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Backyard Paradise in Trinity East Trinity East is a gorgeous gated community with a natural park setting and beautiful ponds. This home has it all! $449,900

Debbie Dawson... The Realtor to Know Debbie Dawson is passionate about Trinity which she calls home. She has lived in Tampa Bay for over 35 years. She has 4 children and 4 grandchildren that she absolutely adores! In her free time she loves to take in the gorgeous sunsets and spend time at the beach. Debbie has been a Realtor for over 18 years and has an intimate knowledge of the Trinity real estate market. Her community involvement is extensive which has helped in her success. She takes the time to listen to her buyers to find them the perfect home. Her goal is to

sell your home as quickly as possible at the best market price available. Debbie says, “I have witnessed Trinity’s growth since 1980 and have watched every new subdivision be built. I am amazed at the continued growth and what the future has to offer. My clients have the benefit of my real estate experience and knowledge of each neighborhood to fit their specific lifestyles.” If you are looking to list or sell your home, Debbie Dawson is the one to trust with all of your real estate needs.

Fox Hollow Golf Course at Champions Club

Conservation Lot in River Crossing

Equestrian Home in Odessa-Keystone Area

Luxury custom-built Samuelson mediterranean-style home. A masterpiece with over 4,400 SF of living space. 4BRs, 4BA, den, spacious dining, great rm, game rm, theater, loft & split 3-car garage. Gourmet kitchen, master suite w/enormous bath. Game room, custom bar, views of the golf course. Billiards table, theater room, outdoor kitchen & saltwater pool w/Diamond Brite finish. A truly 1-of-a-kind home! $789,000

Luxury one story, 2,671 SF, 3BR, office, formal living, formal dining area, large kitchen w/eat-in area, large laundry room w/utility sink, 2 secondary bedrooms divided by Jack-n-Jill bathroom, guest ½ bath & 3 car garage. Spacious great room overlooks conservation with a screenedin salt water pool, paved lanai, & sprinkler system. MUST SEE! Near the 8,000 acre JB Starkey Wilderness Park. $289,000

Beautiful 6.44 acre home with scenic land views! This 2 story home features 2,498 SF of living space, 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 2 car garage plus pool. 3 barns, 21 (12x12) stalls, 2 stud stalls, 4 tack rooms & much more. Income property with horse boarding. $599,900


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Exquisite & Model Perfect! Stunning 5BR, 3BA home shows better than NEW... Upgrades Galore! Boasting over 3,402 square feet of living space, this home has plenty of room for entertaining. From the moment you arrive, you will be impressed with the distinctive warm and inviting feel. This home boasts a family room and kitchen wrapped around the outdoor living space for an incredible view. Features include a 2nd floor Master Retreat. Huge sunken loft that can be used as a game room large enough to fit a billiards table. 3 additional BRs make the 2nd story a sight to be seen. Spectacular pool, spa & cascading waterfall. Screened-in, heated Pebble-Tech salt water pool with LED lights, custom pavers, waterfall & heated spa. This backyard is paradise with conservation views set back from neighbors for a private setting.

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Amazing Lake View at Waters Edge

On Nature Preserve in Thousand Oaks

5 Bedroom Home in Thousand Oaks East

Beautiful 2 story located in gated community. This home offers 3,322 SF of Living Space, 5BR, 3BA & 3 car garage. Lanai overlooks lake. Private clubhouse offers theater room, billiards and other recreation, gym, waterpark-style pool, tennis courts & basket ball hoops! $349,900

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

Amazing Pool Home with large fenced in yard. Almost 2200 SF, 5BR, 3BA, pool, and 2 car garage. Beautiful wood & tile, MBR w/walk-in closet, kitchen w/wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops. Great curb appeal w/upgraded landscaping package. $274,900

Golf Course View at Champions Club

Country Club Living

Spectacular Penthouse w/Gulf & Bay Views

Custom luxury home. Breathtaking golf course/water view & tropical landscaping. Almost 6,000 SF, 4BR, 6BA, spacious formal liv., din., fam. rm, den/study, bonus rm, 40x22 game rm & theater. Oversized 3 car garage. Stunning kit. w/beautiful ctr. island, granite & lg. eat-in area. Mstr. ste. includes enormous mstr. bath, walk-in shower, garden tub & huge walk-in closet. Custom bar area & chilled wine rm that stores over 200 bottles! Marble & hardwood, outdoor kitchen, amazing pool/spa. $1,124,900

Active 55+ gtd. golf course/Country Club in Heritage Spring Village. Kent III model. 3BR, 2BA, formal liv. rm, din. rm, renovated chef’s kitchen w/granite countertops, breakfast bar & lg. eat-in-area. Mstr. ste. has 3 walk-in closets, mstr. bath w/dbl. sinks, granite counters, shower & garden tub. Open plan w/vaulted ceilings, fam. rm overlooks ext. screened lanai, inground pool, breathtaking water & preserve views. 18-hole championship golf course, tennis, boccé court, 18,500 SF clubhouse. $419,900

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





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YOUR Family

17 | The Farrells Hometown Heroes

18 | In Search of White Squirrels Living the Wild Life Doreen Damm 24 | Spectacular Christmas Palettes Beyond Red and Green

YOUR Community 14 | The Gift of Life A Mother’ Christmas Wish


26 | New Home Report Seller’s Market in Trinity

YOUR Life 13 | Hometown Story Anita Hilliard A Real Knock Out!

29 | Meet Lucas | Magazine A Dynamic, Tenacious Legal Team 40 | Holiday Catering Entertaining made easy


30 | A Holiday Story An Andolini Christmas

32 | Support Our Local Economy Holiday Spending at Local Businesses



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2 | Find the HOME 10 | Holiday Fun Pet Photo Contest

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Participating in the Good Samaritan Health Clinic all participated in the 5k run in an effort to help Festival of Trees is one of our firm’s favorite holiday “create a world with more birthdays.” traditions; however, we believe giving back should Our commitment to the community and to client be a year round activity. satisfaction has not gone unnoticed. We have Our firm has seen remarkable growth over the past been featured in Inc. Magazine, The Tampa Bay 7 ½ years, and, in turn, we feel it’s important to give back to the community that has supported us. Business Journal, Florida Trend and the Tampa In all, we have donated to and volunteered at over Times for our efforts. We also have attorneys 60 different non-profits, charities and local schools in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates in the area… but we feel community service is more than just writing Forum. checks. Clearly, we are more than a runWe enjoy meeting you. We enof-the-mill personal injury law firm. joy getting out in the community. We are about a strong commitWhen we sponsor events, we show ment to community service. We up, and we support the cause both also possess highly trained attorwith our finances and our time. neys that not only handle personal Here are just a few examples: we injury cases (such as car accidents) help raise money and participate but we also handle Family Law, every year at Relay for Life events Criminal Law and Bankruptcy. If in Trinity, New Port Richey, Palm you are ever in need of a qualified Harbor and Spring Hill; we pass attorney for any of these needs, do out snow cones at Dr. Unger’s not hesitate to contact us. We are Family Festival; and we have had the pleasure of being the Presenting Sponsor of the just a phone call away: 727-847-4878 or shoot us Chasco Fiesta the last two years. We also had the an email at privilege this year of being the Premier Pink Sponsor for Making Strides: Pasco - the largest breast Have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forcancer awareness event in the county – where we ward to meeting you at the next community event.


Directory Of HOMETOWN PROFESSIONALS | Holiday 2015 Shop Local. Buy Local. Eat Local.


