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There’s no shortage of holiday cheer By B.C. Manion
The Thanksgiving turkey and all of the fixins’ — and all of the leftovers — are gone. Lucky for you, you’ve got a whole month of holiday happenings available for your enjoyment. Here’s a look at just some of the free and low-cost options being offered in the The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, with a few other regional events tossed in that we thought would give you some holiday pleasure.
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United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free to this event, which features a free photo with Santa, a bounce house village, a candy trail, holiday shopping, food trucks, giveaways and games. Those attending also will have a chance to meet the Mascot “Blue” from the Tampa Yankees. Plus, there will be resources for families affected by autism, including sensory-friendly activities for children. • Heritage Holiday Card Walk, sponsored by the Wesley Chapel Land O’ Lakes Satellite Rotary, from Dec. 3 to Jan. 7 at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. See HOLIDAY, page 11A
Local vet named ‘Pet Industry Woman of the Year’ By B.C. Manion
A Lutz veterinarian has been named the “Pet Industry Woman of the Year” by the Women in the Pet Industry Network. Dr. Dani McVety is the co- founder of Lap of Love, a company based in Lutz that is made up of a national network of veterinarians who provide hospice and in-home euthanasia for pets. Besides winning the the network’s overall award, McVety also received the “Advocate” award for 2016 from the national group at its conference in Portland, Oregon. McVety, who grew up on a horse farm in Odessa, didn’t set out to earn national acclaim. She said her company began as a sideline to help her pay off her student loans. She hopes, however, it will help lead to a paradigm shift in the way veterinarians work with pet owners in the last days of a pet’s natural life. “We are trying to change how end-of-life care is done,” she said. She recently recounted how her company began. “This woman came in with a Chihuahua,” she said. The pet was wrapped in a little gray blanket, and the woman knew she was euthanizing her dog that day. She asked McVety:“Can you leave him on my lap? I don’t want him on the cold sterile table. I don’t want him to touch anything but my lap.” That approach went against her training, the veterinarian said. “We’re taught,‘You take him in the back, you place an IV catheter, and you bring him back in the room.’ That’s the most accept-
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Gardner — joined her to take the business nationwide, through a network of veterinarians. Initially, McVety thought she’d be doing more hospice work. “What I discovered early on was that people wanted in-home euthanasia. Really, what they want is a really good conversation before giving permission to step into that space — and then a really, nice peaceful euthanasia.” McVety estimates that about 30 percent of the 2,000 calls that come in each week are for hospice consultations. Of those, she said, about 90 percent result in an in-home euthanasia. McVety said her background in ER veteri-
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able way of doing it,” she said. But, McVety decided to honor the woman’s wishes. “I’m looking at this woman, and I’m going:‘Why not? Why can’t we do what she wants me to do?” “I said,‘Sure. I’m going to do that.’ “So, I sedated him through the blanket, which is something that we normally would not do. “I gave him the second one. “It was beautiful. It was perfect. I remember thinking, that’s what all pets deserve. They all deserve to be on your lap, the whole time. That’s what they want. That’s where they’re most loved,” McVety said. She decided to create her own business and to call it “Lap of Love.” A friend and veterinarian — Mary
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Dr. Dani McVety, a veterinarian specializing in end-of-life care and in-home euthanasia for pets, recently was named ‘Pet Industry Woman of the Year’ by the Women in the Pet Industry Network. She also was awarded the ‘Advocate of the Year’ award.
It’s an event that dates back more than half-century, and offers an old-fashioned touch for the holidays. “Christmas in the Park,” presented by The Founders’ Garden Club of San Antonio, provides an evening designed to encourage families and friends to gather together to celebrate the season. The event will be on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., and is expected to last 1 ½ to two hours, said Donna Swart, president of the garden club. It is held at San Antonio City Park, 12202 Main St., in downtown San Antonio. Festivities will include a sing-a-long for the children accompanied by Dennis Devine and guests. The Sweet Adeline Lady Bug Quartet is expected to be there, and there will be a lighting of the Christmas Cards. The club plans to offer free homemade cookies, warm cider, coffee and water, and each child will receive a little surprise bag of goodies. People should bring their own chairs and flashlights. About 50 lighted Christmas cards, which are 4-by-8 or smaller, will be stationed on display around San Antonio City Park, representing various organizations, businesses and families. The crèche — complete with nearly lifesize Nativity figures will be a highpoint, too. In keeping with the club’s tradition, the baby Jesus will not be placed in the crib until Christmas Day, according to Diane Jones, who is serving with Swart on the organizing committee. She is looking forward to the event. Jones thinks her son has come up with
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From left: Diane Jones, Donna Swart and Camille Clancy are members of the organizing committee for ‘Christmas in the Park,’ a San Antonio tradition that’s been going strong for more than a half-century.
an apt description for the evening.“He calls it ‘A Norman Rockwell Night,’” she said. Jones’ niece, Camilla Clancy, is on the organizing committee, too. Swart, Jones and Clancy have been busy lining up gift baskets for a chance drawing. Tickets sell for $1 each, or six for $5.They can be purchased at San Antonio City Hall, or on the night of the event at the park. Anyone who purchases a ticket has a chance to win one of around 15 gift baskets. Themes include spiritual, home office, garden, tea and others.
There’s also a couple of backpacks. One is for a girl and the other, for a boy. Proceeds from the event support the garden club’s efforts to keep the park beautiful. Other highlights of “Christmas in the Park” will include two decorated Christmas trees and a blessing offered by the Rev. Garry Welsh, pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. The Founders’ Garden Club dates back to 1961, when 11 women had a meeting in the See NOSTALGIA, page 11A
Pasco County looks for ways to boost recycling By Kathy Steele
Pasco County faces a double dilemma. First, how does the county get more residents to recycle? The county plans to post a survey online early next year seeking public input on what it would take to boost residents’ 27 percent participation rate in curbside recycling. Answers to that survey could help to shape the solution to the other half of the dilemma. How can Pasco find $190 million to expand its waste-to-energy plant at Shady Hills that burns recycled materials and produces renewable energy? The county doesn’t have that money. It’s not even close. About $48 million sits in the county’s solid waste’s reserve budget, but that covers any potential expenditure for solid waste. More recycling could reduce landfill disposal costs and mean a delay in expanding Shady Hill’s facility beyond 2030. Members of the county’s solid waste department presented options at a public workshop on Nov. 15.Those options include a $2 increase to annual assessment fees. Developers also could possibly see an increase in solid waste impact fees that would be offset with an equivalent decrease in water impact fees. The long-range goal is to build up funds for the expansion costs. “The further we put it out, the more it’s going to cost,” said Flip Mellinger, assistant county administer for utilities.“Either way, it’s not going away.” A decision on the fees, as well as other options, won’t likely come until more dis-
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A pile of what is called ‘clean recyclables’ stack up on the transfer floor at the Shady Hill Waste-to-energy facility, where recyclables are burned to produce renewable energy.
