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Vol. 5, Issue 3, March 2012

Neighborhood News & Lifestyles

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The Business & Dining Guide Directly Mailed To 15,000 Homes In East Lake & Surrounding Areas

This Independent Community News, Business & Dining Guide Is Directly Mailed Once Each Month To: Anchorage, Boot Ranch, Brookers Landing, Crescent Oaks, Cypress Cove, Cypress Lakes Estates, Cypress Run, Cypress Trails, Deer Hollow, Grey Oak, Eagle Cove, Eagle’s Cove at Lake Tarpon, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Trace, Eagle Watch, East Lake Oaks, East Lake Woodlands, Hunters Wood, Keystone Bluffs, Keystone Palms, Keystone Ranchettes, Lansbrook, Lansbrook Village, Meadow Ridge, Nature’s Watch, Oak Hill Acres, Pine Ridge, Regina Estates, Ridgemoor, Tarpon Woods, Wentworth, Whispering Lakes, Woodfield

Home Of The Sandwich That Ate Brooklyn! By Katie Thomas The Lucky Dill in Palm Harbor is an outstanding NYC-style deli that encompasses true New York flavor, style and atmosphere; a place where you can grab your favorite delicatessen sandwich, a refreshing drink and a sweet treat baked fresh from the Brooklyn Bakery. The Lucky Dill is considered the best deli this side of New York City with sandwiches as goliath as the city of New York itself. Owner Kimberly Mitow moved to Florida from Rhode Island in the late ‘70s. Kim had grown up around classic New York City delis and wanted to open a

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Keeping Dollars In The Local Economy.............................3 Community Calendar..........4-5 News Briefs........................6-7 Muvico Theaters.............10-11 Mixers Bar & Grill.........14-15 Lazy Maguro Sushi.........18-19 Lizette Cochran State Farm..22-23

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art facility that is designed to put the needs of patients first. Trinity Spine Center and Trinity Spine Wellness Center patients enjoy the convenience of having all of their care onsite – from diagnostic tests to physical therapy, chiropractic care, responsible pain management and rehabilitation. Patients also have access to the nutritionist/dietitian, who teaches them to make better food choices for optimum health. The spine surgeons at Trinity Spine

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If you’ve ever suffered from spinal pain, then you have already had a glimpse of how debilitating it can be. Spinal pain affects virtually every aspect of one’s life, compromising mobility and body function. Sometimes surgery is necessary, but in many cases it can be completely avoided. When you need to be evaluated by a doctor for spinal pain, it makes sense to visit a facility where every aspect of your care is addressed in one location. Trinity Spine Center and Trinity Spine Wellness Center, located at 2040 Short Avenue in Odessa (just off of SR 54), offers everything patients need to get moving again, all in one location. Not only specializing in the treatment of every type of spinal disorder, the ever-expanding Trinity Spine Center helps patients with a great variety of needs, from carpal tunnel to rehab for sports injuries, and more. Victor Hayes, MD, and Farhan Siddiqi, MD, opened Trinity Spine Center in November 2006 and in 2009 the doctors planned and built a state-of-the-

place that would serve the delicious deli fare that she grew up on. The Mitows lived in North Miami for a time where they owned delis and bakeries throughout the area. The Mitow family moved to Pinellas County in the ‘90s and Kim opened The Lucky Dill. She has a passion for feeding people fresh, traditional New York style food and providing an atmosphere that is perfect for gathering friends and family. The Lucky Dill is a place where you can grab a quick bite or sit for hours catching up with the people you love best over a great meal!


Come and join the Angel Family! See what some of our loyal customers have to say! $75 OFF Deep Spring Cleaning Special on 20 years in the business to Donna and her teams. C ongratulations Donna and The Cleaning Angels initially came to my home in 2010 to offer an evaluation of my cleaning needs. It took only one visit to recognize that their service was considerably different than my previous ones. Their reliability, honesty and dedication to excellent service has proven itself again and again. -Michelle Marquis, Clearwater, Florida We have used The Cleaning Angel Cleaning Service for the past two and a half years. Every two weeks we are more than satisfied with the service especially with Ileah who has been the head of the cleaning team that services our home. Their work is a very thorough professional cleaning. They are always prompt, courteous, trustworthy and willing to adapt to our schedule. Along with the regular cleaning each time, they include the baseboards, light fixtures and ceiling fans, blinds and much much more. Our home is always sparkling every time. -Sue and John Kelly Wyntree, New Port Richey, FL I hired the Cleaning Angels over a year ago to help keep my house clean, so I would have time to pick up more shifts at work, to help make ends meet. On my initial interview with Donna Ferrante, she came to my home and we walked through the house together. She gave details of her business and work ethic and expectations for customer satisfaction. Donna and her staff are extremely personable and very professional. I feel like everyone cares if I am satisfied or not. The Cleaning Angels staff has gone above and beyond to work with my husband and my difficult work schedules. I highly recommend the Cleaning Angels to assist in housing maintenance. They do a great job, they are reasonably priced, and with the time I save from having to clean the house myself, I am able to pick up extra shifts at work and do other errands and chores. Love, Love, Love!!!! -Jennifer Mugianis, Tarpon Springs, FL We have used The Cleaning Angel for just over a year and I wonder how we ever got by without them! Our first meeting was with the company's owner, Donna; she made us feel very confident and comfortable about the service her company would be providing. Donna assured us that what was promised would be delivered because it was her name on the line. As business owners ourselves the message was loud and clear and we decided to give them a try. The Cleaning Angel has provided the phenomenal service that Donna promised and more. Our regular team, Ivonne and Anna are dependable, honest, pleasant, hardworking and efficient. They come in and get the job done. Thank you "Cleaning Angels" for making the task of maintaining my home easier on me! -Esther and Michael Halman, Crescent Oaks, Tarpon Springs, FL

Before I started with the Cleaning Angels, I had tried numerous cleaning services. I was never happy with the results until I met Donna six years ago. She actually was still cleaning herself at that time. Congratulations for expanding your business and making it to 20 years. The service is always excellent - they are prompt, efficient, professional, and their appearance is always great. They always have the correct products and equipment and their attention to detail goes above and beyond. My current lead is Ileah and she has been cleaning my house for several years and I just love her. I am very active in the Trinity community and have recommended the Cleaning Angels to many people. -Sandy Alekson, Champions Club, Trinity, FL

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Nine years ago, I was looking for a cleaning lady and found Donna. At that time she went by Donna’s Cleaning Service. She cleaned my home herself for about two years. When she broke her foot and had to hire girls to help out, I initially was concerned. However that concern was short lived as Donna trains her girls to clean exactly like she does. Since then these girls come into my home and do their magic. I have many disabilities and they go way beyond to make sure that my house is clean and that I am happy. They do special things for me to make my life easier. I want to thank Sandy who use to clean my home and now is in the office with Donna. Congratulations for all your accomplishments Donna! -Fran Mischler, Port Richey, FL I have had the great pleasure of hiring and being in the company of the Cleaning Angels Cleaning Service. They are incredibly accommodating and have superior customer service. I have rarely come across a service organization that is so professional and extremely pleasant to work with. Every time "the Angels " come to my house, it gets better and better. Budget cuts have hit the majority of Americans, but I will give up other things before I would ever consider giving up "my Angels". -Tina Redmond, Keystone Bluffs, Tarpon Springs, FL The Cleaning Angel has been a consistent and dependable cleaning service, working around our family, house guests and home construction. They have been responsive to our special requests and once they know what we like, they provide great value added customer service. I would recommend them to others. -Susan Rolston, East Lake Woodlands, Oldsmar, FL I was looking for a cleaning service and was referred to The Cleaning Angels. I didn’t think they would come this far but called them anyway and they were more than happy to put me in their schedule. I live a 440 West and the girls are cleaning up this town. There have been a lot of unhappy people in the Clearwater Beach area and now word is out. We finally found the best. Congratulations Donna and so happy to have found you. -Katherine Sullivan, Clearwater Beach, FL As far as I am concerned there is only one cleaning service in the Tampa Bay area and that is the Cleaning Angels. They came into my home the first time and did a deep spring clean and was I ever blown away. I have never seen a cleaning service do the detail work these girls did. Donna sent four girls and they stayed for seven hours and my home is about 2700 sf. They hand washed all my baseboards, did the blinds in a three step process, washed every door and door frame in the whole house, moved every little knick knack and got into every little corner possible. Two weeks before I used a different service that promised a spring clean. They sent two girls that stayed in my home for 2-½ hours. After throwing my money away I was referred to Donna by someone in Land o Lakes. I’ve told many people if you are looking for your home to be cleaned correctly, don’t waste your time on other maid services. Call the Cleaning Angels if you want it done right and you will never have to find anyone else. Congratulations on your 20 years and hope you have many, many more. -Betty Bennett, Odessa, FL

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ter than the “big guys.” Competition is not a bad thing. A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and above all, low prices. For example, there are hundreds of restaurants within any given city, some of which operate right next to each other. This is necessary in a thriving economy. Can you imagine if there was only one type of each business in each town? The price of a cheeseburger would be astronomical! Entrepreneurship is what fuels

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By Matthew Selby In today’s rough economy, small local businesses are closing their doors on a daily basis, while many big corporate businesses still have the investors and financial backing to pull through. There is nothing wrong with national companies by any means, but by spending our money in locally owned businesses we can help our local economy flourish instead of decline. When we spend money locally, we contribute to the wellbeing of the entire community. Local businesses build strong vibrant towns, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships. Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made by people who live in the community and thus will feel the impact of each decision they make directly. Many local businesses recycle excess revenue by giving back to the community in which they live, which enriches the area and creates an even better place to live and love. Locally owned and operated businesses also create jobs and sometimes pay even bet-

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America’s economic innovation and prosperity and serves as a key means for families to move out of a low paying job and into the middle and upper class. By spending money locally, we are putting money directly back into the community, therefore helping your family, your neighbors and your friends. Help out all of our ambitious and brave local entrepreneurs by spending money in their places of business today and watch the community build a prosperous tomorrow!