Family Entertainment

Administrative Services

Congo River Golf........................................43 Gill Dawg.....................................................41

Advertising & Marketing

The Ten Dollar Store..................................12

Unbehagen Advisors..................................30 Anything Office..........................................31

Fashion & Clothing Retail

Nail Salon

Amber Nails................................................10

Pet Services

Joyce Moore Dog Training........................46 Paw Wash Plus............................................46 Stay at Home Pet Sitters.......................33, 46

Head of Lettuce...........................................31 It’s Your Home Magazine.................14, 33, 43 Topaz Digital Ink........................................33

Fencing Contractors

Physicians – Cosmetic Surgery

Air Conditioning Contractor

Jesse Homes.................................................23 PLP Group - Landscaping.........................19

Fitness Center


Funeral Home & Cemetery

Piano Lessons

Garage Door Service

Printing Services

Golf Courses

Real Estate Agents

Hair Salon & Nails


Best Services A/C & Heating....................23 McWilliams & Son A/C & Heating..........20 Farrell Air Conditioning......................17, 19

Apartment Living

The Retreat at Trinity.................................24

Attorneys/Personal Injury Charles S. Philips, PLLC............................32 Debora Ann Diaz, Esq.........................27, 33 Law Offices of Lucas | Magazine..... 27, 28, 29 Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group...........1, 5 Pawuk & Pawuk, P.A..................................33 Sieg & Cole, Attorneys at Law..................33


Tim’s Performance Service Center..............18 RTG Auto Sales...........................................18

9Round..................................................13, 16 Trinity Memorial Gardens........................27 Integrity Garage Door Services..................18 Crescent Oaks Golf & Country Club..........34 Seven Springs Golf & Country Club.... 35, 43, 45 Wentworth Golf & Country Club................34 Aqua Terra Salon & Spa............................... 8 Cabelo Salon...............................................48 Style Makers Salon.....................................10



Trinity Brick Company..............................21

Business Groups & Organizations

Donna’s Cleaning Angels...........................21 Ms Twister.............................................17, 19

Turtle’s Nest....................................................... 8 Cash Mob of West Pasco...........................27 Keep It Local, LLC......................................33 Pasco County Tourism..............................36 Welcome Bowl............................................16 West Pasco Chamber of Commerce.... 28, 44

Carpet Cleaning

Complete Care Systems.......................21, 33 Farrell Carpet Cleaning.......................17, 19

Home Cleaning Services Insuarance

DEY Insuarance..........................................33

Interior Design Services

Halina’s Custom Interiors..........................22


DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry.................................. 7

Computer Repair


Cooking Classes

Landscape & Maintenance

BergHOFF International, Inc....................19

Jesse Homes.................................................23


Massage Therapy

David W. Dempsey, D.D.S...........................15

Massage Therapy Center............................16


Moving Services


Genesis Perparatory School..........................33

BergHOFF International, Inc....................19

Two Men and A Truck...............................23


Prime Aesthetica Med Spa & Weight Loss....9 Foot & Leg Specialty Center......................14 Schultz Music Hall......................................43 Minuteman Press.........................................28 Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions...2, 3, 26 Borree Team, RE/MAX Advantage..........33 Mary Archie, Florida Luxury Realty........23 Brix 33..........................................................38 Central Park Family Restaurant...............34 Gill Dawg.....................................................41 Got Lobstah.................................................36 Ichiban Sushi...............................................42 Perk’s Coffeehouse......................................42 Seven Springs Golf & Country Club.... 35, 42 The Brass Tap..............................................37 Zen Forrest..................................................40

Roof & Exterior Cleaning

Donna’s Cleaning Angels...........................21 Hammerhead Softwash..............................26

Title Services

Champions Title Service...........................22


Sunshine Upholstery......................................19


Animal Care Center of Pasco....................47 Best Care Animal Hospital........................47 Country Oaks Animal Hospital...............47

Wine Store

Brix 33..........................................................38 Time for Wine.............................................34






“The magic of Christmas never ends and its greatest of gifts are family and friends.” With sincere gratitude, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!


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Holiday Issue 2015 / Volume 36 PUBLISHER/EDITOR MARKETING DIRECTOR Debbie Dawson CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tom Cristello EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Debra Taylor Tee PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Doreen Damm Marketing & Business Development Ashlynd Jolley, Christy Collier, Karyn Putyrske CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Tis the Season Enter to Win IT’S YOUR HOME Magazine to ShopLocal has a new Contest Find the Home! We have hidden the image of the “Home” in this issue. If you find it, enter the page number online at:

We will draw 5 winners from the correct entries each issue to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Our community has come a buzz preparing holiday parties, events and get togethers. There is something to do almost every night of the week. Many of the holiday festivities are hosted and sponsored by our local business owners in an effort to help those less fortunate. Did you know that every dollar you spend at a small local business creates up to 3 ½ times more local benefit than dollars spent at a chain. By supporting these hard working folks, they are able to put more back into our own community. Read all of the heartfelt stories of those that continue to give during the holidays and throughout the year. We thank each and every one of them for making our hometown a better place to live. As always, please 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. Thank you for allowing us to come into your home for over six years. Our love for community and our passion in supporting our local businesses is what compels us to share the heartfelt stories from those that make a difference in Trinity and surrounding areas. This a magical time of the year. Regardless of our age, the memories transport us back to our childhood. The sparkly, shining lights, stockings hung by the fireplace and shaking boxes wrapped in colorful paper underneath the Christmas tree have etched memories we will cherish forever. Take some time to enjoy the moment and make extra special memories this year with those you love. Give the gift of time, it will be your favorite memory! From our home to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Check your list, and check it twice. Shopping local is especially nice! Gifts, Gift Cards & Gift Certificates Available from these Fine Merchants: Amber Nails

Manicure / Pedicures

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Multi-Service Salon

Cabelo Salon

Multi-Service Salon

Style Makers Salon

Salon Services

Congo River Golf

Family Fun

Schulz Music Hall

Piano Lessons

Wentworth Golf & Country Club

Dining & Entertainment

Crescent Oaks Golf & Country Club

Dining & Entertainment

Seven Springs Golf & Country Club

Dining & Entertainment

DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry

Unique Jewelry, Watches & Beads

Paw Wash Plus

Grooming, Treats & Toys

The Ten Dollar Store

Ladies Fashion

The Turtle’s Nest

Gift Boutique

BergHOFF International

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Fitness Center

Massage Therapy Center of Florida

Massage & Facials

The Brass Tap

Dining / Craft Beers

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Central Park Family Restaurant

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Gill Dawgs

Dining / Watersports / Adventure Store

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Perk’s Coffeehouse

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Anita Hilliard is a Real Knock Out! 9ROUND - 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness by Debra Taylor Tee To say Anita Hilliard is a busy woman would be an understatement. Anita is a mom with three children, ages 20, 17 & 13; she is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Florida Properties Group; she is a businesswoman representing Purium Health Products as a professional distributor; AND she manages Infinite Glow mobile spray tanning. Aside from all of these responsibilities, Anita has always maintained the desire to work out regularly to stay fit. Yet, her incredibly busy schedule and the time required to achieve the healthy results to which she aspired, were never compatible. That’s when she discovered a new and exciting way to follow her passion for fitness, while successfully juggling all of her other obligations: 9ROUND Fitness. 9ROUND Fitness was developed by world-renowned, professional kickboxing champion, Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson and his wife, Shotokan Karate black belt, Heather “The Hero” Hudson, when Shannon could not find a location where the “average person could be exposed to the “Top Secret” training of some of the best fighters in the world.”* Shannon’s actual expectation was not to find someplace for the working Mom to go into kickboxing training. No, he wanted a place that would apply the basic principles of kickboxing, in a convenient, time-friendly circuit workout format that focused on the basic regiments necessary to achieve strength and fitness in the shortest amount of time. The Hudson’s opened their first 9ROUND Fitness facility in South Carolina in 2008, and they’ve seen their concept proven successful the world-over. Anita recognized the need for this type of workout in the New Port Richey area, so she invested in a franchise, as much for herself, as for the numerous other busy Mom’s and businesspeople in the area. Anita explains, “Every day is different at 9ROUND! It’s a thirty-minute circuit, and each member benefits from a 9ROUND trainer’s guidance, motivation, and encouragement each visit.” That’s right. Each client at 9ROUND gets the benefit of

