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Flooring-Tile, Travertine & Wood Home & Tile Renovations of FL..........20 Trinity Tile & Stone..............................23 Grout Repair Grout Rhino..........................................24 Hair Salons & Nails Aqua Terra Salon & Spa.......................12 Cabelo Salon Inc....................................48 Salon Tre...............................................13 Hearing Aids Hear Again Hearing Aid Co.................18 Interior Design Halina’s Custom Interiors & Awnings.............................................22 Jewelers Custom Jewelry Creations...............10,11 DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry.........................1,7 Make-Up Artistry Special Occasions.................................16 Marketing The Product Network...........................40 Topaz Marketing Group........................23 Massage Therapy Massage Therapy Center........................14 Mind & Body Defy Aging, Inc....................................19 Nail Salon Amber Nails..........................................18 Nightclub Karl Reef...............................................34 Non-Profit Organizations Pasco County Foster & Adoptive ........46 SPCA....................................................37 The Katelyn Foundation.......................36 Pet Euthanasia Gentle Pet Passings...............................39 Pet Grooming & Boutique Paw Wash Plus......................................38 Pharmacist The Medicine Shoppe...........................24 Photographers Blueberry Freckles Photography.............4 J. David Photography............................44 Physicians-Cosmetic Surgery Rinnova Med-Surgical & Laser Institute, Dr. Gerard Cappiello........................16,17

Physicians-Gynecology Dr. Gerard Cappiello.............................24 Physicians-Internal Medicine Dr. Halima Gafhoor...............................18 Physicians-Optometrist Elegant Eyewear, Dr. Sandra Stroud.....12 Picture Framing Picture Perfect ......................................22 Pool Contractor Posh Pools of Florida, Inc.....................28 Pressure Washing Elevated Pressures Power......................21 Real Estate Florida Luxury Realty...........................25 Re/Max Sunset......................................40 Rentals-Equipment Pinellas Rental Center...........................27 Restaurants Alli Gators Florida Grill & Bar.............31 Blarney Stone........................................34 Best of Philly Cheesesteak House.........31 Cricketers 54..........................................31 Dimitri’s On the Water..........................30 Havana Dreamers Cafe..........................34 Honey Baked Ham................................33 Lagerheadz Bar & Grill.........................30 Niko’s Place........................................5,33 Zen Forrest........................................30,31 Screens-Window & Security Windows on the Green..........................33 Storage Facilities Seven Springs Self Storage...................26 Southern Self Storage............................11 Tanning Salon & Spa Planet Beach Contempo Spa.................12 Upholsterer Sunshine Upholstery.............................22 Veterinarians Animal Care Center of Pasco................37 Trinity Pet Hospital...............................38 Water Damage Restoration Mr. Dry Out...........................................23 Website Design Websitedzyn..........................................45 Weight Loss Body by Vi............................................14 Window Tinting Apollo Window Tinting.........................23

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Volume II Issue 7

HOLIDAY Issue 2011

PUBLISHER/EDITOR Debbie Dawson ART DIRECTOR Papande Newman WEBSITE DESIGN Rich Scherch, Len Wasnock EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Debra Taylor CONTRIBUTING WRITERS YOU “AUTO” KNOW – Daryk & Tina Levasseur DEFY AGING - Barbara Marville-Kelly & Dennis Kelly SAFETY PATROL - Sandra Testo-Michaud STYLE FILE - Joanne L. Cicora TAYLOR MADE - Debra Taylor TECH TALK – RICHARD SCHERCH THE BEAUTY IN YOU - Dr. Gerard Cappiello YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR - Debbie Dawson Joe Alpine, Gail Armstrong, Halina Roth, Claudia & Larry Deremus MEDIA MARKETING/ADVERTISING Debra Taylor Sandra Testo-Michaud SOCIAL MEDIA Topaz Marketing Group, Inc. CHARITY DIRECTORS Kristin Vogt-Wilson Sandra Testo-Michaud




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Niko’s Place Restaurant & Bar John & Eleni Hatzistefanou Treat Their Guests Like Family


n 1958, Nick Cabacum opened The Wheel Restaurant in Toledo, Ohio. Famous for its hand-carved roast beef, it did not take long for The Wheel to become the most popular restaurant in Toledo. Nick's simple rule: Serve the best quality food at a fair price. This is what made The Wheel and Nick restaurant legends! Though Nick has passed, his memory lives on at Niko’s Place Restaurant, as John & Eleni Hatzistefanou have followed the same simple rule of their father. “Great food and service at a fair price is our commitment to you,” Eleni asserts.

