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STUNNING POOL HOME Private gated community! Over 2300 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths & oversized super clean 3 car garage. Community dock/boat ramp. $329,000
LOADED WITH UPGRADES Beautiful home with salt water pool & spillover spa. Great curb appeal! Almost 2900 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Elegant master bath, Gorgeous landscaping. $345,000
LUXURY WATERFRONT Almost 3100 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 car garage. Upgrades include: oversized bedrooms with private balcony and luxury master bathroom. $459,900
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Beautiful open concept pool home with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths plus office & bonus room. almost 4100 square feet of living space. Many upgrades & premium Fox Hollow golf course homesite. $629,900
This beautiful 3,212 SF home with four bedrooms plus LOFT and HUGE BONUS ROOM, 2.5 bath, 2 Car Garage is located in the desirable gated community of Trinity East. A Superb Standard Pacific home offered at just $389,900.
Beauty awaits you with almost 3900 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, den, 4 bathrooms, spacious formal living, dining, family room, bonus room/media/ 4th bedroom, heated pool, oversized spa & oversized 4 car garage. $949,900
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Do I Need a Realtor® When Purchasing a New Construction Home? The Answer is YES! Call Debbie Dawson, Realtor® to guide you.
Buying a new home is exciting. You get to build your dream from the ground up, choosing your lot, your model, interior finishes and upgrades. But like any home purchase, buying new construction is serious business, an expensive transaction with many financial implications.
That’s why it’s a good idea to obtain representation from a Realtor® when considering a new home purchase. Here’s why: Often builders have their own agents on site to answer questions, assist people who walk in, and ultimately help with a purchase. Builder reps provide a valuable service: They can explain differences between models and floor plans and share information about financing options, upgrades and specials. But it’s important to remember that builder reps represent the builder, as they are contractually obligated to do. “Realtors® are trusted resources for real estate information and can help home buyers navigate the increasingly complex home-buying process,” said National Association of Realtors® President Gary Thomas. “The buyer agency agreement ensures the buyer that his or her Realtor® will represent the interests of the buyer alone and not the seller.”
Negotiating a better deal. Finding the right model and picking your upgrades is the fun part. Once you’re ready to sign the contract, a Realtor® can work on your behalf to negotiate the terms, from upgrade options to financing and closing costs. In addition, a Realtor® can present other options for financing or might be able to work with the builder’s lender directly to get you a better rate for your mortgage. Signing a contract with a builder is just the beginning. A Realtor® can manage the process and can accompany you on inspections to ensure you’re not missing anything at each construction milestone.
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34 | Local Star The Talented Duo of Denim Quiche 41 | Tree Hoppers Explore Pasco County 42 | Education is Power Why Keiser? 46 | Dear Yappy Potty Training
YOUR Life 29 | Celebrate Community Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group 32 | Why Should I Keep My Tax Records Money Matters 40 | Fishing Report Captain Bob’s Report 44 | April’s Story SPCA Suncoast
YOUR Home 23 | Why Do I Need Title Insurance? Champions Title Insurance
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New Port Richey Your Downtown New Home Report Looking to Sell Your Home Quickly What Have You Done for Me Lately? West Pasco Chamber Hometown Story | Adam & Anne Miles-Summers The Secret to Success of Commerce
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Administrative Services Anything Office.................................... 33 Advertising & Marketing Head of Lettuce..................................... 31 IT’S YOUR HOME Mag....................10, 16 Air Conditioning Contractors A-Plus A/C & Heating...........................31 Best Services A/C & Heating.................22 Cornerstone A/C, Plumbing & Elec......27 McWilliams & Son A/C & Heating......... 25 Attorneys Charles S. Phillips, PLLC......................30 Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group....29, 48 Law Offices of Debora Ann Diaz......31, 32 Law Offices of Lucas | Magazine.....32, 33 Pawuk & Pawuk, P.A..............................30 Automotive Hyundai of New Port Richey.................21 Tim’s Performance Service Center........20 RTG Auto Sales......................................20 BALLOON DECORATIONS Wonderful Balloons..............................28 Business Groups & Organizations Keep It Local..........................................31 Pasco County Tourism..........................41 Rooters Networking Club.....................28 Trinity Positive Business Network........28 West Pasco Chamber of Commerce......33 Business Products Able Business Systems...........................30 Carpet Cleaning Complete Care Systems...................22, 31 CHIROPRACTOR Cranial Release Center of FL................30 ComputerS A-M-S Computers.................................10 Cudixs....................................................28 ContractorS Hom Res-Q........................................... 30 Rocky’s Kitchen & Bath Remodeling....24 General add Home Res-Q, Inc..............30 Cookware & Cooking Classes BergHOFF International, Inc...............25
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Cleaning Services Donna’s Cleaning Angels................22, 35 Ms. Twister............................................26 Dentistry Dr. David W. Dempsey, D.D.S...............14 Trinity Dental Arts..................................9 Education Keiser University...................................42 KnowledgePoints Tutoring of Trinity.....42 Event & Wedding Venues Seven Springs Golf & CC............ 13, 39, 41 Verizon Event Center............................36 Family Entertainment Seven Springs Golf & CC.......................39 Congo River Golf...................................41 Island Paradise Charters.......................40 Funeral Home & Cemetery Trinity Memorial Gardens....................32 Garage Door Sales/Service Integrity Garage Door Services............18 Golf Courses Seven Springs Golf & CC.......................39 Hair Salon & Nails Aquaterra Salon & Spa..........................17 Cabelo Salon..........................................15 Style Makers Salon................................16 Health Insurance F.W.H & Assoc.-Florida Blue................28 Modglin & Assoc.-Margie Pagano........31 Health FOOD STORE The Health Hut......................................28 INSURANCE SERVICES Holladay Insurance...............................28 Jeweler DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry..............................7 Landscape & MaintENance Jesse Homes...........................................24 Massage Therapy Aquaterra Salon & Spa..........................17 Cabelo Salon..........................................15 Massage Therapy Center.......................16
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SHOP LOCAl ISSUE ISSUE 2016 / Volume 40 PUBLISHER/EDITOR Debbie Dawson CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tom Cristello Marketing DIRECTOR Kelly Steen EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Debra Taylor Tee PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Doreen Damm CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
MONEY MATTERS Todd Unbehagen TAYLOR MADE TO A TEE Debra Taylor Tee YOUR REALTOR Debbie Dawson LIVING THE WILD LIFE Doreen Damm Pasco County Tourism Ed Caum West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Paul Friedlander CHAMPIONS TITLE Jason St. Croix DEAR YAPPY Joyce Moore MORTGAGE NEWS Mike Chissell DISHING OUT HEALTH Jamie Vespa FISHING REPORT Bob Hubbard
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The Secret to Success, “Hard Work, Perseverance & Community Involvement” Adam & Anne Miles-Summers of A-M-S Computers Many people have a love-hate relationship with technology. When it works, it is fantastic, and we love it! When it doesn’t it is practically tragic, and we hate it!
and they exercise their creative side by designing websites and social media platforms, specializing in search engine optimization (SEO), tailored specifically to boost your business.
