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Luxury Samuelsen Custom Built Pool Home
Breathtaking Â˝ Acre Golf Course/Water View
An Outdoor Entertainers Dream! Lush tropical landscaping. Upgrades galore! Completely remodeled kitchen. Large Master bedroom w/impressive spa like master bath. Gorgeous outdoor kitchen complete w/built in ice bar, sink with running water, gas grill, refrigerator, trash compartment, side burners, built in gas fire pit & granite counter tops. You will truly feel like you are in paradise in this back yard! $249,900
Former Model in Champions Club. Beauty awaits you! Views of the 11th Hole of Fox Hollow Golf Course. Almost 4,600 SF of Living Space, 4 Bedrooms, Den/Office, 5 Bathrooms, Spacious Formal Living, Dining, Family Room with Fireplace, Bonus Rooms/Home Theater, Billiards Room with Bar Area, and Oversized 3 Car Garage with cabinets/ceiling racks. A list of 3 pages with details of all the upgrades available. $1,199,900
A true masterpiece in Champions Club w/3,900 SF of Living Space including 4 Bedrooms, Den, 4 Bathrooms, spacious Formal Living, Dining, Family Room, Bonus Room / Media / 4th Bedroom, Heated Pool & Spa. Oversized 4 Car Garage. Stunning Kitchen with center island, custom wood cabinetry, granite countertops & large eat-in area. Master Suite has an enormous Master Bath w/ lots of cabinetry & granite countertops, walk-in shower, garden tub & huge walk-in closet. A must see! $999,950
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Amazing Golf Views in Champions Club
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Exquisite & Model Perfect! Gorgeous 5 bedroom, 3 bath home shows better than NEW... Upgrades Galore! Over 3,400 SF of living space, plenty of room for entertaining. Magnificent view of the spectacular pool, spa & cascading waterfall. Elegant living room & dining room. Gourmet kitchen & breakfast nook, wine cooler & granite counter tops. 2nd flr. mstr. retreat w/sitting area, huge sunken loft, 3 additional BRs. Htd. Pebble-Tech salt water pool, LED lights, custom pavers, waterfall, heated spa turn your backyard into paradise w/conservation view. $439,900
Luxury Arthur Rutenberg custom built home. Beauty awaits you, breathtaking golf course & pool views, private lanai, pristine tropical landscaping. 3200 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, office/ study, bonus room, spacious formal living, dining, family room & 3 car garage. Large double lanai w/outdoor Fireplace & custom kitchen/grill area. Pavered lanai w/Diamond Bright pool & spillover spa. This home has it all! $589,900
Over 2,000 square feet of living space including 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, spacious formal dining room, great room & 2 car garage. Exquisite kitchen with breakfast bar & large eat-in area. Expanded master suite w/sitting area, beautiful french doors. Plenty of room for outdoors entertaining! Only 2 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. $189,900
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On the Water with Free Boat Mooring!!
Superb Standard Pacific Home on Pond
Live the Florida Lifestyle
3 BR condo w/resort style amenities! On a beautiful saltwater canal connecting to the Anclote River and out to the Gulf. Easy boat docking with whips in your backyard. Move in ready! Outdoor balcony w/water view! Laminate wood flooring. Private community pool & park area to launch/store your kayaks! Live in Paradise! $124,900
This 3,232 square foot home with four bedroom plus LOFT and HUGE BONUS ROOM, 2.5 bath 2 car garage is located in the desirable, gated community of Trinity East, near Odessa Elementary. $389,900
Charming 2 Bedroom, 1 full bath & 1/2 bath condo in the lovely gated Sunnybrook Community. First floor unit with screened patio. Living/dining room combo with eat-in kitchen. Features a recreational clubhouse, heated pool & spa, tennis courts, shuffle board & boccĂŠ ball courts. Live the Florida Lifestyle! $44,900
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Ms. Twister Maid Service gets Your Home or Workplace “Sophia” Clean! We have used Sophia for years. She is very dependable and always does a great job! We know when we walk into the home that it’s not just clean – it’s “Sophia” clean! She pays close attention to detail, always goes above and beyond. We have hired other people in the past, but Sophia is one of the few at the top of the list of our favorites. Her business is trustworthy and we don’t recommend anyone else to our family or friends. — Loriann This is only one testimonial from many, very satisfied residential and commercial customers of Ms. Twister Maid Service, LLC, a division of Team Farrell. With Ms. Twister, you not only get “Sophia” clean, you get the satisfaction of knowing that the money you spend with Ms Twister is being paid forward to help someone in need. “Ms. Twister uses a large portion of our profits to provide free cleaning services for women and men with breast cancer while they are undergoing treatment. This is made possible through Cleaning for a Reason,” explained owner Sophia Anastassiou. Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization that serves the United States and Canada, with a mission to give the gift of free house cleaning for men and women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Their goal is to “let these brave and strong women focus on their health and treatment while partnering maid services focus on removing the worry and the work of cleaning their homes– and it is all free of charge.” Ms. Twister is one of more than 1,200 maid services who donate free housecleaning as part of the Cleaning for a Reason organization. Since their inception in 2006, their partner maid services have volunteered their time to clean for over 21,000 patients, valued at nearly $6 million.* Ms. Twister Maid Services, was established in Port Richey in 2015, which was a dream come true for Sophia, who had been managing her own, smaller maid service. Having a larger team, and the support of Team Farrell and her community, it afforded her the opportunity to help more breast cancer patients during their time of need.
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The Ms. Twister team takes great pride and care in their extreme level of quality, personalized service, which you won’t find from other local competitors. All team members are trained in every aspect of “Sophia” cleaning, so you can rest assured knowing the job will be done perfectly the first time, every time. Sophia emphasized, “We strive to become the sole source provider for all of our residential and commercial customers’ needs.” Sophia & the entire Ms. Twister team truly cares for the community, the clients and the patients they serve. For a free estimate from Ms. Twister Maid Service for any of your residential or commercial needs. www.mstwister.com, mstwistermaidservice@gmail. com, or call 727-TWISTER [727-894-7837], today! *Source: Cleanforareason.org
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31 | Local Hero Kelly Steen A Perfect Balance of Love
05 | “Sophia” Clean Ms. Twister Maid Service 11 | Hometown Story Gil & Julie McWilliams The “Coolest” Family in Town!
14 | Summer Fun Things to Do in West Pasco 18 | 6 Summer Car Tips Before You Hit the Road
32 | Trinity Memorial Gardens A Note from Kathy Bram
43 | Fishing Report Captain Bob Hubbard
Local Star Shalyah Fearing The Voice of Hudson
YOUR Home 21 | Save Money Cooling Your Home
09 | Award Winning Local Attorney Stacy Kemp
37 | Dishing Out Health Skinny Chicken Alfredo Stuffed w/Spaghetti Squash
36 | Summer Fun for Everyone Explore Pasco County
42 | A Slice of Florida Heaven Gil Dawg Tiki Bar & Grill
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Directory Of HOMETOWN PROFESSIONALS | June ISSUE 2016 Shop Local. Buy Local. Eat Local.
