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Another Happy Roof! I am the President of our Homeowners Association in Fl. I heard about Hammerhead Softwash through a friend who had contacted them to clean their roofs. After meeting with Joe Marchiselli, and having a demo section of my roof done for no charge, I was thrilled with the outcome and immediately contracted them to do all 20 units in our complex. Needless to say, our residents were thrilled with the job they did. Their staff were extremely polite and helpful. They even moved and put back furniture and plants while doing the work. Our members immediately phoned me and wanted to pay right away and couldn’t believe the price. We had our roofs cleaned 3 years ago by a pressure washing company and weren’t happy with the result. Hammerhead’s job by far excelled our previous cleaning and we are very happy to recommend them to anyone. -John Strong, President Norstar Cove Villas www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com




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Accounting Unbehagen Advisors..................... 28

Family Entertainment Jungle Bounce................................ 36

Physicians-Family Care Dr. Richard Smith........................... 13

Administrative Services Anything Office............................. 26

Congo River Golf........................... 36

Physicians-Podiatry Foot & Leg Specialty Center......... 15

Advertising & Marketing IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine.........6 IT’s YOUR HOME TV................. 21 Topaz Digital Ink..............................6 Air Conditioning Contractor Best Services A/C.............................6 One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating....................................... 22 Apartment Living The Trinity Collection................... 19 Attorneys/Personal Injury Andreopoulos Law Firm.............. 27 Charles S. Philips, LLC................. 26 Back Care Products Better Back Store........................... 12 Business Groups & Organizations Cash Mob of West Pasco.............. 31 Welcome Bowl............................... 12 West Pasco Chamber.................... 27 Companion Care Home Helpers................................ 13 Computer Repair Cudixs............................................. 26 Cleaning Services Donna’s Cleaning Angels.............. 22 Dance Studio Dance Extreme Academy............... 37 Dentist David W. Dempsey, D.D.S.............. 14 4

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Fashion & Clothing Retail The Ten Dollar Store..................... 11 Financial Advisor & Planner Rob Wolf, Sterling Wealth Management................................... 31 Golf Courses Seven Springs Golf & Country Club................................. 32 Hair Salon & Nails Aqua Terra Salon & Spa................ 13 Cabelo Salon.................................. 40 Style Makers Salon...........................9 Homecare Services Home Helpers................................ 13 Jeweler DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry......................5 Massage Therapy Massage Therapy Center............... 13 Mortgage & Financing Movement Mortgage..................... 23 Music Lessons Music Matters................................ 36 Nail Salon Amber Nails......................................9 Pet Grooming & Boutique Paw Wash Plus............................... 38 Photographers Acotto Images................................ 36 Steve Hyatt Photography.................9

Pool Contractor Posh Pools of Florida...................... 18 Real Estate Agents Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Advantage.........................20 Mary B. Archie, Florida Luxury Realty......................9 Restaurants Brix 33 Fine Wine & Bistro.......... 35 Central Park Family Restaurant.... 35 Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub & Eatery......................... 33 Honey Baked Ham........................ 35 Seven Springs Golf & Country Club.................... 35 Zen Forrest..................................... 33 Roof & Exterior Cleaning Hammerhead Softwash............... 2, 3 Storage Facilities Seven Springs Self Storage............ 19 Tile & Flooring Home & Tile Renovations of Florida........................................ 22 Upholsterer Sunshine Upholstery..................... 23 Veterinarians Animal Care Center of Pasco....... 39 Best Care Animal Hospital........... 39 Country Oaks Animal Hospital..... 39 Window Cleaning Great Panes Window Cleaning.... 19 For Ad Info Call 727-709-9541

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PUBLiSher/eDiTor MarkeTing DIRECTOR Debbie Dawson CreaTive DIRECTOR Tom Cristello eDiToriaL DIRECTOR Debra Taylor Tee viDeo MeDia DIRECTOR Barbara Marville-Kelly Debra Taylor Tee ConTriBUTing WriTerS IT’S YOUR HOME TV / Barbara Marville-Kelly MONEY MATTERS / Todd Unbehagen TAYLOR MADE TO A TEE / Debra Taylor Tee TIME FOR WINE / Diana Jerome WEST PASCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Paul Friedlander YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR / Debbie Dawson PhoTograPherS Acotto Images Steve Hyatt Photography J. David Wright SoCiaL MeDia Topaz Digital Ink, LLC aDverTiSing & MarkeTing Traci Emminger To request a Media Kit Call (727) 709-9541 or email: Advertising@ItsYourHomeMagazine.com SUBMiT STorieS, PreSS reLeaSeS or evenTS Do you have a story or an upcoming event you would like to share? Email info in 250 words or less to Editor@ItsYourHomeMagazine.com and your story may be published in an upcoming issue. visit our Digital online version www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com Phone (727)709-9541 Fax (727)264-6194 Published by TOPAZ DIGITAL INK, LLC. 3805 River Oaks Ct. Trinity, FL 34655 IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine is published in print and online eight times per year with news and advertising designed exclusively for the residents of our community. Copies are distributed via direct mail, and distributed throughout the community of Tampa Bay, Florida. No reproduction or transmission of ads, editorials, pictorials, digital or print advertising and/or design content in any form of this publication are allowed without publisher consent. All rights reserved © 2014.