Besides delivering quality food, service and prices, John & Eleni provide a warm, friendly environment that is inviting to their satisfied customers, many of whom they know on a first-name basis. These same people who have been coming in weekly for 24 years, are now considered special members of their extended family! It brings a smile to their faces to see their loyal, customers day in and day out. Plus, aside from the great food they are served, it pleases their guests to see John & Eleni out on the floor, chatting with their customers as if it were a family gathering. It is the spirit of family that drives them on a daily basis. This spirit has expanded to include teenagers who are otherwise forgotten during the holiday season. “We became involved with The Angel Network thanks to one of our customers in charge of the organization. She told us no one wanted to adopt teenagers at Christmas, so we did!! It makes us very happy knowing someone cares for them now,” Eleni shares. Like family, their guests can depend on getting a meal prepared with love and care. John & Eleni make sure all of their preparations are homemade on the premises, not at a factory. You know you are getting choice meats, fresh seafood, and quality produce each and every time you visit Niko’s Place Restaurant. Both their lunch and dinner menus are complete with all of the classics to satisfy any palate. The salad bar consists of 42 fresh items from which to create your favorite combinations. Their signature herb-crusted Prime Rib is a succulent homage to their father and his hand-carved roast beef. They are also proud to offer a special Early Bird menu ALL DAY! This includes everything from Baked Ziti to Liver & Onions to slow-cooked, tender Ribs. Niko’s Place Restaurant can also accommodate your holiday parties, large family dinners or other special events with a banquet room that seats up to 50 guests. John & Eleni believe the secret to their success is the genuine level of care they extend to their guests each and every day through the quality of food they prepare. You are invited to visit them at Niko’s Place Restaurant: your home dining room away from home! Niko’s Place is open six days a week --closed on Mondays-- and is located at 6818 US Hwy 19, New Port Richey. For more information or to reserve their banquet room for your special event, please call 727-841-8151. 5



Bring It Home

21 The Powerhouse in Cleaning Elevated Pressures Inc.

22 Design Trends “2012”

Halina’s Custom Interiors & Awnings

24 A Hometown Soldier Returns Best Services A/C

26 Tame the Closet Monster Seven Springs Self Storage

27 Things to Consider When Remodeling

Trinity Kitchen & Bath

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5 Hometown Story

John & Eleni Hatzistefanou of Niko’s Place

13 The Style File

It’s the NEW YEAR!!

19 Defy Aging


17 Renew the Beauty in You

Hair Replacement for Men and Women

25 “Your Hometown Realtor”

What You Can Do to Improve Your Credit

11 One Last Gift

30-34 Dining & Entertainment

14 That Little Black Dress is Calling

39 Pet Contest –SPAW Makeover

16 Look Beautiful for Your Special Day

46-47 Community Events

18 Say Good Bye to Ringing In the Ear

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Custom Jewelry Creations Body by Vi Challenge Special Occasions

Hear Again Hearing Aid Company

29 Holiday Home Tour & Boutique

Fluffernutter Purrs Like a Tiger

Our Hometown Salon & Spa – Cabelo Salon


Trinity Oaks Women’s Association


Chef Du Jour


Business Spotlight

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47 Christmas 2011 On the Cover: Larry & Joanna DeLuca have brought their hearts and their love of their own small hometowns in South New Jersey to the Trinity community they happily call home! They strive to make everyone feel welcome in their store and salon, like members of their own family. In the photo shoot for the front cover-captured by Blueberry Freckles Photography- Larry & Joanna share some special moments in their beautifully decorated jewelry store, where you will find very unique creations, unlike anything you will find anywhere else! 6

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If You Keep Our Dollars Here, We Will All Enjoy a Happy New Year! “BUY LOCAL" is so much more than just a catch phrase; it is the key to survival for many of our local retailers, restaurants and service companies. For every dollar spent in one of our locally-owned businesses, up to 68 cents stays in our community. If you spend it online, none of it stays here. Please join IT’S YOUR HOME Magazine in the quest to support our community, please BUY LOCAL this holiday season and throughout the New Year. Buy Local & SAVE. As you flip through the pages of our Holiday Issue you will find many special offers and coupons. Join us on Facebook: facebook. com/ItsYourHomeMagazines for additional savings and coupons from our local shops and restaurants. Be sure to enter our contests online at www. Send us your ideas and share your thoughts, stories and photos, and we may even publish them! Email us at

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he Holiday Season is a time for warm memories of home and family, a time of gratitude for all of the blessings that we have received throughout the year. Our warm family memories take us back to good times shared with the people we love most. May joy, love and laughter fill your hearts this holiday season. Love and friendship are the greatest gifts one can give this time of year, remember to say “I love you” every day to those whom are closest to your heart. There is no time more fitting to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to our readers, staff and business owners that have been a part of IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine and for coming together in support of the small businesses we love. Thank you for buying local and supporting our local shops, restaurants and service businesses. They truly are the heartbeat of our hometown and local economy. Wishing you the best in 2012, may every day of the New Year glow with good cheer, happiness and prosperity for you & your family. Happy New Year!