cussion in 2017. The workshop was presented to a commission that is in a state of transition. Only three current commissioners attended - Mike Moore, Mike Wells Jr., and Jack Mariano. Pasco Chairwoman Kathryn Starkey had a scheduling conflict and Commissioner-elect Ron Oakley, attended, but had not yet been sworn in. Ted Schrader vacated his seat on the board for an unsuccessful run for property appraiser. His last meeting was Nov. 9. Commissioners agreed to pursue a community survey on residents’ recycling preferences. But, a proposed list of questions will be reviewed, with more discussion with staff members on a final document. Residents probably will see the survey in early 2017 when it is posted online to the
county’s website, PascoCounty.gov, and the county’s mobile application, MyPasco. The survey is expected to attempt to determine how often people use curbside recycling, trash pickups, the county’s dropoff recycling centers and what kinds of materials are recycled. It also asks if residents would give up one day of trash pickup a week in order to have recycling once a week at no additional charge. Or, would residents be willing to pay more to have two days of trash pickup and one day a week of recycling. Currently, about 27 percent of residents participate in curbside recycling. That is a somewhat higher number since June when the county added cardboard and paper to a list of approved items for recycling pickup. In each month since then, recycling grew by about 100 tons a month or more.
“It was a significant jump, but not where we need to be,” Mellinger said. The goal is to boost recycling by 10 percent a year by 2030, or 48,000 tons with no changes to the current program. However, an expanded recycling program would aim for a goal of 35 percent more recycling per year by 2030, or 168,000 tons per year. The current amount recycled annually is about 4,200 tons a year, or about 1.4 percent of all solid waste collections. An educational program could be done in-house or by hiring an outside communications firm. Giving carts to residents also is seen as a way to significantly boost recycling. But, solid waste officials also said oneday-a-week trash pickup encourages people to make use of one-day-a-week recycling programs that provide carts. Short of that, a two-day-a-week trash pickup, with one day for recycling would work, if residents pay more, but should be seen as an interim way to reach the “one/one” option. Moore said he would expect pushback from residents on going to one day each for trash and recycling. “I don’t think that’s a great idea,” he said.“I think we’d take a lot of hits from citizens.” An increase in fees also is doubtful, he said. Wells noted a program in Clearwater for one day each of trash and recycling pickups, and carts. It got off to a slow start, with some resistance from residents. But, he said the program eventually boosted recycling by about 20 percent. “It really comes down to education,” Wells said.“There’s no doubt we need to do a better job with education.”
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Bexley buzz isn’t just marketing hype By Tom Jackson
ate on a recent Saturday afternoon, as the sun’s slanting rays cast their golden autumnal glow, Tommy Brown and his young sons mounted their bikes and set off in search of adventure. Luckily, they didn’t have far to go, and their destination was known. In fact, from their side yard near the northeast corner of Ballantrae, they’d had their eyes on it for weeks: the BMX (bicycle motocross) park in the neighboring, emerging community of Bexley. All they needed was for the construction zone barriers to come down.That Saturday morning, in conjunction with Bexley’s grand opening weekend, they did. Now as the lads on their tyke-bikes jounced over the moguls, careened through the twists and catapulted across the banked turns, they hooted with laughter. “This is fun!” whooped Alec Brown, 5, fairly hopping astride his bike while, nearby, Oscar, 9, clattered triumphantly over the wooden plank extension that rises like a dinosaur’s frill above the signature banked curve. Their dad, meanwhile, was discovering the limitations of a mountain bike on a layout designed for tiny wheels. Never mind all that. Bathed in the patina of a fading fall afternoon, the 42-year-old computer programmer and his boys were making memories that would last into all their golden years. Now, Pam Parisi, regional marketing director for developer Newland Communities, will tell you Bexley is selling a lot of things — houses (ranging from $215,000 townhouses to single-family houses in the mid-$500,000s), desirable amenities, nature-friendly design, abundant get-outside activities and a killer location
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(no one is closer to the Suncoast Parkway) — but, if you suggested, ultimately, the whole place is about filling your life with moments you’ll cherish, she wouldn’t disagree. “Bexley is all about being families again,” she says. “It’s all about getting outdoors again. It’s not about having kids sitting on the couch ‘playing together’ with other friends on other couches.” About that. Bexley comes front-loaded with “boot camp” fitness trails, miles of bicycle paths — one of which ultimately will link to the 42-mile Suncoast Trail — and a variety of parks. Some for kids. Some for dogs. Some for every recreational taste. The playgrounds, in particular, hold your attention with slides laid into manmade hills and high-rise wooden play structures that, engaging the imagination while challenging young muscles, could be anything from a frontier fort in the Wild West to a magical abbey in Nepal. No doubt some readers will consider this attention to a single master-planned community overwrought. In fact, the region embracing the Hillsborough-Pasco border from Trinity almost to U.S. 301 teems with similar villages, and many are splendid in
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their own right. It bears noting, however, Newland has a history of reshaping how people regard things.Twenty-odd years ago, when it began carving out a mini-town at the end of a twolane road near a sleepy incorporated settlement in southeast Hillsborough County, skeptics wondered whether the hotshot developers had lost their minds. Now, as Parisi correctly notes, the area formerly known as “Lithia” is a reference reserved for mapmakers. For everyone else, it’s Fishhawk Ranch. This is not to suggest the keepers of the Land O’ Lakes flame should prepare to take to the barricades. For openers, at 1,200
acres, Bexley is somewhat less than half Fishhawk’s sprawling 3,000 acres. Instead, it’s merely to acknowledge the buzz about Bexley is warranted. Parisi describes the new community as Fishhawk Ranch improved by 20 years of experience and evolutionary thinking. She points out the amenities are frontloaded, and not dependent on hitting a certain number of committed homeowners before artist’s renderings begin to transform into facts on the ground. From Day One, residents will have access to the niceties mentioned above, plus a cafe (The Twisted Sprocket) and clubhouse worthy of a country club, plus a full-service bicycle shop, the first offshoot of the venerable, nearby Suncoast Trailside Bicycles, run by the energetic Geoff Lanier. Next door, a cafe — open to the public — serves Bexley burgers (cheeseburgers topped with an onion ring) and beers crafted by Odessa-and-Clearwater based Big Storm Brewing Co. Figuring out what’s going to erupt from the commercial frontage along State Road 54 is another matter.The first hint broke a couple of weeks ago with the announcement of a 110-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott, the first of its kind in Pasco County. Stay tuned. And, as we have seen, even before the first families take up housekeeping, Bexley is fulfilling its mission: Getting people out and about. Getting them moving.With fresh memories to savor, the Browns of neighboring Ballantrae are happy it’s here. Tom Jackson, a resident of New Tampa, is interested in your ideas. To reach him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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followed by the club’s annual Christmas party. For information, call Marie Woody at (813) 961-2697.
