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f you were to open up a time capsule filled with memories of decades passed, it would seem as if you opened a whole other world! Let's take a road trip down memory lane, current reality and speed into possibilities of the future. From stories told from our beloved grandparents, fun of our Boomer generation, to their children, this generation of technology and the high speed rail of the next generations to come! The words and sounds of grandparents, the tails of such a simple life. That ever so famous line of "when I was a child, we didn't have it so easy like you do today". They washed their clothes and hung them out to dry, families would sit around on a front porch or in a living room speaking of how all their days went. Drive in movies and ice cream parlors. The young gentleman would ask permission to take a beautiful lady on a date, he would arrive with flowers and greet her parents, and he would hold the doors for her and treat her as if she was royalty. Even through the depression, war and changes in this, is a generation that bonded together through it all! Then came along the free flying Boomer generation. As times were changing, the free spirit of this generation still had such respect and always carried so much life within. They helped create movements and peace. They also shared some of the most memorable times in history. From live stock, Iron Butterfly, Santana, peace signs, woman with success and of course they created the "Flower Child Generation"! You will always be able to spot


a glowing Boomer from across the room! They carry a sense of peace and tranquility. The Boomer Generation opened so many doors for "The Flower Child" Generation. They lead the way to equal opportunity and empowerment. They taught their children that no matter how you were raised or where you came from... You can be anything you sent your mind to and you can travel any road you dream! This generation had so much more lee way with spirit, style and dreams! From common law marriage, to the heavy metal and rock "Big Hair Days" with Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna. It was nothing to go through a can of aqua net in a day or two! Women in power and success were on the rise, as their parents and partners supported and encouraged their dreams to the fullest. Now our present generation is the most free willed any of us have ever seen. Technology has taken over and so has this generation. You cannot live or survive in the working world and beyond without a computer in society today. Children don't stop at talk at lockers anymore, they text on their cell phones on their way from one class to the next. As for passing letters in class, that is now extinct. Home phones, stationary, text books and opening up a newspaper or magazine to catch up on the world today is becoming a time of the past for our children today. Crime and loss of respect seems to be on the rise. Classrooms in schools sure don't have the same home away from home feel and the youth for some reason do not have the same level of fear in their eyes today.

It makes us wonder what is to come for generations to come. Trains will be the times of the past and replaced with high speed rails. Will cars even look like cars anymore or will they look like space shuttle endeavor? Will schools even exist or be replaced with online classes for all? Seems as if parents cooking a home cooked meals and sitting down as a family will be replaced with the household robot. At the rate of the high speed generation it looks as if we are heading to the world of "The Jetsons"! Sometimes I sit on my front porch and think of times past. As I rock slowly in my rocking chair and listen to the calming sound of the rippling

water flow, I wish I can go back in time. When your parents chose if a young man was worthy of their princess. When The Boomers filled the world with peace, love, laughter and togetherness. Where children would run, play, explore and just had to be home by the darkened night moon. When you would tip your hat and thank an officer for making the world a safer place. A time where cell phones, computers and technology were a time of the future. This summer take a family vacation on a high speed rail back in time and relive the generations of the past within your very own family!


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Family Time

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Circle of Love Five Generations of Woman

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Renew the Beauty in You!

Golf Listings Wentworth Golf Club In Historic Tarpon Springs

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Floors Are Their Passion


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amily is what fills the heart with warm memories of home, happy thoughts of childhood, dreams of the future and a very special love that is passed on from generation to generation. I am honored to grace the cover with my grandmother, Dolly; mother, Kay; daughter, Kristy and granddaughter, Karter. Five generations of inspiration, respect, wisdom, hope, love and a positive attitude that my grandmother has believed in for 97 years. My grandmother’s favorite saying is, “Not to worry!” Nanny is right, she is always right; together we have made it through life with many joys and challenges. The women in our family share a close bond, lending a helping hand and always offering words that say, “I understand”. “Our Family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and every union the circle grows. Every joy shared adds even more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.” My mother shared this quote with me, although we are not sure who wrote it, the words have such meaning. I treasure the special closeness that each of share--faith, support, patience, understanding and a love that never ends. We have all made such a difference in each other’s lives in so many wonderful ways. There is nothing more rewarding than watching the smile on my grandmother’s face as she looks into my grandaughter’s eyes. We all know what “Nanny” is thinking, it’s the same look she gives all of us, Karter knows that she too is truly loved.


