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Sand Soldiers of America Giving Back to Our Veterans By Debra Taylor
Sand Soldiers of America is a non-profit organization founded by Pasco Sheriff Bob White, who wanted to find a way to help young Veterans returning from tours of duty overseas in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He along with other law enforcement officials across the state of Florida, had deputies who constituted “young Veterans.” Sheriff White’s efforts were noticed by a small group of older Veterans in the area who easily recognized that young troops were not comfortable at the local VFW’s and American Legions because of the generation gap between them and the World War II, and Vietnam Veterans. Shortly after the inception, Tim Howells, a Pasco County CPA, and the law firm of Lucas, Green & Magazine, joined in the efforts. They met consistently beginning in 2009, and gradually formed “Sand Soldiers of America.” A reunion was their first major event and consisted of a Military Parade to recognize the Sand Soldiers’ service to America. Upon acceptance by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, their first reunion was held in conjunction with the Cotee River Bikefest in New Port Richey, which was already established. The first annual reunion and recognition event was a huge success! The focus of Sand Soldiers organization is “Employment Empowerment” for Veterans. Job placement is important in integrating young Veterans back into the American workplace. Considering the employment challenges throughout the country over the last few years, it is not an easy task. However with corporations getting involved to assist Sand Soldiers, the goal becomes reality! “Job Placement is a big thing. Encouraging companies to give an extra look at a resume of someone who has served our country is crucial to the success of employment empowerment,” said attorney Jeff Lucas, of Lucas, Green & Magazine. It is also of the utmost importance for companies to assist Sand Soldiers with job referrals, housing, car loans, gas cards, utility payments, food, and transportation. Yvette Behmer, Community Events Coordinator for Sand Soldiers of America, said, “The gratification is seeing the look on a young Veteran’s face while thanking them for their service. The appreciation they exude because we have helped them and met their needs is priceless. It truly changes their lives forever. No one who has knocked on the door thus far has been turned away!”
The Sand Soldiers organization grieves lives lost with the families of Veterans, and welcomes soldiers home at the airport. By consistently maintaining a presence through honor and recognition of our beloved heroes, Sand Soldiers raises the level of patriotism in our community and our country, because Americans should never forget the sacrifices of the men, women and families of the United States Armed Forces. Troops have fought and paid the ultimate price for our freedoms and liberties, and they deserve our utmost respect and appreciation. Sand Soldiers of America is a volunteer-based organization, with funds generously donated by corporate sponsors, businesses, individual donations, community functions, and dinners. One of the most significant goals of the Sand Soldiers of America is the integration, growth and development of nationwide resources designed specifically for young Veterans, in a way that speaks volumes to them and their generation through music, technology, health and family. Current resources provided or sourced out locally and domestically include job referrals, home placement, mental health referrals, food assistance, gas cards (based on availability, electric bill referral, homeless & ER placement, airport welcomes , family support during spousal deployment, care package programs and more!
For more information about Sand Soldiers of America, for job referrals, resource donations, or to donate your time as a volunteer, visit www. sandsoldiersofamerica.org.
Celebrate Independence with Your Own Style! Joe Pagano was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War, as was protocol in the 1960 era. He was stationed overseas in Germany, and the army put him through aviation training, which he embraced! He considered himself fortunate to be able to serve in a capacity he loved: working with aircraft. Upon graduation, he became a Crew Chief of L-20 aircraft. He checked them, repaired them and actually soared across foreign skies within them! When he returned to his home in Massapequa, New York, he learned his father’s business: upholstery. Over time, he became a master upholsterer, and today, as the patriarch of Sunshine Upholstery in Tarpon Springs, he takes on interior and exterior upholstery challenges with ease, expertise and exquisite beauty! Interior projects may include anything from barstools, to chairs, headboards to sofas. Each is unique in design, simply in need of an update in fabric, color or texture. Exterior assignments prove a bit more challenging, depending upon the level of deterioration.
“UV rays and weather conditions can destroy outdoor cushions by fading the colors, weakening the fabric and inviting mold and bacteria to infest and multiply due to the humid climate,” Joe explains. He recently accepted an exceptional challenge: to reupholster outdoor cushions from a home on the river, which had been badly abused by the elements. The before and after photos are astounding! Joe and his son, Dean, took drab, disgusting cushions and completely refurbished them with new foam, vibrant fabric and intricate detail. What was a once a pitiful patio, became an outstanding oasis, ready for entertaining! Before your next backyard barbeque or outdoor soiree, examine your exterior furnishings for damage, fading or fashion faux pas, and call Joe & Dean Pagano at Sunshine Upholstery to transform your patio into your oasis!
