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

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A Salute to Mothers,Fathers & Family Dimitri's on the Water


By Debra Taylor

“Born in a bus tub” in

Euclid, OH, Demetrios Salivaras, entered life in the Greek culture of restaurants, food and service. The oldest son of Andreas Salivaras and his second wife, Renee, Dimitri, was always involved in the restaurant business, even admitting to dressing in a mini-server uniform while following his father around restaurants as soon as he could walk! His father, Andreas moved from Greece to Cleveland, OH in 1971, and opened “The Parthenon Restaurant.” From there, he moved to Chicago, IL, to continue providing for his family, who he would drive home to Cleveland to see every weekend. They eventually made their way to what had become their Father’s home in Greektown. However, Dimitri’s and Koula’s Mother, relinquished responsibility of the children on a subsequent Mother’s Day, and they were being raised by a hard-working, single Dad in Chicago. There were many horrible feelings that festered within the children, but as Dimitri says, “Some people are not cut out to be parents, and she wasn’t prepared to be a mother.” (He has since made peace with and forgiven his birth mother, but will always consider Renee his Mom.)

One day, Dimitri suffered from a fever, and was found wandering in the direction of his Godparent’s house several blocks away. The woman who found him was named Renee, and was familiar with the family. She scooped him up and proceeded to take care of him until his Father got home. Within three months, she became his Step-Mother. Not really his “Step-Mother”, but his “Mom”. She could not have behaved more like the Mother of Dimitri and Koula if they had been her own children! As Dimitri became a teenager and young adult, he suffered from his dysfunctional beginnings. He became friends with the wrong people and soon found himself addicted to drugs. If it had not been for the love and support of his family, most especially his Mom, he might not have survived the streets of Chicago. “I suffered a tough time with drug use. It was my Mom’s family… Renee’s family that gave me the opportunity to rehabilitate. Mom and my family supported me through thick and thin,” Dimitri recalls with emotion. “She treated me as though she had given birth to me: a dysfunctional child with issues. She stood by me through the whole thing,” Eventually, the family transferred their tradition of excellence in dining to Florida. Andreas, Renee, Dimitri, and his younger sisters, Koula and Sophia, found a true home in Tarpon Springs. “It’s different from anywhere else,” Dimitri explains, “It’s a niche…a wonderfully,

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tight community.” He continued, “Family is of the utmost importance to the Greek culture. Greeks measure wealth by how close you are to your family, how well you communicate and how you interact.” That’s probably why the Salivaras family has been so successful and can certainly consider themselves incredibly wealthy! After arriving in Tarpon Springs in 1986, the Salivaras family opened “Mykonos”, on the World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Dimitri never deviated from his father’s passion for serving people amazing Greek cuisine. Unfortunately, his mother, Renee, the compassionate, hardworking, frugal, business lady was nearing the end of a six-year battle with breast cancer when Dimitri returned to Tarpon Springs. She encouraged him to purchase an available property across from “Mykonos”, and make it his own. “The joy is in the journey,” she would tell him often. Dimitri followed his mother’s advice and purchased the establishment across from his family’s restaurant on January 6, 2010, and aptly named it “Dimitri’s on the Water.” The beautiful location along the south edge of the Anclote River in the middle of the Sponge Docks provides a picturesque backdrop for ambient waterfront dining. On January 18th, less than two weeks after Dimitri began his

new joy and journey, Renee succumbed to the devastating disease she had fought for so long. Sophia continued to assist her father with daily operations at “Mykonos”, while Koula stepped into her Mother’s shoes to handle the business responsibilities. A young restaurateur, Dimitri reflects upon his upbringing: “Dad taught me to work hard. Mom taught me to work smart. They both taught me a lot about what it takes to make a dollar, and gave me the respect to understand the value of a dollar.” To this day, Dimitri understands his life lessons, implements his parents’ philosophies, and never forgets to honor his parents and family and cherish the “joy in the journey!”

