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TRINITY • NEW PORT RICHEY • ODESSA • HOLIDAY • TARPON SPRINGS • EAST LAKE • PALM HARBOR

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Hometown Story Gil & Julie McWilliams

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Accounting A+ Tax & Accounting Service.............25 Unbehagen Advisors.............................27 Advertising It’s Your Home Magazine.......................4 Topaz Marketing Group..........................4 Air Conditioning Best Services A/C.................................15 McWilliams A/C..................................5,13 Attorneys- Personal Injury Kantaras & Andreopoulos.....................26 Auto Sales-New & Used Any Car USA........................................24 Auto Repair Five Star Auto Repair..........................24 Bakery Sugardarlings Cones & Cupcakes...........8 Banks/Credit Union Florida Central Credit Union.................25 Whitney Bank, Hancock Bank..............26 Business Groups Rooters Club..........................................25 Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce.........................................47 West Pasco Business Association..........25 West Pasco Chamber of Commerce.......47 Cabinets Trinity Kitchen & Bath..........................14 Carpet Cleaning Complete Care Systems ........................10 Cleaning Service The Cleaning Angel...............................16 Companion Care Home Helpers........................................34 Countertops Superior Solid Surface.............................9 Dentists David W. Dempsey, D.D.S......................7 Family Entertainment Jungle Bounce.......................................40 Congo River Golf .................................40 Fashion UltrueImage, Joanne L. Cicora..............19 Madam Butterfly....................................21

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Financial Services Raymond James /Amanda Murphy........25 Flooring-Tile, Travertine & Wood Home & Tile Renovations of FL..........13 Trinity Tile & Stone..............................11 Florist Flowers By Jenny..................................20 Grout & Tile Cleaning Sir Grout...............................................16 Hair Salons & Nails Aqua Terra Salon & Spa.......................18 Cabelo Salon Inc......................................3 Hearing Aids Hear Again Hearing Aid Co.................34 Hospital Medical Center of Trinity.................30,31 Jewelers DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry.......................4,28 Make-Up Artistry Special Occasions.................................20 Mind & Body Defy Aging, Inc....................................35 Nail Salon Amber Nails..........................................22 Nightclub Karl Reef...............................................39 Non-Profit Organizations Pack-A-Sack.........................................14 The Katelyn Fondation..........................41 SPCA....................................................44 Organization & DeClutter Consider It Organized..........................11 Pet Euthanasia Gentle Pet Passings...............................45 Pet Grooming & Boutique Paw Wash Plus......................................44 Photographers Blueberry Freckles Photography..........22 Physicians-Cosmetic Surgery Rinnova Med-Surgical & Laser Institute, Dr. Gerard Cappiello........................33.34 Physicians-Internal Medicine Dr. Halima Gafhoor...............................34

Physicians-Optometrist Elegant Eyewear, Dr. Sandra Stroud..................................32 Picture Framing Picture Perfect ......................................13 Pool Contractor Posh Pools of Florida, Inc.....................48 Real Estate Mary B. Archie, Florida Luxury Realty.............................9 Debbie Dawson, Keller Williams Realty.....................12,17 Restaurants Best of Philly Cheesesteak House.........38 Cricketers 54..........................................38 Dimitri’s On the Water...........................37 Havana Dreamers Cafe..........................39 Honey Baked Ham..................................8 Lagerheadz Bar & Grill....................36,37 Niko’s Place...........................................39 Zen Forrest............................................37 Windows on the Green at Fox Hollow Club...................................38 Storage Facilities Seven Springs Self Storage...................14 Tanning Salon & Spa Planet Beach Contempo Spa..............5,18 Upholsterer Sunshine Upholstery.............................10 Veterinarians Animal Care Center of Pasco................43 Trinity Pet Hospital...............................43 Water Damage Restoration Mr. Dry Out............................................9 Website Design Websitedzyn..........................................29 Weight Loss Body by Vi............................................32 Window Tinting Apollo Window Tinting.......................16


Spring Spring Spring Spring The season of Spring celebrates rebirth & rejuvenation of the mind, body & spirit! Unlike any other season, this one epitomizes romance in its own way. A Spring romance can instigate the production of pheromones, which are essential kindling to the spark of love in the life of a couple. Welcome new beginnings, celebrate cherished relationships, and love your spouse with a newness that is like no other time of year! Take a new lead in the path of romance and become mesmerized, savoring the enchantment and beauty of springtime love! Why not, paint your life in colors of romance and rejoice getting splashed!

Spring Romance Ideas 1. The Farmer’s markets are plentiful this year, especially with fruits-specifically strawberries in Florida- and veggies, thanks to the mild winter. Take advantage of the freshness and prepare a fresh, home-cooked meal for the one you love. If you don’t cook, there are plenty of eateries around town that cook fresh and buy local! 2. With the time change, days have gotten longer. Take advantage of the local beaches and waterfront venues to keep closeness and romance in your life through strolling and dining!

3. Nature calls…in a romantic way! Beaches are beautiful. Flowers are blooming. Grass is regaining the chlorophyll green it has lost over the chillier months. Why not, ignite your flame of love while on a picnic? The Florida State Parks are amazing, and there are so many to choose from in such a short distance from practically anywhere in the state, why not explore new territory? : ) 4. Being on the water is one of the most romantic places on earth to totally feel nature. Try a boat ride along the Anclote River, and into the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. You can’t help but feel romantic as you cruise along the waterways in the sunshine or under the moonlight!

5. If your significant other loves sports, March Madness is underway, and baseball season is in full swing! Surprise him/ her by purchasing tickets to an upcoming event, and embrace the tailgating experience! You’ll soon be embracing your special sports fanatic! Romance is what you make it, and this Spring, take nothing for granted! Share the love, share the romance and share intimate moments wherever and whenever the season prompts you! Happy Spring!