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Gary & Karen Amundson of Massage Therapy Center of Florida Excel in Service to Country, Community & Clients The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Service. That is the epitome of Karen & Gary Amundson,
owners of Massage Therapy Center of Florida, in Trinity. This power-couple has demonstrated time and again the importance and satisfaction of devoting time and service to ones country, community and clients!
Service to Country
Gary was drafted to serve his country during the Viet Nam War in the 1960’s. His Father, and 11 of his 16 Uncles, chose to enlist in the United States Armed forces immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His Dad and a few of his Uncles joined the Navy. The others became members of the Army. Gary admits, “I have always been proud that they served and was always thankful that they all returned from the war.” Unfortunately, many do not return to their families, while others return injured--their lives never to be the same again. “We take for granted the life we have here because we don’t have foreign troops coming through our backyards with weapons drawn and ready to fire on the first thing that moves,” Gary explains. In as much as he and so many others wish wars never took place, the reality is there are people and groups that terrorize and victimize innocent people every day. It takes the strong, brave men and women of the US Armed Forces to fight these battles on behalf of the American people. Gary proudly states, “I am proud to have served my country when I was called. We do need, as a nation, to stand behind our military and give them the equipment they need to do the job, and the respect for the job they have to do. God Bless America, and God Bless Our Military.”
Service to Community
Proud to be Americans and Rotarians, Karen & Gary are both active, with Gary being a member of the Rotary Club of New Port Richey. Why shouldn’t they be? The Rotary consists of members of kindred spirits. After all, their motto reflects
that of the Amundson’s: “Service Above Self.” This New Port Richey service organization is one of the largest in the district, sustained for more than 50 years. They have managed to raise significant net funds to help numerous causes throughout the community. For many years, Gary served on the Board of Directors of the Good Samaritan Clinic. He was part of a team in helping those who had fallen between the cracks of our health care system, regain their health. Patients are examined by volunteer physicians and health care professionals. The Clinic continues to grow, thanks to the management team and the many volunteers! A long time volunteer, Gary became chairman of the Odessa Rodeo in 1995. He and Karen eventually started the Odessa Rodeo Clown Krewe, still in existence today. The satisfaction they experience from seeing the beautiful smiles on the faces of the children they entertain is unsurpassed! For more than two decades, the Amundsons feel blessed to have served others in the community. Their hope is that everyone will participate in an organization which makes positive differences in the lives of others.
Service to Clients Gary & Karen’s primary mission of their business is to help people. Massage Therapy Center of Florida, specializes in therapeutic massage and rejuvenating techniques, for the natural relief of pain due to auto accidents, workers compensation injuries, fibromyalgia, pinched nerves, stress, and more. There may be no better way to serve your clients, than by the reduction of stress and tension! From the management and staff of It’s Your Home Magazine, we salute Gary and Karen Amundson for their service and commitment to Country and Community!
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Tampa-Serving Dealership Sun Toyota Donates 2012 Toyota Tundra to Local Hero Sun Toyota, a locally owned and operated new and used Toyota dealership honored the service of double amputee Lance Corporal Justin Gaertner by providing a specially-outfitted 2012 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Limited 4x4. Justin Gaertner of Trinity was given the keys during a special Memorial Day event. Lance Corporal Justin Gaertner lost his legs on the day after Thanksgiving in 2010 while defending his country’s freedom. Sun Toyota is hoping to restore some of his mobility by putting him behind the wheel of his very own 2012 Toyota Tundra. On the morning of Monday, May 28, the Florida Patriot Guard Riders provided Gaertner with a special escort to the Sun Toyota dealership at 3001 US Highway 19 in Holiday, Florida. There, he received the keys to his 2012 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Limited 4x4 full-size pickup truck.
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Equipped with hand controls and step bars, the speciallyoutfitted Toyota Tundra has been designed so that Gaertner can operate it with ease. He walks with the aid of two prosthetic legs. Throughout his recovery and rehabilitation, Gaertner astounded everyone with his work ethic and the progress he made. Initially, he thought it would be a year until he could walk again. He was back on his feet within four months. Sun Toyota has been raising money on behalf of Gaertner since last month’s Fun n’ Sun Toyota Country Concert. The dealership printed t-shirts and gave them away in exchange for donations. Customers and local supporters have also been donating money on Sun Toyota’s Facebook page, where Gaertner’s mother expressed her appreciation for the efforts. To learn more about Justin’s story or to make a donation to the cause, visit http://www.suntoyota.com/soldier.