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FAMILY Issue 2012

PUBLISHER/EDITOR Debbie Dawson ART DIRECTOR Papande Newman WEBSITE DESIGN Rich Scherch, Len Wasnock EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Debra Taylor CONTRIBUTING WRITERS DEFY AGING Barbara Marville-Kelly & Dennis Kelly MONEY MATTERS Todd Unbehagen SAFETY PATROL Sandra Testo-Michaud STYLE FILE Joanne L. Cicora TAYLOR MADE Debra Taylor TECH TALK Richard Scherch THE BEAUTY IN YOU Dr. Gerard Cappiello YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR Debbie Dawson Claudia & Larry Deremus, Melanie Milletics, Gail Armstrong, George Bouris, Robin Blinder MEDIA MARKETING/ADVERTISING Debra Taylor Sandra Testo-Michaud Sabrina Blews SOCIAL MEDIA Topaz Marketing Group, Inc. CHARITY DIRECTORS Kristin Vogt-Wilson Sandra Testo-Michaud ADVERTISING: To request a Media Kit Call (727) 709-9541 or email: Advertising@ItsYourHomeMagazine.com Send artwork to Artdesign@ItsYourHomeMagazine.com SUBMIT STORY OR PRESS RELEASE Do you have a story or an upcoming event you would like to share? Email info in 250 words or less to Editor@ItsYourHomeMagazine.com and your story may be published in an upcoming issue of IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine! Visit our Digital Online Version of IT’s YOUR HOME www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com Phone (727)709-9541 Fax (727)947-4199 Published by Mailing address: 2334 Mountain Ash Way, New Port Richey, FL 34655 IT’s YOUR HOME is published in print and online eight times per year with news and advertising designed exclusively for the residents of our community. Copies are distributed via direct mail, and distributed throughout the community in Tampa Bay, Florida. No reproduction or transmission of ads, editorials, pictorials, digital or print advertising and/or design content in any form of this publication are allowed without publisher consent. All rights reserved © 2010.


By Debra Taylor

Gail & Shawn Fawcett This Dynamic Duo is Dedicated, Fun and the Best Friends a Town Can Have! The sun is brutal in the Sunshine State, and Apollo Window Tinting is ready, willing and able to diminish sun damage to your auto, home and business, improve your energy costs and air conditioning efficiency, and even increase your family’s safety through expert tinting products and services…and they come to YOU! The beautiful sunshine here in Tampa Bay is what draws families here to vacation and snowbirds to migrate south each and every season. Yet living in Florida, part-time or full-time, requires extra sunscreen, which also applies to automobiles, homes and businesses. Owner, Shawn Fawcett has been tinting since 1983, and for nearly three decades, has served our community as a reputable, honest, dependable company with a proven track record for protecting automobiles, homes and businesses from sun damage, annoying glare, unnecessary fading, energy loss, and weather-related glass breakage, all at a fair and reasonable price. A great deal of energy can be saved by simply blocking the sun’s rays from penetrating deeply into your vehicle’s, home’s and business’s windows and doors. Professional tinting is the answer with Apollo Window Tinting, and there are a myriad of tinting products to satisfy your needs as a residential, commercial or automotive customer! Heat rejection films are normally applied to the interior of flat glass windows to reduce the amount of infrared, visible light, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation entering windows. Modern window film technology has created Ceramic Window Film which usually costs 10–15 percent more than regular window tint treatments but can reduce energy loss by as much as 30–50 percent! To keep the sun's heat out of the house, a low-emissivity coating can reduce the amount of visible and ultraviolet radiation entering a window, and are often applied to reduce fading of the contents of a room.

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Beauty in You

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Mother’s Day Truffles

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Hometown Story

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4. Chill the truffles until completely firm, at least 30 minutes. For the best taste, bring the truffles to room temperature before serving. 5. Leftovers will keep for a few days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes about 1 dozen.

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1. In a small pan, heat the cream over medium heat (adults only) until it begins to gently bubble. Reduce the heat to low and add the chocolate chips, stirring constantly until completely blended and smooth. 2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the extract, if desired. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. 3. Fill small bowls with the truffle toppings. Roll the cooled chocolate into 1-inch balls, then roll each ball in a topping and place them on a plate or tray lined with waxed paper.

