated not that many years ago, with cats, thanks in part to lecturing from Marcia. She now is the proud owner of 18 felines, who live on her farm near Plant City, along with four dogs, two sheep and two pet cows. Her husband, who has served in Iraq, would call from overseas and practically the first words out of his mouth would be………… you guessed it……………”How are the animals”?

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window-well. Named after a French ow that the elections are over, it’s Mustard, “Grey Poupon”, he came into our time to get politics and government household in the spring. out of our heads for another few months anyway. The previous, simply ‘nasty’ few months have no doubt damaged the psyche of America and so it’s time for a Fifteen years later when we moved from break. Canada to Tampa Bay, George sat on the front seat of the UHAUL that I drove Therefore, it did not take your writer south from Ottawa. Poupon got to fly to long to come-up with the relaxing topic Tampa. of “CATS”, of which, at one time I was ambivalent about. My parents always had a cat in our home, but as a child, I had better After George and Poupon went to that special place in space for cats, they were things to do than pay attention to it. followed by Buddy, a freebie from St. Pete, who had the largest feet (paws) of any cat Not until I met my wife Marcia, 30 years we have ever seen. Because of his large feet, ago, did I develop a fondness for these Buddy had trouble jumping and so we had creatures, which studies have shown, can to arrange furniture to enable him to get lead to a longer life for their owners. Cats can have a soothing effect on people unlike onto a couch or a bed. other domesticated animals, such as dogs, After moving to Plant City in 1995, one who tend to be hyper and also require day I went to a Brandon animal shelter more care. (sorry dog owners) to donate some extra cat food. As I was Back in 1980, shortly after we met, Marcia leaving the house, Marcia, half-seriously said “if you see a white cat over there, bring conspired with a girlfriend of hers to it home”. Lo and behold, as I walked into bring a black cat into our home. I was the shelter, what was staring at me from a not pleased as she entered the front door cage, a white cat with a name tag stating with “George” under her arm, stating that “Hello, I’m Lily. Please Take Me Home”. the cat was only on a “Trial Basis” and we That also happened to be my late mothercould return him anytime. Yeah, Right! in-law’s name. Today, Lily is Queen of the (George was named after a man who Lawrence household, still spry that many found him in a supermarket parking lot.) years later. He was followed by another stray which spent a winter living through a typical Canadian freezing winter, in a basement


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» How Cats Control Our Lives

That’s not all, Lily has been followed by “Sami-Girl”, a gift from neighbors whose dog hated cats and has now become your writer’s “control freak”, even to the extent of snarling at me when she wants to go to bed for the night. My strict mother was not even close in being such a disciplinarian.

» Cat People are Good People There are two other cats in the Lawrence home for a total of four. There’s “Abbie”, another abandoned black cat we found at a farm I was selling near Polk City, to a then

You must be wondering how sanitary can it be with so many animals? Well, if one spends just a few moments each day cleaning a house as one would normally do, a home can be in perfect condition and odor free, especially with cats. The few minutes spent cleaning a litter box or two can be rewarded with many years of peace, contentment, unrequited love and a longer life for your family. When I say family, I also include your CATS who will rule your life to your betterment. Editor’s Note: In our Christmas issue, Ken will be back to politics and government for 2011.

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hese days, more and more families are growing. 2.3 children is no longer the norm for America. In fact, several of our closest friends have 3 or more children, and are even considering more. As families grow, transportation needs change. And there aren’t a lot of choices on the market that can comfortably accommodate families reach 5 or more. But Toyota has one – the Sienna. Yes, it’s a mini-van. Yes, there’s a stigma that frightens even the most casual moms; “I don’t want to drive a mini-van!” So I’m here to tell you that you need to throw those thoughts out the window and give the Sienna a chance. The 2011 Sienna continues to leave a positive lasting impression. For 2011, the Sienna received a facelift with a change in