Volume II Issue 3

Family Issue 2011

PUBLISHER/EDITOR Debbie Dawson ART DIRECTOR Papande Newman WEBSITE DESIGN/DIGITAL ONLINE DIRECTORS Rich Scherch, Len Wasnock EDITORIAL DIRECTORS Debbie Dawson Debra Taylor Kristin Vogt-Wilson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS BOOMERZ-Barbara Marville-Kelly & Dennis Kelly COMMUNITY EVENTS & CHARITY-Kristin Vogt-Wilson FASHION-STYLE FILE-Joanne L. Cicora HOMES & REAL ESTATE-Debbie Dawson KIDS SAFETY TIPS-Sandra Testo-Michaud WEST PASCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-Dan Sullivan MEDIA MARKETING CONSULTANTS Debra Taylor Donna Owens Sandra Testo-Michaud SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Kristin Vogt-Wilson CHARITY/FOUNDATION DIRECTORS Kristin Vogt-Wilson Sandra Testo-Michaud

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Florida is the “Sunshine State”, but did you know there is a dark side too?


id you know that Florida has some of the highest rates in the nation for incidents of swimming pool accidents and deaths? The amount of children that die from a swimming pool accident can fill up to four to five classrooms. Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children under the age of five! May is National Water Safety Month and boy was it a busy month. The Katelyn Foundation received a National award ~ “Community Lifesaving Award” from the NDPA (National Drowning Prevention Alliance) for the Southern Region of the Country. I also started my free swim lessons in my backyard and finished my first session this past week. I had 19 kids total sign up for the program and was so amazed in three weeks the difference a child can make just learning how to tread water. I have learned that once these children gain your trust they can almost “walk on water!” (well, at least they think they can). New sessions will begin each month until September. Please email KatelynFoundation@ for more information. The Katelyn Foundation had its 2nd Annual fundraiser “A Night In Naples-In Trinity Florida!” and it was a huge success. I am so blessed to have such awesome support from this wonderful community. What a Fantastic night! Girl Scout Troop 347 donated all kinds of swim lesson material such as kick boards, noodles, floaters and goggles to The Katelyn Foundation to help me teach the children in my backyard. What a treat that was. Thank you Troop 347 for a much needed donation.


On a final note, I wanted to remind you that safety is extremely important while around the pool this summer so here are a few tips to live by:

1. An unsecure pool is an unsafe pool! Always make sure your fence is locked at all times.

2. It’s not cool to be alone near a pool! All children under the age of 4 should be within an arm’s length from an adult-known as the “touch supervision”.

3. Have a plan and know what to do should an emergency

occur! Always have rescue equipment on hand and do not use inflatable as rescue items; all caregivers should know CPR and First Aid. Until next time…..Pool Safely!

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Dance Extreme Academy

rand new to the Trinity Community is a state-of-the-art dance studio and boutique, Dance Extreme Academy. Owner, Darlene Jones, has transformed her love of dance and children into a beautiful location in which to share the art of dance with her friends and neighbors who have so generously supported her efforts and that of her team! The super-friendly staff at Dance Extreme Academy is geared toward making sure you and your children have a positive overall experience. “Being able to positively influence the children and their parents is our favorite aspect of this business,” explained Jones. Located next to the stylish and comfortable lobby, parents can sit in the “café” and watch their children through close circuit TV’s, learn many genres of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and acrobatics. While visiting, parents will want to peruse the dance boutique which offers attire such as leotards, bootie shorts, tights, halter tops and other accessory items for their most enthusiastic dance students! Dance Extreme Academy is located on Davenport Drive, next to Prestige Dentistry in Trinity. They are open Monday-Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday, 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