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Hometown STORY

This is a very sweet story about a very special lady who has made it her life’s work to bring pleasure to others through her delicious chocolate confections, and pay it forward whenever the opportunity arises! Michelle Palisi, owner of Chocolates by Michelle, conquered numerous hardships to arrive where she is today. Having battled undiagnosed dyslexia as an adolescent, Michelle knew deep down that she wanted more out of life than that which being a server offered. When it came to fulfilling her dream of starting a business, Michelle didn’t let a lack of business training, investment capital, or her learning disability stand in her way. “Nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself,” she explained. Michelle and her firefighter husband, Bob, retired to Florida from Mt Vernon, NY, in 1980, after their two children were grown. She could not resist the entrepreneurial spirit within, so she approached the Small Business Administration about opening a specialty chocolate business. After being promptly dismissed due to the riskiness associated with that ype of business, and what they perceived as a “speculative venture” no bank would approve for funding, Michelle decided she would do it on her own. She took the $2600 nest egg she had built after having quit smoking, and she opened a small storefront in New Port Richey in 1985. Her lack of business knowledge and capital left her floundering after only a few weeks, but she continued searching for ways to make it work. “I was so green,” she says. “I had no idea how undercapitalized I was.” Michelle spoke with local media outlets to get the word out about her unique chocolate confections, and the

gamble paid off! Press stories featuring her flair for creating unique molded and hand-dipped confections aroused customers. Her talent for customizing one-ofa-kind creations helped Michelle to thrive in a business known for its high failure rate. In addition to the retail business, Michelle uses her personal collection of over 10,000 molds to create specialties for corporate clients like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Rays, and GTE. She also provides custom-themed chocolates, and caters her chocolate fountains for parties and special events, including weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, grand openings, and offbeat occasions like divorce decrees! Michelle’s menu consists of everything from logo embossed chocolate coins and chocolate covered strawberries, as well as assorted chocolate delicacies, including mouth-watering fudge. Customizable cocoa creations are always possible, along with personalized ribbon, gift baskets, gift box towers, and party trays. She also teaches classes Michelle is a past winner of West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year, and she actively participates in numerous community organizations and non-profits, creating gift baskets and elaborate dessert tables for fundraisers. “I love a challenge, and coming up with unique ways to present chocolate is a joy for me,” Michelle remarked. “The secret to success is giving back.” Michelle and Bob reside in Hudson, and spend lots of time with their adult children, Danielle and Michael, and grandchildren, Parris and Rachael.




YOUR FAMILY. YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR LIFE... IT’S YOUR HOME YOUR FAMILY 09 Local Gift Guide Shop Local 29 Community Events Holiday Celebrations, Events and Fun! 33 Holiday Traditions Families Filled with Memories 37 Local Dancers Perform Dance Extreme Academy YOUR COMMUNITY 7 Hometown Story - Chocolates By Michelle A Sweet Story about Michelle Palisi 10 Welcome to The Mix! Local Businesses Welcome YOU to Trinity & Odessa 21 It’s Your Home TV “LIVE” with Barbara Marville-Kelly 29 Celebration of Lights A Fun Family Event Lives On 32 Trinity Growth & Development Day Celebrating Trinity YOUR LIFE 12 A Chair for Mind, Body & Soul The Better Back Store 17 Experience a Judgement Free Zone Planet Fitness Now Open! 27 Money Matters Small Business Workshop YOUR HOME 03 Four Reasons to Get a Softwash Hammerhead Roof & Exterior Cleaning 20 Get Your List of New Homes in Trinity Debbie Dawson, “Your Hometown Realtor” 23 Brighten Your New Year with a New Look Sunshine Upholstery CONTESTS 35 Cutest Little Baby Face Winner is... 36 Cutest Pet Contest Win a “Spaw” Makeover & Dinner BACK COVER 40 Cabelo Salon Where Beauty Begins and Never Ends LOTS OF COUPONS FIND US Facebook: www.facebook.com/ItsYourHomeMagazines Twitter: twitter.com/yourhometrinity Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/itsyourhomemag Online: www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com


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Gifts, Gift Cards & Gift Certificates Available from these Fine Merchants: Acotto Images – Photography Amber Nails – Manicures/Pedicures Aquaterra Salon & Spa – Multi-Service Salon Cabelo’s Salon – Multi-Service Salon Central Park Family Restaurant - Dining Chocolates by Michelle – Confections Congo River Golf – Family Fun Dance Extreme Academy –Accessories; Lessons Deluca’s Fine Jewelry – Unique Jewelry, Watches & Beads Donna’s Cleaning Angels – Cleaning Services Fiddlers Green Irish Pub & Eatery – Dining Honey Baked Ham – Dining Joyce Moore Pet Training – Pet Training Jungle Bounce – Recreation/Parties for Kids


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The holidays are here again, and I don’t know about you, but the year 2014 went by in a flash! I plan on spending the next few weeks with my family and friends celebrating a year of blessings. Once again, we will carry out many of our family traditions with five generations of love! For that, I am blessed and thankful. I have mixed feelings as I celebrate with my family close to me in Florida, while missing family members who are unable to celebrate with us this year.