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n 1984 Kiran Kumar founded Custom Jewelry Creations as a restyling and remount company. That was what they specialized in taking customers diamonds and setting them into beautiful new mountings. It would give new life to treasured diamonds and gemstones that may have lost their luster, sometimes because the original mounting was worn out beyond repair, or maybe just because the original mounting had become dated and the customer wanted a fresh look. Even though Custom Jewelry Creations was a nationwide company serving jewelry stores all over the country, Kiran began to create works of art in jewelry for his many friends and associates in the Port Richey area. This led to him establishing a retail fine jewelry store here in the Pier Shopping Center in 1991. With the confidence and loyal patronage of his growing customer base the decision was made to purchase the building and move into the current 4200 square foot free standing location on Hwy 19 in front of Gulfview Mall. As a family owned and operated jewelry store Kiran has always taken great pride in offering his customers exceptional service and superior products at reasonable prices. One of

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here are many misconceptions surrounding hair loss. It was once believed that baldness was due to poor circulation to the scalp, vitamin deficiencies, dandruff, and even excessive hatwearing. All of these theories have been disproved. The truth is, hair loss is primarily caused by a combination of aging, changes in hormones, and a family history of baldness. As a rule, the earlier hair loss begins, the more severe the baldness will become. The goal of hair replacement is to improve your appearance, which improves your self-confidence. Be sure to discuss your expectations with your doctor as it is possible that the results will not match your ideal head of hair. All hair replacement techniques use your existing hair. The goal of surgery is to find the most efficient uses for existing hair. Women can also experience hair loss. It is estimated that 1 in 5 women will experience some degree of hair loss usually caused by aging, illness, or hormonal changes after pregnancy or menopause. When women lose their hair they typically experience an overall thinning, as opposed to men who usually lose hair in patches. Hair replacement surgery may be the answer for women who are unhappy with thinning hair. Because this type of hair replacement usually calls for grafting, a good candidate will have dense hair growth at the back of the head. This is where hair will be harvested to transfer to thinner areas, resulting in hair appearing fuller. Dr. Gerard Cappiello Hair replacement surgery is usually performed using a local anesthesia along with minimal sedation to make you relaxed and comfortable. Your scalp will be insensitive to pain, but you may be aware of some tugging or pressure. Unlike other hair transplant centers, we harvest each follicle individually without cutting a large strip and leaving an equally large scar. The area heals very quickly and with minimal pain. Our services also include replacing hair to the eye brows and in areas affected by facelift scars or chemotherapy. All hair replacement surgeries are performed by me in our state of the art surgical center. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and plan to take it easy for a day or two after the procedure.


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he Ultra-Violet light system purifies and cleanses the air, kills odors, and helps prevent the transmission of disease and sickness. Molds, bacteria, yeasts and viruses are naturally occurring contaminants that infiltrate every home and office on this planet. Micro-organisms are living creatures that are so small a microscope is required to view them. Allergies, headaches, watery eyes, runny noses and sore throats have become commonplace.

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re you tired of looking at your algae-streaked pool cage? How about that mildewed sidewalk? Elevated Pressures Power Washing, Inc. (EPI) has the answer! They provide a variety of exterior cleaning services for both commercial and residential clientele: from top to bottom, your roofline to your driveway! Jim Roy, Owner and President of EPI, is dedicated to providing premier service at reasonable rates. In business since 1999, this US Navy veteran and retired Fire Department Officer, along with his wife, Dawn, have worked tirelessly to develop a personal and professional reputation for honest, top-quality customer service. EPI is an eco-friendly company. Jim worked with EPA representatives in the State of Florida to help develop the guidelines by which this industry now operates. As such, each EPI employee is EPA compliant, receiving certified training in the execution of his or her duties. You don’t

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What You Can Do to Improve Your Credit Credit scores, along with your overall income and debt, are big factors in determining whether you’ll qualify for a loan and what your loan terms will be. So, keep your credit score high by doing the following:




. Check for and correct any errors in your credit report. Mistakes happen, and you could be paying for someone else’s poor financial management.


. Pay down credit card bills. If possible, pay off the entire balance every month. Transferring credit card debt from one card to another could lower your score.

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. Don’t charge your credit cards to the maximum limit.

. Wait 12 months after credit difficulties to apply for a mortgage. You’re penalized less for problems after a year.


. Don’t order items for your new home on credit — such as appliances and furniture — until after the loan is approved. The amounts will add to your debt.

