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West Meadows A Community Newsletter for West Meadows Residents

news VOL.1, ISSUE 8 | 2013

JONATHAN W. PHILLIPS, M.D. Family and Sports Medicine

Florida Hospital Physician Care is proud to welcome Dr. Jonathan W. Phillips. Dr. Phillips is a board-certified family medicine physician with a Certification of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.

• Tennis • Basketball • Soccer • Swim • Fieldtrips • Laser Tag • Bowling • Airheads and more.

SPECIALTIES Preventative Care Immunizations School and Sports Physicals Sport injury prevention and treatment Concussion diagnosis and treatment Exercise prescription, strength training and conditioning f Special Populations (elderly, disabled, youth, etc.) f f f f f f

Official sports medicine physician for the


Now located in Wellness Plaza on the campus of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel

Make your appointment today


Country Clubs throughout new tAmpA & wesley ChApel Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Character Building, Fun Discipline

Summer Camp • June 11th- August 17th, 7am-6:30


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[ CLUBHOUSE News ] information. The tennis courts are now busy on Sunday afternoons with the Junior Tennis Teams. West Meadows has two teams the Gators which a 12 and under team and the Aces a 14 and under team. These teams compete with other clubs in Tampa and play their matches at 1:00 on Sundays. Remember the courts will be busy from 1:00 till about 4:00 on Sundays. Good Luck Gators and Aces!

Beginning in April the pool and gym will now be open on Mondays. Our party room is starting to get busy, if you are planning a party at the club you might want to come by and register your party early. If you have not been out to the club recently we have made some great improvements to our facility. We have lighted two more tennis courts now giving us four lighted courts. With all the courts lighted we were able to have a USTA Ladies night league. We are proud to announce that The West Meadows Racqueteers have won the night league and are now having a playoff with the day league to see who will represent Tampa at the Regional’s in Daytona. Way to go Ladies. Also we have resurfaced both pools and they now look brand new. Also with the pool in mind it is not too early to sign up for our West Meadows swim team. Come by the club for more



Sod Alternatives Approved for West Meadows is prone to damage by mole crickets. Bermuda, which is used on golf-course greens, requires the most fertilizer, pesticides and water, plus careful mowing. It

The following have been approved for lawns in West Meadows: St. Augustine, Bahia, Bermuda, and Zoysia... as well as, green vegetative ground cover such jasmine minima, kept under 6 inches tall. Whatever you choose to grow for your lawn, you are

responsible for your choice and for maintaining it in a clean and attractive manner. You


are responsible for keeping it trimmed, mowed, free of weeds, bugs, and dead spots. You will spend a considerable sum replacing your sod. It is highly recommended that your research your options so that you do not have to spend an additional considerable sum replacing a mistake. For more information on the allowed grasses see the UF/IFAS web site: http:// hillsborough_ fyn.ifas.ufl. edu/FYN%20 PDF%20Files/ Selecting%20Turfgrass.pdf Comments of the various grasses are: St. Augustine is often used in coastal areas because it is very salt-tolerant, but it requires more fertilizer and water. It also can be prone to pests, such as chinch bugs. Bahia requires the least amount of maintenance, but it is not salt-tolerant. Bahia also

requires intensive maintenance. Zoysia grass exhibits a dark green color, and wide bladed leaf. It performs well in the hot, humid environment as is in the State of Florida. It performs well in the sandy, clay soil. It requires less maintenance than say Bermuda, and has a pretty good shade and cold tolerance. Zoysia grass is a turf grass used in Florida for both commercial and residential landscapes. Zoysia grass is adapted to shade, salt and traffic. It is slow-growing (less mowing!) and forms a very

dense carpet. Jasmine minima is an evergreen groundcover that grows six inches tall and will spread up to ten feet. It can be grown in the sun or the shade and is easily maintained with an edger. It is a low maintenance, drought tolerant groundcover that is best used in shady situations were turf grass will not grow.


The Center for Women’s Health Now Open at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Founded in 1908 by one of the first female physicians in the country, Florida Hospital has a long legacy of caring for women. Carrying on that legacy, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is proud to introduce a brand-new center for women’s health as part of our ongoing commitment to provide high quality, comprehensive care.

Experienced physicians and staff Board-certified physicians specializing in breast and general surgery. Experienced, board-certified radiologists on site to give you preliminary mammogram results during your appointment.

Dedicated, state-of-the-art imaging • Ultrasound • Stereotactic Biopsy

• Mammography with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis • Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

Conveniently located under one roof The Center for Women’s Health is designed to combine a comprehensive array of women’s services all in one place.

To schedule your appointment, call (813) 929-5555.

