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focusplantcity.com / Issue 17-05 / May 2018
The National Guard deployment from Plant City to Southwest Asia this month welcomed Governor Scott to speak at the sendoff attended by an appreciative community. Crowds also gathered for a “Jimmy’s Fight” fundraiser, Praise in the Park, Relay for Life, and the inaugural “Aspire” gathering of women at the Wishing Well Barn. These stories and more await you!
Each May we feature updates from our amazing South Florida Baptist Hospital and area medical practitioners, services and resource providers. It’s our hope you will learn something new to make 2018 your healthiest year yet.
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Thanks to this community’s generosity, South Florida Baptist Hospital continually upgrades technologies, improves facilities and adds important services. Meet Dr. Clinton Hall as we shine a light on the new Bariatrics Unit, where gastrointestinal surgeries are accomplished by highly regarded, experienced physicians using the finest robotic equipment anywhere.
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ur amazing community came together again this past month to help someone in need. And it was a beautiful sight indeed.
When Jimmy Riley learned in March that he’d be battling the most vicious form of brain tumor – Glioblastoma Multiforme – his friends and co-workers in the first responder arena went to work on a fundraiser, and the locals joined in. This 37-year-old Plant City Firefighter/Paramedic is a husband, father, friend, educator and hero who prefers to do for others rather than having others do for him. But with joy, the Plant City Lions Club organized a fundraiser that was held at the Walden Lake Car Wash and surrounding area on Alexander Street. And the generous folks of our wonderful city stepped up to place money in the donation boxes, purchase fundraiser items, and give online.
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Daniel and Kathy Bernard, leaders of Somebody Cares -Tampa Bay, presented a Distinguished Service Award to Norm Blanton on April 20, 2018 at the organization’s 9th Annual Gala for his years of service with Somebody Cares Plant City. Norm and his wife Sherril celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this month, too!
Found on Facebook: Jeanne Redman Knotts praised her Simmons Career Center administration, faculty, and staff for nominating her as High School Counselor of the Year. The Hillsborough Schools Counseling Association agreed and awarded her the top honor for 2018.
Pure joy! Jeremy Dewayne Chancey, Jr., a player with the Plant City Little League 4-year-old t-ball team, offers a huge smile and thumbs up after the season’s final game on May 3, 2018.
Congratulations to Bautista and Evelyn Madonia, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 21, 2018. PAGE
Multiple pastors, Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snively, City Clerk Kerri Miller and a host of local citizens offered noontime prayers at City Hall for the National Day of Pray gathering. The evening event was hosted by First Presbyterian Church. A proclamation by Mayor Rick Lott credits prayer as being “regarded by millions as the most important utterance for the benefit of mankind.”
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2018 Relay for Life in Plant City
Hope for a Cure BY ANTHONY BOLESTA
As the sun began to set on the horizon, people began their preparation for the 9:00 p.m. luminaria ceremony, during which the track has a candle lit perimeter in remembrance of family, friends, or co-workers who have battled cancer. One of the evening’s hosts, Sarah Ballster, suggested that the tranquil moments were “a time for everyone here to reflect on our loved one’s journeys.” The word HOPE shone in the stadium’s stands via lit candles directed to the stars, no doubt paying respect and honoring those
no longer with us and who have moved to a better place. The next morning’s sunrise welcomed a few more activities, such as the Caffeine Lap, Hula Hoop Contest and registration for 2019 before the closing ceremony and encouraging victory lap. Ultimately, we all hope each year’s Relay for Life event might be the last as we get closer to a cure. We look forward to the day the relay’s mission will finally finish it’s long race and defeat cancer for good.
HOPE shone in the stadium’s stands via lit candles directed to the stars, no doubt paying honoring to those who are or have battled cancer.
nce again, our community’s Relay for Life event drew plenty of local support. The 20th annual all night happening at the Plant City High School football and track stadium started at 6:00 p.m. on April 27 and concluded by 10 a.m. on April 28. Dozens of groups from various schools, clubs, and organizations gathered in order to, through the generosity of this amazing community, raise as much money as possible for a cure in the ongoing battle with the terrible disease that is cancer. Despite the solemn nature of the event’s focus, this perfectly welcoming venue offers information, cancer statistics, and hope for cancer patients and their families. Groups such as the American Cancer Society and BayCare serve to raise awareness. Knowing is half the battle, but unfortunately, healthcare and treatment requires research, which brings the search for a cure to funding. That is where groups like the
Plant City Women’s Club, Drawdy’s Dance School, Yo Yo Juice, and various local schools come in to the picture. Every school and organization had its own brand of fundraising, offering everything from baked goods to glitter tattoos, and even caricature styled-portraiture. Attendees had a great time “shopping” for a noble cause as they walked their laps around the school’s track. Plant City native Kim Curran, a cancer survivor, gave a sobering speech about her time as a cancer patient. Humble throughout, she stated that her “story isn’t remarkable” and reminded everyone listening to that “every cancer survivor and patient has their story, and their struggle.” She, alongside her daughter Jade, made an effort to emphasize that if you or a loved one is fighting cancer, to always “find more positive ways to look at life, and that although your positive attitude will certainly be challenged, you will find that so many people care for you.”
One of the evening’s hosts, Sarah Ballster, suggested that the tranquil moments were “a time for everyone here to reflect on our loved one’s journeys.”
Sing Out Loud Talent Show Hosted by NRG—The Next Radical Generation BY BARBARA ROUTEN
they audition to join NRG. If they are teachable and willing to work hard, creative director Andrew Rafalski can help them learn all the performance skills involved: public speaking, dancing, singing and poise. Fry loves seeing performers transform from being shy and awkward on stage to being poised and comfortable. “It makes the singing and dancing they love becomes so easy,” she said. “It’s such a joy and inspiration to give them that kind of capacity.” NRG groups sing at local events to support the organizations and “build quality citizens with a bigger view of the world than just themselves,” said Fry. “The youth agree to uphold standards regarding their actions, attitudes, language and
dress, because they represent the NRG brand, not just themselves.” “We’re not focused on growing divas,” said Fry. “We don’t expect many will go on in the industry. We’re building character, teaching confidence, presence, integrity, teamwork, accountability and initiative.” This is “a safe place to grow, be challenged and step outside their comfort zone,” said Fry. “We look for ways to push them but give them victories to boost their confidence and help them grow and achieve. Then the next time they face something difficult, they know they’ve faced hard before and they did it. No matter what, they can do it.”
From left to right, NRG creative director Andrew Rafalski and founder Yvonne Fry congratulate performers and winners of NRG's 2018 Sing Out Loud vocal talent show.
assion and connection—that’s what the 2018 Sing Out Loud judges wanted to see, and that’s what overall winner Kellen McDowell’s excellent, charismatic, animated performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” gave them. Eight Central Florida participants competed in this fourth annual vocal talent show hosted May 5 by NRG— The Next Radical Generation. NRG members emceed and performed but did not compete. Elementary school-level winner Maya McDowell’s voice got stronger with every stanza of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and her long, blue dress added a level of professionalism. Middle-school winner Mackenzie Harkins’ rendition of Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” highlighted her volume, high range and dramatic gestures. Teshylen Williams, highschool winner, gave an expressive performance of Whitney Houston’s “I
Look to You” in her formal black and silver gown. Alexis Riley’s talent, heart and composure earned her the people’s choice award. Each winner will receive a free audio-recording session at Fryed Egg Productions. The overall winner will get to record a music video, too. Judges were Hillsborough County music teacher LaGretta Snowden and Nathan Drawdy, representing Drawdy’s Dance School. “A lot of kids don’t have opportunities to perform,” said Yvonne Fry of Fryed Egg Productions who founded NRG in 2011 for her children and their friends who loved to sing and dance. “We give them a chance to be on stage, support them, help them with background music, costuming, key selection and mic etiquette, setting everybody up for a homerun performance.” Kids don’t have to be great singers, dancers or speakers when
Teshylen Williams sparkles during her emotive rendition of "I Look to You."
One of the NRG groups performs.
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Governor Scott Addresses National Guard Deployment Ceremony BY SHERRIE MUELLER
t was an impressive, patriotic day on Wednesday, April 26, 2018 as Florida’s Governor Rick Scott joined local family, area residents, and community leaders to express appreciation for 30 members of the Florida National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment. In the spirit of the event, most well-wishers donned red, white and blue apparel and waved small American flags as the uniformed soldiers lined up for the Deployment Ceremony address, held in front of the Historic Milton E. Hull Armory on the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds. The Governor and featured area Commanders expressed their gratitude and support to the soldiers. The Commanders emphasized how well prepared the young men and women were for the mission at hand. The Governor reminded the families
and soldiers that our government provides support and invited them to reach out if additional services are needed. In a closing prayer, the National Guard Chaplain requested safety for our soldiers and for the well-being of the families left behind. After the ceremony, Governor Rick Scott, Commanders and area elected officials shook the hand and spoke words of encouragement to each soldier being deployed. The Governor also made time to pose for many individual and family pictures as he conversed with each group. He was in no hurry and gave the young men and women his undivided attention. One National Guard member from Riverview, Alex Batson, was joined by his girlfriend, Quori Lighon and his mom, Letitia Ellis at the ceremony. His mom shared, “Alex is living his dream,” to which Alex added, “For those that can’t I will.
For those that won’t I must.” Also in the Battalion was Warren Hill, a soldier from the Lutz area. With pride and tender care, he held his ten-day-old son, appropriately named Valor. Warren and his wife, Cody Dawson-Hill are also the parents of Scarlett, age 3, and Violet, age 4. All the children were on hand to give their dad lots of hugs before he left for the nine-to-twelve month deployment. Guardsman Hill shared, “I am happy to serve my country but I will sure miss my family.” After the goodbyes, the guardsmen changed to civilian
clothes and boarded a chartered bus, escorted by the Plant City Police Department from the armory to Tampa International Airport. These particular National Guard members are being deployed to Southwest Asia. Our prayers are with these brave individuals and their families as we wish them a safe and successful mission. Our Plant City community looks forward to an equally impressive and joyous ceremony when we have the opportunity to welcome the guardsmen home.
An Afternoon in Mayberry BY CHERYL JOHNSTON
The Walker Brothers (L-R): Tyler, Jarrod, Cory are Durant High School graduates.
ith its highly recognizable, whistled theme song and wholesome script, The Andy Griffith Show recalls a simpler time in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina. On May 20, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Florida Opry presents an “An Afternoon In Mayberry,” with cast member Rodney Dillard. On the Andy Griffith Show, Dillard and his bluegrass band, The Dillards, played a recurring role as ‘The Darlings,” a backwoods family bluegrass band. With his musical talents and shared stories from the show, Dillard will engage the audience and offer Q & A time as well. Performing also is his wife Beverly Cotton-Dillard, a renowned banjo player who appeared often on Hee Haw. Although The Andy Griffith Show ended in 1968, reruns continue its appeal to new generations. Dillard offered, “The show portrayed family values—Christian values, and Andy personified the fruit of the Spirit, especially in his treatment of Opie. People are trying to find these values in today’s entertainment world, but they’re not. That’s why folks are attracted to this show.” The Walker Brothers – Durant High School graduates Cory (27), Jarrod (25) and Tyler (21) – will also accompany
Dillard. The sons of David and Stacey Walker are remembered in their younger years for bluegrass shows at the Florida Strawberry Festival. Dillard hired Cory a few years ago to play with ‘The Dillards.’ Now living in Nashville, Cory and Jarrod have burgeoning careers which include Grand Ole Opry and CMA Music Festival performances. Both have played on national television with bluegrass icons Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs, too. When time allows, Tyler, a Florida State University senior, reunites with his brothers to play bluegrass performances in his hometown. Folks will be entertained by comedian Tom Chase, a Plant City High School graduate, as he shares his own rendition of Andy Griffith’s “What it was was a football field…” Tickets sell out quickly, so purchase online soon for $20 at https://www.ehhsoc.org/the-floridaopry.html. If available, tickets purchased at the door are $25, cash only. Invite family and friends to join you at the 1914 Plant City High School Community Center, 605 N. Collins Street in Plant City. For other specifics, phone 813757-9226, e-mail info@thefloridaopry, search ‘The Dillards’ on Facebook, or contact David Walker at email@example.com.
Praise in the Park
children how we can love in practical ways, too. “We’re pleased to have presented this opportunity to our community,” said Trunzo, who also celebrated a birthday
that day. “God showed up through the faith of believers and we believe it was made evident that His love is for everyone -- and it’s definitely worth the share!”
BY CHERYL JOHNSTON
amilies, neighbors, and colleagues from all over Central Florida enjoyed Plant City’s first ever “Praise in the Park” on April 14 in the historic downtown. For seven hours at this free gathering, folks enjoyed live music in all Christian genres along with giveaways, children’s activities and food trucks. According to Frank Trunzo, event organizer and owner of Krazy Kup, the idea was birthed several years ago, with a purpose to inspire faith and unity in the community. With help also from CityPointe and First Baptist churches, Minuteman Press, Unity in the Community, Wish Farms, and Michael Wilson of Dark Horse Music Store, that dream became a 1st Annual reality. For more than four years, The Trunzos have enjoyed showcasing local musical talent, and especially Christian performers, on Friday and Saturday
nights at their charming coffeehouse located south of the railroad tracks opposite McCall Park. Performers at this event included: • Bound No More • Dark Horse • The Descendants • Dude with a Purpose • First Baptist—Plant City Praise Team • From Ashes • Make It ‘til Morning • Martyr X’ • Ray & The Joshua Generation • Valley’s End • The Word Cash donations and proceeds from the sale of strawberries donated by Wish Farms benefited the Pregnancy Care Center and greatly exceeded the $2,000 goal Trunzo imagined initially. This generous outpouring proved to
Perfect weather, crowds ready to praise God, and a relaxing time in the historic downtown at the 1st annual Praise in the Park.
