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As a local business owner, it is both a privilege and an expectation to give back to the community that supports me and my firm. Ever since I hung my shingle years ago, I have made sure that charitable donations and sponsorships were integrated into the foundation of my firm just as much as client satisfaction and stellar representation were.
As my firm has grown, so have my contributions to this community. I am delighted to have been able to assist over fifty different non-profits, local schools and outreach programs achieve their financial goals. With that being said, the offer to be the first ever presenting sponsor for the Chasco Fiesta provided a unique opportunity that I could not pass up. Growing up in West Pasco, the Chasco Fiesta was something I looked forward to every year. At the time, I did not quite realize its importance to all of our local charities, but I did realize what a blessing it was to experience such an event with my family and friends. The parades, the music, the food and the introduction to Native American culture were all memories I carry with me to this day.
but on the other hand, having a large corporation with no affiliation to this area sponsor the Chasco Fiesta just felt wrong to me. What the Chasco Fiesta needed was a local business that also had the means to sponsor this great event. Fortunately, through the dedication of myself, my staff and the support of this community, my firm is in a position to facilitate this need. Therefore, it is with great honor, pride and respect that my firm becomes the first ever presenting sponsor of the Chasco Fiesta, and it is a title we pledge to hold for many years to come. For additional info. or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group, call 727-847-HURT (4878), visit kemprugegreen.com, or stop by their office at 2049 Welbilt Blvd, Trinity
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As a proud parent, these are memories I hope to pass along to both my children and all the other children in our community, however, I started to worry about one aspect of the Chasco Fiesta: sponsorship. The Chasco Fiesta is the major fundraiser for most of the non-profits and charities in the area, but it is also a symbol of West Pasco. These two factors lead to a sort of conundrum. Generally, only large corporations have the disposable income to sponsor events like these,
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Luxury Arthur Rutenberg custom built home. Beauty awaits you, breathtaking golf course & pool views, private lanai, pristine tropical landscaping. 3200 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, office/ study, bonus room, spacious formal living, dining, family room & 3 car garage. Large double lanai w/outdoor Fireplace & custom kitchen/grill area. Pavered lanai w/Diamond Bright pool & spillover spa. This home has it all! $589,900
Loaded with upgrades and move-in ready! This Standard Pacific built home features almost 3500 SF of living space, 5 bedrooms, a huge 20’ x 29’ BONUS ROOM. Hardwood floors, plantation shutters throughout, tray ceilings, kitchen with 42” cabinets, granite countertops, New saltwater heated Pebble Tech pool with a self-cleaning system, large paved lanai and upgraded landscaping. GATED COMMUNITY WITH NO CDD FEES! $469,900
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Peaceful unobstructed views from sunrise to sunset on 1 of 3 balconies and entire length of this top floor residence. Fabulous 4,455 SF features an interior elevator, large European-style kitchen w/granite counters, spacious formal living & dining rm, sep. family rm w/FP, 4 BR, 3 ½ baths + bonus loft area w/wet bar. Deep whirlpool tub & private sauna ensuring a spa-like experience. Enormous 4 car tandem garage w/climate controlled storage area. $1,925,000
Better than new, full of upgrades & designed for entertaining. with formal living, dining & gourmet kitchen overlooking an expansive family room. Espresso cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances, gas range, double ovens, double wine refrigerator island, pantry, breakfast bar, desk & spacious eat-in area. Luxurious master suite with sitting area, Large office, a laundry room and 2 half baths. Upstairs features 3 additional bedrooms, 2 baths & a large bonus/ media/billiards room with a rear balcony. $699,900
Over 2,000 square feet of living space including 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, spacious formal dining room, great room & 2 car garage. Exquisite kitchen w/breakfast bar & large eat-in area. Expanded master suite w/sitting area, beautiful french doors. Plenty of room for outdoors entertaining! Only 2 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. $189,900
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Rare find w/high end finishes & very low comm. fees. Open layout w/all BRs on 1st flr. Media center/bonus rm on pvt. 2nd level. Highly upgraded plantation shutters & flooring. Custom tile & wood laminate. Main liv. area has a wood burning FP. Enjoy your very private fenced yard w/screened-in pool. $379,900
3 BR condo w/resort style amenities! On a beautiful saltwater canal connecting to the Anclote River and out to the Gulf. Easy boat docking with whips in your backyard. Move in ready! Outdoor balcony w/water view! Laminate wood flooring. Private community pool & park area to launch/store your kayaks! Live in Paradise! $124,900
Charming 2 Bedroom, 1 full bath & 1/2 bath condo in the lovely gated Sunnybrook Community. First floor unit with screened patio. Living/dining room combo with eat-in kitchen. Features a recreational clubhouse, heated pool & spa, tennis courts, shuffle board & boccé ball courts. Live the Florida Lifestyle! $44,900
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10 | Trinity Dental Arts Exceptional Dentistry With Exceptional Results 42 | Tix Travel & Tickets Seize Your Destiny Your Destination 43 |
Local Star Eric Anderson The Perfect Blend of Eric Anderson
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YOUR Community 17 |
Hometown Hero Brian Anderson Providing a Safe Haven for Our Veterans
38 | Time for Wine Germany’s Kerner Spatlese
SAVINGS From Many Advertisers 6
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CONTESTS 14 | Find the home 14 | Journalism Contest 46 | Fun Pet Photo Contest
YOUR Life 02 | Always Spring Into Action For Our Community Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group 13 | Hometown Story BergHOFF The “Hostess with the Mostest”, Manager Candace Powers 39 | Starkey Blueberry Farm Pick Your Own Blueberries
YOUR Home 16 | Rockin’ at the Rookery Living the Wild Life Doreen Damm 24 | Meet Your Neighbors Armando & Arlette Forlano Sister Cities Share Climate and Culture on Two Continents 29 | Rocky’s Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling Make Your Dreams A Reality-
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Directory Of HOMETOWN PROFESSIONALS | SPRING ISSUE 2016 Shop Local. Buy Local. Eat Local.
Accounting Services Unbehagen Advisors............................ 33 Administrative Services Anything Office.................................... 33 Advertising & Marketing Head of Lettuce..................................... 31 IT’S YOUR HOME Magazine...........12, 36
Cleaning Services Residential & Commercial Donna’s Cleaning Angels................21, 31 Ms Twister...............................................7
Massage Therapy Aquaterra Salon & Spa..........................12 Cabelo Salon..........................................16 Massage Therapy Center.......................15
Dentistry Dr. David W. Dempsey, D.D.S...............20 Trinity Dental Arts..................... 1, 10, 11
Nail Salon Amber Nails...........................................12
Dock Contractor Ameridocks...........................................27
Air Conditioning Contractors Best Services A/C & Heating.................28 Farrell Air Conditioning.........................7 McWilliams & Son A/C & Heating...... 22
Education Genesis Preparatory School..................36
Attorneys Charles S. Phillips, PLLC.................34,35 Debora Ann Diaz, Esq.....................32, 36 Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group........2, 3 Law Offices of Lucas | Magazine.....31, 32 Pawuk & Pawuk, P.A..............................36
Event & Wedding Venues Crescent Oaks Country Club............9, 40 Seven Springs Golf & Country Club................... 15, 25, 37, 45 Verizon Event Center............................44 Wentworth Golf Club.........................9,40
Automotive Tim’s Performance Service Center........26 RTG Auto Sales......................................26
Family Entertainment Seven Springs Golf & Country Club Kids Camp.......................................15, 25 Congo River Golf...................................40 Gill Dawg...............................................41
Boutique Turtle’s Nest...........................................15 Business Groups & Organizations Cash Mob of West Pasco........................37 Pasco County Tourism..........................40 West Pasco Chamber of Commerce......32
Funeral Home & Cemetery Trinity Memorial Gardens....................32
Business Products Able Business Systems...........................34
Seven Springs Golf & Country Club................... 15, 25, 37, 45
Carpet Cleaning Complete Care Systems...................27, 36 Farrell Carpet Cleaning..........................7
Wentworth Golf & Country Club.....9, 40
Golf Courses Crescent Oaks Golf & Country Club.....................................9, 40
Pest Control Green Tech Pest Control.......................22 Pet Services Joyce Moore Dog Training....................46 Paw Wash Plus.......................................46 Stay at Home Pet Sitters........................46 Physicians – Podiatry Foot & Leg Specialty Center..................19 Real Estate Agents Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions.............................. 4, 5, 25, 48 Borree Team, RE/MAX Advantage.......36 Mary Archie, Florida Luxury Realty.....27 Restaurants Central Park Family Restaurant...........37 Gill Dawg.............................................. 41 Ichiban Sushi.........................................38 Seven Springs Golf & Country Club...............................25, 37 The Brass Tap.........................................38 Zen Forrest............................................41 Roof & Exterior Cleaning Hammerhead Soft Wash........................23 Title Services Champions Title Services......................27
Computer Repair Cudixs....................................................33
Hair Salon & Nails Aquaterra Salon & Spa..........................12 Cabelo Salon..........................................16 Style Makers Salon................................15
Contractor - General Rocky’s Kitchen & Bath Remodeling....29
Hardscaping Trinity Brick Company.........................28
Cookware & Cooking Classes BergHOFF International, Inc.........13, 26
Jeweler DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry..............................9
Veterinarians Animal Care Center of Pasco................47 Best Care Animal Hospital....................47 Country Oaks Animal Hospital............47
Cosmetics Your Beauty Coach..........................12, 18
Landscape & MaintENance Jesse Homes...........................................30
Wine Time for Wine...................................... 38
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Travel Service Tix Travel & Ticket agency....................42 Upholsterer Sunshine Upholstery.............................22
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Rose Gold is the Wedding Trend Metallics are surprisingly versatile, says New York City eventplanning guru Harriette Rose Katz. “Depending on how and where you bring them into your celebration,” she says, “they can be elegant, whimsical, ethereal or even very natural.” (Think glitzy golds to pop out room decor at a black-tie wedding, copper lanterns at an outdoor reception or on a rustic tablescape.) No matter the venue or theme, designers across the country say rose gold will show up on everything from rings to table linens. Even the food and drink get in on the trend, with shiny blush icings on desserts and rosehued cocktails. One metallic that is on the wane, however, is silver. www.bridalguide.com Modern and vintage in feel, rose gold engagement rings make a distinctive, beautiful choice. A lustrous alloy of gold and copper, rose gold has its roots with the earliest jewelry artisans and has become a wedding trend of 2016.