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20th Annual Mutt Strut Sat., Mar. 17, 9 AM – 2 PM— The Humane Society of Pinellas is excited to announce the 20th Annual Mutt Strut & St. Petty’s Day Party which will be held on Mar. 17 at the beautiful Eagle Lake Park in Largo. The strut begins at 11 a.m. and the event will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The St. Petty’s Day Party will begin at the Taste Café in Safety Harbor, from 4 – 7 p.m. The Mutt Strut is The Humane Society of Pinellas’s largest fundraiser! Special guest, Miss Tampa Bay Tiffany Michelle will lead the walk followed by contests including PIMP MY RIDE for decorated pet ‘rides’, a Mutt Strut Mascot look- alike contest, best St. Patrick’s Day outfit and more! Shop the 75 + vendors, win prizes through games-fundraising & raffles, share the day with your entire family at this FREE to attend event! The team that raises the most wins a team lunch party and the individual highest fundraiser will stay at the Holiday Inn & Suites on Clearwater Beach!

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact Twila Cole, Director of Development Events & Community Relations at (727) 797-7722 ext. 222 or twila@humanepinellas.org. Community Emergency Response Training Mar. 23 – 24—The East Lake Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold a training class on Mar. 23 (6:30 – 9 PM), Mar. 24 (8:30 AM – 5 PM), and continuing on Mar. 25 (12:30 PM – 5 PM) culminating in membership in the East Lake CERT. The class is free and will include basic first aid, search & rescue, emergency operations, and other emergency/rescue areas. The sessions will be held at East Lake Fire/ Rescue Station #57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., in the East Lake community. For registration info, contact Barb Conciatori @ kasan52@aol.com, (727) 781-5855 or District Chief Mark Teolis @mteolis@eastlakefirerescue.com, (727) 7878668. Additional information re: East Lake

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Florida Herb Society Meeting Tues., Mar. 20, 6:30 PM—at Clearwater Garden Club at 405 Seminole St. in Clearwater. Yetta Jaworski, FHS VP, and Rita Taylor, Briarwood Farm Herbs, will demonstrate pickling with herbs. Everyone will taste and make refrigerator pickles with herbs. Come to share and/or learn. Refreshments and herbal swaps begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are very welcome. Please call with questions - Emily Wenzel, (727) 365-8574, emily@floridaherbsociety.org. First meeting is free! $25 per year to join! Sherlockian Scholar Christopher Redmond to Speak Mar. 25, 11 AM—Mr. Christopher Redmond, noted Sherlockian author, scholar, and webmaster will discuss “Never a Breath of Scandal” at the 36th Spring Gathering of the Sherlock Holmes fan club “Pleasant Places of Florida” at Mulligan’s Irish Pub Tarpon at the Wentworth Golf Club. The program will also feature presentations by David McCallister and Jeff and Wanda Dow. There will also be humorous toasts, quizzes, prizes,

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and not so very serious discourse. The story to be discussed is “The Adventure of the Creeping Man.” The pub is located at the Wentworth Golf Club Clubhouse (2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs, FL; (727) 942-4760, http://www.wentworthgolfclub.org. A registration fee of $5 is requested to cover expenses. Guests will order from the menu and receive separate checks. Drive Away Cancer Golf Outing Sun., Apr. 1—2nd Annual Drive Away Cancer Golf Outing will be held at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club. All proceeds benefit the JK Cancer Fund Inc. and the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program in Trinity. For more information, visit website www.jkcancerfundinc.org. Trinity Spine Center’s 3RD Annual Patient Appreciation Day Sat., Apr. 7, 9:30 AM – 2 PM— Trinity Spine Center, located at 2040 Short Ave. in Odessa (near intersection of S.R. 54 & Duck Slough Blvd.), will celebrate its patients at the 3RD Annual Patient Appreciation Day. All patients and their friends and families are welcome to participate and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and

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run/walk/crawl, whatever it takes, in the 5K run and the 1-mile walk/run around the industrial park. This event will provide a fun, non-competitive way to move your body and feel great! The public is welcome to stop by as well and meet the friendly physicians and staff members of Trinity Spine Center in a relaxed setting. Food and drinks will be provided. To register for the free 5K or 1-mile run (includes t-shirt), visit Trinity-Spine.com. If you have questions, call 727-807-3101. Spring Fling Community Event Solid Rock Community School Sat., Apr. 28, 10 AM – 3 PM— Solid Rock Community School, on the corner of Trinity Blvd. and East Lake Rd. N, invites you to bring your family for a FUN day out with lots of games for the kids to play, vendors with lots of giveaways, silent auction, activities, food and more! FREE ADMISSION and Low Cost fun for ALL! Including: Silent Auction, Cotton Candy, Face Painting, Inflatable Slide, Bounce House, Petting Zoo, Vendors, Giveaways, Food, Visit by the Chick Fil-A Cow, and much more! For more information on how

you can participate please email: JoanneLCicora@gmail.com. Rotary Club to host 6th Annual Charity Car Show & Community Festival Sat., Apr. 28, 9 AM – 3 PM— 6th Annual “Cruisin’ The Park“ Charity Car Show and Community Festival at John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Rd. in Palm Harbor; presented by the Rotary Club of East Lake Sunrise in conjunction with the YMCA of North Pinellas’ Healthy Kids Day event. Fun for the entire family and free for spectators! A DJ, live music, exhibitions by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, East Lake Fire & Rescue, Students of East Lake H.S., and a lot of activities for the kids throughout the day - food, raffle, and more. A judged show with over 50 trophies awarded. Show hours are 9 AM – 3 PM, with vehicle registration ending at noon. Open to all show cars and trucks; pre-registration (by Apr. 15) is $15, day of show - $20. All money raised goes to charity! Donations are greatly appreciated; many sponsorships available, including exhibition

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tents and other opportunities with far-reaching exposure. Visit www.EastLakeRotary.org for more information, registration forms, and secure on-line registration. For more info, contact Howard at info@eastlakerotary.org or Rich at (727) 644-7972. East Lake Community Library Special Events Thurs, Mar. 1, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM—Investing 101: The Foundations of Investing series continues with Jeff Mizner, CFP, AAMS. The topic of this session will be “Tax-free Investing: It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Keep.” Fri., Mar. 16, 11 AM—Come Sail Away! Friday, March 16, 11:00 am. Cruise Planners/American Express agents will be presenting the latest and greatest in the travel industry these days. Why would you want to use a travel agent? You’ll see! Do you have your “cruisitude” ready? Please join us and bring your sense of adventure with you! Question & answer session to follow program. Tues., Mar. 20, 6:30 – 8 PM— Authors Showcase: Welcome Kris Radish, best-selling author. He will

discuss his seven novels about human relationships and two books of nonfiction and poetry. Throughout Mar.—Art @ East Lake: special presentation of our ongoing art series! East Lake Community Library staff members Maureen and Craig will exhibit their own creations. Come and see their amazing work! Saturdays, 10:30 – 11:30 AM— Art Class with Lauren: new series for children ages 5-8! The March theme is “Exploring Oceans.” The classes will meet every Saturday (the 3rd, 10th, and 17th) and will culminate on the 24th with an art show!!! You must register in order to attend. Tues., Mar. 13, 1 – 3 PM— ELCL Cinema: join in this exciting new monthly program! March’s movie is The Phantom of the Opera. Popcorn and water will be free; donations are gratefully accepted. Seating is limited, so please register. Sat., Mar 17, 1 – 3 PM—Saturday Matinee! Join your friends for Gnomeo and Juliet! Popcorn and water will be free; donations are gratefully accepted. Seating is limited, so please register.