The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host “Essential Oils of the Bible” with Debra Sweger on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Participants can learn how to use essential oils from plants. For information, call (352) 567-3576.
Holiday bazaar Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, will host a Holiday Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a bounce house village, candy trail, holiday shopping, food trucks, giveaways, games and free photos with Santa. Guests also can meet the Tampa Yankees mascot, Blue. There also will be resources for families affected by autism, including sensory friendly activities for children. Admission is free. For information, visit FamilyFriendlyTampaBay.com.
CAREERSOURCE MOBILE ONE CareerSource Mobile One will make a stop at the New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, on Dec. 1 from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.The unit is a self-contained resource room on wheels with 12 computer stations, satellite internet and communications, printing and copying. For information, call (813) 788-6375.
Country Crafters fair The Country Crafters will host its third annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Country Aire Manor clubhouse, 10249 U.S. 98 in Dade City. There will be a wide variety of unique gifts for sale, and door prizes will be given away hourly. For information, call Bonnie Burton at (315) 868-1574.
CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Amalie Arena will present “Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular” on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a live symphony orchestra.The show is a concert and visual experience with acrobats, aerialists, hijinks and holiday cheer. Tickets start at $25. Group discounts are available. For information, visit Ticketmaster.com.
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The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host Karen’s Crafts: Paper Snowflakes on Dec. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for ages 16 and older. A proper dress code and signed liability waiver are required. For information and to register, call (813) 9291214.
MAHJONG LESSONS The Tampa Jewish Community Center, 13009 Community Campus Drive in Tampa, will offer mahjong lessons on Tuesdays from Dec. 6 through Dec. 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.The cost is $20 for members, and $25 for non-members. For information or to RSVP, contact Marissa Rosenthal at Marissa.email@example.com.
Forest Lake Estates, 6429 Forest Lake Drive in Zephyrhills, will host a holiday craft fair on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donuts and coffee will be served at 9 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be jewelry, jams, quilted items and more. All proceeds will benefit the Neighborhood Care Center, Pregnancy Care Center and the Thomas Promise Foundation. For information, call (813) 783-3695.
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Goin’ Postal, 38439 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills, will offer free photos with Santa, during the Festival of Lights celebration, on Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., in downtown Zephyrhills. Santa will take a brief break to appear in the 6 p.m., lighted parade.Those interested in being part of Santa’s walking unit in the parade can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016 Lutz Arts & Crafts Show will take place on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 pm., and on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Keystone Prep campus, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. There will be more than 350 vendors and a food court. Admission is free. Parking is $5. For information, call (813) 528-1179.
The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will offer a Santa Story Time on Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m., for toddlers and preschoolers.There also will be photos with Santa. For information, call (813) 788-6375.
Country Aire bazaar Country Aire Village, 39333 Blue Skye Drive in Zephyrhills, will host a holiday bazaar on Dec. 3 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be coffee and donuts at 7 a.m., and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The bazaar is inside and outside, and also will have a bake sale/cookie walk, a Chinese auction, crafters, gift card raffles, a linen closet and a clothing boutique. Free shuttle service will be offered.
TREE LIGHTING The 2016 CABA (Carrollwood Area Business Association) Holiday Tree Lighting will take place on Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Elmcroft of Carrollwood, 2626 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa.There will be visits with Santa and sounds of the season by special performers. Guests can visit inside Elmcroft of Carrollwood for coffee, hot chocolate and holiday treats. For information, email email@example.com.
Jingle Bell Boutique The GFWC Woman’s Club of Zephyrhills will host a Jingle Bell Boutique & Bake Sale on Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the clubhouse at 38545 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. There will be a bake sale, and several women’s home-based businesses with unique items. All proceeds from the bake sale and any vendor fees collected will be used to further programs and projects of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Zephyrhills. For information, visit GFWCZephyrhills.org.
Craft show & auction Palm View Gardens, 3331 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills, will host a craft show and Chinese auction on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food also will be available. For information, call (607) 738-8988.
BOOK SIGNINGS Ukulele Brand’s, U.S. 41 and Hale Road in Land O’ Lakes, will host authors Martha Ann Winterroth and Rick Sanders for book signings on Dec. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Winterroth is the author of “Edd the Frisky Feline,” and Sanders authored “The Walking Bridge” and “Strange Times at Yeehaw Junction.”
place on Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a parade at 7 p.m.The theme will be “Christmas Melodies.”To participate in the parade, call Amanda Clark at (813) 780-1414.
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BETHLEHEM REENACTMENT Grace Lutheran Church, 3714 W. Linebaugh Ave., in Carrollwood, will present a reenactment of Bethlehem on Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can see what it might have been like the night Jesus was born. Exhibits will include a bakery, marketplace, scribe and more.There also will be villagers and Roman guards to speak to, and the retelling of the Nativity story.Admission is free. For information, call (813) 961-8747, or visit GraceTampa.org.
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, will present “The Gift of the Magi” on Dec. 3, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at 8 p.m., and on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.Tickets are about $20. For information, visit DreamhouseTheatre.com. For information, call (813) 997-7146.
GAMING CLUB The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host the Gaming Club on Dec. 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., for sixth grade and above.There will be board games, RPG games, card games and video games. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. For information, call (813) 788-6375.
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Alpaca Barn, 37543 Pappy Road in Dade City, will host an open house on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can stop by and see the alpacas, and learn about the alpacas and the products made from their fiber. For information, visit SweetBlossomAlpacas.com, or call Debbie or Narvel Pettis at (813) 335-7387.
MASTER CHORALE CONCERT Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will present “Making Spirits Bright” on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. Joseph Holt will conduct the Master Chorale, and the performance also will feature The Master Chorale Ensemble Singers.Tickets are $20. For information, visit TampaTheatre.org.
READ TO ROVER The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host “Read to Rover” on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m., for children to read to therapy dogs. For information, call (352) 5673576.
CHRISTMAS MOVIES The Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will show the film “Holiday Inn” on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.;“White Christmas” on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.; and,“It’s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18 at 3 p.m., and additional showings Dec. 19 through Dec. 22.Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for
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HOSPITAL TREE LIGHTING The 32nd annual Florida Hospital Zephyrhills tree lighting celebration will take place on Dec. 4, on the hospital’s front lawn at 7050 Gall Blvd. From noon to 3:30 p.m., community groups, businesses, families, churches and scout troops will decorate trees.At 3 p.m., Santa and his elves will visit and give children a small gift.There also will be a bounce house from 3 p.m. to 5 pm.The Christmas program begins at 5:30 p.m., culminating around 7 p.m., with the lighting of the trees and fireworks.There will be performances by the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Chorale, the East Pasco Adventist Academy’s Bell Choir and more. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket. For information, call (813) 783-6192.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK The Founders Garden Club of San Antonio will host “Christmas in the Park” on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., in the San Antonio City Park, 32819 Pennsylvania Ave.There will be a lighting of Christmas cards, entertainment, a sing-along for children, drawings for gift baskets, and complimentary refreshments and coffee. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and can be purchased at City Hall. For more information, call Donna Swart at (352) 5883631.
