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Directory of Hometown Professionals Accounting A+ Tax & Accounting Service.............42 Unbehagen Advisors.............................40 Advertising It’s Your Home Magazine.......................7 Topaz Marketing Group..........................4 Air Conditioning Best Services A/C.................................27 McWilliams A/C...................................24 Attorneys- Personal Injury Kantaras & Andreopoulos.....................42 Auto Sales-New & Used Any Car USA..........................................7 Bakery Sugardarlings Cones & Cupcakes...........8 Banks/Credit Union Florida Central Credit Union.................41 Whitney Bank...................................41,44 Boots & Leather Boot Hideout.........................................16 Business Groups Rooters Club..........................................34 Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce.........................................46 West Pasco Business Association..........44 West Pasco Chamber of Commerce.......46 Trinity Rotary Club...............................................43 Cabinets Trinity Kitchen & Bath..........................25 Carpet Cleaning Complete Care Systems ........................22 Cleaning Service Cleaning Angels....................................28 Companion Care Home Helpers........................................21 Countertops Superior Solid Surface...........................22 Dentists David W. Dempsey, D.D.S....................12 Family Entertainment Jungle Bounce.......................................34 Congo River Golf .................................34 Fashion UltrueImage, Joanne L. Cicora..............13 Madam Butterfly....................................17
Financial Services Raymond James /Amanda Murphy.....5,41 Summit Brokerage................................39 Flooring-Tile, Travertine & Wood Home & Tile Renovations of FL..........27 Trinity Tile & Stone..............................28 Florist Flowers By Jenny....................................4 Hair Salons & Nails Aqua Terra Salon & Spa.......................12 Cabelo Salon Inc....................................10 Salon Tre...............................................11 Hearing Aids Hear Again Hearing Aid Co.................20 Interior Design Halina’s Custom Interiors & Awnings.............................................22 Jewelers DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry...........................9 Make-Up Artistry Special Occasions.................................11 Massage Therapy Massage Therapy Center........................21 Mind & Body Defy Aging, Inc....................................19 Nail Salon Amber Nails..........................................11 Nightclub Karl Reef...............................................32 Non-Profit Organizations Bark For Life........................................38 People for Haiti.....................................47 SPCA....................................................37 The Katelyn Foundation..................35,46 Pet Euthanasia Gentle Pet Passings...............................36 Pet Grooming & Boutique Paw Wash Plus......................................37 Photographers Blueberry Freckles Photography.............8 J. David Photography.............................10 Physicians-Cosmetic Surgery Rinnova Med-Surgical & Laser Institute, Dr. Gerard Cappiello........................15,20 Physicians-Internal Medicine Dr. Halima Gafhoor...............................21
Physicians-Optometrist Elegant Eyewear, Dr. Sandra Stroud................................11 Picture Framing Picture Perfect ....................................23 Pool Contractor Posh Pools of Florida, Inc.....................3 Pressure Washing Elevated Pressures Power....................25 Real Estate Mary B. Archie, Florida Luxury Realty..........................26 Debbie Dawson, Keller Williams Realty.................8,23,48 Toni & Craig Weidman, Re/Max Sunset.....................................47 Rentals-Equipment Pinellas Rental Center..........................24 Restaurants Alli Gators Florida Grill & Bar.............33 Best of Philly Cheesesteak House........32 Cricketers 54.........................................33 Dimitri’s On the Water.....................30,31 Havana Dreamers Cafe.........................33 Lagerheadz Bar & Grill........................30 Niko’s Place..........................................32 Zen Forrest............................................30 Windows on the Green at Fox Hollow Club...................................30 Storage Facilities Seven Springs Self Storage...................28 Tanning Salon & Spa Planet Beach Contempo Spa.................14 Upholsterer Sunshine Upholstery.............................23 Veterinarians Animal Care Center of Pasco................36 Trinity Pet Hospital...............................37 Water Damage Restoration Mr. Dry Out..........................................26 Website Design Websitedzyn..........................................43 Weight Loss Body by Vi............................................18 Window Tinting Apollo Window Tinting........................26
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VALENTINE Issue 2012
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Continues to Achieve Amazing Balance in Her Life Personally and Professionally She may be wife, mother, businesswoman, and “new empty-nester,” but her email name seems to say it all: Amandaonthego!
manda Murphy loves her family, her friends, her community and her profession as the Vice President of Investments at her Raymond James office in Tampa. As a fullservice financial advisor, her position allows her the opportunity to help people. Amanda assists her clients with CDs, Bonds, Annuities, Equities, Life Insurance, as well as other investment products. Moreover, she will be the first to tell you, size doesn’t matter. “I am concerned about all of my clients. Account size should not make one person more important than another. Everyone deserves the same help, and I give that.” If only she had more time with her husband, who travels north every week, and their friends, who they attempt to see most every weekend. It simply means the time they do share together becomes more precious and a priority of great proportion! Aside from helping her clients, there are so many people in the Pasco/Pinellas community Amanda helps. This requires a great deal of time for her volunteer efforts. “I have a hard time saying no. God has blessed me and I feel it is my responsibility to help others who are in need.” And that she does… Amanda is involved in the Trinity Rotary Club, a group that focuses on helping local children. “This group is always looking for ways to help the children throughout West Pasco,” Amanda boasts. She joined the Community Service Council after she had so much fun attending their Bachelor Auction. “When I learned how they give back to so many organizations, give scholarships and feed needy families at Thanksgiving, I had to become a part of such a wonderful group. Now I am Chair of the Bachelor Auction, and can’t wait for this year’s event!