xceptional Dentistry with Lasting Results By Debra Taylor Tee
Even the most apprehensive patient can relax and check their dental anxieties at the front desk when visiting Trinity Dental Arts. Exceptional dentistry with lasting results is their mantra, and based on their five-star, superior reviews, the Trinity Dental Arts team, under the direction of Dr. Xhoana Gjelaj, is truly succeeding one patient at a time!
Dr. Gjelaj, (pronounced “July”), started her successful dental career in 2009, at Tarpon Springs Dental. She expanded her outreach to open Trinity Dental Arts in January 2016, and now brings her breadth of knowledge and wealth of experience to patients in Trinity and West Pasco County. According to her business manager, husband, and biggest fan, Piro, their mission and focus at Trinity Dental Arts is to provide the best, personalized, patient-centered care possible to each individual that enters their practice. Piro said, “Most doctors’ offices are high-volume, highturnover, with long wait times. We strive to keep waiting to a minimum and our primary goal is to provide exceptional dentistry to each person, individually.”
the Fellowship of Academy of General Dentistry and the Mastership of International Congress of Oral Implantology. This summer, she is slated to receive the Mastership of Academy of General Dentistry, again, a designation and milestone attained by few in the United States. Her quest to continually expanding her professional knowledge, her comprehensive approach to expertly change each patient’s smile for the better and improve their overall health and quality of life, coupled with the impressive technology integrated into her practice, and you have state-of-the-art dentistry at Trinity Dental Arts! Advanced CAM/CAD Systems. Digital impressions are achieved quickly and easily without the need for multiple visits and fittings, so Dr. Gjelaj can complete restorations and achieve desired results, tailor-made for you. Digital Imaging. The best healthcare has to offer, lowemission digital X-rays intra-oral photography, and oral cancer screenings allows Dr. Gjelaj the ability to precisely and accurately diagnose and treat the simplest to the most complex conditions. Advanced 3-D CT Scans. Dental 3D Cone-Beam CT scans for joint, airway, and teeth offer three-dimensional imaging via the GALILEO machine, which boasts the lowest radiography emissions in its class with the crispest, highdefinition images available. All treatment planning is done digitally, ensuring accurate and predictable results. Advanced Laser Technology. Dr. Gjelaj utilizes hard tissue and soft tissue lasers to perform numerous dental
If you are one of those who are terrified at the very thought of visiting the dentist, you can rest easy knowing Dr. Gjelaj understands, and she and her staff are dedicated to providing you a positive dental experience, and one which will certainly exceed your expectations.( Just check out their reviews on Yelp and Google!) Dr. Gjelaj is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, and she has spent thousands of Continued Education hours fine-tuning her expertise in dentistry. One of only a handful of dentists across North America, Dr. Gjelaj was bestowed
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at her disposal and the latest in clinical advancements, your treatment will have predictable and fast results, whether itâ€™s a single missing tooth or a full-mouth rehabilitation case. If you are looking for a new dental experience, or you are embarrassed that you havenâ€™t made your oral health a priority, Dr Gjelaj and her highly-skilled, compassionate staff will relinquish the fears associated with traditional dentistry and make you feel comfortable from the moment you enter the front door!
procedures quickly and painlessly to the satisfaction of even the most apprehensive patients.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gjelaj, call 727-228-6846, visit their website, www.trinitydentalarts.com, or stop by their beautiful new office at 11105 Trinity Blvd, Trinity.
In-House Dental Laboratory. What this means for the patient is top-quality service and predictable results with the quickest turn-around times for everything from implants, crowns, to removable dental applications and appliances. Sedation Dentistry. If anesthesia is something you require to make you more comfortable and relaxed for oral procedures, it is offered and supported at Trinity Dental Arts. Sleep Dentistry. If you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. Gjelaj will work closely with your physician to assist with appropriate dental treatment options and non-invasive treatments. If you are a candidate for Dental Implant treatment, Dr. Gjelaj will diagnose, plan, place, and restore the implants for you from beginning to end. Utilizing the advanced technology
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BergHOFF offers the Best in all things Culinary The “Hostess with the Mostess,” Manager Candace Powers
On April 19, 1993, TV Food Network was originally founded, and by November it debuted via cable and satellite across the nation. In just over three decades, it has become one of the most popular television stations enjoyed by male and female viewers, alike. As a result of its popularity, Cooking Channel spun-off from Food Network as, primarily, a more instructional culinary option, thanks to America’s continued obsession with food. Everyone has to eat, and most everyone can not afford to frequent their favorite dining establishments three times a day, seven days a week. We cook for ourselves, our families, and our friends, and often times we find yummy recipes to try on Food Network, Pintrest, and while scrolling our Facebook newsfeeds. But where do we get some of the awesome cookware and gadgets the stars use on their delicious programs? For nearly ten years, residents of Trinity & Odessa have had the privilege of finding the most innovative culinary tools and contemporary diningware, all of exceptional quality and affordable, buy-direct prices, only at BergHoff’s and their US showroom.
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Connecticut and Wisconsin. One look at her monthly menu plans for her cooking classes, and the diversity in her talent is evident. It is the spirit of all things culinary that touts BergHOFF’s international acclaim and numerous design and functionality awards for items like their Neo Cookware, Neo Coffee-Espresso, Neo Knife Block, and Zeno Mixing Bowls, and most recently, the Perfect Slice. Are you about to be a June bride? BergHOFF is a wonderful place to register for gifts, considering their extravagant selection for the kitchen – more than 3000 items from which to choose! Whether you are setting up a brand new kitchen as husband and wife, or you are ready to update the cookware you received many years ago, there’s no place in Tampa Bay quite like BergHOFF! They have… • Bakeware • Barware • Cookware & Cutlery • Flatware, Stemware, Porcelain
• Portable Induction Cooktops • Kitchen Tools & so much more!
Our local BergHOFF, conveniently located on SR 54 in Odessa, ships 1000 products each day across North America. A worldwide brand, BergHOFF is in 57 countries across the globe. Since our friends at BergHOFF understand the ever-expanding interest in cooking and the many facets of culinary arts, they host instructional cooking classes on Saturdays, from noon until 2:00 PM. In-house Chef Toni Haynes offers her expertise in a hands-on, fun and informative format, that works perfectly for kitchen novices to professional chefs, and all levels in between!