Win Tickets to Premiere of No Postage Necessary Movie Filmed in Plant City premieres June 28 at The Tampa Theatre BY CHERYL JOHNSTON
ant to win tickets for the Florida premiere of No Postage Necessary on June 28, 2018, the film starring George Blagden and our own Charleene Closshey? Read on. George Blagden (VIKINGS, VERSAILLES) stars in the dramatic comedy about Sam, a luckless computer hacker who falls for Josie, a pretty war widow, played by Closshey (AN EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS). Joined by Robbie Kay (ONCE UPON A TIME), Michael Beach (THIRD WATCH) and Raymond J. Barry (JUSTIFIED), the film is about Love, Letters, and Computer Hackers with a splash of Bitcoin intrigue. To the benefit of our local economy and Closshey’s hometown, the film was shot on location at many popular sites around Plant City. And, excitingly for us, the Florida Red Carpet Premiere is at the iconic Tampa Theatre at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa. If you haven’t been to the Tampa Theatre lately, you are in for a very special evening on Thursday, June 28. Attire is Red Carpet Cocktail and the schedule includes: • 5:30 pm - VIP Reception + Cast/ Celebrity Red Carpet Arrivals • 6:30 pm - Doors Open for the General Public • 7:15 pm - Film Screening. Q&A w/Cast & Creatives Immediately Following The award-winning theatre with marble floors and staircase is known also for the organ that lifts up from underneath the stage and the nightsky twinkling star effects on the ceiling. It’s the perfect venue for a perfect date night or family outing. And, much of the Cast and Crew will be in attendance! No Postage Necessary continues
to garner attention for Plant City as the first-ever feature film to release on the blockchain and available for purchase using cryptocurrency, receiving recent coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter among others. Directed by Jeremy Culver, No Postage Necessary was produced by Culver together with Charleene Closshey of Two Roads Picture Co. Closshey also composed the film's score. She and the femaleled producing team recognized the opportunities around the film’s title immediately. “Jeremy’s script is relevant and timely,” Closshey explained. "Although it makes light of a misguided cyber genius who can hack a multi-billion dollar corporation within minutes, these types of technological advancements are becoming a normal part of everyday life for society as a whole." Winning FREE Tickets to the Red Carpet Premiere is easy! Snap a selfie to win 4 Tickets to the Tampa Premiere! Simply snap a pic of yourself -- and whoever wants to join -- holding a copy of FOCUS Magazine at one of these local film locations: • Twistee Treat • The Corner Store • Amazing Autos • Krazy Kup • Stingray Chevrolet • Winn Dixie • Outback Post your pic on Instagram, tagging @FocusMagazine and @NoPostageFilm with #NoPostageFilm. Remember: great captions increase your chance of winning! Next, email your photo and list names of those pictured to
firstname.lastname@example.org so Focus Magazine can share on social media. Winners will be announced in the June 15 issue. Tickets are available at the Customer Service Counter in Plant City’s Winn Dixie and at Stingray Chevrolet. For VIP Tickets, which include walking the red carpet and a Cast Meet & Greet Reception, contact Executive Producer Dr. Jennifer Closshey for details at jennifer@
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Friend. Husband. Father. Hero
BY ANTHONY BOLESTA
lant City native and Firefighter/ Paramedic Jimmy Riley is a former U.S. Marine who also instructs students in the EMT program at Hillsborough Community College—Plant City Campus. His peers and program participants alike have described him as “one of the best, and a great friend.” After suffering from chronic and painful headaches, Riley was taken to the ER and diagnosed in March with the most aggressive form of brain tumor – Glioblastoma Multiforme. While that news is frightening, the good news is that Jimmy Riley is not fighting this battle alone. With flyers posted in the hallways at HCC and through social media shares, the community came together in a big way on April 22, 2018. In addition
to the first responder community, organizations and businesses such as the Plant City Lions Club, Florida4Warriors, and Whiskey Bent BBQ Supply showed up at the Walden Lake Car Wash and in the parking areas across Alexander Street to raise awareness, offer support, and collect funds that will hopefully help Riley and his doctors defeat the diagnosis. Along with enjoying delicious pulled pork meals priced at six dollars, folks in attendance were generous with the money they dropped into donation canisters positioned in front of a replica fire station. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, it was a very inspiring day to see hundreds gather to give back to the man who has spent years serving his country and his hometown. Statistically, the risk of cancer is
higher within the firefighter community, so when a diagnosis comes to one of their own, these brave men and women band together as if the fight is theirs, too. As a graduate of the HCC EMT program and as a student fortunate enough to have had Mr. Riley as an instructor, I can affirm that he is truly a great man. He balanced patience with
professionalism and from what I have gathered from so many who shared at this event, he was just as excellent in the field. To help Jimmy Riley and his family as they face this life-threatening challenge, please visit JimmysFight. com. Donations of any size will be greatly appreciated. Let’s do this, Plant City!
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Aspire Plant City Empowering Women
BY CHERYL JOHNSTON
he Wishing Well Barn was a happening place on April 24 when more than 100 lovely ladies attend the launch event of Aspire Plant City - Empowering Women. Inspired by a two-hour conversation on a sidewalk outside a yoga class, Courtney Paat and Sophia Hyde decided to begin a new way for women in eastern Hillsborough County to empower each other by connecting personally and professionally. They recruited Michelle Welch, owner of Wishing Well Barn, Lizzette Sarria, owner of On-Site Accounting, Irene Castillo of Raulerson & Castillo, P.A., and Alice Bullard of OnPoint IT Solutions to get involved as well. Once the leadership team started brainstorming ideas for the various possibilities, the Aspire dream moved into the realm of reality. The buzz began when a Facebook post promoted the launch and women responded, with almost 200 expressing interest. For the first peek at Aspire, the team did a phenomenal job of organizing, decorating, welcoming, encouraging and inspiring women in every age and life stage to empower one another. The launch included tasty food, cool beverages, sweet desserts and giveaways, too!
The group is for women from ages 16 to 100-plus because Aspire believes every woman has something to share – a skill, a talent, a listening ear, a smile, or even simply a desire to have more friends. Many are already appreciating the professional networking opportunities. Currently, women are invited to gather for Coffee Collaborations, Power Hour (lunch with a speaker), and Book Discussions. A few of the upcoming events include: • May 22 @8:00 a.m. -- Coffee Collaboration at Plant City Community Gardents • June 6 @11:30 a.m. – Power Hour w/ J. Lenora Bressler at PC Chamber Community Room • July 14 @ 6:30 p.m. – Sunset at the Ranch (Wishing Well Barn) Aspire’s range of activities will continue to evolve as members suggest activities they would prefer. The annual membership fee of $99 offers discount pricing to events requiring a fee, such as lunches or outings. To get involved or to learn more, visit Facebook, www.aspireplantcity. org, or contact any of the leadership team. It’s never too late to grow your circle of influence or to be a blessing. PAGE
Logan Leveson Pursues Military Service BY CHERYL JOHNSTON
lant City native Logan Leveson decided during middle school that he wanted to join the military. Being procactive, he researched to discover the SplitOption program, which allows enlistment candidates to complete Basic Training between their junior and senior year of high school. Since Logan accomplished that training last summer, he will attend AIT (Advanced Individual Training) at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for five weeks right after graduation, to be trained as a 13M – a multiple launch rocket system crewmember. “In my opinion, the real heroes and role models of today are those who selflessly serve our country,” Logan offered. The son of Bernie and Toni Leveson and brother to sisters Lauren, Madelyne and Brooke, is grateful for a heritage of military service in his
family. His father, two uncles, and great grandfather served in the Army, while his grandfather served in the Air Force. Logan can relate at church as well because his First Baptist Church of Durant pastor, Kevin Wynne, is a Marine. His favorite class at Durant is Criminal Justice. “My teacher, Mr. Smith, is retired from the Plant City Police Department and a Marine,” shared Logan. “He brings real life experiences to his class, making it very interesting.” Already enrolled at Southeastern University in Lakeland for the fall term, Logan begins classes to major in Criminal Justice. He explained his school choice. “I decided to attend Southeastern because of their conservative and Christian values, the teacher-to-student ratio, and the Army
ROTC program.” In addition to school, Logan has been in OJT (On the Job Training) at Durant. He leaves school by 12:30 to work at the Winn Dixie in Plant City, his employer for the last two years. One weekend a month, he also attends drills with the Army National Guard, unit 3/116 FA, at the armory on Airport Road in Plant City. This unit supports the infantry with supplemental rocket artillery during combat. Logan credits his recruiter, SSGT Schaus, for being “very instrumental during the enlistment process.” He added, “He’s guided me every step of the way and mentored me throughout the year.” When not at school, work, or involved with the Guard, Logan enjoys “shooting and staying in shape.” Bernie Leveson praised his son for his focus and accomplishments so far. “He’s an exceptional young man, and of course, I’m very proud of him.” This community can be proud as
well. Logan Leveson is a young man following the desire that God placed in his heart from a young age. To serve our country with excellence, to defend our freedoms, and to protect our people, Logan is taking all the right steps in the right order. Let’s keep him in our prayers, Plant City, because as we have seen throughout history, this kind of dedication can impact nations.
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orn April 1, 1995, Tyler Douglas Martin spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Plant City with his parents and younger sister. His father, who has worked in the film industry on such huge titles as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, was relocated to Trenton, Michigan when Tyler was finishing middle school. Here he made his new home a second one, meeting new friends and contacts in both the educational and professional worlds. At Trenton High School he was involved with drama and the swim team before graduating in 2013. A decade after that move from Plant City to Trenton, the family returned to the Winter Strawberry Capitol of the World. From an early age, Tyler had an interest in making films in which fantastic and incredible imager could come to life on the big screen. He recently finished his senior thesis project for Grand Valley State University where he studied film and wishes to continue making films as he grows as a student, director, and person. Plant City has actually seen quite a bit of exposure as several independent film makers have chosen his hometown as a location for an original idea, and Tyler has expressed the same desire. He is hoping to capture the magic that moved him as a child while watching iconic films such as Star Wars, and if he can use his own home as a vessel for that, then it’s all the better.
Tyler is helping Kelsey, his girlfriend who moved here from Michigan, get used to the Bay area as he reacclimates to the nostalgia of his past. What filmmaker is most influential to you? “The ones who inspire me and shape me most are Martin Scorsese, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Joel Potrykus, the last being a professor of mine.” What has changed in Plant City now that you are back? “Plant City has gotten so much larger, in its population and in its infrastructure.” What is your favorite part of town? “I love the downtown area, and the old brick roads across the city’s older sections are always very cool to see.” Do people give you a hard time about your birthday being April Fool’s Day? “I’ve had some pretty funny jokes played on me as my friends definitely make the most of it.”
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On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Pinch-A-Penny Pool-Patio-Spa, which provides services and products to maintain your pool. When you visit the Plant City store you will be pleasantly surprised to find a family-owned business with family values. Two brothers, Chad and Casey Wiley, are now fully invested in their business. Casey shared, “We run our business with honesty and loyalty and we pass that on to our clients.” On Thursday, March 29, The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting for Graphite Media, LLC & Deanna Hurley Photography- Plant City FL. Graphite Media is a professional, full-service online marketing agency, headquartered in Plant City, FL with offices in Atlanta. Their super hero team is comprised of strategists, photographers, writers, graphic designers, directors, producers and social media connoisseurs. They are an innovative group of storytellers with a passion for communicating your business’s brand and mission in a creative, artful and unique way. They are a community of collaborators, leaders, out if the box thinkers, passion filled, boundary breakers and envelope-pushers. Deanna Hurley Photography Studio offers photography for all of life’s milestones, including wedding, maternity, newborn, and family. Deanna Hurley Photography also specializes in business portraits and campaign photography. Having photographed families across the Tampa Bay area since 2012, DHPhoto is excited to have opened their downtown studio in 2017.
On Tuesday, April 3, The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Florida Girl Tanning Co. - Spray Tan & Beauty Boutique located at 2806 James L. Redman Parkway, Suite #204. Florida Girl provides luxury spray tanning & women's waxing, along with skincare and lash treatments. They love helping women feel more confident & beautiful while providing a healthy and convenient alternative to traditional tanning and waxing. On Thursday, April 5, The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce for True Plumbers at their new headquarters located at 4000 N. Frontage Road! "We're a local, honest, licensed, insured & experienced plumbing company that offers our services to the entire Plant City area. Our top rated plumbing services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. It's okay if you're not directly within Plant City, because we service the surrounding areas as well, such as Hopewell, Sydney and Turkey Creek. Some of the most common services we provide to Plant City business owners and residents include clogged drain clearing, sewer backups and toilet repairs. When you hire True Plumbers, we treat you like family and complete your job as if it were our own home or business." PAGE
Did You Know? Jr. Archivists Program Graduates First “Be a History Detective” Students BY PLANT CITY PHOTO ARCHIVES
The Junior Archivists Club is a newly developed program established by the Photo Archives to teach young Americans the value of history, how and why to preserve photos and documents, and how to become a history detective. Stemming from a lecture series at Duke University pertaining to the future of the past, and an article Photo Archives Executive Director Gil Gott wrote on “Are We Losing Our History?” the Jr. Archivists program points out that current society does not save its photographs, does not
write letters, nor postcards, and does not read newspapers, which are struggling to survive in a digital world. To counter the potential loss of historical evidence, the Photo Archives has developed the Jr. Archivists Club to begin to teach our youth the importance of our history and how to preserve it. For further information on the Jr. Archivists Club call the Photo Archives at 813.754.1578 or email email@example.com. Students in the 9 to 14 age range are invited to join the club.