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the hood design. Otherwise, the exterior is basically the same. Color choices include South Pacific, Salsa Red, Sandy Beach, Blizzard and Predawn. Ever wonder who the person is that decides what a color will be called, or what that process must be like? Unlike other vehicles on the road that are capable of carrying 8, the gas mileage for the Sienna is a respectable 19 city and 24 hwy. That’s pretty good considering the abilities of this people carrier. The Sienna is available in 3 different power trains; a 187 hp FWD 4-cylinder, a 266 hp FWD V6 or an AWD V6. They’re all good, and most drivers would be happy with any choice, but the AWD V6 really delivers if you’re driving in different road conditions like rain, sleet and snow. Otherwise, this

2011 Toyota Sienna Delivers submitted By: Brian West

option may not be worth the additional costs. On the interior, things get interesting really quick. First, accessibility is great with an option for remote access through both sliding side doors. Imagine how great this is when you’re approaching with your hands full, or carrying small children. Next, the Sienna comes with captain-style chairs in the middle row. When choosing vehicles with three rows; whether or not to get a bench seat or captain’s chairs in the middle row has always been a struggle. Toyota solved this for us. They’ve developed a stowable center seat that fits between the captain’s chairs. It installs quickly and stows away in the back cargo area by folding into the side wall. Even better, when the seat is in place between

the captain’s chairs, you’d never know it didn’t come from the factory installed that way. Brilliant! Another great accessory is the sliding center console. Because the second row can adjust forward and back, the center console can also adjust forward and back so things stay in reach. I just really appreciate it when a manufacturer engineers the things that can make the difference. Sienna delivers on all points. It’s easy to drive, doesn’t lack in power, and provides all the comfort needed, even for long trips. If you’re interested in a Toyota Sienna, visit our friends at Lakeland Toyota and tell them you read about the Sienna in Focus Magazine.

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entertainment » dining profile Mexican Buffet (813) 757-5900 1707 James L Redman Parkway Plant City, FL 33563 Mon-Sat 11a.m. – 10p.m. Sun 12p.m. – 9p.m grandmother had baked, roasted, and simmered up a Mexican Thanksgiving for three days... except, come to find out, Mexico doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Wayne doesn’t let the potential of owning two restaurants side-by-side go to waste. Double doors connect the two diners from the inside, so hopping between them is encouraged. “The advantage is the pizza next door - if half the family wants pizza they can go next door.” If you want to get pizza, you can sit in the Mexican portion of the restaurant, or vice versa. You can and you will be tended to just the same.

Mexican Buffet W ayne, owner of Nick’s Pizzeria and Wings in Plant City has opened something unique next door. Decorated with Mexican art and tapestry, and tables full of real Mexican food, the atmosphere will tell you that you’re not in Taco Bell anymore.

Wayne has some interesting reasons for situating the Mexican Buffet right next door to Nick’s Pizzeria. “Buffets are always a great deal - why not a Mexican buffet?” he asked. “There are none in Plant City. So many people come in and say, ‘What a great idea- just what we needed.’ There are Chinese and American, but no Mexican buffets.” The restaurant was promoted to and by customers lined out the front door on its opening day more than two months ago. Wayne explains the business strategy he has used to bring in new diners. “We talk to our customers for their feedback. We try to get better every day. We try to add things to the menu to please as many people as we can.” The Mexican authenticity of the restaurant


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“I’ve a feeling we’re not in Taco Bell any more!” written By: Jason Stone

speaks for itself. “We have Americans come in and some are pleasantly surprised because most don’t know what real Mexican food is. They say, ‘This isn’t Taco Bell,’” Wayne said. There is a lot to learn when even the staff is there to add to the authenticity. “I asked my cooks, ‘Why don’t we have hard tacos?’ and they laughed and said, ‘because those aren’t Mexican.’” You learn something new every day. FOCUS grabbed a few plates and loaded up on the hot food from the buffet. The great majority of the food is meat based - beef, pork, and chicken cooked a variety of different ways with real Mexican seasonings. I tried a beef recipe cooked with eggs and green salsa that was hearty and spicy. The flavorful and juicy pork dish was a treat. Another item, beef chunks in red salsa, was tender and stringy with broth running all over the place. The authentic spices are a new experience for someone who’s never had real Mexican food. In addition, the buffet includes unlimited hot wings brought in from the Pizzeria

next door, rice and beans, Mexican spaghetti, and a lot more. For a $6.50 lunch price, diners will experience many things they’ve never tried. The food made me think that perhaps a Mexican