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Stretching the Family Fashion Budget


n these tough economic times when gas prices are up and everything seems to cost a bit more, spending money on clothes tends to make us cringe. There are a few things you can do to help stretch your budget and get the most from your money. When it comes to your kids, ask around for a "trading buddy" or two. It's all about finding a small network of friends where the older girl passes her clothes to the younger girl or the older boy passes clothes to the younger boy. You just have to be willing to ask! I have posted notes on Face Book about clothes I had to give away and within 30 minutes I had a neighbor at my door ready to pick them up. I have another friend who passed me her daughter's clothes at the beginning of the school year. There were so many outfits that I didn't even need to buy my daughter anything new for school! But since I didn't have any clothes to pass to her kids, I gave her a gift card to her favorite restaurant as a “Thank You” in return. Again, it's just about making those connections.

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Here are a few more tips! Happy Saving! Organize all of the clothes closets in your house by color so you can see what you have. If you have 25 black shirts, you certainly don't need another one! Or if you haven't worn something in a year, pass it to a friend who might like it. While you organize, make a list of exactly the pieces you are missing to complete an outfit - this includes everyone. Then be sure to list the size that everyone is currently wearing. The goal here is to only shop from the list. This will save you lots of time and money! Compare this list to sales fliers you get in the mail and email. Be sure to be on the email list of your favorite stores - they send lots of coupons! Then when you see an item on your list that’s on sale, that's when it's the best time to buy. Shop any end-of-season close out sales to find clothes for your kids for the next year. Just buy a size or two larger if the price is really great! This means under $5 for a shirt and under $11 for shorts or pants. 12

You can also find great things at thrift stores or consignment shops. You can find brand new designer clothes on the sale rack for the same price or cheaper, so be aware!

The last few tips are easy and well worth it: • Shoe polish is a great thing! Keeping shoes clean will make them last longer. • Hang drying black clothes and some of your soft cotton pieces will make them stay looking like new for much longer. • And last but not least - the one thing I hate doing myself...ironing! However, if you take the time to press all of your woven fabrics they will look so much nicer and their wear will be extended.

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he love of being “challenged to be the best,” is the overall consensus of the staff at Salon Tré. They have worked diligently together for nearly three decades, and they claim to be the most experienced staff in the Trinity area.

Jenifer Foster & Peggy Cripe offer their guests a comfortable atmosphere and a personalized experience exceeding all expectations in many aesthetic applications for hair, nails, face, teeth, eye lashes, and more! Salon Tré carries popular salon brands such as Redkin, Kenra, Bedhead, Phytoorganic, Nioxin, Dermalogica, Creative, OPI, among others. Jennifer said, “Giving back to the community has been our greatest idea.” The team at Salon Tré actively supports the troops with care packages, children through educational sponsorships, and regular contributions to the SPCA.

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osmetic surgery is becoming more common daily - for men as well as women. Thanks to advances in technology, it is safer, more pain-free and recovery is faster than ever. Procedures which were unheard of a few years ago are now routine procedures. Gerard Cappiello is a board certified OB/GYN with over 30 years of experience. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. At his new office in Palm Harbor, patients are guaranteed personal attention and Dr. Cappiello will always be the doctor performing your surgery. This is the type of treatment you should expect when you put your trust in a highly experienced surgeon, using the latest equipment and techniques Safety is on everyone’s mind when considering surgery. Unlike most cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Cappiello performs all procedures at his State of Florida approved Certified Surgery Center. The surgical center environment is equal to that of a hospital with state of the art safety equipment, sterilization equipment, anesthesia machines, emergency devices and surgical standards. It also affords a higher degree of privacy and care than procedures performed at hospitals. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to renew the beauty in you with a natural look and feel? It can be done. Dr. Cappiello is the only doctor in this area who is certified to perform the more natural fat transfer breast enhancement procedure. Women here are discovering what women in Europe already know; the natural look is the way to go. For breast enhancement, not only will your breasts look and feel natural, but you have the added bonus of removing fat from other areas on your body where it is unwanted. Risk of infection is almost zero, and the enhancement will not interfere with breastfeeding or mammograms. Fat transfer can also be used on other parts of the body. Other popular procedures are the “mommy makeover”, tummy tuck, vaginal rejuvenation and breast augmentation. Laser lipo is a procedure to melt fat and tighten the skin for all areas of the body, for both men and women. You will be amazed to discover how painless and quick your recovery can be. Dr. Cappiello uses only “tumescent anesthesia” for all procedures.

