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By the end of next year, State Road 56 will be more crowded than ever. A new Mercedes dealership.A long-awaited outlet mall and the different stores it will bring. Yet another hotel, this time 120 rooms. Not bad for a road that, just a little more than a decade ago, didn’t even exist. Joining all that, however, is an ice and sports complex so big, it might make existing facilities in Ellenton, Oldsmar and maybe even Brandon a bit jealous. Apartment developer Gordie Zimmermann and his colleagues Z Mitch LLC, closed on 13 acres of land last week on

Cypress Ridge Boulevard for $2.6 million, where they plan to build a 155,500-squarefoot ice and sports complex complete with four pads of ice, a restaurant, and room for other sports in the community. Zimmermann’s development team is investing more than $20 million in the project, all so that Zimmermann’s hockey team — and other teams like it — won’t have to travel so far anymore to find a sheet of ice in Florida. “I was operating down in the Brandon facility, and I noticed that the adult hockey program had taken over,” Zimmermann said of Ice Sports Forum, a two-pad complex he also owns. “The kids had limited ice time See ICE, page 16

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Gordie Zimmermann, from left, is joined by Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano and retired Tampa Bay Lightning star Dave Andreychuk last week in a presentation unveiling a new four-pad ice sports complex just off State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel. The new arena is expected to open by late next year.

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For the first time ever, Land O’ Lakes hosted a Memorial Day parade, paying tribute to the men and women throughout the country’s history who gave their lives to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy. The parade started inside Dupree Lakes, continued down Ehren Cutoff, and ended at Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home. Camping and patriotism were two things members of these Cub Scouts wanted to share with those who showed up.To see more pictures from the parade, turn to Page 20.

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Pasco County Schools’ $1.3 million summer school program this year will serve 6,580 students.That’s an increase of 1,820 over last summer’s rolls, according to district officials. This year’s programs also will reach younger children, and will give older students more time to work on recovering course credits. School board member Steve Luikart applauded the expanded program. “The need is there,” Luikart said.“We’re doing everything we can to help more kids.”

The district is piloting new programs for kindergarteners and first graders focusing on literacy, and for second graders emphasizing mathematics. The literacy pilot will serve about 390 students, and the mathematics pilot will serve about 400 children.The students will come from Title 1 schools, which are schools that qualify for federal funding because they have a large percentage of children from poor families. Another pilot will focus on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, otherwise known as STEM. It will serve approximately 45 third- and fourth-grade students from Fox Hollow, Schrader, and

Gulf Highlands elementary schools, and will be held at Gulf Highlands. The district’s summer reading camp will continue to target third graders.About 700 children are expected to receive the additional help.The media centers at each of the summer camp locations will be open to all students on those days. The district also will be using migrant camps for kindergarten through 12thgraders at eight east Pasco schools, to help close the achievement gap. The program will serve about 45 students, an increase of 15 from last year. See SUMMER, page 16


Sandy Graves balances home of today, yesteryear Getting to know You

Getting to know Sandy Graves What song on the radio will make you sing out loud? “Happy” from Pharrell Williams. I think everyone is listening to that song right now. But another one I actually love and used to play a lot is “Radioactive” (by Imagine Dragons) because sometimes I feel like people aren’t returning my calls because I’m radioactive.

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here’s a lot someone can say about Sandy Graves that people in the area might not know already. But that’s what happens when you live in the same house you grew up in, in an area you watched grow from a population counted in the hundreds to one now tracked by the tens of thousands. Sandy’s community work is well known. She helps with a puppet ministry with Van Dyke Church of Lutz. She’s very active politically with the Republican Party.And she is putting in a lot of hours trying to redevelop Heritage Park at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center that would include an outdoor stage. But one thing these same people may not know about Sandy Graves is that she spent 11 years as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines. “I was going to Auburn University, and I had a sorority sister that had graduated the year before,” Sandy said. “When she came back, she was a flight attendant. And it sounded good to me. It was exciting, and I wanted to travel.” Back then, Eastern Airlines dominated the travel market between New York and Florida, all during a time when luxury and convenience were staples of the flight industry — no matter how long the trip was. “It was not as glamorous as some people might think,” Sandy said.“Especially when you had an hour-long flight, and had to throw out a meal to everyone, clean it up and throw it all away before we landed.” Sandy left Eastern not long before the company folded in 1991. But instead of returning home to Land O’ Lakes, Sandy instead stayed in Atlanta where she lived during her time with Eastern, and became a youth minister there.

If you were elected President of the United States, what is the first thing you’d do? I’d cut every single department in the United States by about 5 percent. When they did the sequester thing, they said they had to close down the Grand Canyon, but how do you close down the Grand Canyon? Do you throw a sheet over it? If you could fly anywhere you’ve never been? Portugal and Spain. I would love to see the Mediterranean. COURTESY OF SANDY GRAVES

Sandy Graves, left, makes no secret about her political work. She’s been heavily involved in the Republican party over the years, including work on campaigns for Gov. Rick Scott, center, and former state Sen. Mike Fasano.

By 1995, however, Sandy and husband Steve decided it was time to move home, and did — eventually ending up in the same 1950s house she grew up in. But that took some adjusting. “It’s strange at first, because this was my bedroom, but now this is my bedroom,” she said. “But we remodeled it and put our stamp on it. It has a different personality, because now it represents the grown-up me.” Family remains important to Sandy, especially when it comes to siblings. She spends as much time as she can with her nieces and nephews, many times taking them camping at a place she and Steve maintain in North Carolina.With the horseback riding and canoeing, it reminds her an awful lot of life in Land O’ Lakes before the boom. “I used to ride horseback all where Lake

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Padgett is now, and back where Pine View Elementary is now, as well as lots where Connerton and Avila are now, too,” Sandy said. Harvey’s Hardware on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard was where Sandy and her family would get soft drinks and even gas. Grocery shopping was done at the beginning of Ehren Cutoff where LOL Transport & Moving Inc., is now. Anything else required a trip to Tampa, and since Interstate 75 hadn’t been built yet, that meant a long trip down U.S. 41. Pasco did have its own amenities, however, and Sandy has lots of memories when it comes to Quail Hollow Golf Course. “My dad would join a bunch of his friends there to play golf, and he would drop me, my brother and my sister off at the pool,” Sandy said.“It was always so exciting,

because we could go inside, then, and run tabs for things like hamburgers.We felt like royalty doing that.” Land O’ Lakes is no longer the community off a small two-lane road connecting Tampa and Brooksville. It’s a bustling community of its own, which can’t seem to stop growing. Sandy Graves, however, still has that small-town attitude.And she works hard to ensure the identity of Land O’ Lakes is never lost. “Everybody knew each other growing up, and I could name all my grade school teachers,” Sandy said.“It’s not like that anymore, but now we have a chance to turn it into something special.”