The next time you are in the neighborhood, Manager Candace Powers cordially invites you to drop-by and peruse the magnificent showroom at BergHOFF. “We like to offer personal service, quality, design, and selection at affordable prices for you, your family, and your friends,” she said.
Chef Toni is originally from South Tampa. She earned her degree in Speech and Drama from Louisiana State University, and has a culinary background spanning 35 years. She has successfully catered premium events in Florida, Colorado, www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com
The amazing world of BergHOFF is located at 11603 SR 54, in Odessa. For more details about their merchandise, bridal registration, or the two-hour, instructional cooking classes, visit their website www.icookalot.com, or call 727-853-3373, today. 13
Spring is Here The weather is gorgeous, take some time to enjoy the outdoors and explore our community. Starkey Blueberry Farm is now open (pg 39). We would love for you to share your favorite blueberry recipe with us, you must try KC Quaretti’s delicious Blueberry Fritters.
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If you are looking to purchase your first home, your dream home, or an investment property, I am committed to providing you with the highest quality buyer service. It is my pleasure to furnish you the latest market information, including a complimentary market analysis. It’s a phenomenal time to be a realtor in this community, because the market is HOT! New home construction is booming, and businesses are breaking ground all around West Pasco. I often get asked if it is important to use a Realtor® when purchasing new home construction. The answer is YES! (pg 25) Not only is the real estate market hot, you will notice that many new businesses are popping up all around us. Some businesses are relocating here as well as opening additional locations in the Trinity area. We now have a state of the art dental facility (pg 10), stop by and take a complimentary tour. Together as a community let’s spring into action and shop the local businesses within these pages. They are committed to offering great products and services and are grateful for your loyalty and patronage. IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine continues to connect our readers to our local businesses in an effort to promote a thriving, economically-viable and close-knit community.
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Shop The Turtle’s Nest Specialty Gifts for Mother’s Day
Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Turtle’s Nest is a specialty gift shop in Trinity, offering hundreds of unique, trendy items which are perfect for the women in your life! All things bling, jewelry, handbags, fashion accessories, t-shirts, no matter what you’re in search of, you will find exactly what she wants at The Turtle’s Nest! Some of the most popular brands they offer include Brighton, Lindsay Phillips, Mona B, Uno de 50 and Nora Fleming, just to name a few. Don’t miss Brighton’s biggest promotion for Mother’s Day. It starts April 22nd and runs until May 8th. Stop in for details. Find the perfect gift for the fabulous females in your life this Mother’s Day at Turtle’s Nest, located at 10720 SR 54, Suite 102, in Trinity. Stop by and see for yourself what special gifts they have to offer! 727-376-1040
Brighton’s Biggest Promotion for Mother’s Day starts April 22nd and runs until May 8th. Stop in for details. 10720 SR54 Ste 102 • Trinity, FL 34655
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Opal Rainbow Hair Is the Dreamy Dye Trend You Need to Try By JESSICA CRUEL | www.popsugar.com
What happens when you mix the gray hair trend with the rainbow color everyone’s been craving this Summer? Opal. Yes, the new trend in hair color pulls inspiration from the sea (which makes sense because #mermaidhair is a thing). An opal stone is a mix of pearl and iridescent pinks, blues, and purples. So of course, this paint job created by Aura Friedman at Sally Hershberger features metallics and pastels. First, Aura lightens the hair to a pearl hue (the shade just before you reach gray). “It could either be prelightened to a platinum or pale yellow or it can be painted with heavy highlights and prelightened that way,” she explained. Then after toner is applied, layers of color are added. The result is a washed-out version of the sand art look. “For me an opal or any iridescent color has these nuances of color with very subtle hints of the greens and the pinks,” she said. “It’s not a ‘come and slap you in the face’ kind of color.”
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Aura came up with the idea for opal years ago when she was experimenting with pastel colors. “Opal is my birth stone, and it’s one of my favorite stones, so I started doing it on wigs a long time ago,” she said. “I actually did one for Lady Gaga, but we ended up not using it.” The key to getting this look is layering. The colors should look different from all angles — like an iridescent gemstone. “[It] is not just one color. It’s different colors from root to end and those different colors sit on top of other colors,” she explained. “It reflects a different color every which way you look at it. If you tilt it one way you see more of the pink, and if you tilt it another way you see more of the green.” There are many different kinds of variations on the iridescent hair trend, from mother of pearl to oil slick. For the daring ladies who already went gray, it’s an easy way to refresh your silver strands once they’ve gone yellow. Photo source: facebook.com/Glitter-Girls-Have-More-Fun
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Brian Anderson of Veterans Alternative Providing a Safe Haven for Our Veterans “No more nightmares; flashbacks don’t paralyze me anymore. I have a new confidence that I can have normal emotions and not lose control.” - Gary Meyer Be it Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, the United States military is the best in the world! But even the best of the best don’t return from their tours of duty unscathed. Many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, after combat. Others have suffered brutal physical injuries, and they and their families bear the psychological and emotional strain because of it. Were you aware that as many as 22 Veterans in the United States commit suicide every day? Thanks to warrior, Brian Anderson, Veterans now have a place they can go to decompress, work-out, and receive support through evidenced-based therapies to help them cope with the aftermath of combat and relinquish PTSD for PTG, or Post Traumatic Growth. This saving grace is called Veteran’s Alternative, and it is a free community support system for combat Veterans and their families. Brian said, “Life led me here. I saw a need. So, I try to provide that safe haven for our warriors, because it’s not there. We can focus on some of those challenges we face, and show how we can overcome and even excel past those obstacles.”
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Brian dedicated more than a decade to active military service, including multiple deployments as a Green Beret and a photojournalist. He was, deservedly, awarded three Bronze Stars, one with a Medal of Valor for his courageous service. Once his active military career ended, Brian earned a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo University in social work. He and his team, Janel Norton, Alison Voisin and Jeannine Timmins, have created a haven of refuge & healing through Veterans Alternative. Brian and his team use Accelerated Resolution Therapy [ART], as a means of reprogramming the way traumatic events are stored in the mind, they no longer trigger strong emotions or physical reactions. Integrated Restorative Therapy, or iRest, techniques are a meditative form of yoga. Instead of a series of yoga postures, a ten-step protocol, intended to help release combat- and MST-related triggers in Veterans and their family members, is applied in a serene, comfortable environment. Brian truly understands what these levels of support can do for combat Veterans. He suffered similar psychological repercussions following his combat duty in Afghanistan, as he was transitioning back into life as a civilian. He explained, “I was driving down the road, and I saw my friend driving in the car next to me. He was killed September 29, 2010. I had images of bullets going through my head. The civilian populous does not understand what war is and what we’ve gone through, because they haven’t been there.” Brian continued, “Post Traumatic Growth is the Veterans Alternative way to replenish the camaraderie that is essential with military service. We train the mind, body and spirit to use our wisdom from the battlefield to serve our community better.” If all of this weren’t enough, Brian currently serves on the Veterans Care board at the University of South Florida, and he is a member of Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ Veterans Advisory board. If you are a Combat Veteran, a Veteran who served in support of Combat, or a Veteran who experienced Military Sexual Trauma and in need of the many services offered at Veterans Alternative, visit their website, www.veteransalternative.org, or call Brian at 727-939-VETS . Veteran’s Alternative is located at 1750 Arcadia Rd, Holiday. It is with extreme heartfelt gratitude that we at IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine salute Brian Anderson and his team for the incredible work they are accomplishing at Veterans Alternative, and all Veterans from every branch of the United States military. Many thanks for your service!!