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Community News Briefs

Pinellas County Commission Approves East Lake Community Overlay The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously in a 7-0 vote on Jan. 24, 2012 in favor of approving the Community Overlay for the East Lake Community of 33,000 residents. The Board of County Commissioners will utilize a community overlay to define East Lake Tarpon as a cohesive community and their decisions will support the local vision, community character and natural environment of the area. Small businesses support the residential character of the community. Maintaining the community’s quality of life, low density residential character, and expansive open spaces is to be considered before any zoning changes or increased densities are considered. The next step in this process will be for the State to approve the document and then it will be incorporated into the Pinellas County Comprehensive Plan.

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The Overlay document is the result of over two years of public meetings and collaborative planning sessions with the residents and businesses in the East Lake area. It joins three other community overlays the county has approved in Alderman Road, Tierra Verde and Ozona. It has been publicized in several newspaper articles and discussions with communities and businesses, service groups and posted on the CNCN website for discussion. For more information on the Overlay: Access the CNCN website www. cncnpc.org, access the Pinellas County Planning Department website at www.pinellascounty.org/plan/community_planning.htm. Contact John Miolla of CNCN at johnm@cncnpc.org. Upcoming CNCN meetings: March 19, 7 PM - Meet the Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector April 16, 7PM - State Legislative update

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$750 to “Bring the Heat” Chili Cook Off Winners Ierna’s Heating & Cooling hosted their first annual “Bring the Heat” Chili Cook Off for the surrounding Lutz area Sat., Feb. 18, from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. This family fun event featured live music by Ferengata, a bounce house, raffles and five chili competitions that were free to the public! The chili contest had 27 entries in the competition. The event had seven celebrity judges: Clerk and Comptroller of Pasco County Dr. Paula O’ Neil, Tampa Bay Lightning’s Dave Andreychuk, Kansas City Chief’s Anthony Becht, USF’s Professor of Human Sexuality Dr. Dae Sheridan, Candidate for Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley, Bay News 9 anchor Rick Elmhorst, and Chef Ken Bolduc. Seventy-five dollar prizes were awarded for each category: Ladies Choice won by Inspector’s Best: Affordable Home Inspections, Judge’s Choice won by Team Gates: Learning Gate Community School, “Feel the Heat” (hottest) won by Team Working Women of Tampa Bay: Norie Berndt , and the “Academy Award” for the most innovative was won by

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Teapot Hotties: Milk N’ Honey Tea Room. The grand prize was $500.00 for the People’s Choice, won by Team Wrecked: Angela Wetherington! The successful event had over 450 people in attendance! It was held at the new Ierna’s Heating & Cooling headquarters: 18843 US Hwy 41 North in Lutz near the old brick school house. “We are so pleased with the response from the community for our first event! Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time and we hope to make next year’s event even better,” said Charlene Ierna, Vice President of Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. True to form, Ierna’s is giving back to the local area; proceeds from this event will benefit a local family in need of a heating and cooling system for their home. While the amount raised won’t fully cover a new system for a family, Ierna’s plans to donate the balance of the system to stand by their promise. For information on how to apply for the heating and cooling system for your home, please e-mail: LoranT@IernaAir.com. The family chosen will be announced on the Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Facebook page March 15, 2012.

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To learn more about Ierna’s Heating & Cooling’s community involvement go to: www.IernaAir.com, call (813)948-6355, or visit the company’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn sites/pages. Local Artist Presents “A Vision of Life” Frances Vecchi, an artist residing in the Tampa Bay area and in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be showing her paintings at Stirling Art Studios & Gallery in Dunedin from April 2-30 with an opening reception on Fri., April 13; 2nd Friday Night openings in conjunction with Dunedin’s Wine and Walk are 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Frances specializes in large, Romantic Realist oil paintings. Their intense colors and ardent viewpoint are emotionally spellbinding. The paintings evoke the thrill that we feel every time we venture out into our beautiful, complex and ever-changing world. In a swirling pulse of lively oil color and texture, we experience the many moods and glorious visual richness of light as it shifts and changes with the season. She has a large portfolio of portraits and she accepts commissions. Frances is a founding member of GFFFTA and of the Artists’ Atelier in

Great Falls, VA. Her work has been featured in ELAN Magazine. She is a graduate of Cornell University, and did graduate work at Boston University. The artist has studied internationally in Paris, Rome, Dublin, Caracas and Florence and at the Art League in Alexandria with Rob Liberace and Danni Dawson. She has also studied with Nelson Shanks and with Jim McGinley. Her paintings have won numerous awards and she has participated in many solo and group shows within the US and in Europe and Latin America. Her work is in collections in the US, Europe, India and South America. Visit www.FrancesVecchi.com or email fvkllc@aol.com to contact Frances Vecchi. Stirling Art Studios & Gallery, www.stirlingartstudios.com, is located at 730 Broadway, 2nd floor in Dunedin; (727) 433-0310.

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Muvico Theaters Palm Harbor 10 – Better Than Ever! By Amy Paterson Muvico Theaters Palm Harbor 10, located at 37912 US Highway 19, has been a favorite venue for locals for the past 17 years. The comfortable and friendly home-town theater enjoyed by so many of us over the years was beginning to show a bit of wear, but not anymore! If you haven’t visited lately, you’ll feel like you are entering a brand new movie theater. Muvico Palm Harbor 10 recently had a complete makeover and added several new features to further enhance your movie-going experience. Now equipped with three 3-D houses, one D-BOX house, and completely new surround-sound speakers; Muvico Palm Harbor 10 is taking audiences to a whole new level of entertainment. Going to the movies is always a great treat; a little block of time to let your mind escape the everyday and indulge in bigger-than-life action while watching favorite stars on the big screen. There is something nostalgic about the smell of freshly popped popcorn thick in the air as you enter to

pick your seat and settle in; everyone chatting amongst themselves, as they anxiously await the start of the movie. Finally, the lights dim and the audience stills as the movie reel begins. I was 13 years old in 1995 when Muvico opened in Palm Harbor. My friends were equally as excited as I was about the new movie house, because this gave us something to look forward to every weekend for years to come! This movie theater that has housed some of the greatest memories of my youth – in line with friends, movie posters up in lights, excitedly discussing which one to see next – will always hold a special place in my heart. It is an honor to share all of the improvements that our local Muvico has recently made with Neighborhood News & Lifestyles readers. Upon entering the newly renovated theater you will immediately notice the freshly painted walls in rich amber tones and brand new wall-towall carpeting. The snack bar now includes the Muvi-Bar, which offers beer and wine for the enjoyment of those aged 21

Everything at Muvico Palm Harbor 10 has been upgraded to provide guests with a phenomenal movie experience, inside and out! the remodeled movie houses! All 10 and up. The concession stand still has movie houses have been completely all your traditional favorite candies, revamped with fresh paint, new carpet, popcorn, and nachos with cheese and and new top-of-the-line seats, screens, jalapenos (if you prefer), but now the and speakers. extended menu offers more variety, The old cloth seats have been resuch as Buffalo chicken wings, deepplaced with new vinyl seats that are fried macaroni-and-cheese, hot dogs, easily cleaned and super comfortable. mozzarella sticks, pizza and more! You will be completely relaxed in these Now you can do dinner and a movie ultra-plush seats as you sit back and all in one stop. Not a bad idea for a enjoy your movie. date night, if you ask me. In the remodeling process, MuThe modifications don’t stop at vico Palm Harbor 10 replaced their the snack bar; just wait until you see

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The Muvi-Bar has many more food choices and offers beer and wine now, and in the theater you’ll find an enhanced experience with all new seats, including D-BOX seats, and new Sony 4K Digital Cinema projectors. ahead or go online to reserve your seat old projectors with new Sony 4K Digi- is truly something you should experias D-BOX tickets are limited and sell tal Cinema projectors that offer the ence for yourself and it’s free to try; out fast. Imagine how fun it will be to clearest and crispest picture possible. Muvico offers a D-BOX demonstraNo more 35mm, scratch film – it’s an tion in the lobby of the theater. There experience some of the new and upimmersive digital experience. are two D-BOX seats set up in front of coming releases in D-BOX – maybe Disney’s John Carter or the highly anFor those of you who like to take a flat-screen TV so that you and anyour movie experience to a heightened other can experience a demo. I tried it ticipated March 23rd premiere of The Hunger Games, the best-selling trilogy level of sensation, Muvico Palm Harout and it was extremely cool. Each written for young adults that enrapbor 10 now has the luxury of three 3seat has its own intensity control so tured readers of all ages. D houses and one with D-BOX seats. that you can set it to your liking. I All tickets can be purchased ahead Some movies are offered in 3-D while tried mine on full intensity and, wow, of time by going online to and then sitting in a D-BOX seat, combining vi- what a ride it was! select the Palm Harbor 10 theater for sual and motion effects. Treat yourself to a movie at the a full list of movies and times – your The D-BOX seats offer motion newly remodeled and upgraded Mueffects that make you feel like you are vico in Palm Harbor for a movie-going movie escape is only a click away! Or do it the old-fashioned way and head actually in the movie, by perfectly syn- experience like you’ve never had before. If you are interested in viewing a down to the box office to purchase chronizing your chair’s motion with tickets in person from one of the movie in a D-BOX seat, please call the action portrayed on the screen. It

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friendly employees at Muvico Theaters Palm Harbor 10. Gift cards are available for purchase and make great presents for anyone who enjoys going to the movies. Stop in today to get yours and to see the beautifully enhanced and upgraded Palm Harbor10 – now better than ever! Muvico Theaters Palm Harbor 10 is located at 37912 US Highway 19 in Palm Harbor. Visit online at www.Muvico.com or give them a call at (727) 944-2282 for more information.