LAND O’ LAKES GARDEN CLUB The Land O’ Lakes Garden Club will meet on Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.There will be a business meeting
The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a master gardener seminar on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. For information, call (813) 929-1214.
GARDEN CLUB The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will host a holiday luncheon and gift exchange on Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m., at Glory Days Grill, 14457 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Club members can meet at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 First Ave., N.W., at 11 a.m. to carpool.To participate, bring a wrapped $10 gift. Members also are asked to bring a gift, such as socks, small blankets and toiletries, to donate to the elderly. For information, visit Facebook.com/Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida.
RED BARN BUCKS Christian Social Services, 5514 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, is giving away “Red Barn Bucks” the month of December. Customers can receive $1 in “bucks” for every $5 spent.The bucks will be good on your next purchase.The store is open 10 a.m. to 4 pm.,Tuesday through Saturday.
HOLIDAY HOEDOWN The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host a “Holiday Hoedown” on Dec. 9 starting at 6 p.m., at Harbor Terrace Restaurant, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway in Lutz.The cost is $30 per person prior to Dec. 2, and $40 per person after and at the door. For more information, call (813) 9092722.
BIKE DRIVE Caroline Contractors, 18039 U.S. 41, Suite B, in Lutz, is accepting bike donations for less fortunate children. Participants can either pick out a bike, or donate cash and Caroline Contractors will pick the bike up, or donate a helmet.The bike drive will run through Dec. 10. Donations can be dropped off at Caroline Contractors; Hungry Harry’s Family BBQ, 3116 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.; or,The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, 2810 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. For information, call (813) 931-4611.
DROP-N-SHOP Saint Leo University women’s basketball team will host a “Drop-N-Shop” children’s camp on Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the school’s Marion Bowman Activities Center, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo.There will be games and activities, including basketball, baseball, crafts and time in the pool.The camp is for ages 4 to 14.The cost is $40 per child. Campers should bring lunch, a bathing suit, towel and sunscreen.To register, visit SaintLeoCamps.com/wbasketball/camps.php.
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The Pasco-Hernando State College dental program participated in the ‘Stars, Stripes and Smiles 2016 Dental Care for Veterans’ event at its West Campus dental clinic in New Port Richey. Eight PHSC dental assisting students and 24 dental hygiene students, along with program faculty and staff, provided more than $65,000 of free dentistry to more than 70 local veterans.
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The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will host a seminar on “Women’s Pelvic Prolapse: Restore Your Life Without a Bulge” on Dec. 8 at noon. Dr. Mona McCullough will discuss the pelvic bulge, and self-directed, nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical treatments. Admission is free.A complimentary light lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. For information and to RSVP, call (727) 834-5630.
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WIREGRASS ELEMENTARY DEDICATION Wiregrass Elementary School, 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel, will host a dedication ceremony on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. There will be a short program, student performances and refreshments.
MARTINEZ MIDDLE DINNER, CONCERT AND ART SHOW Martinez Middle School, 5601 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz, will host a Holiday Dinner, Concert and Art Show on Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a sit-down dinner prepared by culinary students and served by band members, and holiday music performed by the Mustang Band.
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PHSC SEEKING MASCOT SUCCESSOR Conquor, the sword-wielding mascot representing the Conquistadors at Pasco-Hernando State College since 1993, is retiring, effective this coming spring. Conquor announced his retirement and kicked off a search for his replacement at a college-wide employee event last month. A retirement celebration will be scheduled at the college’s annual Athletic Awards Ceremony in April, and Conquor’s successor
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Eight students from Zephyrhills schools were honored at The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month awards ceremony at The Church at Chancey Road. The students receiving honors were Savannah Stephens, Zephyrhills High School; Brooke Baldus, Raymond B. Stewart Middle; Thomas Puhek, The Broach School; Brendan Smith, East Pasco Adventist Academy; Deric Smith, Hope Ranch Learning Academy; Ethan Guo, West Zephyrhills Elementary; Noah Lane, Chester W. Taylor Elementary; and, Kaelyn Ingram, Woodland Elementary.
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HOLIDAY, from page 1A The event will have around 30 full-size cards on display, ranging in size from 6 feet by 4 feet to 8 feet by 4 feet. Cards can be placed on Dec. 3 between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. For information, call (813) 996-3011. • 23rd annual Flapjack 5k and 1-mile run, on Dec. 11, at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway.The 5k starts at 8 a.m., and the 1-mile starts at 8:45 a.m.A flapjack breakfast follows the race for each runner; non-runners can donate $5 for breakfast. Santa will be there for photos, too.
WESLEY CHAPEL • CalAtlantic Homes presents Symphony in Lights, with shows on the hour between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., through Dec. 31 at The Shops at Wiregrass, at State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Wesley Chapel.The show features snow, sparkle and sounds of the season. For more information, visit TheShopsAtWiregrass.com. • Movies under the stars, Holiday Movie Marathon at Tampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive in Lutz. See TampaPremiumOutlets.com for dates and times.The outlet center also will have community holiday entertainment, on select days and times through Dec. 24, and also will have a Community Gift Wrap through Dec. 24, with local organizations benefiting from donations.
LUTZ • 37th annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Show, on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Keystone Preparatory High School, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. The event is free, but there will be a $5 parking charge to benefit the school. Event organizers expect about 355 vendors, and between 30,000 to 40,000 festival-goers. • 20th annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School, on select evenings from Dec. 8 through Dec. 27 at the school, 18819 N. US 41 in Lutz. Hours are 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Dec. 8, Dec. 10, Dec. 11, Dec. 13, Dec. 15, Dec. 17, Dec. 18, Dec. 20, Dec. 22, Dec. 26 and Dec. 27.Admission is free, but there will be barrels to collect nonperishable food items and toys for families that are less fortunate.The building is decked out for the holidays, and there will be entertainment, too. • Breakfast with Santa at the Old Lutz School, on Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 11
NOSTALGIA, from page 1A park to found the organization. Now, club meetings rotate between homes of the members. “We meet on the first Thursday, at 9 o’clock, September through May,” Swart said. The park, which sits on a site across the street from the church and Saint Anthony Catholic School, was originally donated to Saint Leo Abbey, which later donated it to the City of San Antonio. When it gave the land to the city, the abbey stipulated that the church and the school get first priority in the use of the park, according to a historic account compiled for the club’s 50th anniversary in 2011. Clancy, who now lives in Zephyrhills, grew up in San Antonio and has many fond memories of her childhood there. She was recruited to help the club by her aunt, and is happy to be involved. Jones said she’s love being part of the garden club. “I love this community, and I want it to be beautiful for everyone else’s enjoyment,” Jones said. All three ladies are looking forward to sharing their seasonal evening with the community. “We just want to encourage people to come that night,” Swart said.