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Rockin’ at the Rookery
Spring has sprung and with our mild winter, many of us have already visited our local nurseries. Well there is one nursery you may have overlooked. While there are plenty of plants, it is not that kind of nursery. This little known nursery is in the heart of Port Richey right off Embassy Blvd just before U.S. 19. The difference is, this nursery does not sell plants. It is filled with Wood Storks, Great Egrets and a few other water birds that enjoy the safety of raising their young in large groups. These groups of nesting birds are known as rookeries. The rookery provides a protected breeding and nesting area for the birds. It’s close proximity to both fresh and brackish water sources as well as the Gulf of Mexico makes it convenient for these water birds to feed their young. Wood Storks begin breeding in Florida during the dry season that provides the best fishing. A pair of nesting Wood Storks with two fledglings can consume over 400 pounds of fish, that’s a lot of trips to the fishing grounds. They can lay up to five eggs which both the male and female will take turns incubating. The young will start hatching in about a month. These tiny hatchlings grow quickly and, like their parents, are quite large. You can enjoy watching the family raise their young before they fledge which is usually two months after hatching. Wood Storks are endangered throughout the United States due to the loss of optimal feeding habitats. Great Egrets are a sight to see when dressed in their breeding plumage for which they were hunted to near extinction in the late nineteenth century. Masked with lime green facial skin they preform elaborate mating dances. Like their neighbors, they too lay up to five light blue eggs which hatch in about four weeks. The Great Egret chicks are very aggressive toward one another. Known as “Siblicide,” larger chicks often kill their smaller siblings. They will leave the nest closer to six weeks of hatching. If you go, please be respectful of the common area and do not disturb the birds. The fenced, protected Rookery is just off Shoppers Way Lane. http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/imperiled/profiles/birds/ wood-stork https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/great-egret Doreen Damm Passion grows in the garden, Love grows in the heart. Wildlife Photographer www.facebook.com/DSDammPhotography
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Local Cancer Survivor Fights Back through The Relay For Life movement is the Relay For Life Movement world’s largest fundraising event to
More than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. For Sharon Tanner of Trinity, FL, that statistic became personal when she heard the words “you have cancer.” Sharon Tanner was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2012. The following year she attended her first Relay For Life event and knew that she had to give back to the American Cancer Society, so that her granddaughters and other women and men would never hear the words, “you have breast cancer” again. Sharon says, “my work with Relay For Life of Trinity is so rewarding! It is an honor to be friends and coworkers with such dedicated people. Together we can all make a difference in the fight against cancer!”
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014, there were nearly 14.5 million cancer survivors in the US. Thousands of cancer survivors participate in American Cancer Society Relay For Life events each year. They, and their caregivers, take the first lap of every event as community members cheer them on and celebrate the progress that has been made against cancer. The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams raise funds in the months leading up to the event.
fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015. Last year, 500 people participated in the Relay For Life of Trinity and raised $91,000. This year’s Relay For Life of Trinity will be held Friday, May 13th at 6pm. Registration is open for survivors, caregivers, and participants. In addition to survivors, the American Cancer Society is recruiting teams from local families, businesses, schools, places of worship, and the community as a whole to participate. Relay For Life teams are committed to help save more lives from cancer by raising funds for the Society. Teams and individuals can learn more and sign up by visiting www.relayforlife.org/trinityfl. Visit www.relayforlife.org/trinityfl to learn more about the event, or contact Erin Stokes at 813-949-0291 ext. 5608 or erin.stokes@ cancer.org. About the American Cancer Society We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
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5 Ways to Deep Clean the Cruddiest Things in Your Home Without Breaking Into a Sweat By Jamie Wiebe 1. Break Out the Drill on Your Bathtub Cleaning a grungy tub can be back-breaking work. But here’s a genius idea that’ll save you time and sweat: Use your drill. Simply attach a foam ball polishing attachment, and use it to do the scrubbing for you. Look in the automotive section for the attachment, which is made specially for tackling grime without scratching surfaces. 2. Soak Stove Burners in Ammonia Your stove burners take the bulk of the greasy, gunky mess during cooking, so do them a favor and give them a good cleaning. Don’t worry: No scrubbing involved. To clear the crud, combine your stove burners and 1/4 cup ammonia in a plastic bag and let sit overnight. They should come clean with a light sponge the next day. 3. Iron Out Bad Carpet Stains Don’t spend an hour scrubbing out that nasty, set-in carpet splotch. Iron it out instead. Spritz a solution of one part vinegar, three parts water on the stain, and lay a clean cotton cloth on top. Turn your iron to its highest steam setting and run it over the stain for about 10 seconds to transfer the stain to the cloth and off your carpet.
4. Tie a Bag of Vinegar Around Your Showerhead Mineral build-up on your showerhead can cause low water pressure and wonky water streams. But it’s easy to clean them without removing them. Using a rubber band, attach a bag of vinegar to your showerhead, making sure all the holes are submerged in the vinegar, and soak it overnight. Voilà. Good as new. 5. Sprinkle Your Mattress With Baking Soda Your mattress needs a springtime refresh, too, but you sure can’t toss it in the washing machine. Cleaning gurus recommend dragging your mattress outside, beating it, and letting the sunshine help freshen it, then dragging it back in. But who has the muscle for that? This is much easier: Use a kitchen strainer to sprinkle baking soda over its surface and let sit for an hour or longer. Longer is better. Then use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to suck up the odorabsorbing soda. Read more: www.houselogic.com/home-advice/greencleaning/how-to-deep-clean-your-house
Sister Cities Share Climate and Culture on Two Continents New Port Richey, FL, USA & Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Cote D’Azur, France
If you’ve ever had a sister, you know that it is one truly special relationship. One of the definitions Merriam-Webster provides for the word sister is “one that is closely similar to or associated with another.” Such is the case for New Port Richey and her sister city, Cavalaire-sur-Mer, in a Provence of southern France, on the French Riviera, or Cote D’Azur. Historically, cities are proclaimed sisters when they are found to be similar in naturally, culturally and geographically, even though they are on different continents. Both, New Port Richey and Cavalaire-sur-Mer, are coastal communities, each located on bodies of water: New Port Richey on the Gulf of Mexico, and Cavalaire-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean Sea. These two amazing cities share a love of arts, history and culture, as well as, for their residents and visitors.
rich with artifacts from the Gallo Roman occupation, and archaeological excavations revealing evidence of several sites dating from the first century BC. During WWII, it was the site of the beach landing in Operation Dragoon, during the allied invasion of southern France. Cavalaire-sur-Mer, a secret seaside known for its water sports, is a lovely little town, with beautiful beaches and an expansive port, all with majestic mountains as an incredible backdrop. Arlette said, “There are fascinating corners of enchantment everywhere. Like New Port Richey, it is set by the water, offers a mild climate and sunny days just about all year long. There are so many similarities to tie the two cities!” The city of New Port Richey Cultural Affairs Committee has revived the sister city program that started more than two decades ago. “The city connections and cultural link, as well as monument signs at either end of main street, proclaim the sister city relationship,” Arlette explained.
In 1995, Cavalaire-sur-Mer became New Port Richey’s sister city. Cavalaire Square, located at 5733 Missouri Ave, in downtown New Port Richey, was named for their beautiful sister city. Inspired by their very special relationship, it is home of arts and cultural performances. Cavalaire-sur-Mer native, Arlette Forlano, and her husband Armando, currently reside in New Port Richey. They visited their former home while vacationing in France. They found an ancient Phoenician colony, steeped in history,
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Seven Springs Golf and Country Club Forms Partnership with Arnold Palmer Golf Management Seven Springs Golf and Country Club and Arnold Palmer Golf Management have announced that they have formed a partnership together to enhance the membership value for the member-owned Country Club in Trinity, Florida. Seven Springs Golf and Country Club is a full-service club located at 3535 Trophy Blvd., Trinity, Florida. The Club includes 36 holes of golf designed by Ron Garl, foot golf, tennis, 2 swimming pools, dining, special event rooms, and year-round social and recreation programs. Arnold Palmer Golf Management is one of the most experienced companies in the club management industry and manages private clubs and golf courses throughout the United States. The members of Seven Springs Golf and Country Club will now be entitled to participate in their network of Clubs through “Palmer Advantage” which include travel benefits that provides concierge services and
special privileges at private clubs, resorts and golf courses throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Seven Springs Golf & Country Club continues to improve our facilities, operations and golf courses; we are very excited to have Arnold Palmer Golf help us to make Seven Springs an even greater place to enjoy the Club Life,” says Jack Litzel, President of the Board of Governors.
