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APRIL 2011


Meet Sandra Testo-Michaud A Hometown Story

Aha Moments! by Barbara Marville-Kelly


Spring Ideas


5238 Nova Court New Port Richey, FL 34653

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Garage: 2

Pool: Inground Square Footage: 4901

Unique, fabulous country estate within minutes to Trinity! Privacy abounds with 7.5 acres, 600’ river front, perfect for the kayak and 2 spring fed lakes. This magnificent home offers 4900 sq.ft. of elegance and includes a 1700 sq.ft master suite with a 300 sq.ft California closet. Soaring ceilings and fireplace in the family room overlooking the manicured pasture for the horses. Home as recently been remodeled and updated, granite and gorgeous wood cabinets in the kitchen for the chef, all new top of the line windows throughout, hardwood flooring, cove and base moldings and all the decorator touches. Beautiful pool with spill over spa and slide with all paver deck. Pool bath by the lanai. Main home offers a 2 car over sized garage and an additional 2 car garage at the 1800 sq.ft stable with 4 stalls and attached carport for your RV. 3 A/C units zoned for your comfort. No expense has been spared and perfection in every way.


6152 Claire De Lune Court New Port Richey, FL 34655

Community: Riviera Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Garage: 3 Pool: Inground Square Footage: 3541

Welcome to this Stunning LUXURY Pool Home nestled away in the privately gated Community of Riviera. This Spectacular home has so much detail. As you enter the home through the large Glass double doors you’re greeted with views of the sparkling pool, Living room & Formal Dining area. The Living room Features a Cozy Fireplace w/ Mantel. To the right is a DREAM Kitchen w/ room for Multiple Cooks. This spacious area has Many features like Custom Cabinetry, Corian Countertops, Top of the line Appliance, Built-in Desk, Large Island & Breakfast Bar. Open to the Kitchen is the Light & Bright Family Room including 52” Tv & Surround sound throughout the home. There’s a spacious Master suite w/ 3large closets & Master Bath has separate vanities, & Garden Tub . ALL of these rooms over look & open to the Pool w/ overflowing spa which comes complete with Screen Enclosure, Pavers, Pool Bath, Both Open & Covered Patio areas, BBQ Niche, Cable,& Speakers. The home also features 2 guest rooms w/ Private Full bath, Office/den & 17x21 Entertainment/ Billiard room. The Private community of Riviera features only 35 Exclusive homes on oversized lots & a Gulf Access Boat Ramp with Dock.

Debbie Dawson, Realtor

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Florida Luxury Realty Corporate Office: 1248 Seven Springs Blvd Trinity, FL 34655


16700 Gulf Blvd #521 North Redington Beach, FL 33708

Community: Tides Beach Club Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Garage: 2 Pool: Community Square Footage: 1813

WELCOME TO THIS SPECTACULAR GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUM! This rare 5th floor end unit provides an endless breathtaking panorama from nearly every room. Beginning life as the developer’s model, this unit features all the finest workmanship, amenities, and luxurious details throughout. Its creative floor plan is bright and airy with the ambiance of expanded spaciousness. Ownership includes a second deeded covered parking space and all the interior furnishings. The Tides Beach Club is a renowned luxurious gated condominium community lined along 1200 feet of sandy Gulf beach. Among the exquisite amenities are the three beachfront swimming pools with spas, a monumental clubhouse with an amazing fitness center, a billiards room, conference facilities, and more. This luxurious waterfront lifestyle awaits you as a dream come true.


6196 Seaside Drive New Port Richey, FL 34652

Community: Seaforest Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

Garage: 3 Pool: Inground Square Footage: 3260

AMAZING UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS! It begins with a spacious open floor plan and stunning views of the Gulf combined with the Robert Crown Wilderness Area. This upper level is a combination of warm neutral colors, marble fireplace and custom lighting. The kitchen compliments the open floor plan with breakfast bar, tier designer lighting and craftsmanship. The spacious masters suite is complete with a oversized picture window overlooking the breath taking western view and opens to a masters bath featuring double vanity sinks, stand up shower, and water closet. The lower level is an entertainment extravaganza complete with bathroom and kitchen. This 1500 square feet of air conditioned area could comfortable host two additional bedrooms plus eating area and an living room if desired as a completely separate live in occupancy. The entertainment and leisure extends outside with the stunning pool with overflowing spa and tranquil custom designed pond. To house your water vessel, this waterfront beauty is complete with canal side seawall, dock, and a 16,000 lb electric boat lift with remote. The Gulf Harbor Community boasts with amenities including a private beach.

Holding The Keys To Buying or Selling “Your Home!”


Spring Has Officially Arrived! By Kristin Vogt-Wilson


lowers blossoming, inchworms dropping and cleaning for all! Some may smile and others may sigh at Woodchuck the groundhogs decision on whether or not Spring is further away and winter is here to stay for a little bit longer. I guess it all depends on what your Springtime Tradition List entails! What is spring without some cleaning of the closets and tidying up all the winter clutter….. That is a tradition I will most definitely frown upon. Cinderelli, Cinderelli, night and day Cinderelli…… Oh my, it is true, not a fun to do! But I do know what will brighten your day after all the dusting and dumping…. Some relaxing with Mother Nature’s Garden. There is nothing like the start of spring to plant some color back in your life. Buddleia’s profuse blooms and heavenly scent sure will. Agapanthus and daylilies love it here in Florida and with a little TLC, will bloom forever. Roses are absolutely wonderful for the soul of love to grow


in your spring garden, as well as a beautiful scented center piece for your springtime gatherings and BBQ’s. Make sure you cut your flowers in the early morning or evening. If you cut them during the heat of the day they will wilt quickly. Take a bucket of water with you to plunge those fresh cut beauties into immediately after cutting. After you arrange them in the vase of choice, add a crushed aspirin, some sugar, and vinegar or lemon lime soda to the water in your vase to spring some extra life into your beautiful fresh cut flowers. WOW! Spring has just begun and already we have checked off spring cleaning and relaxed in our delightful new spring gardens. Now it is time for some fun in the sun! Spring break, Chasco Fiesta, Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras and of course beach days are back again! It is time to sit back and enjoy the ever so missed weather. Unlike the winter holiday’s that are planned and celebrated indoors, this

Spring Spring Spring Spring is the perfect time of year to add a nice spin to the holidays. Easter egg hunts for the little bunnies are quite refreshing at a park or back yards and grilling and chilling for an Easter brunch is much appreciated by all.