Husband and wife team, Adam & Anne Miles-Summers share a strong love for each other and for technology. Combining their shared passion for technology, A-M-S Computers was born, where they provide PC, Apple, laptop repairs, and more, promptly and efficiently, since 2006.
Adam & Anne are completely dedicated to their family, friends, neighbors and community. Besides local networking groups, they are active participants with Fresh Start for Pasco; Apple Tree; Ridgewood Robotics’ Angel Tree; Pasco County School Board; and Hope Youth Ranch.
“We take pleasure in the challenges that working with computers presents, as not every problem is the same. Also being able to introduce people to how technology can help make their personal and business lives easier is a bonus,” Anne said. Adam & Anne have seven children – three boys and four girls – so balance between their family and professional lives is incredibly important. Anne admitted, “We do this by being as organized as possible and prioritizing both family and business time. At times, we have to bring both together.” As a family, the Summers and the kiddos enjoy family time together, boating, fishing, horseback riding and traveling. They are also involved with their church, the Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes. If they had their druthers, they would travel more as a family.
They are grateful their business has continued to grow thanks to hard work, perseverance, and community involvement. Adam & Anne admire how the community pulls together. They have donated countless computers, funds and time to the families in our community. When your computer crashes at just the wrong time; you drop your unprotected iPhone in the parking lot and the screen shatters; your website needs a face lift, or it’s time to set-up Google+, you’ve got your very own local IT specialists at A-M-S Computers! The technologically-savvy Summers’ guarantee affordable products and services, provided promptly and efficiently without all of the geek-speak! Take advantage of their FREE instore computer diagnostic, so you can make informed decisions regarding your specific needs.
As residents of the area since 1993, Adam & Anne participate in numerous networking events throughout West Pasco, to support their community and other small, local businesses, like their own. Moreover, their success has been propelled by word-of-mouth referrals and five-star reviews from satisfied customers. “Excellent Service. Got my computer back in top condition, and even though my hard drive had to be replaced, they saved all they could for me. Very timely! Had my computer in and out in one day. Reasonable pricing also. Very satisfied customer.” - Kris Hughes, Pasco resident Computer repairs are not the only services AMS-Computers offer. They are a retail store of PC and Macintosh technology,
A-M-S Computers is located at 6148 Ridge Rd, Port Richey. Learn more about all AMS-Computer have to offer in sales, service & repairs by visiting their website: ams-computers. com, or call today: 727.645.6956.
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It is with great gratitude that we thank you for welcoming It’s Your Home Magazine into your home year after year. Together we have witnessed many wonderful changes in our community over the last 8 years. How exciting it has been to watch the rebirth and growth that has occurred before our very eyes. Have you visited Downtown New Port Richey lately? Beautiful Sims Park now sports a huge LED video screen that sits beside the amphitheater. Be sure to take in the cities free concerts, events and live entertainment (pg 15). The residents of Pasco County are true givers! This issue is loaded with upcoming events supporting local organizations and those in need of a neighborly helping hand. One of our most grateful and generous community contributors, Alice Delgardo tells us that if she could change one thing in the world, it would be to convert hatred to love. Most of us probably feel the same way, but Alice actually strives to spread love and good-will throughout our community in everything she does. You will see why she was chosen as our Hometown Hero on page 19. As “Your Local Realtor”, it would be my honor to help guide you with the purchase or sale of your home. I am truly committed to providing you with the highest quality service possible. It is my pleasure to furnish you with the latest market information, including a complimentary market analysis. Homes in our community are selling quickly, the market is HOT! (pg 2). Great advice on why you should hire a Realtor® when purchasing a new construction home. Please shop local businesses within these pages. They are committed to offering great products and services and are grateful for your loyalty and patronage. This Magazine continues to connect our readers to our local businesses in an effort to promote a thriving, economically-viable and close-knit community.
Your Family. Your Community. Your Life… IT’s YOUR HOME!
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New Port Richey YOUR DOWNTOWN Downtown New Port Richey has so much to offer! Have you visited the new and improved Sims Park yet? If not, you should and if you have you probably have noticed the huge LED video screen sitting beside the amphitheater. Now when you take in one of the cities free concerts you will have the live entertainment in front of you and close ups of the artists also! That’s just the latest addition the beautiful Sims Park. Playing Pokémon Go? Well, Sims Park is filled with Pokémon and here’s a little secret….so are some of the eateries! That’s just one of the reasons to pop into the downtown and see what’s going on! There is much to celebrate in September; Wife Appreciation Week is the 6th through the 12th and the perfect time to check out one of the many restaurants featuring dishes both local and international! October 7 - 9, the Cotee River Bike Fest will have Downtown New Port Richey filled with music, food and good old fashioned fun!
By KC Quaretti Did you know that the New Port Richey Library located at 5939 Main Street offers Writers Workshop: Every Monday at 5PM? Whether you are seasoned or just have an aspiration to write, you are welcome to sharpen your skills and meet like-minded writers. There is no charge for this weekly event! Thinking of traveling to Europe for a quick vacation, need to brush up on your French! Bonjour Amis: Every Thursday, 2PM. Practice conversational French in a small friendly group. No charge. Don’t forget the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park where you can trek through a variety of forested and wetland coastal habitats on 13 miles of hiking trails or on 6.5 miles of paved trails open to bikers and roller bladers that connects to the Suncoast Parkway Bike Trail. Downtown New Port Richey is amazing! See you there!
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Aromatherapy You may have heard of aromatherapy before, but you may not know what it actually entails. Aromatherapy is exactly what it sounds like: The use of natural oils and scents in order to boost your psychological and physical well- being.