expertise, guidance, encouragement and motivation from a professional trainer, either Mike or Gina each visit, without having to pay extra fees for a personal trainer. This is vital to staying on track, health and fitness-wise, because suffering an injury can be debilitating, especially to mothers and business professionals who cannot afford to hurt themselves with children to take care of and business meetings to attend. You are less likely to get bored or burnt-out with this type of circuit training, either, because the workout changes day to day. Therefore, the monotony of the same exercises and circuits are obsolete in the 9ROUND environment, meaning you are less likely to give it up. “Mike & Gina take great care of the gym and all our members providing them with a fit lifestyle in a very engaging and fun style,” Anita claims. Another caveat of the 9ROUND Fitness program is flexibility in scheduling. There are no set times for classes. Arrive anytime during open hours and get started within minutes. A new 30-minute workout begins every 3 minutes at 9ROUND! You’ll never shortchange yourself by arriving late, and you’ll have a kickin’ good time for a complete 30-minute full-body workout every visit! 9ROUND consists of nine stations of exercise. Each station has its own unique three-minute purpose, and your circuit is always overseen by Mike or Gina to insure you’re using proper form and intensity for the exercises. Essentially, you have the benefit of a personal trainer, without spending a penny more! In fact, monthly dues at 9ROUND are about the cost of a single hour of private personal training. Anita found exactly what works for her and her busy life in 9ROUND Fitness, and she acknowledged, “I love that we are able to motivate and inspire people to do great things and gain new skills. Seeing people progressing everyday is what it’s all about. My favorite thing to hear is people coming up to me saying how ‘This is the best 30 minutes of my day!’ We make an impact.” 9Round is located at 1326 Seven Springs Blvd in New Port Richey at the Chelsea Place Plaza. Call 727-877-4317 or visit for more info, and like them on Facebook, *excerpt from 13



The Gift of Life... A Mother’s Christmas Wish by Doreen Damm

This Christmas, take the time to think about the blessings you and your family have received and consider the gifts that cannot be wrapped up in a pretty bow and left under the tree from Santa. “I believe in spirituality and that whatever happens in life usually turns out to be a blessing in disguise although we don’t know it at the time”. Jenniene Moran I was 17 when my kidneys failed. I was young with a baby. My son was about 16 months old. What I remember is that my eyes went blurry. I went to an eye doctor who told my mom to bring me directly to the emergency room because my blood pressure was sky rocketing. After a while I was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD). I had no family history, and there was no apparent reason, my kidneys just failed. I did Hemo-dialysis three times a week, for four to five hours at a time, for the next 11 years of my life. I considered it my part time job. I did this while being a mom the best I knew how, getting a G.E.D. and also going to school for my cosmetology license. All of this was possible due to the support of my family and friends.

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In 1988, I wanted desperately to be free of the MACHINE. My option was kidney transplant. My younger brother was a perfect match. We were one of the few living related transplants back in the 80’s. But success! I was free of the MACHINE, free to be me. It was wonderful to be able to live my life with just a few side effects. After almost 12 years, my brother’s transplanted kidney started to get tired and it failed. The doctors said we had a good run. I then went back on the MACHINE for two more years. My husband was tested and he was a great match, so off we went again, in 2003, my second kidney transplant. I am very grateful for my third chance of life. I love being me and a mom, a mother in-law, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. While waiting for a match for my much needed fourth kidney transplant, I can say with a glad heart, I am proud to be part of the Transplant community. We are special unique and blessed. We are family! If you would like to help, contact Jenniene Moran on Facebook at Jenniene NEEDS a Kidney:

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Remember the Spirit of the Season by Debra Taylor Tee Mathematics and algebra were never my strong suits. However, one equation I’ve learned by heart and revisit annually has remained the same since I was a young adult: Holidays x (working + volunteering + meal-planning + cooking + baking + wish-listing + shopping + gift-wrapping + traveling) - down-time = STRESS! That’s not what the spirit of the season is all about!

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This year, I made the decision to eliminate certain variables of the equation, thereby altering the result. By managing the combination of factors, with the goal to achieve serenity through what should be a spiritual, sacred time that is Christmas, (or for you, maybe Hanukah, or Kwanza), I am changing my annual equation and, essentially, my paradigm, to one congruent with peace. I am not a Black Friday shopper. I am not a Cyber Monday shopper. I am a #shoplocalsaturday shopper, but was unable to commit to that particular day this year. Therefore, I started shopping early for a change, picking up little, perfect gifts I’ve found over the last few months at local businesses, like Turtle’s Nest, and the $10 Store. I have a much-needed appointment at Cabelo’s for some “me time”, and while there, I plan to pick up gift certificates for my friends who enjoy mani-pedis and a day at the spa. (Check and check!) In as much as I realize that the holiday is not all about giftgiving, I enjoy giving tokens of love and appreciation to the people who mean so much to me. They bring joy to my life, so it seems only natural to show my appreciation, even in a small way. I’m taking my a great friend and mentor to dinner at Zen Forrest, and I’m treating another friend to Chef John’s Crazy Tuna Wontons at his next Wine Tapas Night at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club. Oh, and I can’t forget about my puppies. Even though everyday is Christmas for my canines, they are all going to Paw Wash Plus for a “Spaw Day” package, complete with blueberry facials! Ha! Remember the spirit of the season! Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, no matter how or who you celebrate this holiday season, I encourage you to change your equation- not your family traditions -and relax and enjoy what should be the happiest time of the year, when giving brings joy and receiving is ultimately unnecessary.

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The Honorable Steve Farrell & Family AKA Team Farrell

Family + Community = The Gift of Love by Debra Taylor Tee

It was truly a team effort that proved victorious at the 18th annual “Honorary Governor of West Pasco” competition, decided over the summer. Team Farrell that is, headed up by none other than the newly-elected “Governor” himself, Steve Farrell. Sponsored by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, the “governor’s race” is an annual fundraiser for WPCC, and the charities of two candidates campaigning for the “Governorship”. This year, Steve’s worthy competitor, Doug Saxon, represented Pasco Kids First. Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco, which provides healthcare for the uninsured, was Steve’s benefactor. One “vote” equaled $1, donated to the organizations by a set deadline. Whichever candidate received the most “votes” was “elected Honorary Governor of West Pasco 20152016”. Half the money raised benefited the nonprofits, while the other half WPCC committed to their efforts in support of local businesses and their road to success. A cause close to Steve’s heart, Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco, is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers, that provides quality, non-emergency medical and dental services, freeof-charge, for the uninsured residents in Pasco County. Their goal is to be recognized as the leading source of healthcare for the uninsured through their partnerships with medical and dental providers and other community resources. They strive to use these resources wisely and to always treat their patients, volunteers, and staff with dignity and respect. “I am very proud to have been chosen as the Honorary Governor of West Pasco Chamber. I enjoy representing the Chamber as well as our community,” Steve acknowledged. His path to the governorship is littered with philanthropic deeds and good-will. Aside from Good Samaritan, Steve’s other benevolent endeavors include: Port Richey Rotary, who, not only supports our communities, but is part of an organization

active throughout the world, making a difference in people’s lives; The Angelus House; RAP House; various Veterans organizations; Fire and Iron a children’s burn camp, as well as other children’s charities. Steve and his wife, Tina, own Team Farrell Contracting and Roofing, Farrell Floors, Farrell Outdoors, and Farrell Air Conditioning. They moved to Florida to raise a family after Tina’s parents relocated to West Tampa Bay, when they began their road to professional success and charitable giving. This honorary Governorship is not the only time Steve and Team Farrell have been recognized for their service. In 2014, Farrell Roofing, was named Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, after having been nominated by Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation. Steve and Tina have three daughters and a son: Annamarie (26), Christina (26), Shelby (21), and Stephen (19). They will tell you that to maintain balance between their personal and professional lives, they consistently include their family in their work, charity and social events. They see it as a better way of giving more back to the community they love. Steve explained, “Involving our family in our non-profit work keeps us strong as a family. Our children have participated in events we sponsor and have worked in our business in different capacities. They also have learned that with success, comes responsibility to give back. They enjoy it as much as we do. He humbly added, “ My family is the most important thing to me. I am happy when I know that they are happy and healthy, and I also enjoy seeing other people happy. This path has enabled me to give my family a good life, and provide them a home. It has also allowed me to give back to our community and make a difference in some lives. I hope, I have also been able to make people happy.” Congratulations, Governor! Thank you for your service to WPCC and to our community! 17