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Liberty eighth-grader earns ‘primer lugar’ at Spanish spelling bee By Michael Murillo mmurillo@lakerlutznews.com

An eighth-grader at Liberty Middle School tied for first place in a recent spelling bee.To get there, however, she had to spell words like “piel” — that’s “skin” in Spanish. Catherine Weng shared top honors at the Spanish spelling bee held May 15 at the Roland Park magnet school. Roland Park was one of 16 Hillsborough County schools that participated in the event, which featured categories for beginners and second-tier Spanish speakers in both native and non-native divisions. But this isn’t the first time Weng has found success in the spelling bee. She won first place last year while taking introductory Spanish classes. Weng competed in the Spanish I category for non-native speakers this year, and earned the tie when she and another student exhausted all the words prepared for the bee. “It’s really great getting to go back to school and say,‘Hey guys, I won first!’”Weng said. Weng’s first language is English, but she also speaks a little Mandarin at home. Being familiar with another language helps her acclimate to learning a new one, she said.And because Spanish words often are spelled the way they sound,Weng found success easier in the Spanish spelling bee. But that doesn’t mean it’s a matter of just sounding out words and collecting a trophy. To spell Spanish words in the competition correctly, Weng also had to mention a letter’s accent mark by declaring “con acento” — or “with accent” — after that particular letter. Failing to designate the proper accents meant the spelling would be considered incorrect. And, like all languages, some words don’t

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From left are students Jack Richardson, Tania Sexauer and Catherine Weng, with their teacher Katie Smith. The students vied with competitors from 16 schools at the May 15 Spanish spelling bee. Weng won in the Spanish I category for non-native speakers.

follow the expected protocol. For a non-native speaker, the challenge is knowing the foreign words well enough to recognize when to go with how the word sounds, and when the spelling is somewhat different.

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According to Katie Smith, one of the Spanish teachers at Liberty Middle School, the Spanish spelling bee benefits students who are trying to grasp Spanish for the first time.

“The spelling bee itself helps the kids really recognize some of the nuances of the language,” she said. By understanding where the words have accents, for example, they can improve their pronunciation and speak the language properly. But it also helps those students who are native speakers, Smith said. Many children who come from Spanish-speaking households don’t necessarily get to write it.They grow up learning both Spanish words and English spelling rules, which can be confusing. The competition allows them to recognize the spelling protocol for Spanish, and helps keep the rules for both languages separate. Weng joined fellow schoolmates Tania Sexauer and Jack Richardson, who competed in the beginning Spanish category. And while they didn’t finish as high as Weng, Smith said they should be very proud to have advanced through Liberty’s difficult internal competition to compete at the final event. “That’s the thing I kept stressing to them,” she said.“Even though you may not have made it to the top five (in the spelling bee at Roland Park), it’s really OK, because the fact that you were able to go and represent the school is a big accomplishment in and of itself.” The beginning Spanish classes are particularly large, with Weng, who has only been learning Spanish for a couple of years, plans to continue studying the language when she enters high school. But for now she’s excited that her studying paid off with another first-place finish, and the Spanish spelling bee has helped her learn a new language. “I had done it last year so I knew it was coming up again this year, so I really made sure I knew how to spell the words correctly when we were learning them,”Weng said. “I think it’s a great experience. I think it really helps me focus on Spanish.”

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Treasure Hands by Tisha will host an open house and ribbon cutting at 15000 Citrus Country Drive, Suite 342, in Dade City on June 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. RN Cancer Guides will have an open house and ribbon cutting at 26852 Tanic Drive, Suite 101, in Wesley Chapel, June 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both events are hosted through the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. To RSVP, call (813) 206-7373, or email juber@dadecitychamber.org.

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A Chicago-based real estate company has bought its second community in the Tampa Bay area, taking over the former Arlington at Northwood, a 312-unit complex in Wesley Chapel. BES Northwood Fund IX LLC, a company associated with Sherman Residential, finalized its sale of the high-end apartments May 15 for $36.1 million.That is nearly $10 million more than what the community’s previous owner, Protea Northwood Apartments, purchased the complex for in 2006 soon after it was built. The new owners have brought in a new name for the complex as well, calling it Enclave at Wiregrass, according to the company’s website. Enclave is considered a Class A apartment complex, meaning that it was built in the last

20 years or so, and comes with a number of luxury-style amenities. Sherman, on its website, says it’s looking to buy apartment communities that have at least 150 units, comprehensive amenity packages, and strong locations, among other things. Sherman already owns the Enclave at Tranquility Lake in Riverview, as well as 13 other communities in Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina,Tennessee and Texas, according to its website. BES Northwood purchased the property through a $22.5 million loan. It’s located at 1930 Devonwood Drive, just off State Road 56, not far from The Shops at Wiregrass. This is Pasco County’s largest property sale since August 2012 when Seneca at Cypress Creek was sold for $62.3 million. Units in that Lutz community sold for $138,100 each, while units at the new Enclave sold for $115,700 each.

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Lutz 7-Eleven up for sale The 7-Eleven store at 23434 State Road 54 in Lutz is one of 75 stations across the country 7-Eleven Inc., is putting up for sale. Robbie Radant, a vice president with the company, said 7-Eleven is cutting loose stores like the Lutz one not because it’s underperforming, but because it no longer fits with its overall goals. “There are many nice sites in this package that simply do not fit 7-Eleven’s current business model,” Radant said in a release.“All of these stores have solid merchandise sales, and should provide good opportunities for the right buyers.” 7-Eleven is looking to part ways with 31 stores in Florida, along with 14 in Virginia, six in Massachusetts and Illinois, three in Texas and two in New York, Internet, among other activities. Sessions run from June 23-26 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., or July 14-17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $90. • Health Careers — Participants can take on simulations and other hands-on activities related to the school’s paramedic, nursing, dental and radiography programs.They also can become CPR-certified. Sessions run from June 16-19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or July 21-24 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $100. Each session is limited to the first 12 students to register.

Delaware, New Jersey and Utah.The company is selling single stores in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The Lutz site will not include the 7Eleven branding, but could include a fuel contract with SEI Fuels Inc., a subsidiary of 7-Eleven, the company said. 7-Eleven has brought in NRC Realty & Capital Advisors of Chicago to conduct the sale, which will accept sealed bids from groups looking to buy single or multiple locations.The bid deadline is July 29. The Lutz 7-Eleven opened in 1987 with a 3,100-square-foot store along State Road 54 when it was still a two-lane road. It includes a 10-year fuel contract. For information on the sale, visit NRC.com/1408, or call (800) 747-3342. For information, visit PHSC.edu/summercamp, or call (727) 816-3256.

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School sends eighth-graders out to discover the world By Ashley Schrader

The businesses that participated in the Countryside Montessori Charter School internship program, and the students who interned, included: • A Perfect Smile, Natalia Estrada • Victory Lane Motorcars, Dinah Miranda • Central Bark Doggie Day Care, Jayden Trenchik and Katie Champion • Countryside Montessori Academy, Devyn Dacus • On Your Toes, Brianna Lusk • MediTech Medical Center, Sam Talero • Grace Family Church and Black Saddle Stables, Abby Kuskin • Quality Pet, Owen Robison • The Laker/Lutz News, Ashley Schrader

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A dozen eighth-graders at Countryside Montessori Charter School have experienced something few, if any, of their peers have in the Land O’ Lakes area. The soon-to-be-graduates were among the first to take on the task of interning at local businesses throughout the week of May 19. They spent several hours of their day at a variety of businesses in the local area, from schools to pet day care centers. The students developed their own internship preparation while their teacher, Bobbianne Grant, implemented the idea of gaining real-world experience in a range of professional settings. This particular program was the first time the school has allowed students to participate in internships with a goal of achieving a better feel for their future professions. Based on its success this year, Countryside plans to continue the internship program next year for seventh and eighth graders. “The internships give the eighth-grade students the opportunity to experience the work force before going into high school,” said Grant, the Countryside teacher leading the project. Grant gave these students, including this writer, the ability to successfully experience different work atmospheres and assist in each company’s needs. Many students said they had a positive experience and learned a great deal of work

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skills. Their feedback has given the school valuable input to help its students in future internship programs in high school and college. The students who participated in the program said they appreciated the opportunity that was given to them, and hope they will be able to engage in a similar task in their futures. “Internships are like an opportunity for us to see the real world,” said Devyn Dacus, 13, one of a dozen students that participated in the internships. “Since we are not yet adults, internships are one of the few chances we have to see the work force.”