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Bill & Sherrie Shillingford Add Glitz and Glam to Trinity When thinking of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City casinos, it is easy to capture a mental image of glitz and glamour, with all of the bells and whistles that go along with that of flashy casinos. Bill and Sherrie Shillingford, retired from that life and moved to Florida in 2004, to bring a bit of glitz and glam to the Trinity community through their salon, Stylez of Trinity. This vibrant couple with a vision to own a service-oriented business, made the decision to open their full-, family-service salon, with the idea of offering amazing a la carte services to men, women and children of all ages, at very reasonable prices, unheard of in today’s beauty industry. Their fun, friendly staff perfectly complements the vision of the Shillingfords and the atmosphere they have created at their beautiful salon. Clients and their needs always come first at Stylez of Trinity, and practically any service requested is available and affordable. Of course, customers receive basic cuts inexpensively. However, their specialty services are also priced to fit practically any budget. Highlights, lo-lights, foils, extensions, Brazilian straightening, eyelash extensions, and more, can be tailored to
suit the needs of each client for practically any occasion! Glitter tattoos, colored streamers, hair crystals and feather extensions are fun, and offer that bit of glitz for a glamorous effect! Our barber on staff is an expert at fades, edging, blowouts, and chair massages. Global Keratin Hair Straightening is a technique proven to increase the strength of hair, while restoring it to its original pristine condition. This occurs by replenishing the properties found in youthful, healthy hair which have been lost over time. Stylez of Trinity is located at 1232 Seven Springs Blvd, at the corner of East Lake, Mitchell and Seven Springs in Chelsea Place Shopping Plaza, Trinity. Walk-ins are always welcome for any service offered. To schedule an appointment, please call 727-375-8866. For more information, visit www.StylezofTrinity.com.
Dress for Less at Madam Butterfly Fashion Outlet This fresh, contemporary fashion outlet for women in Tarpon Springs has an incredible selection of fashion at discount pricing saving you up to 80%. Madam Butterfly Fashion Outlet is not hard to miss while driving past it on U. S. 19 in Tarpon Springs. The building is painted in Key West colors and lime green, complete with graffiti, while stylish, trendy sundresses and tank tops wave in the breeze, adorning the shop as if it were located in the Keys! Steve Insolia and Donna Ferrante opened their fashion outlet in North Pinellas County almost one year ago, and they have not looked back, paying close attention to the needs of their customers! They are purveyors of fashionable dresses, tops, shorts, scarves, hats, purses, jewelry and accessories, that are at the very least glitzy and unique, at very affordable prices. Everyone has an individual style, and the fun, friendly staff at Madam Butterfly Fashion Outlet is available to guide customers to finding their perfect look, while staying within their budgets because of the huge discounts! Enjoy perusing the stunning merchandise hanging throughout their shop! New, exciting merchandise is brought in everyday, so customers always have the latest, cutting-edge options
to update their wardrobe, or create a fashion statement all their own. Beaded and cloth purses, wallets and handbags that cannot be found in the malls and box stores, offer uncommon style to enhance an everyday look or a night on the town! Fashion jewelry, or “Bling”, is also an inexpensive way to accessorize an outfit and is available in all styles, sizes, shapes and colors at Madam Butterfly Fashion Outlet! Host your very own “Purse Party” and receive gifts and discounts. The VIP parties are held at the boutique after store hours, making it a personal gathering for you and your guests to have fun while they receive discounts as well. Wine & Hors d’oeuvres are provided for a wonderful girl’s night out. If you are interested, book your own Purse Party today. To keep up with news of their latest fashion finds and receive daily specials like and follow Madam Butterfly at Facebook.com/madambutterflyboutique. Madam Butterfly Fashion Outlet is located at 38799 U.S. 19 North, in Tarpon Springs. (just North of Klosterman Road). 727-940-5848
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IT’S NO SECRET WHY YOU WILL FAIL AT MOST DIETS By Melanie Milletics
Most nutritionists agree that most diets are really just a quick fix with major flaws, and that the key to losing weight is to adopt a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise. Most diets fail because they are by definition a ‘short term fix’ that includes drastic changes to your normal eating habits. They certainly don’t enable you to develop a healthy HABIT of eating better. You’ll follow some extremely strict eating plan for a couple of weeks, and the minute you return to your old eating habits you regain the weight. Quick fix diets often leave you tired, and hungry. They are often simply too low in calories, or restrict food groups, leaving you nutrient deficient. Because they don't provide enough energy for you to do your workouts and accomplish everything else you need to do in a day, they're a shortterm solution at best. In the worst case scenario, calorie restrictive diets can cause your body burn your muscle for fuel. You may shed a few pounds in the short run, but you'll also lose muscle and lower your metabolism. This is the classic yo-yo diet scenario, and unfortunately it’s what people often think of when they hear the word ‘diet’. With the rise of extremely calorie restrictive ‘plans’, juice diets, cleanses and the like, people take it to the extreme, then regain all their weight and then some.