To counter the potential loss of historical evidence, the Photo Archives has developed the Jr. Archivists Club to begin to teach our youth the importance of our history and how to preserve it.
he Photo Archives and History Center’s new initiative, the Jr. Archivists Club, has graduated its first students in the “Be a History Detective” program’s first course, Be a Photograph Detective, Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Photo Archives. The three Jr. Archivists, Jayden Felix (Lincoln Elementary), Taylor Lynch (Robinson Elementary), and Dylan Lynch (Durant High School), completed six sessions of the Be a Photograph Detective course, meeting on six consecutive Mondays from 4 p.m. to five p.m. in the institution’s exhibit gallery. Jayden shared what he appreciated about the first of the four courses he hopes to take. "I liked Past and Present, because I liked to compare things and see how they changed over time." Executive Director Gil Gott, added, “We had fun looking at photos
taken years ago and comparing and contrasting them to photos taken more recently.” The twenty-four-page Be a Photograph Detective workbook includes ten short chapters covering topics such as what is history; primary and secondary sources; evidence; clues; answering the questions of Who, What, Where, When, and Why; and compare and contrast. There were also many interactive exercises using historic photographs of people, places, and things in the Plant City area. The “Be a History Detective” series includes four courses, beginning with Be a Photograph Detective. The club members and students registering for the sixweek courses are issued a tote bag, magnifying glass, notebook, lanyard, name tag, and pen, plus the workbook.
Jayden Felix, 9, who attends Lincoln Elementary Magnet School, received his certificate for
South Florida Baptist Hospital New Bariatrics Technology
South Florida Baptist Hospital (SFBH) has even more great news for Plant City area residents this year. With the recent addition of the brand new da Vinci XiTM robotic system, the hospital’s experienced surgeons and weight-loss management team offer the finest treatment and results for patients referred from all over Central Florida. If you or someone you love is tired of battling obesity, you’re not alone. Fiftyeight million Americans know this struggle, too. The professionals at South Florida Baptist Hospital understand the emotional and physical havoc chronic obesity can cause, which is why the hospital offers a surgical weight-loss program (bariatric surgery) that can help you lose weight and keep it off. With more than 300,000 deaths annually related to obesity-related medical conditions such hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and some cancers in both men, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the nation. Bariatric Surgery Options With the help of weight-loss experts at South Florida Baptist Hospital, your journey includes learning about the surgical procedure options of sleeve gastrectomy and removal of adjustable gastric banding. To determine whether you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, ask yourself if you: • are at least 100 pounds overweight? • are fighting hypertension, cardiovascular disease or diabetes? • have tried every diet, without successful lasting results? • have battled obesity most of your life? • are ready to look and feel better? If you answered yes to most of these questions, you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery. Your next step to learning more about the SFBH bariatric program is to register for a free online information session. Visit PlantCityWeightLoss.org or phone 855-314-8350 today. PAGE
Pete Beaty Surgical Center The Pete Beaty Surgical Center offers the best diagnostic and treatment services available, including the latest in minimally invasive and robotic surgeries. For family and medical staff convenience, the easily accessible first floor entrance at the southeast corner of South Florida Baptist Hospital is closer to the hospital's laboratory, radiology, intensive care unit and emergency department. Larger operating rooms accommodate the most current high-tech equipment and spacious recovery rooms offer an exceptionally pleasant patient environment. And as thousands of patients will testify, the hospital’s top-notch, compassionate professionals provide patients with the best care anywhere. In addition to weight loss surgery, the Surgery Center provides care for: Gastroenterology General Surgery Gynecology Ophthalmology Orthopedic Surgery Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) Robotic Surgery Spine/Neurology Urology Ultimately, patient satisfaction is key at South Florida Baptist Hospital. For questions regarding the surgical center, call 813-757-8213. Robotic Surgery Team • Mark Baker, MD, FACS (Urology) • Brian Cronson, MD (Urology) • C.R. Hall, MD (General Surgery) • Carlos Lamoutte, MD (Obstetrics & Gynecology) • Eugenio Quinones, MD, FACOG (Obstetrics & Gynecology) • Anthony S. Rossi, DO (General Surgery) • Matthew D. Truesdale, MD (Urology) • Ana M. Verdeja, MD (Obstetrics & Gynecology) Meet Dr. Clinton Hall Dr. Clinton Hall loves his work! You can hear it in his voice, see it in his work, and listen for the praises his patients offer on a regular basis. During his years at Plant City High School (Class of ’96), Hall served as president of the National Honor Society and captain of the Raiders’ football team. He played college ball at the University of Cumberland in Kentucky, graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, spent five years in residency at Ohio State University and then another year in fellowship there for bariatrics and robotics. PAGE
Dr. Clinton Hall is recognized as a leader in his field, investing much of his time after hours in leadership – consulting, mentoring, training. He is exceptionally vested and involved with the BayCare organization and our own South Florida Baptist Hospital. Last year he served as President of the SFBH medical staff and now serves in a three-year appointed term on the joint board of directors for St. Joseph’s/SFBH, which meets quarterly. Dr. Hall and his children, Maximus, 10 and Ravyn, 9 are avid skiers, spending time in Utah each year. They love “outdoor stuff” and spend time each summer on Florida’s east coast, camping and fishing. Cutting Edge Technology “We just took possession of the brand new da Vinci XiTM system,” shared Dr. Hall. “For the last eight years, we’ve been using the older SI model. But this $200 million piece of equipment is the most cutting-edge robotic technology in the world and we are one of only a few locations to have it now.” To celebrate, the hospital welcomed the Lincoln Elementary robotics team 4th and 5th graders on May 15 to tour the Center and learn more about robotic surgery. An open house for the public is also in the works, so watch for that date to be announced. Dr. Hall is proud that “a very high volume of robotic surgeries” are performed at SFBH now. He shared, “Personally, I have just crossed the milestone of 500 robotic surgeries and according to reports from da Vinci, I rank now among the top five doctors for robotic case experience in the Tampa Bay area, which includes surgeons from the University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital.” “Thanks to word of mouth recommendations and professional referrals for our safety profile and results, the word is getting out,” Dr. Hall continued. “Our program has experienced steady growth for the last three years, with this year’s first quarter moving us into a banner year.” Dr. Hall and his two partners, Drs. Stephen M. Butler, MD and Anthony S. Rossi, DO all perform the Sleeve Gastrectomy. On occasion, some patients develop reflux after bariatric surgery. Thanks to the hospital’s LINX device, those patients can now have the surgery to correct this serious, life-altering, cancer-causing condition that is difficult to control with the multiple medications typically prescribed by physicians. “After we repair a hiatal hernia with the da Vinci XiTM, we use the LINX anti-reflux device to create a new valve as it wraps a ring of
magnetically coupled beads around the bottom of the esophagus,” explained Dr. Hall. “The LINX was created to stop reflux, heartburn, and regurgitation yet still allows patients to eat normally, belch, and even throw up when sickness requires that.” He noted that SFBH is also a Linx referral center for the entire region, stating, “Only four Tampa Bay area surgeons can do Linx anti-reflux and hiatal hernia surgery.” Stomach and colon cancer surgeries are also more efficient with the robotics technology. For those unfamiliar with types of procedures, laparoscopic technology uses assistant-directed handheld cameras while the surgeon uses long handled instruments to perform operations through small ports or small incisions. Robotic surgery represents the next evolution of minimally evasive surgery. It allows the surgeon to control every aspect of the procedure. He or she operates the instruments and camera, with three foot pedals to toggle between instruments. The surgeon controls the various energy levels required for cauterization as well. “Robotic surgery has a huge advantage over traditional open surgery methods and benefits beyond laparoscopic,” Dr. Hall offered. “The camera provides better visualization and allows more direct control by the surgeon. In some case, patients experience less pain and quicker healing times.” On Mondays, Drs. Hall and Butler share clinic appointment times. “This work is so phenomenal and so much fun,” Dr. Hall said. “We enjoy introducing each other to our patients. Some who weighed over 350 pounds lost 200 of those, and you would never know they had bariatric surgery. Some no longer need medications for diabetes or blood pressure. We hear the phrase, “This surgery totally changed my life” on a regular basis. Although we’re limited by space online and for this story, we could provide dozens and dozens of testimonials.” The surgeons are only too aware that a diagnosis of comorbid presents myriad problems that accompany obesity. The other resulting conditions can definitely prevent good health – everything from joints in knees, hips and neck to blindness and high blood pressure. “This surgery is curing or at least ameliorating the effect of all these periphery conditions,” Dr. Hall continued. “We often see complete resolution of all those problems.” The doctors follow their patients annually, seeing them multiple times in the first year following surgery. Dr. Hall credits dietician and SFBH Bariatric Manager, Lisa Musician, RD, LDN, for teaching folks to make wise eating
choices, prepare healthy recipes, and plan meals so fast food is not a regular option. “If we see them falling behind the curve, we can help them stay on track,” he shared. “We follow our patients for life and see them on their bariatric birthday to touch base. We become family to each other.” Local Support The hospital’s continual goal is to bring as much modern technology as possible to South Florida Baptist Hospital for the wide variety of surgeries performed there. And with the community’s continued support, the administration is planning wisely. The bariatrics surgery team is proud to have a surgeon on duty in Plant City, 24/7 and 365 days a year, a benefit unavailable in many places. Dr. Hall invited, “Our complication rate for bariatric surgeries are lower those experienced on a national level. Central Florida patients can trust us for the finest care around. We sincerely hope you will use your local hospital because the procedures we offer here are those you can’t get anywhere else in the area.” For more information about SFBH weight management [bariatrics] services or a physician referral, please call 1-800-BayCare. Weight Loss Surgery Program South Florida Baptist Hospital 301 N. Alexander St. Plant City, FL 33563 813-757-1200 BayCare.org About South Florida Baptist Hospital Since 1953, South Florida Baptist Hospital has served Plant City and surrounding areas as a not- for-profit community hospital. The progressive, 147-bed acute care facility offers a full range of diagnostic, rehabilitative, surgical, therapeutic and women’s services, including obstetrics. South Florida Baptist Hospital is part of the BayCare Health System, a family of health care providers consisting of the 15 leading not-for-profit hospitals in the Tampa Bay region. About BayCare Health System BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 15 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care.
D E N TA L A S S O C I AT E S AT W A L D E N W O O D S For the convenience of having all your dental needs serviced under one roof, visit Dental Associates at Walden Woods. Here in one office and using the most current technology, the talented team supporting Dr. Ray Gutierrez and Dr. Helen Hoveida helps in providing comprehensive exams, emergency care, extractions, teeth cleaning, periodontal/ gum disease treatment, crowns, bridges, and root canal therapy. The dentists offer general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as oral surgery. Cosmetic dentistry options include dental crowns and bridges, veneers, white fillings, Lumineers, and Invisalign® straightening. A revolutionary orthodontic process, Invisalign® uses virtually invisible, customized, clear aligners to correctly position teeth, a benefit cosmetically and to one’s overall health. Additionally, Dr. Gutierrez is certified for IV sedation, which brings PAGE
comfort to those who are a little anxious about pain or major dental work, such as restorative dentistry. Dental implants and dentures are also specialties here. To ensure clients receive a good first impression, first-time patients receive a $59 special offer, including a routine cleaning, exam, and a full set of x-rays— all for a $300 value! The office accepts most dental insurances, too. “People are able to try us out for an affordable price at their first visit before deciding whether to become a patient or not,” said Jean Ann Davenport, Regional Manager of Operations. “We’re proud to say that most do!” Patients are the heart of the Dental Associates at Walden Woods practice, which is evidenced in that the practice opened more than 20 years ago now serves its second and third generation in local families. For the past eight years, Dr. Ray Gutierrez has been helping the
Dental Associates at Walden Woods office provide personable family care for patients. During that time, the University of Florida graduate has also been helping to expand its services with state-of-the-art technology. Of the work he loves, he especially enjoys “the interaction with patients,” explaining, “I like to see the different families and people continuously throughout the year. You know, establishing those relationships.” The close-knit staff and patients act like a giant family, too. "I love the family practice and focus, [where] we can do everything and help a variety of people," he said. "We always go the extra mile to make sure the patient is taken care of." University of Florida graduate Dr. Helen Hoveida, in her sixth year with the practice, shared, “I love working with Dr. Ray in our family-oriented office and am grateful to be part of an amazing team and town…love the community and love helping patients. My passion is to see their smiling faces and to know we’ve helped to enhance those smiles.” Roxanne Ross, shared her five-star satisfaction on social media, as many
often do. “…I look forward to going! Dr. Ray, so caring and careful, takes dental anxiety into account and relieves it— successfully…The excellent hygienists remember my particular needs...The office staff makes me feel like family, making every call a chat as well. Every aspect of Dental Associates at Walden Woods is exemplary and worthy of the highest praise…” To experience skilled care in a friendly dental practice, schedule an appointment with Dental Associates at Walden Woods soon. Visit the office or connect online at Facebook and www. dentalassociateswaldenwoods.com. This team can definitely brighten your smile!