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hen Bill Place graduated from Dunedin High School in 1978, he did not think that 33 years later he would return to his “stomping grounds” as a local business owner. However, on January 1, 2011, Place purchased the Wentworth Golf Club in Tarpon Springs, a new addition to a golfing business he started 18 years ago. Place quipped. “I never imagined it would be golf and didn’t think the opportunity would be back home. I still don’t even play golf!”

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He continued, “The timing was right [following a corporate job with GTE] to start a business, my ultimate goal all along. I chose golf because, having grown up here, I knew that real estate prices only go up—or at least they used to—and golf involved a lot of real estate. I wanted a cash business, because so many of my friends in other businesses always had problems collecting money.” When members and landowners at Wentworth Golf Club agreed to sell their private club, Place saw an opportunity. Public access to the pubs, golf course and country club has already stimulated Wentworth’s growth and profitability. The country club is a beautiful location for hosting parties, weddings, receptions and banquets. Place has begun implementing other changes in order to host larger events to accommodate more guests. Wentworth Golf Club is open seven days a week, and the restaurant is open to the public for lunch. For more information, call 727.942.4760, or visit their website:


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Tarpon Springs By Debra Taylor


he oldest town in Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs was once known as “The Venice of the South” due to the number of serene waterways that flow in and around the city. This beautiful treasuretrove of nature, art, culture, and commerce is brimming with history that exceeds 5000 years! Nestled along the banks of the Anclote River and the Gulf of Mexico, the earliest inhabitants were attracted to the area because of the rich and diverse environment. Historical records indicate they buried their dead in earthen mounds along with ornate pottery and other goods. One such mound was discovered in the late 1800s, east of Pinellas Avenue. The “Safford Mound,” contained more than 600 skeletons and a variety of original pottery and other artifacts, many of which can be seen in local museums.

Greek immigrants settled in Tarpon Springs due to its location near the Gulf. Original sponge fisherman determined that sponge population was plentiful here, and they began setting up shops and restaurants to sell their catches and share their stories. The Greek sponge industry thrived, and families stayed to raise their children and develop the community building homes, churches and schools.

The Sponge Docks is still a quaint little shopping village that has maintained its historical integrity, while evolving into so much more! Museums showcase the history of sponge diving, original art and photography. Deep sea fishing, boat tours and excursions are available to venture off the mainland and experience peaceful time on the water. Beautiful shops which house everything from clothing and apparel, to fashionable jewelry, to unique gifts, wine and spices align the corridors of the The first settlers of Tarpon Springs, A.W. Ormond and Docks. Talented chefs prepare delectable edibles of his daughter, Mary, built a cabin near Spring Bayou. fresh caught seafood or Greek family favorites at some One of their regular guests, Joshua Boyer, of Nassau, of the area’s most acclaimed restaurants and bakeries. fell in love with Mary, built a second cabin on the bayou, and the two were married. It was Mary that In the early 1900s, downtown Tarpon Springs was a determined their small, two-cabin settlement should be major shopping district in this region of Florida. Today, named “Tarpon Springs” because of the large Tarpon the architectural Victorian design has the feeling that frolicked in the waters of the bayou. and flare that reflect the town’s magnificent history. Vintage buildings feature art galleries, specialty shops, Fish are still plentiful in the waters throughout Tarpon restaurants, cafés, and what has been named the best Springs. Residents and visitors alike can experience antique district in Tampa Bay! the great outdoors in some of the most wonderful woodlands in Florida. Tarpon Springs hosts a large Discover the treasure that is Tarpon Springs. This segment of the Pinellas Trail to walk, jog or bike; beautiful, waterfront community offers something for four nature parks; Anclote Key State Park; two public everyone, and truly is a picture of paradise on the West beaches—Fred Howard Park and Sunset Beach— Coast of Tampa Bay. several bayous, and the World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on the Anclote River. There are more Many thanks to the Tarpon Springs Chamber of than a few ways to entertain yourself, family and Commerce for their contributions to the content of this friends in this exciting community! story.