Accounting Services Unbehagen Advisors............................ 27 Administrative Services Anything Office.................................... 27 Advertising & Marketing Head of Lettuce..................................... 29 IT’S YOUR HOME Mag........12, 16, 31, 35 Air Conditioning Contractors A-Plus A/C & Heating...........................35 Best Services A/C & Heating.................21 Cornerstone A/C, Plumbing & Elec......25 McWilliams & Son A/C & Heating....11, 22
Cleaning Services Donna’s Cleaning Angels................22, 26 Ms. Twister..........................................4, 5 Dentistry Dr. David W. Dempsey, D.D.S.................7 Trinity Dental Arts................................15 Education Keiser University...................................45 KnowledgePoints Tutoring of Trinity.....45 Event & Wedding Venues Seven Springs Golf & CC............ 39, 41, 45 Verizon Event Center............................44
Attorneys Charles S. Phillips, PLLC......................33 Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group........1, 9 Law Offices of Debora Ann Diaz, Esq....28, 35 Law Offices of Lucas | Magazine.....28, 29 Pawuk & Pawuk, P.A..............................30
Family Entertainment Seven Springs Golf & CC.......................41 Kids Camp.............................................45 Congo River Golf...................................39 Gill Dawg...............................................42 Island Paradise Charters.......................43
Automotive Hyundai of New Port Richey.................19 Tim’s Performance Service Center........18 RTG Auto Sales......................................18
Funeral Home & Cemetery Trinity Memorial Gardens....................32 Garage Door Sales/Service Integrity Garage Door Services............18
BALLOON DECORATIONS Wonderful Balloons..............................30
Golf Courses Seven Springs Golf & CC........... 39, 41, 45
Business Groups & Organizations Pasco County Tourism..........................37 Rooters Networking Club.....................30 Trinity Positive Business Network........30 West Pasco Chamber of Commerce......32
Hair Salon & Nails Aquaterra Salon & Spa..........................17 Cabelo Salon..........................................14 Style Makers Salon................................16
Business Products Able Business Systems...........................34 Carpet Cleaning Complete Care Systems...................20, 35 CHIROPRACTOR Cranial Release Center of FL................30 ComputerS A-M-S Computers.................................29 Cudixs....................................................27 Contractor - General Rocky’s Kitchen & Bath Remodeling....24 General add Home Res-Q, Inc..............30 Cookware & Cooking Classes BergHOFF International, Inc...............20
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Health Insurance F.W.H & Assoc.-Florida Blue................30 Trinity Insurance Consultants..............31 Health FOOD STORE The Health Hut......................................31 INSURANCE SERVICES AA Insurance.........................................30 Holladay Insurance...............................30
Moving Services Two Men and A Truck...........................23 Nail Salon Amber Nails...........................................16 NOTARY PUBLIC LAS Mobile Notary................................30 PAVERS Trinity Brick Company.........................18 Pest Control Green Tech Termite & Pest Control........21 Pest Control General Store....................35 Pet Services Joyce Moore Dog Training....................46 Paw Wash Plus.......................................47 Stay at Home Pet Sitters..................30, 46 Physicians – Podiatry Foot & Leg Specialty Center..................17 Real Estate Agents Borree Team, RE/MAX Advantage.......35 Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions....................................2, 3, 20 Restaurants The Brass Tap.........................................38 Central Park Family Restaurant...........37 Gill Dawg.............................................. 42 Got Lobstah...........................................39 Ichiban Sushi.........................................38 Seven Springs Golf & Country Club.....39 Zen Forrest............................................39 Roof & Exterior Cleaning Hammerhead Soft Wash........................48 Security Training-Churches Trinity Security Allies...........................31 Title Services Champions Title Services......................23 Travel Service Tix Travel & Ticket agency....................34
Jeweler DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry............................10
Upholsterer Sunshine Upholstery.............................20
Landscape & MaintENance Jesse Homes...........................................22
Veterinarians Animal Care Center of Pasco................47 Best Care Animal Hospital....................47 Country Oaks Animal Hospital............47
Massage Therapy Aquaterra Salon & Spa..........................17 Cabelo Salon..........................................14 Massage Therapy Center.......................16
Wine Time for Wine...................................... 38
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Award Winning Local Attorney
Stacy Kemp is the founder of Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group and is an award winning attorney and business woman. Attorney Kemp has been selected as one of the “Top Lawyers in Florida” by the Legal Network, and her firm was named “Small Business of the Year” by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, her firm earned a place in the INC. 5000 for fastest growing privately held companies in the nation for the second year in a row. While this is just a small sample of what she has achieved, the plaques on the wall are not what Attorney Kemp uses to evaluate her success. “It’s nice to win trophies, but I’d rather win clients” is one of several client centered mantras that dictate the inner-workings of her firm. Her business model, though not revolutionary, is implemented effectively and relentlessly. She emphasizes constant client interaction,
pleasant conversation and a “can do” attitude to ensure her clients receive the best legal representation possible. Considering her firm’s revenue has grown by over 100% each of the past three years, her approach must be working. However, what truly sets Attorney Kemp apart from her peers is her commitment to the bay area’s community. Since starting her firm in 2008, she has made community involvement as integral to her firm’s business model as she has superior client service. With an ever growing list of sponsorships, charities and benefits, Attorney Kemp aims to support the community that supports her. Perhaps no greater example of her philanthropic nature is her firm’s presenting sponsorship of the Chasco Fiesta (a nine day festival benefiting more than 25 nonprofits locally). The heart of Attorney Kemp’s success lies in the fact that she is from this area and, even as a young child, she has always wanted this area to thrive. She attended River Ridge High School where she was very active in Future Business Leaders of America, as well as a number of other extracurricular activities. Then, she went on to Saint Leo University where she majored in Criminal Justice and earned National Dean’s List recognition multiple times. Finally, staying local once again, Attorney Kemp earned her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. While there, she received numerous awards including the prestigious “ William F. Blews Award for outstanding pro bono service” and another series of Dean’s List awards.
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The “Coolest” Family in Town!
Gil & Julie McWilliams, McWilliams & Son Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric If there is one thing certain about living anywhere in Florida during the summer months, it is vital to have a reputable air conditioning company at the ready for all of your air conditioning and ventilation needs. When the professionals of that company are dependable and provide quality service at affordable prices, it is a no-brainer! Gil & Julie McWilliams are the owners of McWilliams & Son Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric, a three-generation, family-owned business in Port Richey, and they deliver all of these things and more for all of their clients. Gil & Julie are well aware of the importance of providing the very best experience for customers each and every time – especially during the intense heat of the season – whether it’s during standard business hours or long after.
Their daughter, Lauren will be attending Mitchell High School this year and regularly attends community events promoting business. Other family members include Uncle Doug Saxon, as Office Manager and cousin, Brandon Saxon, Service Technician. Together, there are 30 employees and 18 trucks. The McWilliams team strives to do their best work day after day, for all things HVAC and electrical, including maintenance, repairs, and air quality. “Gil truly loves what he does and being able to provide a service that is very necessary in Florida is definitely rewarding. He has provided service even when the customer has financial issues. He‘d never let a family do without if he can help,” Julie confessed. Aside from business, the McWilliams’ are active throughout the community, participating in Port Richey Rotary, Trinity Rotary, Phi Delta Kappa, Junior Service League, Trinity Odessa Chamber of Commerce, West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, along with many networking groups like Trinity Business Association, Professional Service Network, and Trinity Referral Network.
In as much as their customers are highly- valued, family means everything to the McWilliams’. Julie continued, “McWilliams and Son is a family business. Everyone is involved one way or another. We spend time together in many ways be it business-related or not. We are together, be it working in the community or on family vacations. The key is involving everyone in all aspects beneficial to the balance of providing harmony. The AC business is not 9-5, and we all know that come summer, our time together may be limited, but come winter, we are out seeing the world… together.” Gil is “The Big Man” makes all things possible. He is hands on in every aspect of the company. Julie handles the marketing, advertising and public relations. The “Son” in McWilliams & Son, Devin, recently returned from active duty in the United States Marine Corp, and he is fully-trained and licensed as an HVAC mechanic. Soon, he will earn his electrical license.
Julie said, “Through our involvement with these organizations we, collectively, are able to donate large amounts of time and funds back into the community. Together we are mightier than one.” Their commitment to community is as solid as their commitment to their family and their customers. They see the best part about the West Pasco community is meeting other like-minded people who come together to help those in need. Julie confided, “We are very fortunate in our success to be able to give back to the community by donating funds to many non-profit organizations and to help projects go forward that serve a purpose to better the lives of those who need it most.”
Summer FUN WEST PASCO Style IT’S YOUR HOME Magazine
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When was the last time you ventured out and discovered the many sights of West Pasco? You will find 10 things to do on page 14 and many other adventures to explore on page 36.
Summer Tips are a hot topic. Getting ready for a road trip this summer? Be sure to have your car ready for travel (pg 18). Looking to save money on your energy & cooling bill? We have the answers(pg 21). Moving? Print out a checklist from Two Men & A Truck (pg 23). Redecorating? Check out some hot patio trends on page 25. Looking to stay cool? Meet the “Coolest” family in town (pg 11) and how they can make you cool too. Try the yummy & healthy coconut-water ice pops recipe on page 45. If that’s not cool enough, how cool is it to have our local star, Shalyah Fearing back in town after performing so well on the Voice (pg 40). What an amazing voice, we are so proud! Join us in welcoming our new marketing director, Kelly Steen (pg 31) to our It’s Your Home family. Together, with her marketing expertise and community involvement she is here for YOU to make this publication YOUR favorite resource guide. If you are looking to purchase or sell your home, I am committed to providing you with the highest quality service. It is my pleasure to furnish you the latest market information, including a complimentary market analysis. Homes in our community are selling quickly, the market is HOT! (pg 2) 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, economicallyviable and close-knit community. .