LIVING Living the Wild Life

In Search of White Squirrels We all know about squirrels. The cute little brownish gray mammals with the bushy tails. They play chicken, darting out in front of our cars, raiding our bird feeders and digging holes in our gardens. Some say they are no better than rats and others adore them both for their intelligence and agility. As a wildlife gardener, I have a love-hate relationship with these persistent critters. As soon as the bird feed hits the feeding stations, down the trees they run. They would eat all the food before the birds made their rounds. So, I put out more feeding stations and all that got me was more squirrels. Not the most perfect plan. While grilling late one night, we found out we had flying squirrels too. My husband texted me “come outside – there’s a rat on the feeder”. I grabbed the flashlight and went out back, to our delight, it was not a rat. We spent the greater portion of that year sitting in the garden at night watching our flying squirrels. Their white bellies would glow in the spotlight as they flew in. On our October vacation to North Carolina we appropriately stayed near Transylvania County – The Land of 250 Waterfalls. We decided to visit as many waterfalls on the last day as we could which took some very good planning. I was mapping out our excursion from the local visitors guide and ran across an article about White Squirrels. Well you know what came next. “Honey!! They have white squirrels, I have to photograph them”. So we made a trip to the college campus in Brevard County, known for their white squirrel population. It was a rainy cold day and I was very sure the squirrels would not be out and about, white or gray. We circled the campus three times, passing the security guard once. And just as we were about to give up “White Squirrel!” my husband shouted. I almost jumped out of the car before he had time to stop. I know it is the novelty of the White Squirrel that makes them so adorable. They still do all the things gray squirrels do, but they really are a beautiful sight. We saw several that day, burying walnuts, hanging upside down on a tree trunk and just foraging in the still green grass, what a contrast. The story of how they got there is a cute tale. A traveling carnival had white squirrels they acquired in Florida. An accident occurred and two of the white squirrels where freed and moved into a pecan farm. A dream come true for white squirrels but a nightmare for the pecan farmer. He asked a friend to help him catch them and when he did, they were kept as pets. When one of them got loose, it was only fitting to let the other go. It was not long before they breed and now Brevard is very proud of their white squirrel population. The white squirrels are not albino but a genetic mutation of the eastern gray squirrel. You don’t have to travel to North Carolina, they can be found in the Ochlockonee River State Park near Sopchoppy. Florida is home to three species of squirrels, the eastern gray squirrel, the fox squirrel, and the southern flying squirrel. The most common in urban areas is the eastern gray squirrel. They are active during the day and often seen feeding on the ground. Read more about Florida squirrels at: Doreen Damm Passion grows in the garden, Love grows in the heart. Wildlife Photographer

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L.I.F.E! “ Simply


L.I.F.E. is an art! YOU are the canvas! Every picture tells a story! A dabble of this! A brush stroke of that! And, “VOILA” Infinite possibilities! L.I.F.E! “Simply Marvilleous!” Yes, life can be simply Marvilleous, not necessarily simply ALL the time, though. As I grow and learn from my own life experiences, along with my husband, Dennis Kelly, living a “heart centered life. Living and learning what each day has to bring! Counting our blessings along the way, forming an attitude of gratitude for what we have and looking forward to what excitement each new day has to bring! Being happy in spite of things, not because of things! Meeting all obstacles with love! Giving back in ways of utilizing the God given gifts and treasures we were both born with, paying it forward! Some of my “Simply Marvilleous” Tips and Tools applicable for anyone and all circumstances for wrapping up the old and stepping into the new, whether it be from the old year into a new year, an old life into a new life, or just forming new beginnings! New attitudes! New journeys! New relationships! New ideas! Creating your own destiny! Manifesting miracles! Dreaming BIG! BIG! BIG!!!!! It does not matter. Living with one of the most powerful words in ALL languages, HOPE! When there is life, there is always hope!

Warm Holiday Greetings from the Coolest Family in Town Servicing Florida customers in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando & Citrus counties for over 38 years. McWilliams and Son, Inc. is the air conditioning contractor who is “Keeping You Cool”! With a wide variety of services/products to choose from, let the experts at McWilliams and Son, Inc. help you customize a solution that’s right for you.

“Simply Marvilleous” Tips & Tools 1. Let go of any past “stuff” that does not serve you TODAY! 2. Develop an ego drive and empathy balance, in perfect harmony by living and making all decisions from your “heart center.” 3. Be conscious of your self-talk! Listen and HEAR what you are first thinking before you say it. How does it make you feel? Comfort or discomfort! Words and the inflection of your voice with body language and attitude is one major tip. The impression and perception can make a tremendous difference in all relationships, based on your delivery! 4. Live and Love unconditionally! 5. Learn the art of “self mastery!”

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Home Decorating Ideas...

For Mixing Old & New

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When it comes to home decorating ideas mixing modern items with antiques is a great one because it keeps a room fresh, adds contrast and depth, and ultimately creates balance. It adds a bit of excitement and an element of the unexpected.

• Put a modern, streamlined bench under an ornate console or desk. • An ornate Loius XIV gilt mirror (or any decorative French mirror) looks great in an ultra modern room. • A modern Lucite or glass dining table surrounded by Lucite chairs is stunning when paired with an ornate crystal chandelier and antique silver mirror. • A rustic dining table paired with modern aluminum chairs creates terrific contrast. • Cover an antique chair in an ultra modern fabric. • A piece of modern art in a room filled with antiques creates a pop. • Put modern lamps on an antique sofa table, or vice versa. • Place modern chairs around a beautiful, round French or English wood pedestal table. Your home needs to look good to you, and if you truly love a piece, then there’s a place in your home for it. source:

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Spectacular Christmas Palettes Beyond Red and Green by Amber Hopman Instead of dragging out holiday decorations in the same old expected colors this year, dare to consider these gorgeous alternatives. It might seem daring to opt for blue instead of green or to try out brown instead of red, but if you want to wow your guests this season, try experimenting with one of these alternative color combos. Blue and red. Add some character to your tree by bringing in blue. This bright, vibrant color complements the red ornaments you already have and gives Christmas decorations a fresh feel. Purple and red. Purple has long been known as the color of royalty, so bring a regal touch to your holiday decor by mixing it with red. The dark purple makes the red stand out and is an especially great option in a room full of wood.

Blue and Lime. For a fun, edgy twist, cover your Brown and green. If you love a traditional, classic take, add brown tree with bright blue & accents to your green decor. The earthy color brings an elegant look lime green decorations. to seasonal decorations, blending especially well with wood and

beige tones.

Red and lime. For those who just can’t seem to kick red and green (which is understandable), use lime for a contemporary twist. Navy and silver. Navy is practically a neutral and goes well with anything, including Christmas decorations. Mix it with a bit of silver sparkle and white accents for a clean, refreshing look. Orange and green. Let the tropics inspire this palette. If you’re not excited about adding fruit to Pink. This sock monkeys your tree, get the same Florida feel with orange and yellow ornaments. & explosion of color will See more at: be an unexpected treat for kids.