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TRINITY, NEW PORT RICHEY, ODESSA, HOLIDAY, TARPON SPRINGS EAST LAKE, PALM HARBOR & NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES

Volume 3 Issue 2

SPRING Issue 2012

PUBLISHER/EDITOR Debbie Dawson ART DIRECTOR Papande Newman WEBSITE DESIGN Rich Scherch, Len Wasnock EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Debra Taylor

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Hometown STORY Gil & Julie McWilliams

Julie Makes You Hot, Gil Makes You Cool! They met during the summer of 1991. It was seemingly a fairy tale as Julie McWilliams describes their “whirlwind romance.” It was Christmas when Maryland native, Gil McWilliams, got down on one knee and proposed marriage to Julie in front of her entire family. It was an offer she could not refuse! After a long engagement, Julie & Gil were married in a quaint, log, wedding chapel in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, August 26, 1997.

Having served West Tampa Bay for more than 30 years, McWilliams & Son, Inc., is the HVAC contractor “Keeping You Cool” in Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando, Citrus and Hillsborough counties. His team is dedicated to providing quality work , time and attention to detail for each and every customer. With a variety of services and products from which to choose, the experts at McWilliams and Son can customize a solution that is perfect for your particular needs.

After 21 years together, the two share a great deal of pride for their family, their community and their professional accomplishments. They have two beautiful children: their son, Devin, is a graduate of Ridgewood High School and currently serves in the United States Marine Corp, and their daughter, Lauren, attends Odessa Elementary school.

Julie owns Planet Beach Contempo Spa in New Port Richey. Planet Beach is not simply a salon for UV tanning and UV-Free spray tanning. This “Contempo Spa” offers massages, facials, Hydro-Derma Fusion, SaunaTox, guided meditations, oxygen therapy, and red light therapy. These affordable and self-automated spa treatments, combined with high quality products, helps customers achieve their total skincare, wellness and stress-relief goals. Julie loves seeing how the services her team provides makes people happy about how they look and feel.

The couple’s primary source of joy is their family. Julie explains, “Devin, my 21 year-old Marine, is my hero. He exudes great confidence and courage every day defending our country. Lauren, my 9 year-old, keeps me grounded. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t amaze me with her intelligence and charm. She is the light of our lives! My husband, Gil, is the most determined man I know. He accomplishes any task he sets his mind to.” This determination to succeed in the highly competitive HVAC industry drives Gil daily. “I enjoy being able to see the fruits of my labor and the happiness it brings to each member of my family. Plus, being appreciated by my employees and customers for a job well done brings me great satisfaction at work,” he continues.

The McWilliams’ are very active in the Trinity community. Julie is involved with Trinity Rotary and Sunshine State Westie Rescue, while Gil is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa house, which provides funding to local charities. They both actively participate in various local networking groups. When Devin’s four year commitment of service to the Marines ends this year, he plans to return home to join his father at McWilliams & Son. Lauren is planning to become a traveling veterinarian when she grows up. Like a “contempo” fairy tale, Gil, Julie and their entire family are on track to live happily ever after! www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com

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Editors

LETTER

Spring is the time of year in which we witness rebirth, renewal and regrowth. Our homes will be decorated inside and out with blossoming flowers symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings. Did you know that the first sight of the beautiful flower, daffodil also known as a jonquil or “Lent Lily.” is not only a sign of winter’s end but also a lucky emblem of future prosperity throughout the world? I have vivid memories of my grandfather as he shared his love of nature and flowers, his favorite were daffodils. We would take long walks, stopping often as he explained each beautiful flower and berry that came across our path. I remember eating the berries right from the bush savoring the sweet smells and tastes of nature that Spring had sprung. We would walk for hours through the woods and fields in Connecticut as I listened to Grampy’s words of wisdom. We would stop at the side of the brook, cup our hands and taste the cool water as he recited beautiful poems with such exhilaration in his infamous British accent. His favorite poem was written by William Wadsworth and was of course called Daffodils: I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed--and gazed--but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought:

Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.

I close my eyes and hear his voice, I savor the sweet smell of my favorite flower...Spring has arrived!

Debbie Dawson


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8 Quick Fixes

By Debbie Dawson

to Increase the Value of YOUR HOME Debbie Dawson, IT’s YOUR HOME Group of Keller Williams Realty

To attract buyers, sellers must up the ante to convince them that their property offers what many want most — top value for dollar expended. Here are eight fast fixes: 1. Buff up curb appeal. You’ve heard it before, but it’s critical to get buyers to want to look on the inside. Be objective. View listings from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, house number, and even how window treatments look from the outside. Add something special — such as big flower pots or an antique bench — to help viewers remember house A from B. 2. Enrich with color. Paint’s cheap, but forget the adage that it must be white or neutral. Just don’t let sellers get too avant-garde with jarring pinks, oranges, and purples. Recommend soft colors that say “welcome,” lead the eye from room to room, and flatter skin tones. Think soft yellows and pale greens. Tint ceilings a lighter shade. 3. Upgrade the kitchen and bathroom. These make-orbreak rooms can spur a sale. But besides making each squeaky clean and clutter-free, update the pulls, sinks, and faucets. In a kitchen, add one cool appliance, such as an espresso maker. In the bathroom, hang a flat-screen TV to mimic a hotel. Room service, anyone? 4. Add old-world patina. Make Andrea Palladio proud. Install crown molding at least six to nine inches in depth, proportional to the room’s size, and architecturally compatible. For ceilings nine feet high or higher, add dentil detailing, small tooth-shaped blocks used as a repeating ornament. It’s all in the details, after all.

5. Screen hardwood floors. Buyers favor wood over carpet, but refinishing is costly and time-consuming. Screening cuts dust, time, and expense. What it entails: a light sanding, not a full stripping of color or polyurethane, then a coat of finish. 6. Clean out, organize closets. Get sorting — organize your piles into “don’t need,” “haven’t worn,” and “keep.” Closets must be only half-full so buyers can visualize fitting their stuff in. 7. Update window treatments. Buyers want light and views, not dated, fancy-schmancy drapes that darken. To diffuse light and add privacy, consider energy-efficient shades and blinds. 8. Hire a home inspector. Do a preemptive strike, since busy home owners seek maintenance-free living. Fix problems before you list the home and then display receipts and wait for buyers to offer kudos to sellers for being so responsible.