organization work diligently to find ways to assist other non-profits in the area. “I have enjoyed the volunteer opportunities they have given me. They are truly a dynamic group.” The PACE Center for Girls is a group close to her heart. “The work that this organization does to help young women is a huge benefit to our community. PACE changes young lives,” she explains. The Youth & Family Alternatives Runaway Shelter has a fundraising effort each year known as RAP River Run. Over the last five years, a group of volunteers, including Amanda, have grown a 5k race from just over 400 participants, to more than 1000 runners! The money raised goes directly to the Runaway Shelter. Leadership Pasco was a means for Amanda to learn more about Pasco County, and she has! Last, but certainly not least, Amanda has volunteered with the Chasco Fiesta Coronation Planning Committee. “This has given me an opportunity to help raise money for the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind.” All of this, and she carves out time three days a week to work out with a friend at 5:30 AM, at a boot camp known as Hammertime! With the many hats she wears and the juggling of her time, Amanda has achieved amazing balance in her life between family, friends, work and community. She exemplifies what it means to pay it forward and give back. Amanda adds humbly, “I am in good company. Our community works together, and it is wonderful to see so many people who are willing to lend a hand. I am so blessed to know so many wonderful, caring people.”
Although new to the Junior Service League, Amanda’s definitely “having a blast!” The ladies involved in this
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Bring It Home
05 Hometown Story
08 “Your Hometown Realtor”
Loving what I do! Connecting Home & Community
A Family Tradition Carries On
Things to Consider When Remodeling
13 The Style File
There’s a First Time for Everything!
Trinity Kitchen & Bath
26 Providing the Highest Quality
Mary B. Archie of Florida Luxury Realty
29 Homemade Recipes
Chicken Piccata Pasta
Who Loves Buying a New Car?
Planet Beach, a contempo spa™
Largest Selection of Boots & Accessories
The Master Journey & Divine Intelligence of the Heart
Renew the Beauty in You
Rinnova – Making Florida More Beautiful
Pet Contest – SPAW Makeover Chip with the Puppy Dog Eyes
Tech Talk Is Your Website Working For You or Against You?
Body by Vi
18 You Cannot Out-Train a Bad Diet 31
Any Car USA
14 What is Red-Light Therapy?
30-34 Dining & Entertainment 35 Safety Patrol
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Amanda Murphy of Raymond James®
Chef Du Jour
Chef Demetrios Salivaras of Dimitri’s on the water
Your Hometown Realtor, Debbie Dawson
40 Excellence in Tax Services All Year Long Unbehagen Advisors
42 IT’s Tax Time! Ready to Prepare Your’s 44
A+ Tax & Accounting Service
Business Spotlight on WPBA
Pat Eckert and Eileen Peters of Whitney Bank
On the Cover: Tina & Daryk LeVasseur along with their sons Brendyn & Reid of Any Car USA. This family brings back that hometown feel to car buying and selling. Photo by Heidi Joyner of Blueberry Freckles Photography
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They do the shopping and negotiating for you. “If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for in our inventory, we will locate what you want,” Daryk, with over 20 years in the auto business explains. “We have the ability to work with clients to find exactly what they want at a price they can afford. We are not limited to one brand, we are able to negotiate on all types and models in every price range.” They can help find the best financing & lease options to accommodate even the tightest budgets. Any Car U.S.A., can find the perfect new vehicle, or select from the pre-owned inventory they keep indoors, protected from the elements. Daryk can locate specific models of preowned automobiles, and has options to help you sell yours! Visit Any Car U.S.A. at 2410 Merchant Ave., Odessa, or call 727.807.3226 to arrange a test drive today!
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e all have had that feeling at some time in our life. Dealerships can be intimidating, because it’s difficult to discern a true fair deal or price. When you shop in the laid-back, stress-free environment Daryk and Tina Levasseur at Any Car U.S.A., have created, you can trust you will get exactly what you want at the right price. When purchasing a new car, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable making an automobile purchase in a familyfriendly atmosphere?