You’re probably thinking, “How can just the scent of something benefit me?” You’ll likely be shocked to find out that aromatherapy is actually proven to have tons of benefits such as reducing anxiety and stress, boosting energy levels and inducing a good night’s sleep. Stay with us while we explain this scientifically… According to 21drops, when you breathe in a therapeutic scent, it alerts the limbic system in the brain. The limbic system is the system that alerts your endocrine and nervous systems. The endocrine system regulates things like your mood and metabolism and your nervous system controls your body’s awareness. With that in mind, it’s also super easy to use aromatherapy right at home. Here are three different ways you can de-stress with scents. 1. Candles Candles are a great way to incorporate relaxing scents into a space. Try scents such as lavender or mint, as they are especially great for clearing the mind during stressful times. You can burn them while studying or even while in a bath. Just remember: Always be careful around open flames! 2. Scent diffusers If your parental figures aren’t okay with you burning candles in your room, oil diffusers are just as great. The reeds soak in the scented oil and continuously release the scent, making it so there’s no need for a flame. You can find these anywhere you buy candles, too, so they’re super convenient. Decor tip: They even look super cute on desks or bedside tables. 3. Bath oils What’s better than a warm bath, right? Next time, try taking some oil and putting just a few drops into the running water. The scent will lift out of the bath and soak into your skin as well. This method of aromatherapy can also help circulation and physical balance. Since you’re already chilled out in the bath, put on your favorite movie and drift off into “me time” mode. What do you think of aromatherapy? Source: http://www.girlslife.com/
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Taylor Made to a Tee by Debra Taylor Tee
This time of year is my time to celebrate! It’s not because kiddos are back in school, because my babies have four legs and fur. However, we’ve cruised through summer, and we’re transitioning into fall, and I have had – and will have – many opportunities to rejoice in my own personal fulfillment, but also in the happiness of others… My husband turned 50 this summer, and we were the same age until I reached my 51st, on August 30. We celebrate our third anniversary on October 5th. Wooooo! My late brother’s adopted son, Chris, got a full scholarship to play football for the University of Louisville, and will be playing cornerback. He’s worked very hard for this, and I couldn’t be more proud! #CTY #26 #GoCards I have seven amazing nieces and nephews, each with their own personalities, styles and talents, and I am #1of2ProudTaylorAunts My last (and favorite) “Taylor” uncle celebrated another birthday in July, and because he is constantly battling skin cancer, I am very grateful he is still with us.
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I reunited with a dear friend from high school after nearly 33 years. She has been battling cancer for a long time, and she just found out it has spread… and is stage four. I am immensely grateful to have reconnected with her, thanks to Facebook, and I will celebrate our time together and her life for as long as I live! Two of my cousins “children” are preparing to get married within three weeks of each other! Both couples are wonderful young men & women, and they have been together for a number of years. Seeing them take their commitments to the next level is truly a joy! A dear friend turned 75 years-old, recently, and my husband and I were able to surprise him and attend the festivities! Last, but certainly not least, this publication has withstood the ups and downs that go along with print media for eight, great years, and I am thrilled to be part of the Topaz team! These are just a few of the reasons I’m celebrating this season. I’m sure if you take a look at your calendar, there are many reasons to celebrate, yourself! Speaking of celebrating “yourself”, I think I’ll make an appointment at Aquaterra Salon for some soothing aromatherapy, a massage and mani/pedi. “Yay,You! Yay, Me!”
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Hometown HERO A GENEROUS CONTRIBUTOR TO THE PASCO COMMUNITY Alice Degardo, United Way of Pasco County “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi Alice Delgardo says if she could change one thing in the world, it would be to convert hatred to love. Most of us probably feel the same way, but Alice actually strives to spread love and good-will throughout our community in everything she does. As Vice President of Community Impact for Pasco United Way, Alice demonstrates strength through leadership and support of the organization, as well as Pasco County as a whole. She is perfectly-suited for this position, because her background in administration and community service is extensive. Alice is originally from Boston, MA, where she graduated with a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College. A 20-year veteran of administrative and financial management, as well as public health programming, Alice has participated in focus groups designed for the betterment of Boston area schools and colleges. She served as a board member of the Mayor’s Commission on Women’s Issues, and was instrumental as a co-leader of the public/private sector partnership coordinating the 1990 visit of former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, to Boston. Now a resident o Holiday, Alice, is not only a member of the executive team of the local chapter of United Way, she also serves with the Community Service Council of West Pasco, Rotary Club of Holiday, Healthy Start Coalition of Pasco County, and the Junior Service League of Greater New Port Richey. Her dedication to family and community is far-reaching. Alice explains, “What brings me the greatest joy is serving others. Whether it be my family, working at United Way of Pasco County, becoming a Rotarian (Rotary Club of Holiday), or serving in other capacities.” Furthermore, when you ask Alice, “How are you today?” her response is always, “Grateful.”
Each day, she rises early to spend time in worship, praise, prayer, and gratitude to God for her work with United Way of Pasco County and her community. “I am grateful to work with a caring, dedicated and talented team of individuals to provide a better way for the people of our County,” Alice confessed. She walks a grounded, spiritual walk as a community servant, as well as a licensed, ordained minister of World Christianship Ministries in Fresno, CA. She has performed more than 1500 non-denominational weddings in the Tampa Bay area as a minister, notary and officiant. Family and community are paramount in Alice’s life. Her definition of “community” is simple. Community consists of a group of people who are willing to give of their selves, their time, and their resources to help others. “My greatest accomplishment is instilling the values of community in my children, whereby they are dedicated to their families and serving in the community.” Alice stated. Alice and her late husband Dennis raised three beautiful, intelligent children, all of whom became college graduates. Additionally, if that weren’t reason enough to be proud, she also embraces being a doting grandmother! She expresses no regrets in life and genuinely appreciates the experiences she’s had. Alice uses them as a “springboard” to help create a better future for her family and our community. Alice Delgardo’s amazing life as one of our hometown heroes can be summed up with one prolific statement: “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” -Winston Churchill We are all grateful for the life Alice lives as such a generous contributor to the Pasco community!
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Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions
727-710-0286 YourHomeTampaBay.com Looking to sell your home quickly – and for top dollar? It might be time to make some updates. While “retro chic” details have had a recent moment in the spotlight regarding furniture and fashion, many homebuyers may not see truly outdated details as attractive selling points when purchasing a new home. As a seller, it can be greatly beneficial for you to make changes that will help you to receive the best offer possible. In the latest Own It video (click on digital link below), top interior designer and former HGTV host Carriann Johnson shares the 411 on how to ditch your home’s metaphorical 80s hair and shoulder pads and bring it to its full selling potential. Some items that date your home: • Popcorn ceilings: Update these to a smooth textured surface. • Tiled countertops: Still cleaning out grout on your kitchen counter? Update tiled countertops to a sleek, easy to clean surface (such as granite or quartz). • Brass fixtures: Today, many homebuyers prefer fixtures to feature more neutral shades, like gray or black.