Local Businesses Welcome You to Trinity and Odessa! Businesses in our community want to give you a taste of what Trinity and Odessa have to offer. We have whipped up the finest bowl of welcoming gifts served up by local businesses to do just that! The Dish: Coming January 2015, you can pick up your community Welcome Bowl jammed packed and jelly tight with gifts. Stop by one of our 3 pick-up locations to get your official welcome to The Mix! Call (727) 709-9541 or (813) 405-7815 to claim yours and learn where to pick up your ‘The Mix!’ Bowl. About The Mix: We are excited to announce that It’s Your Home Magazine and Keep It Local, LLC have joined forces to create The Mix! The Mix! is your community resource for the inside scoop on everything local in Trinity and Odessa. Whether you have just moved in or have been here for a while, you will want to jump into The Mix! We will be serving up programs and events to help you get the most out of our community. Local businesses Wanting To Join The Mix! Jump into The Mix! with us! Discover how to meet the newest residents in our community and gain exposure. Call (727) 709-9541 or (813) 405-7815 or visit us online: www.WelcomeBowl.com or Email us: lnfo@WelcomeBowl.com 10 Holiday Issue 2014

We asked families around our community to describe their holiday memories in three words (p 24). Mine are Family, Joy and Love. I want to dedicate this Christmas to my grandmother, 100 years-young! I have spent almost every Christmas of my life with her, which is quite a gift in and of itself! She loves to sing Christmas songs and tell us about her Christmas celebrations as a child in England. She was grateful to receive an orange in her stocking, from Father Christmas. She certainly has seen the meaning of the holidays change in the span of 100 years, having gained and lost family members and traditions. Thank you Nanny for handing down some of your family traditions, as I now pass them on to my grandchildren. That, too, is a wonderful gift! Speaking of gifts, we have a wonderful last-minute do- ityourself gift idea (p 15), Peppermint Foot Scrub, made with basic items you probably have on hand in your home. However, as great as DIY gifts are, we want to emphasize the importance of supporting our local businesses this holiday season. They have unique gift ideas, gift cards and gift certificates (p 9), perfect for anyone on your list! Shopping local is a great opportunity to help small businesses, support your community, and experience shopping at its best, complete with personalized service and attention! Carrying on the gift of family traditions, make sure to visit the Celebration of Lights, and read the heartwarming story about Dave Parris, his daughter Kara, and this amazing holiday legacy in its first season (p 29). Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa and a very Happy New Year!

Your Family. Your Community. Your Life… IT’s YOUR HOME!

Debbie Dawson

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Health & FITNESS embody: a herman Miller Chair for Mind, Body & Soul It is a chair that can help reduce your blood pressure, improve circulation and increase oxygen levels. It is a chair that fits you perfectly and moves the way you move, intuitively. Meet the Embody chair. The seat and back are constructed with a dynamic matrix of pixels that stimulates blood and oxygen flow by reducing seated pressure. The chair back adjusts instinctively to every move you make and provides constant support to your middle and lower back. Movement promotes blood and oxygen flow, which keeps the brain more focused and functional. Embody is an agile chair that encourages movement, keeping your body and brain limber all day. Additionally, you remain in a neutral, balanced posture as you work, so you stay relaxed and focused. The Backfit™ adjustment positions the backrest in line with your spine’s natural curve, so you achieve and maintain proper posture.

Life is Precious I feel truly blessed that I am healthy, I am willing and I am able to serve others during challenging times. You see, I have very special friends and family members who are suffering with pain & heartache this holiday season, and I remember each as this is written. Life becomes more interesting, precious and fragile with each passing day… month… year. My best friend is grieving the suicide of her father (four days after her birthday a few years ago), and the loss of her Mom to cancer this past year. In October, she celebrated her husband’s retirement, and he promptly filed for divorce on the anniversary of their second wedding vow renewal. Her life changed in an instant, leaving her devastated and deeply depressed. Then there’s my brother-in-law and his siblings who lost their Mom October 30th. Their holidays – their lives – will never be the same. I had the honor, pleasure and privilege to care for this retired nurse of 42 years, in the last three months of her life. It was an eyeopening experience to watch the digression of such a wonderful, vibrant, intelligent lady, thanks to stage-four lymphoma, dementia and heart issues. Ironically, she was the nurse who helped my

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Taylor Made to a Tee By Debra Taylor Tee Mom in the delivery room when I was born; I went through 12 years of school with her youngest daughter; and her youngest son married my little sister after a long courtship. I was there to say goodbye with a kiss on her forehead the day she died, bringing everything full-circle. Another dear friend and brilliant doctor I’ve been honored to assist throughout the last five years in his battle with an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis, is losing use of what was his only functioning hand. He is experiencing difficulty breathing, and his facial muscles are now failing. Like I said from the beginning, I feel very blessed. We all ride this rollercoaster called life, and it’s not always a good time. Sometimes, it’s absolutely nauseating and gut-wrenching. During the holidays, we all remember those wonderful souls we have loved and lost, and the fabulous memories with which we are left. Yet, let us also remember those dealing with debilitating health issues, be it physical, mental and/or emotional. Keep in mind the less fortunate who may not have family, friends, shelter or food. Whenever possible, do unto others, because this rollercoaster called life is nothing but a mystery. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa and a Happy, Healthy, Safe New Year!