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Mixers Bar and Grill – Friendly, Fun & Delicious By Amy Paterson Mixers Bar and Grill, located in Palm Harbor at 3430 East Lake Road in the Shoppes of Boot Ranch, is where you will find the best drink and food specials around. Mixers is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., seven days a week. If you have been looking for a place where you’ll receive quality, tasty food, drinks made to your liking, and the friendliest service around, go see Tony and Nancy at Mixers Bar and Grill. Tony Valente and Nancy Datilo are the owners and operators of Mixers Bar and Grill which was established in 2003 and has since been known to many as the best bar in the area. Mixers lives up to its name; it is the place to go for adults of all ages (21-and-up, of course) and backgrounds to enjoy a drink from a true mixologist. All of the staff at Mixers are knowledgeable in the art of mixology and they have an extensive selection of liquor to work with from the well-stocked bar. There is also a vast array of beer and wine available. Regardless of your

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Mixers Bar and Grill has been a favorite local bar for nearly a decade. drink preference, you are sure to get your drink the way you like it. Mixers isn’t just another hole-inthe-wall bar, it’s a place where anyone would feel comfortable going. Tony and Nancy have worked hard to make sure that there are no troublemakers or riffraff hanging around. They pay close attention to their clientele and provide the best atmosphere possible for all. Whether you are with a group

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or on a private excursion, this is a great place to visit. There is plenty of room at the bar if you want to belly up and watch a game on one of the sixteen high definition flat-screen TVs. If you come in with a crew, there is ample seating for groups of all sizes; there are tables outside on the patio, as well as inside. Specials are run weekly and provide something for everyone. Soon,

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Mondays at Mixers will be your Bazingo destination; Bazingo is a live bingo game mixed with a DJ that plays your favorite music while you take the chance to win big! Trivia Tuesdays give everyone a chance to test their trivia knowledge in a friendly competition. Wednesday nights is hospitality night, so those who work in the hospitality industry are offered 20 percent off of your bill. Thursdays are Ladies’ night and ladies drink free from 9-12. Fridays and Saturdays, Mixers is your karaoke destination; come out and be a rock star! You will notice the walls inside are lined with caricatures and you may be asking yourself who these people are. Are they athletes? Movie stars? Politicians? Well possibly a few, but for the most part they are regular customers who have been patrons of Mixers for years. Tony used to pay a caricature artist to come in and spend a few hours to sketch his customers. This was an immediate hit with all concerned and eventually the walls became covered in the framed caricatures. Unfortunately, the artist

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Mixers has great drinks and the food is phenomenal - not your typical bar food - Mixers recipes are delicious! who drew them is no longer doing it, so if you happen to know someone who does caricature drawing, send them to Mixers to talk to Tony. I’m sure he would love to find someone who can pick up on this fun tradition. In addition to great drinks, Mixers has an excellent food menu with daily specials. This is not your typical “bar food.” Mixers’ food is fresh and made to order. Daily food specials are made directly from Tony and Nancy’s own recipe books, such as roasted leg of lamb, corned beef sandwiches, soups made from scratch, and freshly

made chicken salad. The regular menu consists of some all-time favorite foods like chicken wings, burgers, grouper sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, and so much more. Tony brings a taste of Ireland to Palm Harbor, as he is an Irishman true and through. He says, “It’s not an Irish Pub, but a pub run by an Irishman.” There is a day this month that you would think Mixers were a true Irish pub, and that is St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at Mixers are known for being the best around. It doesn‘t get more

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authentic than the ‘real Irish’ menu and entertainment that Mixers has lined up for the day. This St. Patrick’s Day will feature Irish musicians, Irish dancers, and of course, the bag pipes to entertain you while you drink green beer and sway along. Mixers will have a special menu for the day consisting of all the Irish favorites. Tony and Nancy will be serving Dublin Coddle, Irish fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish stew. Every year the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Mixers is a hit, so get there early for a seat, and don’t forget to wear your green!

After the St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza, don’t fret, there is another party that you can check out the following Wednesday, March 21st. Tony and Nancy are counting down the days to the end of the Mayan calendar which, as most everyone knows, ends December 21st of 2012. There are those who claim this will be the end of times for us all, so Mixers has decided to embrace the idea in a lighthearted way and party like there’s no tomorrow. Each month on the 21st, there will be a party to countdown to the end. There is even a digital clock that is counting down the time to 12/21/12. Tony and Nancy bring more than 40 years of combined experience in the service industry to Mixers Bar and Grill, providing everything customers need and want to make Mixers the favorite bar and grill in town! Mixers Bar and Grill is located at 3430 East Lake Rd. in Palm Harbor, and is open every day, 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. Happy Hour is daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, visit mixerspalmharbor.com or call (727) 787-2710.

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EASTLAKE WOODLANDS - CROSS CREEK

This 2+den/2/2 has contemporary style cabinets in kitchen w/closet pantry, desk and wonderful breakfast nook area. Tile flooring flows from the foyer into the kitchen & dining room w/window seat. The living rooms has wood flooring, sliders to the lanai w/your own pool. The den/office also has wood flooring and the master bedroom has a bay window, 2 walk in closets amd master bath has dual sinks, walk in shower. This home is turn key and is in move in condition!! $249,900

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2/2 1305 sf. This first floor, end unit condo is ready for you! As you enter into the unit, there is tile flooring which flows into the kitchen w/ ecru cabinets w/ raised panel doors, cabinet pantry & plenty of counter space. There is newer laminate flooring in the living & dining rooms w/ soaring ceilings and a center bar to use for entertaining. The guest bedroom has newer window and carpet and the guest bath has been updates w/ new walk-in shower w/ glass enclosure. The master bath has two sinks, walk in shower and garden tub to relax. Fabulous view of the north golf course at East Lake Woodlands that you and your guest will enjoy from the lanai! $125,000.

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1899 sf 3/2/3. This home offers formal living & dining rooms w/ vaulted ceilings and gleaming hardwood flooring. Kitchen has European style cabinets w/ solid surface counters, closet pantry, breakfast bar and breakfast nook area. There is 16� tile flooring in the kitchen which over looks the family room which has the tile flooring too! Master bedroom has two walk in closets & sliders to lanai and master bath has two sinks & walk in shower. There are two guest bedrooms; one being used as a home office w/ hardwood flooring. The laundry room, has cabinets & plenty of storage shelves and utility sink. The lanai has a park like setting w/ an additional patio w/ paver to enjoy! This home also has a 3 car garage. $239,900

2395 sf The foyer has wood floors in this Kent III w/soaring ceilings throughout. The formal living room has sliders & the dr has plantation shutters & designer style lighting. This kitchen has wood floors, white cabinets w/solid surface counters w/tile backsplash set on a diagonal pattern plus a pot rack. The family room has carpet & plantation shutters. The two guest bedrooms has ceiling fans & the master has 2 walk in closets, plant shelves pocket door to master bath w/white cabinets w/solid surface counters, walk in shower & garden tub. The lanai is extended and includes a 33ft pool & spa w/pebble sheen finish & propanes or solar panels w/temperature control for heating, salt water chlorinator, pop up cleaning system & a view of the golf course & forest. $374,900

3/2/3 plus office 2286 sf This home had hardwood floors in the combination living & dining rooms w/plant shelf. Soaring lace ceilings throughout. Kitchen has 42" wood cabinets w/solid surface counters, 18" tile flooring, large pantry closet, w/breakfast bar & breakfast nook area. There are two guest bedrooms & guest bath w/linen closet & wood cabinet. Master bedroom w/two closets, one a walkin, tray ceiling & master bath w/walk in shower, jacuzzi tub & separate vanities. Just off the foyer is a home office or a den. The lanai has been extended w/pavers and a tranquil view of the pond. $309,000

2484 sf. 5/3/3. This home is in a gated community w/ parks and playgrounds. This home features formal living and dining rooms w/ soaring ceilings. The kitchens has wood cabinets w/ crown molding, built in desk, center island w/ drawers & seating and the kitchen overlooks the family room with lots of natural lighting. There is a bedroom on the first floor right next to the guest bath that also services the pool. The master bath has walk in shower, linen closet, hjs & hers vanities and garden tub to relax in. There are also 3 generous sized bedrooms and another full bath. Also, there is a walk up attic w/ plenty of storage space. You and your guests will enjoy sitting out by the pool which has a tranquil view of the pond! $299,000.