Contact Debbie Dawson to list your home and get it SOLD! 727-709-9541 Sources: Ernie Roth, Roth Interiors, Los Angeles; Angel Petragallo, ABR, Group One, Boise, Idaho; Melissa Galt, Galt Interiors, Atlanta; Steve Kleiman, CEO, Oakington Realty, Houston; Sid Davis, Sid Davis & Associates, Farmington, Utah, and author of First-Time Homeowners’ Survival Guide (Amacom, 2007); Steve Hochman, Friendly Note Buyers, Roxbury, N.Y.; Margi Kyle, designer and spokesperson for Hunter Douglas.

Debbie Dawson, Realtor

727-709-9541 Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

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Managers, Bill Ferraro and Diane Scura of Seven Springs Self Storage and Generations Christian Church have joined up to help this worthy cause by being a drop off point for food donations. Larger donations can be arranged for pick up. Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids program is designed to stop food insecurity for chronically hungry children throughout our community. You can help us provide our children with nutritional, child-friendly, individually packaged snacks, drinks and meals. Each week back packs are filled with individual size portions of food and given to the children to take home so they have nutritious food over the weekend. The children bring the empty back pack back to school on Monday mornings to be refilled for the next week. Food donations can be dropped off at Seven Springs Self Storage, 2852 Seven Springs Blvd in New Port Richey or at Generations Christian Church, 1540 Little Road in Trinity during business hours. Food items now needed: • Single-serve cereal boxes or packets • Oatmeal packets • Fruit and veggie cups • Canned pasta (7.5 to 15 oz.) • "Easy Mac & Cheese" • Vienna sausages and cans or packets of tuna and chicken (5 to 10 oz.) • 100% juice boxes • Pudding cups

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GRAND OPENING of Sweet Caroline’s Children’s Consignment Taking a fresh, new approach to consignment, Caroline Gray, carries only name brands in her upscale boutique. Clothing brands like: Baby Gap, Gymboree, Land’s End and so much more, can be found in a range of sizes. She also beautifully showcases gently used, baby gear, equipment and nursery sets by some top names in the industry. “Our store is vibrant & inviting. We have a high standard in what we accept for consignment. You will only find quality name brands. Thought is put into our presentation of merchandise and the beautiful displays throughout the store,” Caroline explains. “This gives the consignor the best chance to sell their product!” All clothes must be in excellent condition, freshly laundered, stain-free, and seasonally current. All toys, games, baby gear & equipment must be in quality condition, clean, complete, fully-functioning and not found on any recall list. Plus, Sweet Caroline’s is completely computerized making it easy to check inventory and keep consignors’ accounts current! “If a customer calls asking if we have a pair of Baby Gap jeans in red, size 4T, we can tell them with just a click. It's that simple,” Caroline continues. Sweet Caroline’s is located at 8524 Old CR 54 in New Port Richey. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 10 AM-5 PM, and Saturdays, 10 AM-4 PM. Call 727-277-9992 for more information and become a fan on Facebook!

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Suncoast Waldorf School Their website proclaims, “A Waldorf education is that of a vital living approach to learning, rooted in a long tradition of honoring the stages of childhood.” Founded in 1919 by Austrian philosopher, scientist and artist, Rudolph Steiner, the Waldorf education has grown to thousands of institutions in 87 countries worldwide. “Waldorf centers around each human being as a unique individual through distinct life stages, and it focuses on the responsibility of education to address the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each developmental stage. The curriculum is designed to naturally complement these stages.” Channel 10 did a short feature on the school in December 2011, focusing on the lack of computer technology used within the Waldorf curriculum. It has certainly proven controversial in today’s world of Windows, IPads, IPods, and IPhones. Yet, Suncoast Waldorf School Founder, Barbara Bedingfield, definitely sees the benefits of a computer-free education through grade eight. “Suncoast Waldorf School works from a different paradigm. It is not the school's goal to ‘fill an empty bucket’ with information, but rather to ignite a fire of learning in every student. This fire of interest in the beauty, wonder and romance of the world is cultivated by the classroom teacher who, ideally, leads the same group of children from first grade to grade eight. “Through the arts of music, drawing, painting, modeling, dramatizing and movement, the teacher brings the lessons in such a lively and imaginative way that children can't help falling in love with the world to which they are introduced. The teachers must create the lessons that the children before them are calling for and, therefore, no teacher in a Waldorf school teaches out of a script.” As a graduate of a public school system, I did not have computers while attending elementary or middle schools, and the only classes with computers in my high school were accounting. My personal curriculum and extra-curricular activities involved English, writing, drama, and instrumental music, while I studied the sciences at honor levels. Without even a basis of knowledge of the Waldorf education, I learned to love and appreciate the arts, literature, and nature through learning and living B.C. – Before Computers.

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A Waldorf education is not the best idea for every child. However, I believe this type of education certainly has its benefits based on their published graduate statistics, and the parents, children and administrators I have been honored to meet. The Suncoast Waldorf School is located at 1857 Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor. For more information visit their website at www.suncoastwaldor.org., email info@suncoastwaldorf.org, or call 727-786-8311.

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Whitney Bank is now Hancock Bank Pat Eckert, Branch Manager and Eileen Peters, Personal Bankers with Hancock Bank, located at 2914 Little Road in New Port Richey, want you to feel like a welcome guest in their home the minute you walk in! These hometown banking advisors are dedicated to handling any and all of your financial needs with professionalism and expertise. Pat & Eileen both love spending time with their Florida sunshine and beaches, but they equally love being there for their customers. Eileen commented, “I am fortunate to meet so many wonderful people, each with their unique banking needs. Being able to help each one on an individual basis is very rewarding, always challenging, and never boring!”

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About the 2012 pay raise that you received....