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Editors

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This is the time of year when we celebrate family. Some will celebrate at home and others will celebrate with friends and neighbors at many of the upcoming events (pages 35-36) planned in May and June throughout our community. As you flip through the pages, enjoy the Mother’s Day stories and keep our local businesses in mind while purchasing your Mother’s Day gifts. Demetrios Salivaras, owner of Dimitri’s on the Water shares a heartwarming story about the love for his Mother and how she made him the successful man he is today (page 2-3). On page 20, Barbara Marville-Kelly shares a great story about the “Attitude of Gratitude as a “Mother” while Joanne L. Cicora shares her “Top 10 Beauty & Fashion Treats” (page 23). Reminicise with Debra Taylor as she writes about family love from afar (page 37). Sending special Mother Day wishes to my Mom, Nanny and daughter, Kristy. Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all of your families near and afar while never forgetting the Mom’s who live on in our hearts. May your day be filled with sweet memories!

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According to the GSEs, this 30-day add-on will provide some leeway for servicers who may need more time to obtain a broker price opinion (BPO) or a private mortgage insurer’s approval for a short sale. All decisions must be made within 60 days.

The GSEs issued new guidelines Tuesday that fall under the Servicing Alignment Initiative rolled out last fall and aim to bring greater transparency to the short sale process and expedite decisions related to these pre-foreclosure sales.

In the event a servicer makes a counteroffer, the borrower is expected to respond within five business days. The servicer must then respond within 10 business days of receiving the borrower’s response. The GSEs plan to use the new short sale timelines to evaluate servicer compliance with the Servicing Alignment Initiative.

Not only is a short sale an effective foreclosure alternative when home retention is no longer an option, but it keeps homes occupied and helps to maintain stable communities, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Addressing real estate practitioners’ No. 1 complaint about short sales, FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish a new uniform set of minimum response times that servicers must follow in order to facilitate more efficient short sale transactions. The GSEs’ new short sale timelines require servicers to make a decision within 30 days of receiving either an offer on a property under the companies’ traditional short sale programs or a completed Borrower Response Package (BRP) requesting short sale consideration, whether it’s through the federal government’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative (HAFA) program or a GSE program. If more than 30 days are needed, servicers must provide the borrower with weekly status updates and come to a decision no later than 60 days from the date the BRP or offer was received.

Edward DeMarco, acting director of the FHFA, says the GSEs new borrower communication and timeline requirements for short sales “set minimum standards and provide clear expectations regarding these important foreclosure alternatives.” GSE servicers must comply with the new minimum communication time frames for all short sale evaluations conducted on or after June 15, 2012, although servicers are encouraged to begin implementing the new requirements sooner.

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DEFYING AGE

By Barbara Marville-Kelly

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ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE AS A “MOTHER” The miracle of giving birth, the creation of life, and the capacity to love and sacrifice unconditionally is a divine gift! As a Mom of 41 years, having two amazing sons, I am in constant gratitude and appreciation for accepting the role of a parent and being able to participate in the events that have woven a beautiful tapestry of our lives! It has been amazing to see how my sons have grown into successful, young men and have observed continuous growth in emotional IQ. Self discovery became apparent to me over the years as a “cause for pause,” to set forth the best understanding of life that I could offer my children. I was a role model and teacher, based on a foundation grounded in love, faith, solid principles and a code of ethics that would take root in their souls for life! The art of “allowing” was instrumental for each to be who they were meant to be, nourishing their spirits to the very highest potential.

The Mother is the “mainstay of the household!” She is the glue that holds it all together. We’ve heard the phrase: “If Momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!” There is truth in those words. My thought process was that “I had better get it together!” This led me to my own personal path of selfrealization, and how I could affect not only my own family, but that in the lives of others. In these reflections of tragedies and triumphs, I can see where personal growth and development directed me towards better parenting and people skills. If I was to encapsulate in one thought-provoking word that affected every aspect of my life, it would be ATTITUDE! This word resonates in everything we feel, do or say! It becomes the everything about who we are in the world. ATTITUDE will determine how others see us in relationships, business, and success. I now share my “ABC’s” of words to live by, taken from my book “Chasing Rainbows of the Heart”.

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On May 4-5, a group of volunteers will host the 10th annual Relay For Life of Trinity at Mitchell High School as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Network - http://csn.cancer.org/. On any given day, nearly 180 women will be reminded that they are still beautiful – no matter what cancer does to them – through the Look Good … Feel Better® program. On any given day, nearly 140 cancer patients and caregivers will receive free lodging from one of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodges nationwide.

On any given day in the United States, more than 4,100 people will hear the devastating words, “You have cancer.” On any given day, more than 1,500 families in the United States will lose a loved one to this disease. But the American Cancer Society is doing everything within their power to change that.