. Don’t open new credit card accounts before applying for a mortgage. Too much available credit can lower your score. . Shop for mortgage rates all at once. Too many credit applications can lower your score, but multiple inquiries from the same type of lender are counted as one inquiry if submitted over a short period of time.


. Avoid finance companies. Even if you pay the loan on time, the interest is high and it will probably be considered a sign of poor credit management.

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hen it may be time to consider renting just the right amount of space for your precious possessions, and it can be done in as little as ten minutes! New managers, Bill Ferraro and Diane Scura can set you up with exactly the right amount of space to securely store your belongings. They offer lighted, climate-controlled units & non climate-controlled units, RV, boat and trailer parking. They even supply locks, boxes, tape and packing supplies to help in your organization process. This state of the art facility provides that extra space you need to clean up and clear out your closets and garage, to simplify your life. You can rest assured everything is safe and secure at an affordable rate. Video surveillance and the watchful eyes of Bill & Diane, make certain no one has access to your stuff but you! Regular facility inspections of the perimeter, all locks, and gates are another safeguard you can count on. Unlike your garage, your unit will never be left open, unlocked or unattended. Should you leave the door open to your unit, it will promptly be secured and locked, and you will be notified right away. Bill and Diane take pride in their commitment to security. Whether you have been their customer of ten years or ten days, you can feel confident you and your possessions will be treated with the utmost respect that’s deserved!

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Here comes the New Year, 2012 and with it usually comes the barrage of New Year’s Resolutions. Sometimes these ‘resolutions’ are made but then not fulfilled. Try another strategy. Sit down for some New Year’s planning. Don’t call them resolutions, but goals. Setting your sights on what you want to achieve is like building a map to where you want to go. Don’t start a journey without knowing where you want to end up. Think about what has happened in the last year, and what you can do to make things better, or to grasp a dream that seems just beyond reach. If you have a significant other, this is often a great time to plan the year together. Does it mean taking out your calendar and deciding when you want to go on vacation, and where? Does it mean taking a giant step and finding a job you enjoy? Maybe it’s losing some weight, or getting fit, or stopping smoking. The first step is to decide you are going to achieve this goal.

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Sometimes it helps to share your goals with someone else. Someone who will support the decisions you have made, and not judge you. It helps to keep you accountable for reaching that goal. It’s okay to have more than one goal, in fact you might want to have a goal for every different area of your life. Just don’t overload yourself with too many.

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One plan is to make a list of all the goals you want to achieve, and then choose the top three. Those are the ones that you actively work on. Each day you ask yourself “what did I do today to reach my goal?”. You have to keep focus on what it is you want. When you complete one goal, you can refer to your list and see if there is another goal that you can accomplish. Keep track of your goals. It is good for you to see your achievements. It will give you fuel to keep moving forward. Celebrate your achievements, and reward yourself! If you don’t do the New Years Eve party thing then consider making this the time to review your year and plan the next year. Have some nice treats, or a glass of wine. Turn off the TV. Reflect and dream to come up with some plans for 2012.




Trinity Oaks Women’s Association Presents

Holiday Home Tour and Boutique Shopping!


azz up your Holiday Season with a fabulous Home Tour and Boutique Shopping experience in the Trinity communities of Champions’ Club, Fox Hollow, Fox Wood & Trinity Oaks, Saturday December 11th, from 1:00PM-4:30PM, with Boutique Shopping at Fox Hollow Golf Club from 2:00PM-6:00PM.

You won’t want to miss the beautiful Holiday displays throughout the homes of Trinity! These photos were taken at the home of Dr. David & Mrs. Becky Dempsey. Find the perfect holiday gifts while boutique shopping: jewelry, make-up, skincare, home décor, clothing, handbags, and much more! Tickets are available at Fox Hollow Country Club for $10 in advance or $12 at the door. All proceeds benefit numerous local charities. Prior to the tour, Fox Hollow is hosting a brunch buffet from 11:00AM-1:00PM. After the tour, swing by the Tavern at Fox Hollow for special dinner & drink specials! Call Courtney at 727-376-6333, ext 405 to reserve your table with a view!