3/2/3 2416 sf. The 20" tile flooring set on a diagonal pattern flows throughout all the main areas of this Kent III. The formal living room & DR has custom window treatment. The kitchen has new designer style foil refaced cabinets w/tile backsplash & solid surface counters w/breakfast bar w/pendant lighting. The kitchen overlooks the family room. There are 2 guest bedrooms & guest bath. The master bedroom has 2 walk in closets, master bath has walk in shower & jacuzzi tub. The extended lanai has an outdoor kitchen w/grill and a view of the golf course & forest! $339,900

2177 sq st This home has a large living room w/ tray ceiling, dining rooms & home office w/laminate flooring for easy care. The kitchen has wood cabinets, breakfast bar, breakfast nook area, closet pantry. There is also a den or home office just off the foyer. Master bedroom w/2 walk closet & master bath w/walk in shower and 2 linen closets. There are 2 guest bedrooms & guest bath. Oversized 2 car garage w/many cabinets. Enclosed lanai w/laminte floors w/fabulous view of the pond & forest from every room! $279.000

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Every Detail Counts when Creating Japanese Cuisine at the Lazy Maguro Restaurant

By Julie Kanehl Sushi is meant to be an art form created by masters of their craft who have been taught for many years by another master, and is then taught master to apprentice, generation after generation. The culmination of years of hard work and dedication, and an incredible eye for detail can be seen in the beautifully prepared dishes at the Lazy Maguro Japanese Restaurant, where sushi and dumplings are their specialties.

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This brand new restaurant is located in the Brooker Creek Shopping Center (between Publix and Vetture’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. While this Japanese Fusion restaurant has taken the place of a similar style restaurant, Lazy Maguro is an entirely different experience. The good news is spreading, and Lazy Maguro is becoming known for providing diners with an amazing array of Japanese cuisine that is authentic, fresh, and really delicious. Owner and Master Sushi Chef, Rexley Kwok, is a true artist when it

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comes to the food he prepares. Kwok creates food that is as beautiful to look at as it is to taste. Kwok’s sushi bar is complete with refrigerated compartments for each of his ingredients. He says, “I use only the finest sushi-grade fish and the freshest ingredients.” Kwok began working in the restaurant business in 1999, which is where he met his mentor, Hiro Ida San, who is a Master Sushi Chef from Tokyo. Hiro Ida San takes on only a few students, and Kwok was one of the lucky few who have had the opportunity to work and learn under his tutelage. After five years of working with his mentor, Kwok became the Master Sushi Chef at the Fuji Japanese Restaurant in Boca Raton, and then the Jadefire Japanese restaurant in Hudson before opening Lazy Maguro. Kwok is at the center of this restaurant, and he carefully created the entire menu himself. His radiant

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personality is prevalent in every aspect of the dining experience, and customers enjoy coming back to visit with him. The beautifully designed dining room and accompanying sushi bar provide plenty of seating for small or large parties, and the Japanese motif sets the perfect tone for a night out with that someone special, a girls’ night, or a healthy family dinner. One thing is for sure, there is something for everyone on this menu. Many people have found themselves at Lazy Maguro for their fun and affordable drink menu. They have some really unique items: Lychee and plum sangrias are affordable and very tasty, and if you are in the mood for something frozen, there is a selection of really exotic drinks that make going out for Japanese food that much more exciting. For lunch and dinner, Lazy

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The staff and Master Sushi Chef at Lazy Maguro make every dining expericnce out-of-this-world with an amazing selection of sushi, dumplings and more. Maguro has an offering of elegant sushi/salad fusion dishes that are perfect as an appetizer or as a part of a larger meal. To give you an idea, there’s a sushi sampler, a seaweed salad, and something called an Ika Poki, which is a raw squid, masago, seaweed and cucumber salad that is served with poki sauce. Many people mistakenly believe that sushi means “raw fish,” but sushi literally means “vinegared rice” in Japanese. Sushi can be made with any number of ingredients, cooked or raw, and often includes vegetables, fish and wasabi or cream cheese. When sushi is made properly, it is like eating a present that explodes with flavor. Every time you take a bite, the different tastes blend together and create an experience that is a bit addictive. “I wanted to learn the art of making sushi, and was very happy when I got to work with my master,” says Kwok, who enjoys educating anyone who is interested in Japanese cuisine. He explains that Sushi is a delicate balance of fresh ingredients, texture and temperature saying, “Sushi is meant to be eaten fresh.” The sushi is large by local standards, and unique in that every ingredient can be tasted. It’s almost like a fine wine in that each element works

together to complement the next. The portions are generous, and there are many different kinds of sushi rolls to choose from including common favorites like the California Roll, the Shrimp Tempura Roll, and the Spicy Tuna Roll. In addition to traditional favorites, Lazy Maguro also offers specialty sushi rolls like the Dragon Roll, which is made of shrimp tempura, masago, krab stick, inari, cream cheese and topped with avocado and eel sauce. The Buccaneer Roll, the Miami Heat Roll, and the Tropical Wild rolls are also very popular. The Tropical Wild Roll has a delightful infusion of fruit mixed in with traditional sushi ingredients, and it is an absolute musttry! In addition to rice-on-the-outside sushi, seaweed sushi is also available, as well as Cuki style sushi , which is a very healthy sushi meal made with a cucumber shell that is cut into sheets as thin as paper, and without the rice. “My motto is that every detail counts. Every piece of rice is important when making sushi,” says Kwok. In summary, the sushi portion of the menu at Lazy Maguro is impressive. Every item is accompanied by a detailed explanation of what the sushi roll is made out of. In fact, the sushi menu will also tell you whether the sushi is raw or cooked, which makes

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newcomers feel a lot better about trying something new! Kwok makes his customers feel welcome and comfortable from the start. Together with his mother and brother, and an almost entirely American wait staff, customers can feel comfortable enjoying their sushi experience, whether they are trying it for the very first time, or coming back because it’s their favorite. If you are in the mood for something other than sushi, there is a lot to choose from. The dumplings at Lazy Maguro are unique and delicious. Dumplings can be made with pork, chicken or seafood centers, and prepared in a number of ways. Their most popular dumpling is the “Asian Ginger Style” Dumpling, which is topped with Asian sweet and sour sauce and shredded ginger, but their other offerings are just as popular. There’s a BBQ inspired dumpling called the “Cheesy Porky Style,” the “Spicy Azuki Style” is covered with miso sauce and azuki beans, and a “Dynamite Style” includes baked scallops, mayo and masago, topped with Italian cheese, and that’s just to name a few of them. Lazy Maguro’s dumplings are plump, tender and tasty. In addition to traditional sushi and dumplings, Kwok also offers a de-

licious tempura menu that includes chicken, eggplant, and calamari. The tempura batter is crispy and light, making high marks with people who love Asian cuisine. There’s also a Teriyaki section and a noodle section on the menu, which means that there is something for everyone. After dinner, you must try one of their delicious dessert options, one of which is an absolute must. It’s called the Cinnamon Sin. Looking for something fun? How about Mochi? It’s an Asian treat that is ice cream in a soft candy shell that you can eat with your hands! Maria Ray, who just tried Lazy Maguro for the first time said, “I will definitely come back again. The food is delicious and the portions are generous.” Lazy Maguro is located at 36221 East Lake Rd. S in Palm Harbor. The restaurant is open Tues. – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. hours are 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat., 4:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.; and Sun., 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. For more information visit their website at www.lazymaguro.com or call (727) 7846020.