On any given day, a grassroots force of more than 3 million passionate volunteers will work with the American Cancer Society to fight cancer and their efforts are paying off. On any given day, more than 11 million cancer survivors are enjoying rewarding, productive lives. For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/trinityfl or call Lizzy Mead, ACS Community Representative, at 813-949-0291, Ext. 5609. People interested in finding a Relay For Life event in their area should visit www.relayforlife.org.

On any given day, their website - cancer.org - will receive more than 63,000 visits from people looking for lifesaving information about cancer prevention, treatment and support. On any given day, nearly 3,000 people will find knowledge, resources, comfort and compassion from a trained cancer information specialist through their toll-free call center – 1-800-ACS-2345. On any given day, American Cancer Society offices will provide more than 1,500 people with cancer-related information and programs. On any given day, nearly 300 cancer patients and their loved ones will find solace, hope, and inspiration from someone who has “been there” through their Cancer Survivors

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It’s Mother’s Day...Treat Yourself! Being a Mother is the toughest job there is. It’s work and it’s wonderful all at the same time. That makes this the perfect time of year to treat yourself, Mom! Here are my Top 10 Beauty & Fashion treats especially for YOU: 1) A New Lipstick—A new spring color on your lips brightens your face and makes your smile brighter! 2) A Microdermabrasion Treatment—You can go to a salon, spa or even get an in-home product. This kind of treatment removes layers of skin smoothly - without harsh chemicals - to achieve brighter, softer skin. I love the Mary Kay microdermabrasion set. It works wonders on your skin! 3) A New Pair of Strappy Sandals—No need to spend a ton of money on them, either. A fun, bright, new pair for the season will put spring in your step! 4) A New Tote—Moms are constantly running from here to there with lots to do. A new cute tote always comes in handy! It holds all of the essentials, plus a water bottle & snacks on the go! The possibilities are endless. 5) A Spring Dress—This is a key item to spoil yourself this season. A simple dress can be spiced up with snazzy accessories, or can be worn with flats after a day at the beach. (Be sure to look for one that has more rayon or polyester, so that it stays winkle free). 6) A Spa Pedicure—Need I say more? It is essential to the sanity of a Mom. Sitting for 45 minutes in a massage chair while your feet and legs get massaged, your toes get spoiled, and you get a few minutes of well-deserved relaxation! 7) A New Sexy Bra—This is not something we generally purchase as Moms. However, it’s an important item on the list! A new bra that makes us feel pretty is not only functional, but good for our self-esteem. (Be sure to get one that is fitted properly). 8) A Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment—Summer is coming ladies, and the sun is harsh on our hair. Your salon has a deep conditioning treatment waiting to be applied. You can opt for a gloss treatment. It’s like hair dye without the color, only gloss. It’s absorbed by each strand of hair and makes it super shinny and so soft! 9) Beauty Sleep—One of my favorites! Pick a day that you are going to sleep in. Tell your family and bribe them to be quiet if you have too. (Maybe the kids can sleep over at Grandmas!) Turn off your cell phone, unplug the house phone and make it a point to sleep in! 10) Lunch Out with Girlfriends—Now that you have a new look, are relaxed and rested, it’s time to spend some quality time with your girlfriends. Pick your favorite local restaurant and invite those friends to whom you always suggest, “Let’s get together and have lunch sometime.” Sometime has arrived! You deserve some things for you…some time for YOU. When our cups are empty, we have nothing to share with others. We Moms give and give, then feel guilty when we do for ourselves. Well I’m here to give you permission to do for yourself. You truly are worth it!

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Fun & Trendy Fashions without the High Prices There is a fresh, contemporary boutique for women in Tarpon Springs that opened within the last year called Madam Butterfly. 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!

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 Boutique!

Steve Insolita and Donna Ferrante opened their fashion house 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, 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 Boutique is available to guide customers to finding their perfect look, while staying within their budgets! Enjoy perusing the stunning merchandise hanging throughout their shop!

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.