Fort Meyers. So pack up the kids and take them out to the ball game, take them out to the crowd. Buy them some peanuts and cracker jacks. Let them root for their favorite team. For its one, two, three strikes, you’re out. At the old ball game!

Of course the feel of spring would not be the same without butterflies flying and baseballs soaring. Yes… I said it! Baseball spring training has started and will remain till the end of spring! Lucky for us we live in the heart of spring training fields. New York Yankees: George M. Steinbrenner Field Tampa, Philadelphia Phillies: Bright House Field Clearwater, Toronto Blue Jays: Dunedin Stadium Dunedin, Pittsburgh Pirates: McKechnie Field Bradenton, Baltimore Orioles: Ed Smith Stadium Sarasota, Boston Red Sox: City of Palms Park Fort Myers, Minnesota Twins: Hammond Stadium Fort Myers, Houston Astros: Osceola County Stadium Kissimmee, Atlanta Braves: Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista at Walt Disney World and of course our very own Tampa Bay Rays: Charlotte County Sports Park

Fact of the matter is many favor the refreshing signs of spring. Whether you are tackling spring cleaning, gardening, celebrating all the festivities of the season, relaxing on the beach, on vacation or cheering for a home run….. Raise a fresh squeezed glass of Mango, Pineapple and Strawberry juice and say farewell to the cold fronts and Jack Frost nipping at your nose. We all gladly welcome shorts, tank tops, sundresses, sunglasses and flip flops. Just make sure you take your sun block for your breezy adventure and go track down some fun, sun and relaxation. But before you head out the door double check on all the springtime fashion do’s and don’ts. You surely you want to feel the spunk of spring and not the funk. Always remember not to make yourself Cinderella through this sparkling weather!


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Picture Perfect “Where Your Memories Become Timeless Creations”

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Spring Cleaning


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Clean Windows and Lots of Storage What You Need to Know About Short Sales

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An AHA Moment Local Restaurants you’ll love!

A Hometown Story Meet Sandra Testo-Michaud of The Katelyn Foundation


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APRIL 2011 -Volume II Issue 2



pring is in the Air… seems like everything is in bloom, including IT’s YOUR HOME. Readers can interact with IT’s YOUR HOME every hour of the day by flipping through our print pages or flipping through our online digital version on our website at You can chat with us on facebook or follow us on twitter. By combining information about our homes and community, we want to keep you informed, inspired and of course, HAPPY! I want to thank all of our readers for the abundance of emails and letters expressing the kind words of encouragement and thanks. Knowing that you enjoy our community magazine empowers our team to work harder to bring you the information that you need and want. Please share your thoughts and suggestions on a continual basis…we truly appreciate it. As you turn the pages, you will find valuable information about our local businesses, charitable organizations, and stories about our neighbors that make our community so wonderful. Barbara Marville- Kelly shares her AHA Moment on page 26. Would you like to share your AHA Moment? We would love to hear it…remember, “Everyone has a story, what’s yours?” Happy Spring!

Debbie Dawson


We value the opinion of our readers and our advertisers. Please feel free to contact us with any comments, suggestions or inquiries. Publisher/Editor Debbie Dawson Art Director Papande Newman Website Design/Digital Online Directors Rich Scherch and Len Wasnock Contributing Writers Debbie Dawson, Debra Taylor, Dr. Gerard Cappiello, Donna Ferrante, Kristin Vogt-Wilson, Kay Sundell, George Bouris, Dr. Gayle Burrell Editorial Directors Community Events & Charity-Kristin Vogt-Wilson Homes & Real Estate-Debbie Dawson Kids Safety Tips-Sandra Testo-Michaud Auto -Stay Tuned-George Bouris Boomers– Barbara Marville-Kelly & Dennis Kelly West Pasco Chamber of Commerce– Dan Sullivan Media Marketing Consultants Debra Taylor Donna Owens Sandra Testo-Michaud Social Media Director of Marketing Kristin Vogt-Wilson Charity/Foundation Directors Kristin Vogt-Wilson Sandra Testo-Michaud

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ocated at Chelsea Plaza in Trinity offers you a complete showroom of uniquely designed and framed art as well as décor accessories, accent furniture and the latest selection in accent and table lamps. Ranging from classic impressionism to the latest modern pieces of art, Joe Carlucci, owner of Picture Perfect has over 20 years of experience in every aspect of design and framing. Joe’s customer service and quality of workmanship is unsurpassed. He will hand select each piece of art to design your picture perfect framing, always keeping you in mind. Your picture perfect framing is designed using a choice of many unique frames, interesting choices of mats and the most unique moldings designed and manufactured from all over the world. They offer gold and silver moldings, including very simple designs, gold leaf and embossed designs that come in all textures and styles, and the most beautiful ornate moldings with very intricate carvings, inlays, and details. Choose mats to compliment your frame from simple to marble, fabric and faux, each mat comes in a variety of colors to complete all of your design needs.

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Florida Water Treatment has been providing quality water treatment since 1951. The longevity is its own testimonial to their business. Matt and Jori Zarra are the owners of the only location on Main Street. They build and manufacture their equipment based on each clients watering needs. Customers always come first and service is second to none including 24/7/365 emergency service where the client will always be able to reach a person. FWT stands behind their equipment; it has longevity, that is what gives them the

FWT is all about the customer and giving them the best service and the highest quality at the best price. For Matt and Jori their favorite part of having their business is being able to interact with their customers, and being able to provide a product that makes a difference in their lives. “Choosing a water treatment system can be a daunting task. Trusting the business you buy it from can make it so much easier.” Florida Water Treatment provides “custom” solutions; not the OneSize-Fits-All approach of national vendors.


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Does your furniture need a facelift ?


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If you have a piece of furniture to which you just don’t want to say “Goodbye,” Sunshine Upholstery can bring it back to life. When asked about his favorite part of the family business, Dean replied, “Making old stuff new again, turning junk into beautiful pieces of furniture. Then seeing the customer’s faces when they pick them up or we deliver them, that’s nice.” Joe & Dean will bring fabric samples to your home or office. If you have your own fabric, they are happy to use your material at no additional cost. Free pickup and delivery are also available. For furniture that needs to be refreshed or that you just want updated to liven up any room in your home or office, Sunshine Upholstery has everything you need.