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eed some ideas on what to get your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered with great gift ideas from some of our favorite businesses, shops and restaurants around town. If every family in the Tampa Bay area spent just $100 of their Valentine’s Day budget at locally-owned, independent businesses, over $74,215,744* would be directly returned to the Tampa Bay community. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies. *Based on Civic Economics Andersonville Study of Retail Economics: When you spend $100 at an independent business, $68 returns to the local economy versus $43 when spent with a national chain. Based on U.S. Census projection of 115 million households. IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine is the #1 source for local business information in South Pasco and Northern Pinellas Counties. As you flip through the magazine in print and online, you will meet many of the hometown professionals throughout our community.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Google+1. Visit our website to find a business, stay abreast of upcoming events, find information about buying or selling your home or get some great decorating ideas. We have something for everyone! Our magazine is sponsored by the local business owners in the area. Our passion is our true commitment to local business ownership. We believe in the power of local businesses which support our local economy. Michael H. Schuman, author of Going Local, writes, “Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses, which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.” Thank a local business owner for supporting our community, we know all of them appreciate your support and they Thank You!
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n addition to publishing our local community living magazine, I have over 15 years of experience as a realtor helping the residents of our community buy and sell their homes. I have recently chosen to join Keller Williams Realty continuing to offer the highest level of professional service. I’m excited about the possibilities that this change brings for everyone I do business with. For those whom have not heard of Keller Williams Realty, they are the 3rd largest real estate company in the U.S.! With the new marketing and technology tools that this switch gives me – I have a more powerful platform to list, market and sell properties, taking my work with both buyers and sellers to the next level. If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling real estate, please let them know that I can help. Visit my website to search all local properties -- www. yourhometampabay.com. You can also check out my company’s national site at www.kw.com to search properties nationwide or see what your home is worth! As always, please join us in the quest to support our community & local businesses. They are the heartbeat of our hometown and local economy.
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of Love Love has the power to heal all wounds, love defines our existence, love is a Diamond in a Pearl
When an oyster swallows a grain of sand it feels the discomfort, so it begins to ease the pain by applying a coat of nacre (pearl). It is during this healing process that it creates a beautiful pearl. It is rather ironic to think that something so beautiful can be created out of so much discomfort. This is like life itself. It is easy to love in good times, but it takes courage to love through the discomfort of our lives. The diamond represents the grain of sand and the pearl evokes an aura of courage, love, and healing that is embedded deep within the soul. It is this unique transformation that has given birth to “Diamond in a Pearl “…the symbol of love.
Life is a Gift Today before you think of saying an unkind word Think of someone who can't speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food Think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife Think of someone who's crying out to God for a companion. Today before you complain about life Think of someone who went too early to heaven. Before you complain about your children Think of someone who desires children but they're barren. Before you argue about who cleans up your dirty house Think of the people who are living in the streets. Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.
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But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another Remember that nobody is perfect and without faults. And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down Put a smile on your face and be thankful you're alive and still around. Life Is a Gift, Live It, Enjoy It, Celebrate It, and Fulfill It. Random Acts of Kindness Week® Feb. 13-19, 2012 www.randomactsofkindness.org
2012 Hair Trends
Long Hair Long & Bouncy
Described as a gorgeous blow-out, the bouncy blow dry gives long hair a groomed, elegant yet relaxed finish. Inspired, in part, by the 70’s fashion revival but working across most of 2012′s looks, Get the look of optimum bounce in the roots and the soft waves to frame your face.
Mid-Length Hair Wet-look Chignon
Don’t be afraid to get your hair wet in 2012 – or at least give the impression that it’s wet. Amongst a long list of wet look 2012 hairstyles, this wet look chignon offers up plenty of versatility along with a relaxed feel.
Short Hair Mod Bob
Short. Voluminous. Messy. This is the 2012 women’s hairstyle that marries a short hair cut with the best of the 1960s fashion revival to create a Mod Bob that’s been inspired by the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Twiggy.
For more info on 2012 Hair Trends, visit www.FASHIONISING.com or call your local hair salon.
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Toni’s wealth of experience has propelled her business thanks to very satisfied customers who love to refer to her! “I love helping others,” Toni explains. “I can teach every woman who wants to learn how to best apply their make-up.” And she has assisted both young and mature women with everything from proms, bridal parties, and more!
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HEALTH & BEAUTY
A Little Pampering
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The Elements of Beauty YOU…A Work Of Art WE…The Artists
Together We Create
ou may already be familiar with paraffin wax treatments at our local spas -- it's a luxurious addition to a manicure at your local nail salon, spa or even when you visit your local dentistry spa.
Give the gift of love...together Couple Massages only $140.00
When paraffin wax baths are offered as a service at a spa or nail salon, the hands or feet are typically dipped into a tub of warm paraffin wax -- often two or three times -- to create a thick coating that will retain heat for several minutes. As the wax hardens, the paraffin's natural emollient softens skin and the heat opens pores. When the cooled wax is pulled away from the skin, it also removes dead skin cells, leaving skin smoother. Paraffin wax treatments are also beneficial to dry cracked hands and feet. Paraffin is an excellent moisturizer because it forms a light waterproof coating over your skin that helps it retain the oils produced by your body. This "waterproofing" makes paraffin treatments great for soothing and healing dry, cracked skin -- particularly winter-worn hands and feet -because it offers protection from external elements.