Your Family. Your Community. Your Life… IT’s YOUR HOME!
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| 10 Things to Do Pasco Style!
July 1 & 2, 2016 KIAFest in Sims Park: Bring the whole family down to the 17th Annual friendly KIAFEST Main Street Blast and enjoy classic rock music, food & beverages, Beer Garden, Military Vehicles on display, kids’ games, fireworks and much more. facebook.com/events/1695672114018379 Go to The Movies: All summer long check out the FREE or Special Pricings at the Cinema 6, http://thecinema6.com and Hollywood 18 theater, www.regmovies.com Go Bowling: Kids Bowl Free this summer at Lane-Glo. Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Every Day All Summer Long, Valued At Over $500 Per Child! To register go to kidsbowlfree.com Sunwest Park on 17362 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, FL: An outdoor sports and recreation park in Pasco County, FL, providing fun on and off the water for the whole family! sunwestpark.com Spinnations-Dollar Mania Mondays: Join us Every Monday Night in the Summer for Dollar Mania Monday’s! Starting June 20 6:30pm-8:30pm! SpinNations.com Sims Park Splash Pad: Enjoy a day at the park with the family in the newly renovated Sim Park complete w/new Splash Pad. Check out all the events coming up at the park. nprmainstreet.com
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Island Paradise Charters: Island Paradise Charters offers Island Cookout Cruises, Island & River Adventure Cruises, Adrenaline Inshore / Offshore fishing and Special Event Cruise, Island Weddings, Island Tours, Sponge Docks tours, Cotee River tours, Dolphin tours, Sunset Boat Cruises, Dinner Cruises and many more packages. islandparadisecharters.com Starkey Park: Enjoy a day and/or night at Starkey Park. You can camp, play, bike, hike or even stargaze at the park. Check out all the upcoming events. wfwmd.state.fl.us/ recreation/areas/ starkey-park.html Windsong Charters: Enjoy some fun in the sun with Pontoon Boat Rentals, Private Captained Sailing or Fishing Charters, or go for a good paddling on a Kayak, Canoe or Stand Up Paddle Board. WindsongCharters.com
Gill Dawg: Gill Dawg isn’t just a destination, it’s a lifestyle! A slice of Florida heaven tucked along the Cotee River offering watersport rentals and tours, a full kayak store, a Tiki Bar & Grill and an entertainment center with live music offered almost everyday! www.gilldawg.com
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Many people who have conventional dentures don’t like to wear them because they don’t stay in place. TeethXpress offers a way to keep dentures secure and allows you to go about your daily life with confidence. Conventional dentures are designed to give you the appearance of natural teeth, but not actually replace your natural teeth. You may have noticed that your denture that once fit well now slips constantly and requires costly visits to the dentist for adjustment. That’s because every day that you were a denture the bone in your jaw shrinks a little more. Eventually the denture won’t fit at all and you will have to replace it. TeethXpress is a very different solution. You will still have beautiful natural looking teeth, but now they will also function like natural teeth. The TeethXpress solution secures your denture to surgically placed dental implants so that you can eat, speak and live confidently without the fear of slipping dentures.
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Get Fit For celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza, the whole world is a gym Ramona puts her mom, Lucy, 81, to work on a Bosu balance trainer. — Matt Barnes
As a former competitive gymnast and a cheerleader for the L.A. (now Oakland) Raiders — a job that required me to dance in highheeled boots for much of my 20s and 30s — I’m often dealing with a tight lower back, hamstrings and hips. I especially feel this in the morning, so it’s helpful to do stretches while I’m in bed. A few side twists, hamstring stretches and leg circles make it much easier for me to get up. I went to Hollywood to pursue acting. Then I was asked to train Jessica Alba in gymnastics for Dark Angel — and that was the start of my fitness career. Halle Berry often uses my 3-2-1 workout, which includes three cardio segments, two circuit-training segments and one core segment. I’m a total gym rat, but I also love taking my clients outdoors. Changing your environment helps keep you motivated. But you don’t need a trainer to get moving. Here are a few quick exercises to try on the next sunny day. Aquatic abs At the swimming pool, throw in a little abdominal work. Support yourself with the pool’s edge and crunch your legs toward your chest. Step up your health When climbing stairs, boost your stamina — by taking two or three at a time. On a hill, stretch your strides. Reverse course If you have painful knees, try walking backward for a bit on your next stroll. This builds quadriceps strength with less joint stress. Push it When you pass a park bench, stop and do a few leaning push-ups against its back, to strengthen your shoulders and chest. Beach body Sand offers resistance and cushioning. At the shore, try broad jumps or lunges. Los Angeles trainer Ramona Braganza, 54, has sculpted some of Hollywood’s hottest physiques, including Scarlett Johansson’s and Anne Hathaway’s.
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A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and shiny. What you eat can also keep you from losing your locks. If you’re not getting certain nutrients from food, you might see the effects in your hair. Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3s, play a key role in the health of your skin, hair, and nails. You should eat some of these foods, which are rich in omega-3, every day: • Salmon, tuna, mackerel, and other fatty fish • Flaxseed oil • Walnuts and almonds Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid are also important to your hair. Vegetarians and vegans often don’t get enough of them. Foods with B-6 include bananas, potatoes (both white and sweet), and spinach. Major sources of B12 include meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. You can get folic acid with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and tomatoes. Whole grain and fortified-grain products, beans, and lentils also have it. Protein is also critical for keeping your hair healthy, but many people don’t get enough. Lean meats like fish and chicken, eggs, and soy products are good sources. Eat one serving every day. Because trace minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, and biotin also affect hair, it’s a good idea to take a daily multivitamin.
Before You Hit the Road
Make Sure You Consider These
Summer Car Care Tips By Leah Ingram
1. Keep Tires Inflated Now that you know that hot weather can affect your tire pressure, what can you do about it? Ensure that tires are properly inflated. According to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, tires should be inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations printed on the vehicle door placard or in the owner’s manual, not the number on the tire. 2. Check Tire Tread Tires with good treads help with safe driving. Try this coin test to see if your tires need replacing or not. Take a penny and insert it upside down along your treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, those treads are dead and you need new tires. 3. Top Off Fluids Make sure that your fluids under the hood are all at optimal levels. Also, if you have a big road trip scheduled, you may want to get an oil change before you leave. Motor oil does more than just lubricate moving parts. It cools areas of the engine and provides protection over a wide temperature range. 4. Read Up on Recalls We just received a letter from Honda, letting us know that our 2003 Honda Accord is a part of the airbag recall that’s been in the news lately. Turns out the driver’s side and passenger side airbags need to be replaced. Other drivers may not be aware that they have a recalled vehicle and that it still needs to be repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN Lookup Tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall. This tool covers recalls within the last 15 years. 5. Replace Wiper Blades When was the last time you put new wiper blades on your car? If it’s longer than six months, you need new ones. After six months, blades stop working well and could affect your visibility while driving in the rain. 6. Plan for an Emergency No one ever plans to get stuck on the side of the road, but emergencies do happen. Keep a emergency kit in your car; include jumper cables, a flashlight, paper towels, roadside flares, a first-aid kit, bottled water, car charger for cell phone, and even snacks like granola bars, among other necessities you think you might need if you got stranded.
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Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions
Ready to Sell? 3 Ways to Get Started Now
If you decide to take the plunge and put your home on the market, we’ve got a few things you do right now to get a head start on prepping your home to sell this summer. 1. Hire Your Realtor®. A real estate pro is essential to a successful home sale right from the start. Not only will you rely on their expertise to make the decision to sell, you should also trust their advice on pricing your home, marketing it, and negotiating offers from buyers. 2. Schedule a pre-listing home inspection. Get a head start on other home sellers by getting a home inspection done now—before you list your home. By getting your home inspection early, your home sale is less likely to be derailed by unseen issues with your home when the buyer conducts their own inspection. You’ll have extra time to address any problems your inspection uncovers, or your agent can help you decide if it’s better to adjust your asking price instead.