2700 Healing Way | Wesley Chapel Located in the Wellness Plaza on the WEST MEADOWS campus ofNEWS Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel



Tampa Institute of Plastic Surgery and 360 Dermatology Doctors Raj and Aparna Ambay

Husband and Wife Team Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Open Clinic in Wesley Chapel Women have many choices when it comes to cosmetic surgery and skin care. Board-certified plastic surgeons and board-certified dermatologists are uniquely trained to provide these services. Together, Drs. Raj & Aparna Ambay provide Tampa’s first center for coordinated care. “Quality and safety should always be a priority”, Dr. Raj Ambay, a board-certified plastic surgeon, recommends patients look past

compromise”. Dr. Raj Ambay completed his general surgical residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Following his residency, he completed a plastic surgery residency at the University of WisconsinMadison, a cancer fellowship with the National Institutes of Health, and a second sub-specialty fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he specialized in microsurgery and tissue transplantation. “Microsurgery and tissue transplantation allows me to perform the most advanced forms of breast cancer reconstruction. Knowing how to reconstruct a breast requires

expertise to the Tampa area in 2010 when he relocated here with his wife, Dr. Aparna Ambay and their daughter Amani. Dr. Aparna Ambay, a board certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon, she completed her residency and the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At 360 Dermatology, Dr. Aparna Ambay not only performs noninvasive cosmetic procedures but also specializes in Mohs surgery, a precise tissue preserving surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. It is the only on-site, state certified Mohs facility in Wesley Chapel. “The goal is to remove all of the skin cancer while preserving surrounding healthy tissue,” said Dr. Ambay, who also said that a substantial portion of her patients choose to have their skin cancer defect reconstructed by Dr. Ambay, the plastic surgeon, rather than waiting weeks with an open wound. Dr. Raj Ambay is also a reservist,

Why does a woman consider plastic surgery or cosmetic dermatology? “Our patients are intelligent women who frequently say that they have spent their lives taking care of everyone else but themselves. Now it’s their turn to do something for themselves”, said Dr. Aparna Ambay. “If cosmetic surgery and beautiful skin improves a woman’s self esteem and overall well being, then why not”? marketing hype by checking the board certification of their doctors with the Florida Dept of Health and the American Board of Medical Specialties. “Your health and safety is too important to accept a 6

an artistic eye and comprehensive understanding of anatomy. That knowledge is the foundation for delivering superior results in cosmetic surgery”. Dr. Ambay brought his medical

Lieutenant Colonel and an Army veteran. He was deployed to Iraq in 2011 and spent four months stationed in a combat hospital supporting a Special Forces unit. When Dr. Ambay entered

the combat zone he recalled his commander saying, “the force behind you is far greater than the challenges ahead of you”. “When I returned from Iraq, I felt like that was the same reason to open a medical center. In early 2012, Tampa Institute of Plastic Surgery and 360 Dermatology opened in an office complex in Seven Oaks behind Sam’s Club in Wesley Chapel. In addition to the convenience of two disciplines working together, patients like the state-of-the-art technology. Every suite in the practice has high-tech features such as Ipads mirrored on large LCD screens to enhance patient education. On Feb 5, 2012, ABC Action news featured Dr. Raj Ambay as the first practice in Florida to use HIPPA-compliant email and texting technology. This technology provides updates to anxious family members on the status of their loved ones while in surgery, at the same time, and anywhere in the world. Another first by the Ambay’s is their use of video technology to host consultations and after surgery check-ups. “Our patients like the option of meeting with us through their computer or smart phone because they don’t have to put their life on hold to visit the doctor” said Dr. Aparna Ambay. The facility is a spacious 4,000 square feet decorated in inviting, warm colors that make patients feel at home and at ease. The Ambays chose Wesley Chapel for their practice because of its family friendly environment, convenience to I-75 and rapid growth. “Plus, we live close by and so we are a part of the community which we also serve”. Tampa Institute of Plastic Surgery and 360 Dermatology 27716 Cashford Circle, Wesley Chapel, 813-406-4835 WEST MEADOWS NEWS


Personal Care

Preventive medicine • internal medicine • Primary care

Treatment & management of cholesterol abnormalities, high blood pressure, hypertension and diabetes mellitus.

New Tampa Medical Center Your Neighborhood Doctor’s Office BaBatola Durojaiye MD. F.a.C.P. Board Certified in Internal Medicine

5381 Primrose Lake Circle. Tampa, FL 33647


Dr. Veve specializes in adult medicine with a focus on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. She is dedicated to working with each patient to address health issues specific to senior adults. Dr. Veve is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and is also bilingual (Spanish). We offer Chronic Disease Management: Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Hypertension

On side Lab, EKG, PFT

Minor Procedures and Wound Care performed in office

Dr. Vanessa Veve, M.D.