a.m., at the school, 18819 N. US 41.There is a $4 charge for breakfast, and a visit from Santa Claus. • Handbells & Friends, a free holiday concert on Dec. 14 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., at First United Methodist of Lutz at 960 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road. The public is welcome to this concert which will feature handbells, vocals and other instruments. • Tampa Bay Tour De Clay, a free family friendly, self-guided tour of four local pottery studios, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes: Pottery Boys Studio, 30 Bogle Lane in Palm Harbor; Hidden Lake Pottery, 16705 Hutchinson Road in Odessa; Wellman & Welsch Pottery, 17202 Wirley Road in Lutz; and, San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley St., in San Antonio. (San Antonio Pottery will be open until 8 p.m. on Dec. 10). For more information, visit TampaTourDeClay.com.
NORTH TAMPA • CABA tree lighting, Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Elmcroft at Carrollwood, 2626 W. Bearss Ave. • Build a Toy with Santa at the Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa. Children will be able to come to the museum’s Idea Zone creativity lab to make a toy to take home. Santa Claus will drop by the workshop to share pointers on holiday cheer.The workshop will be open through Jan. 3. It is included in the normal museum admission charge. For more information, visit MOSI.org. • Christmas in Song, free concert on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., in the sanctuary at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. This free, family friendly concert features the church’s chancel choir, orchestra and handbells. • “Simply Christmas,” Christmas Eve services at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave. The evening will include a Spontaneous Christmas Pageant at 5 p.m.; a contemporary Christmas service at 6:30 p.m.; lessons and carols at 8 p.m.; and, traditional communion services at 11 p.m.
DADE CITY • Country Christmas Open House, at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event offers free admission to the attraction, with the donation of an unwrapped toy that will be given to a local Dade City charity.The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.This is a
The Founders’ Garden Club of San Antonio The name of The Founders’ Garden Club of San Antonio refers to the fact that it was the first garden club in the city, according to a document compiled to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary in 2011. The name also pays homage to the foresight of the original founders of the Catholic Colony of San Antonio who set aside the land for a park, the document adds. No minutes were taken at the club’s first meeting, the account says, but those attending the second meeting were: Jeanette Barthle, Stella Barthle, Rose Cope, Margaret Cissel, Alice Epperson, Bobbie Epperson, Jo Ann Franz, Marie Harper, Ruth Pike Herman, Mary Jones, Effie McCabe, Margaret Keifer, Patsy Reynolds, Theresa Schrader and Charlene Spalding. The following month, Elizabeth Cannon, Blanche Naeyaert, Sylvia Gude and Dolores Nalley joined, and shortly thereafter, Alice Burger, Betty Burger, Sid Corrigan and Mary Schrader joined, the account says.
great opportunity to come out and visit the museum’s charming history, do some holiday shopping with its vendors, listen to some Christmas music and hear the Solid Gold Barbershop Quartet. Bring the kiddos out to see Mr.Tommy Presents. He will have two performances at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be here from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and we will offer complimentary photos by photographer Christina Strong.The barrel train also will give rides, and there will be a train show in the Mable Jordan Barn.The museum will serve punch and cookies, and hot dogs and hamburgers will be available at the concession stand. For more information, call (352) 567-0262 or (352) 206-8889, or visit PioneerFloridaMuseum.org. • Country Crafters third annual Arts and Crafts Fair, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Country Aire Manor Clubhouse, 10249 U.S. 19 in Dade City. This event features a wide assortment of locally produced items, which are available for purchase. • The Market Place, on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Seventh Street and Bougainvillea Avenue in downtown Dade City.The market will feature unique holiday presents, the jazz band from Pasco High School and musician Derrick Tucker.Vendors will be offer homemade cookies, honey, jams, handmade soaps, jewelry, garden accessories, fresh produce, Scentsy, Thirty-One, handmade baskets/gourds, hand-designed coasters, artwork and more. The Market Place is free and pet friendly. It is sponsored by the Dade City Youth Council.
ZEPHYRHILLS • Festival of Lights on Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., in downtown Zephyrhills. Free photos with Santa will be offered at 38439 Fifth Ave., courtesy of Goin’ Postal. Santa will take a brief break at 6 p.m., to appear in the lighted nighttime parade. • Jingle Bell Boutique & Bake Sale, on Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the GFWC Woman’s Club of Zephyrhills Clubhouse, 38545 Fifth Ave., in downtown Zephyrhills. In addition to the customary bake sale, this will be the first year for the Jingle Bell Boutique, which will feature several women’s home-based businesses or showcase their handiwork of hobbies gone wild, and will give shoppers a chance to buy local. Proceeds from the bake sale and vendor fees will support the woman’s club’s projects. • Tampa Bay Tour De Clay, a free family
VET, from page 1A nary services helped her realize that she has a knack for helping people who are facing a difficult time with their pet. “I really enjoy working with the people who love their animals. “In ER work, that translates into helping somebody understand what’s happening in a very short amount of time. They don’t have a lot of time to make decisions. “Sometimes it is the first time that they’ve heard that their pet is dying, and they need to decide in the next 15 minutes whether or not they want to go to surgery or whether we’re going to euthanize (the pet). “I started gravitating toward end-of-life cases, the ones that weren’t going to make it, that were difficult euthanasia cases,” she said. “I don’t want it to be their choice— to do this or that. I want to guide them based on what I feel they want, and within the medical boundaries that I have. “Instead of saying, ‘Which one do you want?’ It’s ‘Here are the two options, and I need to learn more about what you think is the best thing to do, so I can guide you on
friendly, self-guided tour of four local pottery studios, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes: Pottery Boys Studio, 30 Bogle Lane in Palm Harbor; Hidden Lake Pottery, 16705 Hutchinson Road in Odessa; Wellman & Welsch Pottery, 17202 Wirley Road in Lutz; and, San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley St., in San Antonio. (San Antonio Pottery will be open until 8 p.m. on Dec. 10). For more information, visit TampaTourDeClay.com.
DOWNTOWN TAMPA • Free screening of the movie “Elf” at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., in downtown Tampa on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m., for a cocoa and cookies social in the theater’s lobby. A big announcement will be made at 7 p.m., followed by the movie. Admission is free and open to the public; however, guests are asked to visit TampaTheatre.org/events/Elf and click on the “Buy Tickets” link to print their complimentary Eventbrite ticket for guaranteed entry.