512 E. ALEXANDER STREET PLANT CITY, FL 33563 813-752-3030 WWW.DENTALASSOCIATESWALDENWOODS.COM HOURS: MONDAY-THURSDAY 7:30AM – 6PM FRIDAY 8AM – 4PM
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DUKES CHIROPR AC TIC H E A LT H C L I N I C , P. A . Discovered in 1895, the healing art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic is the most widely used natural health profession in the world. The effective, safe, and drug-free treatment continues to increase in popularity because it respects your body’s natural healing and recuperative abilities. Dukes Chiropractic Health Clinic, P.A. was established in 1985 with a motto “To Love, To Serve, and To Give Out of Abundance.” With so many changes in healthcare, along with the true calling and dedication of the healthcare provider, our office has a true commitment. Dr. Dukes and her staff are thankful to be part of the area’s medical community. She said, “We are so thankful many are seeing the documented studies that support and validate chiropractic care.” Doctors of chiropractic study the nervous system and subluxations – the misalignments of vertebrae causing a nerve to be impinged which impacts every area of health. Remember, people take care of cardiac, respiratory, and muscular systems, but we must not leave out the nervous system.
Dr. Dukes looks for the underlying causes of disease, discomfort, and pain, as opposed to just treating symptoms. Many symptoms often arise from spinal imbalances. Chiropractic care has shown to be valuable from young to old. Services Dr. Dukes is so blessed to have Brenda Chandler, LMT#MA19549, Sarah Dahl, and Nicole VanVickle as a part of the team. The clinic offers: Spinal adjustments, ultrasound and electro muscle stimulation, massage therapy (MM#74100), VibraWav® (whole body vibration), traction, custom orthotics (postural balance), nutritional counseling (some highly recommended products for even cardiovascular), patient education, and Digital Pulse Analysis (DPA) to assess arterial vessel conditions. Community Service Dr. Dukes has been a Chamber of Commerce member since 1985, Leadership program graduate (1987), supporter of youth at the Florida
CHOICE AWARDS FOR BEST CHIROPRACTOR
Strawberry Festival Steer and Swine Shows and through scholarships, and past chairman of the Junior Royalty Pageant (1986-1990). She helps to sponsor Diamonds & Denim fundraisers for the South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation and supports the East Hillsborough County Law Enforcement Awards Banquet. Dr. Dukes is available for health presentations to business, civic clubs, churches and various groups, etc. Dr. Dukes has a strong Christian faith to be active for the Lord and her profession. She holds memberships in many local, state and national professional organizations. In addition to radio presentations, she has written columns about spinal health for Focus Magazine (17 years) and Plant City Courier (20 years). Education Dr. Dukes graduated from Plant City High School (1976), Oral Roberts University (1981), and Life University as a Doctorate of Chiropractic (1984). She became a Diplomate of Neurology (DACAN) in 1992. Presently, she
continues her studies on auto-immune conditions. Dr. Dukes is pleased to have studied with world-renowned Dr. Larry Webster to learn the “Webster technique,” which is helpful in turning breech babies. She treasures one of his few research notebooks he had signed and given to her. 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Dr. Dukes is grateful to have been voted as 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Best Chiropractor. It is with a spirit of thanks to have served for 33 years. Affordable Care Dr. Dukes wants to express the value of Chiropractic care. It is affordable. Please call the office soon to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!
2401 WALDEN WOODS DRIVE PLANT CITY, FL 33566 813-752-2524 DUKESCHIROPRACTICHEALTH.COM PAGE
NOW C ARE URGENT C ARE AND WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC Now Care Urgent Care and Weight Loss Clinic is conveniently located off Baker Street (US 92) in the historic district of Plant City, between the downtown area and Alexander Street. Many residents remember this as the old Chambers-Peacock building, as it had a long history of helping people in medical need, a service which continues today. A Florida native, graduate of the University of Florida and the Kansas City, Missouri medical school, Dr. Stephen Strait is a residency-trained and board-certified family physician. He opened Now Care Walk-in Clinic in February 2005 after serving at a large urgent care clinic in Brandon. Since then, his facility has helped patients with anything from the common cold to emergency situations. Dr. Strait treats and helps relieve symptoms of sore throats, sinus infections, bronchitis, pediatric fevers, PAGE
skin rashes and infections, lacerations, eye emergencies and much, much more. In addition, school, sport and DOT required physical screenings, flu shots, drug screenings, workers’ compensation injury evaluations, X-Rays, and lab tests are available on site. The medical center also now supervises programs that include appetite suppressants, vitamin injections, and diet plans. Combined, these help patients control unhealthy eating habits and give them the power to attain the body they’ve always wanted. Whether a patient is seeking weight loss assistance or treatment of a medical issue, Dr. Strait’s mission is always to fulfill those needs, and in doing so, exceed their expectations for service, quality care, and value -- all with minimal waiting time. Now Care strives to earn patients’ long-term loyalty by working to deliver more than promised, being honest and fair, and going the
extra mile to provide exceptional personalized service that creates a pleasing medical experience. In many cases, when a regular physician is booked or an emergency arises, Now Care is there to provide quick, professional service, even after hours. Payments may be made with almost all insurance plans. Medicaid, Medicare, and workers’ compensation
claims are accepted as well. Financing plans are also available.
1009 W. BAKER STREET PLANT CITY, FL 33563 813-759-1232 WEB: NOWCARECLINIC.COM HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.; SATURDAY - SUNDAY, 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.
O R A C L E H O M E H E A LT H C A R E Established in 2011 and located in Plant City, FL, Oracle Home Health Care services clients in Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee and Highlands counties. Unlike traditional home health agencies, Oracle is committed to providing the best service so patients can receive highly effective medical treatment that makes daily tasks and activities easier while recovering. For the convenience of clients, Oracle is privileged to be contracted the majority of private/commercial, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage insurances. As a Florida-licensed provider for Region 6 and a Medicare certified home health agency, Oracle provides in-home care due to an illness, injury or post-operative procedure. While working hand-in-hand with patients, caregivers, and physicians, the Oracle team is committed to provide high quality home health services to promote optimum outcomes. The company also has offices in Puerto Rico, which makes for seamless service for those who travel between Central Florida and the beautiful island. Patients, caregivers, referral sources and employees become valued
members of the Oracle family. “We will provide the highest quality and caring healthcare professionals to ensure our patients safety, comfort, and the highest level of care they deserve as part of our extended family,” said office administrator Francisco Rivera. He added, “We will exceed expectations, build lifelong relationships and continuously improve all aspects of our healthcare delivery model.” Oracle’s commitment is to promote independence and ensure positive healthcare outcomes to an everchanging and vulnerable population. Services include: • Skilled Nursing [RN, LPN, LVN • Infusion Therapy • Catheter Care • Ostomy Care • Tracheostomy Care • Medication Management • Wound Care • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy • Medical Social Worker • Home Health Aide • Nutritionist Skilled nursing care provides a high level of medical care from trained healthcare professionals, whether for
short term rehabilitation from an illness or injury or long term for patients who need care frequently or aroundthe-clock due to a chronic condition. Because Oracle cares about their clients’ health, private duty nursing by Registered Nurses (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN), working one-on-one with individual clients is offered in their own home, an assisted living/nursing home, and the hospital. A Medical Social Worker can address factors such as personal needs, physical/ mental limitations, and safety by supporting patients and caregivers with connections to community resources or other options that enable continuity in the patient’s established plan of care. Andrea Adkins, the company’s Community Relations Liaison shared a key priority. “We think home health aid is more than just assisting the person as they heal and go through life,” she said. “In fact, it is about building trust with the patient and the family when they are at their most vulnerable.” The Oracle Home Health Care team is excited to serve in our local community, and online posts like these make them smile.
• "Oracle's staff showed up to my house as scheduled for their visits and always took the best care of me! I love how my nurse Valerie made me feel like part of the family." • "My nurse Michelle saved my leg! She knew exactly what to do with my wound and was always in contact with my surgeon and doctor regarding my wound's progress." • "I always refused Physical Therapy until I met kind and patient Jennifer. I regained strength and endurance in my walking at home, after surgery to both knees." If you have a need for home health care, don’t hesitate to call for private pay service or ask your physician to request Oracle. The company accepts a majority of insurances. Compassionate care is a priceless treasure on the road to health and recovery.
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P L A N T C I T Y P E D I AT R I C S The professional staff at Plant City Pediatrics loves children! They believe “children are a gift from the Lord” and view patient care as an investment in the future of each child and their family. With a goal to provide the finest pediatric medical care available, the practices places priority emphasis on excellence, compassion, and cheerful service. Truly, they view service as a mission. And it’s obvious from the online reviews and referrals that Plant City Pediatrics is accomplishing that on a daily basis. Additionally, Plant City Pediatrics was voted by locals as Best Pediatric Practice in Focus Magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards competition for 2018. The doctors include: • Timothy B. Williams, D.O., M.Ed., F.A.A.P. • Chandra R. Williams, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Francesca B. Sabia, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Radhika Ranganthan, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Graciela F. Egli, M.D., F.A.A.P. PAGE
• Physician Assistant, Emily Buchholz, P.A.-C As parents already know, it’s important to have a highly-regarded pediatrician’s number handy on their phone’s speed dial. When accidents happen, Plant City Pediatrics advises: “Call us first. We may be able to save you a trip to the ER.” The practice accepts new patients from birth to 18 years of age and accepts most insurances including the following Medicaid HMO plans: Amerigroup, Humana Medicaid, Staywell, and Sunshine Health. For great advice about the immunizations and medical assessments your child needs at specific ages or to access necessary forms before your child’s first visit, view the helpful website tabs. Remember, your child’s best medical care is only a phone call away. Please call ahead for an appointment, however, as the practice does not accept walk-ins.
"DEFINITELY THE BEST PEDIATRIC OFFICE I HAVE EVER VISITED. THEY TREATED MY CHILD AS IF HE WAS THEIR ONLY PATIENT." - TAMMY R. "WE HAVE BEEN USING DR. TIM WILLIAMS AND WILL NEVER USE ANOTHER PEDIATRICIAN, HE IS THE BEST!"
- CHARISSE M.
2370 WALDEN WOODS DRIVE, SUITE A PLANT CITY, FL 33563 813-659-9800 WWW.PLANTCITY-PEDIATRICS.COM OFFICE HOURS MONDAY - THURSDAY 7:30AM-6:00PM FRIDAY 7:30AM-3:30PM PHONES ON SERVICE DAILY FROM 11:30AM-1:00PM **CLOSED SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
DR. MICHAEL SALVATO, MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF SPECIALIST DOCTORS’ GROUP, WITH ASSISTANT ANGELICA LOZOYA
to provide the BEST value and better medical care than ANY other medical facility.”
conditions the group treats, visit the website. Prescription foot orthotics are also available here.
Involved with Hillsborough County’s vaccines for children program, the SDG doctors also provide free physicals to the Plant City Dolphins football team. Additionally, since the practice is registered to serve people addicted to opiates, Dr. Salvato assists patients during the withdrawal process.
Insurance In addition to Medicare and Medicaid, Specialist Doctors’ Group accepts many, many insurances. Call to verify today. Compassionate, Convenient and Affordable Local Care Specialist Doctors’ Group is ready to serve you and your family. Visit in person at any location or online at specialistdoctorsgroup.com to learn more about the welcoming atmosphere and the excellent care offered. Your health is their priority.