Other tips and tricks: • Low budget? Don’t stress: Even small changes, such as updated cabinet hardware or light fixtures, can make a big impact. • Get a second opinion: Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint what changes need to be made in a home. Ask a friend or your real estate agent, Debbie Dawson for advice on what updates you can make. • Find inspiration: Check out RE/MAX Pinterest boards to find some fresh ideas for your home.
All updated and ready to sell? Contact RE/MAX Realtor®, Debbie Dawson today at 727-710-0286. Digital version: http://blog.remax.com/own-it-features-that-date-your-home-1967317413.html?rmxaid=20647712
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Why Do I Need Title Insurance? You need title insurance because there is an infinite number of circumstances than can affect title. Meaning under any one of the following circumstances, an individual or entity can actually file a law suit and threaten your ownership or interest in the property. These circumstances can include but are not limited to: 1. Lost heirs or interest(s) in the property – meaning if any of the deeds in the previous chain of title are not executed, acknowledged or recorded correctly, it can leave a loophole for a prior owner or descendant of an owner to make a claim and challenge your ownership or interest in the property. 2. Unsatisfied, incorrectly satisfied or illegally satisfied mortgages, encumbrances, and liens in the back chain of title. – an easy way to describe this …is it protects you against “FRAUD” a good example of fraud – is people that have illegally filed a satisfaction to a mortgage with the intent of securing new financing and running with the money. The mortgage was never actually paid off. Should you decide not to pay for title insurance, and you buy that property, you can now expect to pay for that mortgage. 3. Municipal liens – some liens are not recorded of public record. Meaning if you buy a property at a foreclosure auction and no title insurance is provided – you can expect to pay for someone else’s code enforcement, utility, open permit problems, and/or paving assessment debts before you will be able to flip or sell the house. 4. Boundary line disputes, sinkhole properties – very common in Pasco County. Above all other reasons to have a professional title search done – is to make sure there have been no “notice of sinkhole” documents filed against the very property you are thinking about purchasing. I’m sure that’s enough said on this subject. 5. Judgments and” keeping up with the Jones’” – as you probably know many people do not live within their means and in today’s economy they are facing judgments for significant credit card debt. Many people cannot or will not pay their child support, alimony or federal tax liens. These judgment liens, if filed correctly, do not leave the property when the previous owner signs off on the deed. No title insurance, means no protection against someone else’s responsibilities. Simple as that. This is just a handful of reasons to purchase title insurance. Owner’s Title Insurance is a one-time premium (usually paid by the seller) and will protect you for the entire time you own your home. In Florida it is customary for the seller to pay for the Owner’s Title insurance and in most cases it was purchased for you when you bought the property.
Jason St. Croix Champions Title Services 2049 Welbilt Blvd Trinity, Fl 34655 727-264-2394 www.championstitleservices.com www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com
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In Kitchens, the Design May Trump Cooking Home owners continue to invest in their kitchens but cooking appears to be coming in secondary to the design of the space, according to the latest American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey which focused on kitchen and bath design trends.
“The major point of emphasis in kitchen design nowadays revolves less around actual cooking activities,” says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker.” Rather, home owners are looking for kitchens that are gathering spots for family and entertaining, as well as serving as a hub for electronic devices and recharging stations.” The following are some of the most popular kitchen products and features identified by architects in the latest AIA survey: • LED lighting • Computer area/recharging station • Larger pantry space • Upper-end appliances • Double island • Adaptability/universal design • Drinking water filtration systems As for bathroom remodeling, accessibility requirements and energy efficiency are driving more household redesigns. The survey identified the following popular bathroom products and features: • LED lighting • Doorless showers • Adaptability/universal design • Large walk-in showers • Stall shower without tub • Water saving toilets • Radiant heated floors By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor. org/2015/07/06/in-kitchens-design-trumps-cooking/
Thank you for sending out a crew to clean my house last week. Doing my own cleaning was too much of a challenge for me to even try. My energy level has been very low and my IV bag and tubing kept getting in the way. So I was thrilled to have two of your finest clean for me. My bathtub has never been so shiny and my toilet so sparkling! Also, it was great to have my floor mopped and carpets vacuumed since I wasnâ€™t up for that either.
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Innovative Mortgage Services NMLS#327290
Can I Get a Mortgage Loan for a Fixer-Upper if I Don’t Have Enough Cash for Repairs & Upgrades? Yes, let’s talk about an FHA 203k Loan. This will give you the ability to buy a home in need of repairs that you might not otherwise have been able to afford to buy. Plus, the down payment requirements are minimal, and often you get decent interest rates (note that the interest rates and discount points will vary by 203k lender, so it’s important to make sure that you’re getting a good deal on the loan). Contact Your Local Realtor, Debbie Dawson for more information. Often the loan will also include: 1) An up to 20 percent “contingency reserve” so that you will have the funds to complete the remodel in the event it ends up costing more than the estimates suggested and/or 2) A provision that gives you up to about six months of mortgage payments so you can live elsewhere while you’re remodeling, but still pay the mortgage payments on the new home.
Debbie Dawson, RE/MAX Champions
Which Repairs Qualify? There are two main types of FHA 203k mortgage loans. The first is the regular or standard 203k, which is given for properties that need things like structural repairs, remodeling, a new garage, or landscaping; the second is the streamlined or limited 203k, which is given for energy conservation improvements, new roofing, new appliances, or non-structural repairs such as painting. Among the other repairs that an FHA 203k will cover: Decks, patios, bathroom and kitchen remodels, flooring, plumbing, new siding, additions to the home such as a second story, heating & air conditioning systems and more. The program will not cover so-called “luxury” improvements such as adding a tennis court or pool to the property. It also does not cover any improvement that does not become a permanent part of the property. How Do You Qualify & How Much Money Can You Get?