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Dacus interned at Countryside Montessori Academy, one of two preschool and kindergarten divisions related to the Montessori program. It’s located on Carson Drive, a few miles from the main charter school campus at Ehren Cutoff. “At the preschool I was interning at, I had a great experience,” Dacus added. “It made me realize how tedious it actually is to care for toddlers.” Her classmate, Abby Kuskin, did her internship at Grace Family Church in Lutz and Black Saddle Stables in Odessa and Land O’ Lakes. She said the experiences were cool

and interesting, and it could help her achieve a dream of owning her own nonprofit children’s ministry home. The school’s seventh graders also were allowed to participate in internships by shadowing the elementary school teachers at Countryside and experiencing a school day from the teacher’s point of view. “The shadowing was a great experience,” said Julia Leck, one of the participating seventh graders in the project. The program — led by Grant and her colleagues at Countryside — allowed the interns to gain experiences and memories they can apply to their own future careers. Ashley Schrader spent a week as an intern at The Laker/Lutz News as part of Countryside Montessori Charter School’s careers project.

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Deployed on Veterans Day, home by Memorial Day By Diane Kortus Publisher

Sometimes things happen in life that work out better than one could ever plan. If you are a regular reader of my column, you know that my son, Andy Mathes, was married on a beautiful autumn day last November in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. At the time, Andy was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his new wife, Erin, had just one week together after they married before Andy deployed for Afghanistan. Andy and the other Marines in his unit left Camp Lejeune on Veterans Day. I remember thinking it odd they were leaving on that holiday Monday because I assumed our military would honor its troops by making it a day of rest for all servicemen and women, except those actively engaged in war. COURTESY OF U.S. MARINE CORPS GUNNERY SGT. NEIL ROSELLI When I asked Andy why they left on Erin Mathes welcomes her husband, Andy, the day he arrived home from Afghanistan. Veterans Day instead of waiting until later in the week, he laughed and said I obviously did not understand how the military case things changed, as they frequently do very least, a lot of power behind the many worked. Having heard that before from my in the military. prayers said for my son’s safe return. son, I thought no more of it — at least not But then, another week went by and It’s been three weeks since Andy has until now. Andy called with news that he was almost been home and I have yet to see my son. Andy’s deployment was expected to last certain he’d be home before the end of the Andy was quite clear that he wanted to eight or nine months, and we were looking month. spend his first few weeks back alone with forward to his homecoming by the end of And thankfully, he was. Andy was back his bride — and with no surprise visit from the summer. So we were elated when Andy in North Carolina on May 22 — just in time his mother. told us that his company’s mission was to celebrate a long Memorial Day weekend You can imagine how hard it has been going well and there was talk about his with Erin and their dog, Patch. for me to honor this request, regardless unit coming home sooner. So how’s that for karma — deploy on how reasonable it probably seems to everyIn early May, Andy called and said their Veterans Day and get back in time for one but his mother. departure from Afghanistan may happen Memorial Day? It’s such a glorious coinciMy wait got even harder last week before the end of the month, but asked dence that I can’t help but believe there when Andy was promoted to captain. Erin Erin and me not tell friends and family in was some divine intervention, or at the was at the ceremony to pin the captain’s

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Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is seeking troop leaders, both men and women older than 18, to volunteer. Other opportunities include becoming a program or camp facilitator. For information, visit GSWCF.org/volunteer.

Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., in Lutz, will host the free vacation Bible school “Agency D3” June 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., for children ages 5 through fifth grade. For information, call (813) 2641515, ext. 461.

NEW TROOPS FORMING

Messiah Lutheran Church & Preschool, 14920 Hutchison Road in Tampa, will host a vacation Bible school June 17-20 from 9 a.m. to noon, for children in grades 4 through 6. The theme is “International Spy Academy.” Registration is $5 per child. For information, call (813) 265-0806.

American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA, a Christian scouting program, is forming a new troop in the Odessa area.There will be an information meeting June 2 at 6:30 p.m., at Idlewild Church of Odessa, 1234 Gunn Highway.The troops are for boys and girls ages 5 through 18. For information, email Debbie Tharp at dtharp8gmail.com.

TOWN HALL FOR VETERANS

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, will host a town hall meeting for veterans to discuss their experiences with local Veterans Affairs offices June 5 at 10 a.m., at New Port Richey City Hall, 5919 Main St., in New Port Richey.The event is open to the public.

LUTZ GUV’NA FUNDRAISERS

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club is supporting Jay Muffly for Lutz Guv’na and will sponsor these upcoming fundraisers: • June 5: Luncheon at Lutz Civic Center, 10 a.m. to noon, for $6 • June 8: Bunco Party at Aniko Solomonson’s home, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., $5 For information, call Sharon Bard at (813) 996-4909.

RADIO THEATRE DOUBLE FEATURE

MAS Radio Theatre will perform a double feature of “My Client Curley” and “The Casebook of Gregory Hood:The Derringer Society” June 6 at 8 p.m., at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa.Tickets start at $10. For information, call (813) 269-1310, or visit CarrollwoodCenter.org.

READING CLUB KICK-OFF

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will kick off its Teen Summer Reading Club with a game night June 6 at 6 p.m.There will be video, board and card games, and a mini Yu-Gi-Oh! contest. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

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The Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is honoring active duty, veteran, and retired men and women of the military, and up to five family members, with free admission June 6. IDs are required.The offer excludes special exhibitions, IMAX films, high ropes course and zip line. For information, call (813) 987-6000.

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Grove 16 Cobb Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, will begin its free summer kids shows at 10 a.m., every Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday, starting with “Turbo” and “Walking with Dinosaurs” on June 17, June 18 and June 19. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Schools, groups and camps are welcome. Same-day ticketing only. For information, call (813) 948-5444.

The Pasco Cooperative Extension Service will host a free family gardening day seminar June 7 at 9 a.m., at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52 in Dade City, for children ages 5 through 13. Participants can learn what critters are good for the garden and what they eat. Adults must accompany children. For information, call (352) 518-0156.

BEGONIAS AT USF

The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will have a begonia talk and sale June 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 12210 USF Pine Drive in Tampa. For information, call (813) 974-2329, or visit Gardens.USF.edu.

NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet June 10 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Guest speaker is Glen Bupp of the Rare Plant Conservation Program at Bok Tower Gardens.There will be refreshments and a native plant drawing. For information, call (727) 376-7663.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

Pasco County Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a series of digital photography classes June 14, June 21 and June 28 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. Cost is $15 per class, or $20 per couple. For information, call (813) 9291220, email info@con2000.com, or visit Con2000.com/photography.

HILLSBOROUGH SUMMER CAMPS The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is offering a variety of summer camps for children ages 6 to 16, during a series of two-week camps from June 16 through Aug. 8. Camps are on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at various locations. Online

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The Alzheimer’s Family Organization will host its annual Alberta’s Fashion Show June 17 at the Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity.There will be lunch, raffles, auctions and vendor tables.Tickets are $30. Purchase a table of 10 and only pay for nine tickets. Sponsorships available. For information, call (727) 848-8888.