3. Declutter and stage for buyers. While you’re in home improvement mode, you can also take your time decluttering and staging your home so it makes an unforgettable first impression on buyers. • Begin by cleaning out your closets and packing up photos and knick-knacks. • Make your rooms look more spacious by removing extra furniture and clearing your kitchen countertops. • Create a tidy, welcoming entry and apply a fresh coat of paint inside to help buyers see your home in its best light. • Freshen your décor with new throw pillows, decorative towels, bedding and other accessories.
Contact Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions for more advice about how you can attract buyers by playing up the specific features of your home while staying within your budget.
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Save Money Save Energy &
Cooling Your Home This Summer
• S et your thermostat on the highest comfortable setting. If you’re leaving for the day, turn it up a couple of degrees. Don’t turn your cooling system off unless you’ll be gone for an extended period of time.
• C lean or change your filters monthly. Dirty filters can increase operating costs.
• U se a ceiling fan or portable fan to supplement your air conditioning. A fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler so you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher and save on cooling costs. Use in occupied rooms since fans cool people, not rooms. • S witch your central air conditioning to “auto” for better cooling and humidity control and costs you less than keeping the system switched “on” continuously. • C lose blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day to keep the sun’s rays from heating your house. • C hoose a high-efficiency AC with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14 or greater. Not only will your AC be more efficient, you could also be eligible for a rebate up to $350. • C losely monitor older air conditioning equipment – especially temperature settings, hours of operation and filter condition. • Sign up for EnergyWise HomeTM, a free program that can pay you over $147 a year to help manage Florida’s energy use. • P roperly insulate your home. In existing homes, wall insulation may be too expensive to install, so concentrate on attic and floor insulation. www.progress-energy.com
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A MONTH BEFORE THE MOVE • Reserve a moving company for your move as soon as you know you are moving. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can also pack up your house for you. • Visit your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to purchase moving boxes and necessary packing supplies. • Start to clean out closets, the garage and attic. • Host a garage sale or donate your unwanted things to charity. • Arrange to transfer school records. • Get change of address cards from your local post office. • Notify magazines, charge accounts, insurance companies, clubs & all other organizations of your change of address. If possible, get owner’s manuals for appliances. ONE TO TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE • Make a “survival closet” of things you will need for the final clean-up and include a snack for the last day. • If you decide to pack yourself, label all the moving boxes as you pack. Write the destination room on the top and sides of each moving box to ensure it gets to the right place in your new home. • Schedule disconnects for gas, electric, water and the telephone. Don’t disconnect the phone until after your move. Arrange for refunds that are due, and schedule connections for your new home. • Cancel newspapers, cable TV, security, pest control, cleaning help, lawn maintenance and any other services you receive. THE WEEK OF THE MOVE • Mail in your change of address forms. • Clean the stove. This checklist will help prepare you for your move. Please feel free to contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location with any questions or get a free moving quote.
Protect the Investment of Your New Home This is your home sweet home, your investment, maybe even your livelihood. Make sure you are in the hands of a trusted and highly experienced Title Company. Our fees at Champions Title Services, LLC, are very fair and competitive in today’s market. Our promise to you is a smooth process and a comfortable Closing experience. Champions Title Services, LLC, is owned and operated by Stacy Kemp, Esq. with Kemp, Ruge and Green Law Group and managed by Jason St. Croix. We handle all types of real property Closings such as regular home sales, short sales, refinance, and new construction. Our underwriter is Attorneys Title Insurance Fund / Old Republic Title Insurance Company. Our underwriting legal counsel is a great resource together with Stacy Kemp, Esq. to research and answer any title matter associated with your Closing. Title Insurance is just like any other insurance and you want to protect the investment of your new home. Our title insurance professionals pride themselves on excellent client service, organization and preparation. Furthermore, we love what we do. We like meeting our clients and taking the transaction from initial Contract to the Closing table. Our friendliness and track record of success is why so many people in the community just like you keep coming back to us for their next title Closing. Please call our office to discuss your upcoming Closing. We look forward to seeing you at our Closing table.
Jason St. Croix Champions Title Services 2049 Welbilt Blvd Trinity, Fl 34655 727-264-2394 championstitleservices.com www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com
Trending Now: The DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS
Nothing can kill a sale faster than a dated, closed-in kitchen area. Many of today’s buyers see the kitchen as the home’s command center, and not just a place for cooking and eating. They want the kitchen to be many things at once, hence the rise in popularity of what is known as the multifunctional open-concept kitchen.
The two main considerations when designing a multifunctional space are wall placement and storage. While it may seem like an easy solution to knock down walls, Brick says there are other architectural solutions, like open doorways, that can give a similar effect while keeping the space architecturally interesting.
If your clients are looking to renovate an existing kitchen, or you need to advise them on building one that’s brand-new, the Washington Post shared some background on how they can design a kitchen space so that it’s functional in many different way.
Being as honest as possible about individual organizational and storage needs is key when creating a multifunctional kitchen. For some owners who want to use the kitchen as a makeshift homework area or as a place to handle their bills, adding storage for these needs will be necessary. If your clients do a lot of cooking and entertaining for large groups, they will want to make sure the kitchen has space and storage to accommodate that process. If the family has small children, the kitchen can be designed with their safety in mind.
“Whether you are renovating existing structure or building new, architects fully recognize the need for space that is designed for movement and flow,” says Stephanie Brick, senior designer at Sustainable Design Group, in Gaithersburg, Md. “There are still rules and important elemental guidelines — you do not want to just delete all of the walls on your first floor. But by being selective in the design, materials and professionals you work with, you can easily achieve a space that does not merely react to, but anticipates, your bustling lifestyle.”
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Brick has one final piece of advice when designing this type of kitchen space. “Honesty with your architect is key to creating a strong working relationship and delivering an equally beautiful and functional space in your home.”
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Business & FINANCE
Three Hot Patio Trends AND THREE TO FORGET By Lauren Shanesy
Homeowners should ditch their wrought iron furniture and floral patterns for concrete coffee tables, teak furniture and aquamarine accent colors. Clean and contemporary is the Adirondack chairs, may even see a modern and natural wood textures that will appear look for outdoor patios this twist and include elements of stainless on patios this year. Tangerine could also be steel or concrete. a popular color choice. summer season. Concrete coffee tables, teak chairs or dining sets, and bright, aquamarine colors are in style for outdoor living areas in summer 2016, according to the latest Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, which analyzes survey responses from interior design experts and popular photos on Zillow Digs. Homeowners will value the simplicity of concrete coffee tables and flooring and teak furniture, which can withstand the outdoor elements and transition easily into subsequent seasons. Teak furniture, such as
“Natural wood outdoor furniture will take center stage, but will be modernized by concrete or stainless steel accent materials, which will pop up in anything from chair legs to coffee table tops,” said Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs home design expert in a release this morning. The sleek wood and concrete materials will be contrasted with bright aquamarine hues in throw pillows, umbrellas, and other materials. The predicted most-popularstatement color of the summer adds vibrancy and warmth and to any space, and pairs seamlessly with the slate gray
Zillow also noted the out-of-style fads to forget in 2016. Anything high-maintenance or ornate should be ditched for this year’s new trends. Homeowners want a stylish yet comfortable vibe, so wrought iron furniture sets and floral patterns will seem too intricate and overdone, and will be quickly replaced by the above modern furniture and solid, bold colors. Homeowners will also steer clear of lawns that require, year-round attention, and will instead spend their energy creating a comfortable outdoor living space that feels like an extension of their home.
Lauren is a content producer for Hanley Wood’s residential construction group. Find her on twitter: @LShanesyHW
Business & FINANCE
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Business & FINANCE
My daughter is about to start college. What does she need to know about opening her first checking account?