It’s as easy as a quick phone call. Call Your Local Realtor, Debbie Dawson
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Celebrate Community Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group Our attorneys believe that an exemplary law firm does more than just provide excellent representation to victims of personal injury; it also gives back to the local community to improve the lives of everyone in it. As personal injury attorneys we dedicate ourselves to contributing both our time and financial support to this area. We have contributed to over 65 different local schools, non-profits, charities, and sports teams. Here are some of the biggest events we have sponsored: Making Strides against Breast Cancer – Pasco: We became the Premier Pink Sponsor for Making Strides against Breast Cancer – Pasco, held at Wiregrass Mall. We have done numerous events to benefit the American Cancer Society, and we were extremely impressed at the overwhelming turn out and support for this amazing cause. Over 5,000 people attended creating close to 200 teams and raising nearly $200,000. If you have not had a chance to
be at a Making Strides event yet, make sure you do so next year. We will be there, and we hope to see you, too. Chasco Fiesta: In 2014, our personal injury firm became the first ever Presenting Sponsor for the Chasco Fiesta. The Chasco Fiesta is the largest festival in the West Pasco area. It is a nine day celebration of our areas rich history and culture focusing on Native American history and community involvement. Additionally, the proceeds and sponsorships from Chasco Fiesta go to benefit over thirty different local non-profits in Pasco County. Since 2014, the Chasco Fiesta has risen over $500,000 for our community, and we have been proud to be an integral part in its success. Relay for Life Trinity and New Port Richey: We participate in multiple Relay for Life events in Pasco, Pinellas, and Hernando counties. In Pasco, we always support the Relay for Life of Trinity at Mitchell High School and the Relay for Life of New Port Richey at Sims’ Park (formerly at Gulf High School). These events are an all-night celebration of life, a show of support for cancer survivors, and a remembrance for those who are no longer with us. We participate by raising awareness in our community about these events, raffling off televisions and other items, as well as, attending the vent and walking along the track/route, as well. It is an incredible experience, and we highly encourage everyone who has not participated to do so as soon as they are able. As we continue to grow our business, we continue to increase our contributions to this community. Together, the more we support each other, the greater we can make our wonderful area.
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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
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Why Should I Keep My Tax Records? In most cases, tax returns are processed by the IRS and accepted without issue. However, on occasion, the IRS will audit a tax return. Audits can occur shortly after a return is filed, or they can occur several years later. In addition, some people eventually notice that they have completed a tax return incorrectly. When this occurs, you can use your tax records to file an amended return. Both audits and amended returns must be completed within a specific period after a tax return is filed. This is known as the “statute of limitations.”
How Long Should I Keep My Tax Records? You should keep all of the records needed to validate the information submitted on your tax return at least until the statute of limitations expires, typically three years after the date of filing your tax return. Therefore, most taxpayers should keep the records that pertain to their tax returns for at least three years after the return is filed. However, certain types of records should be kept longer. Records that must be kept longer than three years include:
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• Records relating to unfiled returns or fraudulent returns - Keep indefinitely. • Records relating to tax years with unreported income that is more than 25 percent of the gross amount reported on your return. - Keep for at least six years from the time the return is filed. • Records relating to bad debt deductions or a loss from worthless securities. - Keep for at least seven years from the time the return is filed. • Employment tax records. - Keep for at least four years after the tax is paid or becomes due, whichever is later. • Records relating to a claim for a refund or credit that was filed after your tax return. - Keep for at least two years from the date you paid the tax or three years from the date you filed your original return, whichever is later. • Records relating to property you own. - Keep records related to owned property until the statute of limitations for the tax year in which you sold or otherwise disposed of the property expires. Call and put our team to work for you!
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West Pasco Chamber of Commerce
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What Have You Done For Me Lately? What have you done for me lately? At the Chamber, we get that. We have businesses that are very established and well connected. They know everyone. Why should they renew their membership? You may find this hard to believe, but we get that question. Some businesses don’t need the Chamber the way they did when they first opened their business. Now that they are established and have more experience, they think they don’t get as much out of their membership as they once did. They are right, sort of. What they had not considered was that early on in their business, the chamber helped them build their network and learn from more experienced business people. Their business has transitioned from a new business that needed help to a business that has the experience that can help others. It is time to “pay it forward”. Every organization has “takers” and “givers”. They had gone from being a “taker” to a “giver”. We need our “givers”. Without their support, we cannot operate! Why do chambers of commerce exist? The first chamber of commerce was formed in 1599 in Marseille, France. The first English speaking chamber was in New York City in 1768. They were formed to serve as a unified voice for the business community. The chamber was, and continues to be an avenue for businesses to collectively solve problems or address common concerns. This core mission often gets lost (by members and even chambers) among the events and networking, but it is no less important today than it was 400 years ago. For the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce to accomplish this core mission we need support from the businesses that we represent and serve. We need financial support and we need input from members regarding local and state issues and concerns. To be “the voice” of the business community, we need to better understand what you want to say. Every single business in West Pasco benefits from the work the Chamber does, either directly or indirectly. The more members we have the stronger and louder we can be. A strong chamber is the cornerstone of a strong business community. There is strength in numbers. We need you and your business to be a part of what is going on at the West Pasco Chamber.
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!”
Local Business Owners Working Together in Harmony The Talented Duo, Del & Ilene Aitchison of Denim Quiche
What do you think of when you hear the words “denim” and “quiche”? You probably think of your favorite pair of work-tough jeans, always in style and reliably comfortable; and a French inspired pastry dish with a variety of ingredients combined for delicious flavor. Put the two together and you have Denim Quiche, a popular, local musical duo, hard-working and steeped in delicious talent, playing a variety of popular music ranging from soft rock to old country, Jimmy Buffett to Johnny Cash. Del and Ilene Aitchison are Denim Quiche, and you’ve probably heard them perform at any number of venues throughout the community. They are regularly hired to play charity and networking events, as well as to entertain guests at local restaurants and tiki bars. Del said, “We have very eclectic tastes –The diversity of our song list reflects our taste.” Del was raised in Alberta, Canada, and has been following his love for music since he took music lessons as a young child. He relocated to Florida in 1996, and continued his professional journey as a musician, but also as an entrepreneur.
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Ilene was born in New Jersey, and she moved to Florida when she was ten years-old. Her education led her in a couple of directions, none having to do with music. She clarified, “I have a cosmetology license, paralegal associate’s degree, and a business management bachelor’s degree. I was always interested in music but only began getting serious about it around three years ago.” Del and Ilene also manage three other businesses in addition to the band. They manage a sign and printing company; an online T-shirt shop specializing in humorous pet-related tees for humans; and their newest venture is “Your Beauty Coach Pro for Acti-Labs”, which is a French-made line of all-natural, spa quality affordable cosmetics, skincare, and body wraps. “It’s a bit of a juggling act sometimes, but we try to focus on what is important for each day. All of our businesses are creative, so we kind of always have fun,” Del explained. Please “like” Denim Quiche on Facebook, and contact Del (813-4048677), or Ilene (813-453-8265), to book them for your next event. Be sure to visit their websites to learn about all of their exciting enterprises: www.MarketingOrbit.com, www.YourBeautyCoachPro. com, www.DogShirtStore.com, or www.DenimQuiche.com.