ART GALLERY WORKSHOPS

The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., will host a series of digital camera workshops beginning June 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $20 per person.To RSVP, call (727) 8486500, or email nprgallery1@gmail.com.

DONATE TO LIBRARY FRIENDS

The Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, are looking for new members and gently used books. Books can be donated at the library Tuesday through Saturday. New member applications can be filled out at the library. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

OLD LUTZ SCHOOL MEETING

The next general meeting for the Old Lutz School is June 19 at 7 p.m., at 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz. For information, call Suzin Carr at (813) 453-5256.

‘MEN’S IMPACT WEEKEND’

The 2014 Wildfire “Men’s Impact Weekend” conference will be at the University of South Florida Sun Dome June 20 starting at 5:30 p.m., and June 21

starting at 7:30 a.m.The event is for men to worship God and learn more about the life he intends for men. Headliners for the event include Tim Tebow and A&E’s “Duck Dynasty’s” Jase Robertson. For tickets, visit SunDomeArena.com.

PERFORMING ARTS CAMP

Live Oak Theatre Co. is seeking participants for its fifth annual performing arts summer program June 23-27, for children ages 7 through 18. Camp is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., in Brooksville. Campers will learn various concepts of musical theater. For information, call (352) 593-0027, or visit LiveOakTheatre.org.

TAMPA THEATRE FUNDRAISER

The Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will host its “Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas” fundraiser July 12. Premium sampling begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $70 in advance. Grand sampling begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are $45. Theater members save $5 off advance tickets. Guests are invited to dress as their favorite character, or come in a “Loathing”inspired costume. For information, visit TampaTheatre.org.

VOLUNTEER FOR BOOKS FOR TROOPS

Books for Troops needs volunteers to sort and pack books in its storage unit at 54 UStore in Lutz. Day and evening opportunities are available.All hours contributed are eligible for Presidential Service awards.The organization is approved for National Honor Society service hours.To complete an online application, visit BooksForTroops.org.

KIDS EARN A FREE BOOK

Children in a reading level up to sixth grade can earn a free book through Barnes & Noble by reading any eight books and completing a reading log.The summer program runs through Sept. 2, at participating locations. Offer is good while supplies last. Limit is one free book per customer.

VISIT WC CIVIL AIR PATROL

Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, located at the North Tampa Aero Park just off State Road 54, meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., next to the airport hangar. Cadets range from 12 to 21 years old, and senior members are 18 and older. For information and a schedule of activities, visit WesleyChapelCAP.com.

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Feeding America Tampa Bay-Suncoast Branch, 5829 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes, is looking for volunteers. Parents must accompany volunteers younger than 16.Volunteer hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as two Saturdays per month.After-school hours are offered for students to acquire Bright Future credits. For information, call (813) 929-0200.

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SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM

The Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, will offer a free smoking cessation program

HOSPICE TEEN CAMP

Gulfside Hospice is hosting its annual Mending Hearts Teen Camp June 6 and June 7 at Lakewood Retreat in Brooksville. The camp focuses on providing a safe environment for teens dealing with the loss of a loved one. Activities include a rope course, arts and crafts, and a balloon release. For information, call (727) 844-3946, or (813) 780-1235.

MEN’S HEALTH SEMINAR

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The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, hosts a monthly support group the second Tuesday of each month for those afflicted with multiple sclerosis, along with their caregivers and family members. The next meeting is June 10 at noon. For information, call (727) 372-1568.

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION LECTURE

The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, will host a free presentation on “Atrial Fibrillation: Treatment for Irregular Heart Rhythm” June 10 at 3 p.m. Guest speakers are cardiac surgeon Dr. Michael Wahl and cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Rajiva Goyal. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (727) 869-5498.

OLOR CANCER NETWORK

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Family Cancer Network meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month in Rosary

Hall, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, beginning at 7 p.m. Cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to attend. For information, call (813) 949-4565.

FOOD ADDICTS PROGRAM

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meets at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 33420 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, Thursdays at 7 p.m. The program is based on the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. For information, visit FoodAddicts.org.

NAMI OFFERS SUPPORT

The Pasco County Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two monthly support group meetings at 7 p.m. • Family & Friends Support Meetings: North Tampa Behavioral Health, 29910 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, first and third Tuesday of each month.This group is for family and friends of those with mental illness. • NAMI Connections: NAMI Pasco Office, 6480 Jallo Plaza, 6480 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, every Tuesday.This group is for those living with mental illness. For information, call (727) 992-9653.

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YOUNG ENDORSES BURGESS

House District 38 candidate Danny Burgess has won yet another endorsement, this time from House deputy majority leader and whip Dana Young. Young, R-Tampa, praised the former Zephyrhills mayor as being a “principled conservative, community leader, dedicated husband and new father.” Burgess faces Minnie Diaz in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel. Burgess raised $4,225 in April, according to state election records, bringing his total campaign account to just under $45,000. Diaz collected $140 during the same period, bringing her total to $3,000. Barring anyone else entering the race, the winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Beverly Ledbetter, who raised $2,473 in April bringing her total for the November election to $8,464.

FASANO OFFICIALLY IN TAX COLLECTOR RACE

How has former state Sen. Mike Fasano done in his new job as Pasco County’s tax collector? He’ll get a chance to find out as he files to seek out his first full term in office. Fasano finished the needed paperwork May 23, and has yet to draw an opponent. Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to the position in 2013 following the death of longtime tax collector Mike Olson. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey, replaced him in the Senate. Olson beat Republican challenger Ed Blommel in 2012 after outraising the Republican nearly 2-to-1. Fasano spent 10 years in the state Senate, and another eight years in the state House, serving as the majority leader there in 2000.

NOCCO HOSTS MOORE FUNDRAISER

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and others are hosting a meet-and-greet for Pasco County Commission candidate Mike Moore June 4 at 6 p.m., at Lonzalo’s, 3104 Town Ave., in Trinity. Joining the gathering are attorneys Craig Laporte and Barbara Wilhite. Moore is seeking Pat Mulieri’s seat in the county’s District 2 race, which includes other Republican challengers like Ken Littlefield and Bob Robertson.The winner of that primary is expected to face Democrat Erika Remsberg in the November election.

LEGG ENDORSES WILSON RE-ELECTION BID

Pasco County commissioner Henry Wilson Jr. has picked up an endorsement from state Sen. John Legg in his re-election bid. “Henry is a strong advocate for Pasco’s business and families,” Legg, R-Lutz, said in a release. “He has and will continue to put Pasco’s best interests first.” Wilson, who at this point is facing a potential open primary in August against newcomer Mike Wells Jr., already has received endorsements from other politicians like Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes; state Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby; and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

SWIFTMUD GOVERNING BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS

The Southwest Florida Water Management District governing board has elected new officers for the coming year, led by Michael Babb as chair. Babb, who represents Hillsborough County, is president of Two Rivers Ranch Inc., in Thonotosassa. He was first appointed to the board in June 2011. Other officers include Randall Maggard as vice chair, Jeffery Adams as secretary and David Dunbar as treasurer. Maggard, who represents Pasco County, is vice president of Sonny’s Discount Appliances Inc., in Dade City. He was first appointed to the board in October 2011. Adams, representing Pinellas County, is an attorney and partner with Abbey Adams LLP in St. Petersburg. He was first appointed in April 2010. Dunbar represents both Hillsborough and Pinellas, and is chairman of Synovus Bank of Florida in Palm Harbor. He was appointed in July 2013. The new officers serve a one-year term beginning 24 hours before the next governing board meeting, set for June 24. The board members are unpaid volunteers appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.They set policy for the organization, commonly known as Swiftmud, with its mission to manage the water and related resources of west central Florida, to meet the needs of current and future water users while still protecting the environment.