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You’ll Find Reliable Coverage and Caring Agents at Lizette Cochran State Farm By Kim Thomas It is easy to remember State Farm’s catchy jingle, “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” And in the case of Lizette Cochran State Farm in Palm Harbor, located at 3031 East Lake Road, that jingle is nothing short of the truth. Lizette has lived here for nearly 30 years, and she and the agents who work with her aren’t only your neighbors but they are also very seasoned, experienced insurance agents who can help you get the insurance coverage that is right for your individual needs, whether it is life, health, disability, auto, home, or coverage of personal assets. Lizette can help you with mutual funds and planning for retirement and education. State Farm Bank® provides services such as home and car loans, checking accounts, savings accounts and credit cards. Lizette has been an agent with State Farm for 23 years. After gradua-

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tion from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1983 with a B.A. in Business and a major in marketing, Lizette worked as a Lizette Cochran claims adjustor for four years before becoming a licensed agent. It is very important to Lizette that people feel very comfortable at her office, which she had built eight years ago. Each agent has their own office where clients can sit behind closed doors and have complete privacy while discussing their personal assets and concerns for the future. “I built this office with the goal to make it very professional but still warm and welcoming,” says Lizette. “It is very important that people feel comfortable

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Front Row (L-R): Lynn Arroyo, Lizette Cochran, Kathy Holland Back Row (L-R): Janice Andrews, Bobbie Jo Watkins, Terry Demaret, Debbie Munting, Jo Perry one thing in life is certain – we have to when talking to us, and to have the deal with uncertainty. And with privacy, professionalism and personal Lizette Cochran State Farm on your attention that they deserve. Our mission is to protect people’s assets and to side, the uncertain doesn’t have to be unsettling. “We want to be there for help them realize their dreams.” people to help them with the unexNone of us likes to think about pected,” says Lizette. “Illness and the bad things that could potentially death can devastate a family. We offer a happen to us or our loved ones. But

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free service called an IFR (insurance and financial review) to help clients (and potential clients) to make sure that they are covered in everything, not just property.” The Lizette Cochran State Farm licensed agents are extremely experienced in the insurance industry. Bobby Jo Watkins has worked with Lizette Cochran for 9 years. Kathy Holland has more than 20 years of experience with State Farm. Debbie Munting has been with State Farm for 32 years. Lynn Arroyo has been with State Farm for over 20 years, and so has Janice Andrews, who is bilingual. And Terry Demaret, who specializes in life insurance, has been with State Farm for more than 30 years. Jo Perry is the newest member of the Lizette Cochran State Farm team; she is the friendly face who greets everyone at the front desk. Competitive Rates & Exceptional Reputation If you haven’t checked your auto insurance rates against State Farm’s lately, you should. Lizette says that she encourages people to get new quotes even if they have gotten State Farm quotes in the past, as rates are con-

stantly changing. “We are very competitive with our rates,” says Lizette. “It’s also not only about the money, but what you get – the backing of a large company and the personal service of a small office.” Lizette has invested in this community and she understands the needs of the families that live here. She says, “Our goal is to make sure that our clients’ assets are protected and at the best price. Good coverage can still be affordable.” One way to save money with State Farm is the multi-line discount which is available if you purchase more than one type of insurance. By using State Farm for all of your insurance needs, you can also avoid the extra cost of double coverage. “Many times people think they are covered and then find out that they aren’t when it is too late,” explains Lizette. “When people get everything through one agent, they usually save money.” One way that she has reached out in the community is by talking to teenagers at local schools, giving them safe driving tips and explaining to them how they can help lessen the financial burden of a teenage driver for their parents. “Because I have two

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teenagers, I support the local schools and have spoken to students to show them how they can get discounts with State Farm’s Steer Clear program, which rewards young drivers for good driving. And, if they keep a 3.0 or higher GPA, it is a huge discount! We realize that this is not only a scary time for parents, but it is For the past eight years, Lizette Cochran State Farm a financial burden as well. has been at 3031 East Lake Rd. in Palm Harbor We try to make it as easy people the old-fashioned way. For as possible.” those who prefer to manage their acSteer Clear is actually a smartcounts and policies online, State Farm phone app for new drivers that allows offers that but when you want the perthem to get discounts by documenting son-to-person touch, Lizette Cochran miles driven without any accidents. State Farm excels at providing caring, Steer Clear is one of many apps that personable and reliable advice about State Farm has. Another one that how to best protect your assets and drivers find very handy is the State family. Farm Pocket Agent app which helps one find a repair shops, a nearby Lizette Cochran State Farm is agent, what to do in case of an accilocated at 3031 East Lake Rd. in dent and you can even document an Palm Harbor. For additional inforaccident with this app. mation, please visit Lizette Cochran State Farm has www.LizetteC.com or call (727) embraced the latest technology but 786-1082. the agents there still prefer to help

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The HoneyBaked Ham Store, the Easy Way to a Perfectly Delicious Easter Dinner

By Kim Thomas There is no need this year to stress yourself out trying to put together an Easter feast that will please everyone at the table, not with The HoneyBaked Ham satellite store nearby in Longleaf Town Center, just off of Starkey Boulevard and conveniently close to East Lake, New Port Richey, Odessa, Trinity and beyond. The HoneyBaked Ham satellite store will be open March 13 – April 9 for the Easter Season at 3104 Town Avenue, Suite 106, next to Havana Dreamers Café, which, by the way,

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has a delicious café con leche that is definitely worth stopping in for. This year, if you want to spend less time at the grocery store, on the road and in the kitchen, and more quality time enjoying family and friends; you can order everything you need for a delicious, special meal, and all at a very affordable price! All you have to do is pick it up, heat up the sides, put the cake and pies on a pretty plate and the perfectly delicious spiral-cut HoneyBaked Ham on a beautiful platter and RELAX! It really can be as simple as that, no matter how big your party is. You can order everything from The HoneyBaked Ham satellite store in Longleaf that you can order from any of the full-service stores of The HoneyBaked Ham Company. Lisa Shippy-Gonzalez and Rudy Gonzalez own The HoneyBaked Ham Company of Port Richey, located in the Walmart plaza on US 19 N in Port Richey; Lisa says they plan to move

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the store to Trinity in 2013. This industrious couple also owns Havana Dreamers Café in Longleaf; in the adjacent suite, they open up the satellite store for HoneyBaked Ham during the holiday seasons so that people in the area don’t have to travel to get their delicious holiday specialties. “We will have the same things here (at the satellite store) as we do at The HoneyBaked Ham Company,” says Lisa. “You’ll be able to see the hams and pick out the products you want just like in a normal retail store. We can make your Easter meal easier and everything tastes homemade – it’s phenomenal! What people fail to realize is that by the time they buy all of the ingredients and put in all the time and effort into cooking, you’ve lost time with your family and friends.” Even though customers can just come in and pick out a ham, Lisa strongly recommends that you place

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your order ahead of time to ensure that you will get the size ham you want. Holiday Feast – Simple & Savory The HoneyBaked Main Event menu offers everything you need to provide a delicious meal that is both convenient and affordable. HoneyBaked Hams can be ordered as halfham (7 – 11 lbs.), quarter-ham (4.5 – 6 lbs.) or boneless (3.5 – 5 lbs.). If your family is in the mood for barbecue, you’ll love the Ultimate BBQ

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Order everything your family loves from HoneyBaked Ham for a stress-free, affordable Easter dinner that everyone will love! Pork Roast (3 lbs.) or the tasty BBQ Ribs. If turkey is on your menu, order a fresh, tender and juicy whole turkey from HoneyBaked Ham in three delicious flavors: roasted, smoked, or Cajun. Turkey breast is available in roasted or smoked. You also can order HoneyBaked Ham or turkey by the slice. Additionally, heat-andserve side dishes include classic favorites such as: Yukon gold mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, sweet potato soufflé, broccoli rice casserole, macaroni and cheese, delicious cinnamon apples, cornbread dressing and turkey gravy. Dessert is a big part of family gatherings and HoneyBaked offers

southern pecan pie, creamy cheesecake, deluxe carrot cake, a sampler cheesecake and “My Grandma’s of New England” coffee cake. Whether you want to feed an entire family, bring a dish or platter to a gathering of family or friends, The HoneyBaked Ham satellite store is the perfect answer! Catering Specialties HoneyBaked’s catering service is perfect year-round, whether you are hosting a party or putting together a perfect picnic, offering choices like their Signature Platter, which allows you to combine your choices of ham, smoked or roasted turkey breast, or roast beef. For just one dollar more

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per serving, your meat platter will also include crisp lettuce, ripe tomato slices and cheddar and Swiss cheeses. Homestyle side items available on the catering menu include Broccoli Bacon Bliss Salad, Mandarin Pineapple Dream Salad and Potato Salad. Fresh salad bowl choices serve approximately six and include the Signature HoneyBaked Cobb, grilled chicken Caesar and fresh garden greens. The Cookie Temptation (2 dozen) and Brownie Indulgence (serves 14-18) platters are sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Neighborhood News & Lifestyles had its company Christmas party catered by Lisa, which offered us the unique advantage of having the choice to order fare from both The HoneyBaked Ham menu and Havana Dreamers Café. Lisa did a fabulous job and everything was delicious! The HoneyBaked Ham Company has the ability and the knowhow to cater anything from luncheons and corporate office parties to traditional Holiday dinners. Spring is in the air, the weather is fine and it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy quality time with friends and

family, so skip the work and enjoy more sunshine and egg hunting! The HoneyBaked Ham Company of Port Richey is located at 8637 US 19 in Port Richey and that number is (727) 815-3739. To reach The HoneyBaked Ham satellite store in Trinity’s Longleaf, located at 3104 Town Ave., Suite 106, please call (727) 807-7883. Visit honeybakedonline.com for a full description of items or to print store coupons.

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“Spine Center” Continued from page 1 Center realize that surgery is not always the only solution to a problem. Dr. Siddiqi and Dr. Hayes agree that their primary goal is to improve each patient’s pain and discomfort with conservative care, where possible. Depending upon the severity of the problem, spinal surgery may be the only option; if so, Dr. Hayes and Dr. Siddiqi are two of the finest surgeons in the region who focus on managing their patients’ care beyond the operating room. They have put together an exceptional team of physicians who work with one another to ensure that every patient is getting the best care possible. “We have a shared philosophy here,” explains Dr. Jorit Wijnmaalen, DPT, MBA, MTC, who is the Director of the Trinity Spine Wellness Center. “One of the most important aspects of our patient care is the communication that we have with one another. We are never more than a phone call away and patients see that and really appreciate it.”