To learn more about Seven Springs Golf and Country Club’s Memberships, Special Events or Children’s Programs please call 727-376-0039 or visit www.ssgcc.com
NEW HOME REPORT
Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions
I’m Buying a New Construction Home, Do I Need a Realtor®? The Answer is YES! Call Debbie Dawson, Realtor® to guide you. Buying a new home is exciting. You get to build your dream from the ground up, choosing your lot, your model, interior finishes and upgrades. But like any home purchase, buying new construction is serious business, an expensive transaction with many financial implications. That’s why it’s a good idea to obtain representation from a Realtor® when considering a new home purchase. Here’s why: Builder sales reps represent the builder. Often builders have their own agents on site to answer questions, assist people who walk in, and ultimately help with a purchase. Builder reps provide a valuable service: They can explain differences between models and floor plans and share information about financing options, upgrades and specials. But it’s important to remember that builder reps represent the builder, as they are contractually obligated to do. “Realtors® are trusted resources for real estate information and can help home buyers navigate the increasingly complex home-buying process,” said National Association of Realtors® President Gary Thomas. “The buyer agency agreement ensures the buyer that his or her Realtor® will represent the interests of the buyer alone and not the seller.” Fiduciary responsibility. One of the most important considerations for any buyer is fiduciary responsibility. When you retain the services of a Realtor®, their responsibility is to you. That means you have an expert who is looking out for your best financial interests, an expert
who’s contractually obligated to protect you. A Realtor® can help you navigate the new-construction contract; help you understand how specific clauses, riders and upgrade options affect you; and make sure you know what you need to before you sign on the dotted line. Negotiating a better deal. Finding the right model and picking your upgrades is the fun part. Once you’re ready to sign the contract, a Realtor® can work on your behalf to negotiate the terms, from upgrade options to financing and closing costs. In addition, a Realtor® can present other options for financing or might be able to work with the builder’s lender directly to get you a better rate for your mortgage. Shepherding your new home to closing. Signing a contract with a builder is just the beginning. You must also line up financing, work with title companies and attend numerous inspections throughout the construction. A Realtor® can manage that process and can accompany you on inspections to ensure you’re not missing anything at each construction milestone. By AlexCortez | www.realtor.com
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Always Be Prepared for Spring Storms As many of you know, I am a proud native of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky! My Old Kentucky Home, about which folk legend Stephen Foster immortalized, literally rests within two blocks of my old Kentucky home. Spring in Kentucky is magnificent! Yet, sometimes, it is can be tumultuous, thanks to the changeable weather. For example, on April 8th, areas of Kentuckiana [points around Louisville and southern Indiana, just south of Indianapolis] experienced rain, snow, sleet, and hail, all in one day. I will never forget April 3, 1974, when tornadoes claimed the lives of my Aunt Del’s Mother and dozens of other innocent victims throughout the state. That awful weather system destroyed families, horses, horse barns, and homes within ten miles of my family’s home. It would be several years later when another torrential storm with tornadic winds would devastate even closer to home, downing trees, destroying terrain and obliterating power lines at my old Kentucky home, as well as, our state’s historic landmark. My family and others were essentially camping at our residence, without the amenities of conventional hot water or electricity for nearly a week. I remember my parents using big blocks of ice in jumbo Coleman coolers to keep drinks and perishables cold. The recent tornado in Clearwater was an unpleasant reminder of what can happen when the familiar occurrence of a relatively harmless water spout moves on-shore. I am so thankful there were no serious injuries, at least, none that I was aware of at press time. Spring is usually brief in Florida. It is a season in which we may take exuberant pleasure for a few days or weeks, when our typical tropic heat is not so intense. Please stay cognizant of nasty weather conditions, and take inventory of your storm preparedness. Update and maintain hurricane safety kits and supplies. Have a plan and make sure your family members know the drill. After all, hurricane season is only weeks away. You never know when nasty spring storms can change your life – and the lives of those you love – forever.
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Protect the Investment of Your New Home This is your home sweet home, your investment, maybe even your livelihood. Make sure you are in the hands of a trusted and highly experienced Title Company. Our fees at Champions Title Services, LLC, are very fair and competitive in todayâ€™s market. Our promise to you is a smooth process and a comfortable Closing experience. Champions Title Services, LLC, is owned and operated by Stacy Kemp, Esq. with Kemp, Ruge and Green Law Group and managed by Jason St. Croix. We handle all types of real property Closings such as regular home sales, short sales, refinance, and new construction. Our underwriter is Attorneys Title Insurance Fund / Old Republic Title Insurance Company. Our underwriting legal counsel is a great resource together with Stacy Kemp, Esq. to research and answer any title matter associated with your Closing. Title Insurance is just like any other insurance and you want to protect the investment of your new home. Our title insurance professionals pride themselves on excellent client service, organization and preparation. Furthermore, we love what we do. We like meeting our clients and taking the transaction from initial Contract to the Closing table. Our friendliness and track record of success is why so many people in the community just like you keep coming back to us for their next title Closing. Please call our office to discuss your upcoming Closing. We look forward to seeing you at our Closing table.
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Make Your Dreams a Reality with Rocky’s Kitchen & Bath Remodeling By Debra Taylor Tee
Knock-out those kitchen and bath remodeling plans with the help of Rocky’s Kitchen and Bath Remodeling! With more than 25 years experience, owner and President Rocky Klein, and his lead contractor Alex, oversee every detail from the floors to the ceiling, and all points in between, expertly, efficiently and affordably. Rocky explained, “Since our contractors can do all aspects of a remodel, we don’t have to hire separate contractors to finish the job. We can do the carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting and floor installations, when others have to hire additional contractors costing you more money.” Rocky is so confident that you will be thrilled with their work that he stands behind every job they complete. The team at Rocky’s Kitchen & Bath Remodeling are licensed, insured and bonded, and all work performed is guaranteed. If you need assistance laying out your vision on paper, Rocky’s can provide a designer to help bring your dreams to fruition. Furthermore, a team member will assist you with picking out cabinetry, flooring and more, so you can rest assured knowing the materials are quality products at reasonable prices.
“As a property owner, I was looking for a contractor to help fix rental properties. I was referred by a friend to Alex, who is now the lead contractor at Rocky’s. After years of doing business together, I invested in the company, and now we are expanding. We trust that once you try our services, you will be a big fan and will recommend Rocky’s to your friends,” Rocky said. Whether you own a multi-million dollar home, a modest home, or a cozy condo, Rocky’s contractors can facilitate a full remodel of the kitchen and bath, or target specific needs you may require. The kitchen and bathroom are probably the most high-traffic areas of any residence. Why not enhance these rooms and make them exactly what you need them and want them to be? Kitchens and baths also bring the most resale value when its time to sell your home. Contact Rocky’s Kitchen & Bath Remodeling today for a free in-home estimate. Discover how affordable it can be to have the kitchen and bath you’ve always imagined! For more details, visit their website at www.rockysremodeling. com, or call 727-486-4086, to make your dreams a reality!
Business & FINANCE Curb Appeal Ideas to Make You the Star of the Neighborhood A few hours of exterior home and yard work can add thousands to your home’s value.
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April 20th and 21st marks Nationwide Open House weekend — the unofficial opening day of the spring real estate season. Since curb appeal strongly influences home values, it’s a great weekend to spruce up your own yard, especially if the neighbors are trying to sell their home.
Curb appeal works in the other direction, too. If a for-sale house down the block is sporting some bad curb appeal, it could sell for less than it might otherwise. And that comparable sale drives down the value of your home.
How much value can neighborhood curb appeal add? Having nice landscaping adds $1,777 in home value when you’re selling your home, according to data collected in a
We couldn’t find any data on how much the average buyer discounts his offer when the neighbors haven’t painted their house since 1979, but we do know nobody pays top dollar to buy next door to a house that looks like the “before” picture in a siding ad.
Here are 6 quick exterior projects you can do in a day or two to add to your home’s value and neighborhood appeal. • Landscape for curb appeal by re-sodding bare spots, trimming shrubs, and adding colorful spring flowers to your front yard. • Add some outdoor lighting for curb appeal to highlight your beautified yard after dark. • Pitch in with the neighbors to rent a power washer for a day to give your sidewalks and deck a little care and maintenance. Be gentle and careful if you decide to use the power washer to clean your home’s exterior; you can easily blast things off your house, like the paint, or get water into siding seams. • Clean your siding, whether it’s brick, wood, or vinyl, by using a long-handled, soft-bristled brush, soap (trisodium phosphate), and water. • Create a little cool curb appeal with house numbers — that is, dress up your address. • Freshen up the look of winter-ravished patio furniture with new pillows, a bright umbrella, or a colorful tablecloth to give the impression to anyone at the open house that the neighbors have fun parties. • Are your neighbors’ yards boosting or detracting from home values on your block? Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/blog/landscaping-gardening/curb-appeal-open-house-weekend-2012/#ixzz45QOTuNQ7
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Is Social Media: Taking up too much time? Not working for you? Are you looking for a better way to do it?