Nutritionists agree that starting the day with a protein shake is an excellent way to boost your metabolism and to get the protein you need to maintain muscle mass. For the rest of the day, eating ‘lean and green’ is the key! That is a meal plan that is centered around lean protein and vegetables with limited grains and starches. Think of your new healthy lifestyle as adding new delicious foods to your life, rather than restricting what you can no longer have on a regular basis. Over time, you may find that you no longer desire to eat the less healthy foods you ate in the past. Now, you have successfully changed your ‘diet’, for a lifetime of good health!
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I continue to practice the lessons of Dynamic Fusion, as well as the brain exercises. It has improved my focus and ability to maintain a positive attitude, and it has given me strength to hit the ball further. My handicap dropped dramatically and remains! Kay T.
Grand Master, Dennis Kelly, five-time World Martial Arts Champion, author of The Six Steps to the Fountain of Youth, has proven that the secrets to his championshi ps in one sport can and will affect other sports He introduced his Master Warrior Golf peak performance program earlier this year to a pilot study group of golfers at Crescent Oaks Golf & Country Club, achieving a 100% success rate.
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Over time, Kelly discovered his student golfers had noticed overall improvements in their games. They were hitting the ball further and observing increases in balance and coordination, with advancements in strength and flexibility. In an effort to understand how this was working, Kelly took a breakdown approach to his class, deciding to put together a program designed specifically for golfers, with added miraculous side benefits to their game of life!”
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The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce is located in the Artists’ Faire Fine Arts & Gifts Gallery in Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs. 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!
7:00 PM - MUSIC ON THE BEACH - FREE CONCERT 7:00-9:00PM THE RELICS (CLASSIC ROCK) Location: SUNSET BEACH
6:00 PM - NIGHT IN THE ISLANDS NIGHT IN THE ISLANDS: FREE EVENT ON TARPON SPRINGS SPONGE DOCKS. ENJOY DINNER, DANCING AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - 6-11 PM SATURDAY: JULY 7TH, AUG 4TH, SEPT 8TH Dine under the stars and enjoy some of the finest Greek food outside of Athens. Night in the Islands re-creates the atmosphere of the Greek islands with monthly outdoor dining on the Sponge Docks, performances by outstanding musical groups, and Greek dancing. Location: SPONGE DOCKS
At Orange Lake Park, NPR Food Vendors, Beer Gardens, Arts and Crafts, Kids Games and Exhibits. Live music tribute to All American Rock Bands on the main stage all day! Fireworks show at dark.
Freedom Festival July 3 4:00pm to 9:00pm
At The Shops at Wiregrass, Wesley Chapel Bicycle Parade, Watermelon Eating Contest, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Band Competition, Mr. & Miss Firecracker Pageant, and Grand Finale Show at 9pm.
Bright House Network's Clearwater Celebrates America July 4 4:00pm
Coachman Park, Clearwater Concert with the Mostly Pops Orchestra and The Wilsons. Music begins at 7:30pm. Children’s activities will run 5-9pm and will include games, face painting, and a mascot parade. End your night at 9:30pm with Coachman Park’s exclusive music synchronized fireworks display, the largest in the Tampa Bay area.
7:00 PM - MUSIC ON THE BEACH - FREE CONCERT 7:00-9:00PM THE LITTLE BIG SHOW (ROCK & BLUES Location: SUNSET BEACH
6:00 PM - NIGHT IN THE ISLANDS NIGHT IN THE ISLANDS: FREE EVENT ON TARPON SPRINGS SPONGE DOCKS. ENJOY DINNER, DANCING AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - 6-11 PM SATURDAY: AUG 4th, SEPT 8TH. Dine under the stars and enjoy some of the finest Greek food outside of Athens! Night in the Islands re-creates the atmosphere of the Greek islands with monthly outdoor dining on the Sponge Docks, performances by outstanding musical groups, and Greek dancing. Location: SPONGE DOCKS
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MILITARY AND VETERANS APPRECIATION NIGHT
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Friday, June 29th
5:30 gates ~ 6:30 Game Clearwater Threshers vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers
First 1,000 guests will receive a camouflage Threshers Jersey courtesy of LaQuinta Inn
All current and former service members $5 Field Box Ticket
$15 Hot Corner Ticket (Includes Game Ticket & Buffet)
Veterans Affairs Representatives on Site
All You Can Eat & Drink Menu From 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Military vehicles on display
(Must call ahead to reserve group package Available for groups of 10 or more)
Plus, 16 oz. Draft Beer only $2.00 (5:30-8:30pm)
Players wearing special Camouflage Threshers Jerseys
Silent auction for game worn jerseys
Military information booths on concourse Recruiters from all branches Interactive displays Swearing in ceremony: On field, Pre-game Video messages from service members
$3 of EVERY Military ticket purchased will benefit the
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West Pasco Check facebook for next hit What are Cash Mobs? The general idea is to encourage people to go into small, local businesses and spend their money, en masse, to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus. We’d help businesses grow, we’d make people happy, we’d get stuff for ourselves, have a great time, and maybe we’d get a drink or bite to eat to celebrate afterward. Make new friends in the process and share a little bit about ourselves and our own employment with others.