Starting out on one’s own in college involves many financial firsts. Opening a checking account to manage money might be just one of them. As your daughter prepares to head off to school, she should begin to shop around and find a bank or credit union that offers the best deal. Many banks (both local and national) and credit unions offer accounts tailored specifically to young adults. Some things she should keep in mind when shopping around include: • Is there a monthly maintenance fee? • Are there overdraft charges? • Does the account pay interest? • Does the account come with free checks? • Is there an ATM on campus or close by? • Are there penalties for using an out-of-network ATM? Many colleges and universities have begun to partner with financial institutions to offer accounts to their students. In fact, 40% of college students attend schools with these types of arrangements. (Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office, College Debit Cards, February 2014) Some colleges may use official communications, such as email, to market a particular financial institution’s products. Others may allow a financial institution’s staff on campus to promote their products. A college or university may even be paid when a student opens a sponsored account. It’s important to note that these sponsored accounts can come with high fees. As a result, you’ll want your daughter to be aware that just because an account is sponsored by her college or university doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best option, or even that she has to use it. One resource that clients (and my children) have used in the past is FamZoo. By opening a prepaid card that you control through FamZoo this allows you to teach your daughter to split account balances for spending, saving and giving – and how to budget. Although, it is always better to start this sort of financial education much earlier, even in the elementary school years, it is never too late. You can go to www.famzoo.com to explore this creative and worthwhile option. Call and put our team to work for you!
“Clear Concise Advice” (727) 846-1802 • DeboraDiazLaw.com
Appointing a guardian
for your minor children
When one parent dies, the other parent generally gets custody of minor children. But if one parent is unfit, or both parents die, your family and the court will look to your will when deciding who becomes the guardian of your children. Without your wishes in writing, the state will make a decision that’s out of your control. To keep this from happening, it’s a good idea to name your first and second choice for a guardian. Be sure to explain the following: • Why you believe this adult will provide stable, continuous care • The relationship between your child and the adult • The adult(’s) moral fitness to take care of your children Discuss your decision with potential guardians before naming them in your will. And be careful about appointing co-guardians. These work best when you choose a stable couple, but you can’t predict what will happen in the future.
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ACROSS 1 First principles 5 Small goby 9 Bird 12 Vegetable 13 Hence 14 Yellow Sea arm 15 Evening (Ital.) 16 Bosh 18 Grandfather of Saul 20 Weight allowance 21 Hog’s guts 23 Biddy 24 Begin 25 Daughters of the American Revolution (abbr.) 26 Double (abbr.) 29 Ibsen character 30 Science class 313 (Rom. numeral) 32 Sp. article 33 Fishing line cork 34 Desolate 36 Bird 37 Headstrong 38 Scientific name (suf.) 40 Card 41 Dire 43 Freshwater worm 46 Grab 47 Gray wolf 48 Eight (pref.) 49 Father: Arabic 50 Elbe tributary 51 Interpret
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DOWN 1 Able-bodied seaman (abbr.) 2 Stinging insect 3 Horned viper 4 Firm 5 Fr. artist 6 Absent without leave (abbr.) 7 Son of Hermes 8 Edible shellfish 9 Without (Ger.) 10 Old-style verb 11 Tall tale 17 Sea eagle 19 Comparative ending 21 Cure 22 Handle 23 Habakkuk (abbr.) 25 Drop 26 Shame 27 Chew 28 Song (Ger.) 30 Afr. eye-worm 33 Church officer 34 Cooking vessel 35 Trojan hero 36 Cyclades island 37 Sorrow 38 Arabic (abbr.) 39 Phil. island 40 Rood screen 41 Genetic letters 42 Daze 44 Thus (Lat.) 45 Arabic letter
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Is Social Media: Taking up too much time? Not working for you? Are you looking for a better way to do it?
We have a Solution to match your needs: • Coaching - We teach you the skills to succeed at Social Media, driving traffic to your website, and measure results. • Consulting - We review how your business is handling; social media, digital strategy, and your website. Which means we look at: the flow of internet traffic to your website, what happens when they are there, your conversion ratios, online weaknesses and opportunities. We then work with you develop an executable strategy to improve and meet goals. • Content Generation & Delivery - Sometimes you just don’t have the “bandwidth” to handle your brand online. Our system can be set up to feed your content out for you on your social media platforms. We also have writers who can step in and write content for you, from tweets and Facebook updates to Blog articles for your website. • Reputation & Review Management - Our software will track and monitor your brand online, from news and blog articles to all the review sites that can so greatly affect your business. • Do It Yourself On Our Software - Our Dashboard makes managing your online presence easier on you, which means running a robust campaign on multiple platforms all from one dashboard. Built in Reporting helps you track the metrics that make sense. Contact me for a free sit down to discuss your needs, Antony Francis, Owner Antony@HeadofLettuce.com 727-534-8281 www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com
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A Perfect Balance of Love for Family & Community
Hero: “A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a role model or ideal”
Many residents of West Pasco County recognize her name, her face, and her level of service to the community and local businesses therein. But how much do people really know about this special woman who dedicates so much of herself to better her community? Kelly Steen humbly describes herself as “efficient, helpful, and caring.” She definitely embodies all of these admirable qualities, and so many more! Kelly admitted, “When I first started networking, I was very shy and kept to myself. I am the type of person who will go to a new place and observe everyone and everything before I get involved. As I continued to network, I noticed how the people in our community gave back and how people helped each other. I thought this was wonderful and something I wanted to do myself.” Her community was a perfect fit of local business professionals with whom she wanted to interact, encourage and promote. So much so, she continued to get involved with various organizations and decided that it was something she wanted to teach her daughter. “I love helping others and so does she,” Kelly said. When it comes to her beloved daughter Ashlyn, Kelly is even more dedicated to her most important job as Mom. She has served as her daughter’s Girl Scout troop leader for 5 yrs, and she enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s school. Kelly proudly stated, “My family is always my main priority. It is challenging at times to balance work and home, but without my family and God, I would not be where I am today. Watching my daughter grow and become a caring and loving person is so rewarding. I am so proud of her. She is a smart and loving little girl. She teaches me to be a better person. We volunteer every year with The United Way of Pasco County for their Stuff the Bus event, as well as many other organizations’ events. I truly love being a part of her life and volunteering with her.”
Kelly is also grateful to have her Mom around, because she helps with her granddaughter whenever needed. “I am truly blessed,” she said. We are excited to introduce Kelly as Marketing Director of It’s Your Home Magazine. She is a leader in our community that truly cares about helping others. She is very involved and is now a great asset in further assisting IYH Magazine in our mission to connect our readers to the local businesses in our community. Her mission with IYH is to grow the magazine and give residents/businesses of the community the resources they need. The majority of West Pasco residents don’t know what all Pasco has to offer, because many work and play in other counties. Kelly wants to help change that. Her most helpful hint to residents and local business owners, alike, is something she learned early on: If you don’t know someone, talk to them, and get to know more about their business. She emphasizes that you don’t have to become a patron of a business, necessarily, but you may know someone who can use their products and services. Word of mouth referrals are often the best way to help small businesses. Kelly said, “If you are unsure of how you can get involved, contact me I would love to help you.“ To that end, she continued, “I love being able to connect our businesses with our residents. I think it’s wonderful how It’s Your Home Magazine, a community lifestyle magazine, is geared toward its readers. I hope you will love it too, and if you have any thoughts on how to make the magazine better, or if there is something you would like to see in the magazine, contact me. We want this to be your favorite resource guide.“ Welcome to the IYH &Topaz Digital Ink team, Kelly! We are blessed to have you!!
A Note from Kathy Bram
Hi, I’m Kathy Bram, Senior Family Service Advisor at Trinity Memorial Gardens. We are a full service Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory located at SR 54 and Community Drive in Trinity. I truly love my job and never tire of talking with people about the available options when they are pre-planning for themselves or a loved one. After the years I’ve spent helping families, I feel that I am well versed and able to answer most questions related to pre-need arrangements. There are some new additions here at TMG. The recently dedicated “Hall of Life” which houses glass and granite front niches in both single and double occupancy. A glass, lighted niche offers an opportunity to showcase a beautiful Urn along with treasured mementos. Our beautiful Mausoleum with its stained glass and imported marble gives this building a serene, peaceful feel, and mausoleums eliminate the need for lots, vaults, and monuments. Additionally, they offer a tranquil environment providing visitors with year round protection from the Florida elements. A second Mausoleum is in the final planning stages along with a Committal Shelter and Garden Crypts. Several pristine burial gardens are also available. We are nondenominational and service all faiths. Please call or email me for an appointment and I will be happy to discuss your own pre-planning needs including our many payment options. Kathy Bram Senior Family Service Advisor 727-376-7824 email@example.com
West Pasco Chamber of Commerce
Here We Grow Again! The continued growth in West Pasco is phenomenal. We are seeing an increase in the number of businesses moving to the area, as well as, as positive changes and growth in the ones that are currently here. In the last 18 to 24 months we have not only seen the growth of businesses along the SR 54 corridor, we have seen the growth of new independent businesses and franchises popping up all around West Pasco. We have many new businesses like Sport Clips Haircuts, Crystal Ecig, Nickels Diner, Just Brakes, Premier Rental Purchase, Crustacean Station, Oasis Health & Wellness Center, Pasco Medical Training, Solar Energy Management, The Roofing Company, Carri-Living Enterprises, Action 100 Realty, Jack & Jill Residential Services, Artful Pussycat, Katmandew Face & Body Art, Simply Events, The Ice Cream Palace, The White Heron Tea & Gifts, Better Value Auto’s and many others too numerous to mention. The Gulf View Square Mall is under new ownership and the new Mall Manager, Oscar Rodriguez, and his staff including his Marketing Manager, Molly Richter, are taking a whole new approach to revitalizing the mall and it is working. Watch for the upcoming special events and the new businesses going in there. Debbie Manns, NPR City Manager and Mario Iezzoni, NPR Business Development Director, have helped the continued growth of the downtown area. 1) The grand opening of a newly revitalized Sims Park with the help of Parks & Rec Director, Elaine Smith 2) T he expansion of Tampa Bay Multimedia, our own live TV studio in downtown NPR
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3) Numerous new shops, restaurants and businesses along the Main Street and Grand Boulevard corridors. 4) Watch for residential growth around Orange Lake. Welcome to West Pasco where growth is an everyday occurrence!