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SEP 10, 11am
TASTE OF TRINITY 8 at Seven Springs Middle School Family Fun, Giveaways, Food Sampling, Local Businesses, Bounce House, Dunk Tank, Stage Performances, Music, and Desserts. General Admission: $5 per person Family Four Pack: $15 https://www.facebook.com/events/1160383810659316/
SEP 16, 6-9pm
TRINITY’S TASTE OF TEQUILA “MARGARITA WARS” at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club It’s Battle Time! $20.00 pp includes margarita samples, guacomole/ salsa & mexican bites by SSGCC. Vote for “Trinity’s Best Margarita & Guacamole/Salsa”. Hosted by Seven Springs Golf and Country Club & IT’S YOUR HOME MAGAZINE. Proceeds to benefit the Pack-A-Sac 4 Kids program. https://www.facebook.com/events/1605607563102900/
SEP 17, 11am
FUSION CON COMIC CON at New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center A convention featuring the best of comics, games, art, anime & more!! Tickets are $10 for adults & $5 for kids. Visit www.fusioncon.net for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/588584097984929/
SEP 22, 5pm
SEP 24, 4:00pm
COTEE RIVER BIKE FEST BATTLE OF THE BANDS at Gill Dawg Want a chance for your band to play on the main stage for Cotee River Bike Fest 2016?. Send 3 min video. If chosen you will win a spot to compete in Battle of the Bands. Winner will be chosen that night & presented with a Sat Spot on the Main stage of Cotee River Bike Fest. Send video to Farrellroofing@aol.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1716321625304790/
SEP 24, 5:15pm
INVASION OF SIMS PARK / FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT in Sims Park Come and Enjoy a fun filled afternoon. Kids give-away for kids present only. Watch Star Wars at 5:15 & The Force Awakens at 7:30pm. Bring a blanket or a chair. https://www.facebook.com/events/1183615028338273/
SEP 24, 6:30pm
SWINE AND DINE EVENT at Trinity Meeting Center Trinity’s first ever SWINE ‘n DINE!!! Pig roast by Havana Dreamer’s. Proceeds to benefit WHEELCHAIRS FOR KIDS,dedicated to improving the lives of children w/physical disabilities. Music & Entertainment. To purchase tickets, click on this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/ event?llr=9ib5ncqab&oeidk=a07ecqnjzlje452607a
SEP 27, 5:30pm
WPBA - BOWLING 4 BOOB 3 Lane Glo Bowl South Help support Breast Cancer Research. https://www.facebook.com/events/2057201237837443/
TRINITY’S LARGEST OFFICE PARTY PART 3! At Seven Springs Golf & Country Club The 3rd annual “Trinity’s Largest Office Party” ...An awesome networking event and fundraiser hosted by the Trinity Business Association! https://www.facebook.com/events/275610729497119/
SEP 28, 5-8pm
SEP 24, 12pm
SEP 30, 6:30pm
TAPTOBERFEST STREET FESTIVAL at The Brass Tap-Trinity Trinity’s biggest party,BBQ Masters Smoking Brats & great food all day, Beer & liquor specials all day and night, DJ, Live music, Cornhole tournament, local breweries pouring samples, outside bar, Das Boot, Stein Hoisting & more. Proceeds benefit Rap House. https://www.facebook.com/events/1756858424528381/
TPBN/ROOTERS/WPCC/KIL MONTHLY MIXER Hosted by Boulevard Beef & Ale Monthly mixer. Light appetizers & cash bar. Bring lots of business cards & make great connections. https://www.facebook.com/events/1720586691544953/ 1st ANNUAL BOOTS & BLING GALA at Old McMicky’s Farm Presented by Trinity Women’s League. Live music, dancing, delicious barbecue, drinks, silent & live auction, farm animals, & more A night to remember! Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boots-and-bling-gala-tickets24630805402?aff=eac2
There is so much to do in our community as Fall begins. Check out all of the OCTOBER Events at IT’S YOUR HOME MAGAZINE, https://www.facebook.com/itsyourhometampabay/events.
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Get Your Forks Ready to Twirl Because This Meal Wins the Gold 30 MINUTE SHRIMP PASTA PRIMAVERA WITH ZOODLES Whole wheat spaghetti and zucchini noodles tossed in tomato basil sauce with shrimp, peppers, spinach, herbs and parmesan cheese. A nutritious weeknight meal that comes together in only 30 minutes! INGREDIENTS • ²/³ lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined • 6 oz. whole wheat spaghetti • 2 large zucchinis, spiralized • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into thin strips • 3 generous handfuls of fresh baby spinach • 4 cloves of garlic, minced • 1 shallot, minced • 2 tsp butter • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil • 1½ cups jarred tomato basil sauce • ¼ cup Italian parsley, roughly chopped • 3 tbsp fresh basil, rougly chopped • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes - optional • Sea salt and black pepper to taste INSTRUCTIONS 1. Spiralize zucchini into zoodles. Set aside. 2. Heat a large pot of salted water over high heat. Once boiling, add pasta, cook until al dente. 3. While the pasta cooks, add olive oil to a large non-stick skillet, turn up to medium heat. Once hot, add bell pepper, saute until softened, ~4-5 minutes. Add spinach during final minute,cook until wilted. Transfer to a plate. Add 1 tsp butter, shallot & garlic to pan. Saute for ~1-2 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. Transfer to plate. Add remaining tsp of butter & shrimp to pan. Lightly season with salt & pepper, cook for ~2-3 minutes per side, or until no longer opaque. Once shrimp are cooked, add peppers, spinach, garlic & shallot back to pan. Pour in tomato basil sauce, toss to combine. 4. At this point, your spaghetti should be al dente. Add zucchini noodles to pasta & cook for 60 seconds. Drain pasta/zoodles and place back in pot. Pour shrimp and vegetable mixture into pot & toss everything to combine. Add fresh herbs and give it a final toss. Top with parmesan cheese & serve!