It seems today that much of the world knows about American heritage and our cuisine, yet we know little about others (Remember not knowing that hard taco shells isn’t even Mexican food!. So, I enjoy experiencing another culture transplanted from one spot of the world and set down, preserved in all of its aspects (down to the staff ) right here in our hometown. Skip the drive-thru for a day and check out the Mexican Buffet to enjoy some Mexican culture shock without the airfare.

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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.

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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, and other appetizers and entrees that are sure to make your mouth water.

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traight from Naples, Italy Michael Esposito and Michael Jr. bring you authentic Italian pizza and other delicious items. This family owned and operated business brings 25 years of experience, traditional family recipes, and the freshest ingredients to the plate. Stop in to taste for yourself the calzones, unique pizza topping combinations, mouthwatering garlic knots and other Italian dishes.

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fred’s southern kitchen


red’s Southern Kitchen is homemade cooking at its finest. We are proud to offer the best in family dining with recipes that have been developed from a 50 year Johnson family restaurant tradition. You’ll find crispy fried catfish and chicken, smoked ribs, homemade soups, fresh salads, casseroles, desserts, made from scratch entrees, along with our signature Southern vegetables.

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ew menu and new owners make a great blend for mouth-watering food, great drinks, friendly service and perfect family atmosphere. Not only is Kazbor’s is the best bar and grill in town to go to for lunch or dinner, but they’ve got the best wings for game night and some of the best drink prices around! Happy Hour is every day from 3-7pm and Thursdays are all you can eat wings for $9.95. With 20 TV’s and the NFL Sunday ticket, you’ll never miss a game!

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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!

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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.

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he Red Rose Dining Room is the only 5-star rated restaurant in Plant City. Mrs. Evelyn Madonia invites you to allow Executive Chef Matteo Casini to take your taste buds on a delicious journey. Enjoy an elegant setting and beautiful atmosphere for lunch or dinner. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings feature an all you can eat prime rib and seafood buffet. On the weekends you can catch fabulous entertainment (visit the website for upcoming shows).

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entertainment » red rose for its monthly concert and event series. Patrons can enjoy a Singles Night Out every Thursday in the Polo Club Lounge and Main Dining Room. The Red Rose Inn and Suites calendar also lists great concerts including monthly favorites Cover to Cover, Second Wind, Ralph Allocco, PJ Leary, Destiny and more. November special events include a St. Jude Fundraiser Dinner Show with Let’s Hand On (A Four Seasons Tribute) on Saturday, November 13th and Shirley Elston Reeves (Shirelles) and Bobby Hendricks (Drifters) on Saturday, November 20th. If you are interested in attending any of the Red Rose Inn and Suites concerts, it is recommended that you make a reservation. Spacing is limited. To make reservations call (813) 752-3141.

Legendary Delfonics perform to a packed house at the Red Rose Inn and Suites Photo courtesy of the Red Rose Inn and Suites

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oul Music Night at the Red Rose Inn and Suites featured the Legendary Delfonics and Arthur “Sugar Bear” Aiken on Saturday, October 23rd. The Legendary Delfonics were welcome by a sold out crowd. Hundreds of fans of all ages packed the Red Rose Inn and Suites Convention Center to enjoy the legendary soul musical trio. Whether just singing along or dancing on the packed dance floor everyone there remember their favorite tunes as only performed by the Legendary Delfonics. Dinner tables sparkled and were decorated in classy soul train style of black and gold. Guests enjoyed a five-star meal prepared by Executive Chef Matteo Casini and culinary team. Wine pairings and sinfully delicious desserts rounded out the dining experience. From Philadelphia, the Delfonics are a pioneering soul singing group. The original group included Ritchie, brothers William and Wilbert Hart and high school friend Randy Cain. The group was then called the Four Gents and later the Orphonics. The group’s musical roots go