Specialist Doctors’ Group includes the following doctors:
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At six convenient locations, Specialists Doctors’ Group has multispecialty offices focused on family care, internal medicine and podiatry. Both Primary Care offices are in Plant City; Podiatry care is available in Plant City and Lakeland; and Urgent Care is offered in Plant City and FishHawk. Owned and operated by the Chaudhry family, Shafiq “Charlie” Chaudhry serves as CEO. His adult children—Sultan and Sabrina—are University of South Florida graduates who believe quality care should be available to all. Sultan handles public relations and manages operations at the primary care and podiatry offices, while Sabrina oversees the Urgent Care locations. The group’s medical director, Dr. Michael Salvato, has worked 20-plus years in Plant City, after James Redman recruited him for South Florida Baptist
Hospital. Under his direction, staff members and physicians demonstrate the highest level of compassion and professional care for all patients so as to build strong relationships. Sultan Chaudhry explained, “At Specialist Doctors’ Group, our goal is to consistently provide honest, quality medical care at affordable prices with an emphasis on friendly and timely service.” “Our office is also our family,” he continued. “We promise to treat you with care and respect during your visit. Whether for a complex foot injury or a simple flu shot, every patient receives the same quality care.” Our Doctors The SDG team’s values are simple, Dr. Salvato shared. “We believe in satisfying each individual patient and the continuity of business above and beyond any expectations. It is our goal
Primary Care Reynolds Street Office • Carolina White-Youssouf, ARNP • Gerarda Lazcaze, PA-C MMS Alexander Street Office • Michael Salvato, MD • Helen Tepper, ARNP • Gerarda Lazcaze, PA-C MMS • Carolina White-Youssouf, ARNP Podiatrists – Plant City & Lakeland • Eric Breuggeman, DPM (Both) • James Loebell, DPM • Quynh Nguyen, DPM (Lakeland) Primary Care Services SDG General Practitioners treat many common ailments, including: • Adult & Child Wellness Exams • Chronic Disease Management • Circumcisions • Drug Screening for Businesses • EKG & Lab Services • Family Planning Exams • Immunizations • Pap Test • X-rays Podiatry Services If you have a problem with your ankle, foot, or ties, you will find help here. For a complete list of ailments or
PRIMARY CARE OFFICES DR. MICHAEL SALVATO 210 N. ALEXANDER ST., SUITE B PLANT CITY, FL 33563 HOURS: MON-SAT 8AM-5PM 813-719-3525 CARLINA WHITE YOUSSOUF ARNP 1910 W. REYNOLDS ST. PLANT CITY, FL 33563 HOURS: MON-FRI 8AM-5PM 813-754-4980 PODIATRY OFFICES: PLANT CITY & LAKELAND 210 N. ALEXANDER ST., SUITE A PLANT CITY, FL 33563 813-754-FOOT 1443 LAKELAND HILLS BLVD. LAKELAND, FL 33805 863-686-6200 URGENT CARE USA: PLANT CITY OFFICE DR. KHAWAJA KIFAYATULLAH ("DR. K") 413 N. ALEXANDER ST. PLANT CITY, FL 33566 813.752.7222 HOURS: MONDAY-SUNDAY 9AM-9PM PAGE
dental impressions. This time-efficient process improves accuracy in measuring for appliances and the cloud-based images retrieved by the lab for 3-D printing expedite the custom-produced appliances. “At the Tooth caboose the full range of sedation dentistry is available, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, or deep sedation with a certified pediatric anesthesiologist. Having these options we are able to provide the best and most safe treatment for your child and their specific needs. We are unique, therefore we receive referrals from other dental offices every day.
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Three dental specialists and a trusted hometown team of 13 assistants at the iconic Tooth Caboose take great pride in enhancing the smiles of children and adults in Plant City. • Daniel V. Ruffolo, DDS, MSD [orthodontist] • Tanya Bejarano, DDS [pediatric dentist] • Dr. Steve Slavkin, DDS [practice limited to children] With an honest and conservative approach to dentistry, this group makes dental visits a dream. PAGE
Advanced Technology and Continual Updates When patients step into the Tooth Caboose, they rarely know that the practice established in 1977 is more than 40 years old. With the most current equipment and fresh murals painted by Kim Wells, most are surprised to learn of its longevity. The practice is also proud of the advanced technologies that provide best results for patients. One of the newest, the Itero Oral Scanner, is a digital imaging machine that eliminates the messy, fill-your-mouth-with-goop
Patients Have Choices Orthodontic patients can select from three types of braces: traditional stainless steel; Invisalign; and clear bracket braces. The tooth caboose offers clear braces for no additional cost over traditional braces. Dr. Ruffolo wants his patients to feel great while in orthodontic treatment. These porcelain brackets make braces virtually invisible, which appeals to older teens and adults. A Passion for Bright Smiles Dr. Slavkin praised the staff. “With their caring hearts and their community outreach, this group makes our job easier because they help patients feel relaxed and happy.” “We truly are family,” shared orthodontic assistant Nikki Williams. “Because our loyal staff is long term, they are exceptionally well-trained. No one feels like a stranger here and our patients tell us they can feel the compassion.” And the doctors affirm that passion. “As a pediatric dentist, I’ve learned immense patience and unconditional love,” shared Dr. Bejarano. “It’s a pleasure to serve such great families, to experience each child’s uniqueness and to be part of their lives in a small way.” Dr. Ruffolo agrees, saying ,“I especially love the mental discipline,
planning and precise execution required to see patients of any age happy when their new beautiful smile is revealed!” Referrals Now serving its third generation of families, the family dentistry and orthodontics practice at Thonotosassa Road and Baker Street receives invaluable 5-star reviews regularly on social media. Deborah Johnston Craig, mother of two special needs children, posted on Facebook: “…I drive from Lakeland… because of the outstanding staff who go out of their way to make it a positive experience for them. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Tooth Caboose! Of her “first experience with orthodontics,” Sarah Haines wrote: “Dr. Ruffolo and his amazing staff are top notch. It’s been great with all work explained and told what to expect. Love this office!!” Because of their extensive dentistry experience, patients can trust the Tooth Caboose specialists with their smiles. And remember, age need not be a factor. For consultation regarding your “Bright Smiles” future, the best-suited orthodontic appliances—Invisalign®, clear braces, or traditional braces—or to help overcome fear of treatment, call 813-752-3555 today. The “Request an Appointment” form and Dental Library are also available at bayareasmilesfl. com. Be sure to follow The Tooth Caboose on Facebook & Instagram as well.
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Rates of mental health disorders are rising fastest among Baby Boomers, with an estimated 20 percent of people age 55 or older experiencing a mental health issue. The number of older adults with depression is expected to double by 2030. Life changes as we age can make us feel uneasy, stressed or sad. Social isolation or the stress of acting as a caregiver can negatively impact older adults’ mental health. An adjustment period is normal, but if these feelings interfere with daily life, it’s time to seek treatment. Older adults often hesitate to ask for help due to persistent stigma around mental health issues. Left untreated, people face serious consequences, including increased risk of suicide or worsening of co-occurring medical conditions. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to offer support and encouragement to a friend or loved one who may be struggling. Here are some ways to start the conversation: Show that you’re concerned in a way that is not confrontational or judgmental. Let them know that you
care about them, and you want to check in because you’re concerned about recent changes you’ve noticed in their mood or behavior. Keep questions simple. Ask how they’re doing, what they’re feeling, and how you can help provide support. The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ9) is available free on the internet and can be a helpful guide for what questions to ask. Offer reassurance and hope. Let them know that they’re not alone, and that you‘re there to support them in actively seeking help to feel better. Avoid phrases that could sound dismissive or accusatory. Although you may not understand what they’re feeling, it’s important to only express your unwavering support. Suggest reaching out to a local recovery support resource. Ask if they have thought about seeking support from a trained professional. Consider cultural barriers and needs when approaching your loved one. Mental health stigma and access to care can vary among different communities. African Americans and Hispanic Americans utilize mental
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health services at about half the rate of Caucasian Americans, and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate. After your initial conversation, stay engaged with your loved one and check in regularly. Encourage your loved one to stay in touch, and even visit a local senior center or start a new hobby that gets them out of the house. Raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health issues are keys to supporting wellbeing within our communities. It’s up to all of us to reach out and encourage our friends, neighbors and family members in need to access these available resources. For more information and links to mental health support resources in
your area, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at www.nami.org or call the NAMI HelpLine at (800)-950-NAMI (6264). Mark D. Ford, DO, is a practicing physician at WellMed at Plant City (Family Practice Center) in Plant City, Florida. WellMed is a medical group focused on helping people on Medicare stay healthy by practicing prevention and spending more time with patients. Today, more than 330,000 patients in Texas and Florida trust their health to WellMed doctors. Want to know how you could live a healthier life as a WellMed patient? Visit www.WellMedFindADoctor.com.
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At her state-of-the-art Aspire Hearing and Balance practice, Board-Certified Audiologist Dr. Kayla Gaschler Wilkins specializes in identifying, diagnosing and treating hearing and balance disorders. In addition to serving as the area evaluator for the Veterans Administration’s patients with hearing issues, she provides the general population with comprehensive hearing evaluations, programming of hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing aids, tinnitus devices, cerumen removal, treatment for balance issues and more! This family-owned and operated “Gold Standard Best Practice” and “Best Audiologist in Polk County” has one goal – your complete satisfaction. Dr. Wilkins strives “to provide an exceptional patient experience with every single visit.” She added, “We are firm believers in the importance
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When Plant City native Srinivas Rajendran, D.O., an interventional cardiology specialist, joined his father’s practice on West Reynolds Street, it was a plus for patients. Initial diagnostic testing, treatment, and long-term follow-up can now be accomplished in one setting. It seemed only natural for the son of Plant City cardiologist Pattabhiraman Rajendran, M.D. to join the medical staff at South Florida Baptist as well, especially since he was born there. Better known now as Dr. Vas, Srinivas is also remembered as a Plant City High School valedictorian. Describing himself as a “small town guy,” he’s happy to be home again. “I like knowing people here both professionally and socially,” he continued, “and appreciate using my education and training to help people in my hometown.” He’s definitely pleased that he and his wife Angelica, a physician also, can raise their children in the Winter Strawberry Capitol of the World. The hospital staff is happy, too. Tharen Leesch, manager of interventional services, cardiopulmonary rehab, stress and EKG at SFBH appreciates the “diverse skills Dr. Vas has brought to the hospital’s Cardiac Cath Lab and STEMI program.” Having trained at a very busy facility, Leesch described him as “a great addition to our program.” Now one of three interventional
cardiologists in the greater Plant City community, the Nova Southeastern University graduate has accomplished four board certifications [general cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, and internal medicine] and is eligible for a fifth in interventional cardiology. Dr. Vas explained, “These additional certifications demonstrate my desire to gain experience and remain current with the latest guidelines for interpreting diagnostic test results and treating patients.” In addition, he has expertise in peripheral artery disease. Crediting his father as a role model, Dr. Vas knew from a young age he wanted to become a doctor. “Cardiology has always intrigued me,” he said, “because over the years, many people described my father’s care and how he saved their lives.” Since he enjoys working with his hands and his mind, the good doctor believes Interventional Cardiology to be “a perfect fit.” He added, “It takes a keen eye to figure out what’s going on with the heart, and now I am trained to repair it.” Dr. Vas sees patients in the hospital and in the office and especially enjoys the long-term follow-up care he is able provide.
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Labor Solutions Bringing People Together BY CHERYL JOHNSTON
abor Solutions, Inc. is a progressive company offering personnel services to all levels of employers. Many have discovered that hiring temporary labor is a cost-effective solution to the rising concerns associated with employment. Solutions for Business and Individuals In “Bringing People Together,” the Labor Solutions team reviews labor requirements for prospective companies to learn how its team can assist in meeting those organizations’ flexible staffing needs. Then they screen, background test, and match employees with specific skill sets to meet the workforce needs of client companies. A priority at Labor Solutions, Inc. is to match the personal skills of individual workers with client company’s needs, offering all the best opportunities available in market areas they serve. Whether workers are seeking permanent employment (temp-to-perm), or prefer a full-time temporary or part-time temporary position, Labor Solutions can help. Expertise To provide pro-active, comprehensive service, the Labor Solutions staffing experts are crosstrained so all associates have a complete understanding of each client company’s needs, goals, and long term vision. This allows for quick response to changing needs. For strategic planning, customer service, scheduling, matching job skills, recruiting, and all personnel issues, the Labor Solutions team has the solution for you. “Our commitment is total customer satisfaction and we give it 100% of the time,” explained
Vice President Mirca Mercado. “Our motto is, ‘Bringing People Together.’ That’s what we do and we do it better than anyone else.” Safety Safety in general and employee compliance with company policies are major concerns for every business. The Labor Solutions team teaches safety the entire time an employee is contracted and conducts site inspections with personnel to pose questions, receive a full explanation of existing safety procedures, and offer suggestions for making a client company’s work site even more worker friendly. Employees contracted through Labor Solutions receive required safety equipment as needed. Workplace injuries are referred to an approved clinic and Labor Solutions follows up with worker compensation insurance to ensure contract employees receive proper treatment and return to work quickly upon medical release. Additional employees will be dispatched to the client company’s work site if needed. Creative Solutions Labor Solutions has answers for special needs and specific challenges. Dena SantiagoCrutchfield, Business & Operations Development Director, explained: With years of experience in the staffing industry, our team will work with you and your department managers to discover flexible and unique solutions. Communication is a top priority and key to helping clients meet today’s demands and plan ahead for those of the future.” Team Support Some companies only provide one person to service each account.
At Labor Solutions our entire team is available to you, to customize service to meet your needs and time frames. Our entire support team is constantly informed as to your changing needs and special requests for additional employees, special assignments, or safety orientations. While your initial contact may be the Account Executive, companies will have the services of the Branch Manager, Customer Service Representative, Billing Department, and Executives at your disposal for discussions and support. We pride ourselves on providing the best employees available for each company’s needs as needed. Applicants are screened thoroughly to examine their experience, skill sets, and dependability. If your company desires a further check, Labor Solutions can handle that. We ensure each employee understands all safety procedures and your workplace expectations. Continually, we seek out long-term, dependable employees with a good work history. Leasing We also offer employee leasing which is similar to the process of hiring temporary workers. The key difference, however, is permanency. Because leased workers are not
considered employees of your company, the employment agency assumes responsibility for workers’ compensation claims and statutory requirements. Company owner and president, Baxter Troutman, welcomes your inquiries. “Using services provided by Labor Solutions is a costeffective solution to the concerns associated with employment,” he shared. “Our motto is ‘Bringing People Together.’ That’s what we do and we do it better than anyone else! Give us a call today to learn more.”