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Christmas STORY

An Andolini Christmas By Jeff Cappis

Last year we had a typical Christmas. The snow covered the ground in a smooth white blanket, the air was crisp and the stars were out in all their glory. As an added bonus, you could read a newspaper by the moonlight, so, the forest was well lit. It was a good night to build a fire (in the fireplace this time), and look at the view out our living room windows. Our neighbors from down the road, Alfonso and Christina Andolini, had come by for a visit. They were very rich and when Christina got excited, the noise from all her jewelry could be heard throughout the house. She was much larger than Alfonso so he kept sliding towards her on the couch. They often talked over each other, stayed far too long and drank all our wine, but the bubbly company made the time pass pleasantly. I’m not sure how much they learned about us that night, but we learned a lot about them. Amidst all the stories of their business successes and lavish trips, there was one story that I think took us to the core of who they actually are. I could listen to this story over and over again (and probably will). It occurred many Christmases ago. Alfonso and Christina were immigrants from Italy. They stepped off the boat (well, actually a Boeing 707) back in 1970. With only a few hundred dollars and a little english, they set out to build a new life. The only valuable possessions they had were a gold necklace and a pocket watch: presents they had given each other on their wedding day. They both worked odd jobs and got a one bedroom apartment. Times were hard, but these were resilient young people who knew how to stretch a buck. After rent and groceries, however, there never was much left in the well. The first Christmas was particularly hard. They were away from their families. Still they had each other. Alfonso worked out a deal with the local grocer for a frozen turkey and Christina was determined to make the best dinner they ever had. Alfonso puzzled over what to get her for Christmas. The light over the dining room table was a single bulb hanging from an electrical wire. Christina always wanted a nice light fixture over the table. While out strolling one day, she spotted a fixture in a shop that reminded her of the one her mother had. Alfonso decided he needed to get her that fixture. But how? He had no money. All he had was the pocket watch. He reasoned that it was worth at least as much as

the light fixture. He could pawn it, give Christina a good Christmas, then get the watch back by working another part time at the grocery store. That’s what he did. On his lunch hour the next day, he went to the pawn shop and made his deal. Now all he had to do was remember where the shop with the fixture was. Oops. A few days later, Christina was cleaning the apartment when she notice his watch wasn’t in its usual spot. She looked high and low for it, but all she found in its place was a pawn ticket. Christina was a smart woman. She realized he had pawned his only valuable possession to buy her a Christmas present. Knowing what it mean to him, she couldn’t let that happen. She reasoned that her necklace was probably worth as much as his pocket watch, so she decided to pawn it to buy him his watch back, then get the necklace back by working part time at the grocery store. That’s what she did. On Christmas morning they flipped a coin to see who got to open their present first. Alfonso won. Christina handed him a small box. He pulled off the ribbon and inside found his pocket watch! He was over joyed to have it back. “I saw your pawn ticket,” she said. “I couldn’t bear to think of you without it.” He smiled and with a tear, kissed her gently. Now it was her turn. Alfonso handed her a big present. Excited, she quickly pulled the ribbons off, ripped the paper and opened the box. In it she didn’t find a grand light fixture. Her smile softened. All that was in it was a single gold necklace. “I saw your pawn ticket too,” he said. That night, under a single light bulb hanging from an electrical wire, they had the best turkey dinner ever. They both had a good laugh too, over how much trouble they’d gone to, giving each other things they already had. And they still have them to this day: a watch, a necklace, and each other. The gifts that have added true value to their lives and keep on giving. With that, they are truly rich.

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From the below information, you can see that Trinity real estate market has now become a Seller’s Market following the economic rule of supply and demand. As you can see, the demand has increased in 2015, while the supply has been steadily decreasing since the all-time inventory high in 2010, which has led to the steady increase in price over the past several years. For 2015, here are the highlights. • The total sales for 2015 are up 13% over 2014 (1040 vs. 924 sales) • Average Days on Market has dropped 15 days vs. 2014, which is a 17% decrease (89 vs. 74) • Average Sales Price increased $11,032, which was a 6% increase over 2014 ($187,187 to $198,219) • The average price per square foot rose to $98.39, which was also a 6% increase over 2014 FREE MARKET ANALYSIS If you would like to know how much your home is worth, call 727-710-0286 or email If you are looking to buy or sell, now is the time! I can provide you with all of the current homes for sale in our community and the details of the new home builders in today’s ever changing housing market

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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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Ranked in the Top Ten The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber in Pasco county and ranked in the Top Ten by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in the Tampa Bay area. The question is as a business owner what does this mean to you and your business when you already have a lot on your plate? How is your investment of time and resources going to benefit your business? Here are four reasons why membership in the West Pasco Chamber is one of your best investments. 1. Increased standing in your customers eyes. Joining the West Pasco Chamber sends a message that your business operates using sound business practices and is a leader in your community. 2. Increased marketing power. We market our member businesses. You’ll be included in business guides and directories as well as receive referrals from the West Pasco Chamber staff and fellow Chamber members. 3. Access to resources. We can help you navigate local government programs and incentives (Ask about our facade rebate program to help you get new signage & store frontage). 4. The West Pasco Chamber will keep you plugged in to what is happening in your community. (We have special events that enable you to reach your target market). The West Pasco Chamber will connect you to a wide variety of resources, help you promote your business and assist you as you grow. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to tap into the wealth of resources we can provide. “Very seldom do you have the opportunity to belong to an organization that has a major impact on your business but that is exactly what we have experienced with the West Pasco Chamber. Not only the leadership of the Chamber but also the members, both are very involved in the community and the overall business growth of the area. We are proud to be associated with such a great organization!”

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Meet Lucas|Magazine



“The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda


ou can drive the US-19 or SR-54 corridors and see dozens of billboards promoting one attorney or another, the majority of which focus on personal injury. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a team of lawyers more determined to help their clients and their community, more so than the team at Lucas|Magazine. Few people realize not all the attorneys advertising with billboards actually litigate their own cases, quite often they hire Lucas|Magazine to handle the litigation leading up to and including the trial. Jeff Lucas’ roots run deep in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. His academic path led him from Dunedin High School to the University of Tampa, where he studied criminology under an Army ROTC full-ride scholarship. Once his bachelor studies were complete, Jeff was commissioned as an Army Officer as a United States Army Military Police Lieutenant. He continued his law degree at Western California School of Law in San Diego. Jeff returned to Florida, passed the Florida Bar, and began his service as a Pasco public defender. Later, he joined a civil litigation firm in Tarpon Springs. He opened his own private practice in New Port Richey in 1999, and worked seven days a week for more than a decade to make it a success. James Magazine (Jim), a native of Cleveland, OH, joined the firm in 2006 as a partner after serving as a partner in a large litigation firm in St. Petersburg. Jim Magazine transformed the firm, adding incredible civil litigation experience along with a reputation in the legal community for his tenacity. From the beginning of their outstanding partnership, built on a foundation of hard work, integrity, and respect, Jeff &

Jim both worked tirelessly to support their existing clientele, and build the practice with new clients needing expert legal counsel and superior, experienced trial attorneys. Jim’s specialties include personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith claims in the state of Florida. Jim is a board certified trial attorney, and he has been named one of the TOP 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Florida. The firm is often hired by other attorneys to litigate challenging cases throughout the state, as well as across the United States. Together, this dynamic, tenacious team, along with their experienced associate attorneys, has a proven track record and more than 150 years combined experience successfully representing their clients. The firm’s commitment to the citizens of Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas Counties, is not limited to matters of law. Jeff & Jim established the Lucas| Magazine Community Foundation, an organization that primarily supports and assist Veterans, First Responders, single parents and children. Jeff, Jim and the entire legal team at Lucas Magazine cordially invite you to their ribbon-cutting and Holiday Open House, Tuesday, December 15, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, at their location in New Port Richey: 8606 Government Dr. For more information about Lucas|Magazine, the attorneys, the practice or how they can help you or someone you love with personal injury, disability, workers compensation, products liability, criminal matters or real estate matters, visit their website at; call 727849-5353, or 800-4INJURY, or check out the numerous client reviews on their Facebook page. 29



Tis the Season… to check your homeowner’s insurance policy It looks like we made it through another hurricane season without incident. However, as we move into the holiday season, there are other things to consider when it comes to your homeowner’s insurance policy. This time of year brings with it an increase in theft and fire claims. Consider the following items when reviewing your homeowner’s insurance policy: • Deductibles – Are your deductibles low enough to afford if you have to file a claim? • Personal Property Contents Coverage – Is your limit high enough to replace your personal contents should you have a loss? • Personal Property Replacement Cost Coverage – Most policies do not automatically include this coverage and only cover for Actual Cash Value. There is a higher premium charged for Personal Property Replacement Cost Coverage, but it is minimal and should be included. • Know the value of your high-dollar items – Most policies have a very low limit on specific items like art, jewelry, furs, firearms, and electronics. Consider purchasing a separate Inland Marine policy which provides extra coverage for these high-dollar items. • Renters – Your landlord’s policy does not cover your personal contents. Renter’s insurance policies are very affordable and will cover your contents if there is a claim. • Personal Liability – With all the company you will be having for the holidays, make sure you check this limit. Most policies are issued with a limit of $100,000. This coverage can be increased for a very minimal additional premium. Personal Umbrella policies can also be purchased to increase those limits even higher.