WEST PASCO • River Lights Boat Parade and holiday festival.The West Pasco Business Association is joining New Port Richey Main Street on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 in Sims Park, near downtown New Port Richey, for the free “River Lights Boat Parade” and a holiday festival.The movie “Polar Express” will be screened on Dec. 2 in the park.The boat parade begins at 7 p.m., on Dec. 3. • Sixth annual “How the Grinch Saved Christmas” will be on Dec. 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey.The West Pasco Business Association is hosting this event, which includes members of the association and the community. Tickets are available online at WPBA.biz for $45. For more information contact Maria Johnson at (727) 934-0940 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
LARGO More than than 750,000 lights have transformed the Florida Botanical Gardens, at 1250 Ulmerton Road in Largo, into a holiday wonderland. Visitors can stroll through the gardens from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., nightly through Dec. 31.A donation of $4 is suggested for those 13 and older, while children 12 and under, and parking, are free. For more information, call (727) 5822117 or visit, FBG.Org.
which decision we’re going to make,” McVety said. When she works with pet owners, she said, she takes this approach: “Instead of ‘You are making the right decision,’ It’s “We are making the best decision.’ “I feel like there’s so much guilt that gets put on people, where you’re the owner and I’m saying,‘You just tell me what’s best for you.’” She thinks it’s also important for pet owners to learn to “look at this is the natural progression of biology,” she said. “There’s a subjective period of time when euthanasia is an appropriate decision. It’s not your only decision, but it’s an appropriate decision. Before which, I am not going to euthanize because a quality of life exists, and after which, I’m insisting on euthanizing because there’s sustained suffering,” McVety said. Sometimes, the pet is absolutely ready in her medical eyes, but the family is not yet ready. “Your first pet, people usually push the boundaries because they don’t know any different.The second pet, people make the decision sooner and sooner, and sooner. “They know what’s going to happen. And, it doesn’t get easier,” McVety said.
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‘Florida Finale’ event added to lacrosse tourney By Kevin Weiss email@example.com
A popular youth lacrosse tournament in Wesley Chapel soon will feature even more teams from across the nation. NDP (National Development Program) Lacrosse announced last month it will debut the Dick’s Sporting Goods Florida Finale lacrosse tournament, held in conjunction with the 11th annual Tournament of Champions presented by Pasco County. The Florida Finale event, like the pre-collegiate national championship, will feature high school elite and rising stars divisions, as well as 15U, 13U and 11U competitions. Both tournaments will take place simultaneously on fields at Wesley Chapel District Park and Wesley Chapel High School, from Dec. 29 through Dec. 31. The biggest difference, however, is the invitation process. While teams must earn bids to compete in the Tournament of Champions, entry into the Florida Finale is open to all teams that participate in an official qualifying tournament this year that do not earn a national championship bid. One local qualifying tournament — the Derek Pieper Memorial Cup Tournament at Wesley Chapel District Park — wrapped up on Nov. 20. “Coaches and players from teams that haven’t qualified have been asking for the opportunity to play lacrosse over New Year’s in warm, sunny Florida,” said Josh Gross, NDP’s senior director of lacrosse operations. “This event will be a great extension of the qualifying tournament series and the coveted national championship platform.” Ed Caum, Pasco County’s tourism manager, said the Florida Finale add-on is a “no-brainer” due to the anticipated economic boost for the Tampa Bay area. “We’re going to have more foot traffic through the Wesley Chapel area,” Caum said, “so it’s going to affect...Fowler Avenue all
The Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions typically draws more than 70 teams. The participation-based Florida Finale event should add to that figure.
the way up through Wesley Chapel, and maybe as far north as Dade City because (hotel) rooms are already hard to come by.” That being said, the Florida Finale likely won’t create a large draw until next year, since the event’s formal announcement was made too late for many travel lacrosse teams. Gross noted “a few teams” have indicated
they’ll compete in this year’s Florida Finale, but he expects a considerable participation bump in 2017. “There’s definitely a lot of interest for it. I think in 2017 is when you’re really going to have the impact from it,” Gross said. “A lot of teams are setting their schedule for next year,” he added, “and they can let the parents prepare for it as an expected ex-
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OBSTACLE RACE SLATED FOR DEC. 3 The Insane Inflatable 5K, a run series made up of inflatable obstacles, is set for Dec. 3 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 in Tampa.The first wave of runners is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., with additional waves running concurrently through the afternoon. The obstacle race, which takes places in over 120 cities across the United States, is designed to be accessible to runners of all skill levels. The 3.1-mile course will incorporate over 11 inflatable obstacles throughout the terrain of the Florida State Fairgrounds. Registration fees, which include an event T-shirt and medal upon completion, range from $49 for advance registration to $75 for day of event registration.A portion of the proceeds form the race will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. For information, visit InsaneInflatable5k.com.
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Adult tennis team places second at nationals FILE PHOTO
Saint Leo women’s basketball coach Anthony Crocitto added three players during the fall signing period.
pense and something they can book further out.” Last year, the Tournament of Champions alone drew 73 teams — 59 of which were out-ofstate. The 2015 Josh Gross tournament involved 1,533 players and 219 coaches. Additionally, there were about 3,250 spectators on each day of the threeday tournament. The event’s economic impact for the Tampa Bay area is Ed Caum typically substantial. The total impact in 2015 was estimated at about $2.1 million for Pasco and Hillsborough counties. That figure, however, is down compared to prior years, including 2014 ($2.9 million) and 2013 ($2.6 million), respectively. Besides the economic uptick, the tournament offers lacrosse players a chance to showcase their skills against elite competition, exposing their abilities in front of scouts from collegiate lacrosse programs. “These are all-star teams that travel from different places around the country. We truly get some of the best competition in the world,” Gross explained. In June, Pasco County and NDP signed a two-year deal (which includes a third-year option) through 2017 to keep the Tournament of Champions in Wesley Chapel. “We’ve got so much building in this area, including more hotels, that it just made more sense to do a two-year and see what we got,” Caum said. The tournament has been in Wesley Chapel since 2008.
The Tampa Bay Tennis Team, representing the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Florida Section, finished second at the USTA 40 & Over 8.0 National Championships, held Nov. 4 through Nov. 6, in Surprise, Arizona. The group lost to a team from Daniel Island, South Carolina, 2-1 in the championship match. In front, left to right: Kerryn Ellson, Kay Caldwell, Mary Paul, Ann Douglas, Lynn O’Brien, Linda Wolf and Mary Miller. Back, left to right: John Green, David Biren, Albert Alhadeff, Thinh Duong and Brian Kenney.
SENIOR SOFTBALL LEAGUE The North Tampa Bay Senior Slo-Pitch Softball League plays games each Friday morning throughout the fall and winter at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. Men and women ages 55 and older are welcome to register and play. For information on the softball league, call Jim McCausey at (813) 300-9110. For information on other senior sports — golf, tennis and bowling — contact Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.