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THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF BEING OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE ARE WEIGHING ON THE MINDS OF AMERICANS. By Melanie Milletics Have you ever stepped on a bathroom scale and been surprised by the number that displays? Most people have. Considering our sedentary lifestyle and predilection for fast food, it’s no wonder that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that twothirds of Americans currently qualify as overweight or obese. But is it really so terrible to carry around some extra weight? What harm could an extra 10 pounds do? The fact is that being overweight has many consequences and obesity can be life threatening. So what are the short-term and long-term effects of being overweight or obese? Physical and Psychological Factors Research has shown that obesity increases the risk of developing numerous health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers, kidney disease, liver and gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, complications during pregnancy, sleep-disordered breathing and premature death. On top of these ailments, you can often add mental health concerns such as depression, low self-esteem and an impaired social existence. Obese people are often blamed for their condition and may be viewed as lazy or weak-willed. As a result, overweight people may battle a negative self-image and fall victim to self-hatred. In addition to the slew of health consequences our obesity epidemic takes a toll on the national economy.

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Tax planning, especially if you’re self-employed, is an all year event The IRS is a “pay as you earn” system, not a “wait until year end and pay whatever you owe” system. The IRS wants their tax money from you throughout the year, as you earn it. If they don’t receive it, then taxpayers can be charged penalties and interest on the amount of tax owed. When you are an employee your employer is kind enough (because they have to do it by law) to take out the federal income tax withholding and correct amount of Social Security and Medicare tax from your paycheck, and send it to the IRS as you earn it throughout the year. When you are self employed, typically not all of your income is coming from salary. It may come from your business’ distributions and profit. So, not all of your taxes are being paid in throughout the year through a traditional salary. The IRS requires these self employed clients, under specific guidelines, typically to pay their tax due in through what is called quarterly estimated tax payments. These quarterly payments are usually due 4/15, 6/15, 9/15 and 1/15. These payments are based on an estimate of what the taxpayer estimates their business profit will be, and the tax estimated on that profit. These quarterly

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Welcome Aboard Maria! The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Maria Johnson as their new Membership Director! “I truly see the value to a business being an active part of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. I am excited to share that this Chamber is an action-oriented, business organization that offers the benefit of many networking opportunities to help a business grow and become an important part of our community. I look forward to encouraging businesses to join the Chamber and remain active once they have joined,” Maria enthusiastically states. “My true passion is networking and building relationships with all the great people in this community. People like to do business with people that they know and have relationships with. By networking and volunteering with so many great members of the Chamber and organizations in this community you will see your business grow and it sure makes you feel good knowing you are a part of helping others,” she continued. Maria has been described as fun and vivacious, with a kind, compassionate heart for people. Aside from her new position as Membership Director with WPCC, she is an active volunteer for United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, and serves as the Committee Chairperson for Survivors for Relay For Life/Hudson. Serving the community is very important to Maria, and she does so with genuine joy and pleasure. “I am passionate about so many different organizations in this community. Each one of them gives a different needed value to families in this community. I just wish I had more time to be a part of all of them,” Maria adds. To introduce yourself to Maria and for more detailed information about joining the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce please contact Maria at 727.842.7651, or via email at Maria@westpasco.com. West Pasco Chamber of Commerce is located at 5443 Main Street in New Port Richey. Visit www.westpasco.com to stay abreast of all the networking events that the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce has to offer.

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By Debra Taylor

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MADE IN WEST TAMPA BAY I am thankful to have such an amazing family, complete with incredibly, strong women! My Mother, Marie, is an amazing woman who worked tirelessly as a domestic engineer for the duration of my childhood, adolescence and well into adulthood! I never knew how hard her job was growing up, until I was in the midst of handling daily cooking, cleaning, laundry and errands. It was then I understood the important dynamics of her position! Today, she is a talented, personal baker, who enriches lives through her sweet nature and homemade delectables! My maternal Grandmother, Christine, turned 90 yearsyoung in March, and she will always hold a special place in my heart for her strength of character, her work ethic and her compassion for others. I was amazed when I learned she was writing and publishing a book at the tender age of 86! 80 Years of Christine’s Memories, will be an historical reference for my family for generations to come! Grandma captured so many memories of her childhood and that of her family throughout the years. I will always be in debt to her for what she has done for me over the course of my life, and most especially for her written contribution to the history of our wonderful family! My aunt, Dixie Hibbs, is probably the most colorful of my relatives. I have worked for her in various capacities from cleaning and painting windows in historical Flaget Hall in my hometown of Bardstown, KY, to setting up and overseeing her arts & crafts booth at the big festival held every October, as well as the internationally acclaimed Bourbon Festival each September! Aunt Dixie was the first woman to hold a seat on the City Council of Bardstown, and did so until being elected to the high honor and responsibility of Mayor! She vowed to be available to her constituents at all times, and I know for a fact, they knew her phone number, often called, and she responded as promised! Aunt Dixie has penned eleven books to date, mostly historical collections of our city, county, and surrounding areas. Plus, she compiled an amazing collection of stories for the Centennial celebration of our