ELECTIONS OPEN HOUSE

Hillsborough County supervisor of elections Craig Latimer will host an open house June 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at 12022 Anderson Road in Tampa. For information, call (813) 744-5900, or visit VoteHillsborough.org.

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As Florida teens begin preparing for summer jobs, the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Child Labor Program is working to educate teens and Florida businesses about state and federal child labor law requirements. The program enforces the Florida Child Labor Law as well as the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a release. Both were designed to protect the health, education and welfare of teenagers while in the workplace, and to safeguard their well-being. Two main areas child labor laws focus on are how many hours a teen works, and the types of jobs they are working in. “Summer jobs provide a great opportunity for Florida teens to gain valuable work experience and training, and we want to make sure they are able to learn these skills in a safe environment,” said Ken Lawson, secretary of DBPR, in a release. In 2013, more than 225,000 teens between 16 and 19 were on the job, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The DBPR does recommend some tips to teens working this summer, to be sure they

are working for a boss who is following the law. • Know your rights to a safe and healthy workplace. • Learn to recognize hazards at work, and speak up when you see them. • Participate in training programs at work or request training if none is offered. • Use safe work practices. • Learn where you can get information about child labor laws, health and safety, and your rights. In Florida, teenagers can enter the work force at 14, and work up to eight hours each day and 40 hours per week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. during the summer. However, they cannot work more than six consecutive days. Teens 16 and 17 can work unlimited hours, however, they cannot work more than six consecutive days. All minors are required to have a 30minute uninterrupted break for every four consecutive hours worked. For more information on child labor laws, including waivers, hour limitations, exemptions and safety requirements, call (850) 488-3131.

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Smalls makes big contributions to Lutz beyond Guv’na By Michael Murillo

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What makes Jerome Smalls want to be the next Lutz Guv’na? Part of it is encouragement from the current one. “We went to the same high school in Philadelphia,” said Smalls of himself and the current Guv’na, Suzin Carr. When they met a couple of years ago in Lutz, they realized they both attended Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, albeit at different times. They struck up a friendship, and Carr encouraged him to run for the ceremonial title, given to the candidate who raises the most money during the race.The funds collected by the candidates go to local charities and civic organizations. Smalls declined to run last year against Carr — who earned her second stint as Guv’na — but now that her term is almost over, he’s thrown his hat into the ring. Smalls is one of five candidates vying for the position, and even though he’s lived in the Tampa area for around eight years — Smalls and his family live in Town ‘N Country and are relocating to Westchase — he’s always been struck by the friendly and welcoming nature of Lutz residents. “The people are probably the No. 1 thing.The people are really friendly and outgoing,” he said. Smalls first got to know the people of Lutz when he started up his family business, Soccer Gemz, which uses the fields by Lutz First Baptist Church, 18116 U.S. 41, where his family also attends church. His wife, Marchele, played soccer at the University of Tennessee, and they decided to create a soccer program for children ranging in ages from 18 months to eight years. The inspiration came from feedback from Smalls’ daughter, Ivoryele, when she started playing soccer at a young age.

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Lutz Guv’na candidate Jerome Smalls started Soccer Gemz with his wife, Marchele, to provide a sports curriculum that could be enjoyed by children like his daughter Ivoryele, 5. They have programs for children as young as 18 months, so daughter Anora, 10 months, isn’t far behind.

“She enjoyed the practices and was having fun. But when it came to the games, she didn’t really care too much for them,” Smalls said.“And we noticed that that’s what a lot of kids do.They’re not into it at all.” Soccer Gemz operates under a curriculum that eliminates what they believe isn’t enjoyable, while retaining what is considered fun. The organization’s focus is based on teaching skills through positive reinforce-

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ment, and playing games that are really just exhibitions where they don’t keep score and don’t have an actual winner. The program allows children to learn the fundamentals of soccer without competitive aspects they might not enjoy at a young age. Soccer Gemz also touts a “mommy and me” class where a mother or father can participate in lessons with their children as early as 18 months. At that age they might just be socializing and learning to kick a

ball, but it allows for a unique bonding experience for a family and provides a basic introduction to sports. For Smalls, a successful class isn’t necessarily one where a child becomes the next soccer star or flashes superior skills. It’s when he receives feedback from parents that their child enjoys participating and has a good time on the field. “Kids are having fun. That’s the No. 1 principle that we decided to build our business on, is making sure that the kids are having fun while they’re learning,” Smalls said. The format seems to be working, as Soccer Gemz also has added a location in Ruskin. But Lutz is special to Smalls, so he’s making a push for Guv’na with a series of fundraisers. Smalls recently had a pancake breakfast, he has an event planned at Mekenita Mexican Grille on June 5, and an ice cream social at the Tampa Community of Christ June 13 at noon. And while he hopes to raise the most money and earn the title, it’s the charitable aspect of the race that appeals to him. Smalls participates in church drives and enjoys being able to give back to Lutz groups and help raise funds for worthy organizations. He wants to win the race, but will continue participating in area events either way. His goals? “Not only now, but after the race is over, to be able to get around and do things in the community and bring a little bit more awareness to things that are going on in the community,” Smalls said. For more information about Soccer Gemz or to contribute to Smalls’ campaign, call (813) 421-5203, or visit SoccerGemz.com.

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ICE, from page 1 there, and had to drive 60 to 70 miles to an ice practice.” Zimmermann, in his off-time, coaches the Wiregrass Ice Hawks, a youth team that includes his son, incoming Wiregrass High School junior Luke Zimmermann. The Ice Hawks finished as one of the top youth hockey teams in the state, second only to Mitchell High School. The long drives and fighting for time on the ice limits the younger Zimmermann’s practice time to just a few days a week. But having a sports complex within walking distance of his Seven Oaks home could actually get him out on the ice much more frequently. “I’d probably be going there every day,” Luke Zimmermann, a center for the team, said. Although the facility is tentatively called the Cypress Creek Ice and Sport Complex, Gordie Zimmermann said he’s not opposed to finding a corporate sponsor to buy the naming rights. But even if that happens, it would probably be hard for people not to refer to the facility based on where it is geographically, like Cypress Creek or even Wesley Chapel. And that’s exactly what Jeff Novotny wanted to hear. Not only is he president of American Consulting, which helped with the Zimmermann project, but he’s also president of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, which has been working tirelessly on branding new development along State Road 56 in the name of Wesley Chapel. “I can tell you that the Tampa Bay area has a shortage of ice availability for all age levels,” said Novotny, whose American Consulting headquarters is literally next to the site where the ice complex will be built. “I can count on one hand the number of ice arenas in a one-hour drive.And thanks to the Tampa Bay Lightning, it is better than what it was 15 years ago.” The Lightning was represented by Stanley Cup winner Dave Andreychuk who, coincidentally, went to high school with Zimmermann in Hamilton, Ontario.