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There’s a First Time for Everything! A Local Makeover Story
have a funny story for you. One day while sitting with a friend I mentioned that I really needed a massage. She replied, “Oh, do those help your back?” I said “Are you kidding, they help everything!” That’s when she said it… “I’ve never had a massage.” I was perplexed. Massages decrease stress, release toxins, and they feel amazing!!
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Upon further exploration, I discovered that Melissa had never experienced a facial, a pedicure, a manicure, eyebrow wax, or microdermabrasion. Now I know that there are lots of people who have never been blessed to have experienced these luxuries, but I decided that Melissa was going to get a total makeover treat! She is such a worthy recipient: a mother of three teenage boys, tireless worker for a non-profit, and an amazing woman of integrity. I thought she would be the perfect candidate for these amazing treatments. I turned to some local businesses to help me out, and they very generously donated to this pampering makeover. It started with Dr. David Dempsey, the Art and Science of Dentistry, a phenomenal dentist and personal friend. He repaired two cracks in Melissa’s front teeth beautifully to compliment her smile. Then Melissa was off for her very first full set of acrylic nails, a pedicure, and an eyebrow wax. Billy at Trinity Nail Spa applied a French acrylic nail set, performed a spa pedicure with leg scrub and massage, and perfectly shaped her eye brows to frame her rich brown eyes. Next it was off to see Dr. Cara Hacht, owner of A Family Affair Chiropractic Center, a wonderful friend and an amazing chiropractor. There, Melissa received a deep tissue massage and posture screening. Melissa loved her massage and might now be addicted!
A pampering facial was next, with a special microdermabrasion treatment at Carson Aesthetic Care Center & Medi-Spa. Theresa Frazier took care of Melissa every step of the way! She received a customized skin care facial and microdermabrasion treatment to reduce fine lines. The results were fabulous! Finally, hair, fitness, and make-up! Stylez of Trinity gave Melissa a new trendy cut, auburn color to compliment her skin tone, and some fun highlights to match her personality! My dear friend, owner of Stylez, Sherrie Shillingford, also runs a Faith & Fitness program and she generously donated a one-month supply of a meal replacement drink to help kick off Melissa’s fitness goals for the New Year! No make-over is complete without customized make-up to complement bone structure, eye shape, and skin tone. I primed Melissa’s skin, added a perfectly matched foundation, mineral eye/cheek colors, mascara, and a few more fabulous Mary Kay products, which has been my personal brand of choice for 16 years. WOW…what an event for Melissa! I can tell you that she very humbly and graciously thanks david w. dempsey, d.d.s. each and every one of the service providers she met. She feels like a new woman! Thank you to the art and of for dentistry everyone for making this an experience of ascience lifetime Melissa!
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HEALTH & BEAUTY
What is Red-Light Therapy?
ed light therapy is a healing strategy that makes use of red tinted light in order to stimulate the body’s natural defense systems and bring relief from various ailments. It’s popularity has boomed with Planet Beach’s Contempo Spa visitors because it produces fast results for people with a variety of skin issues. Planet Beach’s Lumiere facial has been popular since its introduction and now we are adding full-body red-light beds. In some cases, it is even possible to convert UV-therapy beds to red light therapy. Red light therapy uses heat and concentrated light to stimulate circulation, boost collagen production and enhance skin’s natural ability to heal. For Contempo Spa members, it can produce dramatic results in just a few visits. The Lumiere facial and full body red light beds have become the most sought-after services at Planet Beach Contempo Spas as a result. It is non-invasive treatment and does not contain ultraviolet rays. Waves from the infrared spectrum to penetrate skin tissue to a depth of up to 10 millimeters. This extra energy helps skin cells
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increase production of new collagen and enhance turnover of collagen and elastin fibers – key components for skin renewal. Red light acne therapy helps teens with skin problems, by helping to clear out clogged pores. Facial red light therapy helps with nervous tics. In the same way natural sunlight helps with mild depression, red light sessions can improve moods and diminish depression in the winter months. If that were not enough, there are even claims that the stimulation of ATP in the body can help with various forms of sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Adding the full-body option the range of health and wellness services already available cements Planet Beach Contempo Spas as an industry leader and innovator. Existing franchise owners can convert UV tanning equipment to red-light therapy, and the benefits of the red light therapy bulbs include reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving moisture and reducing imperfections. Red-light therapy beds also will be one of eight standard offerings at the new UV Free Contempo Spa, a smaller version of a full Contempo Spa. Both sized spas give members unlimited access to health and wellness treatments for a modest monthly fee. Courtesy of Planet Beach
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Enjoy the bright and renewed feeling you get after a day at the beach in just 20 minutes! As a Contempo Spa, our revolutionary services are automated. That way, you get a faster and more affordable experience that you can control at the touch of a button.