books, art, culture

Introducing my Family at My Old Kentucky Home hometown newspaper, The Kentucky Standard. Her body of knowledge is quite extensive, and I am thankful to call her my Aunt Dixie! My beautiful sister, Dana, is an attorney in Louisville. She works extremely hard to provide a wonderful life for her family, and as my Mom has told me, she is not my sweet, little sister when in a trial! I love her tenacious strength of character, her intellect and her love of family and friends. I could not have been blessed more amazingly than with my sister, Dana, her wonderful husband, my Brother-in-law, Buzz, and their two handsome sons, my beloved nephews, Scott & Bob. Unfortunately, we lost our father, Gehrig, in May 2004, and our brother, John, in March 2007…way too soon. However, our memories live on, as do the lives of John’s children, Michael, Christine, Christopher, Gabriel, and Trinity. Michael & Christine are adults living exceptional lives in Louisville. Chris, Gabe & Trinity reside with their Mother and new StepFather on the West Coast of California. I love them all, and fortunately, I see positive, loving aspects of my brother and father in each of them! Family is of the utmost importance. I am blessed to have such hard-working, talented, strong women and family members who love and support me coast to coast and all the way to West Tampa Bay! I love and miss you all so very much! Weep no more, my lady! No weep no more today. We will sing one song for my old Kentucky home For my old Kentucky home, far away! ~Stephen Foster~ ***** In the Taylor Made column of the Spring Issue, I was remiss by not offering credit to Shannon Richardson for her beautiful photos of the children attending Suncoast Waldorf School. Thank you so much for giving me permission to use your amazing photographs, Shannon! Well done!

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CORNER Reserve Your Space Now for Music Camp This Summer They are, admittedly, “band geeks” from their teenage years. Barbara & Kevin Abendroth, owners of Music Matters in Trinity, have always taken great pleasure in music and instruments. In 2000, the couple owned and operated four piano and organ shops throughout Tampa Bay, and they taught lessons to Seniors. After six years, they developed their greatest idea! Barbara & Kevin closed their businesses and moved to the Trinity area, where they embraced their passion for music and teaching families the art. “We have been in the music business since we were teenagers. We understand the benefits of having music in our lives, and we take great satisfaction getting kids and adults involved in playing music. We hope it will make a difference in their lives, too,” Kevin explains. To more than 3,000 students from the area over the last six years, and to the 400 currently enrolled, music really does matter! There are 30 instructors who teach students of all ages how to play instruments, read music and grow in their talent! Music Matters has a 15-station computer lab for interactive participation by the students to supplement the teacher’s lessons. They also utilize 17 studios with glass doors where parents can observe their child’s lesson with qualified professional. There is

also a comfortable waiting area, complete with a coffee bar, plasma televisions, luxury chairs and WiFi. However, each student is different. This summer, Music Matters plays host to various fun and educational camps and classes for most every age. “MusiCamp” is an introduction to music and instruments. “Rock Band” is a class in which your child’s rock star dreams come true! “ShowTime” involves a focus on drama, while “PopCamp” emphasizes pop music, singing, and choreography. The teachers and their classes are professional and fun at all times! Music Matters has a great selection of instruments & supplies at very affordable rates. Instrument rental options are also available. Music Matters is located in the Grand Trinity Plaza at 4112 Little Rd, Trinity. Now is the time to enroll yourself or your children in one or more of the summer camp classes available, or in private/semiprivate lessons. For more information, call 727-834-8856, visit their website, www.musicmattersfl.com, or email info@musicmattersfl.com. In Trinity and the surrounding areas, Music Matters!