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“Where East Meets West and Healthy Eating Meets Great Taste”

ChEf ViCtor Wang By Debra Taylor


ccording to, Zen is a Chinese Buddhist term which describes “a movement introduced that…emphasizes enlightenment for the student by the most direct possible means, accepting formal studies and observances only when they form part of such means.” Chef Victor Wang has experienced Zen throughout his entire life, but no much more so than at his restaurant, Zen Forrest. It began as Victor astutely watched his father prepare meals in his restaurants, learning a myriad of tools, tips and techniques of the Asian cultures, passed down by many generations in the restaurant industry. He became a dishwasher when he was 14 years-old, and subsequently worked in numerous restaurants for more than two decades. Additionally, he has traveled extensively in Asia, sampling various cuisines and adapting them to his own style. “My father taught me how to enjoy all foods, all ethnic foods. He taught me many Chinese techniques,” Chef Victor explains. This is why his passion is what it is. “I love the science & history of food and recipes. I love being creative, making people happy. I love that food brings people together and I have the opportunity to feed & nourish people.” Chef Victor has been feeding and nourishing people in the Trinity area at Zen Forrest off Rowan Road in New Port Richey for nearly six years. However he has taken his culinary expertise to heights beloved by his customers. He has exemplified Zen, evolving from his father’s teachings by combining fun and exotic ingredients, like Kobe beef and live scallops, mixing cuisines and techniques, for unique preparations that are delectable, and light!

“I want my guests to feel satisfied, not heavy. Like they’ve taken a vacation and can’t wait to come back,” Chef Victor describes. His cuisine is something that will transport you to a Zen Forrest! He has traveled extensively throughout Asia sampling various delicacies and recipes to adapt in his own restaurant. He continues, “I am an avid believer in the benefits of balanced


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nutrition and the philosophy of “Food is Medicine.” Studies have shown that many human ailments are caused by a lack of or excess of certain nutrients. Many studies have shown that certain foods are proven to help prevent many human illnesses.” Chef Victor is well read on these studies, and incorporates the findings to provide healthy meals for his guests. Aside from his children, he is most proud of his Chicken & Leek Wontons, his Cubano Roll, and last but not least, his Coconut & Cumin Braised Lamb Shank creations. Beef & Noodles…and, well, noodles and pasta of any kind are some of his favorite dishes to prepare. Some of his other favorites include a scrumptious Ahi Tuna Cappaccio, and a Beef & Okra combination to die for! One of the most important aspects of his restaurant business is purchasing the best seafood, meat and produce local vendors can supply. “I look to see if they are a local, small business or supplier. I probably have more than 17 vendors, which is more work but makes us feel better about supporting our local economy,” Chef Victor shares. Zen Forrest under the direction of Chef Victor has been serving West Tampa Bay guests for over eight years. Zen Forrest is the “culinary doorway to China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia, with a fusion of international and American flavors. Most recently featured on “Life Around the Bay,” on CBS News Channel 10, Zen Forrest has also been featured on WNBC’s daytime show, “Larry’s Good Eats,” and has been positively critiqued as an “Oasis” by the Tampa Tribune and the Longleaf Towne Gazette. Do yourself a favor and take a vacation to Zen Forrest for an amazing culinary experience brought to you by seasoned Chef Victor! Zen forrest is located at 4148 Rowan Road, just north of S.R. 54 in New Port Richey. for reservations call (727) 372-9545.


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Havana Dreamers Café Bringing the delicious flavors of Latin American Food to Trinity

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“Cead Mille failte!” from Trinity’s Local Irish Pub, The Blarney Stone Translated this means “A hundred thousand welcomes,” says John Egan, owner of Trinity’s newest pub, The Blarney Stone Irish Pub & Eatery. John warmly invites you to come in and see one of the most traditional Irish pubs in Florida, with a collective menu featuring amazing Celtic cuisine, delicious Asian favorites, and tasty American classics! Pair that with great people in a dynamic atmosphere you have a slice of Irish paradise, right here in West Tampa Bay! Timeless Celtic dishes, including Corned Beef & Cabbage, Bangers & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, Birdie’s Irish Stew, and of course, Fish & Chips, are all exquisitely prepared every day. The management and staff are proud to announce the opening of “The Emerald Room”, which can accommodate gatherings up to 100 people for weddings, private parties, seminars and all of your holiday parties coming up this season! John and his staff wish you “Happy Holidays!” You are always welcome, seven days a week , at The Blarney Stone Irish Pub & Eatery, 7813 Mitchell Blvd. For reservations or for more information, call 727-807-7888, or visit their website at 34

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The concept is simple: Reduce ∙ Reuse ∙ Recycle. That’s the belief system of Victoria DiCairano, mother of two, who knows the importance of saving money while raising children. She purchased Duck Duck Goose Consignment in 2010, and it has become a community staple in West Pasco! “In this economy, shopping with us allows you to stay within even the most discriminating budgets,” she says. Duck Duck Goose Consignment offers gently used, name-brand, clothing for infants, teens and mothers-to-be! Plus, Duck Duck Goose features top quality toys and accessories. Visit Duck Duck Goose Monday –Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, Seven Springs Plaza, 7764 SR 54, New Port Richey, or check for daily specials at 727.372.0004


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By Sandra Testo-Michaud

Holiday Safety Tips for Kids


he holidays are an exciting time of year for kids, the anticipation of getting gifts, Family gatherings, special traditions and delicious treats — Unfortunately, for emergency room doctors it's also one of the busiest.