SAINT LEO WBB ADDS THREE DURING FALL SIGNING PERIOD
PASCO COUNTY ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME SET FOR DEC. 8
The Saint Leo women's basketball team has announced the addition of three players to the 2017-2018 roster: Delaney Bernard, of Greenwood Village, Colorado; Brandi Bain, of Castle Rock, Colorado; and, Montia Moon, of Long Island, New York. • Delaney Bernard, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard, has averaged 13.6 points per game and has made 159 career threes on 35.0-percent shooting during her four-year varsity career. Saint Leo head coach Anthony Crocitto said Bernard will play on the wing, and is a “great fit” to the program. “Delaney is a top shooter in the class of 2017,” Crocitto said, in a release.“We recruit shooters and expect Delaney to have her shot ready upon arrival at Saint Leo.” • Brandi Bain, a 5-foot-9 wing, is described by Crocitto as having “fantastic upside.” “Her defense is exceptional, and she plays very unselfish basketball,” Crocitto said.“Brandi is already a solid fundamental player; we expect only growth from her moving forward." • Montia Moon, a 5-foot-5 guard and three-sport high school athlete, is a “workhorse,” according to Crocitto. "Montia plays for one of the best high school programs in New York and is certainly well-coached, the Saint Leo coach said. “She can defend just about anyone at the guard position, and is a strong, quick bluecollar point guard who will give us more depth." Moon, Bain, and Bernard are the first signees for the 2017-18 season for Crocitto.
The second annual Pasco County All-Star Football Game is set for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes.The game features the top players from each of the 15 high schools in Pasco County. Tickets are $10. For information, contact Bob Durham at (813) 784-4410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K SET FOR DEC. 10 The United Healthcare Girls on the Run 5K is slated for Dec. 10 at 9 a.m., in Poynter Park, 1000 3rd St., South, in St. Petersburg. The race is open to the public, and is for all racing abilities. Skipping, cartwheeling and dancing is also encouraged during the race. Cost is $25. Registration includes a T-shirt and medal. For information, visit GirlsOnTheRunTampaBay.org. COURTESY OF HABIB FAYIZ
Tae Kwon Do Champs!
YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION
Several students from the Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy collected first place honors at the Egypt Shriner’s Tae Kwon Do tournament on Nov. 5 in Town ‘N Country. From left: Jacob Williams, 8, first place in both Sparring and Forms; Joseph Levesque, 13, first place in Sparring; Raquel Tortorelli, 6, first place in Forms; Logan Laffey, 8, first place in both Sparring and Weapons; and, Andrew Levesque, 12, first place in both Sparring and Forms.
Registration is open until Dec. 10 for the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center’s Youth Basketball League.The coed league, which begins in January, is for ages 7 to 15. Cost is $35 per child.The price includes an eightgame season and a T-shirt.Volunteer coaches are also needed. For information, call (813) 929-1220.
SEEKING FIAAA HALL OF FAME NOMINEES
SENIOR GOLF GROUP PLAYS EACH WEDNESDAY
The Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA) is accepting nominations for the Class of 2017 FIAAA Hall of Fame. Deserving Florida ath-
letic administrators will be recognized during the 2017 FIAAA State Conference in May, at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside. Nomination forms for the 2017 Class are due by Dec. 1. For information, visit FHSAA.org.
The Senior Sports golf group plays every Wednesday year-round, rotating at courses throughout Pasco and Hillsborough counties. For information, call (813) 527-8211.
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Library display honors Pearl Harbor anniversary By Kathy Steele email@example.com
ne day after the Japanese bombed the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress and announced a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. The surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941, was a “date which will live in infamy,” said Roosevelt in one of the most remembered speeches in the nation’s history. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack, which cost the lives of more than 2,400 people, including 68 civilians. Half of those killed were crewmembers of the battleship USS Arizona. “It’s kind of like a 9/11,” said Lutz resident Davis Gandees. It is an anniversary that is important to remember and honor for the sacrifices of the military and civilians, said Gandees.“Americans need to be respectful of what they went through.” Through Dec. 10, visitors to the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, can step back into history through a display put together by Gandees. He is an avid historian and a long-time builder of model airplanes flown during World War II. In a glass showcase, there are three replicas FRED BELLET/PHOTOS each of Japanese and American fighter planes, Lutz resident Davis Gandees placed items in a showcase at the Lutz Branch Library. He spent hours constructing replicas of Japanese and and bombers, flown on Dec. 7, 1941. American planes used during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Gandees also provides brief histories of the pilots who flew those planes, and photos, maps and a brief history of Pearl Harbor. The library also added a display of suggested books to read, such as “Voices of Pearl Harbor” and “The Road to Victory.” Gandees’ fascination with planes dates to his childhood in South Florida when he lived near a naval base. “They tell me my first word was ‘airplane’,” Gandees said. The retiree is a third generation Floridian who worked as a teacher, solar panel contractor and a Florida higher education manager. He also is a master modeler, a member of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Board, and published author of magazine articles on modeling and aviation. Gandees is a detail man. He spent as many as 50 hours on each plane model. To get the facts about the planes and their construction just right, he researches archives, maps and histoA Japanese Zero, a Mitsubishi A6M2A, is one of the historic model ry books. He said he can complete about airplanes built by Lutz resident Davis Gandees. one plane per month. “I did a lot of modifications, especially the color of the planes.The Japanese history of camouflage was very interesting,” he said. The research gives him as much, if not more, satisfaction than building the models. Individual stories of the men and women who heroically fought back against the Japanese attack are highlighted in the display. Lt. Phillip Rasmussen of the 46th Pursuit Squadron was among the first pilots to engage the invaders in one of the few P-36A Mohawks not disabled by Japanese bombs. Still in his pajamas, Rasmussen strapped a pistol to his waist. “I’m not sure what he had in mind with that,” Gandees said. A photo in a display at Lutz Public Library honors the 75th anniverBut, Rasmussen shot down a sary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and recalls the heroic action of Maps, photos and informational displays serve as the backdrop to Lutz resiJapanese fighter plane before his American pilot George Welch. dent Davis Gandees’ remembrance of Pearl Harbor. plane was damaged, and he flew under attack back to the airbase. Japanese and Americans who fought there Gandees said one Japanese fighter plane got shot out of the sky, but on its descent hit a often attend Pearl Harbor anniversaries and palm tree and killed eight American service- form friendships despite the history of conflict, he said. men on the ground. “It was quite an interesting experience,” Nearly 30 Japanese planes were shot down, and about 60 of their crewmembers were Gandees added. Though Gandees has done other World War killed. On a memorable trip to Hawaii in 2006, II and Pearl Harbor displays, this is his first at Gandees visited the USS Arizona Memorial, the Lutz library. “I didn’t want it to be forgotten,” he said. which rests above the sunken battleship, and For more information on the exhibit’s the final resting place of 1,102 sailors and hours, call the library at (813) 273-3652. Marines who died there on Dec. 7, 1941.