Paul Friedlander Membership Director West Pasco Chamber of Commerce www.westpasco.com The road to success is paved with failure. Do not be afraid to fail. “Try, Fail, Adjust!”
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Keep& IT LOCAL Business FINANCE
Credit Mistakes Potential Homebuyers Make Maintaining a strong credit score is one of the most important things potential buyers can do if they want to qualify for a mortgage, since credit scores are used by lenders to measure financial health. A recent study showed that 34 percent of potential buyers believe their current score will hurt their future ability to purchase a home. If your clients are concerned about their current credit rating,
People who hold high credit balances are not looked as favorable loan candidates since high balances and maxed out cards raises the debt-to-income ratio, according to lenders.
• Don’t be late. Paying bills on time is essential, since a person’s payment history makes up 35 percent of the total credit score. A late bill payment of 30 to 60 days also gets reported to credit bureaus and stays on the credit report for a whopping seven years.
• Too much disputing. While it’s a good idea to keep tabs on the credit report and dispute false charges, doing so too-often will be a red flag to lenders who may chalk it up to gaming the score instead.
Yahoo! Finance offered some advice on common credit problems they should avoid.
• Applying for new credit. According the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), applying and being approved for a new line of credit can cause concern with lenders who might take it as a sign that there’s a higher risk of default due to increased spending. Bottom line, if your potential buyers are planning to apply for a home loan in the near future, make sure they don’t apply for anything else around the same time, Yahoo! Finance warns. • Having high balances. Just making minimum credit card payments isn’t good enough for most mortgage companies.
• Not having a credit history at all. Credit can’t be established if there’s none to begin with, so if your clients have a thin credit file, let them know they need to start building their history before applying for a home loan.
Source: “5 Credit Problems That Can Destroy Your Home Dreams,” Yahoo! Finance
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Taylor Made to a Tee
by Debra Taylor Tee
What’s a vacation? I think it has something to do with not working. I’m not terribly familiar with the concept anymore.
I miss the days of young when we were counting the hours until the LAST day of school, be it all Fridays, the eve of Christmas break; the cusp of spring break; the all-important summer break; and the final moments of your last class as a high school or college graduate. Those were the days… Adulting, as I’ve heard it called by friends and associates, is much different today than it was during my youth growing-up in small town Kentucky. Moms stayed home and performed amazing duties, not only as Moms, but as domestic engineers. Dads worked 9-5, and joined the entire family at the dinner table before CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. Life and adulting has changed in many respects from those “good old days.” I wear many hats at this stage in life, and I mean that figuratively. I volunteer as a community liaison for a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue. I am editorial director and head writer for this publication. I write blogs for another local marketing company owned by my mentor and friend, Stacy Hansen. I serve as administrative assistant to a locally-based, point-of-sale [POS] software company; and I am a caregiver to two individuals in their early 80’s. The lady has a terrific mind, works crossword puzzles all day, and frequently repeats the same stories I’ve heard a thousand times about many wonderful times with her late husband and her only son. The gentleman has Alzheimer’s disease and can’t remember the question he asked me two minutes ago. He was once a very hard worker for a natural gas company, and served as chief of the local fire department. Both have long since retired, and both need care 24/7, 365. Neither desires to vacation anymore. It puts things in clarified perspective. I miss the days of being able to surround the family table with my loved ones on a regular basis. I miss the family vacations we took to Steinhatchee and Myrtle Beach, SC. I miss my carefree lifestyle and being able to do my thing…whatever that was…whenever I wanted. However, I’m thankful I have these precious memories upon which to reflect. No matter when I finally get an opportunity to vacation, or “staycation”, as the case may be, I think I’ll remove my adulting hat – and all of the others – and escape to Sun Park West and/or Howard Park. I’ll follow it up with a potent, refreshing beverage at Gil Dawgs, or perhaps, my favorite delicious dinner at Dimitri’s on the Water, paired beautifully with a fabulous merlot or pinot noir, of course. I’ll top it all off with a visit to the water. To me, the Anclote, the bayous, and the gorgeous gulf waters are the most beautiful, spiritual, serene scenes upon which to escape, ponder and reflect…and be thankful I remember. #PrayForOrlando
Summer Fun for Everyone:
Explore Pasco County
asco County is an outdoor lover’s paradise that offers great ecotourism and an outdoor adventure alternative to the typical themepark experience. The area boasts 20 miles of shoreline to the west, hilly terrain to the east and more than 100,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore in between. Making your adventure possibilities, endless!
Kayak/SUP: Get outside and enjoy what the Nature Coast has to offer, some of the best ways to explore Pasco County’s natural beauty is on the water. Visit one of our many paddle sport rental facilities and see for yourself. Paddle through 4,000 acres of salt springs or endless miles of rivers and estuaries. Take your time as you navigate the waterways and trails, observe wildlife or enjoy a relaxing picnic under a moss-draped oak. Fish: Fish the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico off of over 20 miles of coastline. Our shallow waters and many inlets make it a flats fishing haven. Find what the locals refer to as “the hole” and you’ll find dinner! Visit www.MyFWC.com for complete details of fish limits, seasons and sizes. Antique Shopping: Experience the best antique shops in central Florida. Travel back in time as you visit unique shops and upscale boutiques housed in early 20th century cottages in Downtown Dade City and New Port Richey. Enjoy Southern Hospitality and antique shopping opportunities all within a short walking distance of each other. From “old classics” to “shabby-chic,” you’ll find what you’re looking for! 36 June Issue 2016
Tampa Premium Outlets: Conveniently located right off Interstate 75 and State Road 56, Tampa Premium Outlets is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. Guests will enjoy over 110 of the best retail shops in Tampa Bay. While you’re in the area, stop by the Shops at Wiregrass, or the national retailers and entertainment options at The Grove in Wesley Chapel. Destination shopping awaits you! Dade City Wild Things: Take an adventure with a guide that brings you closer than ever to some magnificent animals. Add on amazing personal encounters, like swimming with tiger cubs, one-on-one’s with monkeys and gators, big cat feedings and more. Giraffe Ranch: Have you ever fed a giraffe? Have you ever smelled their grassy breath? At Giraffe Ranch you’ll experience first-hand, the lives of giraffe and other species from around the world living under huge live oaks and open grasslands. Visit our Things to Do tab at www.VisitPasco. net for some more Summer Fun ideas!
Tourism Manager Pasco County Tourism www.VisitPasco.net “Open Spaces, Vibrant Places” I’ll see you outdoors.