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ESTIMATE AND $50.00 OFF Old Fashion Deep Cleaning Top to Bottom

My name is Donna Ferrante and I am the owner of The Cleaning Angel. We are a cleaning service that is located in Pasco County. We also service Pinellas & Hernando Counties and are now expanding into Hillsborough. I am originally from Gorham, a small town in the white mountains of New Hampshire, where hard work, honesty and dependability are part of our everyday routine. Being half Italian & half French Canadian makes for perfection in every way! I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My family has an Italian restaurant that is in it’s 65th year of business and is going into a 5th generation. The dedication and success in my cleaning business is due to the closeness of my wonderful family. I am proud and honored to say that I am following in the footsteps of my parents and grandparents. “We know how to cook, clean and we give 100% to the business.”

Besides the influence of my family, I attribute the success of my company to a determined attitude, a tremendous amount of ambition and meticulous attention to detail which is all accompanied by an unstoppable drive. After 14 years of cleaning on my own, I now have a team of great girls that I refer to as “My Cleaning Angels”. Move over Charlie, Donna has Angels too! We are not the everyday cleaning service, as many of my competitors are; we are an extremely detailed cleaning service. Using the basic principles of mutual respect combined with good old-fashion elbow grease, the angels produce homes with a heavenly sparkle. Our customers love Everyone should have an “Angel”. Today it is a necessity for many families and the our back-to-basics, old-fashion cleaning techniques. From top to bottom, corner to corner, and everywhere in between. As cost is included in the household budget owner of this business, I know what my customers are looking for and what they expect from a cleaning service. They want a detailed cleaning, but one that is also affordable. I make sure that my “Angels” have enough time to spend in each and every home, to get the proper job done. We go to extra lengths such as removing knobs from your stove, cleaning the light bulbs in your vanity, getting in between the tight space of your washer and dryer, the dust that accumulates above your medicine cabinet, and even the tracks of your sliding glass doors. If you would like a FREE estimate, allow us to make your life easier by giving us a call today. We offer weekly, biweekly, monthly, move-in and move-outs, and commercial cleaning. If you’re unhappy with your current service or if you’re looking for the best, call The Cleaning Angel Cleaning Service today at 727-942-8289. We are Licensed, Bonded and Insured.

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General Window Cleaning


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erhaps you’ve heard the declaration by a potential housekeeper or maybe in a scene from a movie or television program: “I don’t do windows.” That is just fine with Tony Oszaniec, owner of General Window Cleaning, because he does!

Established in 1989, General Window Cleaning is a family-owned and operated local service provider based in New Port Richey. Their uniformed, drug-free staff can handle even the dirtiest jobs. Not only do the professionals from General Window Cleaning use their muscle to bring streak-free clarity to your interior and exterior windows and skylights, they go above and beyond and will even clean screens and tracks , unlike many of their competitors. Other services they offer include thoroughly tackling those nasty gutters, washing dusty ceiling fans, shining precious mirrors and re-capturing the sparkle of even the most delicate chandeliers. Superior power-washing of your home’s exterior, lanai, pool deck, pool cage, driveway and walkway(s) is also available through General Window Cleaning. Tony will be more than happy to offer a free estimate for practically any challenging or difficult cleaning chore his team can conquer! You can be assured that his estimate will be highly competitive, because Tony takes pride in offering the best cleaning services at the lowest prices. Plus, feel comfortable knowing your satisfaction is always guaranteed by the owner and the staff at General Window Cleaning.

Call Tony today for your free estimate: 727.831.3487. You’ll be glad you did!

Seven Springs Self Storage


o you use your garage as storage space for everything but your vehicle? Then it may be time to consider renting just the right amount of space for your precious possessions, and it can be done in as little as ten minutes with no deposit required! Seven Springs Self Storage has exactly what you need to safely and securely store your belongings in a lighted, climate-controlled unit, completely accessible to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This state of the art facility provides that extra space you need to get organized and simplify your work, home or play. Rent just the right amount of clean storage space—affordably — and rest assured everything is safe and secure. April Special Video surveillance and the watchful “eagle $33 eyes” of the caring staff make certain no one moves you in to any has access to your stuff but you! Of course size unit regular facility inspections of all locks, gates and the facility perimeter is another safeguard you can count on. Unlike your garage, your unit will never be left open, unlocked or unattended. Should you leave the door open on your space, it will be promptly secured and locked and you will be notified right away. The professional staff at Seven Springs Self Storage takes pride in their commitment to security. They also are a one-stop shop for your moving and storing needs, offering items essential to packing: boxes of all sizes; protective covers to shield against dirt & moisture; wraps and fillers to cushion the most fragile items; packaging tape & wrapping paper. Seven Springs Self Storage is located at 2852 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey. 14

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Thinking of Making an Offer on a Short Sale?


What You Need to Know

re you looking to buy a new home? Are you thinking that now's a great time to find bargains? That's true, but it pays to know a little about the seller's situation before you make an offer. If a home is being sold for below what the current seller owes on the property—and the seller does not have other funds to make up the difference at closing—the sale is considered a short sale. Many more home owners are finding themselves in this situation due to a number of factors, including job losses, aggressive borrowing against their home in the days of easy credit, and declining home values in a slower real estate market. A short sale is different from a foreclosure, which is when the seller's lender has taken title of the home and is selling it directly. Homeowners often try to accomplish a short sale in order to avoid foreclosure. But a short sale holds many potential pitfalls for buyers. Know the risks before you pursue a short-sale purchase.

You're a good candidate for a short-sale purchase if: You're very patient. Even after you come to

agreement with the seller to buy a short-sale property, the seller’s lender (or lenders, if there is more than one mortgage) has to approve the sale before you can close. When there is only one mortgage, shortsale experts say lender approval typically takes about two months. If there is more than one mortgage with different lenders, it can take four months or longer for the lenders to approve the sale.

Your financing is in order. Lenders like cash offers. But even if you can’t pay all cash for a shortsale property, it’s important to show you are well qualified and your financing is set. If you're pre approved, have a large down payment, and can close at any time, your offer will be viewed more favorably than that of a buyer whose financing is less secure. You don’t have any contingencies. If you have

a home to sell before you can close on the purchase of the short-sale property—or you need to be in your new home by a certain time—a short sale may not be for you. Lenders like no-contingency offers and flexible closing terms. If you're serious about purchasing a short-sale property, it's important for you to have expert assistance. Here are some people you want to work with:

Experienced real estate attorney. Only about two out of five short sales are approved by lenders. But a good real estate attorney who's knowledgeable about the short-sale process will increase your chances getting an approved contract. Also, if you want any provisions or very specialized language written into the purchase contract, a real estate attorney is essential throughout the negotiation. A qualified real estate professional.* You may have a close friend or relative in real estate, but if that person doesn’t know anything about short sales, working with him or her may hurt your chances of a successful closing. Interview a few practitioners and ask them how many buyers they've represented in a short sale and, of those, how many have successfully


Thinking of Making an Offer on a Short Sale? (continued) closed. A qualified real estate professional will be able to show you short-sale homes, help negotiate the purchase when you find the property you want to buy, and smooth communications with the lender. (All MLSs permit, and some now require, special notations to indicate that a listing is a short sale. There also are certain phrases you can watch for, such as “lender approval required.”)