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Special $145 • Rinnova signature facial with deep exfoliation, deep pore cleansing, and hydrating mask $88 • Hand and feet exfoliation treatment, plus paraffin wrap for extra moisturizing results $100 • Eye serum treatment $35 • Oxygen therapy on face and eyes $65 • Regularly $288
Special $145 • Gentlemen’s facial with deep cleansing with brush, plus exfoliation treatment, and hydrating mask $85 • Hand and feet deep exfoliation treatment with paraffin wrap for extra moisturizing effect $100 • Eye serum treatment $35 • Oxygen therapy on face and eyes $65 • Regularly $285
Special $250 • Both packages above! • The couple will sit side by side sipping champagne and eating chocolates.
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oday’s patients are active, work hard and play hard. They seek Cosmetic Facial and Body Procedures with low risk and excellent results that get you back into routine within 1-2 weeks. Concierge care is a new buzz word in medicine. It offers patients extremely personalized care for a premium price. Although this is new for some doctors and patients, Dr. Cappiello has been providing concierge care for his patients, free of charge, for decades. All surgical patients receive Dr. Cappiello’s cell phone number. The goal is to treat every patient as a VIP without extra charges. Rinnova is different, come and see why we are the fastest growing cosmetic vaginal and general cosmetic surgery practice in the area. The doctor and staff at Rinnova go to great lengths to follow the highest standards of accreditation and patient safety. Nothing is more important than the health, safety and welfare of our patients. They are committed to providing the highest level of communication to their patients so that know what to expect in terms of recovery, outcome and longevity of the procedure. Dr. Cappiello and Staff are committed to the latest advances in technology and our office provides a wide array of cosmetic surgical Dr. Gerard Cappiello options. “Cosmetic surgery should whisper, not scream. I utilize my 30 years of surgery experience along with the newest technologies to achieve the most AT THE FEMALE CARE CENTER natural and youthful rejuvenation. Cosmetic surgery is my passion and I personally invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with our office. No concerns are trivial and all consultations are confidential.” Dr. Cappiello We offer many packages for different rejuvenation targets. Visit our website at www. MyRinnova.com to see our latest procedures and packages.
Dr. Cappiello is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and holds numerous memberships in professional organizations in the United States and Europe. He is also a “preceptor”, trusted to train other physicians in the art of using lasers in aesthetic medicine. Dr. Cappiello is affiliated with Morton Plant Mease Hospital in Countryside and Dunedin as well as Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital.
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ant the best boots in the Bay area? There’s only one place to go: Boot Hide Out, located in the Riverwalk on the beautiful, World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks! With more than 2,000 boots in stock, you are not limited to just their inventory. You can also create your own custom boots in domestic or exotic leathers. Their customer service team is experienced and poised to handle even full-custom boots for people who are hard to fit. “We specialize in made to order and custom boots in domestic and exotic leathers. Our online business is one of the largest in the world for American made boots,” said co-owner, Tim Stevens. Boot Hide Out is the largest East Coast supplier of leather goods and boots. Stock and custom cowboy boots, fashion boots, motorcycle boots, work and hiking boots, boots for any occasion! But that’s not all. Leather never goes out of style, as Boot Hide Out demonstrates. You will discover fashion and motorcycle leather jackets and apparel, as well as purses, belts and accessories. The most popular name brands, including Lucchese, Tony Lama, Justin, Ariat, Nocona, Wolverine, Black Jack, Scully, and First Manufacturing are fully represented in a variety of sizes and styles from which to choose! Boot Hide Out is the largest East Coast supplier of leather goods and boots. Boot Hide Out was established in 1990, and the Sponge Docks storefront opened in 2009. Their online business is one of the largest in the world for American
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s we begin a new year, many of us take a look at how to improve ourselves by setting resolutions to live a healthier, happier, and more prosperous life. For Dennis & I, our search continues to be fulfilled with grateful abundance! Our “Master Journey” was conceived, received, and manifested from heartfelt prayer, and was delivered in the form of words, phrases and other phenomena, somewhat clue-like, from “Divine Intelligence,” and through living and loving life! The main thought provoking clue was not unfamiliar, and reinforced the premise we had to live: “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” Learning the lessons to be learned, we have mastered areas of our life path and experience, moving forward only to keep doing it again, and again.