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Below are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to protect your little ones from some common holiday dangers, so you and your family can enjoy a season that's happy and healthy.

TRAVEL SAFETY It is especially likely that a home isn't childproofed if you are visiting grandma and grandpa and they don't usually have children in the house. In addition to not having safety locks on cabinets, gates on stairs, covers on electrical outlets, etc., they may also have prescription medications that aren't in a child resistant container. Things to be especially watchful for, and which you may want to ask about, include: • Do they have a pool? Does it have a fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate? Can the children get to the area where the pool is located? • Are there guns in the house? Are they stored unloaded in a locked box with the bullets locked separately? • Are there small objects, such as hard candy or nuts in candy dishes, where younger children can get them? • Are medications, poisons and household cleaners out of reach? • You may think that you will just watch your child more closely, even if the house isn't childproofed, but this is hard if there are a lot of family members and friends present and the kids are all playing together. If there are going to be a lot of younger children present at a holiday gathering, you might consider volunteering to go over before hand and childproof the house for them.

HOME SAFETY • Christmas stockings can be a hidden hazard if they are hung with heavy stocking hangers, which can fall on and injure younger kids. • When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant." • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles. • In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to prevent them from swallowing or inhaling small pieces. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them. • Clean up immediately after a holiday party. A toddler could rise early and choke on leftover food or come in contact with alcohol or tobacco.

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Trees in the House: Water at the base of live trees can contain chemicals, from the tree itself or from additives, which are deadly to your pets. In addition consider firmly anchoring any holiday tree to the wall or ceiling to prevent it from being toppled by an inquisitive or athletic pet. Decoration Danger: Tinsel, popcorn strands, garland-like decorations, ornaments, ribbons, string and other wrapping accessories can cause serious internal and external injuries to your pet. Many plants such as holly, mistletoe and poinsettias have parts that are poisonous if ingested. People Food: No bones, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, coffee, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, chives, milk (no matter what you continue to see on TV and movies cats of any age -and dogs- should not drink milk), and xylitol- used as a sweetener in many items, especially sugarless gum, are all dangerous to your pet. Call your veterinarian if your pet consumes any of these. Also diets high in fat can cause pancreatitis in your pet, so avoid high fat treats for your pet. Candles: Candles are beautiful but their flames and scents may also appeal to your pet. Consider flameless candles or keep them well out of your pet's reach!



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Trinity Pet Hospital is proud to introduce a new doctor to their staff, Dr. Vicki Salton, DVM. Dr Salton received her Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University, and her doctorate from Ohio State University. She is married to Don, has two stepchildren, and many fourlegged “children”! Dr. Scott Lamb, DVM, a Florida native, has served pets in West Tampa Bay for 28 years. He did his undergraduate studies at Florida Southern University and earned his doctorate from Ohio State University. He and his caring staff take pride in their service and attention to your pet's needs, with expert veterinary skills, professional facilities, and outstanding customer service. Trinity Pet Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic and animal hospital with ER. Their services include canine and feline preventative and wellness programs, along with surgery, dermatology, and dentistry. They also offer low cost vaccinations, with rabies shots only $10! They also offer $99 spaying & neutering on Mondays & Tuesdays. Trinity Pet hospital has a pet pharmacy from which you can obtain refills for your pet's medication, heartworm prevention, flea & tick control, food and shampoo. You can conveniently order online, by phone, fax or email. Plus, your purchases can be delivered to your door! Save time and money through Trinity Pet Hospital's pharmacy. Trinity Pet Hospital is located in the Trinity Commons Shopping Center. Please visit their website, www., or call 727-376-0149 for more information.



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Taylor Made in West Tampa Bay: R. MonaLeza I moved to Tarpon Springs from Kentucky in 2007, to work on the next level of a relationship with my friend of more than a quarter century, Ned Johnson, an English professor at St Petersburg College. He has lived here for more than 12 years, and has many former students who consider him, not only a teacher, but a mentor and a friend. One in particular, has not only impressed me with her kindness and creativity, but with her drive to become a published author, performance poet, and powerful influence to women. R. MonaLeza has proven she has what it takes to overcome the many challenges of being a single mom following a very abusive relationship. She took Ned’s creative writing class, and although she wanted to “drop that man like a bad habit,” he encouraged her to stick with it, and thankfully, she did! Through her passion for writing and with great perseverance, Mona became in touch with many feelings deep in her soul, some beautiful and many painful. She has taken her life’s experiences and expressed them uniquely through poetry and prose, as a therapeutic means to help not only herself, but others in similar situations. Her focus is that of female empowerment and overcoming abuse.