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Peppermint Foot Scrub Feet are the foundation upon which we stand, step, skip, and play, and they can really take a beating, especially in the intense heat of summer and colder temps of winter. Although, sand is a natural exfoliant to help slough off dead, dry skin from our heels, most residents of Florida don’t spend an exorbitant amount of time on the beach… at least, not as much as non-Floridians believe! Why not opt for a DIY sugar-based exfoliant scrub you can make for yourself or give as gifts this holiday season? Ingredients and preparation are simple, easy on the wallet, and just what tired tootsies need!

Peppermint Foot Scrub 2 – 3 Cups of White Granulated Sugar 1/4 - 1/3 Cup of Olive Oil (Almond Oil or Coconut Oil) Peppermint Oil* Red Food Coloring OR several Frozen Raspberries, Juiced (serves as organic coloring)* Pour the sugar into a bowl and add the olive oil (almond or coconut), but careful not to use too much. Eye-ball consistency until the mixture is soft and moist in texture, but not swimming in oil. Add a few drops (or your desired amount), of peppermint oil for fragrance. Separate the sugar/oil mixture into two separate containers. Leave sugar scrub in one mixing container white. Add food coloring (or raspberry juice) to scrub in second container and mix thoroughly for a pink-red color (depending upon how much color you use). Make a basic paper funnel with an opening large enough to easily transfer the sugar scrub mixtures into a pretty glass jar or container. Layer about a half inch of white sugar scrub first, and use a spoon or other utensil to tap the white layer until it is flat and smooth. Repeat with pink/ red layer. Repeat layering process until jar/container is full. Place a lid on the peppermint sugar scrub container, and print a pretty label from your computer. Voila! This peppermint foot scrub makes the perfect gift for a hard-working Mom, stressed-out sister, or supportive best friend! *This recipe can be adapted to use different scented or flavored oils, such as lavender, and coloring can always be altered, adjusted or eliminated, based on your personal preference.



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Experience a Judgment Free Zone at Planet Fitness Do you hesitate to go to the gym because you feel the eyes of judgment upon from the moment you arrive? Do you feel pressured to adhere to strict contracts most facilities require with membership? Those days are over thanks to Planet Fitness in Holiday, owners Bonita & Paul Mancia and their “No Judgment” philosophy, which also serves as their policy. Bonita explains, “Here at Planet Fitness, we are a Judgment Free Zone. We don’t cater to bodybuilders or power lifters. We are geared towards general fitness. Most of our members are first-time gym users, so we create a comfortable, non-intimidating atmosphere.” Open and staffed 24 hours/day, seven days a week, Planet Fitness offers plenty of cardio equipment without time limits or sign-up sheets. To make your cardio workout more pleasurable, watch your favorite television programs on your device’s receiver connected to one of their 55” flat screen TV’s. The resistance equipment is easy to operate making it incredibly user-friendly. All machines contain a diagram with instructions for operation, as well as the specific muscle group the machine works. “Another thing that sets Planet Fitness apart from other gyms is we offer unlimited group fitness training (PE@PF) with a certified instructor. Plus, if you have never worked out before, we have a Design Your Own Program class. In this class, a certified instructor develops an individual workout specifically for you. This includes designated equipment usage to achieve desired results, recommendations for frequency of use, and the appropriate amount of cardio that is best for you,” Bonita added.

If the thought of being a contracted member is unappealing, their “No Commitment” membership is only $10/month, and can be cancelled at any time without charge or penalty. The second option is their “Black Card” membership for $19.99/month. This membership includes unlimited guest privileges at the Holiday facility, as well as at 850 Planet Fitness locations nationwide; unlimited use of the hydro-massage beds, level four tanning beds and massage chairs; and half-price cooler drinks. Customer service is of the utmost importance at Planet Fitness. Members and guests are always greeted with a friendly “hello” upon arrival and are acknowledged again as they depart. To emphasize the importance of their clients, “Customer Appreciation” is recognized with a pizza night on the first Monday of each month, and bagels and coffee the second Tuesday of each month. Bonita added, “We love building relationships with the members and seeing them having fun while getting in shape! When we see members outside of the gym at the grocery store or the mall, it’s rewarding when they talk to us in front of their friends and families about fitness goals they accomplished at our gym.” Planet Fitness is located at 4637 Sunray Drive, Holiday. For more information, visit www.planetfitness.com, or call 727-935-4818.