Title officer. It’s a good idea to have a title officer

do an initial title search on a short-sale property to see all the liens attached to the property. If there are multiple lien holders (e.g., second or third mortgage or lines of credit, real estate tax lien, mechanic’s lien, homeowners association lien, etc.), it's much tougher to get that short sale contract to the closing table. Any of the lien holders could put a kink in the process even after you’ve waited for months for lender approval. If you don’t know a title officer, your real estate attorney or real estate professional should be able to recommend a few.

Some of the other risks faced by buyers of short-sale properties include:

Bad terms. Even when a lender approves a short sale, it could require that the sellers sign a promissory note to repay the deficient amount of the loan, which may not be acceptable to some financially desperate sellers. In that case, the sellers may refuse to go through with the short sale. Lenders also can change any of the terms of the contract that you’ve already negotiated, which may not be agreeable to you. No repairs or repair credits. You will most

likely be asked to take the property “as is.” Lenders are already taking a loss on the property and may not agree to requests for repair credits. The risks of a short sale are considerable. But if you have the time, patience, and iron will to see it through, a short sale can be a win-win for you and the sellers. * Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. A REALTOR® is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and is bound by NAR’s strict code of ethics. Note: This article provides general information only. Information is not provided as advice for a specific matter. Laws vary from state to state. For advice on a specific matter, consult your attorney or CPA.

Potential for rejection. Lenders want to

minimize their losses as much as possible. If you make an offer tremendously lower than the fair market value of the home, chances are that your offer will be rejected and you’ll have wasted months. Or the lender could make a counteroffer, which will lengthen the process.

Debbie Dawson, Realtor, SFR


Florida Luxury Realty Corporate Office: 1248 Seven Springs Blvd Trinity, FL 34655

Florida Luxury Realty is not associated with the government, and our service is not approved by the government or your lender. Even if you accept this offer and use our service, your lender may not agree to change your loan. If you stop paying your mortgage, you could lose your home and damage your credit.



by George Bouris

Honest Mechanic?

25 th anniversary

Remember! You Can Schedule Maintenance, But You Can’t Schedule Repairs.


t the entrance of Five Star Auto Repair a sign on either side greets our customers, “Honest Mechanic.” Maria and I together with our son Kosta own and operate Five Star Auto Repair located, “In beautiful Down-Town Holiday.”

The year 1973 was a landmark one for me. My father became ill, and I remember thinking that someone had to take care of the family. So I left, in my junior year, the University in NYC and bought a service station Dealership on Long Island-falling back on basic mechanical courses I had taken at a technical night school in Greece. Business was disappointing at first, but then the Arab embargo hit, and being a new Dealer with a higher allocation of fuel, I was able to take care of the area residents by providing them with gas. Strict orders to the employees were issued: “no one is to charge more than what the pump indicates.” The customers did not forget! In 1974 a home was purchased, in 1977 I tied the knot with my wife Maria, in 1978 our daughter Helen was born and a home for my parents was purchased. Having operated the station for several years, lack of room for expansion prompted us to sell out and enter a new phase. In April 1979 we bought a Supermarket in Brooklyn. Two years later, long hours, the pressure of raising a family and the neighborhood deterioration, prompted us to sell the business and the house, and try a fresh start elsewhere, just as my father did when the family left Greece for a better life. Maria and I, looked at the Tampa Bay area, liked it, and settled in Tarpon Springs, where our Greek background, made my parents and our family feel at home. Looking for a business opportunity, in 1982, we bought a Service station in St. Petersburg. Being aware that the lease will not be renewed we managed to purchase an acre of land and started planning for something of our own, big enough, so we wouldn’t have to worry about expansion and leases. Two years later our family grew, our son Kosta was born, time to expand the business! After carefully developed plans, (falling back to my University years as an Architecture major), for a large Auto Repair Facility, we started construction in April 1986. Shortly thereafter Union 76 Officials contacted us and we agreed to modify the plans and open the first Tire Store, east of Mississippi, using the logo of the oil company. Mid October we closed the St Petersburg station, and on Nov. 3rd the new facility was opened. The new state of the art equipment and an attractive get acquainted offer, as a draw, we performed 78 oil changes the very first day of business. Jumping up to a 4000 square foot facility from a service station was a big move; we had no one to tell us if it would work. That first day proved that it would.

Twenty five years later, we at Five Star Auto Repair are celebrating our 25th anniversary. We are proud of our accomplishments, but we are especially thankful to our customers and consider them as friends. At Five Star Auto Repair we try to get involved in the community, including our support for the 60 member Chorus at Gulfside Elementary, and other institutions. Five Star Auto Repair is an AAA Approved Auto Repair facility, in the waiting room you can see pictures of baseball and soccer teams we have sponsored, whereas the wall behind the counter is full of ASE and Master Tech Certificates. But most importantly, Alan (the top tech at Five Star Auto Repair), and myself have 75 years of combined experience. Both of us grew up in the days where “full service” was the rule not the exception. We at Five Star Auto Repair believe that the quality of repairs, Honesty and fair price are the key factors that provide the best service for our customers. No mechanics are on “Commission”, for two main reasons. 1) No unneeded service or repairs are done; 2) By working together the jobs are done right on time, and done right the first time! Today, considering the economic downturn, business has been good, and we are thankful for the many blessings, but most importantly, we are thrilled at having had the opportunity to create a family business. We, also provide RV & Boat Storage, U-Haul rentals and Propane for homes, commercial accounts and motor homes. Thank you so much for the trust and confidence that you have placed on us over the past 25 years. In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, we have launched a web site at:

“Don’t be like Diogenes looking for an honest man”, Five Star Auto Repair is located around the corner, at: 4055 Louis Av. in Holiday. Hours of operation are: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday & 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Customers are invited to stop at their convenience, or to call at 727-942-2733 or 34, to make an appointment for automotive maintenance or repairs. Also you can e-mail us at: or

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Join us for the Trinity Wedding Expo! Presented by Phi Delta Kappa Banquet Hall and Lonzalo’s Catering

Sunday, April 10th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Featuring DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry and Flowers by Jenny

A fun and exciting way to learn about wedding trends and meet local wedding professionals. There will also be entertainment, great fashions, tips and wedding advice. Plus Door Prizes, Giveaways And More!