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West Pasco has been known for years as the “Gateway to Tropical Florida”. The area has 250,000 West Pasco County residents. We are connected to the Gulf of Mexico. We have many assets to brag about that is responsible for this turn around in growth. 1. Affordable commercial rental space 2. Construction & healthcare sectors being serviced by a strong workforce 3. Beautiful public parks throughout West Pasco, one of the newest being Sunwest Park in Aripeka. The area offers kayaking, SUP, canoeing, boat rentals and gulf & river tours.
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4. We have major corridors allowing us to enjoy the many attractions offered throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Chambers of Commerce are essential to the economic growth of our communities; through making introductions, facilitating projects, maintaining data on the areas served and their economic climates and keeping abreast of pending development projects. The West Pasco Chamber fits right into that wheelhouse. Have you noticed the growth? New businesses are opening up every day, from a new ice cream shop, to a coffee shop, to a tea room, to multiple new restaurants, to a beautiful newly renovated park, to a TV studio, to a boutique hotel being renovated back to its original 1927 style, to a mall with new tenants, to a restaurant/lounge... and continues to grow each and every day. Come visit the West Pasco Community and experience our growth! Let us know when you are in town. Call me, Paul Friedlander, the Membership Development Director for the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (727)641-0575. Our community looks forward to seeing you soon!
Paul Friedlander Membership Director West Pasco Chamber of Commerce www.westpasco.com The road to success is paved with failure. Do not be afraid to fail. “Try, Fail, Adjust!”
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I’m thinking about storing tax and financial documents in the cloud. What should I know?
Cloud storage--using Internet-based service providers to store digital assets such as books, music, videos, photos, and even important documents including financial statements and contracts--has become increasingly popular in recent years. But is it right for you? Opinions vary on whether to store your most sensitive information in the cloud. While some experts say you should physically store items you’re not willing to lose or expose publicly, others contend that high-security cloud options are available. If you’re thinking about cloud storage for your financial documents, consider the following: • Evaluate the provider’s reputation. Is the service well known, well tested, and well reviewed by information security experts? • Consider the provider’s own security and redundancy procedures. Look for such features as two - factor authentication and complex password requirements. Does it have copies of your data on servers at multiple geographic locations, so that a disaster in one area won’t result in an irretrievable loss of data? • Review the provider’s service agreement and terms and conditions. Make sure you understand how your data will be protected and what recourse you have in the event of a breach or loss. Also understand what happens when you delete a file--will it be completely removed from all servers? In the event a government subpoena is issued, must the service provider hand over the data? • Consider encryption processes, which prevent access to your data without your personal password (including access by people who work for the service provider). Will you be using a browser or app that provides for data encryption during transfer? And once your data is stored on the cloud servers, will it continue to be encrypted? • Make sure you have a complex system for creating passwords and never share your passwords with anyone. Call and put our team to work for you!
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Is Your Insurance Company Aware of All Potential Insureds Living in Your Household ? seriously injured in an automobile accident. The insurance company could void the policy as they were never notified of her presence in your household and the potential exposure she gives them to risk of having to pay under the policy. Your adult son, Tyler moves in with you to save money for a year before he heads to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. He owns his own vehicle and carries his own insurance. One morning his car wonâ€™t start so he borrows your car and is involved in an accident. The insurance company could void your policy because of the failure to disclose to them that your son was residing in your home and could potentially be driving one of your vehicles or expose them to payment under your policy as a resident relative of your household.
In February, as we turn our thoughts to those we love, we should also be asking ourselves who could be considered a potential insured in our household and did I notify my insurance company of their presence. If you donâ€™t do this analysis now, rather than when you have a need for coverage it might be too late as the insurance company could rescind, or void your policy for failing to disclose someone in your household who was a potential insured. The insurance company could deem it a material misrepresentation, or omission under the policy because they were not made aware of this person at the time of your application for insurance. A material misrepresentation, or omission does not have to be intentional either, it might be a simple mistake, but could still result in a loss of insurance coverage. Under Florida Statute 627.409, if the material misrepresentation or omission was one that if the insurance company had known the true facts, they would not have issued the policy, would not have issued it at the same rate, would not have issued it in the same coverage amount, or would not have provided a particular coverage, then they can void the policy on this basis. We have seen various different innocent situations over the years that have resulted in a voiding of an insurance policy due to an alleged material misrepresentation, or omission under that policy. For example, Grandma Savannah comes to stay with you because she no longer wants to live on her own. She does not drive and thus does not own a car. One day, a year later, while she is riding as a passenger in your vehicle she is
Aunt Lindsay is living with you to help take care of grandma while you go to work. She does not own a vehicle, but uses yours on occasion, especially to take grandma to her doctorâ€™s appointments. This is once again another innocent scenario where an insurance company could void a policy based on a material misrepresentation, or omission under that policy. You should also take note that the situation that causes you to be exposed to a rescission, or voiding of the policy did not have to necessarily exist at the time of your application for insurance. It could be a situation that developed sometime after the initial application, but many insurance companies have a requirement that you continually update them about changes in your household including new residents who could be potential insureds under the insurance policy. We recommend that you regularly consult with your agent about those loved ones living in your home and make sure everyone is accounted for before an insurance claim needs to be made.
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Awaken your “Unscripted Spirit! ” Spring is the perfect time to step back, and step up and assess life in full bloom, in order to play out as the most beautiful “Lotus” flower, that has just emerged from the dark and muddy waters, only to freshly unfurl its pure white petals of natural awakening to the world of its “totally unscripted” beauty and grace! Perhaps this serves as an effective metaphor when assessing our life! Are we rebirthing ourselves, emerging into an improved version of our former self? Are we in the early stages of the flower, moving thru each period of “growth” as in personal growth and development? Or have we been working on various stages in our life experience, emerging one step at a time, working at unleashing the old paradigms and false beliefs that hold us back from allowing us to “arrive!” Arrive in Self Confidence! Security! Authenticity! Inspirational! Ready to step into our “unscripted” role in life, requires thinking on your feet, learning the “Art of Self-Mastery!”! Some of my Springtime “nuggets” of springing forward are: Savoring the “who” we are, hold on to our inner child, sense of wonder, humor, allowing ourselves to “just be” in and live in the moment! Embrace gratitude, appreciation and Love, everywhere! Live the only way I KNOW how to live and that is with a “Heart Empowered Life!” Many of us sail through life knowing this, however, walking the talk, brings it into fruition and reality, as it also develops into “habit!” Imagine having the knowledge of a heart centered lifestyle, where, you are able to raise your consciousness level, totally above the drama, negativity, overall life challenges, difficult people, workplaces, just by becoming a “Master” at it, grounded in faith, and knowingness that we all have that amazing gift & treasure that we are blessed with at birth!! Everyone has it! Infinite possibilities of our dreams and a happy fulfilled life! Perhaps, THIS is the Springtime awareness for you, to raise the bar for your life! If you have ever felt like the Lotus flower, deeply emerged in the mud, trust me there is HOPE, as you rise into “the Light” to shine on you as you emerge into “YOU” in your new unscripted life of new beginnings! Tune in to Prime Time TV Show for more inspiration & motivation, from women who have arrived, in their “prime time” of life and totally “Unscripted!” Here’s to YOUR Life!
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DO YOU KNOW OF A LOCAL BUSINESS IN WEST PASCO THAT COULD USE A BOOST IN REVENUE? Sponsored by IT’S YOUR HOME - “Your Local Community Magazine”, local Realtors Debbie Dawson & Valerie Wilson and a passion for helping the small businesses in our community. They will announce the business to be “HIT” at 10am each month in a parking lot located in West Pasco. Within minutes, dozens of friends and neighbors from our community crash a local Mom & Pop business where everyone shops! This amazing group has increased sales from $450 to over $2,000 in 30 minutes. Business owners are shocked as the Cash Mob West Pasco group enters their store each armed with a $10 bill. The “MOB” then retreats to a nearby restaurant to enjoy networking and a tasty lunch. Votes are taken for the next Mom & Pop business to “HIT” in the West Pasco County. Come armed with a $10 bill, support a small local business, have fun, network, make new friends and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll be hooked, we all have a great time. Then, you vote for your favorite local business to be “MOBBED” next month. Please share. We would love to make this the largest “MOB” to date to support our local businesses. Find out where the next cash mob will meet on our Facebook page and invite your friends.