You received a $1,000 per year pay increase in February for 2012, and probably did not even know it. On February 17, 2012 Congress extended a Social Security tax cut that is estimated to affect 160 million Americans. The bill was originally signed on December 23, 2011, and the tax cut was set to expire February 29, 2012. On February 17, 2012 Congress extended the estimated $143 billion Social Security payroll tax cut through the end of 2012. The bill will extend a 2 percent reduction in the tax that goes to fund Social Security for the rest of 2012, saving families $1,000 on average. Therefore, instead of the usual 6.2 percent that you normally pay out of your paycheck for Social Security tax, you are now paying only 4.2 percent, and the 2 percent difference is going to you, adding to your net paycheck, instead of to the Social Security Administration. That lost revenue to Social Security Administration will be replaced in the Social

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Business

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Members S Larry & Joanna DeLuca Owners Of Deluca’s Fine Jewelry And Style Makers Salon

Both stores are conveniently located right next door to each other in the downtown section of Longleaf Town Center, near Starkey Boulevard in Trinity. Lovingly known as Beauty and the Bling – the two shops complement each other really well. The DeLuca’s believe that when people look good, they feel good. “What a happy job I have!” Joanna boasts. “Our store is unique. We believe jewelry is like art. Some people are attracted to abstract and some, landscapes. Some go for sculpture and others are happy with a simple flower photo. Have you ever said, There’s something about that piece?” Whether it be the color or style that speaks to you, it makes you feel good when you look at it or wear it. Whether your taste is classic, traditional, fun or funky, they have it and in many price ranges. “You don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks”, says Larry. The two-shops-in-one will dazzle you with style! Joanna and Larry invite you to stop by and say “hello.” They want you to look around and see what they showcase. You will feel right at home as soon as you walk through the door, and they will help you find exactly what you are looking for. If they don’t have it in stock, they will order it or make a custom piece just for you. Stop by 3104 Town Ave, Trinity or call 727-375-2992 for more information. We asked Larry and Joanna why that “Hometown Feel” is so important to them and their businesses. What was your hometown before moving to Trinity? Larry – Mt. Laurel, NJ Joanna – Vineland, NJ 28

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What gave it that hometown feel? Family. We are both from South Jersey which is made up of all small towns and a lot of farmland. Our Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins all live in the same town or very nearby in neighboring towns. What are you doing to pass on that hometown feel to your business now? We are small, homey and try to make everyone feel like family. DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry is connected to our other business, Style Makers Salon, where our clients are also considered family. The two businesses work really well together. Our customers are always complimenting us on our selection of unique jewelry designs. You can find the same old styles in most jewelry stores, but we always like to be different. As a jeweler, what is your greatest compliment? Trust. When a customer brings in a family heirloom or a very expensive piece of jewelry and tells us that they were looking for a jewelry store that they could trust. They were told to take them to DeLuca’s because they are honest. I don’t think we could get a better compliment. Why do you feel that it is so important to buy local? Local businesses are typically owned by local people who employ our friends and neighbors, spend their money at local businesses and give back to our community. Why wouldn’t we take care of each other? What do you like most about IT's YOUR HOME Magazine? You can tell when paging through the magazine the care and thought put into producing the finished product. It keeps growing and really stresses the hometown feel.


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The all new Medical Center of Trinity is now open and ready to serve the tri-county area of Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties! On February 6, at 7:05 AM, Robert Frank was the first patient to enter the doors of the 236-bed, state-of-theart, all private room hospital located at 9330 State Road 54, near the intersection at Little Road. He, along with several other representatives of the hospital, cut the red ribbon to officially open the new hospital to patients. As of 12:30 PM, 70 patients and one baby had been relocated to Medical Center of Trinity. The hospital expects to transfer between 110-120 patients during the course of a day. “Protecting life is more than our business –it’s our heartfelt passion. With our sophisticated healing practices, highlyskilled medical talent and advanced medical technology, we bring together compassion, preventative education and innovative treatments,” said CEO, Leigh Massengill, RN. “I feel privileged to work alongside a healthcare team

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comprised of more than 450 physicians, 900 employees and 200 volunteers with vast knowledge and expertise. Our healthcare team brings over 40 years experience in a clinical setting that has earned recognition as a Certified Chest Pain Center, a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer, documented STEMI times consistently below the national average, and a Joint Commission Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center.” As an Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center, Medical Center of Trinity is recognized among the nation’s top performers on four key quality measures – heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care, by The Joint Commission— the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. For more information on Medical Center of Trinity, visit www.MedicalCenterTrinity.com, or call (727) 834-4000. You can also follow them on Twitter, and “Like” them on Facebook.


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GET FAST WEIGHT LOSS AND FITNESS RESULTS BY ADDING JUST TWO SMART HABITS By Melanie Milletics Did you know that just a few minutes each day of monitoring and tracking can make huge differences in the results you get from your diet and fitness regimen? You cannot question why something isn’t working if you are not properly monitoring the habits that should be in place to meet your goals. Too often people start out on a certain diet or exercise program with the goal of having a super model slim body in a short time… and when they do not see results in a few short weeks they simply give up. If you are tired of starting over, then stop giving up! Instead, start out with a SMART plan of action to lose weight and get fit, one that is scientifically proven.  Use a monitor to make sure your workouts are effective, and track your diet! Habit #1 Track your workouts and use a heart rate monitor that tracks calorie burn. It’s a worthwhile investment to get a heart rate monitor that tracks your calorie burn. You cannot fool yourself or cheat yourself into thinking that wimpy workout you are doing will get you results… once you actually have the caloric burn numbers in front of you! Use your heart rate monitor to determine which workouts will actually get you the best burn for your time. Remember that strength training workouts will burn fewer calories during the workout, but are absolutely crucial for building muscle to boost metabolism Habit #2 Monitor your diet with a nutrition tracker that takes into account the ratio of nutrients you consume and calories you burned. Your healthy weight is 80% diet. And it is NOT just about cutting calories! You must monitor your nutrition with an online calculator that will track not only calories, but the ratio of protein, carbohydrates, fat and sodium you are consuming.  A calorie is NOT a calorie – and if you just create a calorie deficit, you will not see your beautiful healthy body emerge. You cannot live on jello and 100 calorie snack packs and expect to lose belly fat and sculpt a beautiful behind. Your body simply does not work that way. Don’t sabotage your hard work by overeating, or eating too many carbohydrates. Instead, use an online calculator or an app for your phone to track everything that goes into your mouth. It’s really simple – but if you aren’t tracking your workouts and diet, you can’t get results. Workout – with intensity, and add strength training to your regimen. Use a heart rate monitor and track your workouts. Eat well – low carb, high protein and lots of vegetables. Use an online nutrition tracker or an app on your phone and keep your diet within weight loss/muscle gain zone. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I just told you how to change things up so you can actual get real weight loss results fast. So don’t be insane… just track it!!! Melanie Milletics is a Promoter of the #1 Health and Weight Loss Platform in North America, the Body By Vi Challenge. Learn more about the Challenge and get a free sample when you call 727-565-2053 or visit www.ViShapeSample.com.