Guest Admission – FREE




FREE Food Sampling, Entertainment, Music , Drinks & Libations Fun day for brides & grooms to be along with their families and community

RSVP to Georgia Horton at 727-267-0362 Stephanie Smurr at 813-767-3899 Phi Delta Kappa: 11301 Phi Delt Way (Located in West Pasco Industrial Park, Turn behind Pappas Ranch Restaurant) Odessa, FL 33556

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hat’s what you will say when you see the great selection of stylish eyeglasses, sunglasses and contacts at Elegant Eyewear.

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Stop by and take a look at the great selection of eyeglasses and sunglasses at Elegant Eyewear. So many styles to choose from, you’ll truly leave feeling elegant! You will find that the frames they carry in their Optical department are good quality and affordably priced to service all of their patient’s optical needs and budgets. Elegant Eyewear focuses on comprehensive eye and contact lens exams. Dr. Sandra Stroud, O.D., owner of Elegant Eyewear has practiced as an Optometrist since 1995 in Pasco and Pinellas County. Dr. Stroud performs eye health examinations, diagnoses and treats ocular pathologies, prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses. Two locations to serve you: 2024 Little Road, Mitchell Ranch Plaza in Trinity and 41272 US Hwy 19 at the corner of Tarpon Ave in Tarpon Springs.



Turtle’s Nest

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Unique Gifts for All Occasions


aster and Mother’s Day will be here before we know it , so what better way to celebrate your loved ones than a truly unique gift from The Turtle’s Nest? Owner, Angela Jones, loves her customers, and each person who walks into her store is warmly welcomed with a friendly smile and a comfortable vibe! Formerly located in downtown New Port Richey, The Turtle’s Nest moved to Trinity Village in 2005 as one of the original tenants. With new items constantly arriving, the mainstays of this neighborhood gift shop remain: Vera Bradley, Brighton, Tyler Candles, Nora Fleming, Arthur Court Rothschild Dips & Sauces, along with many other exceptional brands. Beginning April 22 through May 8, Brighton has a most amazing special— the biggest one for Brighton this year! With the purchase of a necklace and bracelet, receive a pair of coordinating earrings FREE! There is no limit on the price of the earrings, so customers can mix and match to find just the right ones to suit their purchase. What a wonderful idea for Easter, Mother’s Day, and Graduation gifts!

10720 St. Rd. 54, Ste.102 TriniTy Village (Behind Bonefish Grill)


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Tips for Beautiful Lips


lato may have said, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," but that doesn't mean we can't give it a little boost now and then. Even the most impeccable grooming will be undone by a scowling face and an unfriendly attitude, so approach your beauty ritual calmly and cheerfully. Gorgeous lips will make you feel stylish, confident and pretty. Here’s a little tip: Make your lips look fuller by adding a dot of shiny or shimmery gloss to the middle of your bottom lip, over your lipstick. To keep your lips moist, coat them with moisturizing eye cream. For long-lasting color, use a lip-lining pencil the same color as your lipstick to entirely cover your lips. Apply lipstick with a brush, dust with a light coat of powder, and apply a second coat. Trace a thin line of gold or iridescent pencil along the top edge of the cupid's bow (the scallop at the top of the upper lip).


Angela also plays host to special store events such as Wine & Cheese nights and Cupcakes & Charms parties. It makes perfect sense to “Like” The Turtle’s Nest on Facebook, and check the Calendar of Events at www., so you will always know when she’s hosting special in-store gatherings.

The Turtle’s Nest is located at 10720 SR 54, Ste 102 in Trinity. Phone 727.376.1040 for more information.

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

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

Salon Tré is located at 8351 St Rd 54, Ste 104, New Port Richey Hours are 9:00am-8:00pm M-Th; 9:00am-5:00pm Friday; 9:00am-3:00pm Saturday

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t’s time for peace, relaxation, renewal of the spirit while providing natural pain relief. That’s the primary philosophy of Gary and Karen Amundson, Licensed Massage Therapists and proprietors of Massage Therapy Center of Florida, Inc. For more than 22 years in the same location, the Amundsons are icons in our community. The dynamic duo and accredited staff have offered some of the most therapeutic and rejuvenating techniques to benefit their clients. They specialize in therapeutic massage naturally relieving and treating pain caused by auto accidents, worker’s compensation injuries, fibromyalgia, pinched nerves, sciata, headaches, neck & back pain and pulled muscles. Arrive at the Massage Therapy Center of Florida in pain and leave with pain relief! They are also providers for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida. The licensed Aestheticians on staff at Massage Therapy Center of Florida offer as many as 16 different facial and body treatment options: waxing, chemical exfoliation, microdermabrasion, and cosmetic tinting, to mention only a few. These are not necessarily gender specific, so men and women, alike, benefit from these services and procedures every day. Massage Therapy Center of Florida, Inc., is located at 2330 Seven Springs Blvd., in the Cypress Run Plaza. Monday-Friday, 9:00am8:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm. For more information, call 372-9388 or visit



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Specializing in Therapeutic Massage for over 22 years in the same location! Gary & Karen Amundson, LMT’s

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r. Gerard and Mrs. Mimi Cappiello along with their staff are proud to announce the grand opening of their Palm Harbor location this April. Dr. Cappiello is a board certified OB/GYN specialist. For over thirty years, Dr. Cappiello has delivered babies and provided gynecological services with integrity and excellence. He now provides the same quality of medical attentiveness and respect while specializing in cosmetic surgery and pelvic reconstruction. If you want to look younger and feel better stop by the new location or call for a free consultation to discuss your options. Dr. Cappiello has performed thousands of procedures and is an expert in fat transfer at Rinnova Med-Surgical Laser Institute.

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The Medicine Shoppe- Your Hometown Pharmacist “Caring Beyond Prescriptions,” is the mantra for “The Medicine Shoppe. Owners, Benjamin & Brenda Benoit take great pride in the personalized service they provide to their customers – patients-- that enter their pharmacy. “Pharmaceutical needs are unique to each individual, and at The Medicine Shoppe, we demonstrate professionalism, trust, and personalized service on a one-on-one basis,” Brenda emphasized. The Medicine Shoppe offers compounds that are “made from scratch,” in lieu of commercially manufactured products. You can be rest assured that The Medicine Shoppe name is synonymous with quality and assurance. Compassion and understanding has generated patient faith for all their customer’s pharmaceutical needs.