Andreychuk stood behind Zimmermann last week during a news conference where the new facility was unveiled, and lent his support to the facility. Although there are plans to build a twopad ice sports complex near The Grove in Wesley Chapel, Zimmermann seemed to dismiss the possibility that the local market could become too saturated with ice. “I think we’ve done our homework,” he said.“I come from an area that has 200 rinks — eight-plexes and six-plexes, and it’s kind of the way of the world to build a minimum of four.” The facility will be two stories tall, complete with two National Hockey League-level ice pads, and one meeting Olympic specifications.A fourth smaller ice pad, which can double as a non-ice sports court, could be made available when needed for young kids just getting their start, or even to help goalies learn position playing, Zimmermann said. A restaurant would be situated on the second floor, with a clear view of all the rinks. “During tournaments, some people’s children’s games might be an hour or two apart, an they can go up and grab a quick snack,” Zimmermann said. “Others might have six- or seven-hour gaps, and they can go to Wiregrass mall, and maybe to a restaurant.” Coming right behind it is a planned 120room hotel expected to close on 3 acres of land this summer, developers said. It would complement offerings already in that area, including an existing Hampton Inn & Suites. Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano joined other government leaders at the presentation in endorsing the project, calling it a crowning achievement to what the county is trying to accomplish in the State Road 56 and Interstate 75 corridor. “Two rinks would’ve been great, three rinks is phenomenal, but with four, everyone is going to want to come here and play this from all around the world,” Mariano said, highlighting potential interest to travel here from groups outside Florida, and even outside the United States.“If you had to go to Canada or down here to play hockey, where would you want to go?”

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Arbor Day foundation offers tree-identifying book The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a book that will help readers identify trees throughout Florida using a step-by-step process. “What Tree is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit group that specializes in tree planting. The book features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species. Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called the book a must-have resource, according to a release. It’s filled with full-color

SUMMER, from page 1 A program aimed at giving children a chance to learn through a variety of environmental experiences also is being offered to students from Title 1 schools.About 600 students from Title 1 schools will visit Safety Town, Energy Marine Center, Starkey Ranch, caves, and The Florida Aquarium through the Pasco Environmental Adventure Camp Experience. The district also is providing additional help to middle school students who have not met the requirements to be promoted to the next grade. The district’s course recovery programs have been extended from half-days to full-days to give students more time to master essential content. The district is providing this opportunity for students to get back on track to up to 100 students per Title 1 school, and up to 50 students at other schools. Courses also will be available for high school students needing to recover credits, with seniors being given the highest priority for those opportunities.

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In conjunction with hurricane season comes an influx of unlicensed contracting activity. Unlicensed activity occurs when an individual who is not licensed by the state provides or offers to provide services that require a license in the state. Consumers can report suspected unlicensed activity by calling (866) 532-1440, or emailing ula@myfloridalicense.com. Unlicensed activity is illegal, and when the governor declares a state of emergency, the penalty for unlicensed activity elevates from a misdemeanor to a third-degree felony offense, according to DBPR. Consumers should stay familiar with the types of work that would require a licensed contractor. That includes roof repairs, roof installations, window installations, plumbing and electrical repairs, and rewiring. Common storm-related services that do not require a license include trimming or removal of fallen trees, removal of debris, or even placing tarps on roofs. For the full list of construction services licensed by DBPR, visit MyFloridaLicense.com, or call (850) 487-1395.

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The district also will offer summer school for exceptional student education programs for students who have individual education plans that call for summer instruction. The district will serve summer meals at locations where more than 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reducedprice meals during the regular school year. District staff members will serve breakfast, lunch and a snack to children through age 18. Transportation also will be provided to summer programs for students who meet the district’s requirements. Teachers can upgrade their skills in the district’s Secondary Literacy Symposium for sixth- through 12th-grade teachers.Teachers will work in collaborative groups to deepen their learning related to the English Language Arts instructional shifts of the newly adopted Florida Standards. Other teachers also will have a chance to strengthen their content knowledge of the standards at the 2014 K-8 Mathematics Institute and at the High School Mathematics Institute.


No horsing around here: Ride for Hospice raises $24K The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report

Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care recently received a check for $24,000 from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Posse. It was raised during the sixth annual Ride for Hospice in March at Diamond B Ranch in Dade City. “On behalf of our organization, I would like to personally thank the posse for holding this event to benefit Gulfside,” Gulfside president and chief executive Linda Ward said, in a release. “Gulfside Hospice is forever grateful for all the work the Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse has put into this event, not just this year, but over the past six years.” One of those taking part in the check presentation ceremony with Ward and Sheriff Chris Nocco was Sue Touchston, who personally raised just over $4,840. Also there was Paul Correia, who had a separate music fundraiser for Gulfside called Paulie COURTESY OF KETH LUKE Palooza. Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse deputy Margaret Judy Tyler, Kym Corkum and Bushell receives a plaque from Gulfside Hospice Margaret Bushell organized the origi- president and chief executive Linda Ward, thanking nal Ride for Hospice in 2009.Tyler and the posse for its work on the Ride for Hospice, Corkum developed the idea after par- which this year raised $24,000. ticipating in Gulfside’s Hike for Hospice. filled with sworn deputies. Both are a part Since then, the event has raised a little of the Citizen Support Services section of more than $100,000 for patient care at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Gulfside. For more information on the group, visit The Mounted Posse has served Pasco PascoPosse.com. County since 1995. All members of the Gulfside Hospice was first licensed in horse-riding group must pass and maintain 1989, and serves more than 350 patients several qualification standards to enable daily.The company employs 250 professionhorse and rider to safely work in close con- als, and has more than 550 volunteers, tact with the public. serving Pasco County exclusively. The Mounted Posse is comprised of civilFor more information on Hospice, call ian volunteers, while the Mounted Unit is (800) 561-4883, or visit GHPPC.org.

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Saint Leo has a good women’s tennis team. But when the sixth-ranked Lions (20-5 at the time) entered the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships last month, they faced a much better one. Headed into their first-round match-up, the Brigham Young University-Hawaii Seasiders were undefeated in the 2014 season. And while they were ranked just third in the tournament, losing to anyone was a rarity: In the past 16 seasons, the team had been defeated just nine times. After facing the Lions, though, they now have 10 losses. Saint Leo upset BYU-Hawaii 5-4 in a match that lasted more than six hours. Following that victory, the Lions toppled the 12th-ranked California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans to advance to the semifinals. It was the first time the Lions reached the Final Four and their first trip to the national tournament, as well. Saint Leo’s run ended after a loss to second-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University. Still, acting head coach Sarah Summerfield is proud of the team’s accomplishments. “Obviously, I was thrilled,” Summerfield said.“The way we performed at the end of the year, it was spectacular. It was the best tennis I’ve seen them play all year.” While defeating the Seasiders was the highlight of the year, Summerfield said it wasn’t the only big match the team won during their memorable season.Avenging an earlier loss to Lynn University, one of the top teams in the competitive Sunshine State Conference, Saint Leo defeated the Fighting Knights in the conference semifinals and again in the second round of the national tournament.

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TWO JUNE BASKETBALL CAMPS AT SUNLAKE

Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes, will host two basketball camps in June for boys and girls ages 8 through 16. The first session will be June 9-12 and the second will be June 16-19. Each session costs $120 and runs daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact coach Reesa Pledge at rhendrix@pasco.k12.fl.us or Mark Hall at mlhall@pasco.k12.fl.us.

REBELS HOME GAMES THIS SUMMER

The Tampa Bay Rebels, a semi-pro basketball team, has three upcoming home games at Freedom High School. The Rebels will play the Heartland Prowl on June 14, the Miami Midnites on June 21 and the Palm Beach Knights on July 26. Tickets are $10 for fans over 13. Children 13 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit TampaBayRebels.com.