**The original “Cash Mobs” started in 2011 in Cleveland, OH and Buffalo, NY. Since then, Cash Mobs have been sprouting up all across the U.S., Canada, and around the world. While organized by many different groups of people, all appear to have the same goal in mind: to support local businesses that they love!
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Golf as I Know It With more than 1,250 golf courses in the state, it is no wonder golf is a significant element of Florida culture! I do not have a golf handicap. Truth be known, I’ve never played a day in my life outside of putt-putt, or a short chipping lesson. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed the sport on various levels over the course of my life, and today, I can honestly say, I may not play, but I have some amazing memories that have absolutely nothing to do with Tiger Woods! I will always remember watching the Master’s Tournaments in April with my Dad & Mom, and my Paternal Grandmother, Margaret Taylor, on one of only four channels we could tune into on television: WHAS 11-CBS. I loved Fuzzy Zoeller, and Jack Nicholas, and Grandma loved Gary Player. I remember how she would practically swoon when she watched him play! I was blessed to have met Mr. Player when I worked at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY, as a bartender/cocktail waitress/golf cart girl. At the time, I was also a journalism student in a sports journalism class at Eastern Kentucky University, and I possessed a press pass. It wasn’t as glamorous as it sounds, believe me. I actually was serving as a cocktail waitress (probably a more glamorous position), when I met Mr. Player, and he was as genuine as I had witnessed on television. I told him about my Grandmother’s endearment to him, and he graciously offered an autograph and many kind words for Grandma. Unfortunately, she was in the depths of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and breast cancer, in a nursing home, oblivious to her surroundings. It still meant a great deal to me that he was so kind and compassionate. No wonder Grandma loved him so much!
Another of my favorites was Billy Casper. He was a character I will never forget! His personality was as vibrant as the knickers he was known for sporting in every tournament! He had a wonderful sense of humor, and he, like Player and Sanders, was very accommodating to this young “sports reporter”. I can drive a golf cart like a pro, but that’s the very end of any comparison. I learned to quietly cruise around a golf course, using cart paths whenever possible. I served snacks and beverages to parched and hungry golfers, while simultaneously, not interfering with their game. I cherish these precious memories, and I appreciate golf as a sport requiring respect for others, precise technique, and clear concentration to achieve success. Perhaps one day I will actually learn to drive a golf ball and complete a full round. However, if I never do, I will always love and respect the game, and I will always enjoy the sport! RETRACTION Unfortunately, I require a retraction for my retraction published in our last issue. I inadvertently used the wrong name of the brilliant photographer who generously shared her photographs for my column in the Spring Issue promoting Suncoast Waldorf School. Shannon Livingston is the amazingly talented photographer who shared her photos. Please visit her website at www. shannonlivingson.com, for more information, and/or to offer her kudos for her incredible spirit of generosity and forgiveness!
During the same Seniors Tournament, I was assigned to interview Doug Sanders, a colorful golfer whose claim to fame was his extensive array of golf shoes! He owned hundreds of pairs in practically every color and style! He was certainly a flashy fellow on the tour and in conversation, and I thoroughly enjoyed our interview!