The Medicine Shoppe is located at 10720 SR 54, Ste 103, Trinity. 727-375-2502

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Take them to HEART


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

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


f you have ever experienced an AHA MOMENT, you can relate to our passion for giving attention to that discovering whisper of an idea. It is almost a message from that higher power or a universal call out within the laws of attraction revealing a long awaited answer we have been searching for. These AHA MOMENTS can be critical in life’s transitions, changes in careers, relationships and finances. Sometimes the moment comes and goes without recognition and fluffed off as just another fleeting thought. However, once our lives develop a mind/body/spirit connection we are dancing life more harmoniously with ourselves and with others. Whether we have learned to pray, meditate or just sit in quietness, those AHA MOMENTS more easily reveal themselves. Imagine what it would be like to discover an AHA MOMENT that could awaken your spirit right down to the pit of your soul? Giving an abundance of “freedom” for what YOU are wanting in your life experience? To be, have and do what you were meant to do from the day you were born showing up as your authentic self with more fulfillment and abundance in every single area of life. BOOMERS are made of STEEL! I want to think of the Boomer Era as a great Era and not ERROR, even though so many are overwhelmed with financial, retirement, home ownership, health issues, health care and/or insurance challenges. Okay, so maybe we could have planned better for the golden years, whatever! IT IS NOT TOO LATE! BOOMERS still HAVE WHAT IT TAKES to get booming and blooming… it’s Spring time! We have a “NEVER GIVE UP ATTITUDE” that got us this far and with our challenging economy and world issues, we better put our “big girl, big boy boomer panties & shorts on”. My most recent AHA MOMENT was when a fellow BOOMER, Paul Davis, and his daughter, Ashleigh Sottile, put together a “great idea” and are now taking it from “mind to market” it

By Barbara Marville-Kelly

is called, where Inventors are able to market their product. When I was contacted to be their Anchor Host, the light bulb went off, another “AHA MOMENT”, what a concept, helping many get back on her feet. THAT is exactly what we are doing, and have now bloomed into a national cable show, ION, shown in 99 million homes an affordable test market for products including Paul’s called “Frigemates” and also the launch of my own skin care line, the “Barbara Marville Signature Collection”! These AHA MOMENTS started with a great idea, a dream and now it is reality because we NEVER gave up! I am very passionate about sharing this true story because of the dedication and work ethics of this family. Spending quality time with our family, and owning our own lives, is a priority for all of us at The Product Network. As a former Host for The Home Shopping Network for 15 years and Ashleigh, a former Producer, an incredible match of enthusiasm and SUCCESS is THE ONLY OPTION. So, don’t ever give up your AHA MOMENT regardless of what the arena is...a personal relationship, invention or product concept; it could change your “life experience” for the better. Some suggested tips: Get your health on track, drink plenty of water, good nutrition, exercise, get enough rest and relaxation...DANCE! Indulge in personal growth and development… DANCE! Hang out with positive people, grateful people…DANCE! Pray, meditate, take time for yourself. Do whatever it takes to have some quietness and you will be surprised to find that YOUR AHA MOMENT WILL ARRIVE! Come on BOOMERS, we can do it!!!! I promise! ~Barbara Next issue: Boomers Network, my husband, Dennis Kelly will share you his AHA MOMENTS, that is developing into his next book AND movie,” Tango Man”.

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COMING SOON!! Havana Dreamers Café Bringing the delicious flavors of Latin American Food to Trinity Guava Pastries, Papa Relleno, Roast Pork, Cuban Sandwiches, a variety of Latin-American dishes, rice…and of course delicious black beans

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Dimitri’s “Only the love of food can lead you here.”

Sunday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm 698 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs




on the Water

et your love of food lead you on a culinary journey to “A New Greek Experience,” at Dimitri’s on the Water, located on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Dock your boat and dine on the waterfront. If you hook it, they cook it! For those who have not caught their own dinner, Alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America, Certified Executive Chef and owner, Demetrios Salivaras, offers succulent hand-cut steaks and the freshest domestic seafood. Demetrios also showcases international wines from Greece, Spain, Chile, Austria, and Italy --to name a few. He expertly pairs these wines to perfectly complement your meal, and further enhance a beautiful evening on the water! Reservations suggested, but not required.

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Niko’s Place Restaurant & Bar Serving one of the BEST Prime Rib in Town

“Serve the best quality food at a fair price,” was the way Nick Cabacum wanted his business run when he opened “The Wheel Restaurant” in Toledo, Ohio in 1958. Famous for their hand-carved roast beef, it did not take long for “The Wheel” to become the most popular restaurant in Toledo. Although Nick has soon passed away, his motto and legacy have lived on at Niko’s Place Restaurant & Bar. Owners Eleni and John Hatzistefanou, have maintained their father Nick’s delicious tradition of quality food worth bragging about. Of course, everything they serve is homemade on the premises with plenty of love and care, but they consistently recommend their own famous herbcrusted Prime Rib. At Niko’s Place, all meals include the GIANT SALAD BAR with more than 40 items from which to choose, soups and desserts. If you prefer, try one of the seafood selections or pasta entrees. You will not leave Niko’s Place hungry, nor will you leave with a big empty space in your wallet! The menu is very reasonably priced with offerings to please even the most discriminating eaters.

Niko’s Place features a “2 for 1 Happy Hour” every day from open to close; Lunch specials starting at only $5.99, from 11:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 12 Super Early Bird Specials from $7.95 all day, every day! Make your reservations now for Easter Sunday at Niko’s Place. The specials for Easter feature Roast Leg of Lamb, Duck, Ham, and more. They are currently accepting reservations for Easter Sunday between the hours of 11:00am-7:00pm. Do you have a large family to feed & entertain? There is space enough to serve as many as 50 guests in a private banquet room at Niko’s Place. No longer do you have to prepare for those sizeable parties, Eleni & John will take care of that for you! Niko’s is located at 6818 US Hwy 19 North in New Port Richey, three blocks north of main street on the east side of US 19. For reservations or more information, please call 727.841-8151.