Is time a critical issue for working in a workout? No worries! Planet Fitness has a 30-minute circuit for a quick, full-body workout. If 30 minutes isn’t possible, try the 12-minute circuit to work and strengthen your core. A complete locker room featuring private showers, changing areas and individual lockers is clean and available for use by Planet Fitness members and guests. www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com



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WE BEAM TV Proudly Presents IT’s YOUR HOME TV by Barbara Marville-Kelly IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine goes “LIVE” on the internet with its very own informative talk show featuring Debbie Dawson, publisher, and WE BEAM TV host and Video Marketing Director for IYHM, yours truly, Barbara Marville. The show will be an advertorial “niche” platform to reach and engage consumer demand of over 75 million plus U.S. internet users daily. People love videos that are time-friendly, which makes it the perfect format for entrepreneurs, business owners, and educators to increase awareness and maximize SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Advertorial videos are used in social media and on websites in conjunction with the digital magazine, where readers can click on ads and watch the customized advertorials. Debbie, a clever business owner, licensed realtor, and successful entrepreneur is a visionary who understands marketing trends in electronic media, and stays up-to-date with effective ways to promote her clients. This unique “niche’ coupled with her current marketing & promotional endeavors, broadens exposure for local


businesses and service organizations to enhance awareness and increase sales and fundraising efforts, channeling it all back to the community and the local economy. With decades of professional TV and electronic retail experience, John Gaston and myself, team up using our body of knowledge to offer affordable TV shows, segments & sponsorship commercials, based on the professional “science of selling” used successfully in larger television markets. If you are an entrepreneur, product inventor, business owner, service provider, or educator, and would like to try your hand at TV in a professional HD Studio, NOW you can at affordable introductory pricing. WE BEAM TV will take you by the hand and lead you every step of the way! For more info or to BOOK your show on IT’S YOUR HOME TV call Barbara Marville @ 727-798-8081 or email us at: advertising@itsyourhomemagazine.com. To review archived shows and learn more about WE BEAM TV, visit www.webeamtv. com, www.mychambertv.com, and www.primetimetvshow.com and www.itsyourhometv.com.




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Brighten Your New Year with a New Look from Sunshine Upholstery Just as trends in fashion change, so do trends in colors, fabrics, and textures when it comes to interior design. Perhaps, the cushions on the dining room chairs now clash with the new floors, or the comfy couch has seen better days, clearly displaying areas of wear, dirt and grime.

Call Joe & Dean Pagano at Sunshine Upholstery and let them freshen the look and feel of your space with the perfect fabric to complement your existing style and add flair to your dĂŠcor!

For a free estimate, Dean invites you to send photos of items you would like upholstered to sunshineupholsterytarpon@gmail.com, or call 727-938-7466. www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com


Holiday Traditions

The Friedlander Family Warmth · Fun · Excitement

Paul Friedlander, Membership Director of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, loved the lights that adorned the exterior of his boyhood home during the holidays and the big Christmas tree they decorated with “an awesome train set going around the bottom.” Today, Paul’s holidays still include decorating their home, but the process now includes a beautiful baby granddaughter, a daughter-in-law, and additional in-laws, making the occasion especially joyful!

“We decorate a tree and inside the house and invite a lot of friends and family to participate in Thanksgiving and Christmas events,” Paul said. On Christmas Day, Paul spends invaluable time with his family, eating wonderful food and watching his favorite football match-ups. However, the most important tradition he hopes to extend through the generations is that of “being thankful for what you have and helping those who can use a hand-up!”

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The Glewen Family Family ·Food ·Laughter

Candace Bell Glewen, Vice President of Commercial Lending at Mid Florida Bank and 2014 Queen Chasco, reminisces about love of family fellowship, food, fun and laughter when she thinks about the holidays. She fondly remembers Santa arriving at her childhood home on Christmas Eve, and now, takes extreme pleasure in sitting around the fireplace with family Christmas morning and enjoying time together. When it comes to the food, traditional turkey is out. “Our holiday meal consists of prime rib served with baked spaghetti, sautéed mushrooms, green beans and cole slaw,” Candace explains.

The Delgardo Family Humbled · Blessed · Joyous

As a child, Alice Delgardo, Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of Pasco County, would join her Mom in baking holiday pound cakes their family to deliver as gifts to friends and neighbors, singing Christmas carols along the way. The memories are as sweet as the succulent smells of Christmas wafting throughout their home. Alice recalls, “It was always cold living in Boston, so we would bundle up and venture out to make our deliveries. Even though it was cold outside, I would always become warmed by seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces when receiving the cake. It’s amazing how such a small gift can bring so much joy!” She also remembers her mother extending the love by making an extra dish and purchasing additional gifts to share with a family experiencing hardship. Through the years, Alice and her family have continued the holiday tradition of giving fresh-baked pound cakes to friends and neighbors, and they now include local businesses they frequently use. Additionally, Alice takes great pleasure in purchasing extra gifts for those in need, and is proud her children and grandchildren have embraced these precious holiday traditions. “Our entire family has been greatly blessed to serve others during the holidays,” Alice said.