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Having won numerous awards since opening their first Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant in Pinellas County in 1983, owners of Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant, Jose Salazar, Jr., and Karla Salazar, are committed to serving only the finest & freshest Mexican & Tex-Mex food Pasco County has to offer! The menu is filled with an array of authentic dishes including customer favorites: the Chicken Enchiladas and the Del Rey Burrito. Other crowd pleasers include the combination platters where you can taste a variety of cuisine. Of course, the celebrated chips & salsa always leave you wanting more! To wash it all down, make sure you have a glass of their delicious, homemade Sangria. The Salazar’s and staff of Carmelita’s believe in their product and are dedicated to doing their very best to satisfy their many customers through quality food and outstanding service! You don’t want to miss Carmelita’s Cinco De Mayo Fiesta, May 5th! This outdoor celebration features live music and the best in authentic Mexican & Tex-Mex food!

Carmelita’s is located at 8526 Old CR 54 in New Port Richey, with hours Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 AM-9:30 PM, Fridays & Saturdays, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM. Visit their website at www.Carmelitas.net or call 727-376-4800, for more information.


By Debra Taylor

Mike & Debbie Natoli, Best of Philly Cheesesteak House You Don’t Have to Travel 1,000 Miles to Get the Best Philly Cheesesteak, They are Right Here! They prepare every meal as if it were their own. They use only the highest quality ingredients and the Amoroso rolls are transported straight from Philadelphia. Only the best will do for Mike & Debbie Natoli and their cheesesteak-loving customers! Mike has always loved the food industry. He started working in a grocery store, then spent more than two decades in his own catering business. That is, until November 2005, when the opportunity presented itself to purchase The Best of Philly Cheesesteak House in Woodgate Plaza on Seven Springs Blvd in New Port Richey. Mike & Debbie’s passion for food, their love of cheesesteak sandwiches and their desire to own and operate a great restaurant, resulted in success for everyone involved…especially their very satisfied customers. Authenticity is key to the perfect “mouth watering “cheesesteak sandwich. Soft, Amoroso Rolls - exactly the same as used in Philly - support most of the sandwiches constructed at Best of Philly Cheesesteak House. It’s not just their signature sandwich that rocks! Their most popular cheesesteak continues to be the” Florida,” made with lots of cheese, steak, mushrooms, onions and sweet peppers. However, other customer faves include the chicken cheesesteak, the “Sloppy” cheesesteak and their newest creation, the pizza cheesesteak, which puts a new, tasty spin on the traditional pizza pie. Mike & Debbie have designed a variety of cheesesteaks, hoagies, and sandwiches and will prepare anything you order exactly the way you want it. Their next most popular offerings include “Parmesan” sandwiches: chicken parmesan, meatball Parmesan and sausage & peppers parmesan.

Craving a good burger? The juicy, ½ pound burgers at The Best of Philly Cheesesteak House are cut in half to fit perfectly on the Amoroso Roll, and are dressed with shredded lettuce and sliced tomato. But as with any of their sandwiches, you dictate what ingredients and condiments are used to build your perfect burger. It’s all about customer satisfaction for the Natoli’s. “I’ve always enjoyed working in the food business. I love talking to the customers, and talking sports with them. I get to see so many people every day. People are usually in a good mood when they come in for a cheesesteak.” Mike continues, “Most of our customers leave saying, ‘It was delicious, as usual.’ We love to hear that over and over and over again!” The Natoli’s have lived in the same home in the same neighborhood in New Port Richey for 21 years. Surprisingly, they still have many of the same neighbors as when they moved in! This has allowed them to forge great relationships and genuine friendships. “We love it here and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. People here have a strong sense of pride for their neighborhood and keep the area well kept,” Mike commented. So now you know. You don’t have to travel more than 1,000 miles to get an authentic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. They are served daily right in your own backyard by your neighbors, Mike & Debbie Natoli at The Best of Philly Cheesesteak House located at 2321 Seven Springs Blvd, New Port Richey. Dine-in, take-out or have these delectable sandwiches delivered [within a five-mile radius]. Call 727-376-3828 or visit their website at www.bestofphillycheesesteakhouse.webs.com for more information.