FREE SOCCER CLINIC IN WESLEY CHAPEL

Grace Community, a church located at 30243 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel, will host a free soccer clinic on June 8. The event will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and will provide a preview of their Upward soccer camp, which will be on Sunday mornings from July 13 until Aug. 10. For more information, visit ExploreGrace.com or call (813) 994-9363.

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Junior Paula Montoya was part of the Saint Leo Lions’ record-breaking season in women’s tennis.

The conference victory against Lynn came down to a final singles match — college tennis competitions are determined by counting victories in both doubles and singles play in a best-of-nine format — and it was junior Paula Montoya who came through with the deciding win. Montoya, who hails from Venezuela, said that her country’s tennis play is marked by a combination of consistency and aggression,

and she used both to secure the win for her team. “In the beginning it was consistency. I played the ball so she was getting tired,” Montoya said. “But then in the second set she got aggressive and I got kind of defensive, so I almost lost that second set. It was 5-2 (in favor of her opponent) and I got my confidence back and I was able to play my aggressive game.”

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tennis, volleyball, golf and bowling players who live in Pasco County. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.

Wiregrass Ranch High School will host its annual Bull Chip four-person golf scramble June 21 at the Quail Hollow Golf Course, 6225 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. Proceeds will benefit the school’s band boosters. Check-in will begin at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, or $300 per foursome, and includes green fees, cart and barbecue dinner. For more information, call (813) 862-8314 or send e-mail to wrhsbandboosters@yahoo.com.

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Tennis 4 u/Tennis Para Ti is looking for doubles tennis players for matches in Dade City. The organization also is offering private and group tennis lessons for players of all ages and skill levels. For information, call Jeanette Marcus at (813) 417-0061, or e-mail jmarcusddm@gmail.com.

SUMMER CAMPS AT LAKE JOVITA

Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., in Dade City, will host three camps this summer. Two general summer camps will include golf, tennis and swimming, and one will be golf-specific that focuses on rules, swing techniques and sportsmanship. The general summer camps will be June 24-27 and July 22-25, and the golf-specific camp will be Aug. 12-15. Each camp costs $300 per attendee. For information, call (352) 588-9200, or email rweber@lakejovita.com.

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The state champion Sunlake High School cheerleading team will host a Little Seahawk Cheer Clinic over four days in July. The event is targeted toward students of Oakstead, Lake Myrtle, Denham Oaks, Odessa and Rushe middle schools. The clinic will be July 21-23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.The cost is $25 per student and includes a T-shirt and an opportunity to cheer with the varsity team at a game. For information, email coach Pennye Garcia at pgarcia@pasco.k12.fl.us.

VOLLEYBALL CAMPS IN JUNE AND JULY

Gaither High School, 16200 N. Dale Mabry Highway, will host volleyball camps twice weekly this summer. The middle school camp runs from June 9 through July 16 on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the high school camp will run from June 10 through July 17 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All camp sessions will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.The cost is $75 per person. For information, call (813) 9757340, or email tim.boylan@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

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The Pasco Federated Republican Women’s Club will host its inaugural golf outing on June 8 at The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes. The group will donate half of the event’s profits to the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. The golf outing begins with a shotgun scramble at 9:30 a.m. There also will be a

The Lions’ success this season will help juniors like Montoya prepare for a larger leadership role next year, she said. And her coach agrees, noting that a regular challenge for sports teams is replacing veteran leadership. But Summerfield thinks that the current team set a standard that the team next year will be eager to match. “I believe that they’re going to want to do just as well or better than we did this year,” she said. “I definitely think that the new seniors have to step it up, and I know they’re going to do it because they know what it feels like to get to the Final Four, they know what it takes and I know they’re going to be up for the challenge.” Part of that challenge will be to adapt to a new head coach. While Summerfield will be a graduate assistant coach for Saint Leo, a permanent coach will be chosen to lead the team going forward. Summerfield said she had a great experience as head coach, and believes taking a team to the Final Four will serve as a nice highlight on her coaching resume. She plans to pursue head coaching opportunities in the future. The run to the Final Four also will remain a highlight of Saint Leo’s tennis resume. While Montoya said she’s already starting her training program for next season and believes the team can improve its fitness to be better prepared for grueling matches, she acknowledges the accomplishment that puts this year’s women’s tennis team in the school’s record books, and the work that went into attaining that success. “It’s amazing because we’ve been playing and training for that goal,” she said.“We’re ranked No. 3 now and that’s amazing.That’s the first time we’ve been ranked that high.” putting contest, drawings and prizes. For information, call Fran Scerbo at (727) 597-3727, or email her at fmscerbo@yahoo.com; or call Meg Merritt at (813) 428-6541, or email her at megmerritt3@gmail.com.

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The Slo Pitch Softball League, geared toward players older than 60, hosts registration every Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3932 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. Teams will be balanced, and play Friday mornings. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.

SAINT LEO BASEBALL CAMPS JUNE 30-JULY 3

The Saint Leo baseball team will have its summer youth camp June 30 through July 3 for ages 12 and younger. The camp includes group and one-onone instruction, and covers areas such as hitting, fielding, throwing and base running. The camp runs from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Cost is $150 each. For information, call Lee Parks at (352) 588-8841, or e-mail lee.parks@saintleo.edu.

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The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA will host the 2014 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships July 1 through July 5. More than 1,000 volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. The opening ceremonies will take place at Raymond James Stadium, with competitions at the Tampa Convention Center. For volunteer information, e-mail ynationalsvolunteer@tampaymca.org.


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Lower your insurance premiums special to The Laker / Lutz News by Mike Matthew Daryl Patrick, owner of Tampa Bay Insurance Center in Wesley Chapel, is confident that he can save you money on homeowner’s insurance. He is a property and casualty agent representing 37 homeowner insurance carriers, eight auto carriers, and 100 commercial insurance carriers. Every carrier is demo-tech A rated in Florida. “We find ways to help save people money,” says Daryl. “There are ways to get credits for your home that many agents don’t tell their customers. Getting certain inspections will lower your premiums. We had one customer who saved $800 by getting a single inspection.” Most inspections are good for five years, so the cost of the inspection will usually pay for itself many times over. Homes built in 2002 or later automatically qualify for wind mitigation credits. Anything older requires an inspection in order to receive a credit. Even condo owners can get wind mitigation credits. Your agent should be asking you a lot of questions. Do you live in a gated community? Are you retired? Do you have an alarm system? These questions may lower your insurance premiums. Your agent should be working for you first. “Most homes have credits in them,” says Daryl. “The homeowner may just not know it. We make sure they receive the credits available to them. For example, a single-entrance neighborhood gets you a credit.”

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Erika Ross of Wesley Chapel, and Jo Tambone of Land O’ Lakes — volunteers from the Knights of Columbus auxiliary — have their flags ready as they await the start of the May 26 Memorial Day parade at Dupree Lakes.

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Organizers estimate about 350 people lined up to see the first Memorial Day parade in Land O’ Lakes, giving them a good goal to top when the event returns next year.

Four generations of one Land O’ Lakes family camp out with a small picnic in front of their 1931 Durant along the Memorial Day parade route on Ehren Cutoff. Linda Ellerbee, Brenda Harrell, Casey Kirby and 9-year-old Braeden King enjoy the summer-like warm weather ahead of the parade.

Egypt Shriners from Tampa don their fezzes and show off an empty wheelchair, showcasing the charity work they do, during the Land O’ Lakes Memorial Day parade on May 26.

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An honor guard from the local Knights of Columbus was one group featured in the Memorial Day parade. The Knights of Columbus Assembly 2741 and Council 8104 were some of the organizers of the event.