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If you’ve been looking to give your face a youthful boost but are wary of traditional plastic surgery, fat transfer may be the best solution. Many individuals have found this procedure a welcome alternative to facelift surgery. Some believe that fat transfer creates even more natural-looking results. Unlike traditional surgery, there are no scars, the level of discomfort is significantly diminished, the procedure is low-risk, and recovery times are quick. The procedure is performed with local anesthesia and conscious sedation in our Florida-approved surgery center. The secret is to harvest the healing power of your STEM cells. Dr Cappiello can harvest your stem cells and use them to promote collagen production, tighten the skin, assure fat survival and retention so healing takes place much more quickly.

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Beauty is the result of a combination of little things. Dr Cappiello combines many non- surgical procedures to turn back the clock. Dramatic transformations are possible in a single procedure that addresses various areas of the face. The “SUPER 5” facial transformation is broken down into five basic components: 1. Fat Transfer to the face and fill in the lines and grooves on the face, around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks 2. Mid-Cheek Lift - your fat lifts cheeks for a more youthful contour (no implant) 3. Lateral Emphasis Brow Lift – smooths fine lines and lifts the forehead 4. Lip Lift and Lip Fillers – Fill your lips with your fat permanently and/ or lift your lips at the corners for what’s known as a cat smile.(Lip Reduction is also available). 5. Stem Cell Face Lift - Injection of your stem cells and Platelet Rich Plasma in the face, neck and décolleté. These procedures are done under local anesthesia and/or with conscious sedation. Many patients will see a transformation in their appearance with just a single visit to Rinnova. If you are looking for a dramatic way to turn back the clock, contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr Cappiello.

Dr. Cappiello is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and holds numerous memberships in  professional organizations in the United States and Europe. He is also a “preceptor”, trusted to train other physicians in the art of using lasers in aesthetic medicine. Dr. Cappiello is affiliated with Morton Plant Mease Hospital in Countryside and Dunedin as well as Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital.

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By Barbara Marville-Kelly

DEFYING AGE

Boomers GUIDE TO STAYING YOUNG

CHI IS THE UNIVERSAL LIFE FORCE Springtime is a great time to springboard our energy levels in the right direction and balance our “life force!” When we make a commitment to ourselves and provide motivation for our family and loved ones, we are setting a good example which can actually add life to our years and years our lives! The big step is making the commitment and arming ourselves with knowledge in an effort to create an abundant, healthy and happy lifestyle, all while taking care of the temple in which our spirit resides. It can be done! Humans, as well as everything in the universe, consist of information and energy. This energy that flows through us is called “Chi” by the Chinese, “Ki” by the Japanese, “Prana” by the Indians, or “Rauh” by the Hebrews. All of these terms refer to the life force, or universal energy of nature, God, or the divine source of all creation…whatever you wish to call it. When this flow of energy is blocked, we become stressed, or dis-eased. Continued or increased blockage over a period of time leads to illness, and we begin to experience symptoms of pain and breakdown of our physical bodies. This is the beginning of the process of aging. The good news is, we now know how to reverse the process of aging by removing the blocks and releasing the stress, which is the leading cause of disease and premature death, no matter how old we are or how blocked we may be. When stress increases the triglyceride levels in the blood, it clogs the capillaries and interferes with oxygen delivery by the red blood cells. When your body’s cells efficiently obtain all the oxygen needed for full functioning, many benefits occur, including the release of fat via carbon dioxide. In simple terms, the right kind of breathing delivers the right amount of oxygen to the cells which helps people get rid of excess fat, boost metabolism and increase energy, among other positive results. In recent years, substantiation of clinical studies from Tufts Medical, Harvard Medical, the Mayo Clinic, and UCLA, have concluded that the power behind the practice of the ancient arts of Tai Chi & Chi Kung, has had a major impact helping people who suffer from heart disease,

fibromyalgia, depression, sleeplessness, arthritis, and even those who have experienced strokes. Furthermore, studies indicate there is improvement of balance, concentration, focus, and stress elimination on the spot, anytime, anywhere, with the slow fluid graceful movements, along with the proper breathing techniques of this art form. We call it “meditation in motion!”

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The Feb 2012 issue of Prevention magazine, gave credit to this form of art for reducing stress, having a powerful effect on metabolic syndrome, decreasing blood pressure, and trimming waist size by at least an inch, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. After receiving numerous grants from The National Parkinson’s Foundation, we have facilitated the teaching of this art to their group of Parkinson’s patients. We have watched the transformation take place among their students and their caregivers in the Parkinson’s class. By the end of the first year, one could not determine which participant was caregiver or patient/ student. Of course, everyone will achieve different results.