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back to their doo wop singing at high school dances. When the group met songwriter and producer Thom Bell they changed their name to the Delfonics and their musical career sored with hit songs include “La-La (Means I love You)”, “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”, “Break Your Promise”, “I’m Sorry”, and “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)”. The Delfonics greatest popularity was during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Soon after the Delfonics was formed, band member Ritchie Daniels was drafted into the military. Then becoming the Delfonics trio, the group went onto 16 pop and 20 R & B hit songs. In 1968, the Delfonics released their first album titled “La La Means I Love You” and in 1969 another album (“Sound of Sexy Soul”) was released. In 1971, Randy Cain left the group and was replaced by singer Major Harris (www. Additional Delfonics albums include “The Delfonics” (1970), “Tell Me This Is A Dream” (1972) and” Alive and Kicking” (1977). The Red Rose Inn and Suites is famous

To top off a great evening of dinner and entertainment, guests can enjoy the luxurious comfort of rooms available at the Red Rose Inn and Suites. The Red Rose Inn web site includes a virtual tour, pricing and special event listings (www. The Red Rose Inn and Suites is conveniently located at 2011 N. Wheeler Street, Plant City, FL 33563.

Delfonics fans George, Abbey, Retha and Helen arrive at the Red Rose Convention Center early for a great concert seat Photo Courtesy of the Red Rose Inn and Suites

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entertainment » artist of the month teach art at Centerplace in Brandon to children, Mrs. Fairbanks was motivated to start her own classes which she has been doing now for eight years. Her classes fill up without any advertising except for a sign outside her house and word of mouth. She teaches on Thursday to both children and adults throughout the day for a small fee which includes all art supplies. After seeing examples of her students artwork it was not surprising to learn that at one time she entered 18 paintings from her children’s art classes in the Strawberry Art Festival, many of which took ribbons, with one placing as Best of Show.

Living A Life W hen one enters the art room and studio of local artist Betty Fairbanks, based on the quality and the amount of artwork on display, you would have to believe she has spent a life completely immersed in art. In reality, it was only after raising her four children and retiring from her job as Branch Manager at a local bank that she was able to fully devote herself to her art. Even after retirement, Mrs. Fairbanks returned to work at Moffitt Cancer Center as a caterer. In spite of an extremely busy and fulfilling life, she has kept up with her art and now manages to not only create art but to teach art to others. In Mrs. Fairbanks wonderful art room, surrounded by many examples of her artwork you can’t help but be instantly inspired to paint. After being asked to


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Centered On Art written By: Heather Davis

In her personal art, Mrs. Fairbanks specializes in painting with watercolor as well as in oils and acrylics. Much of her art is inspired by the floral and fauna of Florida nature and wildlife She has received some formal training from USF as well as from various workshops. Throughout her art career, Mrs. Fairbanks has participated in many art shows such as at the USF Botanical Gardens, the Ceder Key Art Festival and the Manatee Art Festival. She is also a member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Brandon League of Fine Arts. Besides teaching art, Mrs. Fairbanks enjoys painting every Friday at Centerplace in Brandon with fellow artists where she enjoys the bond and friendships. In the words of Mrs. Fairbanks, “I couldn’t breathe if I couldn’t do art. It is what fulfills me and keeps me young.”