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The Value Axis for Real Estate BY NATE DAVIS, FLORIDA MORTAGE FIRM
n the real estate business, it’s common to hear buyers contemplate about the best time to buy. “Now is a great time to buy since prices are low.” “Now is a bad time because values are so high.” “I’m going to wait for prices to come down some.” The problem with these sentiments is that they overlook the impact of mortgage rates. For cash buyers, it’s simple. Buy low. For the majority of the nation who needs financing, they should consider the (1) price and (2) interest rates when deciding whether to buy. If prices decrease yet rates increase, then the monthly mortgage payment may be similar to buying in a higherpriced market with lower rates.
Take the following examples, which are not offers to extend credit and are merely to convey an idea. A loan for $220,000 with a 4.25% interest rate yields a $1,082.27 payment for principal and interest over 30 years. Now imagine interest rates are higher at 5.25%. The payment for principal and interest over 30 years for $200,000 is about $22 more a month at $1,104.41, which is $20,000 less than the $220,000 loan. The trend continues as shown in the graph. At the end of the day, the cost of a home doesn’t stop at its price — it’s the amount of money that leaves your checking account each month until you own the home free and clear. Whether more or less goes toward the price of a home or the interest on the loan, it is ultimately about the total cost you pay.
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Walden Lake Review he Walden Lake Community Association Board Meetings are the third Monday of each month at the Walden Lake Community Association office building on Griffin Boulevard in Walden Lake. The next meetings are scheduled for May 21st and June 18th at 7:00 PM. The meetings are open to all Walden Lake residents. Watch the announcement boards at all entrances for dates and times for special meetings and events. At the April meeting, the Board elected the officers for the fiscal year. They are: President Sharon Philbin Vice President Mike Fiaschetti Treasurer Bob Bell Secretary Alicia Powell The Board also assigned Chairs and Members to the committees. Residents can also be assigned to work on committees along with Board
Members. It was mentioned that there may be a sub-committee of the Golf Course Committee made up of residents not on the Board. There is one vacant seat and the Board was seeking nominations along with a one-page resume for review to be received no later than May 14th, so they can be reviewed prior to the next meeting. During the month of April, there were thirteen sales in Walden Lake and three sales in Walden Lake East with an average sale price of $249,575. The average days on the market was 31 days. The average price per square foot of these sales is $113. There are currently 18 Active listings for sale in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East with an average list price of $305,893 and an average of 36 days on the market.
There are 18 properties Pending Contract with an average list price of $257,038 and average of 23 days on the market. The market continues to remain strong for homes that are priced well and in good condition and this could be a very good time to put your home on the market given the very low inventory. Our HOA office on Griffin
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Athlete of the Month Sierra Orlando
SCHS Lady Cougars Track Team BY TARYN STORTER
work hard will go far. I never thought I could do hurdles, but I just kept working at it and look how far I’ve come. You can do the same.” In addition to athletics, Sierra excels academically and is very involved with extracurricular activities. The honor roll student serves with the school’s LEO Club is also a member of the American Sign
Language Honor Society. Upon graduation, Sierra hopes to earn a scholarship for track and continue running in college, where she will obtain her bachelor’s degree. Plant City, keep your eye on Sierra Orlando. She will continue to run into the hearts of track fans for years to come.
Sierra hands off the baton to her teammate in the medley relay.
Sierra Orlando (right) embraces her team mate, Kyra Cruz, in celebration after an incredible race.
ierra Orlando, a junior at Strawberry Crest High School, is an incredible athlete who has had an amazing high school career to date. During the past three spring seasons, she has focused time on her track skills. Growing up, this talented young woman played many sports including basketball, flag football, and volleyball. Besides track and being very involved in the athletic department while at Strawberry Crest, Sierra has shown her athleticism on both the basketball and volleyball courts. Sierra explained track is her
favorite sport, “because it’s all about your time and how you plan on beating your personal record at every track meet.” She currently holds the SCHS record for the sprint medley relay and has goals to break the school’s record in the 100 and 300 meter hurdle events. Sierra credits her mother for inspiration. “No matter what, she always tells me to keep a positive mind set and to always do my best.” For younger athletes, Sierra has encouraging advice. “I have to say that you need to push yourself. Do not settle for less, and the ones who
Sierra strives to better her time in the hurdles.
Sports Team of the Month
PCHS JV Baseball BY TARYN STORTER
Defense Coach - Steve Shissler Assistant Coach - Shawn Culbreath Hitting & 1st Base Coach - Demetrius Heath The 2018 Plant City Raiders Varsity Baseball Team
The 2018 Plant City Raiders Junior Varsity Baseball Team
he Plant City High School baseball program is one of the best in the state of Florida. The team has incredible players, amazing coaches, and huge support from the school’s administration and student body. Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams have had the best season in the school’s history! The Raider Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with their best record ever, 16-6. This team is comprised of freshmen through seniors, as some of the JV players also play for the Varsity team. Team captains this year were Parker Messick, Cade Shissler, and Austin Eldridge. Messick was also recognized as Most Valuable Player, with four home runs this season.
The Junior Varsity team, comprised of freshmen and sophomores, just completed their regular season, an undefeated 17-02. What an amazing feat, as this is the first time in SCHS history that the JV team has had a zero loss season. Coach Michael Fryrear shared that their most challenging game of the season was against Durant, but the Raiders came out on top, 5-0. Michael Fryrear, head coach of the Plant City High School Raider Baseball Program, has been the coach for six years and enjoys his job immensely. He is so proud of all the boys have accomplished. Coach Fryrear has many other coaches who support and aid him in the numerous responsibilities
of leading a top notch baseball program. Varsity coaches include Coach Byron Humphrey, Coach Jim Wingo, Coach Steve Shissler, Coach Shawn Culbreath, and Coach Demetrius Heath. Heading up the Junior Varsity team is Coach Jeremy Bendorf. The Plant City High School baseball program has succeeded in taking their teams to the next level and look forward to continuing the wins, with the community’s support, in 2018-2019. Varsity Head Coach - Michael Fryrear Assistant & Bench Coach - Byron Humphrey Outfield Coach - Jim Wingo
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Leaders in Faith Pastor Rick Phillips BY CHERYL JOHNSTON
lthough not Plant City natives, Pastor Rick Phillips and his wife Margie, they have been “adopted and accepted” by the community and congregation of Grace United Methodist Church, where he has served as Pastor since August of 2011. They have one grown son, Ryan and have lived in Riverview for 33 years. In his spare time, Pastor Rick enjoys tennis, golfing, bicycling, and playing guitar and writing songs. He appreciates how people “respond to the songs of faith that help bring the stories of scripture and the Love of God to life in a very powerful way.” He believes songs of faith can “reach past peoples’ prejudices and preconceptions and deliver the Gospel message directly to their hearts.” In Plant City’s “welcoming, warm, and loving” community, they marvel at the “transformations from within that people experience after discovering Jesus and the grace of God for themselves.” They know also that “God will use us all in amazing ways when we open our minds, hearts, and souls to the possibilities of a more fulfilling life.” How did you come to faith in Jesus and into your present position? My mother took all seven of us kids to the Catholic church. I have great respect for reaching young children with our faith’s fundamentals and for the Bible stories that reveal a little history of God and Mankind. In my late twenties, I began to get serious about my faith life when Margie started urging me to join her. Surprised and thankful for my childhood’s spiritual foundation, I got involved in music ministry at Riverview United Methodist Church. After a few years, I felt convicted and compelled to accept Jesus as my Savior and the Lord of my PAGE
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life. While serving in lay leadership, I became more involved in the worship planning and was offered opportunities to bring the Sunday message on occasion in the Pastor’s absence. Church elders encouraged me to pursue Pastoral ministry, so I explored the possibility. God opened many doors for me, including this appointment. Although neither Margie nor I ever envisioned life as a church pastor, my willing partner in ministry has been a source of affirmation and encouragement. She has helped in forming relationships and reaching more people with the Gospel message than I could ever hope to do on my own. Favorite Scripture? Philippians 4:13 -- “I can do all
things through Christ who gives me strength.” Any suggestions to those considering the Christian faith? Please don’t waste valuable time like I did. Instead of just contemplating what Jesus is all about, be brave – jump in to find out firsthand…I was a too proud young man who wanted to make his own way and not owe anything to anyone …but the fact He had died for my sins made me feel uncomfortably indebted to Him. I finally realized He had come to release me from debt, not to impose more. No words could adequately express how the love and forgiveness of Jesus impacts a person’s outlook on life. Nothing can compare with the endless hope we
experience once we let His love and light into our hearts. He makes us truly free. And to Christ-followers? God calls us to minister in different ways…We can learn much more from God’s word as we share our thoughts and experiences with each other, so I would encourage finding a church family and a prayer group. It is only through our connections that we truly become a part of the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God in this world. The friendly neighborhood congregation at Grace United Methodist Church invite all to Sunday worship at 10:00 a.m. at 1801 East Cherry Street in Plant City. Together they serve God by serving others in His name and spreading the Good News- Jesus Saves!
Need to lift your spirits? Best antidote for the blues! BY BARBARA ROUTEN PHOTOS BY SHELLEY GARRISON EDWARDS AND BARBARA ROUTEN
Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy artwork is by living artists, about half of whom are women. Lee’s own oil paintings are featured, too. At the close of the museum’s season in late spring each year, Lee shops for new “fun and happy” items. When the museum reopens in autumn, it is full of fresh, innovative works, so you may come repeatedly and always be surprised!
Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy 2121 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234 (941) 364-3399 www.whimsymuseum.org Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 26 Reopens after Thanksgiving Closed major holidays Cost: $5 suggested donation; no credit cards
Mary Lee, founder of the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy, waves hello from behind a giant flamingo sculpture in the museum garden.
ome here if you’re feeling down,” said Freda Brown, a volunteer docent at the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy. “This place makes people of all ages happy!” You will find brightly colored, beautiful and quirky pieces everywhere you look—even in the parking lots—when exploring the two-acre site of this museum. You won’t be able to resist smiling as you enjoy the artwork while strolling through the buildings and shady garden or while relaxing on couches, chairs, swings, rockers and animal-shaped benches. Mary Lee, artist and former emergency room nurse, founded the museum in 2006 in Connecticut and then moved it to her second home, Sarasota, opening the gallery on Tamiami Trail in October 2010. She fills the space with artwork that is humorous, cheery and calming. She does so purposefully, providing patrons a place of refuge and respite from the twists and turns of life. At age 32, Lee experienced
a profound event, when, as a volunteer EMT/paramedic, she arrived at the scene of a small airplane crash in which all five souls aboard perished. What helped her heal emotionally was sketching what she had seen. This transformative power of art influenced her to change careers. She then earned art degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Ringling College of Art & Design. From 1994 to 2004, Lee cared for her parents in their last years. She found that sitting in a garden, spending time with friends and visiting museums revived her spirits, and she wanted to recreate that experience for others. However, “a lot of artwork was angry and hostile,” she said. “I wanted fun and happy—we need the fun and happy.” So, whimsy is what she collects and displays, in the form of paintings, sculpture, stained glass, wood furniture and mixed-media pieces. Whereas many galleries contain pieces created primarily by nowdeceased males, most of the
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OME TO FLORIDA THIS SUMMER! “It’s summer in Florida. Long lazy days filled with sunshine, star-studded tropical nights, and unsurpassed variety of vacation activities for everyone. Best of all, it’s yours to enjoy, so come soak up some sunshine during your Florida Vacation this year.” ~~ Hayden Burns-Governor of Florida 1965-1967 When I was a young girl back in the 1960s with our family planning summer vacation days, my sister and I squealed with excitement as we looked at colorful brochures of the different choices for funfilled attractions to visit here in our beautiful state. We looked at: The Miami Seaquarium, Busch Gardens in Tampa, The Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Rainbow Springs, Six-Gun Territory in Ocala for the gun fights, Lowry Park in Tampa, Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven for the Southern Belles and gardens, Tiki Gardens at Indian Rocks Beach, Silver Springs for the glass bottom boats, Weeki Wachee for the underwater mermaid shows, Sunken Gardens for the beautiful landscapes, and the beaches of Pinellas County. There was not even a notion of: Legoland, Universal Studios, or Walt Disney World. We never dreamed that mile after mile of our Florida swamp land would someday be the home of The Magic Kingdom. Our family would usually select four to five tourist attractions to visit during summer. Two of my favorites were: Six-Gun Territory and Sea World. TV shows in the 1960s like Bonanza, Rawhide, Branded, Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, and The High Chaparral were favorites on television sets across the country. The owners/creators of Six-Gun Territory hoped to capitalize on the
popularity of the Western genre... and it worked! They purchased land across the street from Silver Springs in hopes of snagging business from their fellow competitors by opening their own theme park based on Disneyland’s FrontierLand. At its peak, 10,000 to 20,000 visitors a day crowded Six-Gun’s Hollywood setlike streets and buildings for a full day and evening of family fun at this 1880s Western town “Fun-Tier.” Six-Gun was a G-rated attraction. The only beverage served in a frosty mug was root beer from the Palace Saloon. Can-Can dancers posed for snapshots with visitors. So would the deputies, cowpokes, Indians, stage coach drivers, and “Digger the Undertaker.” You could be in a shop looking at plastic Sheriff’s badges, decorated cups and saucers, postcards, posters, record albums, dolls, hats, t-shirts, playing cards, Viewmaster slides, and giant pencils, and all of a sudden you’d hear something going on outside. You’d run out and watch as the deputies ran after bank robbers and then there was a gun fight. It happened several times a day in different places, and it was always a surprise because you didn’t know when to expect it. There were cowboys and real Indians. Saloons served refreshments and had entertainment featuring singers, piano players, and dancing can-can girls. There was a livery stable, a bank, a jail, a stagecoach, and an old-fashioned steam train which took you from the parking lot into the town itself. If you preferred, a sky-ride carried you to the town instead of the train. I can remember walking through the town at about 5 years old with my parents and sister when all of the sudden a shoot-out took place, the Sheriff shot at a bad guy who
was up on the roof of the saloon and everyone watched in amazement as the “bad-guy” dropped to his knees clinching his chest and rolled off the roof hitting the ground. Then the Undertaker named: “Digger” ran over and pronounced the “bad-guy” dead. The cowboys carried him away while some of the “SaloonGirls” followed behind wiping their tears. WOW!!! That scared the tarnations out- of-me! As-far-as I was concerned, it was time to get out of there, or at least hid behind my Daddy!!! SeaWorld was another up-andcoming tourist spot that our family loved to visit. SeaWorld was billed as: The World’s Largest and Finest Marine Life Park and was just 1 hour from Tampa, was open every day from 9 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. , and one admission price covered all shows and exhibits and had free parking. There was so much to see and do at SeaWorld that it was had to choose which way to go first. There was the Whale and Dolphin Stadium where Shamu the two-ton killer whale performed spectacular feats along with Dolphins that trainers rode bareback. There was the World of the Sea Aquarium which was a 150,000 gallon tank that housed the most exotic fish from around the world. This show offered a special narration by Lloyd Bridges explaning the creation of the Reef. There was the Fountain Fantasy Theatre that took your breath away with a synchronized music, water, and light show. A 400 foot Sky Tower, a Seal and Penguin Stadium, a Dolphin Feeding Pool, a deer park, and my very favorite was the Japanese Village which was a peaceful oriental park-like environment where you could watch pearl diving demonstrations, feed duck and Koi fish, or stroll through beautiful gardens while listening to classical Japanese Koto music. They had a wonderful gift shop with the most beautiful dolls, jade and pearl jewelry, tea sets, and authentic
kimonos. SeaWorld also had several great restaurants such as: Good Time Charlie’s for Fish-N-Chips, The Captain’s Table for Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Salads, The Japanese Patio Restaurant for Beef Sukiyaki and Sweet and Sour Shrimp, and my favorite -- The Hawaiian Punch Pavilion, nestled in the back of SeaWorld where you could have a sandwich, a banana split, or sip on an ice-cold Hawaiian Punch drink while watching an animatronic show that Punchy the famous Hawaiian Punch cartoon character along with his friends put on. Some of the delicious family-friendly drinks on the menu included Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red, Hawaiian Punch Cherry Royal, Sunshine Orange, Cool Citrus, and Great Grape, all for just 30 cents a glass. If you wanted to really go first class then you ordered an Orange Hawaiian for 55 cents which was a mixture of: Sunshine Orange Punch, bananas, and cream which made this freezing cool drink the most popular and luscious drink offered at SeaWorld. Back then we had no idea what the future held for tourism in Florida. We had never seen or heard of a theme park that had over 50 million Lego blocks like Legoland, been transported via a “magic” elevator to an indoor interactive theme park housed in a five-story windowless building like Disney Quest, or been swept into the adventures of Harry Potter and his global phenomenon. What we did know and felt back then was the thrill of watching Shamu the Killer Whale jump 12 feet in the air to ring a bell, the thirst-quenching taste of an ice-cold root beer served to you in a frosty mug in the all new air-conditioned Palace Saloon, and the proud moment that no kid would ever forget when the town Sheriff walked up to you and pinned you with an official “Deputy of the Day” badge at Six-Gun Territory.