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Saint Leo to address veterans at annual conference The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report

Saint Leo University will host the second annual Military and Veteran Social Work Conference June 6 and June 7, to talk about veterans in transition from the military to the work force. The conference is designed to generate and nurture ideas to advance the understanding of clinical and student service practices with veterans, military personnel and their families, and to serve as an effective teaching and training tool for educators and practitioners who seek to work with this growing population, according to a release. Keynote speakers fore the two-day event

are retired Col.Ann McCulliss Johnson of the U.S.Army, and Lt. Col Nathan Keller. It will include more than 50 presenters from across the country, sharing expertise on a range of topics that affect veterans, military personnel and their families, as well as student veterans. Faculty and alumni from Saint Leo who will participate include John Jeanguenat, Veronika Ospina-Kammerer, April Steen, Rhondda Waddell, Moneque Walker-Pickett and James Whitworth. Saint Leo is located at 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. For more information, or to register, visit SaintLeo.edu/vss2014, call (352) 588-8234, or email vss@saintleo.edu.

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Oak Grove Beauty! This beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage home is situated on a large corner lot. The back yard is fenced. The patio in covered and is conveniently located in the great community of Oak Grove. Don’t miss this great deal! $160K. (bra)

Willow Bend! Fabulous 4/2.5/3 home plus office is located on a conservation lot. Formal living room and dining room with vaulted ceilings and arched plant shelves, large family room with wood burning fireplace and an extra-large kitchen. $299.9K. (son)

Ashton Oaks Villa! Maintenance free Villa with conservation view. This villa located in Ashton Oaks boasts 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The master in large and can accommodate any size furniture. Kitchen features all stainless steel appliances. $127.5K. (ash)

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Hunters Green Pool Home! Conservation lot! This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, pool home is move-in-ready. Soaring ceilings and filled with light, this excellent property has one of the best positions currently available in gated Hunters Green. Granite counter-tops. $344.9K. (qua)

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Lexington Oaks Village Pool Home! Beautiful open 4/3/2 with wood floors throughout foyer, dining room & great room. The spacious kitchen is open to the great room & offers granite counters, upgraded 42” cabinets and stainless steel appliances. $259.9K. (riv)

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Unique Home in Whisper Run! This 4/2.5/2 features a wood burning brick fireplace. The master bedroom leads out to a private lanai that’s in a fenced in area. It has large walk-in closets plus 2 extra closets for storage. No CDD, HOA or deed restrictions! $274.9K. (whi)

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Palm Harbor Condo! First floor 2/1 in excellent location has an upgraded kitchen with 42” cabinets, black appliances, corian counters, and an eat-in area. Spacious living room with sliders leading out to sunroom and a large master suite with walk-in closet. $58.8K. (fox)

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Heritage Isles in Tampa! This open floor plan 2,523 Sq. Ft. one-story, 4/3/3 home sits partially on hole 16 of the golf course and on conservation for maximum privacy. Home features many upgrades: hardwood floors, tile in the wet areas, and crown molding. $279K. (pla)

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Brooksville Pool Home! A colorful and well- kept garden greets you as you enter this 3/2.5/2 home with den/office located in The Cascades is a 55 plus community. The home features a large great room, with 14' tray ceilings, a separate dining room. $269.9K. (tat)

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Henderson Road Sub. In Tampa! This beautiful and well maintained 3/2/2 home offers a nice open floor plan with a large 22 foot living room with fireplace and with pretty laminate wood floors, very functional tiled kitchen with lots of breakfast counter space. $139.9K. (wal)

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Zephyr Grove in Tampa! Great investment or affordable starter home is a 3/2/1 located on an oversized double fenced lot with fantastic floor plan with additional bonus room that is not reflected on the tax rolls. Kitchen with all wood cabinets. $69.9K. (22n)

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Eastwood in Brandon! This beautifully remodeled 5/3 home boasts a spacious kitchen with lots new cabinetry, updated counter tops and brand new stainless steel appliances and a breakfast nook. The massive living room is perfect for any type of entertaining. $219.9K. (hom)

College Heights in Dade City! Completely remodeled 3/2 is a real doll house on an extra-large lot. Spacious open great room plan with laminate floors, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets and granite counter tops is all just minutes from St. Leo. $99K. (abb)

Pool Home at Province Lakes in Brandon! This 3/2.5/2 home has been well-cared for and is certainly move-in ready. Filled with light, space and soaring ceilings, this two story property features a modern floor plan with focus on an open family life style. $220K. (sco)

Misty Woods Pool Home in Tarpon Springs! This 4/3.5/3 with office has an outdoor kitchen with pavers overlooking pasture with horses. The master suite is downstairs with a walk-in closet, shower, garden tub with granite countertops & double vanities. $362K. (mis)

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Lakeview Knoll in Zephyrhills! This 3/2/1 is on an extralarge fenced lot, spacious open great room floor plan, large kitchen with lots of cabinets, new stainless steel side by side refrigerator, range dishwasher, microwave, blinds, ceiling fans and security. $119K. (arm)

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Coopers Pond! Gorgeous 4/2/2 pool home in excellent condition, floor plan has lots of living space with large living/dining room combination featuring cherry wood floors and a split bedroom layout. $2100/mo. (dol)

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Apex Lake Estates! This 3/2/2 home sits on just over 1 acre and is a one of a kind property. Located on Lake Burell this property has it all. The front of the house faces the lake and the back yard is fenced in and very, very large. $1695/mo. (lak)

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Cute Duplex! This 3/2/1 is bright and airy. Combination living/dining room area with spacious eat-in kitchen with plenty of cabinets and counter space has been freshly painted inside and out, new carpet, and a huge fenced in yard! $1100/mo. (pen)

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Lake Padgett Estates East! This 3/2/1 feature a split bedroom plan, nice open family room, and kitchen with eating space as well as a breakfast bar, and a fireplace in the family room. Huge screened lanai and privacy fenced back yard. $1200/mo. (mer)

Sable Ridge! Cute 1 story 4/2/2 home in Sable Ridge with a split floor plan, formal living and dining room. Newly painted interior on a quiet street in great neighborhood with parks, restaurants and shopping nearby with easy highway access. $1400/mo. (tar)

Suncoast Meadows! This 4/2/2 home shows pride of ownership and is on the market for the first time as a rental. This home features a fully fenced big back yard situated on a tranquil small lake. This home features a 3-way split bedroom plan. $1595/mo. (pra)

Terra del Sol! Immaculate 3/2/2 home the desirable Tierra Del Sol community in Land O Lakes! Situated on a cul-de-sac street, and offering over 1600 Sq. Ft. so you will appreciate the care taken throughout. There is a formal dining room. $1250/mo. (nar)

Grand Oaks! Beautifully remodeled 6/3.5/2 home in highly desirable community! At 2,721 Sq. Ft. this home boasts a large, refinished kitchen with eat-in area, and tile throughout the entire first floor as well as all wet areas. $1595/mo. (tri)

Westchester in Tampa! Fabulous 3/3/2 home in gated community, beautiful light bright floor plan. Formal living and dining room combo, fully equipped kitchen with lots of counter space and cabinetry includes indoor laundry with washer and dryer. $1700/mo. (cyp)

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Tierra del Sol! This home is neat, clean and move-in ready now. Lawn care included! This home features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The downstairs is fully tiled and has a great room floor plan. The kitchen is large and has Corian counter tops. $1150/mo. (mir)

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