The Lucas Family God · Family · Friends

“My fondest memory as a child was spending time with my Dad on Friday nights during the month of December and visiting my Mom at her Jewelry store, as she worked late during the holiday rush. My Dad and I would go to eat and shop for my Mom.” Jeff Lucas, a successful attorney and partner of Lucas, Green & Magazine, husband and father eagerly anticipates the fellowship with his family, along with the typical holiday trimmings, including ham, turkey, and Italian Lasagna, followed by a variety of pies, cookies, Oreo balls and brownies. On Christmas Eve each child receives a new pair of comfy pajamas, in which to sleep well prior to an exciting Christmas morn! The culmination of a fabulous Lucas family holiday begins the day after Christmas, with a trip to the Caymen Islands, complete with scuba diving!





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This Chamber Means Business! By Paul Friedlander COLLABORATION vs. COMPETITION Can’t we all just get along? Competition is healthy. For the most part. In business, healthy competition pushes you to do your best, whether you’re competing with others or yourself. Competition, however, can get ugly really, fast. It’s important to judge yourself against your own strengths and responsibilities, so you that you aren’t constantly comparing yourself to others. It seems counterintuitive sometimes, asking for help and collaborating instead of competing when it can actually be the best way to go. It pays to be nice. It is important to realize that everyone has a different skill set, so how could working with others not be the key to success? It is reaching out and forming a partnership or a think tank that really makes you a success. It might even make you a friend. For membership information, contact Paul Friedlander at the WPCC at: Paul@WestPasco.com or 727-641-0575. Visit www.WestPasco.com for more community information.





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First Annual

Celebration of Lights

A Family Tradition That Shines Bright

Start a new family tradition at one of the most beautiful spectacles of the holiday season, found just up the road in Spring Hill.

along to holiday music in your car, and plan to Surf with Santa at the North Pole Beach Party!

Celebration of Lights was the long-term vision of Dave Parris, a West Pasco community leader who passed away in August following a long battle with esophageal cancer. He worked tirelessly over the last five years to develop plans for what he dreamed would, one day, be a cherished holiday tradition for families along the Suncoast, while concurrently raising funds for charities.

However, the fun doesn’t stop there! In the middle of the drive, visit Jingle Bell Junction, home of Feather the Elf. Smell the delicious aromas of holiday goodies and take a stroll among 14 beautifully decorated buildings featuring entertainment for the whole family.

Dave went as far as to contact administrators in Altoona, PA, where an impressive light show is presented each Christmas, and he modeled plans for Celebration of Lights by the Pennsylvania display. Since Dave’s passing, his family has stepped up to make the Celebration of Lights the spectacular display their husband & father dreamed it would be. It has not been without challenges and disappointments. Midwest Lights backed out of doing the set-up due to illness within their ranks. However, Kara, D ve’s daughter and Executive Director of the Celebration of Lights, recruited the help of her husband and her brother, who traveled from Wyoming to pitch in, and insists the show will go on! Furthermore, they will follow through with their Dad’s goal to donate proceeds to benefit Angelus House, Good Samaritan Clinic, Haley House Fund, Metropolitan Ministries and Safety Town.

Jingle Bell Junction is also the venue for a variety of stores for a truly unique holiday shopping experience. Some of your favorite concessions will also be available for your enjoyment. Remember your camera for a photo with Santa! The Celebration of Lights is found in Safety Town at the Rotary Pavilion at the Concourse, 15325 Alric Pottberg Rd., Spring Hill. The event began November 27, and continues December 4, 5 & 6, and December 11 – January 3; Weekdays, Dusk – 9:00 PM; Fridays & Saturdays, Dusk - 11:00 PM. Prices are $20/carload; $40/14 passenger van, and includes the mile drive-thru and entry to Jingle Bell Junction.

The first annual Celebration of Lights captivates boys and girls of all ages with dazzling lights and twinkling animation. Play “Where’s Rudolph?” as you drive through this amazing display! See the full “Twelve Days of Christmas” while singing



Community EVENTS

December 11 - January 3 Celebration of lights Safety Town – Rotary Pavillion at the Concourse 15325 Alric Pottberg Rd., Spring Hill Weekdays, Dusk – 9 PM; Fridays & Saturdays, Dusk – 11 PM $20/Car Load / $40/14 Passenger Van celebrationoflights.net

Wine Walk Hudson Regional Library 8012 Library Rd, Hudson 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 727-645-3305 Holiday Street Parade Downtown New Port Richey 6:00 PM 727-842-7651

January 14 Yappy Hour – Fiddlers Tails Fiddlers Green Irish Pub & Eatery 7813 Mitchell Blvd, Trinity 6:00 PM 727-807-3268

December 14 2nd Annual Car, Truck & Bike Show Circle Blvd., New Port Richey Registration: 8:00 AM – Noon; Awards Presented @ 3:00 PM 727-236-0959