ACROSS 1 Lamb’s pen name 5 Knot lace 8 Maori seagoing canoe 11 Concentrated (abbr.) 13 Cheer 14 King killed by Samuel 15 Ger. exclamation 16 Malt liquor 17 Tibetan priest 18 Serpent worship 20 Helm 22 Old Irish counterfeit coin 23 Bustle 24 Marvel 28 Of the eye 32 One-spot 33 Tree 35 Amer. Cancer Society (abbr.) 36 Greek letter 39 Arp 42 Camel hair cloth 44 Science class 45 Evaluate 48 Plant filament 52 Legume 53 Warp yarn 55 SA toucan 56 Geological epoch 57 No (Scot.) 58 Included (abbr.) 59 Jack-in-the-pulpit 60 Pub fare 61 Blind in falconry

DOWN 1 Spoken alphabet letter 2 Circular turn 3 Move little by little 4 Canna plant 5 Tread 6 Mulberry of India 7 Greek letter 8 Smash 9 Bedouin headband cord 10 Ridge created by a glacier 11 Seaweed 19 Skin vesicle AS 21 Artificial language 24 Brit. halfpenny 25 Amazon tributary 26 Rapid eye movement (abbr.) 27 Ancient times 29 Jap. porgy 30 Science of (suf.) 31 Central standard time (abbr.) 34 Drone (2 words) 37 Bacchante 38 Absolute (abbr.) 40 Arabic letter 41 Fortification of felled trees 43 Hindu prayer position 45 Father: Hebrew 46 Cauterize 47 Room (Sp.) 49 Accent 50 Lo (Lat.) 51 Bun 54 Formal dance (Fr.)

We at Unbehagen Insurance wish you all a wonderful, safe holiday season. For quotes on Homeowners, Inland Marine, Renters, and Personal Umbrella insurance, give us a call today. Tracy Len Robinson Vice President

Barbara Penman Personal Lines Insurance Specialist

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Support Our Local Economy This Holiday Season

by Doreen Damm

While you are making your holiday preparations consider shopping at our local small business and using small business contractors and service providers. Grab lunch at the local dinner and treat family and friends to dinner at our local restaurants. By supporting your local small businesses, you can energize the shops, your community becomes more connected and you might even find a unique gift or a new favorite dish. Did you know that on average, 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores? This data, shared by the American Independent Business Alliance. More and more people are recognizing how important it is for their local economy and quality of life to patronize local businesses that support their community. That includes not

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only job creation and taxes, but support for local charities, events and more. Independent businesses help increase employment rates, as well become the customers to local accountants, lawyers, printers, marketing agencies and more. The domino effect is simply too good to ignore – yet unfortunately, too many consumers do. Online or at big box stores, remember that every time you spend even a dollar, you are impacting your local economy, vitality and overall livelihood. The schools, public services, parks and recreation and so much more are all impacted by local businesses, as well, and again, impacted by your choice to support your community at large… or not. So this holiday season – and even beyond – consider where you want to spend your dollars and how it will impact the big picture of your hometown.

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Oh Rome! Moscato D’Asti A New Holiday Favorite!!! Imported from the most world renowned Moscato producing region in Italy, Oh Rome Moscato D’ Asti is a vibrant and refreshing wine with hints of pear, cantaloupe and green apple. Clearly one of the best Moscato’s on shelves today. Its effervescence is just bubbly enough to tickle the tongue and linger fantastically! While it is a festive and fun wine, it does have a sense of place and style that help explain why it ranks so high as one of Italy’s favorite wines. Moscato d’Asti is only slightly fizzy or semi-sparkling (Italians use the word frizzante to describe semi-sparkling) as opposed to fully sparkling like Asti and has more delicate flavors and lower alcohol than does Asti. Moscato d’Asti is a more elegant and rewarding choice than the typically bland and uber- sweet Asti.

Moscato d’Asti has a natural affinity for a wide variety of foods. For example, Moscato pairs well with the following: •A wide variety of appetizers, including paté and grilled salmon •Fresh fruits and/or cold cuts - it is excellent with melon and prosciutto. •Not-too-sweet desserts such as fresh fruit, fruit tarts, biscotti and sorbet. For a truly ambrosial treat, splash some Moscato over a bowl of fresh strawberries. • Moscato d’Asti is a wine that should be drunk young, ideally no later than a few years after bottling. It is a wine meant for the table and not the cellar. Moscato d’Asti should be served slightly chilled. •Finally, Moscato is the ideal wine to serve at the end of an all-you-can-eat buffet (Thanksgiving and Christmas come to mind) where people are so stuffed they can barely make room for anything other than a glass of refreshing Moscato d’Asti. Diana Jerome Senior Wine Consultant Time for Wine Making your wine experience personal, unique and professional is what we strive for… How great is that? 34 Holiday Issue 2015

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Chef Du Jour


Executive Chef John Clark Seven Springs Golf & Country Club

“Eat With Your Eyes First” by Debra Taylor Tee


The holidays are here, and the beauty and bustle of the season is not lost at the beautiful Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, or by their talented Executive Chef, John Clark. He kicks it up a notch or three to prepare special menus to accommodate the varying palates of guests attending the numerous banquets, parties and events of the season, as well as, to satisfy the many members and guests who frequent the club’s restaurant in Trinity. Chef John admits, “I have a passion for what I do, for creating food that is not only pleasing to the palate, but to the eye as well. You eat with your eyes first.” For example, he used his creative flair to construct a shrimp and pineapple tree using large gulf shrimp, fresh pineapple, palm fronds, and colorful produce. For a recent baby shower, he carefully sculpted a baby carriage from a watermelon. Chef John, a native of New England, cultivated his culinary passion by watching his Swedish Grandmother prepare delicious dishes when he was growing up. His career and experience as a Chef began with the ClubCorp of America group, specifically, East Lake Woodlands and Countryside Country Clubs. ClubCorp employee and management partners strive to provide an exceptional experience to each and every member and guest. Chef John exceeded expectations at ClubCorp, and he achieved that same high level of excellence at the Wine Cellar and Lobster Pot restaurants, and during his stint as executive chef with Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club.

Chef John has settled in with SSGCC after nearly two years, and he finds the staff with whom he works, and the club, like family and home. “Since this is a larger club than others I’ve been fortunate to be part, it is more of

a challenge. The people have been very nice and have made me feel right at home here,” he said. Chef John is a master at homemade dishes, like his Grandma used to make, such as “real turkey and real gravy”. However, he relishes those opportunities when he can “flex his culinary muscle” and expand the “home-style stuff” from his standard menu for special events, like Wine Tapas Nights or their fivecourse Wine Dinners. He is known to concoct something original, like his Crazy Tuna Wontons, or combine different flavors such as scallops with roasted red peppers sauce, as well as, his truly special goat cheese-stuffed chicken breast. He prefers to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables and scrumptious Gulf seafood straight from local purveyors, in support of our community’s economy. Plus, Chef John selects only choice Angus beef and prime meats, for his most flavorful preparations, because only the best will do for his members and guests! Chef John is happy to consult with you about the perfect menu options for your special events: holiday parties, weddings, receptions, birthdays, baby showers, business meetings, and more. Whether they are on-site in the warm, comfortable, festive atmosphere that is Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, or catered offsite at your location of choice, Chef John will bring it with nothing but the very best, for you and yours, each and every time! Although the Seven Springs Golf & Country Club community is based on membership, the dining room is open to the public. Chef John cordially invites you to his SSGCC “home” at 3535 Trophy Blvd., in New Port Richey. Learn more on their website:, or for reservations, call 727-376-0035. 35



It’s Your Backyard

Christmas in Pasco at 72o

by Debra Taylor Tee

Look for the Crustacean Station Food Truck

Christmas in Pasco is represented by 70 degree weather and sparkling white sugar sand that is found across Pasco County. Not the cold white stuff shoveled annually by our northern neighbors.