Exp. 12/31/12.

Welcomes you to beautiful Pasco County

2607 Winguard Circle, Suite 102 • Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 • 813.907.6767 WEST MEADOWS NEWS



7 Smart Uses for your Tax Refund You finished your tax returns and discovered you’ll be receiving a nice refund. You’re not alone. The IRS reports that the average American received a refund of nearly $3,000 in 2011. But before you start dreaming of a tropical vacation or a shopping spree, consider how that money could help you shore up your financial situation. Here are seven suggestions to consider. 1. Pay off credit card debt. Maintaining any balance—but especially the maximum—on a highinterest credit card costs you money every month. Pay off or cut down your balance and, depending on your account balance, you could save hundreds of dollars in interest fees this year.

2. Boost your emergency fund. Experts recommend stashing the equivalent of three to six months’ worth of income in an emergency fund. If your account is low, has been depleted or doesn’t exist yet, use

your refund to help cover your expenses in an emergency. 3. Ramp up retirement savings. According to a 2012 poll by the Pew Research Center, approximately 38 percent of

U.S. adults are not confident they’ll have the money to retire. If you’ve gotten behind in your savings, this may be the place to put your tax refund. Depending on your situation, age and income level, contributing to a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA is an option worth looking at. 4. Start or add to a college fund. Even if your kids are young, those college tuition bills will be arriving before you know it! Seek out an educational savings plan and get a head start on your child’s education. 5. Make an investment. Consider putting your refund money to work for you. Talk to your State Farm® agent about your options. 6. Improve your efficiency. Investing in home improvements can pay off in reduced energy

bills. For example, replacing an old refrigerator with a new ENERGY STAR®-rated unit can save you $200 to $1,100 over the lifetime of the appliance. 7. Bolster your life insurance. If it’s been awhile since you reviewed your insurance coverage, this may be a prime opportunity. As life progresses and your situation changes, you may find you’re underinsured. Your State Farm agent can help you determine the level of coverage that’s right for you. Neither State Farm nor State Farm agents provide tax, legal, or investment advice. Please consult your tax, legal, or investment advisor regarding your specific circumstances. For additional information contact State Farm Agent Ardeshir Khorsandian at 813-991-4111.

For 2 years in a row, Dr. Kaufman has been named “The Best Eye Surgeon” For more than 30 years, Dr. Kaufman and the physicians of Kaufman Eye Institute have been delivering extraordinary eye care. Specializing In: • Insta-Sight™ Cataract Surgery No Needles • No Patches No Stitches • Comprehensive Eye Exams • Retina-Macula & Vitreous Disorders • Pediatric Eye Care Stuart J. Kaufman, M.D. Cataract, Multi-Focal Implant, • Glaucoma • Lasik, PRK Glaucoma Specialist • Diabetic Eye Care • Optical Shop & Contact Lenses Now Open in Wesley Chapel. Saturday hours are available

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Your April

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Gardening Calendar What to Plant

Annuals: New varieties of coleus do well in sun or shade and provide vivid colors and patterns for months. Bulbs: Planting early-, mid-, and late-blooming varieties of daylily will insure months of color from these low maintenance plants. Herbs: Add nasturtiums to your herb garden. The leaves and flowers add a peppery zest to salads. Vegetables: Continue planting warm season crops such as bean, cantaloupe, and okra. Mulch well to prevent weeds, and provide water if the weather has been dry.

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What to Do This Month Pests: Monitor landscape plants weekly for aphids on tender new growth. Flowering Plants: Check for thrips if leaves and/or flowers of gardenias and roses are damaged. Divide perennials and bulbs: Divide clumps of bulbs, ornamental grasses, or herbaceous perennials to expand or rejuvenate garden beds or to pass-along to friends. Lawn Problems: Many lawn problems, such as lack of water, mimic insect damage. Confirm the damage is being caused by insects before applying a pesticide. Shrubs: Choose from a wide variety of shrubs to add to the landscape now. Lawns: Apply fertilizer after new growth has started. Choose a fertilizer (not a "weed and feed") with little or no phosphorus unless a soil test indicates the need for it. A fertilizer with controlled-release nitrogen yields longer-lasting results.