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Dishing Out Health
SKINNY CHICKEN ALFREDO STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH By Jamie Vespa MS, RD, LD/N dishingouthealth.com
Skinny Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash is a delicious spin on the beloved Italian staple! This easy recipe is low in calories and high in fiber and protein. Your family will love it! INGREDIENTS • 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash, halved • 1½ cups shredded chicken breasts (rotisserie is great) • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 2 tsp butter (I use grass-fed) • 1 small shallot, minced • 2 cloves of garlic, minced • 1 tbsp flour* • 1½ cup unsweetened cashew milk • 2 cups fresh baby spinach • 3 tbsp freshly chopped parsley • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese - divided • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
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INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F 2. Use a large knife to cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise from stem to tail. Rub the flesh with olive oil or lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Lightly season with salt and pepper and place the squash halves cut-side down on a baking sheet or roasting pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before handling. Turn oven broiler to HIGH. 3. While the squash cools, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add minced shallot and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute for ~2-3 minutes, until softened. Next, add butter and garlic and saute until aromatic, ~1 minute. 4. Whisk flour into garlic butter mixture continuously for about 30 seconds until well-combined. Carefully pour in cashew milk and turn heat to high, bringing mixture to a low boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let simmer for ~5 minutes, until mixture starts to slightly thicken. 5. Begin scraping out the seeds of the spaghetti squash and discarding them, and scraping out all the spaghetti-like strands to be incorporated into the mixture. 6. Add shredded chicken and fresh spinach to skillet, stirring frequently until spinach wilts down. Add the squash strands, 2 tbsp parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Mix until well-combined. 7. Fill squash boats with chicken alfredo mixture, dividing evenly amongst each half. Top with remaining parmesan cheese (~1 tbsp per boat). Broil for 6-9 minutes, checking every few minutes, until the cheese is melted and slightly crisp. Top with additional parsley and serve! *To make gluten-free, sub flour for sorghum flour, sweet rice flour or corn starch
& ENTERTAINMENT TIME FOR WINE
A Toast to Summer Fun
There are two major categories of German wine: table wine and “quality” wine. Kabinett - literally “cabinet”, meaning wine of reserve quality to be kept in the vintner’s cabinet. Fully ripened light wines from the main harvest, typically semi-sweet with crisp acidity, but can be dry if designated so.
At Time for Wine, we carry a most amazing Sparkling wine, which is produced by means of a second fermentation. A mixture of sugar and yeast (the tirage) is added to the base wines (the cuvée) so that a second fermentation will occur. The carbon dioxide naturally produced during fermentation remains in the wine and is the source of its characteristic feature, bubbles. Our Biroth Cabinet Sekt is the perfect selection while enjoying some fun in the sun. Combining with the perfect seasonal blueberries, will make for a decadent and delightful beverage for your summer celebration. What better way to relax and enjoy a special celebration, with a Blueberry Champagne Cocktail. All you need is the following: 1 cup water 2 cups sugar 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 cups blueberries plus additional to garnish 1 oz. blueberry syrup (http://www.saucemagazine.com/recipe/790) 3 oz. Biroth Cabinet Sekt First, make blueberry syrup: Combine the water and sugar in a medium-sized pot and stir well. Over medium heat, dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon juice and 2 cups of blueberries. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the fruit breaks down. Double-strain into a clean jar, gently pushing the back of a spoon against the berries to release the juices. Pour 1 ounce of the blueberry syrup* into a Champagne flute and top with the Sekt. Garnish with a blueberry. Your guests will love it!!! See more at: http://www.saucemagazine.com/recipe/825#sthash.daw0mAaZ.dpuf
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Shalyah Fearing, The Voice of Hudson and control my technique as a singer. I learned from Pharrell how to be creative with music and make it my own. From Adam, I learned the greatest lesson of all: ‘perfection is just glorified opinion.’ You can’t possibly please everyone. All you can do is go out on the stage and give your best performance every single time!” That she did until her elimination from the highly-acclaimed televised competition in week six, finishing in seventh place. “Before I appeared on The Voice, I thought that I had learned everything. Then I got (there) and realized how far I was from the finish line. After being on this show, I can now see the finish line. I’m not there yet but I can see it. I’ve learned so much being on this show, and I will take it with me forever,” Shalyah added.
Most of us can only dream of stardom. The process is grueling. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to know the right people who can help along the way, but it is crucial to make the correct decisions to successfully navigate the path required to reach that all important goal. Hudson resident, Shalyah Fearing, 15, recognized all of these things, which is why she is well on her way to becoming a shiny star in the music and entertainment industry! From the age of five, Shalyah has shared her vocal gift with her family, her church and her community. However, thanks to her drive and determination, when she turned 15, she headed north to Atlanta, GA, for an open casting call for NBC’s Emmy award-winning, The Voice. Her decision to take that step resulted in her being chosen to compete alongside 23 talented vocalists, all selected for season ten of the popular show which aired this spring. Each week, Shalyah used the corrective criticism from superstar judges Pharell Williams, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and her own team coach, Adam Levine, to further develop her voice and style.
During the show, Blake told Shalyah, “Your voice is developing before our very eyes. Considering what you’ve been through, you have remained true to your story. Your journey is just now starting for you.” She lives with her parents and seven siblings in Hudson, and they are quite a musical family! Shalyah said, “Life is good. We all love music and play instruments. Four of us are in a rock band we call Fearingstar.” She anticipates the next step in her musical career is to attend a school of arts to learn more about her craft. From then, she hopes to continue singing and writing music to inspire others. Congratulations on your successful ride on The Voice, Shalyah! Your community wishes you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors!
Following her performance of “The Climb” during week three, on Monday, April 25, Adam praised her efforts: “Love you. You’re amazing. You are the embodiment of that dream. It is unbelievable how you have advanced with your talent. This is an amazing moment and I’m very proud of you!” It is safe to say her family, friends and community are proud of her, as well. Shalyah made many friends through her experience on The Voice, but the most important lessons came from the judges. She said, “I’ve learned from Christina how to use
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A Slice of
Florida Heaven Tucked Away Along the Cotee River in Port Richey ~Gill Dawg
Gill Dawg’s Tiki Bar & Grill is one of the top rated restaurants on Trip Advisor! One of the most satisfying benefits of living in Florida is having the opportunity to experience casual dining at its finest on the water, with freshly prepared cuisine, or any of your favorite dishes, paired with a craft beer and a picturesque view. When an establishment throws in amenities like a dog-friendly tiki bar, trivia nights, live music, and sangria sunset cruises, just to name a few, you know you’ve struck gold in Pasco County! Gill Dawg provides all of these options and so much more! Visit Gill Dawg and experience for yourself the fantastic food, like their fish or shrimp tacos, the “best you can find anywhere.” Not into seafood? Maybe the blackened chicken sandwich is more up your alley. Whatever your palate craves, you will find it delicious here and they are currently introducing new dishes. Thanks to the fabulous Florida climate, all seating is outdoors, so no one’s view of the beautiful Cottee River is obstructed. This slice of heaven on the west coast of Pasco sits on 3.5 acres, and includes its own park used for special events and fundraisers.
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Gill Dawg is the perfect location for birthday parties, fundraisers, business meetings, weddings, and corporate gatherings. A 33,000+ square-foot event arena features a repurposed sailboat that has been transformed into a vast stage for musical performances and professional presentations. There is much to see and do at Gill Dawg that allows guests to appreciate the beauty of the Gulf, the mangroves and the nature that comprises our community. Fishing excursions, paddle boarding, kayaking, meditation and yoga on the water (or not), there are numerous opportunities to enjoy our little slice of heaven, right here in Pasco County! Gill Dawg is a very family-friendly and pet-friendly place… very unique, similar to what you might find in the Caribbean Islands. Visit their website at www.gilldawg.com, to learn more about all Gill Dawg has to offer in paddle watersports, eco-tours, pontoon and kayak sales and rentals, as well as catering, wedding, and fundraising events. Check out their busy calendar of events for upcoming musical guests, trivia nights, meditation & yoga opportunities and more. Call 727-842-1070 for additional details. See you at Gill Dawg!