Many “AHA” moments to be discovered, it was up to us to uncover the divine clues as if we were involved in a scavenger hunt. We had to wait for the clues when they were ready to reveal themselves. These clues would reveal themselves during very unexpected moments over time, until the pieces were coming together for us to share. It’s what we call “The Golden Seven Principles.” These principles are essential to mastering our lives through “Master Key Codes,” creating a master mind in its simplest and easiest to understand form, all stemming from the “Divine Intelligence” of the heart! It was THEN and WHEN our spirits were awakened with these miracles of enlightenment! One of the areas we love to share, that serves as a great reminder to everyone and should be constantly revisited as part of the amazing wisdom of the ages, is “The Seven Virtues,” as defined by Pope Gregory: FAITH HOPE CHARITY FORTITUDE JUSTICE PRUDENCE TEMPERENCE
is believe in the right things (including the virtues) is taking a positive future view that good will prevail is concern for, and active help to others is never giving up. is being fair and equitable with others is care of and moderation with money is moderation of needed things and abstinence from things not needed
When we make the time for self discovery, personal growth, and development, it is pretty amazing what transformations and revelations take place! The “Divine Intelligence” of the heart is the answer and the main “Master Key Code” that allows us to tap into the knowledge, intuitiveness, and knowingness, we are beautiful treasures. Here is how we “master shift” the heart: Take a few slow deep breaths, shift your focus on your heart. Recall a positive fun feeling, a loved one, a special grand time in your life, and ask your heart for the response you need. LISTEN to your heart. It is ALWAYS correct!
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lbs (625 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, divided tbsp (22 mL) Lemon Pepper Rub cans (14.5 oz each) 33% reduced-sodium chicken broth (about 6 cups/1.5 L) ½ medium onion 12 oz (350 g) uncooked angel hair pasta
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Pat Eckert, Branch Manager and Eileen Peters, Personal Banker with Whitney Bank, located at 2914 Little Road in New Port Richey, want you to feel like a welcome guest in their home the minute you walk in! These hometown banking advisors are dedicated to handling any and all of your financial needs with professionalism and expertise. Pat & Eileen both love spending time with their Florida sunshine and beaches, but they equally love being there for their customers. Eileen commented, “I am fortunate to meet so many wonderful people, each with their unique banking needs. Being able to help each one on an individual basis is very rewarding, always challenging, and never boring!” The West Pasco Business Association is a group with which they actively participate because “It works,” says Eileen. “All of the members are dedicated to helping each other succeed.” Pat likes the fact businesses help each other, but he also appreciates the referral source. Referrals are huge! Barry Horvath, President of WPBA said, “Pat and Eileen bring back the good old days of hometown banking in today’s world of automation. It is nice to know that you still have your own personal banker who will answer your call and give you that personal touch that is so often missing today. They are true
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professionals at what they do being friendly is just a bonus.” At Whitney Bank, you have your choice of good old fashioned, in-person customer service, or the latest in technology, Pat, Eileen, Ashley and Tammy can handle your personal and commercial checking & savings, mortgage & auto loans, wealth & financial planning…whatever you need! Pat & Eileen are both very excited about the merger of Whitney Bank and Hancock Bank, because it will allow them to continue to serve their customers with individualized attention, but with more products and services and with the technology their customers deserve! Feel free to contact Pat or Eileen by stopping by their Trinity location on Little Road, or give them a call at 727-287-3142. For more information, please visit www.whitneybank.com. West Pasco Business Association is a pool of professionals who work together diligently to promote each others’ businesses, WPBA exists to help business owners, independent consultants, and company entrepreneurs succeed by generating more leads through referrals and team-building. Membership is restricted to one member for each business category; that way no member will be in competition with another member. Unlike most networking organizations, there are no “fees” for membership. Meetings are held every Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 pm at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd. Trinity, FL 34655. www.wpba.biz
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TAYLOR MADE IN WEST TAMPA BAY
Ned Johnson AKA Mark Twain
y beloved friend of more than 30 years, Ned Johnson, is probably the most popular English professor at St Petersburg College. His curriculum at the Tarpon Springs Campus includes Composition I & II, Creative Writing, Journalism, Poetry & Fiction Workshops, and American Literature. He has single-handedly won the respect and love from his students thanks to his creativity in teaching and his love of the profession! Ned & I embarked on a new level of our relationship in January 2007, when he invited me to a show he was performing at East Carolina State University in North Carolina. The show consisted of his transformation into literary favorite, Mark Twain. He looked like Twain. He sounded like Twain. He became Mark Twain in the 21st Century! A bonus of “An Evening with Mark Twain,” was my portrayal of Livy Clemens, Samuel Clemens’ wife. Ned knew of my love for the dramatic arts, so he asked me if I wanted to play the part. I embraced it and have since played Livy on at least a half dozen occasions! The “Twain Show” began when a professor in Ned’s graduate studies at Western Kentucky University overheard him practicing an imitation of Twain in his office. Subsequently, Ned’s professor offered to waive the final exam for the entire class if Ned would do an impromptu performance as Mark Twain for more than an hour. Ned complied with the request and has continued performing as Twain since that day in 1991. Besides the performance in North Carolina, Ned has performed his “Twain Show” at numerous venues throughout Tampa Bay and the Southeastern United States, including SPC; St. Catharine College in Springfield, KY; Central Florida Community College; The Liberty Literary Arts Festival; The Port Charlotte Historical Society; The Lutheran Church of Punta Gorda, The World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, and many others. The proceeds of Ned’s “Twain Shows” are directly channeled to the Karen Pelz Memorial Writing Contest, which he established when his friend and academic mentor, Karen Pelz, died of esophageal cancer and left him $500 in her will. This contest has been a stepping stone for many individuals to expand their horizons in writing and life! The contest continues to grow each year. Anyone is eligible to compete for an award in the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Literary Criticism, Media, and Special Projects (which includes videography). From the proceeds of the Twain shows, Ned offers cash prizes, trophies and certificates for the winners. In 2011, an anonymous donor began offering a $1000 scholarship to the overall winner. Ned’s next scheduled “Twain Show” is at 6:00 pm, February 29h at the Mid-County Regional Library, Port Charlotte. Tickets are $5, and will be available through the library beginning February 22nd. The Karen Pelz Memorial Writing Contest is accepting entries through March 31st, with the awards ceremony to be held in April. For more information about scheduling “An Evening with Mark Twain” for your next event, participating in the Karen Pelz Memorial Writing Contest, or making donations to the contest, please contact Ned directly via the Karen Pelz Contest Facebook page, or through his email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Events West Pasco Chamber of Commerce
111 E Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs
5443 Main Street New Port Richey, FL 34652 Phone: 727.842.7651 Fax: 727.848.0202 Joe@westpasco.com www.westpasco.com Gateway to Tropical Florida
Feb 3 5:30pm People for Haiti Benefit
The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce is located in the Artists’ Faire Fine Arts & Gifts Gallery in Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs.