West Pasco residents, New England snowbirds, and lobster lovers rejoice! Chances are, the Got Lobstah? truck is “pahked” in a “laht” near you!

A great example of the sparkle in the sand is the Wilderness Wonderland event held annually at J. B. Starkey Wilderness Park. Drive through the pristine park under the sprawling oak trees and through a Christmas Village sporting a North Pole look while enjoying the Florida climate.

Local entrepreneurs, Gary and Karen Amundson, developed the concept using Karen’s own family recipes to create a food truck for the Trinity area that is solely based on the decadence of succulent, coldwater Maine lobster.

Event Date: Dec. 10-12 and 17-20 Time: 6pm - 9pm Cost: $2 per car

According to Gary, the secret to great lobster is that they be shipped live, directly from Maine, for fabulous, flavorful shellfish deliciousness. “We host about 25 friends or so at our house every year for a big lobster cookout. After hearing over and over that we should bring this to the public, we decided to start Got Lobstah?” Their incredible, culinary, crustacean creations, made solely with the fine products of Maine, include the ever-popular lobster rolls and crabmeat rolls, served in special buns referred to as “Top Loaders”; lobster bisque; lobster mac & cheese and New England Clam Chowder. Karen & Gary showcase Got Lobstah? at food truck rallies, fundraisers, parties and other special events in the Trinity area and throughout Tampa Bay. If you are a lobstah lover, become a fan and Like Got Lobstah? on Facebook for weekly locations, dates, times and menu. 727-236-1324.

Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad located in Crews Lake Park offers the annual Christmas Train Ride to Santa’s North Pole. Ride this scale railroad through the scenic park, hop off the train at Santa’s cabin to meet and take pictures with Santa Claus. Event Date: Nov. 28-29, Dec. 12-13 and 19-20 Time: 10am - 4pm Cost: $5 per person Shoppers always love the opportunity to ice skate under the Florida sun at the Shops of Wiregrass. After a day of shopping, stay for a meal at one of the excellent restaurants on property and experience the Symphony of Lights. Ice Skating Event Date: Nov. 13 - Jan. 3 Time: Mall Hours Cost: $10 per 30 minutes Symphony of Lights Event Date: Nov. 14 - Dec. 31 Time: Varies Cost: Free

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Find More than Draft & Craft at The Brass Tap Craft Beer. Wine. Food. Cigars. Draft, craft, no matter how you like your brewsky, you will find exactly what you’re looking for and more, at the Brass Tap in Trinity. New owners, Donnie and Andrea Wolfe are serving a delicious food menu every day of the week. The lunch and dinner menu includes lettuce wraps, quinoa power bowls, poblano chicken sandwiches, salads, pretzel pizzas and so much more. They are pleased to now be offering a very unique weekend brunch on Saturday & Sunday from 11:30-3pm at The Brass Tap. Always happy, happy hours are Monday-Thursday, 3:00 PM -7:00 PM, and Friday, 12:00 PM-7PM. Owners Andrea & Donnie Wolfe are proud that 95% of their craft suds options are made in the USA! This consists of 60 taps of unique craft beers and up to 20 pouring local brewery products, so you can’t go wrong, no matter what you choose. Prefer it in glass? There are 100 bottled brews to choose from, meaning craft connoisseurs and beer lovers, alike, can experience the best and the rest, right here at home. But that’s not all. Andrea & Donnie know there is an ever-growing number of wine and cigar aficionados, so they maintain a lovely wine

selection and a humidor stocked with plenty of smooth and flavorful stogies. Aside from the comfortable lounge, delicious food, and outside seating, the list of amenities for Brass Tap patrons continues with weeknight events and specials, complete with almost 20 flatscreens and the most popular games offered through the NFL Sunday Ticket. Andrea admits, “We love the feeling of home, and our attachment grows as the community grows. We want to be more like a “Cheers” environment and cultivate bonds with our customers, and see them bond with each other. We look forward to our friends coming back time and again, and bringing new people to experience what we have at The Brass Tap.” If you can’t get your brew-on at The Brass Tap, then you’re just not trying! Located next to AAA, in the Bonefish plaza of Trinity Commons, The Brass Tap is a great venue for holiday parties, mixers and get-togethers. For reservations, all Andrea & Donnie today at 727376-2467. Don’t forget to like and follow them on Twitter, Facebook & Google+, for updates and unadvertised specials. 727-376-2467




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by Debra Taylor Tee The Greek “Jule Vera” translates to “young truth”, which is a most appropriate name for the hottest, new, young, alternative rock band that has taken major cities in North America by storm and will soon be rocking their sound throughout Europe.

were introduced to Kyle in October 2014, and by January this year, they were signing new contracts with producers Pure Noise Records in California, tours started falling into place, and they began receiving lots of national press. It’s very cool to see!”

Jule Vera includes Trinity natives, Kyle Horvath, 22, who drives the rhythmic beat as percussionist, and brother, Alex, 23, who serves as tour manager for the group; as well as Alabamans, Jake Roland, 19, who leads with his talented guitar skills; William Stacey, 22, who maintains deep undertones on his bass guitar; and lead singer, Ansley Newman, 19, the youngest member and only female, who keeps their growing fan base coming back for more of her lead vocals and smooth, alto-rich sound. Alternative Press touted Jule Vera as one of the “top 100 bands to watch,” and AP reviewer, Matt Crane, posted glowing comments on their website about the energy and dynamics of one of AP’s “Top 10 videos of 2015, so far.” Crane said, “They came out of nowhere with “Light The Night,” a thunderous, uplifting youth anthem worthy of top 40 radio.”

Jule Vera is not like most rock bands. They are respectful of their craft and their audience. They are down to earth and they appreciate their fans, without whom they would not have risen so quickly in this highly-competitive industry. They are simply the grown-up, ambitious, hard-working kids next door, living their collective musical dreams and seeing them to fruition.

Trinity businessman, Barry Horvath, of Advisors Mortgage and Financial Group and Dynamic Title, and proud Dad of Kyle & Alex, had this to say: “It’s exciting to see this band take off and watch them grow; (Jake, Ansley & Will)

Jule Vera regularly returns to New Port Richey/Trinity to participate in and support fundraising events. They most recently performed at the West Pasco Business Association’s River Lights Boat Parade and at Spartan Manor for the “How the Grinch Saved Christmas” event. You can see our local stars at Winter Wonderland, Dr. Unger’s 6th Annual Family Festival on December 12th. Take a listen to Jule Vera and their original music on Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes. You can see their highly-acclaimed video “Light the Night”, and others, on their YouTube channel. To learn more about this talented group and their upcoming tour schedule, visit, and follow them on Facebook.



Holiday Catering by Doreen Damm

Holidays are when people get together and warmly celebrate the season of good cheer. Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Kwanzaa are special occasions when everyone gets into party mode. By choosing catering services from local restaurants you will be able to treat your guests to the very best in holiday food while enjoying the festivities without being a slave to the kitchen.

and pick it up or arrange for delivery. If you prefer to have a full plated holiday meal served to guests, choose a catering service that provides all the food prep, service and clean up after your meal. Some can even provide you with everything you need from tables, linens, beer wine and liquor service, to floral, ice carvings, dance floors, table decor and much, much more.