January 17-19 Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Fair Dodecanse Blvd, Tarpon Springs 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM 352-344-0657 www.spongedocks.net

January 23 December 12 4th Annual “How the Grinch Saved Christmas” Seven Springs Golf & Country Club 3535 Trophy Dr, New Port Richey 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM $20 In Advance/$30 at the Door 727-934-9348

December 13 Naturecoast Farmers Market Hudson Regional Library 8012 Library Rd, Hudson 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 727-645-3305

December 17 Santa Calling Register with Tarpon Springs Recreation Division 727-942-5628 Cash Mob West Pasco 8351 SR 54, NPR 6:00 PM 727-709-9541

December 24 Light Up the Bayou Lambatha Celebration Spring Bayou & Craig Park, Tarpon Springs 727-943-5523

Lighthouse-Dining in the Dark: A Celebration of the Senses Palace Grand 275 Della Court, Spring Hill 6:00 PM Reception; 7:00 PM Dinner Black Tie Optional Reservations: 727-815-0303

January 24 Trinity Growth & Development Day Connecting Home and Community Trinity Village Center Plaza SR 54 & Duck Slough 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Performance by Adrian Ray, Nashville Recording Artist 727-449-2020

December 13 Naturecoast Farmers Market Hudson Regional Library 8012 Library Rd, Hudson 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 727-645-3305 Christmas Parade Downtown Tarpon Springs 10:00 AM 727-937-6109 Candy Cane Hunt 11 AM Craig Park, Tarpon Springs 727-942-5628 www.TSRDonline.com

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2015 EVENT CALENDAR January 6 Epiphany Celebration Tarpon Avenue & Spring Boulevard, Tarpon Springs 11:00 AM

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Sponsored by IT’S YOUR HOME - “Your Local Community Magazine”, Debbie Dawson & Valerie Jane Wilson, Realtors with RE/MAX and a passion for helping the small businesses in our community will announce the business to be “HIT” at 10am each month in the parking lot 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 loves to support our local businesses. www.facebook.com/CashMobof WestPasco

The ARC is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) agency the is governed by a board of directors. For almost 40 years our dedicated staff has help individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their highest level of independence in within their community.

National Philanthropy Day


We live in a generous community. Many of our residents give countless hours of volunteer service or donate hardearned dollars towards various causes throughout our county. For four years, the Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has recognized this dedicated group of individuals by hosting an awards program, National Philanthropy Day® to honor the best our local Philanthropic Community has to offer!

Other winners included: Farrell Roofing, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year; Amanda Moore, Youth in Philanthropy; George’s Wholesale Tires of Pasco, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year; Junior Service League of Greater New Port Richey, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year; and Volunteer of the Year co-recipients were Angie Gardner and Angel Cook.

“Donor support is critical to the mission of a non-profit. National Philanthropy Day® is the day we recognize the outstanding and selfless contributions that our local nonprofits and philanthropists have made to our communities,” said Becky Bennett, President of AFP Nature Coast Chapter, that serves Pasco, Hernando & Citrus Counties. This year’s event took place November 18th at Spartan Manor. The 2014 Philanthropist of the Year award went to Scott Fink, CEO/Hyundai of New Port Richey; Hyundai, Mazda, Chevrolet of Wesley Chapel; and Hyundai of Deland. www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com


Dining & Entertainment

Seasonal Members Enjoy complete use of our Championship golf course par 72 and Challenger golf course par 64 and practice facilities, tennis & fitness center facilities and Clubhouse for dining and social activities. The Seasonal Golf Membership is offered for 1 month to 6 months each year. Seasonal Golf members may reserve tee times days in advance. They may choose a monthly fee which includes golf cart or may pay cart or walking fee per round. Seasonal Golf Member guests may play the golf courses and have use of our facility by paying the applicable fee.

Gift Certificates Available for Golf & Dining

Newly Renovated Course and Facilities A Great Social Experience Unlimited Golf On 2 Courses

Seasonal Memberships Same playing privileges and benefits as an associate member. Also available to non-residents of Seven Springs Golf & Country Club.

Member Owned / Competitively Priced 1 MO. 2 MO. 3 MO. 4 MO. 5 MO. 6 MO.

Couple Golf $445.00 $857.00 $1,264.00 $1,660.00 $2,053.00 $2,435.00

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Membership may be renewed each season and is subject to change from year to year.

Single Golf $339.00 $650.00 $953.00 $1,250.00 $1,546.00 $1,832.00

Social $192.00 $358.00 $521.00 $679.00 $837.00 $987.00

Sales Tax Not Included

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BY DIANA JEROME Vouvray is the most famous and most respected wine of the Loire Valley’s Touraine district. The title covers white wines of various styles (sweet, dry, still and sparkling), from eight villages around the medieval town of Vouvray, on the northern banks of the Loire. Vouvray is the flagship wine of the Chenin Blanc grape (or Pineau de la Loire as it is known there), followed ever-closer by Savennieres and the sweet whites of Anjou. Few wine regions in the world use Chenin to the same extent, and none highlights the variety’s organoleptic qualities with such focus and impressive diversity.