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Additionally, we provide classes and certify professional Tai Chi /Chi Kung Instructors, with hands-on training, privately, as a group, or even distant learning. If you appreciate the life you have been given and are interested in optimal health, we invite you to one of our classes. The first one is FREE, compliments of IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine and it is open to the public. Come join us, grab your husband, your wife, your girlfriends, your golf buddies or everyone at the office, springboard your energy levels and have fun! Premier Choice Fitness, 7322 Little Rd, Trinity, Mon 1:30 pm, Tues 9:00 am, Fri 6:00 pm Crescent Oaks Golf & Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd, Tarpon Springs, Mondays 4:00 pm . Call 727-945-9223, for more information, or visit www.dennis-kelly.com. “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Chef DuJour By Debra Taylor

Chef Kenny Kopcsik of LagerheadZ Bar & Grill Dishes Up Fantabulous Food in a Casual Setting

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is exuberant personality is magnetic and totally reflected in his food preparations and presentations. Chef Kenny Kopcsik of LagerheadZ Bar & Grill is a perfect fit with this newly renovated restaurant in Tarpon Springs, owned by Rick & Cindy Madden & Jeryl Madden, equally amazing, personable individuals. Chef Kenny earned his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in International Economics, which he now finds “boring” compared to the life he has chosen to pursue. After cajoling from his sister to pursue his passion, Chef Kenny was accepted and eventually became a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He performed his internship at the Wyndham Hotel on Harbor Island in Tampa. He has excelled in applying his knowledge, experience and culinary talents in numerous restaurants in West Tampa Bay. His experience, coupled with his mastery of the dynamics of running efficient kitchens, and the intricacies of designing popular menus with options to appeal to even the most discriminating palate, has propelled him to new heights as one of our hottest, most talented local Chefs! “I’ve always been something of a menu collector,” Chef Kenny admits, “I like providing new cuisine that nobody else does, that you can’t get anywhere else. I try to stay in touch with what’s out there and what people really like. I have friends who are foodies that often let me know what it is they like. I also like to go online and see what is trending.” The LagerheadZ “Sliderz” are one menu item that is currently popular and has recently been described by one patron as “high class mini Big Macs.” His Woodchuck Cider Wingz recipe is one of his personal favorite appetizers and most delicious creations, featuring the craft beer for which it is named. “ I combine the beer, lemon juice, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce as a marinade, then grill mark them, and baked them in the oven with barbeque sauce. They’re healthy, light, and unfried like most wings. I like to use what we’re trying to promote here, gourmet craft beer. It’s cool and representative of what we do. It always warms my heart when they’re ordered.”

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LagerheadZ boasts of its extensive variety of craft beers, and Chef Kenny tries to accentuate this theme whenever possible in his preparations. So far, he has been amazingly successful with his culinary creativity! However, he also loves creating new and exciting specials and desserts. He recently featured as a special, Macadamia Crusted Hog Fish as an entrée, and introduced an ice cream cookie dessert with oversized chocolate cookies sandwiching premium ice cream. Chef Kenny strives to exceed customers’ expectations by providing new, exciting menu items, prepared with immeasurable creativity, flavor and love. “I want our guests to leave feeling full and satisfied, yet wanting to return to try something else. I met a couple the other night that had just moved to Tarpon Springs and were here for the first time. They were very complimentary of their meal, and told me there were at least ten things on the menu they still wanted to try, so they would be returning! That’s very cool,” Chef Kenny confesses. Buying local produce and seafood is also very important to the Chef. He is all about keeping everything fresh while keeping money in the local economy. A resident of Clearwater, he has embraced the small town feel of Tarpon Springs and camaraderie that goes along with this hometown and it’s people. Moreover, Chef Kenny is quick to check with patrons at each table in the restaurant to gauge their reactions to his food, and make sure everyone is satisfied. “I want our guests to leave satisfyingly full and dying to come back to try something else. I want them to have a family experience. Our staff is incredibly friendly and personable. We want you to have a great time with your family and/or your friends, and in turn, we want to provide whatever it is that makes you happy.” The LagerheadZ menu is a collection of Chef Kenny’s favorites, along with staples he successfully makes his own. Everything on the menu is designed to “compete” with anything you’ve ever eaten anywhere else. Come see Chef Kenny at LagerheadZ and you will see, he’s not just another stuffed Chef’s jacket! LagerheadZ is located at 606 N Pinellas Avenue in Tarpon Springs. Call 727.937.6665 for reservations or more information. You can also visit their website at www.lagerheadz. com, or become a fan on facebook.


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Windows on the Green at Fox Hollow Golf Club The only restaurant in Trinity that overlooks the last Robert Trent Jones, Sr., designed golf course, Windows on the Green at Fox Hollow, provides a beautiful dining and event experience complete with impeccable scenery that includes lakes and even gators! Fox Hollow Golf Club was established in 1994, from tracts of land that had been cow pastures. Their website boasts it “holds the enviable distinction of being the very last golf course in a long line of world famous golf courses to be built and designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.”

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Courtney Fox, Food and Beverage Director, said, “With the growth of Trinity, and our addition of a banquet room, we are not only a neighborhood favorite restaurant, but the perfect place to host your next event!” The banquet room is an outstanding venue for banquets, receptions, and meetings. The Windows on the Green menu features country club fare at neighborhood prices. Be sure to try their mile high ice cream pie – it is to die for! 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. Contact Courtney at 727-376-6333 x405, for more information. Check out their website for special menus and events. www.golfthefox. com. If you would like to be on their weekly email list, please email Courtney Fox at cfox@golfthefox.com.

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Treasure or Trash? It's Time for Spring Cleaning

Spring is just around the corner and you’re probably in need of a really good Spring clean like most of us. While I love the notion of clearing out clutter and cashing in, I also love the idea of finding ways to benefit good causes. One way you can do that this spring is this: as you clean out your closets, think about which items you no longer need or want that you can donate to a charity and boy do I have just the charity you can donate to - THE KATELYN FOUNDATION, a non-profit for water safety and drowning prevention.