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To date, she has penned seven books, with another on the way in February 2012! Manifesto of a Menopausal Woman, Naked and Raw, & Unbound, are a trilogy “Into a Life…Unbound”. This trilogy is a culmination of poetry and prose that allowed her to “face demons in human form”, find “freedom … out of the darkness, “and “to transcend beyond the things that (cause) turmoil.” Her other works include Voyeuristic Elucidations, Mental Ejaculations, Silent Retribution, a novel, and her latest book, and personal favorite, Silently Suffering, which will be released January 21, 2012. All of these are available for purchase online at rmonaleza. Her newest and most exciting endeavor begins December 12th, when she begins hosting her own online radio program on, from 5:00pm-6:00pm each Monday. The best place to get additional information about her radio program, books, and poetry performances is through her website, You can also check her out on You Tube and Facebook.

Community Networking in Action

Toni & Craig Weidman from RE/MAX Sunset Realty What do you love most about your career in real estate? We both love working with people to help them realize their dream: whether it’s finding their new home, or selling the home they live in now so they can move on to the next phase in their lives. We have been selling homes in this area for 20 years, and enjoy seeing people reach their goals.

You are very involved in our community; tell us about your interest in social networking.

We find social networking is the way to get information out to the general public, local friends and businesses. We ARE very involved in the community- Toni is President of the Board of Directors of the SPCA Suncoast and we have been able to contribute to an increase of adoptions, money & food donations, and necessary items to the shelter through social networking. Toni also writes a blog about real estate, events, people, and the history of the area,

Why do you believe local businesses need to support each other?

Local businesses need to support each other in order to help our economy grow. If we just buy “foreign” then which country are we helping-not ours! We need to provide jobs in this country; and if each community supported its own, we would have millions of businesses


that would thrive and grow. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Craig has several Facebook pages for businesses to network (Florida Networking Group) and post vendor opportunities (Vendor Events West Pasco).

What community organizations are you involved in and why?

We belong to the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassadors Club. The Ambassadors Club is a group of volunteers who attend Ribbon Cuttings and act as mentors for new businesses. We also support Exceptional Women’s Health, Sand Soldiers, MDA, Good Samaritan Health Clinic, Alzheimer’s Family Organization, SmileFaith, and many others. Toni is also a member of the Rotary Club of Trinity and volunteers at the SPCA Suncoast.

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What do you love most about IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine? We love that it is about our area, and our people: and for our area, and our people! Toni & Craig Weidman can be contacted by phone, 727-237-0083 or 727-359-9518 and by email at


oe & Tricia Staltare are the epitome of their business, Complete Care Systems. That’s what they want and what they do for their customers and their community: they offer Complete Care! It’s their vision to make sure each customer is completely satisfied with the thorough, safe, cleaning service they receive. “Knowing that we leave our client’s house clean and ready for their family is a great feeling. There is nothing like walking on clean carpeting, knowing it is safe for your kids to get down and play on the floor,” Tricia explains. However, their “Complete Care” goes beyond the boundaries of their business. Presently, they are active members and volunteers of Generations Christian Church, which is committed to “unity… liberty and in all things love.” Their love of people and the community are exemplified in their personal and professional lives. Additionally, Tricia is on a mission to supply local food banks with healthy foods. “Most people don’t realize the number of families that are in need of healthy foods,” Tricia adds. “Not peanut butter and high calorie foods, but other high protein options.” As members of West Pasco Business Association, they have made connections they see as “wonderful” on both, personal and profession levels. The Staltares know their reputation is on the line when they offer a referral from within WPBA, but they have extreme confidence in their fellow professionals, and their colleagues have faith in Joe & Tricia and the quality work they perform. Their kindness and generosity is not limited to their work at Generations Church, or donations to local food banks. Last year,



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the Staltares began offering a scholarship to a deserving senior at Mitchell High School, which they plan to continue each year going forward. The Staltares successfully owned East Coast Cleaning in Long Island, NY for 12 years before moving to Trinity and opening Complete Care Systems two years ago. “We put the customer first. What you are quoted is what you pay. We never sell you a service that you don’t need,” Tricia asserts. Complete Care Systems offers a low-moisture, deep carpet cleaning service, along with tile & grout cleaning, pressure washing, and brick paver sealing to residents and businesses in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Hernando counties. You are encouraged to contact Joe & Tricia at Complete Care Systems: 727-364.5158. For additional information, visit their website at, or email tricia@ They are such positive and upbeat people and a pleasure to do business with. They do what they say they are going to do and do it with pride. They are an asset to our group and well thought of in our community and WPBA.” Barry Horvath, Founder & President of WPBA 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.