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Capt. Bob’s West Central Florida
Fishing Report Warm weather and warm water presents a new strategy for successful hookups this month. Inshore success starts at daybreak preferably from a week before during and after a new moon. That is when large Snook patrol the channels and passes for their favorite quarry like large live shrimp and threadfins. We find best results with 6 feet of fluorocarbon leader and a small swivel. No weight or float that will only catch you a bunch of floating grass. Don’t be surprised if you hookup to a rogue Redfish, they are on patrol as well. Once the Sun has risen and the thermometer begins to rise the fish hunker down and become lethargic. Plenty of sharks inshore this month. Float a live bait out on a wire leader around sunset and a battle will occur quickly. Offshore fishing has been fun and productive this year with reports of big fish being caught not far from shore. Exceptionally warm weather however will push these fish farther out this month so be prepared for a little longer run. If you’re willing to make the run though it will be worth it. We have had a lot of success on large rock structures and wrecks using live or frozen bait. Our target fish generally is the yummy Grouper and alongside this great table fare are American Red Snapper, Amberjack, Cobia, Hog Snapper and Blackfin Tuna. You will find the best results this month in 60 to 80 feet of water. We troll using a stretch 30 and a large silver spoon before we anchor up on the structure. When anchored up we drop 8 oz. rigs with 5 feet of 150 lb. fluorocarbon leader and a #6 to #8 circle hook baited with live pinfish or live or frozen threadfins. These bottom rigs will hook you up with grouper, snapper, cobia and Amberjack. Set out at least one large flat line spinning rig with 40 to 60 lb. line with 60 lb. fluorocarbon and a stinger rig. A large pinfish on this rig will create a battle with Amberjack, Cobia and Blackfin Tuna. A sure bet inshore for the entire family is chumming the water for the tough but fun shark. Start chumming and catching pinfish around 5 or 6 pm. Use 3 or 4 feet of wire leader for these toothy critters and start floating your rig out in the tide before sunset. You will be busy for a couple hours and have a blast. Handle with care and use a long nosed pliers for hook removal or just cut the line at the hook. If they are over 3 feet cut the line anyway. No one needs a 4 foot pissed off shark snapping at everyone. Enjoy and good luck! Check the size limits on your catch before putting on ice. Best source is myfwc.com and
ALWAYS check the forecast before heading offshore. Fair winds and tight lines to all!
Captain Bob Hubbard Adrenaline Charters Island Paradise Charters islandparadisecharters.com
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Explore Pasco County T
reeHoppers is a 60-acre attraction a few miles west of Dade City that is perfect for a family outing. Now that the kids are back in school plan a weekend visit to Pasco’s newest attraction. TreeHoppers features dozens of zip lines, rope bridges and aerial climbing elements. Adults and children age five and up can enjoy eight unique courses and nearly 100 aerial features. The property features several acres of beautiful, hilly forest with sprawling live oak trees that will stretch down to a 5-acre lake in the back of the property. TreeHoppers fully utilizes the property, allowing adventurers of all skill levels to traverse through the tree canopies, crossing the picturesque landscape. Locals and visitors alike will find this a great day adventure or even a haunted one as they also host Screamageddon during the Halloween season. They had more than 22,000 visitors pass through the haunted woods last year. There’s nothing like a day at TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park! This is THE BEST Aerial Adventure Park in Central Florida to experience excitement and challenge in a gorgeous Old Florida forest.
TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park www.TreeHoppers.com 27839 Saint Joe Road Dade City 813.381.5400
Tourism Manager Pasco County Tourism www.VisitPasco.net “Open Spaces, Vibrant Places” I’ll see you outdoors.
What Do You Get When You Cross Soccer & Golf?
FootGolf is the newest rage at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in Trinity. The object of the game is to kick a #5 regulation soccer ball into 21-inch holes along a 9- or 18-hole course, in the same manner as one would play a standard golf match, only without the clubs. The player using the fewest number of kicks at the end of the game wins. SSGCC has adapted their 18-hole Challenger course for FootGolfers. Tee times for FootGolf are 11AM until 6PM, and are available seven days a week. The same rules apply for FootGolf as for traditional golf. You have the option of renting a cart, or walking the course for a nominal fee. Considering FootGolf is usually played with groups of up to four people, it makes a great way to celebrate birthdays, host fundraisers and corporate outings, and compete in league play. For details, visit the Seven Springs Golf & Country Club website at www.ssgcc.com, or contact the SSGCC Pro Shop at 727-376-0035.
EDUCATION IS POWER
Our student-centered philosophy remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. • One-class-at-a-time scheduling. Instead of juggling multiple assignments and exams, you will take one class for four weeks before moving on. • Students come first. Our student-centered philosophy means that you matter most at Keiser University. • Hands-on, practical instruction in health care, business, culinary arts, biotechnology, education, computers and technology, criminal justice, and the legal field. • Small classes. An emphasis on individualized attention creates a more personal learning environment. • Associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in professions that are in demand. • Flexible scheduling. You can attend classes on campus, online, or a combination of both. Many programs can even be completed 100% online. • Student services. We help you find your new career. • Financial aid is available to those who qualify. • Military-friendly. Keiser University offers scholarships to all qualified active-duty personnel, retirees and dependents. Yellow Ribbon Program participant, approved for veterans training. At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.
APPLE PRINT BAG Apples aren’t just for eating. The cut side of an apple half, dipped in candy-colored paint, can be stamped onto otherwise ordinary canvas tote bags and backpacks. MATERIALS • Apple • Knife • Paintbrush • Paint • Markers (optional) STEPS 1. Cut an apple in half from top to bottom. Make sure the cut is smooth and flat. Use a paintbrush to apply the paint evenly over the cut side of the apple. 2. With the apple half, cut side down, stamp the surface of the object you want to decorate. The more times you stamp, the less vivid the print will be, so reapply paint, or use the other half. 3. Use additional apple halves to print with different colors, if desired. To draw stems and leaves, use black or green markers (or paint). Source: www.marthastewart.com
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Living the Wild Life
Oh Opossum? My first encounter with an opossum was investigating a scratching sound on the ceiling over my bed. “Oh goody, rats!” I thought. So out came the ladder and up into the attic crawl space I went. After moving the Christmas decorations out of the way, my flashlight caught the glow of two eyes peering at me. Too big to be a rat, I angled my flashlight to get a better look. It was an opossum. Now just how did that large animal get into my attic. We finally caught it going up the cover kit for the air conditioning lines. We waited until we knew the opossum was out for the night scavenging and sealed the opening with wire mesh. With its access closed, the opossum moved on.