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Introducing Dr. Casey O’Donnell The newest physician of Trinity Spine Center is Casey J. O’Donnell, DO, FAAPMR DABPM. Dr. O’Donnell is a Physiatrist with specializations in Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He moved here from the northeast and even though he has only been with Trinity Spine Center since January 3 of this year, he says that he has already bonded with many patients. When I met Dr. O’Donnell, it was easy to see how his patients love him; he is open and friendly, with a kind demeanor that puts you at ease. Dr. O’Donnell is excited to be working with likeminded physicians. He has known Dr. Hayes and Dr. Siddiqi for a long time and was friends with Dr. Siddiqi even before the two attended medical school. Dr. O’Donnell completed medical school at the University of New England – College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002, followed by his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UMDNJ/Kessler Institute in New Jersey, where he served as Administrative Chief Resident during his senior year. Following the completion of his residency in 2006, he completed

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fellowship training in Interventional Spine Procedures and Pain Management at Performance Spine and Sports Physicians in Pottstown, PA. Dr. Casey O’Donnell, O’Donnell is DO, FAAPMR, Board CertiDABPM fied in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Board Certified in Pain Medicine. Bringing an extra dimension of care to Trinity Spine Center’s patients, Dr. O’Donnell specializes in the treatment of spasticity and dystonia, electromyography, and responsible pain management that includes medication when appropriate as well as multidisciplinary rehabilitation which empowers the patient to play a vital role in their recovery, helping them to achieve the most functional, productive lifestyle possible. Dr. O’Donnell’s philosophy is to treat patients’ pain with the best avail-

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able treatment options and minimal side effects or drug interactions; therefore, he performs a variety of potentially therapeutic and diagnostic procedures to determine the needs of each patient and doesn’t accept patients solely for the long term maintenance of opioid medications. “As a physiatrist, my background is in rehabilitation and my goal is to get patients moving and back to a normal, active lifestyle,” says Dr. O’Donnell. He utilizes diagnostic tools such as EMG/NCS (electromyography and nerve conduction studies (for carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, etc.) and ultrasound which allows “live action” viewing of the tissues. Some of the procedures he performs include: epidural steroid injections and facet injections (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar); trigger point injections; nerve blocks; SI joint injections; Botox injections for blepharospasm, cosmesis, cervical dystonia, focal dystonia, sialorrhea, and spasticity using electrostimulation, electromyography and palpation; plus many more such as ultrasound guided injections. Meet the Rest of the Doctors Jorit Wijnmaalen, DPT, MBA,

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The doctors at Trinity Spine Center and Trinity Spine Wellness Center, (L-R): Farhan Siddiqi, MD; Victor Hayes, MD; Nathan Possert, PT, DPT; Jorit Wijnmaalen, DPT, MBA, MTC; Ronald Stacey II, DC Tampa and earned a BS in Athletic MTC, or “Dr. J” as his patients call tients. Dr. Stacey received his chiroTraining, graduating with honors in him, received his Doctorate in Physical practic degree from Logan College of 2006. Since graduating with his DocTherapy from St. Augustine UniverChiropractic and has been with the torate, Dr. Possert has worked in the sity; this after graduating from the Trinity Spine Center since 2009. Dr. outpatient facility setting full time and University of Nijmegen, in the Stacey holds a MS in Exercise PhysiolNetherlands with a BSPT. He also ogy from Florida International Univer- the hospital setting part time. Dr. Hayes and Dr. Siddiqi are holds a MBA from The American Insity and a BS in Exercise Science from equally double fellowship (specialized terContinental University in Chicago, Florida Atlantic University. training after one’s residency) trained IL. The Director of Trinity Spine Nathan A. Possert, PT, DPT, is a in both minimally invasive spinal surWellness Center, Dr. Wijnmaalen is in- 1998 graduate of East Lake High gery and major reconstructive surgery sistent on helping patients to realize School. He honorably served in the that no matter what their age, size or U.S. Navy for four years, where he was of the spine (including pain management and spinal injections). Dr. Hayes condition, it is possible to do some a quarter master and a search and rescarried out his fellowships at the Ariform of exercise which greatly concue swimmer. Following the Navy, he tributes to their overall wellbeing. earned his AA degree at St. Petersburg zona Institute for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Phoenix as well as the Ronald F. Stacey II, DC, is a College in Tarpon Springs where he Maryland Spinal Reconstructive Surgraduated with honors in 2004. StayBoard Certified Chiropractor, is availgery Center. Dr. Siddiqi performed ing in the area, Dr. Possert attended able at Trinity Spine Wellness Center his fellowships at the Arizona Institute the University of South Florida in to provide chiropractic services to pafor Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the Maryland Spinal Reconstructive and Scoliosis Surgery Center. Both surgeons are supremely qualified and received their Doctorates from the prestigious Cornell University in New York. Dr. Hayes and Dr. Siddiqi are both Board Certified in Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery and both doctors travel nationally teaching endoscopic surgery procedures. Both doctors perform surgeries at the Medical Center of Trinity. Patient Appreciation Trinity Spine Center’s doctors truly appreciate their patients and make every effort to let patients know

it, and in turn, the patients are very happy overall. “We recently did a survey and got back 250 responses and out of those 100 percent said that they would refer a friend or family member,” explains Dr. “J” Wijnmaalen. “And 96 percent say that the doctors spend an adequate amount of time with them.” Here is another statistic that speaks volumes: Dr. Wijnmaalen says that 93-94 percent of Trinity Spine Center’s patients show major improvement without surgery. Trinity Spine Center is hosting its 3rd Annual Patient Appreciation Day and Open House on April 7, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Like last year’s event, there will be fun for all, plenty of good food and refreshments, an Open House, and informational lectures regarding chiropractic, nutritional and spinal care. Dr “J” is heading up the event and has some new things planned for this year. The Ironman competitor teases, “I exercise just a little.” In an effort to help folks realize that exercise can be fun and beneficial, Dr. “J” has planned a 5K and a onemile “run/walk/crawl.” He says, “We want everyone to know that this is a fun, non-competitive event. I don’t care if they run, walk or crawl; our objective is to provide a way to get people inspired. It’s not about winning; it is about motivating yourself, saying, ‘Yes, I can do that.’” Participation in the non-competitive run is free and includes a t-shirt, and you don’t have to be a patient to participate. In fact, the Patient Appreciation Day and Open House is a great time to meet the doctors and staff of Trinity Spine Center in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Trinity Spine Center accepts Medicare and most major insurances and is happy to accept new patients. Since opening, Trinity Spine Center has treated more than 11,000 patients. Trinity Spine Center and Trinity Spine Wellness Center is located at 2040 Short Ave., off of S.R. 54. Trinity Spine Center’s phone is (727) 372-9922 and its hours are Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Trinity Spine Wellness Center’s phone is (727) 807-3101 and is open Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, please visit www.TrinitySpine.com, where you will find a YouTube link. “Like” Trinity Spine Center on Facebook for all of the latest events and lecture dates.

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“Lucky Dill” Continued from page 1 Originally located on the corner of Alt. 19 and Alderman Rd., The Lucky Dill won the hearts and taste buds of food lovers in the community from its beginning. Recently, The Lucky Dill moved to a new location on U.S. 19 North, between Nebraska Ave. and Tampa Rd. The new location has allowed the locally famous deli to expand exponentially and offer new features that weren’t possible before. The Lucky Dill now sports a fabulous New York-style bar that is connected to the Tribeca Lounge. The NYC Bar has a great selection of cocktail favorites and craft beers that will quench your thirst. The Lucky Dill is in the process of bringing entertainment to the NYC Bar and Tribeca Lounge; you will soon be able to have a drink, relax and enjoy live entertainment seven days a week. The Lucky Dill will be extending its hours to accommodate late-night customers and is in the process of developing a new delicious late-night menu. The Tribeca Lounge is a fabulous new addition to The Lucky Dill. Once upon a time, fitting more than six people to a table proved to be difficult at the busy deli – not now! The Tribeca Lounge can seat up to sixty people for banquets, events, parties and social meetings. Event goers will enjoy the spacious, beautifully lit atmosphere, high-end sound system, PA system, big-screen TVs and projection screens for parties of all types. Whether you are meeting with your fellow coworkers, chamber members, Red Hat Society or treasured friends; Lucky Dill can now accommodate you and your guests in spacious style! The Brooklyn Bakery at The