Words of Wisdom BY WANDA “LEWIS” ANDERSON
appy Mother’s Day to all the Moms… Here’s a unique way to wash your car. Try washing it next time with a hair conditioner containing lanolin. You will love the freshly waxed look that also repels water. You never outgrow needing your Mom. Recently I was stung twice by a wasp and I immediately called my Mom. She always keeps natural remedies on hand. She added some water to a little chewing tobacco and applied to those stings and it immediately took the sting out. Thank you Mom! If you need a quick polish on your shoes and don’t have any polish handy, here’s a great tip. Take the inside of a banana peel and gently rub over shoes. Then buff with a hand towel. You can also reuse banana peels in your garden. Bananas are full of potassium, potash, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphates and sodium -- all nutrients that plants need. They decompose quickly for effective nutrient delivery and are thought to help plants fight off disease. Some gardeners toss banana peels into a blender with water to lessen the decomposition
wait time. One of my favorite tips when I get a foot cramp is to sip pickle juice. It works great and within minutes the cramps are gone. I didn’t know this tip, but apple cider vinegar and 8 ounces of water will stop the hiccups. These two are similar, using vinegar in both remedies. Did you know garlic has strong antiseptic and anti-microbial properties that can help heal a cold sore? Simply cut a clove of garlic into two pieces and hold one piece against the cold sore. Cold sores are very sensitive so this will be tender to the touch, but it will help heal the cold sore. Garlic is also great on acne. Just rub half a clove of garlic on the problem area. Garlic has antiinflammatory properties to reduce irritation and the allicin will kill the bacteria that clog pores and causes break outs. With trying anything new, please consult your physician. I wanted to wish a special Mother’s Day wish to my Mom, Lizetta Lewis, whose unwavering faith, love and strength surrounded me and my sisters daily. Until next time relax, enjoy and be thankful…
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Juan Pablo Parra of Customize Artistic Painting BY HEATHER DAVIS | PHOTOS BY ASH DUDNEY
Juan Pablo Parra is a muralist extraordinaire.
hile picking up food at Grandpa Johnson's BBQ a few weeks ago I happened to catch a mural in the process of being painted on the front of Fred's Market. Not used to seeing many murals gracing the walls of our town I made it a point to stop and talk to the artist. Thankfully I decided to do so because I was given the opportunity to meet a wonderful artist, Juan Pablo Parra, or JP as he likes to be called. After introductions he was quick to express that while I was meeting him alone, he usually painted with a partner, who was also his wife, Vanessa Parra. JP and Vanessa are a team who make up what is known as Customize Artistic Painting or CAP. The pair met while majoring in art classes at the University of South Florida. At that time, JP did not foresee a future as a full time professional artist. His plan was to move into architecture, but life took him into another direction. Right out of school Vanessa started an artistic painting company specializing in murals and faux finishes for residential and commercial customers. The business took off and as a result JP and his wife have both successfully worked as full time artists for over thirteen years. JP credits Vanessa with being the business-minded
one of the two, while he is good at promoting their art. When it comes to their craft even though their personal styles differ, their technique is the same. When painting murals together it is hard to see where JP ends and Vanessa begins, which is one of the many reasons they make such a great team. You can find work done by JP and Vanessa throughout the state as well as in other areas of the country. As vendors for the Hillsborough County School district they have painted over 40 murals in local area schools. Those in Plant City include Tomlin Middle School, Bailey Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and most recently they completed a mural in the media center at Jackson Elementary. JP and Vanessa are both artistically, community and family driven. Everything they do revolves around their love and passion for the arts in combination with love for their family and a deep appreciation for their local community. This deep passion to all they do radiates and shines throughout their work in a way that is vital and beautiful. For more information on the artwork of JP and Vanessa, visit www.capmurals.com or their Customize Artistic Painting page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ CustomizeArtisticPainting/.
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Kaitlyn Dunne Senior of the Month - PCHS
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aitlyn Dunne is a volleyball machine. Since she discovered the game, Kaitlyn has loved the court. Playing for two competitive teams outside of school—one for beach and another indoor team—she stays busy playing her favorite game. Kaitlyn can also be found on Plant City High School’s court in the fall playing for the school’s Varsity team. For her senior season, she was appointed Offensive MVP and Team Captain, along with being named to First Team Western Conference, an honor for any sports player in Hillsborough County. Alongside her extensive list of volleyball accomplishments is one of similar length detailing Kaitlyn’s academic achievements. Graduating 6th in PCHS’s graduating class of 2018, Kaitlyn’s 7.02 weighted GPA is allowing her to attend the University of South Florida next fall with her Associate’s Degree already in hand,
an impressive feat for a high school student. Kaitlyn’s 1300 on the SAT has also qualified her for the highest level of Florida Bright Futures, a scholarship that pays either a portion or the entirety of a students’ tuition based on their high school accomplishments. To be eligible for this award, one must also have a certain number of community service hours, a requirement Kaitlyn has gone above and beyond in acquiring. One of her favorite volunteer activities is acting as a referee in volleyball tournaments sanctioned by the USA Volleyball Association. She is also able to teach younger girls how to act in this position, passing down her own love for the sport to help these up-andcomers deepen their passion for the game. Kaitlyn’s dedication to all things volleyball and academics makes it clear to see why she was chosen as Plant City High School’s March Senior of the Month.
hroughout his four years at Plant City High School, Tristan Strickland has shown time and time again how valuable he is to his community. His involvement in school clubs and drive to help people places him among the greatest students and characters in the Class of 2018. There is no doubt that Tristan’s ambition and care for others will lead him into a successful future. As a sophomore, he was admitted into the prestigious National Honor Society, where he could interact and participate in school functions with other high-performing students. He also joined the Future Business Leaders of America, where he was given the opportunity to practice dozens of different skills used in jobs and explore career choices. In his Senior year, Tristan was elected as FBLA Vice President. Also passionate to serve those
around him, he has been a regular volunteer with the Church on the Rock throughout high school. He served by participating in activities ranging from parking cars at the fall festival, to caring for Vacation Bible School kids, to leading his peers in his youth ministry. Additionally, he also volunteers frequently at other elementary and middle schools, such as teacher assisting at Advantage Academy, preparing clothing for emergency situations at Springhead Elementary, and working at Walden Lake Elementary’s annual Eagle Extravaganza. Tristan also had the opportunity to travel to Sindelfingen, Germany to work at a children’s soccer camp. The tenacity he shows when he is improving the lives of himself and those around him perfectly exemplifies the qualities seen in a top-notch high school student who will soon become a very successful young adult.
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Plant City High School senior MacKenzie Steele, 17, is an outstanding leader in the Plant City community. In a skilled balancing act, MacKenzie dedicates her time to various school clubs and organizations, numerous Dual Enrollment and AP classes, and her church youth group. After graduation, MacKenzie hopes to attend the University of Florida as a pre-med student, with dreams to become a pediatric oncologist in the future.
Plant City High School Senior Kyle (RJ) Robinson, 17, is a first-year writer for the Focus Magazine. RJ is the Varsity Swim Team Captain, President of various clubs at school such as the Teenage Republicans and the Interact Boys Service Club, and Editor-in-Chief of the school’s yearbook staff. He plans to attend the University of Florida to study Finance and Journalism.
Mary McAnnally Senior of the Month - DHS BY MEL HOFFMANN
s a Durant High School senior, Mary McAnnally has left quite an impact on the school. She currently carries the titles of President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and President of Drama Club. McAnnally is also a three-time competitor for Durant’s calendar girl competition, winning twice in a row as Miss June (2016-17) and Miss March (2017-18). McAnnally was additionally on this year’s Homecoming Court and was voted Best All-Around Senior Girl by her classmates. McAnnally has successfully juggled academics and extracurricular activities at Durant, allowing her to standout in her academics as well as club roles. Her current weighted GPA is 5.4 and she takes many Advanced Placement classes, including AP Economics and AP Statistics. McAnnally says her favorite classes are drama and speech. She initially went into drama thinking she would start out as an extra, but she ended up with one of the main roles and quickly grew a deep love for theatre. Because of McAnnally’s drama program
participation, she has learned how valuable it is to step out of her comfort zone. McAnnally has performed in multiple talent shows, performing different acts each time ranging from break dancing to stand-up comedy. Her stand-up comedy act actually won first place in a recent talent competition. McAnnally plans to attend the University of South Florida as a Jenkins Scholar, major in public relations and communications, and one day go on to become the face of a company or run press conferences for a business. A fitting job plan, given her excellent networking skills. McAnnally has built an array of friends in the greater Plant City area stemming from all the clubs and groups she has worked with. McAnnally says she draws inspiration from her Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Patty, someone who has not only encouraged her through the Bible but has also helped her to gain a positive outlook on life. McAnnally would like to thank her parents for always being supportive and always being enthusiastic with all her performances and achievements.
Ethan Fernandez Senior of the Month - DHS BY MEL HOFFMANN
than Fernandez is committed to a strict weight lifting regimen and works out daily. He has demonstrated perseverance through his dedication to fitness. He hopes this determination will transfer to his future studies of mathematics and engineering. After graduating from Durant High School, Fernandez will first be attending Hillsborough Community College and then the University of Florida, where he plans to major in engineering. Along with seven other students, he was awarded a scholarship from the Bailey Foundation.. Fernandez is inspired by his father’s hard work and shows it
About the Writer: Durant High School senior Mel Hoffmann will be graduating on the honor court. A staff writer for the school’s PawPrint newspaper and member of the varsity golf team, she also serves as Vice President of Durant’s National Art Honor Society. Whenever Mel isn’t writing for the paper, playing golf or making art, she is volunteering, with now over 400 hours to her credit. She plans to major in pharmaceutical studies at Wingate University this fall.
through his studies. He has maintained 5.6 weighted GPA, and scored a 1230 on the SAT. In a class of about 540 students Fernandez is ranked 61. As his time comes to an end at Durant High School, Fernandez urges others to take advantage of the great opportunity to be in clubs and to participate in events. He stepped out of his comfort zone when competing in Durant High School’s Mr. Cougar Competition. He would like to thank Coach Maddock for helping calm his nerves about the competition and allow him to push himself. Fernandez has enjoyed his time at Durant, and wishes the underclassmen well.