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e named it “The Happy Store” after his stepdaughter, Claudia Schwarz, purchased Simone’s Gift Shop in 2006. It fit, because Peter, his wife, Begnner, and Claudia consistently bring love and happiness into the distinct pink shop on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Unfortunately, Peter passed away on July 20, 2009, following an illness, leaving a void in the hearts of his loved ones and patrons. Begnner and Claudia strive to continue bringing love and happiness to everyone who enters their establishment. “We want to give love to people,” Begnner said. “We welcome the opportunity to share love with people.”

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Dimitri’s on the Water

he chef behind the open kitchen line delivers a sizzling triangle of sheep’s milk cheese to a server anxiously waiting with a large tray, a wedge of lemon and a shot of brandy. The server promptly approaches the table of guests awaiting this Greek delicacy and pours the brandy over the cheese in the skillet. It sizzles and steams, as a lighter emerges from the server’s hand and the brandy is quickly ignited in the skillet. “OPA!” shouts everyone within view of the server’s engaging performance of flaming cheese. Dimitri quietly comments, “I love the smell of Saganaki,” as the familiar, sweet scent wafts throughout his restaurant. “Born in a bus tub” in Euclid, OH, Demetrios Salivaras, entered life in the Greek culture of restaurants, food and service. The oldest son of Andreas Salivaras and his wife, Renee, Dimitri, has always been involved in the restaurant business, even admitting to dressing in a mini-server uniform while following his father around restaurants as soon as he could walk.

Andreas moved from Greece to Cleveland, OH in 1971, and opened “The Parthenon Restaurant.” From there, his family made their way to Greektown, in Chicago IL. They worked for a man named Petros, “a little man with a big cigar,” Dimitri recalled, at “Diana’s Opaa”, a Greek restaurant on Halstead Street, no longer in existence. Eventually, the family transferred their tradition of excellence in dining to Florida. Andreas, Renee, Dimitri, and his two younger sisters, Sophia and Carla, found a true home in

Tarpon Springs. “It’s different from anywhere else,” Dimitri explains, “It’s a niche…a wonderfully, tight community.” He continued, “Family is of the utmost importance to the Greek culture. Greeks measure wealth by how close you are to your family, how well you communicate and how you interact.” That’s probably why the Salivaras family has been so successful and can certainly consider themselves wealthy! After arriving in Tarpon Springs in 1986, the Salivaras family opened “Mykonos”, on the World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Dimitri never deviated from his father’s passion for serving people amazing Greek cuisine. As he reached adulthood, Dimitri chose to attend the Culinary Institute of America, earning his place among highly acclaimed, certified Executive Chefs in Central Florida. His culinary expertise led him to venture out on his own and capture his place in a lucrative restaurant industry in Orlando. Dimitri’s version of “Mykonos” was ranked on Zaggat’s “Top 40 Restaurants in the Country,” for 18-months consecutively. Scott Joseph, Food Critic with the Orlando Sentinel awarded “Mykonos” the “Foodie Award” in 2000 as “Best Greek” and “Best in Dining,” two very prestigious honors. Unfortunately, his mother, Renee, a hard-working, frugal, business lady, was nearing the end of a six-year battle with breast cancer when Dimitri returned to Tarpon Springs. She encouraged him to purchase an available property across from “Mykonos”, and make it his own. “The joy is in the journey,” she would tell him often.