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Germany Kerner Spatlese
Kerner is a white grape variety grown widely across Germany, and was named for Justinus Kerner, a 19th-Century German poet and writer of drinking songs.
Despite the fact that one of its parents is a dark-skinned grape used for making red wines, Kerner is unmistakably a white-wine variety. It has large, light-green berries and shares many characteristics with Riesling, both in the vineyard and the glass. Like Riesling, Kerner is high in acid and has the ability to age well for many years. Kerner has a number of traits that appeal to winegrowers. First of all, it is not fussy about where it is grown. In Germany, a land dominated by the site-specific Riesling, this is a key attribute. It is also high yielding, ripens reliably and, as it buds late, is protected from spring frosts. This gem hails from the Nahe region, which is a relatively small wine-growing region in Germany, with around 10,400 acres. This wine is truly a delight, and is very flexible in its presentation. It runs the gamut of opportunities to enjoy the gentleness that springs forth from the bottle. When pairing this great wine, you may want to keep a few things in mind. This Kerner is delicious with foods that have “green” flavors, like the lime, jalapeño and tomatillo in a Snapper dish. Their vibrant acidity and minerality can also be terrific with rich dishes flavored with a squeeze of lime, like beef curry. GREAT as a Mother’s Day gift, or to serve by the pool or take on the boat, this wonderful white is sure to please. Call Time for Wine to UNCORK THE FUN and experience the difference, because after all, life is too short to drink bad wine! 813-664-1430
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Pick Your Own Blueberries Starkey Blueberry Farm
You’ve probably loved them in smoothies, muffins, jellies, and jams. Maybe you have reduced them for a decadent sauce. You have probably paid a nice price for a few ounces of these antioxidant-packed, dark sapphire jewels of a fruit at Publix, Sweetbay or Winn Dixie. However, did you know blueberries are, literally, growing more and more popular and prosperous at local farms near you? Guess what? Now thru the end of the season, you can bring your family and your friends (but not your pets), and take advantage of the U-pick options at Starkey Blueberry Farm, right here in your own backyard! Many Florida farmers have chosen to invest in blueberry farms, due to the perfect climate and the decline of citrus crops, thanks to a horrible arbor disease affecting commercial citrus crops in every county in the state. No Worries! We are still the strongest citrus state, and that won’t change anytime soon. However, blueberry crops have burst into Florida agriculture, bringing beauty and nice profits early in the year when farmers need it most. Florida blueberry crops seriously impact the economy, since our blueberries are usually the first on the market, sold profitably wholesale up the east coast to Canada. Dedicated to sustainable, economical, and green-growing practices, Trey Starkey and Aaron Derksen joined forces to create Starkey U-Pick Blueberry Farm on 47 acres of the former Starkey Ranch in Trinity. What makes the Starkey U-Pick Blueberry Farm so spectacular – aside from the fact it is one of the most important, fundamental, interactive experiences for children and adults alike – is natural beauty of the farm and the bountiful supply of sweet, home-grown blueberries you have the satisfaction of picking yourself!
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Blueberry Fritters By KC Quaretti
2 eggs beaten 1/3 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup self-rising flour 12 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cinnamon 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon melted butter 1 ¾ cups blueberries 4 cups oil for frying ½ cup Granulated sugar for rolling the fritters In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Whisk until incorporated and then fold in the blueberries and melted butter. Heat 2 inches of oil in an 8 inch frying pan (or use deep fryer) over medium high until it reaches 375 Using a small cookie scoop drop fritter batter into hot oil and deep fry for 3-4 minutes turning once until browned and cooked through Drain the fritters on paper towels Roll in granulated sugar and serve More recipes can be found at www.facebook.com/kc.quaretti
For a nominal fee, the fine folks at Starkey Blueberry Farm will supply you with a container to collect blueberries, or you can bring your own. Be sure and dress appropriately, wearing closed-toed shoes and plenty of sunscreen. Berries are $7/lb U-Pick; $9/lb They Pick. It’s best to beat the heat by picking early in the morning, but you can pick luscious, petite fruit at Starkey Blueberry Farm, 3050 Starkey Blvd, Trinity, anytime between 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM, Tuesday – Saturday, and Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM. The farm is closed on Monday.
Fun & ENTERTAINMENT Spring Into Cycling:
Adventure through Pasco County Trails
What are your Spring Break plans? I’m sure plenty of you have family coming in to enjoy some of this beautiful Florida spring weather, if so, make sure you get outside and show them what Pasco County has to offer. They are trying to escape the crazy spring snow after-all! Pasco is home to over 50 miles of paved trails, with new trails being added every month and innumerable unpaved trails featuring picturesque landscapes, the trails are sure to keep you busy for days.
Pasco has long been a destination for cyclist training for races and marathons, but is now becoming a cycling destination for out of county enthusiasts and tourists alike. Don’t have anywhere for your family and their bikes to stay? That’s ok, our hotels are bike friendly and three of them are just off the Suncoast Trail which features 42-miles of premier cycling. The Suncoast Trail crosses various rivers and creeks, including the Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers and provides views of beautiful natural communities. The Suncoast Trail also connects to the 7.3-miles of paved surface that makes up the Starkey Trail. The Starkey Trail is a part of the 8,300-acre Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. The park offers 13 miles of multi-purpose trails through flat wood scrub, sand pines, long leaf pines, prairie grass, sand-hill and wetlands. The park consists of a kiosk, open space, camping area, horse corral and equestrian trail, nature and multi-purpose trails, birding trails, day use area, shelters and pavilions, playgrounds, horseshoe and volleyball courts. These features make it the perfect place to have an adventure with your family. Don’t let the beautiful weather go to waste! Get outside and explore Pasco County trails and all of their beautiful surroundings. You can find more information on trail locations at www.visitpasco.net/what-to-do/hiking-and-biking. Ed Caum Tourism Manager Pasco County Tourism www.VisitPasco.net “Open Spaces, Vibrant Places” I’ll see you outdoors.
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Seize Your Destiny and Your Destination with T I X Travel & Tickets By Debra Taylor Tee
Say you want to go to the Taylor Swift, Adele, or Bruce Springsteen concert, but it’s sold out. Maybe you want to see the Super Bowl, World Series or Stanley Cup, but tickets are scarce. No worries! It’s highly probable the experts at TIX Travel & Tickets have the connections to hook you up! Rich Klein, founder and president, boasted, “We are the only travel agency of its kind with a built-in ticket broker to get soldout tickets to concerts, theater, and sporting events.” Rich started out as a ticket broker in college. He successfully secured tickets for popular concerts and Broadway shows for his customers in the New York and New Jersey areas. “After graduation, people kept asking for tickets,” Rich said. “Soon companies were asking, not just for Broadway tickets, but for flight and hotel arrangements for out of town guests. Rather than farm out the travel portions, I learned the travel business and opened a full-service ticket and travel agency.” But that’s only a portion of his business. Since 1982, Rich and his team at TIX Travel & Tickets have helped others seize their own destiny by becoming ticket and travel agents, too. TIX is the only business opportunity that combines both travel and tickets.
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“The favorite part of my business is helping others get into their own business, so they can be their own boss and control their destiny. I love teaching people how to get into the travel business, and see them grow from zero to full-service in no time, This is the perfect home-based business or it can be added to an existing business.” Rich confided. No experience is necessary to get involved in the travel industry. TIX Travel & Tickets provides all you need via online training and support to become a successful travel agent plus they provide a customized website so customers can book travel and tickets 24 hours a day. Agents also earn huge discounts for their own travel. Cruises and hotels want agents to sell their property so they give free and discounted travel. To start the next leg of your professional career and start your own travel and ticket business visit their website, StartYourOwnTravelBusiness.com and get the free info-kit. Find hard-to-get tickets to the next great event, or book flights, hotel accommodations and car rentals for your family vacation by visiting tixtravel.com. TIX is a member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.