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Fox Hollow Golf Club
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Tarpon Woods Golf Club Palm Harbor 727-784-7606 www.brookercreekgc.com
Silver Dollar Golf Club Odessa 813-920-3884 www.silverdollargolf.com
The Eagles Golf Club
Springer Gulf Harbors Golf Course New Port Richey 727-849-7675
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Windows on the Green at Fox Hollow Golf Club Restaurant Open to the Public Daily Ceremony & Banquet Facilities Available
Land O Lakes 813-995-2832 www.thegrovesgolfandcountryclub.com
Timber Greens Country Club New Port Richey 727-372-0789 www.timbergreens.net
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10050 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy Trinity, FL 34655
Golfing & Dining at Its Best On the outskirts of Trinity in Tarpon Springs,two golf courses, Crescent Oaks and Wentworth Golf & Country Club, are two of a trinity of golf courses owned by Bill Place of Ace Golf,that offer members and guests exceptional options and amenities unfounded at other golf clubs in the area. Located within extravagant, gated communities, these semiprivate golf clubs welcome the public to partici pate in rounds of golf, shop the pro shops, dine in beautiful restaurants, and host incredible banquets, receptions, meetings and events. After millions of dollars in upgrades,these golf courses are in impeccable condition to enhance the whole golf & country club experience! Crescent Oaks and Wentworth Golf & Country Club have been touted by members and guests as two of the friendliest golf courses in West Tampa Bay! Membershi p in one club means benefits at all three of the courses owned by Place: Crescent Oaks,Wentworth and Pebble Creek. Both courses are open to the public seven days/week. For more information about Crescent Oaks, located at 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., call 813-695-4285 or visit www. crescentoaksgolf.com. Wentworth Golf & Country Club is located at 2990 Wentworth Way, and can be reached at 727-439-0454,or www.wentworthgolfclub.org. 38
Silver Dollar Golf Club Hosts Summer Golf Camps for Kids! June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, and July 23-27
As the school year comes to a close and summer vacation begins, Silver Dollar Golf in Odessa, is hosting age-appropriate Youth Golf Camps in June & July. Each weekly camp session runs Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, for only $135. This fee includes plenty of bottled water, lunch each day, and a pizza party and golf tournament at the end of each camp week! Call Silver Dollar Golf Club today to reserve your child’s place at their annual Youth Summer Golf Camp, 813-920-3884, or visit www.silverdollargolf.com for more information.
Visit the Finest Family Sports Pub and Irish Bar in Town! In 2011, the Irish invaded the Wentworth Golf & Country Club and established an old Irish Manor set amongst lush golf greens and million-dollar homes! Mulligan’s Irish Pub was designed a family-friendly sports bar, complete with murals, stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. Manager Chris “Murph” Murphy brings his Irish background from Boston to enhance the pub experience and will most likely greet you as family when you arrive. Eleven, large flat-screen televisions are prominently displayed for capturing all things sports. A lovely veranda overlooking the golf course mimics a realistic, authentic feel of Ireland! Mulligan’s serves American classics such as burgers, salads, and sandwiches, while staying true to Irish tradition of Fish & Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. Want a cold one on a hot day? Mulligan’s features nine draft beers including Irish favorites, Guinness, Smithwicks, and Killians, and of course numerous popular Irish whiskeys. Mulligan’s Irish Pub is open to the public seven days a week, and is a great place to gather with family and friends in a relaxed, fun, friendly atmosphere! Mulligan’s Irish Pub is located at 2990 Wentworth Way in Tarpon Springs. For more information, call 727-942-4760, ext 28, or visit www.wentworthgolfclub.org.
By Debra Taylor
Chefs Du Jour- John Clark & James Carlson at Windows on the Green Restaurant Scrumptious “First Tee Starters” to Decadent “Sweet Endings” When you are the Chefs of an amazing restaurant at a prestigious golf course in West Tampa Bay, you develop luscious “Greens”, powerful “Sandwedges”, and appetizing “1st Tee Starters”. That’s exactly what Executive Chef, John Clark, and Sous Chef, James Carlson have created for their “After 5” dinner menu at Windows on the Green, Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club in Trinity. Although their primary focus remains their children and families, these Chefs have a true passion for food. When asked what Chef John loves most about his business, he explained, “I have a passion for what I do in creating food that is not only pleasing to the palate, but to the eye as well.” Chef James finds everyday to be a new adventure! Between the two, you can expect culinary excellence through their imaginative plates, pairings, tastes and textures. Chef John, a native of New England, fostered a fascination for food at an early age, while watching his Swedish Grandmother prepare amazing dishes. His career and experience as a Chef was cultivated through ClubCorp of America family, specifically, East Lake Woodlands and Countryside Country Clubs. ClubCorp employee partners are highly skilled and trained to provide an exceptional experience to each and every member, and Chef John maintained that same level of excellence at the Wine Cellar and Lobster Pot restaurants on the beach, and further extends to his guests at Windows on the Green. Chef James has lived in Florida for more than two decades, and began his culinary career at the tender age of 16. “I don’t see myself ever doing anything else. I am very happy to be part of the team here at Fox Hollow,” he replied. Each course - from their scrumptious “First Tee Starters” to their decadent “Sweet Endings” - is carefully prepared with the utmost expertise. They proudly serve only grain-fed, certified Black Angus Beef, the freshest Gulf seafood available, and produce locally
grown and marketed. Combine the fabulous diversity of flavors with the ambiance of the only restaurant in Trinity that overlooks the pristine greens of Fox Hollow, the last golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and guests always share an incredible dining experience between neighbors, friends and family! However, sharing a savory experience with family and friends is not simply limited to guests. Chef James explains, “We have a lot of long-term employees. People get to see the same faces week to week, and it makes them feel like they are at home!” This ‘dynamic duo of culinary delectables’, offers piquant specials each week, to keep their repeat guests coming back for more, while enticing new guests to stimulate their palate. Chef John loves the new Black & Bleu Rib Eye - 10 ounce Rib Eye Seared in a cast iron skillet and topped with creamy gorgonzola & ‘Hay Stack Onion Crisps’, and looks at it as one of his most favorite creations. Chef James is proud to prepare the pièce de resistance, Baileys Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee: dark Belgium chocolate crème custard, finished with caramelized sugar. What a delicious compliment to the other… much like these two masterful Chefs!