Feb 4 6:30 13th Annual Gong Show
Chamber President, Sue Thomas, invites business owners and managers to attend the “Coffee with Class” networking breakfasts the first and third Wednesdays, from 8:30AM-10:00AM, at Rusty Bellies Restaurant located at the West end of the World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. The Chamber office and Art Gallery is open seven days a week for visitor information, and they look forward to your visit!
Help Maria Johnson Go On a Mission Alli Gators will donate 10% of food purchased 3523 Little Rd Trinity
Presented by the Alzheimer's Family Organization Jewish Community Center 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey Dinner provided by Carrabba's Italian Grill
Feb 12 1pm-5pm Terry Helton Cancer to Wellness Benefit J.C. Cravers Bar & Grill 191 Orange St. N. Palm Harbor
Feb 23 Schedule a time Give the Gift of Life
Florida Blood Service's mobile unit will be at the Chamber office. 5443 Main Street, NPR 34652 Please call the Chamber at 842-7651
Feb 25 9-5 Feb 26 10-4 4th Annual Craft Fair
Hosted by Bishop Larkin Catholic School 8408 Monarch Dr, Port Richey
For a full calendar of events, visit our website www.ItsYourHomeTrinity.com and click on Community Events We invite you to submit all of your local events. www.KatelynFoundation.org In honor of her daughter Katelyn, The Katelyn Foundation is a non-profit organization providing swim lessons to children throughout Tampa Bay. “Learning how to swim is a necessity, not a luxury!”
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Upcoming Events Jan. 27: Cherish the Ladies, Irish Music & Dance. Performing Arts Center, 8 pm, $28/$24 Members; Tarponarts.org., 942-5605 Jan. 29: Concert Pianist, Joseph Schwartz. Performing Arts Center, 3 pm, $24/$19 Members; Tarponarts.org., 942-5605 Feb. 4-5, 11-12: Gilbert & Sullivan’s Thespis. Performing Arts Center, Sat., 8 pm, Sun. 2 pm. $20/$17 Members; Tarponarts. org., 942-5605 Feb. 16: Sunset Beach Concert. 7 pm. Free. Bring a chair or blanket. Band TBA. 9425628. Tsrdonline.com Feb. 18: The Love Bug Show on the Sponge Docks. 10 am -5 pm. 244-5325. chris@ paintbyteeth.com, Visittarponsprings.org Feb. 19: Eleanor Roosevelt: This is My Story. In-character presentation. Performing Arts Center, 8 pm, $28/$24 Members; Tarponarts.org., 942-5605 Feb. 24: Soprano Maria Zouves In Concert. Heritage Museum. 7 pm. $22/$18 Members. Tarponarts.org Feb. 25: David Wladaver: Old Fashioned Hootenanny Sing-Along. Heritage Museum. 7 pm. $14/$10 Members. Tarponarts.org. 942-5605 Feb. 25: Trash to Treasures Flea Market. Corner of Pinellas & Tarpon Avenues. 8 am – 4 pm. 937-6109 Feb. 26: An Evening with Groucho (in the afternoon) starring Frank Ferrante. Performing Arts Center, 2 pm, $28/$24 Members; Tarponarts.org., 942-5605
Feb. 26: Historical Society’s Celebration Tea in Honor of City’s 125th Year. Heritage Museum. 2 pm – 4 pm. Free to the Public. Tarponarts.org. 942-5605 Feb. 29: The World Famous Tamburitzans. Folk dance & music of Eastern Europe. 2 pm & 8 pm. $28/$24 Members. Tarponarts.org. 942-5605 Mar. 3: Antique Car Show. Tarpon Avenue. 9 am – 4 pm. 937-6109 Mar. 3: Concert Pianist Louis Demetrius Alvanis. Performing Arts Center, 7:30 pm, $24/$19 Members; Tarponarts.org., 942-5605 Mar. 5: Gulf Maritime Festival & Night in the Islands. Sponge Docks. 10 am – 11 pm. Free. 937-1130 Mar. 13: Mick Moloney and Friends, Irish Music and Step Dance. Performing Arts Center, 7 pm, $24/$19 Members; Tarponarts.org., 942-5605 Mar. 9-11, 16-18: Baby. Musical comedy. Performing Arts Center, Fri/Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $22/$18 Members; Tarponarts. org., 942-5605 Mar. 11: Broadway Hits from Baritone David Powers. Cultural Center. 2 pm. $16/$14 Members. Tarponarts.org. 942-5605 Mar. 15: Sunset Beach Concert. 7 pm. Free. Bring a chair or blanket. Evergreen performs. 942-5628. Tsrdonline.com Mar. 17: Trash to Treasures Flea Market. Corner of Pinellas & Tarpon Avenues. 8 am – 4 pm. 937-6109 Mar. 17-18: St Patrick’s Day BBQ Event on the Sponge Docks. Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm. 776-7261
Networking for a Cause
Toni & Craig Weidman from RE/MAX Sunset Realty