ello friends and supporters of IT‘s Your Home Trinity/Odessa. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sandra Testo-Michaud. I am very excited to announce that I am the “new” media marketing consultant for Topaz Marketing Group as well as one of the newest contributing writers for this wonderful community magazine. Although, I am not “new” to this community, I do have a very important story to tell. January 27, 2004 is the day my life changed. That was the day my 2-year-old little girl Katelyn T. Michaud drowned in my backyard pool. Katelyn and I were just following our normal routine at home. Almost every mid morning Katelyn looked forward to her milk, cookies and Dora, and that is what I did this very same morning. At that time I slipped into my office to check my phone messages. Moments later, I went to check on Katelyn and she was gone…..Katelyn had slipped out of a sliding glass door and I found her floating at the deep end of my “newly built-in pool!” She was pronounced dead at the local hospital. How could this happen to me? Safety has always been a top priority of mine. My friends and family often joked that my house was like Fort Knox. I had magnetic locks on the cabinets, a safety gate at the top of the stairs and bottom of the stairs, we installed plastic barriers at the top of the sliding glass doors for extra safety and safety handles on the doorknobs throughout the house. The bottom line is… ..”Toddlers are quick and drowning is silent!” Burying my youngest daughter gave birth to a wonderful cause: The Katelyn Foundation, which promotes child safety and awareness. In 2006 my brother Robert J. Testo, III and I started The Katelyn Foundation. (My marriage broke up from the stress of Katelyn's death so my brother has been a source of emotional support.) The nonprofit foundation is dedicated to educating the public about water safety and pays for swimming lessons for children ages six months to 12-years old to prevent accidents such as the one that took my Katelyn. This past year my foundation has provided about 300 children with free swimming lessons and since it was started it has provided close to 800 children with free 30

swimming lessons. "Every year it keeps growing.” Last summer I became a certified swim instructor and I will be teaching swim lessons at my local YMCA, in my backyard and your home if need be. I am very excited to announce that on April 5th (for the 3rd year in a row) I will be receiving a proclamation from our Mayor for “National Drowning Prevention”. I will also be flying out to Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 13th to accept a National Award “The Community Lifesaving Award” from the NDPA (National Drowning Prevention Alliance) at their Symposium. No worries….Every six weeks I will be in “Your Home” to keep you abreast of what’s going on with child safety and drowning prevention. If you have any questions, ideas and would like to share any safety tips that are working for you please contact me at Sandra@ Please check out my website at Thank you so much for your support & God Bless!

Sandra Testo-Michaud

“Teaching a child to swim is a necessity, not a luxury!” No parent should have to experience the heartbreaking loss of a child. No family should have to bear the far-reaching emotional burden. Every year some 3,500 children drown in the United States. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death to children 4 and under nationwide, the second leading cause for children 14 and under and the fifth leading cause for all age groups. Florida leads the nation in drownings for children aged 4 and under. The amount of children that drown in Florida, in a year, can fill up 4 classrooms. If drowning were a could be considered a pandemic. BUT DROWNING IS PREVENTABLE!!

Sandra’s motto is: “Teaching a child to swim is a necessity, not a luxury! For more information on “Katelyn’s Aquarium” free swim lessons please contact Sandra at There are ongoing classes at the Gills YMCA, Clearwater YMCA, Hernando YMCA, NPR Aquatic Center and Sandra’s home in Trinity.

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Dance EXTREME Academy

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

For more information call 727.375.JAZZ [5299], or email Individual or Group Training

Advanced Lessons for All Ages

Introduction to Baseball Ages 2-5 Lil Sluggers is a child development program created to introduce children ages 2-5 to the game of baseball. Lil Sluggers classes develop important baseball skills such as throwing, catching, hitting and base running. Developmentally appropriate equipment and games are used to teach your child the game of baseball in a fun, exciting and positive environment. We are serving the Tampa Bay area, so please call us to find the nearest location for your convenience.

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Dog Days of Summer


Special appearance by Air K9S and Howlistic Therapy Dogs

Candy Kitchen

Est. 1978

Food, Live Band, LOTS of Entertainment and Giveaways!



Lots of Delicious Homemade Fudge Chocolates, Wedding & Novelty Cakes, Assorted Trays

Favors & Gift Baskets for ALL Occasions! 5417 Grand Boulevard • New Port Richey, FL 34652


TRINITY MUSTANGS PPAL Youth Football and Cheerleading league Ages 5-14

Register Online! Keep checking back for registration updates. 7-ELEVEN on the corner of SR 54 and Little Road

The Trinity Pasco Police Athletic League is a non-profit organization providing instruction in the game of football and respective cheerleading activities for youth participants in a structured and safe, competitive environment.



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

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trinity Pet hospital Dr. Scott Lamb, DVM has been a trusted veterinarian in Florida for 34 years, 30 of which have been right here in Tampa Bay. Trinity Pet Hospital is centrally located in the Trinity Commons Shopping Center, halfway between East Lake Road and Little Road on Mitchell Blvd. Dr. Scott & Mrs. Kathleen Lamb, along with their caring staff, are able to meet all your pet healthcare needs. Trinity Pet Hospital is a full-service Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital/ER. “Our pride in our service and attention to your pet’s needs is reflected in our expert veterinary skills, professional facilities, and exceptional customer service”. 727-376-0149

Comprehensive Care Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry Pain Management Latest Diagnostics Spotless New Facility

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7813 Mitchell Blvd * Trinity, FL 34655

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aving been a veterinarian here in Florida for many years, I know how difficult it can be to take your pet to the clinic even for routine visits. They are often scared, shaking and sometimes painful, and this can start before you have even left the house. Cats especially don’t usually appreciate leaving their comfort zone. The decision to euthanize your pet is a very emotional one, and yet it is the most loving decision you can make for them when the time comes. Unfortunately the drive to the clinic, waiting in the lobby, facing other clients when you leave, and the drive home alone can make an already traumatic experience even worse. After the peaceful experience of euthanizing a friends pet at their home and more recently one of my own, I realized that this was a service I could offer your beloved pet that would eliminate a lot of undue stress and help make their last moments quiet, peaceful and pain free. My hours are flexible to accommodate the needs of both you and your pet and cremation services are provided than can include the return of ashes in a nice urn of your choice. Please check out my website which will explain and answer most of your questions. Also feel free to call or email me for more information.



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“A World With Less Cancer is a World With More Weddings”by Mary Perrone Davis Marketing/Publicity Chair of the 2011 Relay For Life of Trinity In April 2009 the American Cancer Society (ACS) became known as “The Official Sponsor of Birthdays” with the theme “A world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays.” The 2011 Relay For Life of Trinity plans to take that theme one step farther by proclaiming “A world with less cancer is a world with more weddings, too.” During the closing ceremonies of that event, Brian Verrette, event co-chair, will marry Karrol D’Elia.

money to help pay for Karrol’s wedding gown. Brian and Karrol then decided that they could think of no better way to prove to the world and to this horrible disease that they will fight back than to be married at the closing ceremony of the Relay For Life of Trinity. Karrol and Brian invite the entire community to join them at their wedding at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 30 in the stadium at J.W. Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Rd., New Port Richey.