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Dimitri followed his mother’s advice and purchased the establishment across from his family’s restaurant on January 6, 2010, and aptly named it “Dimitri’s on the Water.” Its beautiful location along the south edge of the Anclote River in the middle of the Sponge Docks provides a picturesque backdrop for ambient waterfront dining. On January 18th, less than two weeks after Dimitri began his new joy and journey, Renee succumbed to the devastating disease she had fought for so long. Sophia continued to assist her father with daily operations at “Mykonos”, while Carla stepped into her mother’s shoes to handle the business responsibilities. A young entrepreneur, Dimitri reflects upon his upbringing: “Dad taught me to work hard. Mom taught me to work smart. They both taught me a lot about what it takes to make a dollar, and gave me the respect to understand the value of a dollar.” To this day, Dimitri understands his life lessons, implements his parents’ philosophies, and cherishes the “joy in the journey.” “Mykonos”, Florida’s Authentic Greek Cookery, serves traditional Greek food, always made in house from scratch. “It’s all about the details,” Dimitri explains. “There are no cutting corners. That’s what stands out and sets us apart.” The same can be said of “Dimitri’s on the Water”. However, when dining at Dimitri’s, prepare for “A New Greek Experience.” Infusions of Grecian, Floridian, Latin, and seasonal selections separate many of the menu options between the two restaurants. Both Dimitri and Andreas strive to offer people the ability to experience delicious, original foods they can’t get anywhere else, while providing their guests their own truly unique culinary journey! Let your love of food and family lead you to both classic and nouveau Greek dining experiences at “Mykonos” and “Dimitri’s on the Water”.

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The Clearwater Jolley Trolley By Debra Taylor


most unique mode of trolley transportation exists on the West Coast of California… specifically San Francisco Bay. The same can be said of the residents and visitors of the West Coast of Tampa Bay, because they have the same fun way to shop, dine, and explore their paradise --a “San Francisco Treat”-- if you will: the Clearwater Jolley Trolley! In existence since 1982, the recent expansion of service provided by the Clearwater Jolley Trolley has enabled residents and visitors to visit local areas and experience all of the wonders and treasures that decorate the North Pinellas coast. From Friday through Sunday, arriving and departing locations at hour intervals from Clearwater Beach to the World Famous Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, the Jolley Trolley is a very inexpensive way to transport you, your family and friends on a journey to new and exciting venues! The trolley runs from 10:00AM to Midnight, Fridays and Saturdays, and 10:00AM to10:00PM, Sundays. If you are an individual or a family who likes to take advantage of savings, monthly passes are available. For a weekend jaunt up the coast, a minimal fee per

passenger is assessed. Children five and under always ride free, plus students and seniors receive a discount. You have no worries about vehicle wear and tear, gas money, parking fees, etc, etc…there are no worries! You can begin your tour from the beach in Clearwater, a fabulous restaurant in Dunedin, the quaint shoppes of Palm Harbor, the antiques of Downtown Tarpon Springs, or the heritage of the World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. The Jolley Trolley adheres to schedules and routes, to make sure no one is compromised by inaccurate information and schedules. Everyone is important, and every location is important when it comes to providing excellent service to everyone! The Jolley Trolley is available to charter for any of your special occasions: birthdays, graduations, weddings, reunions, and more! The charm and ambience of the Jolley Trolley can enhance any event! It’s one thing to pay extravagant money for a limo, and another to reserve a one-of-a-kind trolley for the after party! To learn more about the Clearwater Jolley Trolley, find their map, check out their schedule and stops, or for general information, please call 727.445.1200 or visit their website,