My dream has finally come into fruition. For years I have dreamed of opening up a consignment shop and calling it “Katelyn’s Kloset” after my daughter Katelyn who drowned in our backyard swimming pool 8 years ago. I had a vision that it would be the most unique consignment shop out there with a warm feeling of shopping right out of a closet. Finally, Katelyn’s Kloset opened up on Saturday March 3rd with everything I envisioned and more. I felt so driven by my beautiful Katelyn every step of the way. We carry infant to juniors clothing, maternity clothing and women’s clothing sizes zero to plus. As most of you know two years after Katelyn drowned my brother and I started The Katelyn Foundation – For Child Safety Awareness, Water Safety and Drowning Prevention. It is so nice to have this unique consignment shop and be able to educate people about drowning prevention as they shop. There is so much information you can pick up at the store on how to drown proof your home as well as steps for safety around the pool. Soon, you will be able to pick up the parents handbook for my swim lessons I teach in my backyard this Spring and Summer. Proceeds from the store will go to The Katelyn Foundation and TKF pays for swim lessons for underprivileged families in the tri-county. Now is a great time to let go of the jeans that never quite fit or that sweater that wasn't quite your style. Please stop by Katelyn’s Kloset at 2329 Seven Springs Boulevard, New Port Richey, FL 34655 and say hello. Store hours are from 10 am to 6 pm Monday-Saturday. There are three ways you can consign with

us…Donation, (A tax receipt can be obtained for a charitable donation that can be deducted on your taxes next year), cash on the spot or credit with us. I look forward to seeing you and thank you in advance for your support. March 31st is our Grand Opening. Free car seat checks by the Fire Dept.

Sandra Testo-Michaud Sandra@ForTheLocalBusiness.com • www.KatelynFoundation.org In honor of her daughter Katelyn, The Katelyn Foundation is a non-profit organization providing swim lessons to children throughout Tampa Bay. “Learning how to swim is a necessity, not a luxury!”

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Bunny CAKE

An Easter Family Tradition from Our Home to Yours So Fun And Easy, the Whole Family Will Want to Decorate! Ingredients

• 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix • 3 3/4 cups flaked coconut • 1 (16 ounce) package vanilla frosting • 30 small jellybeans • 4 red licorice • Easter Candy Directions 1.Heat oven and prepare two 9 inch round baking pans as directed on cake box. Prepare cake batter with as directed on package adding in 1/2 cup of coconut. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake and cool cake as directed on package. 2.When cooled, place one whole 9 inch cake layer on serving tray, forming the bunny's head. Cut 2 convex shaped ears from each side of the second layer, place on each side of head to form ears. Use concave shaped piece for the bowtie, place about 1/2 inch below head. 3.Frost entire bunny covering top and sides of bunny. Pat remaining 3 1/4 cup coconut evenly over top and sides. Decorate the bunny face and bowtie with jellybeans and Easter candy. Use the licorice to make whiskers.

Have Fun & Enjoy! Last year I shared our family tradition with Angel Cook and her daughters, Lexi and Taylor. Look how awesome their cake turned out! We would love to share this tradition with your family this year, send us a photo of your bunny cake and enter to win a gift certificate from one of our local restaurants. Email your photo to WeLoveIYH@ItsYourHomeMagazine.com.

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Hide and Seek Fun for Pets GAIL ARMSTRONG EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,SPCA SUNCOAST It’s that time of year when children are hunting for Easter eggs. Everyone enjoys a good game of hide and seek. Did you know your pet can too? It’s easy and fun and a good way to give your pet some mental exercise. Giving your pet some mental exercise is a great way to tire them out. To teach your pet the game, start out by making it easy. It’s much more fun to learn something new if you’re successful right from the start. Just take your pets’ regular food and, instead of putting in their bowl, scatter it around their bowl. Make sure they can still see it, but they have to walk around and “find” it. This gives them the idea that their food can be anywhere. The next step is to take the food and make trails so that your pet can’t see all of the food, but can follow it to find every piece. You can even throw in a favorite treat at the end of the trail as a bonus. Of course if you have more than one pet you’ll need to separate them into different parts of the house to make sure everyone gets their fair share and nobody decides all the food belongs to them. From this point you should be able to start spacing the pieces of food out more widely so there begins to be some actual hunting involved. How tricky you can be at hiding depends on how quickly your pet catches on to the game. You can keep the food limited to one room or start gradually spreading it around into different rooms or even the whole house. Some pets catch on very quickly and you can even put pieces of food under or on furniture so they really have to think. Throwing in an occasional treat will always keep this game more interesting. After all, we all like to find the special prize in the egg hunt!


In memory...

By Debra Taylor

A Special Thank You to DR. GAYLE BURRELL OF GENTLE PET PASSINGS

One evening in November 2010, my dog, Patience, attempted to jump onto my bed and as a result, ruptured the ACL of her left knee. It eventually healed, but the vet warned that she would probably suffer the same type of injury to her right knee within a year, as it would bear the burden of compensating for the bad knee. His warning came true Tuesday night, February 14, 2012. Patience tried to jump into a chair she had jumped into a hundred times, and the good knee blew. She couldn’t walk. My heart sank as I watched her limp around. Her bad knee could not support her chubby body, and she could do nothing but lie down. I was up all night with her knowing I had a terrible decision to make.

Gentle Pet Passings, LLC Peaceful Compassionate Home Euthanasia Saying goodbye to your beloved friend is a loving but difficult decision.

Dr. Gayle came to our home, where she promptly hugged me and offered Patience love and treats! I was an emotional mess, but I was thankful I did not have to load my 55-pound dog in the car and unload her at the animal hospital, which would only have increased our anxiety. After brief paperwork, I said my final goodbyes, while Patience was put into a deep sleep on the blanket she loved in front of her favorite window overlooking the Anclote River. Within seconds of an intravenous injection, she was gone.

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.

Within a few days, Dr Gayle returned to bring me Patience’s paw print cast in a beautiful frame, and surprisingly, an urn- almost the same color as Patiencecontaining her ashes. After nearly a month since her “gentle passing,” I still miss Patience terribly. Although her spirit is gone, I cherish my memorial to her next to the window overlooking the river!