When Brian first met Karrol he had been in remission from colorectal cancer for almost four years. Brian was volunteering as the event chair for a Relay For Life in Louisiana. He was also traveling to several states, sharing his cancer story, hoping to raise awareness of colorectal cancer to motivate those in treatment and raise funds for research. Two weeks after Brian proposed to Karrol he received the news that his colorectal cancer had returned. The oncologist voiced confidence that remission was possible but only for a few years because Brian has a genetic disorder that causes the proliferation of polyps in his colon. His first colonoscopy in 2006 found a four inch by two and a half inch mass and over 2,000 cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps.

Survivors of all types of cancer are invited to a complimentary dinner prior to the start of the Relay For Life of Trinity. They are invited to bring one caregiver with them to the dinner to be held on Friday, April 29, from 4:30-6:00pm in the cafeteria at Seven Springs Middle School, next to the Mitchell H.S. stadium. The survivors and caregivers are then invited to walk a victory lap at 6:00pm in the Mitchell H.S. stadium to begin the Relay For Life. The entire community is invited to come to the event to cheer on the cancer survivors and then stay to enjoy an evening of live entertainment and a touching luminaria ceremony that will be held at 9 pm to honor all those who have battled cancer. Teams will hold on-site fundraisers, selling delicious food and fun items throughout the night to support the American Cancer Society. More information may be obtained by going to or by calling Event Chair, Sheila Stiles, at 727-944-8602 during the day and 727-849-1397 at night.

The reoccurrence of Brian’s cancer created a financial strain that threatened their dream of a wedding. When committee members from the Relay For Life of Trinity learned this, they collected

T.E.A.R.S. Foundation Hello All! My name is Kristin Vogt; I am the proud Director of Charities/Foundations here at its Your Home. We have several charities and foundations that we take pride in working with in our community, but recently have joined hands with one near and dear to me. The T.E.A.R.S Foundation. This foundation is a nonprofit origination to help ad and assist extend family members of Florida Fallen Officers. It was founded by Sandra Kocab (mother of local fallen hero Jeff Kocab) and Stephanie Kocab (sister). Through working and getting to know The Kocab’s, it has become so much more than a foundation and work for me. They have become an everyday name in my family’s home and part of our extend family. Growing up with my Uncle Lee, who was a police officer and later on became Chief of Police up North, I always had the utmost respect for men and woman in uniform. Harry and Lee, two out of my three cousins have become Law Enforcement officers as well and followed in his footsteps. It is absolutely heartbreaking to see and know that in today’s society the respect factor has changed dramatically for all the amazing officers that protect us, keep us safe and enforce the laws to keep our communities and families safe. 38

In the past 2 years, the state of Florida has lost 18 officers in the line of duty, 7 in which are from the immediate Greater Tampa Bay area. Out of those 7 officers, we have lost 3 just this year alone. With all that in mind, I have made a commitment to The T.E.A.R.S Foundation to not just be part of The Kocab Family, but become part of them in the foundation. I am now the proud Executive Board Member for the Social Media and Marketing Division of the foundation, will be an advocate in teaching our youth to respect Officers for a safer today, tomorrow and future generations and will help support all family members and loved ones of our ever so loved fallen heroes. Join hands with us in The T.E.A.R.S Foundation and walk with us in our communities, along with our brave men and woman in uniform to make our communities and officers safe! Please reference to our events page and website for all upcoming T.E.A.R.S events or visit


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“What’S happening in ouR CommunitY” April 2nd

Trinity Mustang PPAL Registration Youth Football and Cheerleading League Ages 5-1 7-Eleven on the corner of SR 54 and Little Rd

Dan Sullivan Dan Sullivan is the Events/ Marketing Coordinator for the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce which is an action oriented business organization incorporated to promote a favorable business climate for its membership & community. Provides business leadership for the improvement of the economy, political environment and quality of life.

April 2nd-3rd 37th Annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival Craig Park in Tarpon Springs 9am-5pm Enjoy art, music and food Admission $2 (children under 12 free) 727-937-6109

April 8th

2011 Relay For Life of NPR Gulf High School 2011 Relay For Life of NPR – Town Square Plaza Park

April 10th

Wedding Expo Phi Delta Kappa Banquet Hall 11301 Phi Delt Way, Odessa, FL 33556 1pm-4pm For brides to be & family and community. Everyone is welcome! FREE food sampling, music, vendors and more! 727-375-9732

April 20th Gateway to Tropical Florida

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce 5443 Main Street New Port Richey, FL 34652 Phone: 727.842.7651 Fax: 727.848.0202

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Cops & Kids New Port Richey Rec Ctr This event takes place every 3rd Wednesday of the Month. Play games and get to know our NPR cops. Parent is required for first visit. 727-841-4560

April 27th

8th Annual Friends of PACE Breakfast Spartan Manor 6124 Massachusetts Ave, NPR, FL 34653 8am-9am Learn what PACE is all about! No charge to attend, RSVPs are requested 727-849-1901 x21

April 29th

2011 Relay for Life of Trinity J.W. Mitchell High School

April 30th Tampa Bay Sentinels Game! Come join your local law enforcement, firefighters and EMS in a great day of football. Southern California Strikeforce @ Tampa Bay Sentinels kicks off 1pm Skyway Park – 3901 George Rd, Tampa $5 admission (children under 10 free)

May 6th

A Night in Naples Pasta Dinner Phi Delta Kappa Banquet Hall 11301 Phi Delta Way (next to Pappas Ranch on SR 54) Odessa, FL 33556 6pm-9pm A fun-filled evening with amazing home cooked Italian meal, entertainment, Chinese auction & a lot of surprises! $20 adults, $10 children All proceeds go to The Katelyn Foundation 727-237-1885

May 20th

Dog Days of Summer Trinity Regional Rehab Center 2144 Welbilt Blvd, Trinity 4pm-8pm Free Admission – Food, Live Band, LOTS of Entertainment and Giveaways Bring your dog for an evening of fun & frolic! 727-859-4100

May 3Oth – Memorial Day

1st Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the T.E.A.R.S Foundation Stonegate Golf Club at Solivita 404 Village Dr., Poinciana, FL 34759 Help the family members of our Florida Fallen Officers. for more info.


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IT's YOUR HOME - Spring Issue - April 2011  

Community Magazine

IT's YOUR HOME - Spring Issue - April 2011  

Community Magazine