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hen it comes to all your flooring needs, whether it be floors in your home to your kitchen and bathroom Trinity Tile & Stone has got everything that you need. Trinity Tile & Stone is both a family owned and operated business in Trinity. Andrew Tsiouklas brought Trinity Tile & Stone to the scene in 1991 and it has been around ever since. Trinity Tile & Stone is your one-stopshop for flooring kitchen and bath needs. They carry an elegant European and Brazilian Tiles, Travertine, Wood, Granite, Marble, Glass Tiles, Laminates and Carpet. There is nothing that you could want that Trinity Tile & Stone doesn’t have. Trinity Tile & Stone made its name by putting its customers satisfaction first and making sure its quality work. Andrew has a dedicated staff of professionals that are there to ensure that their customer is satisfied. When it comes to Trinity Tile & Stone there are no sub-contractors involved. They deal with each client personally to see the job through from start to finish. There is no such thing as a job too small or a job that cannot be done, these guys can handle anything. Trinity Tile & Stone is a community oriented business and has made their name through just that, being involved in the community in any way that they can. They have

worked with builders in the area as well. If you want to take a look at their work check out their showroom. When you walk in there are floors everywhere, each as exquisite as the next. They are very detail oriented and the floors they have done are concrete proof. This family owned business takes care of you as if you are just that. They help you through the flooring process in any way and every way possible to make sure that the customer is thrilled with the results. At Trinity Tile & Stone floors are their passion, not just their work. And they love what they do, it shows in their flooring. Trinity Tile & Stone offer complementary in home design consultations with all installations and will even bring samples to your home or place of business. It is all about the customer at Trinity Tile & Stone and they will do everything they can to make sure that your flooring needs are abundantly satisfied. Trinity Tile & Stone also specializes in bath and kitchen remodels, entryways, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and even pool decks. There isn’t any floor that they can’t handle. So the next time you look at your floor and think it could use a little re-vamp make sure it’s Trinity Tile & Stone on your mind... or on your floor.



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y Mom and Dad, Laura & Bill Dawson, work really hard at Best Services to make sure all of their customers stay cool. My Mom just left again to serve our country. When I hear “Mom” or even see Mom’s walking around with kids it makes me think of me and my mom. My Mom signed up for the Navy when she was 17. I am so proud of her because she is strong and realized that I should appreciate her because she is doing what she loves. I busted out in tears when we found out that she is leaving us again for nine months. I miss her and love her. I just wanted to thank all of our soldiers and especially my Mommy for protecting us every day. I am proud of my Daddy too for taking care of us while Mommy is away. “I couldn’t resist printing this story, Danielle is 12 years old and sent us this article so that she could send it her mother overseas. Laura, all of us back home are proud of you too!!!!” ~Debbie


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Simple tips for Better Home Showings 1. Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks

10. Buy a flowering plant and put it near a window you

of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too.

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light into the interior of the home.

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strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, mop and wax floors, and clean the stove and refrigerator. Polish your doorknobs and address numbers. It’s worth hiring a cleaning service if you can afford it.

4. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows to air out the house. Potpourri or scented candles will help.

5. Brighten your rooms. Put higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures to brighten up rooms and basements. Replace any burned-out bulbs in closets. Clean the walls, or better yet, brush on a fresh coat of neutral color paint. 6. Don’t disregard minor repairs. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well-maintained. 7. Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, add new mulch, trim the bushes, edge the walkways, and clean the gutters. For added curb appeal, place a pot of bright flowers near the entryway.

11. Make centerpieces for your tables. Use brightly colored

fruit or flowers.

Set the scene. Set the table with fancy dishes and candles, and create other vignettes throughout the home to help buyers picture living there. For example, in the basement you might display a chess game in progress.

13. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light. Show off the view if you have one. 14. Accentuate the fireplace. Lay fresh logs in the fireplace or put a basket of flowers there if it’s not in use. 15. Make the bathrooms feel luxurious. Put away those old towels and toothbrushes. When buyers enter your bathroom, they should feel pampered. Add a new shower curtain, new towels, and fancy guest soaps. Make sure your personal toiletry items are out of sight. 16. Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside. If that’s not possible, crate them or confine them to one room (ideally in the basement), and let the real estate practitioner know where they’ll be to eliminate surprises. 17. Lock up valuables, jewelry, and money. While a real estate salesperson will be on site during the showing or open house, it’s impossible to watch everyone all the time. 18. Leave the home. It’s usually best if the sellers are not


at home. It’s awkward for prospective buyers to look in your closets and express their opinions of your home with you there.