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The Perfect Blend of Eric Anderson The Eric Anderson Band & Synergy Ad Specialties, Inc. He loves “the synergistic energy” of playing for a crowd. This synergy fuels his passion, as demonstrated at the Chasco Fiesta last year, with each meticulous guitar stroke Eric Anderson masterfully played of the familiar riffs in Led Zeppelin’s, “Heartbreaker,” and other classic rock covers the audience craved. Eric was a pre-teen when his mother showed him his first four chords on her Gretsch Jet Firebird electric guitar that he currently owns today. It was then that his passion ignited for the guitar, and his innate love for music was manifested. Eric Anderson chose to pursue his place in music by the tender age of twelve. He took guitar lessons and he and some friends started their first band in junior high school. In high school, he continued to study music, but by this time, he was not only receiving instruction, he was passing it on through guitar lessons for others. However, the guitar was only one instrument of many, be it bass, keyboards, drums, whatever, Eric simply enjoys anything having to do with music! He studied music in college. Following graduation, Eric successfully sought employment in the recording industry. His musical resume includes impressive work composing, recording, producing, and performing tracks for legendary artists Busta Rhymes, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, and others. According to Eric, it is difficult for him to identify a favorite artist or song, having such an inherent love for music. However, he favors 60’s & 70’s classic rock; jazz, and jazz-rock fusion; and he was able to rattle-off a few “architects of rock” who have influenced his style and inspired him musically as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Santana and Frank Zappa just to name a few.
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New York City native, now Trinity resident, Eric along with other talented musicians, founded The Eric Anderson Band four years ago, and their popular sound continues to rock fans and followers throughout Tampa Bay! And when Eric is not performing with the band, you can catch him performing solo acoustic shows as well. Eric’s Mom had more to do with his professional life than simply introducing him to the beauty of the guitar. She and family-owned Synergy Ad Specialties, Inc., welcomed Eric aboard over ten years ago, where he currently serves as Vice President. Synergy Ad Specialties produces marketing items for businesses large and small. If you can imagine it, they can probably put your logo and message on it! Eric admitted, “It is very gratifying to me being able to offer these marketing tools to help build local businesses and strengthen our local economy. I take great pleasure in knowing that my business helps other businesses grow.” To that end, Eric is not only extremely involved in the family business, and his music, but he devotes many hours to the community. Eric is an active member of the West Pasco Business Association, a member of Trinity Rotary, in which he served as sergeant-at-arms for two years. He is past-president and remains active in Trinity Business Association. He is a member/ambassador for Trinity Odessa Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Board of Directors for the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, after having served as pastchairman of the Ambassadors. He was selected as WPCC “Ambassador of the Year” two years in a row in 2011 & 2012 and “Young Professional of the Year” in 2014. Eric is also a six time King Pithla nominee and Synergy Ad Specialties has been nominated WPCC Business of the Year five years in a row. Eric gives 110% of himself to all of his endeavors. He said, “I’m very happy to know so many great people who care so much about our community.” To learn more about Eric Anderson and his band or as a solo artist, visit his website: www.ericandersonmusic.com. To discuss what Synergy Ad Specialties can do to help propel your business to the next level, reach out to Eric at 727-3762200 x11, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.synergyadspecialties.com. 43
Friday 22nd – 24th Fri 5 PM to 11 PM, Sat 10 AM to 11 PM, Sun 10 AM to 6 PM 17th Annual Cotee River Seafest Mermaids, Boats, Kids Zone, Boat Rides, Music, Seafood, Art, Arts & Crafts, Hurricane Expo, Car Show Live Music and so much more! Sims Park, NPR https://www.facebook.com/events/1502528910055131 Friday 22nd, 6 PM Local Family Feud Family Feud to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Woman of the Year nominee Jackie Borree. $40 per person, $200 for a team. Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd, NPR https://www.facebook.com/events/832750700204761 Friday 22nd, 6 PM – 11 PM Casino Night – Party with the Greeks Annual Fundraiser for local charities and community projects. Casino tables, Showgirls, Belly Dancers, Disco with DJ Josh, Greek snacks and desserts, and prizes galore! $45 donation Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave, NPR https://www.facebook.com/events/200438110337083 Saturday 23rd, 9 AM – 3 PM 21st Earth Day Native Plants Sale, Rain Water & Composting Workshops, Children’s Crafts, Lady Bug Release & Water Ventures Learning Lab. Collecting electronics, 2 TVs free -additional TVs $7 each. Bring any device containing mercury, excluding light bulbs, and you will receive a $5 gift card. Document shredding (limit of 5 bags/boxes per person.) Pill take back program & Animal Rescue Groups with Adoptable Pets Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Dr, Spring Hill https://www.facebook.com/events/466188010236944 Saturday 23rd, 7 PM 5th Annual Bunco for Backpacks Proceeds used for annual back to school backpack program. Our goal is to provide 2,500 filled backpacks to children in need in Pasco County. $20.00 entrance fee includes 2 rounds of Bunco, dessert buffet, coffee bar, Chinese Auction and vendor fair. Cash bar available Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd, NPR http://www.marjorieshope.com
Saturday 30th, 4 PM -7 PM 6th Annual Taste of Pasco 2016 Sample great food & beverages provided by your favorite Pasco restaurants, musical entertainment, silent auction & activities for children. Proceeds to benefit Pasco Kids First, Inc, PACE Center for Girls (Pasco) & The Angelus. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door Concourse / Rotary Pavilion, 15325 Alric Pottberg Rd, Spring Hill https://www.facebook.com/events/1009421939130644 Saturday 30th, 5:30 PM -10 PM A Wine & Win Social $25.00 Includes Choice Of Wines, Array Of Appetizers, Live Music & Lady Dj Myrtle. Large Selection of Silent Auction Items. Come Enjoy A Great Social Evening! Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd, NPR https://www.facebook.com/events/767496050052501
Friday 6th, 12 PM Ferman Presents Jeepin 4 Justice on the Concourse Camping, Childrens Activities, Trails, Great Food, Family Fun, Awards, Competitions, All Proceeds go to Pasco County Sheriffs K-9 Unit, Racing 4 Vets, Domestic Violence, Safety Town 15325 Alric Pottberg Rd, Spring Hill https://www.facebook.com/events/573752512782031 Saturday 14th, 6 PM – 10 PM 3rd Annual SpayGhetti Dinner Come out for an evening of fun to benefit supporting SPCA Suncoast. We will have the band Big Life - ‘80s Rock & Beyond performance by a Pasco County Sheriff’s Dept. K9 Deputy and much much more! Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Rd, NPR https://www.facebook.com/events/1592260601096569
Wednesday 27th, 5 PM - 7 PM TPBN Semi-Annual Business Expo Community/business expo.We will have raffles and door prizes. Everyone is welcome. Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Rd, NPR https://www.facebook.com/events/1699185360362946
Saturday 14th, 7 PM Barns & Beer Craft Beer Festival Over 75 craft beer and wine, Music by The Black Honkeys, Fun and Games. (Mechanical Bull, Lighted Hay Ride and Food from area food trucks not included in admission) Must be 21 or over to enter. Proceeds to benefit Children through Old McMicky’s Farm Foundation. $40 in advance, packages available Old McMicky’s Farm, 9612 Crescent Dr, Odessa https://www.facebook.com/events/520142404817993
Wednesday 27th, 6 PM – 9 PM Spring in the Park Sip, taste and mingle along the Cotee River with local brewers, wine makers and restaurants. Proceeds go to Local Children’s Charities. Brought to you by Rotary Club of Trinity. Tickets $25. Sims Park, NPR https://www.facebook.com/events/180130055703978
Thursday 19th, 5 PM J.W. Mitchell High School Jamboree Open to the public, we invite to enjoy visiting with local merchants while watching some AMAZING football. J.W. Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Road, Trinity https://www.facebook.com/events/1587228591594805
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Unique Pets | The Sugar Glider By Doreen Damm
You may know them as pocket pets, sugar gliders are cuddly, tiny marsupials that are very sociable, traits that make them wonderful pets. They are incredibly playful, loyal and they can be taught numerous tricks. Youâ€™ll need a tall cage with plenty of branches to climb on, but they like to come out and play as often as possible. Keep in mind that sugar gliders are nocturnal by nature and they like to stay up at night, perfect if youâ€™re a night owl.
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Sugar Gliders are capable of a lot of love and normally form strong bonds with their owners. You can take them outside once they have bonded as they see you as their safe place and are unlikely to run away. They are omnivorous, so they need a balanced diet of fruit, protein and fat, they are not squirrels so no nuts please. They have a life span of up to 15 years and are best suited for families with older children or singles. They are sure to bring plenty of joy to your life. http://sugarglidercare.org