Patriotic pins were popular after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Historic photos and hand-built airplane models are part of a display by Lutz resident Davis Gandees at the Lutz Branch Library. The display, at 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will be available through Dec. 10.
Davis Gandees is a history buff on World War II and builds model replicas of fighter planes used at Pearl Harbor. A display by Gandees at the Lutz Branch Library honors the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Keep your pets safe during the holidays The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report
The ASPCA offers these tips to help keep your pets safe during the holidays: Be careful with seasonal plants and decorations: • Be sure to securely anchor your Christmas tree, so it does not tip and fall causing possible injury to your pet. • Avoid mistletoe and holly:When ingested, holly can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. • Keep your home tinsel-free: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But, a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. • Don’t let it glow, let it glow, let it glow: Do not leave lighted candles unattended. Pets can burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Use appropriate candleholders, placed on a stable surface, and if you are leaving the room, extinguish the candle first.
• Use care with wires, batteries and ornaments: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach.A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock, and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth and digestive tract. Avoid holiday food dangers • No holiday feast for them: By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but you need to also make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food. Also, be sure to secure your garbage can lid. • Serve the leftovers to human members of the family: Keep fatty, spicy and food with bones away from your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won't lead to costly medical bills. • No cocktails for your furry friends: If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.
PET PAWS SEEKING PET ADOPTION PARTNERS
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Pasco County Animal Services is always seeking rescue groups to become adoption partners and to help it reach its Save 90 percent goal. Once a rescue becomes an approved partner, they are able to place transfer holds on animals and can request vetting at no cost to them. If you are interested in partnering with Pasco County Animal Services, please print and fill out an application. Once completed, you may bring the application in person email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Animal Services also offers tours of its facility and provides speakers. Contact the office to make a request. Also, once a month,Animal Services offers low cost rabies vaccines and microchips. Pasco County dog owners who receive a rabies vaccination at an Animal Services clinic will be required to buy a county license for their dog at the same time.
Volunteers play an important role in helping dogs and cats get adopted at Hillsborough County’s Pet Resource Center. Volunteers help in a variety of ways. Those include: • Helping adopters meet and greet their prospective new family member • Providing enrichment by assisting with play groups, walking, grooming, and playing with the dogs and cats • Helping at offsite events • Assisting in veterinary services areas • Helping provide customer service at the Information Desk • Laundering and replenishing kennel bedding • Taking photos You must be 16 years old to volunteer. To apply, go HillsboroughCounty.org and search for the Pet Resource Center’s web page.
Katie is a spunky little girl Katie is looking to have some fun. She does not turn away attention at any point and will even help you to find the best spot to scratch. Katie is always up front and center, ready to meet you. This kitty is ready crawl into your heart this holiday season. Come to Pasco County Animal Services to meet Katie.
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If you would like to adopt either Katie or Shaggy, be sure to visit Pasco County Animal Services at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. The adoption center is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccines. For more information, email email@example.com.
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BUSINESS AWARDS The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce honored business leaders at the 2016 Excellence in Business Award banquet. The annual event, hosted by Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel, was on Nov. 10 at the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club in Tampa. The Shops at Jay Rosario Wiregrass and the Tampa Bay Times were sponsors. Winners were Jennifer Cofini of Parks Motor Group, volunteer of the year; Cam Caudle of Shred 360, new business of the year; Brandon Legal Group, small business of the year;Tampa Premium Outlets, large business of the year; and, Jay Rosario of Wesley Chapel Nissan, business leader of the year. The Porter family of Wiregrass Ranch won the Legacy Award.
HOLIDAY RIBBON CUTTING Esthetics813 will have a Holiday Spa Party, Shopping Event and Ribbon Cutting on Nov. 30 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 2748 Windguard Circle, Suite 102, in Wesley Chapel. The event is free.Toys and gifts will be collected for donation to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Come enjoy food, wine, fun with friends, and special deals on beauty and wellness services. Beginning at 4 p.m., door prizes will be given away on the hour. Four grand-prize package winners will be
Happy Feet Plus will have a ribbon cutting on Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 1051 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Enjoy beverages, light refreshment and drawings. For more information, please email WesleyChapelChamber.com.
WOMEN-N-CHARGE Join the ladies of Women-n-Charge on Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:14 p.m., at Pebble Creek Country Club, at 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa. The luncheon will be the Annual Christmas Party and Holiday Gift Exchange. Come network and play the White Elephant Game, with gifts $10 and under. Share talents, business relationships and resources with other women in business. The cost is $15 for members and $18 for guests. For information, call (813) 600-9848, or email email@example.com.
GRAND OPENING POSTPONED TRU Simulation + Training’s grand opening for its 30,000 square-foot expansion of the East Coast Training Center will be rescheduled for 2017. Previously, the company had planned a celebration for Dec. 2. The $30 million expansion of the center, at 1827 Northpointe Parkway in Lutz, is expected to generate about 100 jobs over the next four years. The project expands the company’s ProFlight Pilot Training Program, adding classrooms, flight training devices and four new full flight simulators. The company, with headquarters in Goose Creek, South Carolina, provides flighttraining solutions, technical support, and customer service for commercial and military markets.
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BUSINESS BREAKFAST The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce had its November business breakfast at Rosecastle of Zephyrhills, an assisted living facility and memory care center on Eiland Boulevard in Zephyrhills. Rosecastle offers a resort-style way of living, with private rooms and a petfriendly community. Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez gave on overview of the city’s priorities Campus, at 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions is the sponsor. The cost is $15 for members who register by Dec. 2, and $20 thereafter. Non-members pay $20. For information, call the chamber at (813) 994-8534, or email Office@WesleyChapelChamber.com.
NETWORKING BREAKFAST The Wednesday Morning Network Group will meet Dec. 7 at 7:30 a.m., at Hungry Harry's Family Bar-BQ, at 3116 Land O' Lakes Blvd., in Land O' Lakes. Each attendee will be able topresent a 30-second pitch.The $7 cost for members and $10 for non-members includes breakfast.
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“I thought it was heartburn.”
Do You Know What a Heart Attack Looks Like? When Heather felt some discomfort in her chest, the 45-year-old mother of four thought it was heartburn. Twenty-four hours later, Heather was in the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North with a STEMI, one of the most severe types of heart attack that occurs when a coronary artery is almost entirely blocked. The best way to treat this is with a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within 90 minutes of first receiving care from emergency medical personnel, but not all hospitals have this capability. Thankfully for Heather, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North was able to perform a PCI and open the blockage. Today, Heather is doing well and sharing her story to help others understand the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
For a referral to a cardiologist: (813) 644-6772 Watch Heather’s story: StJosephsNorth.org
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November 30, 2016
Published on Nov 30, 2016
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