Appropriately, Windows on the Green is located at 10050, Robert Trent Jones Pkwy in Trinity, and is open to the public seven days a week: Sundays, 7 AM to 6 PM, Mondays, 10 AM to 6 PM, Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 AM to 9 PM, and Saturdays, 7 AM to 9 PM. For reservations or more information, call 727/376-6333, or visit www. golfthefox.com.
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Niko’s Place Restaurant Transformed
Delicious Homemade Dishes in a Beautiful Setting. Feels Like Home! By Debra Taylor Robert Irvine and the designers of Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” would be proud of owners, John & Eleni
Hatzistefanou of Niko’s Place Restaurant in New Port Richey, for converting their 80’s vinyl and mirrors look to a more beautiful, contemporary dining establishment, featuring new carpet, custom-made booths, fresh paint, re-texturized walls and granite counter-tops. The transformation was a long time coming, and an arduous process, but the final results are amazing!
“John & I talked about making these costly renovations for quite a while now,” Eleni confesses. “The time finally arrived, and it was well worth the wait!” The interior design has been escalated to new heights, and so has the energy at Niko’s Place. The staff, many of whom have been with John & Eleni for more than two decades, are also reenergized by the updates. Chef Yanni and his brother and Grill Cook, George, are working with the owners to consolidate and update the menu, keeping many of their loyal patrons’ favorites like the prime rib, choice steaks, and succulent seafood, while
adapting popular additions such as flatbreads and sliders, just to name a few. Everything is prepared fresh daily, from the fruits and vegetable that are purchased locally from farmer’s markets, to the homemade croutons that adorn the salads! Daily specials are quite popular with the guests at Niko’s, but none so much as the half fried chicken special on Thursdays, which are hand-breaded and made to order each and every time! John & Eleni believe the secret to their success is the genuine level of care they extend to their guests, and their daily presence to make certain everything comes out of the kitchen properly prepared and presented. Nothing is more important to them than exceeding their customers’ expectations and making sure everything comes out perfectly! You are invited to visit the newly-renovated Niko’s Place Restaurant, six days a week (they are closed on Mondays), 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.
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Have a Wonderful & SAFE Summer! Sandra Testo-Michaud Executive Director Vice-Chair SAFE Kids Pasco
Ramblin Rhodes is Your Music & Performance Headquarters! Ramblin Rhodes Music is Trinity's only music and performing arts center. This family-owned business started in 2008 near Trinity Elementary, and has since doubled in size and moved to their new location in the beautiful neighborhood of Longleaf. The owners and their families have spent their entire lives in and around the music industry, making them experts in the fields of teaching, performing, and having fun with music. As soon as you step in their store, you feel comfortable, like you're a member of the family. The atmosphere they create is priceless, and they make their students and customers a part of that.
Trinity’s Only Music School & Performing Arts Center Camp Ramblin RoCk Camp Ramblin RasCals
Your child will experience the dream Your preschooler can be a part of three of being in a band, and performing different camps for three times the fun! Rocket Ships & Aliens • Rock Around The for a live audience. Clock • Mermaids & Pirates
musiCal TheaTeR Camp
Watch your child’s Broadway dreams come true on our very own stage.
punk!meTal!GRunGe! palooza If your teen eats, sleeps, and breathes punk, metal, or grunge, then this will be your child’s ultimate, mindfrying summer camp experience! August 13-17
Summer Camps are scheduled throughout the summer for all ages. Ramblin Rascals is comprised of students 2-6, and is the area’s exclusive venue for music and performing arts for this age group. Camp Ramblin Rock, is the ultimate for children wanting to experience being on stage in a real rock band! Musical Theater Camp is for aspiring actors and actresses dreaming of performing with a company on Broadway!