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andy Owens is getting serious about getting in shape with the help of Mike Gartz of "I HATE MY TRAINER!" and his team of Tammy Simpson and Tina Barber. She was just awarded personal workout time with Mike Gartz after he shared a Facebook post asking people why they would want to win a $480.00 workout session with him. Candy's answer was simply: "SHOW ME A NEW WAY TO LIVE!" Mike Gartz and his team read the responses and agreed unanimously, “PICK CANDY!”
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he Strawberry Crest High School senior of the month is an outstanding athlete, student, and leader. Celismar Guzman is a true representation of what a well-balanced student should look like. While maintaining a 6.2 GPA, Celismar dedicates much her time to swimming. She has loved the water since she was little. "The moment I started to swim competitively, I knew it was something I would be doing for the rest of my life," she said. "I loved every single aspect of the sport and it was my escape from any stress that I may have had." She has been swimming for ten years and in those ten years has swam at the Tampa Bay Aquatic Club and on the Strawberry Crest team. Celismar has been awarded the Heart of Champion award, swimmer of
the year by the Olympic Committee in Puerto Rico, swimmer of the month in the local newspapers, as well as MVP for Strawberry Crest her freshman and sophomore year. She also holds records in various events at Crest and in Puerto Rico. Throughout her high school years, Celismar has taken various AP courses, included AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, AP World, AP Calculus, AP Literature, and AP Language Arts. She teaches swim lessons at her club swim team pool and volunteers at clinicals for Veterinary Medicine. She plans to attend the University of Florida to major in Veterinary Medicine. She also plans to continue her amazing journey with swim in college.
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ane Richardson is Salutatorian for the class of 2018 at Strawberry Crest. While taking many AP and dual-enrollment courses, he also is an outstanding swimmer and friend. Zane has been swimming for ten years and swims competitively. He is member of the SCHS swim team at Strawberry Crest and competes with the Tampa Bay Aquatic Club under Coach Dave Gesacion. "One of the best feelings I got when I swam was the satisfaction," he said, "When I worked so hard for months on end to achieve a goal and I finally did it was one of the best feelings in the world." Through swim, Zane has accomplished many achievements. He was MVP for his high school swim team, Western Conference Champion all four years,
District Champion in the 100, 200, and 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke all four years, regional runner up in 500 freestyle, and regional champ in the 100 freestyle. At states he placed 5th in the 500 freestyle, 6th in the 200 freestyle, 7th in the 100 freestyle, and 8th in the 100 breaststroke, and he was the team captain his sophomore, junior, and senior year. To be named Salutatorian, Zane had to take many vigorous AP and dualenrollment courses, including AP Micro Economics, AP Macro Economics, AP Calculus, and AP Literature to name a few. After high school, Zane plans to receive an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy and pursue his USNA dream to become a Naval Officer.
About the Writer: Strawberry Crest High School senior Taylor Norrington is a team leader for the SCHS yearbook staff and first-year writer for Focus Magazine. In addition to club involvement in Crest Buddies and Senior Class Council, the Student Government Association secretary was also Captain of the Chargerette dance team. She also dances 5X/weekly with Dance Quest International's competition team. To further her dance career, she hopes for acceptance into the Ingredients Dance Training program in Dallas, Texas. After that, Taylor plans to study Broadcast Journalism at Florida State University.
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A Hint of Garlic RECIPE BY VICTORIA WATKINS SGRO
Breakfast Nachos You need this recipe in your life! In fact, we all do!
Servings: 8 people Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 60 minutes Ingredients
5 oz organic tortilla chips 7 oz bag of sweet potato chips 1 pan crispy hash browns* 1.5 cups chopped organic spinach 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 12 oz (or 1 package) bacon 4 organic eggs 1/2 cup salsa (homemade or store-bought) 1 batch hollandaise sauce (see below)
avocado, jalapeño, lime wedges, sour cream, sriracha
Hollandaise Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) organic or grass-fed butter 3 large egg yolks 1 tbsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper PAGE
Cook up your hash browns! [Use store-bought hash browns (cook them first) or visit http://www.ahintofgarlic.com/extra-ridiculous-sheet-pan-breakfast-nachos/ for Victoria’s favorite recipe by Macheesmo (Sheet Pan Hash Browns)] Crisp up the bacon in a pan over medium heat. Drain on a paper towel. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Spread the tortilla chips over one half and sweet potato chips over the other half. Layer the hash browns over the top of both kinds of chips. Sprinkle with chopped spinach, shredded cheese, and crumbled bacon. Crack one egg at a time directly on top of the nachos. Pro tip: create a little dip in the chips so each egg has a little nest and doesn't slide around! If desired, add sliced jalapeños. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the white of the eggs are cooked but the yolk is still runny! (NOTE: I suggest covering the chips on the edges with thin strips of aluminum foil to avoid burning.) As the nachos bake, make your quick hollandaise sauce! Melt the butter over low heat. Place the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and pepper in a container. Using an immersion blender, slowly drizzle in the melted better and blend the ingredients together until thick and creamy. (Alternatively, you can make the sauce in a blender.) Once the nachos are done, add all those gorgeous toppings! Top the sweet potato chip side with salsa, avocado slices, lime wedges, cilantro, and dollops of sour cream. On the tortilla chip side, drizzle a generous helping of hollandaise sauce and sriracha. Keep all the extra goodness on the side for additional dipping and drizzling. So extra. So ridiculous.
Adryana’s Latin & Italian Cuisine BY HEATHER DAVIS | PHOTOS BY ASH DUDNEY
ecently there has been a small influx of chefs being drawn into Plant City who have made a name for themselves in other areas. Whether stemming from curiosity or the challenge of seeking a new horizon, these accomplished chefs are pushing the envelope by bringing culinary excellence to Plant City. One such chef, Julio Pagan Flores, has established a new restaurant in downtown Plant City named after his twelve-year-old daughter, Adryana. Open only for two months, Adryana's is creating a soft buzz around town by those who enjoy good food. The menu at Adryana's is a simple one page affair that highlights
cuisine steeped in South American, Latin, and Italian influences. Featuring a catch of the day and a chop of the day, the menu selection is updated daily. No matter what you order, you can be assured your food has been prepared with love and passion by a chef who has the experience to delight your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. Must tries are the bruschetta, the empanadas, garlic shrimp and the pasta ala biche. Online reviews and word-ofmouth encouragement by those who have dined recently are praising the freshly-prepared food, the excellent service, and the affordable pricing. Adryana's is open for lunch and dinner. One lunchtime special
features the Coco Rico Chicken Platter, which also includes a drink and desert. A kids menu is offered as well. Special events are planned weekly to include live music and a date night. Visit soon and be sure to like the restaurant’s page on Facebook to stay informed.
Adryana's Latin and Italian Cuisine
115 E. Reynolds Plant City, FL 33563 813-756-5819 Hours: Tues-Wed: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 – 8 p.m. Thurs-Sat: 11:3 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., | 5 – 9 p.m.
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May 19 Plant City Family YCMA’s Hawaiian Luau 7 – 11 PM Come share aloha spirit at this great event full of fun, festivities and food. All proceeds benefit the Plant City Family YMCA’s overall mission to strengthen our community! Pool Deck of Plant City Family YMCA 1507 YMCA Place Info: Zach Hilferding, 813-757-6677 Fees: $40; tickets available at YMCA Front Desk
May 26th & June 9th Strawberry Square Dancing 6:30 – 9:30 PM Attend this social dance with ballroom dancing and DJ Ken Miller. Bring your own snacks, drinks and table service. Alcohol is not permitted. Strawberry Square 4401 Promenade Blvd., Plant City Info: Ken Miller 863-409-7714 Fees: $6 per person
May 28 Memorial Day Ceremony 11 AM – 1 PM American Legion Post #26 2207 West Baker St., Plant City
Author Visit: Kristen Hare 7 – 8 PM Local author, Kristen Hare, will discuss her book: 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die. Bruton Memorial Library 302 McLendon St., Plant City
HPA at the Plant City Bike Fest 3 – 8 PM Come join Home Performance for live music and all things motorcycle at the Plant City Bike Fest! 102 N. Palmer St. Info: plantcity.org/events/details/plant-citybike-fest-4197 2nd Annual Rise Dodgeball Championship 6 – 9 PM Teams of 5 will compete tournament-style for the glory of being the top Dodgeballers in town! All proceeds benefit the United Food bank of Plant city. Plant City Family YMCA 1507 YMCA Place Arts & Crafts Vendors 8 AM – 5 PM Arts, crafts, essential oils, candles, soaps, pottery and much more! A Land of Delight Natural Farm 2514 Leaning Pine Lane DIY Terrarium 11 AM – 1PM Join the succulent craze and put together your very own terrarium. Parkesdale Farm Market 3702 W Baker St. Fees: $37.95 for kit; order online at Parkesdale.com by 5-18-18
College Planning Strategies Workshop 11 AM – 3 PM The uPLAN College Planning Strategies program helps students, families, schools and organizations navigate all aspects of preparing for college. First Baptist Church of Plant City 3309 James L Redman Parkway Info: Kacey Oleson email@example.com Free Admission An Afternoon in Mayberry 3 - 5 PM Come enjoy the rendition of Andy Giffith’s skit - “What it was football” - performed by Rodney & Beverly Dillard. The Walker Brothers and comedian Tom Chase will also entertain. 1914 Plant City High School Community Center 605 N. Collins St. Info: 813-757-9226 or firstname.lastname@example.org Fees: $20 online ONLY https://www.ehhsoc. org/the-florida-opry.html; If available, tickets @ door $25 cash
Sip & Shop 6 - 9 PM Custom toe ring fitting for ladies View product details at www.tootsyfootsies.com One lucky lady wins a toe ring. Enjoy adult beverages & hors d'oeuvres. A PEACE of Plant City 120 N. Collins Street, Suite 101, Downtown Plant City 813-704-5773
Build a Worm Bin Workshop 9 AM Build/stock a red wriggler habitat. Learn how earthworms help our planet and how to feed/ care for them Community Garden 2001 E. Cherry St Info: Karen 813-435-8111 Fees: RSVP req’d; suggested donation: $10
Rockin' Red Riding Hood kicks-off 2018 Summer Reading 3 – 5 PM Live action performance by Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth Rock along with Little Red, Grandma, Jack Lumber, and B.B. Wolf as the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood is updated in this "Rock Musical." The history of Rock n' Roll is creatively woven into the show as original songs progress through different styles- from Blues to Modern Rock. Bruton Memorial Library 302 McLendon St., Plant City Free Admission
Teen Summer: Teen Game Zone: Rock the Library! 3:30 – 4:30 PM Students in grades 6-12 Dance & play video games on large projection screens. Bruton Memorial Library 302 McLendon St.
Aspire: J. Lenora Bressler 11:30 AM - 1 PM Educational Speaker and Lunch Plant City Chamber 106 N. Evers St. Cost: Member Registration = $20; $30/Nonmember Register: https://aspireplantcity.wildapricot. org/event-2903768
Summer Camp with Carlson Gracie Plant City 7 AM We have Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes, field trips, games and other structured activities planned for the entire summer! Carlson Gracie Plant City/ Cross Guard Fitness 109 E. Reynolds St. Info: 813-704-1090
Summer Games 2018 7 PM Come discover what Heroes are made of! We will pick teams, captains, create flags and kick off SUMMERTIME! Mt. Zion Assembly of God 3005 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City
Blend for Boost 7 – 8:30 PM For an AM or PM "Kick Me Up,” this interactive class presents best Essential Oils. Create a make-n-take project, too. Aromatic Harmony 110 E Reynolds St., Suite 300 Fee: $15 per person
Couples Networking & Yoga 2 – 5 AM Enjoy a fun way to de-stress while meeting young professionals in a way that will make a lasting impression. Rise Plant City 205 W. Renfro St. 5th Annual “This is America!” [Concert] Plant City Community Chorale Hopewell Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 7:30 pm Eastside Baptist Church, 1318 E. Calhoun St, Plant City. Tickets: $10/advance; $15 at door On sale now: www.pccchorale.org/tickets, any member, or phone 813-951-5166.
Write Thanks & Wine 6 – 8 PM Enjoy wine/cheese as you write thank you cards The Corner Store 121 E. Reynolds St. $15/Member; $25/Non-member
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Why go to an emergency center that’s connected to a hospital? What if you need the rest of the hospital? When it comes to your health, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Which is why during an emergency such as a stroke or heart attack, every second counts. We don’t want to risk our patients’ lives by transferring them to a different hospital for emergency surgery. Here, if you need to be rushed to surgery, it’s down the hall, not down the road. We also have access to cutting-edge equipment and some of the best doctors, nurses and specialists in the region are only a few feet away. If you need a pint of blood, no problem, we’re connected to a blood bank. Not to mention that our rehabilitation, orthopedic, oncology and maternity departments are only a wheelchair ride away. The best place to go during your emergency is a facility designed to handle any emergency. And that’s right here at BayCare’s South Florida Baptist Hospital.
FOCUS Magazine Plant City Edition Issue 17-05 May 2018