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Capt. Bob’s West Central Florida
Fishing Report Looks like the winds will start to calm down more this week. Finally. So we are going to discuss our offshore quarry this week. Water temps are still cool and the fish are hungry so let’s get to it. I would have to say the most popular offshore species for West Central Florida anglers is Grouper. Known for their tackle testing demeanor and excellent table fair, they always bring a smile to the lucky angler that gets a hookup with one of these beasts. Grouper are considered to be an offshore species but Gag Grouper can actually be caught just about anywhere. However, most near shore Grouper are undersized especially with the new size limit of 24 inches for Gag’s. Larger keeper Grouper on the west coast are generally located from around 9 miles on out on hard rocky bottom. Red Grouper, Scamp and Red Hind are located in even deeper water. Yellow Fin and Snowy are deep drop fishing in around 600 feet of water. We prefer large #8 circle hooks tied on to 5 feet of 150 lb. fluorocarbon leader. Use a 6-ounce weight out to around 45 feet then 8-ounce out to around 120 feet. Main line is usually 80 lb. mono or 100 to 120 lb. Dacron. Numbers, numbers, numbers is what everyone is always asking for. GPS coordinates that can put you on prime Grouper grounds is the main key to success. There are numbers that are public that can be found on some charts or maybe you are lucky enough to no someone with good numbers. Having a GOOD depth recorder is a necessity to find fish and establish tour own set of numbers. If you find fish and you’re not hooking up does not mean they are not there, change baits. You should have frozen pilchards and or sardines on board for when the live bait bite is slow. Another good way to find fish is trolling a stretch 15 in 12 to 25 feet of water and a stretch 30 in 25 to 45 feet. When anchored up bring a Kingfish spinning rig and throw out a live bait for a passing Kingfish. They generally swim above the Grouper. Happy fishing and tight lines. We are booking river and island cruises on the Magic Dolphin Island Adventure this week as well as an Island Adventures on the weekend so call and get ready for a great day in paradise. Check our website and click on the calendar for upcoming charters that are available at: islandparadisecharters.com
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All summer long check out the FREE or Special Pricings at the Cinema 6 http://thecinema6.com/ and Hollywood 18 http://regmovi.es/1NrFT9Z theatres. Kids Bowl Free this summer at Lane-Glo. Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Every Day All Summer Long, Valued At Over $500 Per Child! To register go to www.kidsbowlfree.com
JUL 1st, 5pm-11pm, JUL 2nd 12pm-11pm KIAFEST MAIN STREET BLAST at Sims Park Bring the whole family down to the 17th Annual friendly KIAFEST Main Street Blast and enjoy classic rock music, food & beverages, Beer Garden, Military Vehicles on display, fireworks, kids’ games and much more. Great thanks to the friendly folks at Friendly KIA we can host two days of FREE concerts! https://www.facebook.com/events/1695672114018379/ JUL 2nd 9am 5K RACE FOR INDEPENDENCE at Gill Dawg Come out and Run or Walk in Guardian Angels, Inc.’s Race for Independence! Donations raised will go to support summer camps for substance exposed newborns, visually impaired, or any special needs child! To sign up to online and donate online, please visit: http://www. guardianangelsofpasco.org/5k-race-for-independence.html For more information, please call 727-858-5909. Sponsorships available! JUL 2nd, 9pm VANILLA ICE AT SHEPHARD’S BEACH RESORT Vanilla Ice Returns to Shephard’s Beach Resort for 4th of July Weekend. https://www.facebook.com/events/486543141531841/
come relax and enjoy a great evening out at the park. There is so much to do at the park, so come early and make it a family day. See you at the park! https://www.facebook.com/events/259749244388251/ JUL 22nd, 6:30pm CSC 14TH ANNUAL BACHELOR, BACHELORETTE, BASKET AND SERVICES AUCTION at Spartan Manor Bachelors and bachelorettes of all ages with a variety of date packages auctioned off on the cat walk. Winning bidders have the option of taking the bachelor or taking the date package and taking their spouse or friend. Service packages valued at $500 or more will also be auctioned off live; elegant baskets - Chinese auction, and don’t forget the delectable desserts. Proceeds benefit West Pasco non-profit organizations and provide scholarships to a senior at each of the 7 high schools in West Pasco. https://www.facebook.com/events/1114246885264886/ JUL 23rd, 10am HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR at Trinity Meeting Center This is a great health and wellness fair dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our community. Co-hosted by Integrated Medical Center of Florida, we are super excited to invite you to meet with professionals who can guide you with medical weight loss, healthy living, blood pressure testing, fitness demonstrations and so much more! This event will be free and open to the public. Please call Trinity Meeting Center at 727.375.9700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/227234967642082/
JUL 8th, 4pm MAGIC AT LOWRY PARK ZOO For family time or date night; see the Zoo in a whole different light on select evenings at the all-new Summer Sunset Celebration! Every Friday and Saturday evening in July, stroll the Zoo as the sun sets and enjoy the wildlife, discover special experiences in scenic areas throughout the park including live music performed by talented bands and a wide-range of roving entertainment including the Magic of Frank Davis & Company! https://www.facebook.com/events/353747034749093/
JUL 12th –JUL 17th THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Tampa This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Thurs, July 14, 7:30 p.m. performance will be Sign Language Interpreted. https://www.facebook.com/events/1730315693918477/
AUG 14, 12pm-4pm Let’s Fill the PET BOWL-ing Tournament at Hudson Bowl Join in on the fun at HUDSON BOWL To Benefit: Raffle Rescue, Inc. Pet Food Program of Pasco County FL https://www.facebook.com/events/1700177813595304/
JUL 16th, 8:30pm FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT PRESENTS: DISNEY’S ZOOTOPIA at Sims Park New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department Presents: Disney’s Zootopia! Don’t miss this event out at the beautifully redesigned Sims Park in Downtown New Port Richey, FL. Bring a chair or a blanket and
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AUG 13, 2pm-10pm HippieFest, Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 This free, family event features Food & Beer Trucks, Vendors, Bands, VW Beetles, & Best Dressed Hippie Contest. Dust off your bell bottoms, fluff up your afro and come out for a great event! https://www.facebook.com/events/1687195644879553/
AUG 20, 8:15pm Family Movie Night Presents: Disney’s Meet the Robinsons at Sims Park New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department Presents: Disney’s Meet the Robinsons! Don’t miss this event out at the beautifully redesigned Sims Park in Downtown New Port Richey, FL. Bring a chair or a blanket and come relax and enjoy a great evening out at the park. There is so much to do at the park, so come early and make it a family day. See you at the park! https://www.facebook.com/events/1111518698919288/
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Yummy Healthy Summer Treats For the Kids... & You too!
Coconut-Water Ice Pops
INGREDIENTS • 1 cup chopped fresh mango, papaya, pineapple, or kiwi • 3/4 cup coconut water • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
DIRECTIONS 1. C ombine fruit, coconut water, and agave nectar in a blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to Popsicle molds; freeze.
Living the Wild Life
What’s All the Hooting About? My husband and I enjoy nothing more than sitting in the garden after the sun goes down and listening to the sounds of nature. One sound in particular excites my husband. The hoot of an owl. He takes joy in hooting back to them and sounds so realistic, I have to keep reminding him he doesn’t speak owl and could be saying something he shouldn’t.
The Eastern Screech Owl is the smallest of the Florida owls, maxing out at 10 inches. Rather than the typical “hoo, hoo, hoo” sound that other owls make, the screech owl whinnies and trills. These little guys can be very good to have around as they dine on insects, lizards, mice. They live in all types of wooded habitats including suburban backyards. While they nest in natural tree cavities, they may take up residence if you provide them with a screech owl box. They can be seen roosting throughout the day and are often mistaken for baby Great Horned Owls. Great Horned Owls are one of the most common of the Florida owls but there is nothing common about them. With a voracious appetite, they will eat anything from small fish and frogs to larger mammals such as rabbits and opossums. They even prey on large birds and other owls. They are the largest of the Florida owls measuring up to 25 inches for a mature adult and sport horn like feather tufts called plumicorns on their head. For such a large bird, the Great Horned Owl has a weak voice. Its call is a “hoo-hoo-hoowha” and is much quieter than the smaller Barred Owl. The Barred Owl is related to the Great Horned Owl but you can’t miss their powerful voice with a “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” call. Just slightly smaller than their relative, they measure between 18 and 24 inches. They get their name from the distinctive feather pattern which is barred colors of alternating white and brown. Not only active a night, the Barred Owl hunts for small mammals around forest edges such as open fields and pastures. One thing these three owls have in common is they need mature trees and fields. It is important the we continue to maintain conservation areas for them to live and hunt as they are very territorial. They call out telling other males this is their home! They also use calls to communicate with their mate and their owlets. There is just something magical when you hear an owl “Hoot” and that’s what all the hooting is about. To listen to clips of these three owls and other Florida birds visit: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/birds/ florida-bird-sounds/ Doreen Damm
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