A Story from the Heart -- People for Haiti Mission Trip “When I first met and talked with Guiga Vieira, President of People for Haiti, I fell in love with the story of Hope that they were giving the Haitian people. She told me that they are a not-for-Profit Organization dedicated to providing long-term support for the people devastated by the Haitian earthquake of 2010. They have helped thousands of Haitian citizens get medical care, brought thousands of doses of medicine to the ground, raised thousands of dollars for supplies, raised the funds needed to buy a water filtration system that provides clean and safe drinking water for an entire community and Organized 13 medical mission trips where over 100 volunteers have spent more than 100 days total on the ground helping local citizens. I have always wanted to go on some type of Mission Trip and instantly knew that I wanted to do what I could with People for Haiti. My mind kept wandering on when I could go and how I could also help spread the word about this wonderful organization. As an Ambassador of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, I network often with my Ambassador friends Craig and Toni Weidman with Remax Sunset Realty. They recently formed a Networking for a Cause West Pasco Florida group that helps a Cause several times a year. I approached them on helping me raise enough money for my expenses to go on a Mission Trip in August but more importantly to help raise money and more awareness for People for Haiti. They graciously moved the Fundraiser up to Friday, February 3rd at Ali Gators in Trinity. I am blessed that many have already given their support for my trip but I am more excited that I am helping raise more needed expenses and more awareness for People for Haiti.
The August Medical Mission trip feels like a lifetime away but I know it will come quickly. I am so humbled to be able to join the many Volunteers for People for Haiti and I know I will have a whirlwind of emotions and feelings and my life will be forever changed by being able to experience this trip. I hear the children wrap themselves around you and don't want to let you go. I can't wait to give them and the People OF Haiti my love and give them some Hope! I can't wait to start this journey” ~Maria Johnson Please join Maria on Friday, February 3rd, 5:30 pm at Ali Gators, 3523 Little Road in Trinity to help raise funds for People for Haiti to continue their ongoing HOPE to the Haitian people. There will be Raffle Baskets and a 50/50 Chance Drawing that evening. Ali Gators will also donate 10% back to People for Haiti for any food purchased. Donations will also be collected for many needed items that go to Haiti on these Mission Trips: Infant Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Adult Tylenol, Kids Vitamins (chewables-no gummies), Adult Vitamins, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Neosporin and Reading glasses. People for Haiti Info Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/peopleforhaiti Website: http://www.peopleforhaiti.com Please contact Toni or Craig with any donations. firstname.lastname@example.org 727-237-0083 or 727-359-9515
27th Annual Chasco Coronation Ball An Evening of True Elegance
The 27th Annual Chasco Coronation Ball will be held on March 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. This event kicks off the eleven day festival, Chasco Fiesta™. The Coronation Ball is an evening of elegance which is highlighted by the crowning of this year’s King Pithla and Queen Chasco. The 2011 King Pithla Chuck Grey and Queen Chasco Judith Koutsos will be on hand to help crown the 2012 King and Queen. King Pithla and Queen Chasco are chosen for their dedication and commitment to the community. Nominations are submitted to recognize those people that continually donate their time and give back to the West Pasco area. The judges review each nominee questionnaire and statistically rate their contributions to the community. The Ball will also feature an elegant dinner along with dancing, silent auctions and entertainments. Reservations for this event are currently being accepted; and tickets are $100.00 per person. The proceeds from the event benefit the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind in continuing the organization’s mission. For more information on the 27th Annual Chasco Coronation Ball, please contact Event Chair Tina Shelton at email@example.com or (727)439-0516.
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