What is the Feast of the Seven Fishes? It’s what Italians do when they say they’re fasting. More precisely, the Feast is a meal served in Italian households on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve). In many parts of Italy, the night is traditionally a partial fast, during which no meat should be served. But in true Italian style, this prescription has morphed into something very unfastlike indeed: course after course of luxurious seafood dishes, often as many as 7, 10, or even 13. Some families do seven for the sacraments. Some do ten for the stations of the cross. And some even do 13 for the 12 apostles plus Jesus. Regardless of the religious symbolism, for most people the main point of the meal is to gather family and friends and enjoy delicious food and wine. To accompany this feast, we recommend our lovely French Vouvray. Some options for this fabulous event could include: • Clams with Oregano and Bread Crumbs (Vongole Origanate) • Marinated Fresh Anchovies (Alici Marinati) • Linguine with Clams (Linguine con le Vongole) • Spaghetti with Mussels (Spaghetti con le Cozze) • Salt Cod with Tomatoes and Capers (Baccalà alla Vesuviana) • Jumbo Shrimp Marsala House-wife Style (Gamberoni Casalinga Siciliana) • Eel with Olives, Chiles, and Capers (Anguilla Livernese) • Broccoli Sautéed in Wine and Garlic • Chocolate Chip–Orange Cannoli (Cannoli di Ricotta) • Christmas Honey Fritters (Struffoli)

Although Vouvray town is situated on a plateau, a number of nearby streams interrupt the flow of land, creating shallow valleys with sheltered south-facing slopes. It is on these slopes, around the northern side of the town, that the most prized vineyard sites are located. This diverse and dynamic wine make it a pure pleasure to enjoy. The rewards of a mature, good-quality Vouvray are well worth waiting for.

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Kids ON THE BLOCK Local Dancers Perform at Symphony in Lights on December 19th Visit The Shops at Wiregrass for the 7th Annual Symphony in Lights, December 19 - 31, nightly at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00. This amazing light show, choreographed to music featuring Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is quickly becoming Tampa’s most spectacular holiday tradition! You won’t want to miss this magical show of light, sound and snow. Performances by the talented dancers from Dance Extreme Academy begin at 6:15, 7:15, and 8:15 on December 19th. Dance Extreme Academy, located at 1720 Davenport Drive, Trinity, offers classes for boys and girls at recreational and competitive levels. For more information, call 727-375-JAZZ (5299), or visit www.danceextremeacademy.com.

Stop in for a trial class!

The First Tee of Tampa Bay Group Golf Lessons At Seven Springs Golf & Country Club Learn the rules, fundamentals and etiquette of the game in small groups taught by

The First Tee of Tampa Bay Golf Instructors Classes meet once per week for seven weeks and are Available for boys & girls ages 5-18 Cost for the program range from $2 - $12 per class based on income The First Tee of Tampa Bay will provide all of the necessary golf equipment for the classes, but children are welcome to bring their own clubs

SPICE UP YOUR CHILD’S SNACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Fun “themed” snacks can help increase fruit and vegetable intake within your family. When foods are served in a creative form, children are more likely to eat the food served regardless if they may not have previously chosen to eat that specific food. This snack is perfect for children to get involved in creating. Once the apples and cheese have been cut, assembly is child proof. Their involvement in the preparation may increase acceptance of more fruits. What is needed for this creation?! A slice of yellow cheese

For more information, including how to register, visit

www.thefirstteetampabay.org or call 813-238-7320. All levels are welcome, from total beginners to advanced players


(preferably low fat) 5 -7 small pretzel sticks 8 green apple slices 8 craisins or raisins source: www.360familynutrition.org 37

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Pampers You and Your Pet!

Paw Wash Plus has everything your precious pooch needs to look gorgeous and feel terrific, and the best part is, their pet stylists make house calls! This full-service pet salon offers in-store and mobile grooming seven days a week. During this busy holiday season, the option to have your pet expertly groomed at your home or office is not only a time-saving convenience, but an affordable luxury for both you and your pet! Paw Wash Plus pet stylists offer grooming, bathing, teethbrushing, paw-dicures, special holiday scents, and blueberry facials, just to name a few popular services. Call Paw Wash Plus today for the ultimate in pet pampering!

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Things You Can Learn From a Dog

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride. Allow the experience of fresh air & the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory. Take naps & stretch before rising. Run, romp & play daily. Eat with gusto & enthusiasm. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you’re not. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by & nuzzle them gently. Thrive on attention & let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On hot days, drink lots of water & lay under a shady tree. When you’re happy, dance around & wag your entire body. No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing & pout... run right back & make friends. Bond with your pack. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com


It's Your Home - Trinity/Odessa Magazine  

Trinity's #1 Resource for Community Information. Your Family. Your Community. Your Life...It's Your Home.

It's Your Home - Trinity/Odessa Magazine  

Trinity's #1 Resource for Community Information. Your Family. Your Community. Your Life...It's Your Home.