Whether you need fancy upscale catering with intricate hors d’oeuvres for the annual holiday shindig or a cost effective delicious meal for family and friends, Trinity has several top notch restaurants ready to cater your event. Most popular are buffet-style meals that allow you to choose exactly what you want, at the price you want to pay. You can order ahead

Hosting your gathering at their venue is the easiest of all choices for your holiday party. Many restaurants will reserve an area for your group and some even have private dinning rooms or banquet facilities. You can plan the meal with them or let your guest order from the menu. Best of all, you will be able to enjoy the party as much as your guest. • 4148 Rowan Rd, New Port Richey • 727-372-9545 40 Holiday Issue 2015

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Here are Just a Few of Our Local Businesses Ready to Make Your Holidays Memorable Brass Tap Brix33 Central Park Family Restaurant Crescent Oaks Golf & Country Club Gill Dawgs Got Lobstah Ichiban Sushi Perk’s Coffeehouse Seven Springs Golf & Country Club Wentworth Golf & Country Club Zen Forrest

This neighborhood pub features 60 taps and 100 craft beers. They welcome in house events for up to 50 people. 727-376-2467 10700 FL-54, New Port Richey, FL 34655 Fine cuisine paired with the wine bar experience, they offer a private event area suitable for holding parties or corporate meetings up to 20 people. 727-835-7912 8351 State Road 54, New Port Richey Catering the great taste of New York right here in Florida. 727-376-7402 7657 State Rd. 54 New Port Richey Beautiful and unique location for your next event with advantages only found at a golf course. 727-937-4653 Ext 31 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd, Tarpon Springs Catering – Banquets – Event Planning. A senic location to hold your next event. 727-842-1070 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey Food Truck serving the best Maine Lobster in town and is available for events, parties. 727-236-1324 Best in Japanese entrees and fabulous appetizers, take advantage of their online ordering. 727-372-5888 10710 State Rd 54 #104 New Port Richey For a social hour choose Perk’s for an intimate gathering with coffee and pastries. 727-376-2828 10720 State Road 54, Suite 105 Trinity With Holiday menus and the perfect venue for dinner parties and events up to 200 guests, this location is sure to please. 727-376-0039 3535 Trophy Boulevard, Trinity Clubhouse offers elegant banquet facilities and event planning to entertain in style. 727-942-4760 Ext. 35 2990 Wentworth Way Tarpon Springs Catering upscale Chinese Food, at your location or in their private dining room with personalized planning of your event. 727-372-9545 4148 Rowan Road New Port Richey




Champagne Strawberry Jello Just a little bubble. Just a little romantic. Just a little prettiness. A whole lot of deliciousness! Perfect for your New Years Celebration. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons or 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin powder 2 cups cold water 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups cold champagne 1 1/2 cups cold ginger ale 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries Preparations: In a saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes. Bring the water with the gelatin powder to a boil over high heat while stirring until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Remove from the heat. Transfer the gelatin mixture to a bowl, add the sugar, and stir until dissolved. Then, stir in the champagne and ginger ale. Refrigerate until thickened a bit. Make sure the mixture is still partially liquid. Fold in the strawberries. Spoon into 7 to 10 individual molds or a big mold. The smaller the mold the firmer the jello will be. Remember, metal mold acquire firmer jello than glass mold. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold and serve. To unmold, run a knife around the top of the jello and put it in a bath of warm water for 10 – 20 seconds. Flip it over and shake it or give it a light pat. Serving: 7 – 10 molds

Adopted from Hello, Jell-O! by Victoria Belange source:

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Win a Birthday Party with 12 of Your Luckiest Friends



AT SEVEN SPRINGS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Includes: NINE HOLES OF FOOTGOLF LUNCH - Hot Dog, Chips & Soda GOODIE BAGS Receive a complimentary return round of FootGolf for each guest AND a Whole Lot of FUN! All you have to do is tell us why you would like to win. You can nominate yourself or someone you know. The best story wins! Send your entry and even photos if you like to FootGolf is the newest rage at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in Trinity. It’s what you get when you cross soccer and golf. The object of the game is to kick a #5 regulation soccer ball into 21-inch holes along a 9 or 18-hole course, in the same manner as one would play a standard golf match, only without the clubs. The player using the fewest number of kicks at the end of the game wins. Tee times for FootGolf begin at 11AM and run until 6PM, and are available seven days a week. The same rules apply for FootGolf as for traditional golf. You have the option of renting a cart, or walking the course for a nominal fee. What a great way to celebrate birthdays, host fundraisers and corporate outings, and compete in league play. Discover the fun of FootGolf today! For more details, visit the Seven Springs Golf & Country Club website at, or contact the SSGCC Pro Shop at 727-376-0035.




Thru Dec 27 ~ Celebration of Lights Select dates and times - visit website 6PM – 9PM Weekdays, 6PM – 10PM Fri. & Sat. Mile long lighted drive, Jingle Bell Junction with decorated building and holiday treats and unique gifts, Photo with Santa with your camera $20 per car, $40 for 14 passenger van $7 per person for busses Safety Town at the Concourse 15325 Alric Pottbery Rd, Spring Hill Thurs., Dec 10 – 20 ~ 19th Wilderness Wonderland “Celebration of Lights”, 6PM -9PM Thursday thru Sunday only Drive the street thru the cabin area decked out in twinkling lights by local businesses with festive music $2 per vehicle Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park Sat., Dec 12 ~ Dr. Unger’s 6th Annual Family Festival – “Winter Wonderland”, 10AM - 2PM Snow drift slides, winter village, snowball target zone, bounce houses, Santa Claus & more. Over 50 vendors FREE and open to public Donations will go to the Trinity Rotary Charitable Foundation Seven Springs Middle School

Dec. 12 – 13 & 19 - 20 ~ Annual Christmas Train Ride 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad presents the annual Christmas train ride to Santa’s North Pole. Ride the trains through a holiday castle then visit Santa’s cabin, food vendors Santa Claus photos with your camera $5 per person, kids under 1 yr FREE Unlimited Rides $2 parking per car Crews Lake Wilderness Park Thurs., Dec 31 ~ New Year’s Eve & 1st Annual Anniversary Party w/Stevie B, 9PM Enjoy all that Dulcet has to offer on the biggest night of the year! General Admin $50, VIP $100 Reserve a table w/appetizer tray & champagne for $300 Dulcet Restaurant & Lounge 6220 Grand Blvd, NPR Sun., Jan 17 ~ Bingo for Backpacks, 7PM There will be a total of 10 games, prizes after each round, 50/50 cash raffle. Proceeds used for annual back to school backpack program $2.00 per game Hamburger Mary’s 28910 US HWY 19 N, Clearwater

Sat., Dec 12 ~ The Ugly Sweater Reindeer Run 5:30 PM Start Time Bring your ugliest sweater, bling it up with some lights & walk or run through Tampa Bay’s premier holiday light exhibition Each registration includes vehicle admission to the “Celebration of Lights” so bring the whole family $25 registration at Family Fitness Centers, 4028 Little Rd, Trinity $33.25 on Active website Safety Town at the Concourse 15325 Alric Pottbery Rd, Spring Hill Sat., Dec 12 ~ West Pasco Chamber of Commerce 39th Annual Holiday Street Parade Picture with Santa 3PM – 4:30 PM at the West Pasco Chamber Officew Parade 6PM Floats, Horses, Marching bands Come on down for some holiday fun Grand Blvd and Main Street Downtown New Port Richey Events

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Capture Your Pets Impression for The Holidays Answers to Puzzle on Page 30

Paw print ornament kits supply all you need to make a beautiful paw-print keepsake that you can hang on your Christmas tree or wall. Just knead the white clay putty, spread and smooth it in the plastic shaping ring and press your pet’s paw to make the impression and make a hole for the ribbon. Needs no baking, dries in minutes and is ready to hang. Etch your pets name and the year into the clay before it dries for a lasting memory. Don’t want to buy a kit, you can purchase Air Dry Clay or make your own for a fun holiday craft with kids. No Cook Clay with cornstarch and white school glue Put 2 cups of corn starch in a large bowl and add small amounts of glue while stirring. Keep adding glue until the mixture reaches a good consistency – it will be about two parts cornstarch to one part glue. • If it’s too crumbly, add more glue • If it’s too sticky, add more cornstarch Hand shape or roll out and use cookie cutters and your ready to make you paw print ornament. When done, set it in a cool dry place to harden. In a few hours you can paint it or hang it as-is.


It's Your Home Magazine - HOLIDAY ISSUE 2015  
It's Your Home Magazine - HOLIDAY ISSUE 2015  

It's Your Home Magazine - TRINITY/ODESSA HOLIDAY ISSUE 2015