What to Do Every Month • Dead head flowers to encourage new blooms. • Adjust irrigation based on rainfall. • Monitor the garden for insects and disease. • Plant trees,shrubs,and perennials and water until established. • Mow lawns at recommended heights: • St.Augustine&Bahia:3-4” • Centipede: 1.5-2.0” • Dwarf St. Augustine: 2.5” WEST MEADOWS NEWS


[ SCHOOL News ]

Clark Elementary School

Bartels Middle School 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd. Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 907-6801 WEB:

Clark Elementary School 19002 Wood Sage Dr. Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 631-4333 WEB:

Freedom High School 17410 Commerce Park Boulevard Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 558-1185 WEB:

Mark Your Calendars! Feb. 26 – 27 FCAT Writing Assessment Grade 4 March 4 – April 5 Comprehensive English Language Learner Assessment (Grade 3 – 5 ELL ) March 26 – 28 Stanford 10 Grades 3 – 5 April 2 - 12 Stanford 10 Grades 1 & 2 April 15 – 26 FCAT Grades 3 - 5

Bartels Middle School

FCAT Call Center Beginning Monday, May 21, DOE experts will be available to answer parent questions from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents may call 866-507-1109 to ask questions about FCAT, recent changes to Florida’s accountability system, and how this impacts students and teachers. 10

Freedom High School

Something as simple as a band-aid with a character on it can put a smile on the face of a sick child. Ethan Haas, 3, battling Histiocytosis and Gabe Grant, 7, battling Leukemia are on a mission to brighten the day of children just like themselves. Both boys are undergoing chemotherapy to fight their diseases and spend countless hours in the hospital. Character band-aids are something just not in a hospital’s budget, but can make a world of difference to a sick child. Please help these boys make a difference!!

We are asking that you please consider donating to our cause.

DO Y OU A T T E ND A H I L L SB OR OUG H C OUNT Y SC H OOL ? Students of Freedom High School who are members of CLUB H.O.P.E. (Having Only Positive Expectations) are joining the cause! Send in or drop your donation off at your local school and it will be sent to Freedom High School through school mail for FREE!!

Freedom High School c/o Melissa Haas or Tammy F. Grant 17410 Commerce Park Boulevard Tampa, FL 33647 Scholarship Opportunities Ms. Dowd, CCC

American Road & Transportation Builders Association's Foundation 12th grade only Applicants must be children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled in roadway work zone accidents. For application and more information visit your guidance office. Deadline - 4/05/13 FASFEPA Vivian Scott Scholarship 12th grade only For students entering college

to study in the Field of Arts or Sciences in Education http:// Deadline - 4/19/13 Italian Ethnic Foundation Inc. 12th grade only Must be a Hillsborough County high school senior of Italian descent and be accepted at the College or University of your choice. Application available in guidance office. Deadline 4/30/13 Report Card Distribution Date is April 18. Bartels Middle School


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Speakers the Rotary Club of New Tampa

for April April 5

“USO: History and update of the USO Tampa Bay”, speaker Ron Jarabak

April 12 “Introduction to American Constitutional Law”, speaker Hunter Chamberlain, Esq.

April 19 “Approaches to understanding China” speaker Kun Shi, Dir. Of USF Conf. Inst.

April 26 “Experience as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar” speaker Ted Rivera

The New Tampa YMCA’s First Master Trainer Shandra Valenzuela The New Tampa Family YMCA, located on Compton Dr. in Tampa Palms, continues to focus its efforts on strengthening the community and making an impact on healthy lifestyles. The New Tampa Y has taken this to heart by encouraging their Personal Training team to elevate their education to levels unmatched by the surrounding local gyms, and that’s just what one of our local trainers has done. Here in New Tampa, we have the first trainer in the Tampa Metro YMCA

Association be promoted to Master Trainer status- — Shandra Valenzuela (photo). Along with being a Master Trainer, Shandra leads the New Tampa Y’s LiveStrong and Diabetes Prevention programs to help ensure all of our members receive the best possible experience and results. For more info, including about the next LiveStrong Spinathon on Apr. 20, call 866-9622 or visit

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Rates based on 2012 Construction, Hip Roof, Mon. Burglar & Fire Alarm, Retiree, $2,500 Deduct. Eff. 09/11/12

Licensed AGents: Diane McCarthy: Office Manager Amanda DeRosa: Sales Agent Hazel Barbree: Marketing Manager

27604 Cashford CirCle ste. 102 Wesley Chapel, fl 33544

813-991-6969 Fax: 813-445-4729

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W e s l e y C h a p e l . G r e at F l o r i d a . C o m Each location independently owned and operated. 14

West Meadows Property Owners Association, Inc. Board of Directors: Brad van Rooyen, President, The Promenade Susann Jarabak, Treasurer, Stone Ridge Mike Carter, Secretary, Strathmoor Estates Steve Licata, Asst-Secretary, The Preserve Ron Jarabak, Director, Stone Ridge Ruth Hall, Director, Lakewood Dennis Blaha, Director, Hawthorne Estates Written Coorespondance with the Board of Directors can be mailed, addressed as follows:



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