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TriniTy roTary Club Help Improve the Water Systems in Honduras From October 17th thru October 21st, a group from around the U.S. flew to Honduras to help improve the water systems in rural, remote regions of Central America. Four local residents and members of the Rotary Club of Trinity, Sandra Testo-Michaud, Joanne Cooke, Tina Shelton and Barry Poppel were part of this life-changing mission. Pure Water, a non profit ( 501c3), helps the underserved in developing countries by providing safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education. The goal of Pure Water for the World, Inc. is to prevent children from suffering from water borne diseases that cause pain and misery as a result of consuming contaminated water and improper hygiene habits. They do this by providing sustainable safe drinking water filtration systems, latrines and hygiene education to families and communities in developing countries.

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Community Events Angel Tree Program

The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce is located in the Artists’ Faire Fine Arts & Gifts Gallery in Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs.

Sponsor a Child this Christmas The Pasco County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association would like to invite you to partner with them this year to sponsor a child during for Christmas. The program puts the first name of each child on an Angel with their shoe and clothing sizes along with 3 wishes from that child. All donations are tax deductible. Currently there are over 500 children in foster and adopted homes in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Here is a list of ways that you can help: • Your business can set up a tree that we can hang the Angels on so your employees or patrons can sponsor a child • You can make a monetary donation • Your business can choose a certain number of Angels to sponsor as a group • You can buy a special gift for a few children • You can take up a collection and buy gift cards • You can sponsor a teen oriented gift drive • You can be a sponsor at our yearly Christmas Bowling Party • You can hold a special party for a certain number of children Most of these children do not know or understand the true meaning of the holiday season. Some have never experienced a happy, safe exciting Christmas. Please contact Lori Mitchell at (727) 992-0432 for more details. Thank you for your time and may God bless you as you reach out to others in need. For more information visit

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!

Upcoming Events Dec. 8-11: Every Christmas Story Ever Told ($16, $14 Mbrs.), 8 pm, Sun. 2 pm. 942-5605. Comedy play at the Cultural Center.

Dec. 11: Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet Christmas Concert ($22, $18 Mbrs.)) 942-5605. Performing Arts Center.

Dec. 8-11: Safford House Victorian Christmas ($10, $6 Mbrs.), Thu. 11-3 pm, Fri.-Sun. 5:30-8 pm. Tours, live music. 942-5605.

Dec. 17: Christmas Parade & Candy Cane Hunt. Downtown/Craig Park. 11 am to 1 pm. Free. 942-5628.

Dec. 10: Annual Lighted Boat Parade & Holiday Music & Crafts Festival, Craig Park. 4pm, boats 7 pm. Free. 942-5628 Dec. 10-23: Victorian Christmas throughout Downtown. Day and evening events. 937-6109.

Dec. 17-18: Amahl and the Night Visitors & Florida Boys Choir ($22, $18 Mbrs.) 942-5605. Performing Arts Center. Jan 6, 2012: Epiphany Celebration! St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church/ Spring Bayou. Free and open to the public’

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Business Development Week Six day of info, workshops, business expo West Pasco Chamber of Commerce 727-842-7651

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Shared by Joe Alpine,President of West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, author unknown


s the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year could be different. This year Americans can give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It’s time to think outside the box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin’s on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer or a round of golf at the local golf course or a gift certificate at a local grocery store. There are hundreds of restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast restaurant - this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning company for a day. How about a new savings account for your grandchild. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or show at your hometown theatre... Honestly, do we REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip. You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about? BUY AMERICAN - BE AMERICAN…the job you save might be your own!

Community Events West Pasco Chamber of Commerce 5443 Main Street New Port Richey, FL 34652 Phone: 727.842.7651 Fax: 727.848.0202 Gateway to Tropical Florida As President of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, what is the most important accomplishment you have made or would like to make in your tenure? I am most proud to have been able to serve as the President of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and just being available to help others accomplish things that were important to them. I have had the privilege to work with many great community leaders and I’m proud of our West Pasco community, what a great place to live! How long have you been part of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce? I have been the President of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce since July of 1997, so this is my 15th Year. What is the most gratifying part of your job? Being able to help businesses be more successful through the different programs that we offer at the Chamber. It is fantastic to hear from different business owners that being part of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce has really made a difference for them. What do you love most about our community? The people within our community. They are the most generous, caring individuals you could ever meet. They give in so many ways to help others, volunteering hundreds of hours to our local nonprofits and giving to so many worthy causes that come up during the year. What is the most important message that you can give to the small business owner members? Get out and get involved in the community. I have heard from so many business owners that when they have gotten involved with different projects that take place in our area that they have received back so much more. When people see others involved they remember that when it is time for a product or service that they need.


It's Your Home | Holiday 2010 | Trinity / Odessa  
It's Your Home | Holiday 2010 | Trinity / Odessa