Debbie Dawson, “Your Hometown Realtor”

Patch holes. Repair any holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.

Add a touch of color in the living room. A colored afghan or throw on the couch will jazz up a dull room. Buy new accent pillows for the sofa.

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Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine ( with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.



The Legend of “Tango Man”

By Barbara Marville-Kelly


ennis Kelly has a personal mantra by which he lives his life and serves others: “If only one life has breathed easier because he has lived.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Barbara Marville-Kelly Television Host Mind/Body/Spirit Coach Author:”Chasing Rainbows of the Heart”

As a boy, Kelly was plagued with negative feedback by practically everyone in his life. His stepfather told him he wasn’t worth two cents and would never amount to anything. His coach was overheard saying, “Kelly is the worst athlete, but I gotta play him.” Still, one of his most humiliating experiences came when his girlfriend broke up with him because he couldn’t dance. These personal slams would be enough to burst anyone’s balloon, but not Kelly’s! He made a choice to take the negative “false data” and turn it into positive life experiences for himself, thereby disqualifying the hurtful comments from his past. Kelly became driven to improve upon his weaknesses while discovering his innate strengths, and developing an even stronger level of character. His former girlfriend would be surprised to learn that Kelly may not have known how to dance as a young man, but he certainly honed this talent based on being named a World-Champion ballroom dancer. Furthermore, she would undoubtedly be shocked to know he was honored with five World titles in Martial Arts Menes Fighting, the oldest man ever to do so. But that’s not all this accomplished man has achieved.

Defying Age, Inc. Dennis Kelly Author “The Six Steps to the Fountain of Youth” Certified HeartMath Peak Performance Coach, Sport Nutritionist, Grand Master Tai Chi Kung

Kelly has written a book and screenplay of the same name, “Tango Man,” which shares his secrets of becoming a “Winning Warrior,” based on his self-proclaimed “wisdom of the ages,” exemplifying his success through the power of human synergy and passion. He explains, “We all have a ‘Winning Warrior’ inside us: a champion waiting to be born. It doesn’t matter if you’re a corporate CEO, a stay-at-home Mom, a student, or a “Boomer” embarking on a new life’s path. When you just let go of “false data” and show

up in life with gratitude as your authentically true self, it’s impossible not to realize we were all born to be great!” Kelly definitely personifies success. At the age of 73, he stepped out of retirement for the second time since 2007 and back into the fighting ring to prove the theory that “age is only a number.” Already a five-time World Champion, Kelly took third place in the nationally-sanctioned Men’s Full-Contact Point Fighting competition at the Gator Nationals in Daytona, May 14th. What makes this even more of a feat? There was no “70-year-old and up” competitor division. Kelly competed in the 50 and up age group! As a member of the “Baby Boomer” population, Kelly attempts to live the best life he can lead, in spite of the many challenges often faced by he and his peers, simply based on the choices he makes. These choices involve relationships, careers, retirement, and healthcare and can be overwhelming at times. Yet Kelly and others believe it is never too late to make even the most difficult choices if it means living the wonderful life you deserve. With this in mind, Kelly has teamed with Debbie Dawson to create “BoomerZ Network,” where like-minded individuals--regardless of age--step into the “ring” together, committed to sharing their own life’s experiences for the betterment of others. Meetings are slated to be held at Dreamer’s Havana Café in Trinity, and will always include discussions regarding “FunRaising” and more! Watch for more information in upcoming issues of It’s Your Home Magazine for meeting dates and times. In conclusion, Kelly would like it said, “Remember to follow your heart, never ever give up, and know that there are miracles that await you. Keep the dream alive! You, too, have what it takes to be a ‘Winning Warrior’!”


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