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Lucky Dill is now bigger and better than ever! Enjoy a grandiose selection of water bagels from the bagel tower, brownies, specialty pies, cakes, Napoleons, black-and-whites, bobkas, cannolis, tiramisu, ragula, eclairs, cinnamon rolls and more! The Brooklyn Bakery offers fresh made delicacies that can be eaten in or ordered for takeout. You can also visit The Lucky Dill’s takeout counter on the side of the Brooklyn Bakery to get your food on the go; convenient, fast and tasty! The deli counter allows you to order your favorite Boars Head cold cuts or Lucky Dill’s famous corned beef or pastrami, sliced fresh. If you’re in a rush and need a quick bite on your lunch break, you can swing in and grab something already prepared from the new graband-go section, which is fully stocked with sodas, gourmet side items, salads, wraps, sandwiches and paninis. The Lucky Dill has infinite options whether you want a bakery treat, a quick meal or you are dining in. The atmosphere will have you feeling like you’re a part of the Big Apple yourself! The Sandwich that Ate Brooklyn: The Lucky Dill is famous for their hot corned beef sandwich; steamed corned beef that is piled high on rye bread and topped with rich Swiss cheese. The hot corned beef sandwich, along with all of the other sandwich choices, is literally a lot to put your mouth around. Come hungry because all of the tasty menu choices will satiate even the most famished person. The Lucky Dill has a huge menu to please every kind of eater; from salads and wraps to gigantic sandwiches and burgers. I had the chance to sample the corned beef sandwich, the hot pastrami sandwich, and two mouth watering burgers.

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The Lucky Dill has been a favorite eatery in the area for years, and now the new location on US 19 N in Palm Harbor has even more room for guests. The corned beef and pastrami were both perfectly spiced and served on delicious, warm, melt-in-yourmouth rye bread. When I tasted the Bronx Burger, I was in heaven. The Bronx Burger is one-half pound of burger with melted cheddar cheese, grilled onions and apple-wood smoked bacon all piled skyscraperhigh on a delicious sesame bun. The great thing about The Lucky Dill is that you have tons of options! Choose your own meats, bread, cheeses, dressing and sandwich toppings or just choose one of the specialty items on the menu. The Lucky Dill is always working on creating promotions and specials for their customers. Daily Specials are: Mondays—buy 2 beverages and get 2-for-1 corned beef sandwiches from 5 p.m. to close; Tuesdays—generous portions of corned beef and cabbage for $7.99; Wednesdays—Reubenfest! Save a $1 on famous Reubens; Thursdays—free matzo ball soup with each meal and beverage purchase; Fridays—Fish Fry! All-you-can-eat fish and chips! The Lucky Dill caters to your

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tastes and your wallet. You have got to check out the Blue Plate Special section of the menu, it’s mind-blowing to see how much food you can get for such a fair price. Everything is under $12 and choices include delicious creations such as grilled steak kebabs with baby portobella mushrooms, stuffed red bell peppers, classic French dips and other tasty meals that will fill you up! If you’re looking for a lighter (yet still filling) meal try the amazing salads or Market Fresh Sandwiches that The Lucky Dill has to offer. My personal favorite is The Astoria which is an NYC twist on the traditional Greek salad; fresh spinach, mixed greens, vine ripe roma tomatoes, imported kalamata olives, peperoncini, garbanzo beans, cucumbers, onions and sweet beets topped with crumbled feta and grilled chicken. This salad is phenomenal! The Lucky Dill is building their breakfast to be one of the best morning go-to places in the area. Breakfast is served seven days a week beginning at 7 a.m. The five Borough Breakfast items sound especially delicious with

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No matter which sandwich you choose, it is sure to be more than most appetites can handle. Also delicious are salads, wraps, dinners and more! servings such as The Staten Island Lucky Dill customer Mike Kans Breakfast which is composed of two says, “I’ve been coming to Lucky Dill eggs your way served with bacon, since it was first opened in a small sausage, homefries and cinnamon bun shopping center. I love the food and French toast! Not unlike the lunch the New York atmosphere. I recently and dinner menu, Lucky Dill’s break- visited the famous Carnegie Deli in fast will definitely fill you up with New York and I couldn’t wait to get generous portions of fresh made, back to Palm Harbor for a reunion tasteful food! From eggs and bacon with Lucky Dill’s fantastic food.” to pancakes, blintzes and waffles; The You can look forward to all the Lucky Dill hits the spot, even first great eats, fun people, funky New thing in the morning. York City styled atmosphere and The new location on U.S. 19 N unique beverages at The Lucky Dill has the capacity to seat 350 people in- Deli. Don’t miss the biggest “St. side the dining area and on the three Patty’s Day Party” in the area either! outside patios. Dine in, carry out or The entire week leading up to St. Patrick‘s Day, The Lucky Dill Deli call ahead for The Lucky Dill to cater will be hosting live music performyour events.

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The Brooklyn Bakery is simply decadent! The cases are filled with every confection you can imagine to satisfy your sweet tooth. The Lucky Dill Deli is located ances, face painting, green beer, Irish at 33180 U.S. Hwy. 19 North in soda bread, specialty desserts and Palm Harbor, right between Nedancing leprechauns. Did I mention braska Ave. and Tampa Rd. It is that there will be 10,000 pounds of open 7 days a week and provides corned beef and cabbage to feed dine-in, take-out and catering servevent goers? It’s going to be a week ices. Call (727) 789-5574 for more of Irish pride and joy in full at The Lucky Dill Deli, so come out and join information or visit www.LuckyDillDeli.com to view the menu. the festivities!

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Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas – A Grassroots Non-Profit to Help Feed the Homeless By Katie Thomas Pulling up to my family’s house and walking through the front door always gives me a sense of comfort and well-being. It’s my safe-haven; a place to run to when I need to be squeezed in tight, a laugh from my younger brothers or a hot meal from my mama’s kitchen. I can always find exactly what I’m looking for when I walk through my parents’ eccentric golden door. I know that I am blessed and fortunate to have such a place to call home. Last semester I attended a class with a woman whom I believed to be of extraordinary, humble character. Maria Johannesen taught our class that an idea can be turned into a lifechanging reality with the right gumption and spirit to back it up. In 2011 Maria noticed statistics showing a high unemployment rate within Pinellas County and an even scarier number of people living without homes. The homeless population grew to reach 5,887 last year; 2,110 of

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the homeless recorded were children attending Pinellas County public schools. Maria committed herself to putting a grassroots organization together that would feed the homeless and hungry throughout Pinellas County. Maria posted on Facebook her idea of preparing simple brown bag lunches and distributing them to the homeless on Independence Day. She received a phenomenal amount of feedback and as a result she gathered up some friends and got to work putting 250 brown bag lunches together to hand out on Independence Day. “On July 4, 2011, with the kindness of the Salvation Army in South Saint Petersburg in allowing us to use their kitchen, we succeeded beyond our 250 goal; instead preparing 578 bag lunches,” says Maria. “This had a ripple effect that day because of our lunch bags. The Salvation Army was able to feed their residents and individuals still out in the street. By the end of the day 1,012 homeless indi-

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viduals were fed. It was the best Independence Day for me and the 27 volunteers, celebrated with many tears and sense of community!” A few months later, Maria and her crew began the process of preparing 1,000 brown bag lunches for another event on November 19, 2011. Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas was successfully able to adopt seven surrounding shelters into the program, ultimately allowing for a much larger impact. CASA, Touched by an Angel Ministries, Alpha House for Pregnant Women, Pinellas County Homeless Coalition, HEP, Pinellas Hope, and ASAP Homeless Services were all involved in the preparation and distribution of feeding thousands of the homeless. Brown Bag Lunches once again exceeded their goal in preparing 1,461 brown bag lunches with these help of the shelters agreeing to open their soup kitchens for those still out in the street. Maria says, “We received feedback from two of those shelters, in which,

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when combined with our bags, 2,271 homeless were fed – a great success!” Maria explained that this was the day that the crew realized that Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas needed to become a non-profit. Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas successfully gained 501(c)3 status as a non-profit organization in February 2012. Maria explains, “Since then, we adopted Touched by an Angel Ministries for Christmas, providing over

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30 children with 3-5 gifts each. Now, we are working on our next big event on March 24, 2012, with a goal of preparing 3,000 brown bag lunches.� A brown bag lunch includes peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich, a granola bar, a bottle of water and an individual sized apple sauce. Brown Bag Lunches also provides parents with baby cereal and jar food along with their lunch bag. If you want to become involved with a wonderful community organization that is dedicated to keeping children from fearing hunger at night, contact Maria. She is a shining star in our community and is helping feed the homeless one brown bag lunch at a time. She and the volunteers of Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas are looking forward to an even bigger 2nd Annual Independence Day for 2012. If you can help, needed supplies are: peanut butter, jelly, granola, individual sized apple sauce, baby cereal, baby jar food and cases of water. Contact Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas, PO Box 904, Largo, FL, 33779, or call (727) 288-1171. Check out Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas FaceBook page, Brown-Bag-Lunches-ofPinellas.

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