Music Lessons Guitar • Piano Vocals • Drums Bass • Banjo Harmonica Trumpet and more!
The third Friday of each month during the school year is set aside for students to jam on stage, showcasing the songs they've been working on with their instructors. It is a premiere family event when students show-off their musical talents! Whether you're looking to pick up a new or used guitar, learn to play a new instrument, or relax while listening to live music, Ramblin Rhodes Music has become the ultimate hang-out for musicians of all ages. For more information, call 727-375-0123, or visit their website at www. ramblinrhodesmusic.com.
Ramblin Rhodes Music
3002 Starkey Blvd.• Trinity
Sugar is Looking for a Forever Home OK. I’m not a native of Tampa Bay, and I’m not a pure breed. But, I love the vibe here, and I appreciate having been saved by these wonderful women from SPCASuncoast!
You see, I’m nine years-old and my sibling and I were taken to an outdoor shelter in the Panhandle a few years ago. I’m not sure why. It’s confusing. We were looked over and put in a cage. My sibling disappeared one day. A family came and, well, I was left alone. It was scary. I got out of the cage when the volunteers would come to take me for a quick “outing”, and when it was feeding time. The other dogs didn’t like me and would not let me eat with them. I couldn’t get near the food dish. It was a pretty scary experience and a very lonely, cold existence. When I say “cold,” I mean it was freezing! The water dishes were frozen solid, and I shivered from cold and fear, for what was to become of me? Well, one day, these two nice ladies noticed me. Because of my older age, and the fact the other dogs wouldn’t let me eat, they loaded me in a van and, well, here I am! I do have to take a thyroid medication for a condition I have. The nice ladies have been regulating it, but I’ve heard them say I would be a “special needs adoption.” I wish I didn’t have this condition, but oh well, what can I do? I hope someone in this beautiful place called West Tampa Bay will be able to adopt me! I will be good and loyal and you will never have another dog that loves you more than me! I promise!!
With all My Puppy Love,
Travel Tips for Pets By Gail Armstrong, Executive Director SPCA Suncoast
During the summer months many of us travel with our family members, and that often includes our 4 legged family members as well. Some tips to remember for safe and happy travel with pets are: Always take a crate or carrier with you. It will be much safer your pet it isn’t roaming around your car while you drive. It also gives pets a safe, comfortable place to be in a hotel or vacation home. Some pets get car sick. It’s best to start the trip on an empty stomach. If you need to feed your pet during a long trip, do it with small portions over time. Some pets may also be sensitive to a change in drinking water. If your pet has a sensitive stomach you may want to take water from home with you. Microchip your pet. Pets who are traveling may react differently than they do at home. Your pet who would never wander off at home may not be so predictable if they are frightened or excited while away. Be aware of your pet’s limitations. That long walk on the beach may sound great to you but your pet only has paws between him and the hot sand. Pets can get heat stroke and even sunburned, so make sure that your pet is comfortable and enjoying the family vacation too.
Gentle Pet Passings, LLC
Peaceful Compassionate Home Euthanasia
Adoption Hours: Wed – Sun Noon-6pm
727-849-1048 7734 Congress St New Port Richey, FL 34653 www.spcasuncoast.org
Saying goodbye to your beloved friend is a loving but difficult decision.
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(Mondays & Tuesdays)
7813 Mitchell Blvd * Trinity, FL 34655 Vicki Salton, DVM
727-376-0149 Appointments Preferred
Scott Lamb, D.V.M.
Visit us online at www.trinitypethospital.net
Circumstances are often too stressful for either you or your pet to make the trip to your veterinary clinic. Now those final precious moments can be spent with your pet in the comfort and familiarity of their home surrounded by all that they love.
727-420-7424 www.gentlepetpassings.com email@example.com
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“Your pet is an important part of your family, and when he or she is ill, you want the best medical care available.”
The veterinarians and staff at our clinic are ready to provide your pet with cutting edge veterinary medical care. From wellness exams and vaccines to advanced diagnostics and complex surgical procedures, your pet will receive high quality care at our hospital. Acupuncture Canine Rehabilitation Exotics Bathing Behavioral Medicine Birds (Avian Medicine) Blood Transfusions Boarding Chemotherapy Dental Care
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Published on Jun 16, 2012
Community Living Magazines in Tampa Bay, Florida. IT’s YOUR HOME is filled with content and information about our home towns. Our passion is...