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Saturday, November 15, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

» Leadership Alumni Luncheon 12:00pm Red Rose Inn & Suites

» Lights of Love 5:30pm McCall Park & Depot For more information call Judy Martin 7571277.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 » Planes, Trains, & Automobiles Meeting 8:30am 106 N Evers Street

Thursday, November 18, 2010 » Ambassador Meeting 12:00pm 106 N Evers Street » Business After Hours 5:15pm 2102 North Park Road

Saturday, November 20, 2010 » Strawberry Classic Car Show 4:00pm Historic Downtown Plant City Car Show, Vendors, Local Antique Shops open, Live Music, and Great Commeraderie. Parking in North and South lots near the Depot, Drane, and Palmer. For more information call 813-7543707. » Plant City Pig Jam 10:00am Randy Larson Fourplex Professional, Amateur, & Kids BBQ Contest. 10am-5pm. Free admission, parking $5. Over $1500. in prize money given out. Kids play area, live band, and lots of good food. » BRUTON LIBRARY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOOK SALE. 10:00am - 2:00pm This is a great time to buy that book for the special person on your holiday gift list. All proceeds from the sale benefit the library programs. The sale will get underway at 10 AM and will close at 2 PM.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 » Ribbon Cutting- Mexican Buffet 11:30am 1707 James L. Redman Parkway


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Friday, December 3, 2010 » Annual Plant City Christmas Parade 6:00pm The Annual PLANT CITY CHRISTMAS PARADE will take place on Friday, December 3 rd. This year, the parade will start at 6 PM which is a half-hour earlier than in year’s past. It will wind though downtown Plant City.

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saturday, December 12, 2010 » First Baptist Church of Midway 10:00 am First Baptist Church of Midway will be celebrating the grand opening of their new building. There will be free food and fellowship following the morning worship service at 10 a.m. Midway is located at 2902 Midway Rd, Plant City, FL 33565. For more information call 813-752-7209 or see page 8 for more details. » Plant City Church of God 9:00am and 10:30am Plant City Church of God is holding “Star of Wonder,” a K.I.D.S. church production. The children’s musical will perform at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. PCCOG is located at 2103 Mud Lake Rd, Plant City, FL, 33563. For more information call 813-752-4591 or visit www.

saturday, December 19, 2010 » Plant City Church of God - Gordon Mote 10:30am Plant City Church of God is featuring Gordon Mote in concert! He will be performing at 10:30 a.m. PCCOG is located at 2103 Mud Lake Rd, Plant City, FL, 33563. For more information call 813-752-4591 or visit www.plantcitycog. com.

ONGOING EVENTS: » Red Rose Inn & Suites - Every Monday Learn to Dance with Susan 7 to 9 PM. Learn an easy, fun and fast method to start dancing with any partner on any dance floor. No partner needed. Call 863-604-5060 (small fee) » Red Rose Inn & Suites - Every Tuesday & Wednesday Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet Enjoy baked, broiled, steamed, and fried seafood including lightly battered fried shrimp. Succulent steamed crab legs, even tender prime rib au jus with all the trimmings! All this plus salads and desserts to tempt the most demanding pallates! Music from Free Time Jazz. » Red Rose Inn & Suites - Every Thursday Singles Night Out Happy Hour, Dance Contest, Bottle of Wine and $50 Gift Card Giveaway PLUS music from Destiny and either Mellissa Malone or Tony Johnson.!

» Christmas Bike Fest 5:00pm Chamber’s Annual CHRISTMAS BIKE FEST will be held in downtown Plant City. Come on out and look over all the great motorcycles and see all the pretty Christmas decorations and holiday lights. Great family fun. Starts at 5 PM. Motorcycle Show, Contest, Vendors, Live Bands and tons of fun. Main Stage at the Depot (Palmer/Drane)Call 813-754-3707 for more information.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 » Ribbon Cutting- Esposito Pizza 11:30am 2803 James L. Redman Parkway

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 » Contact Breakfast 7:30am Red Rose Inn & Suite Ball Room Membership Breakfast. Each month with a different sponsor, speaker, good egg, and a cash pot drawing.

Thursday, December 9, 2010 » Business After HoursRaulerson & Company 5:15pm 600 W. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Blvd.

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Plant City’s new Veterans’ Monument at Courier Field is allowing you the opportunity to commemorate our USA Veterans with an engraved memorial brick. Each brick will become a permanent part of history in Plant City! Memorial bricks are open to all veterans of the USA military services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Include the name, rank, branch of service and dates if they fit into the character limits of 15 characters per line.

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