Today our wildlife garden is located in the perfect area for opossums. We have seen them at night. We have seen them stand their ground over feeding rights with the raccoons at the bird feeding stations. And we have even seen the juveniles during the day. I welcome the opossums into my garden as they act like my little cleaning crew, eating leftover seed and nuts so the bird food never goes bad. I always know when I have been visited as they cannot digest the shells and they regurgitate soft little pellets on the feeders. Not only good for cleaning up my feeders, they also dine on over ripe fruit and veggies, insects, cockroaches, slugs, snakes, rats and mice. This makes them a welcome addition to any neighborhood. Opossums tend to be transient by nature, rarely taking up permanent residence in one location. This makes trapping unnecessary. And, unlike raccoons, the chance of an opossum carrying rabies is extremely rare.
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The Virginia Opossum is Florida’s only marsupial. Their young, anywhere from 7 to 11 tiny ones, will stay in the female’s pouch where they nurse for a period of about 80 days. Sadly, when a female opossum gets hit by a car, if there are babies in her pouch, they will surely die unless rescued by an animal shelter. Once old enough to leave the pouch, they hitch a ride on mama’s back. In another 15 to 20 days they will be able to be on their own.
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A Story of Animal Abuse and One Kitten’s Survival Gone Viral
By Debra Taylor Tee
What kind of individual nonchalantly throws a three-week-old kitten from a moving vehicle? Or causes severe chemical burns to an innocent cat’s body? Or shoots a dog twice and tries to finish him off by dragging him behind an automobile? These are, obviously, individuals with cold hearts and no sense of compassion for defenseless, living creatures. It is absolutely appalling and heartbreaking for animal lovers everywhere.
Joanna said, “(April) is thriving still. She is still fighting with some ongoing issues that will probably be with her for the rest of her life, like a respiratory problem and an infected left eye. But we hope she outgrows these issues as her body matures and her awesome kitty immune system becomes stronger. Other than that, she has gained a couple of pounds and rules the roost!”
Fortunately, for these animals and so many others, people with very huge hearts and abundant amounts of love and compassion save abused fur babies every day from certain death.
April has two sisters she enjoys chasing around her new home, and she also has her own Facebook page, simply titled “April’s Page”, for all of her fans and followers who want to keep up with her progress.
Animal abuse like April’s is horrifically prevalent throughout America. If not for the humane acts of everyday people, veterinarians and their staff members, SPCA Suncoast staff and volunteers, and those of animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout the United States, thousands of stories like April’s would not have such happy endings.
Thanks to a local Good Samaritan, the kitten tossed from the car was immediately recovered, when the woman saw the poor baby feline flailed helplessly to the side of the road like a piece of trash. This kind-hearted person took the abandoned, abused kitten to SPCA Suncoast, where they did what they do best: attended to the many needs of this sick, injured kitten. “April” was the name chosen for this sweet kitty, because the month of April is themed Animal Abuse Awareness Month. Quite fitting, don’t you think?
her the love she so richly deserved. After careful and thoughtful deliberation to ensure April had the best new home and humans possible for her continued rehabilitation and recovery. The amazing team at SPCA Suncoast had the daunting task of selecting April’s new human caregivers. The lucky new parents chosen from plethora of emails: Joanna & Larry DeLuca.
Congratulations, April, for landing safely in your furever home! Special thanks to April’s human parents, Joanna & Larry DeLuca, for choosing to adopt a special needs pet. Joanna and Larry reside in Trinity and are the owners and proprietors of Stylemakers Salon and DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry in Longleaf.
The compassionate staff at SPCA Suncoast administered aid through syringe feedings, medicine and most of all, tender, loving care until April was sufficiently healed and ready for her furever home! April’s story went viral through social media. Animal lovers across the globe truly cared about this tiny kitten and her horrible story and reached out in support of her recovery. A plea went out to the masses and emails poured in from individuals and families who wanted to adopt April and give
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Celebrate with Your Pup Grain-Free Peanut Butter and Banana Pupcakes
What are pupcakes you ask? They are dog-friendly cupcakes that are much healthier than our own version of the delicious treat.
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
This pupcake recipe is grain-free, made with nutritious coconut flour that is phenomenal for the dog’s skin and coat. If you want to make the wheat flour version of this pupcake recipe, substitute 1/2 cup of coconut flour with 1 cup of whole wheat flour.
3. In a large bowl mix the peanut butter, eggs, bananas, cottage cheese and honey. Mix in the coconut flour and baking soda. Mix well.
Pupcakes • 1 cup of peanut butter • 3 eggs • 2 mashed bananas • 1/2 cup of coconut flour • 1/4 cup of cottage cheese • 3/4 tsp baking soda • 1 tsp raw honey Peanut Butter Icing • 6 oz of cream cheese In Photo: Casper Cris tello • 4 oz of smooth peanut butter • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
2. Line a muffin pan with paper muffin cups.
4. Use two spoons to drop dollops of dough into the muffin cups and fill the cups 3/4 of the way. 5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. 6. Let your dogs lick the spoons clean. (Very important step!) 7. In a small bowl cream together the cream cheese, oil and peanut butter. 8. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes. 9. Let the muffins cool then ice the pupcakes and place freeze dried liver treats on top. 10. Serve, and enjoy the delight on their faces as they chow down! Healthy, dog-friendly and perfect for birthdays or other celebrations. These delicious pupcakes are sure to please the furry family members in your home. Source: http://www.k9instinct.com
Dear Yappy, I am having problems potty training my new puppy. She doesn’t let me know when she has to go out. What can I do? I’m at my wits end. Cathy S. Supervision is one of the keys to success and that means knowing where your dog is and what they are doing at all times. You must also be consistent and have lots of patience. You need to watch the puppy and keep it with you. If you can’t keep it with you then you need to confine them. Confining can be crate training, a puppy safe room or a playpen. Some of the times they will need to go are as follows: 1. First thing in the morning 2. After eating 3. After drinking 4. After waking 5. After exercise or during 6. After you remove him from the crate 7. Any other time he acts like he needs to “go” Watch their body language for sniffing, circling, arching the back, and or the tail over the back, and squatting. Try to use the same door and use a word like “outside”. As they go use a word like “go potty”. Praise them immediately when they finish. Take them out often.
Please send questions for future columns to AskDearYappy@aol.com We look forward to hearing from you!
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