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Craving a Great Burger? Skeeter’s Grill is the Place to Go Skeeter’s Grill has existed in Odessa since the 1970's, but Jay & Lee Brokaw are the new owners and this husband/wife management team keeps the joint jumping and everything fun! “We have a ball all winter,” Jay said. That’s when the snowbirds migrate south for the season, and the Silver Dollar Golf Club where Skeeter’s is located, gets very busy. Jay features daily lunch specials at both the golf and trap shooting clubs, and he typically hosts a special dinner on Wednesdays. “My meatloaf is a favorite, and when I do my ‘top round’ roast beef sandwich, I usually sell out,” Jay boasts. Everything prepared at Skeeter’s Grill is homemade. He is very proud of his special chili which has been touted as the best in West Tampa Bay. Jay’s prime rib is always a hit at numerous parties he caters, and is often requested for special occasions. His smoked brisket, ham, chicken, ribs, fish, and sausage are also in high demand! The most popular dish Jay prepares at Skeeter’s Grill, however, continues to be his hamburger. Jay has developed his own

blend of seasonings that he uses to enhance the flavor of the beef.” Our hamburger is hard to beat! It has "Skeeter Dust" on it,” Jay explains with a chuckle. “I have 17 spices I use to make it. It’s good on everything. Hopefully by this summer I will have it packaged for sale.” Skeeter’s Grill is open to the public, 7 days a week, 364 days a year. The grill opens Monday - Friday at 7:00 AM, and Saturday & Sunday at 6:30 AM. Jay will keep the grill open until at least 8 PM, and when there is entertainment, he and Lee will keep the kitchen open as long as necessary! The bar is open until 10 PM or later, as the crowd dictates. Skeeter’s features karaoke every other Friday during the summer beginning at 7:30 PM, and the bar stays open until midnight or later. If the crowd is still there, so are Jay & Lee! Live bands perform throughout the summer, and Jay notifies everyone on the email list of who’s performing and when. In the fall and winter when the Silver Dollar Resort is busy with snowbirds, golfers and trap shooters, Skeeter’s hosts live music every week. The next time you crave a great burger complemented by a fun, friendly atmosphere, check out Skeeter’s Grill at the Silver Dollar Golf Club, 12711 Silver Dollar Drive, Odessa. For more information, please call Jay or Lee at 813-920-3884.

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TEE TIME at Silver Dollar Golf Club This hidden treasure has been open for play since 1985, after Dan Maddox designed a trilogy of nine-hole courses know as Gator, Panther and Bobcat spanning more than 6400 yards from the back tees. Guests can play these challenging courses individually or consecutively. Golfers of all ages enjoy playing this unique course, no matter their skill level! Silver Dollar Golf Club is open to the public and has everything a golfer needs for a relaxing, satisfying day on the links!

but not least, a crowd favorite, Skeeter’s Grill where you can order breakfast, lunch and dinner!

The greens have been conditioned over the last few years, and each course is stimulating, as they contain bunkers, water hazards and “double dog legs” to test even the most avid player! After renovations three years ago, the course is in amazing shape considering the lack of rain in West Tampa Bay. “These are some of the best greens in the area. We have an amazing crew who takes great care of the course, especially since the renovations,” said Walt Jezior, native of Illinois, winter “snowbird” resident of Silver Dollar Resort.

Additionally, Bobby Copabianco, manager of the Pro Shop, is also the teaching pro extraordinaire! “Bobby C” offers lessons to men and women, boys and girls, at very reasonable rates. His 35 years of teaching experience makes him one of the top teaching pros in the area. One hour golf lessons are only $50, with half hour lessons for $35. Additionally, Junior golf clinics are held each Saturday from 10AM to 11AM, for only $15!

This beautiful golf course is conveniently located within a short drive of Northeast Pinellas, West Pasco and Northwest Hillsborough Counties. The Silver Dollar Golf Club has a scenic layout complete with sparkling waters, a three-hole practice course, a full driving range, a putting & chipping green with a sand trap, beverage cart, bar & lounge, and last

Fully stocked with top quality merchandise, the Pro Shop at Silver Dollar Golf Club features brands such as Foot Joy shoes and gloves, Titelist balls and gloves, Adidas and Ashworth, and are available for purchase at some of the most affordable prices in West Tampa Bay!

Tee times are accepted up to a week in advance. Call Silver Dollar Golf Club today to schedule your next round at 813-9203884, or book your tee time online at www.silverdollargolf. com , and take advantage of their online special! Silver Dollar Golf Club is located at 12711 Silver Dollar Drive in Odessa, off Patterson Road, between Keystone/Tarpon Springs Road and Race Track Road.

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