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Reluctantly, I called Dr. Gayle Burrell of Gentle Pet Passings to discuss Patience’s situation. She was so kind and exerted no pressure with regards to my difficult decision. It was the most heart-wrenching decision of my life. I could not be selfish, my sweet girl was suffering.

Dr. Gayle Burrell

Thank you, Dr. Gayle, for doing what you do. As painful as it was saying goodbye to my best friend, it would have been much worse under different circumstances. The peaceful nature of your job was a blessing to me… and Patience. May God bless you for your warmth, compassion and the service you provide!

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community events

Community

Some May Call Her Becky Bennett. We Call Her SUPERWOMAN! She is a Superwoman. A Non-Profit Ninja. She is the current President of the Rotary Club of Trinity; Member of the Community Service Council of West Pasco and Chairman of the Bachelor Auction for two years; Public Relations Chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals; Secretary of the Central Florida Healthy Start Coalition; Immediate Past-President of the West Pasco Young Professionals Group; Member of the D-10 Society; Graduate of Leadership Pasco and Leadership Hernando. Read on to see what drives this vivacious volunteer! What do you love most about the career path you have chosen with Pasco Kid’s First? I have the opportunity to lead a team of wonderful women who make an impact on families today and for generations to come. These ladies provide new and young families with skills, resources and confidence to be the best parents they can be! We recognize that parenting is a difficult job and even harder for mommies and daddies who didn’t have the best role models or support systems to guide them in creating healthy and safe environments for their babies. Many of our team members have been with us for 13 years, and they stay because they enjoy impacting peoples’ lives. Working with this dedicated and talented group of women is what I love most. What do you contribute to the success of your career? I believe it is my passion and true belief in the missions of the organizations in which I have worked. I began successful programs at Staten Island University Hospital and Hernando Pasco Hospice. I started pet therapy programs called Caring Paws and Compassionate Paws at the hospital and hospice, respectively. They gained national recognition for the outcomes of decreasing patients’ blood pressures and reducing anxiety. I also created the Legacy Program at Hospice, where trained volunteers interviewed and videotaped patients who wanted to leave messages for their loved ones. After a shaken baby death of an eight month-old we were serving at Healthy Families, I became an extreme advocate for the prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome. I talked about this tragedy in the community, emphasizing the importance of ‘coping with crying’, so families don’t experience this violent loss of a baby. I feel my passion towards what I do and the causes I believe in draws others to want to be part of the solution. Which organization are you most passionate about and why? Rotary. It is an amazing group that makes a difference locally and around the world. I take advantage of working on as many projects with my fellow Rotarians as possible, including cooking at the Rap House, and serving at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. I have also been blessed to have gained experience with Rotarians on a worldwide scale when I traveled to Honduras with fellow club members throughout the United States to work on a pure water project to bring clean water filtration and latrines to families in a the village of Trojes. I call the members of Trinity Rotary my family. In fact, I met my boyfriend, Eddie, through Rotary friends, and he has since joined our club. They are my best friends and we celebrate our good work, our personal milestones, and we take care of each other during difficult times. Why would you encourage local businesses to become more involved in community networking and volunteering? You feel good about yourself giving back to the community. Plus, you build a reputation of integrity, generosity and ethical practices while doing business with like-minded people. The relationships built during networking and volunteering are a valuable key to word-of-mouth advertising and building your business. It can only help your business or cause. It is important to note you get out of networking what you put into it.

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West Pasco Chamber of Commerce

111 E Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs

727-937-6109

5443 Main Street New Port Richey, FL 34652 Phone: 727.842.7651 Fax: 727.848.0202 Joe@westpasco.com www.westpasco.com Gateway to Tropical Florida

March 15 11:30am-1pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraising Luncheon

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

March 16 6:30pm FREE Movie Night at Sims Park

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!

Phi Delta Kappa Banquet Facility 11301 Phi Delt Way, Odessa 33556 Carla Tommie at carla.tommie@bbbsfl.org

“The Goonies” Sims Park 6341 Bank Street, NPR 34652 (727) 841-4560

March 23-March 31 Chasco Fiesta™ Carnival Bank St, NPR www.chascofiesta.com

March 23 6pm Lighthouse Coronation Ball Spartan Manor

March 24 1pm Chasco Fiesta™ Street Parade Downtown NPR

March 25 8am Trinity Trailblazer Trot

J. B. Starkey Wilderness Park 10500 Wilderness Park Boulevard, NPR 34655 Lawrence.racedirector@gmail.com

March 31 1pm Chasco Fiesta™ Boat Parade

Pithlachascotee River www.thechascoboatparade.com

March 31 8pm Chasco Fiesta™ Sertoma Drawing Sims Park

April 28 10am-3pm Spring Fling Community Event Solid Rock Community School 1350 East Lake Road N. Family Fun Day – FREE JoanneLCicora@gmail.c0om

March 17 8am "TREASURE SALE" (FLEA MARKET & TRASH TO) “TREASURE SALE” TARPON AVE. & ALT 19 from 8:00AM - 4:00PM HISTORIC DOWNTOWN TARPON SPRINGS Municipal Parking Lot, Corner of S. Pinellas & Tarpon Ave., Rain or Shine, Set up time 6:00am. Call Sherry 727-937-6109 for information on space availability and fees. Brought to you by Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, email: sherry@tarponspringschamber.org Location: Municipal Parking Lot, Corner of S. Pinellas & Tarpon Ave March 31- April 1 10am-5pm 38TH ANNUAL FINE ARTS FESTIVAL CRAIG PARK AT SPRING BAYOU, 10am - 5pm (727) 937-6109 April 7 6pm 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: APRIL 7TH, MAY 5TH, JUNE 2ND, 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

For a full calendar of events, visit our website www.ItsYourHomeTrinity.com and click on Community Events We invite you to submit all of your local events. www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com

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