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WESTCHASE AREA

Vol. 1, Issue 3, May 2012

Neighborhood News & Lifestyles

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The Business & Dining Magazine Directly Mailed To Over 13,000 Homes In Westchase & Surrounding Areas This Independent Community News, Business & Dining Guide Is Directly Mailed Once Each Month To: Arlington Park • Aston Villas • Bay Arbor • Berkeley Square • Calf Path Estates • Enclave At Citrus Park • Fawn Ridge Forest Lakes • Hampton Lakes • Highland Park • Lake Chase • Mandolin • Tree Tops • Twin Branch Acres • Waterchase West Hampton • Westchase • Westchester • Westwood Lakes • Windsor Place

Bringing The Beach To You!

Realtor Chris Johnson Will Work Hard To Get You The Home Or Property Of Your Dreams! By Alexis Selby

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Editorial................................3 News Briefs...........................4 Community Calendar.............6 Tru Beauté Med Spa...........8-9 Napa Flair......................10-11 1-800-GOT-JUNK.........14-15 Dr Galeano.....................16-17 Quantum Leap Farm......24-25

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$1,199,900 - For Sale on Lake Keystone - 3 Acres - 200ft of lakefront Florida, graduating with his Bachelor’s long as inventory remains lower than in Management Information Systems normal.” in 2001. After a few years working as a Chris, a Florida native, was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and after web developer, Chris decided it was time for a change and it was then that, graduating high school he proudly after a little bit of encouragement from served in the United States Air Force a very good friend, (who happens to for four years. Upon completion of his be a real estate investor) Chris got into service, Chris returned home, where he attended the University of South See “Chris Johnson” on page 18.

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“The market has turned on us overnight,” states realtor Chris Johnson, as he explains the rapid increase in homebuyers he has encountered in the past couple of months. After years of dealing with a struggling economy, it seems like things are finally starting to pick up in the real estate market and we can now look at the future with optimism and excitement. “Last year around this time, we had eleven months of reserves of inventory, and today we have less than six months reserves of inventory,” states Chris. “Bidding wars are already occurring in South Tampa and other suburbs of Tampa; I expect they will continue as

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If you live in Westchase and can’t get to the beach, why not let the beach come to you! Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen opened last December in Westchase

Village and has been serving fresh, made-to-order food ever since. Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen was specifically created in hopes of harnessing the feeling of being free, making you feel as if you are on the beach, surfing the waves and soaking up the sun and

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channeled these sensations into the thing they love the most – their food. Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen is owned by Jason Rehm, and his longtime friend Adam Harlan. Jason’s dad Jim, a longtime restaurant owner, raised Jason on Long Island and had him hooked on the beach life before they knew what had hit them. “The boys were raised in the kitchen and were peel- Surf Shack’s Taco Salad is served in a delicious ing shrimp by the age of taco bowl and topped with juicy grilled chicken. eight,’’ says Jim. vibe had been generated. “We all It didn’t hurt that the ocean was wanted to live the beach life and nearby and the kids got the chance to Westchase seemed perfect,” states Jim. learn what the ocean was about – “It’s a nice family area and everything much more than just shrimp. They is new, the beach is close by and it grew up living the surf life, and by the See “Surf Shack” on page 20. time they moved to West Florida, the


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From The Editor Alexis Selby

Check Out Our New & Improved Website

NeighborhoodNewsFL.com Neighborhood News & Lifestyles is thrilled to announce that we have completely revamped our website, making it current and showcasing the best of what we have to offer. Our website provides an in-depth view of exactly who we are, what we do and what areas and zip codes we target. In addition to posting articles from each of the four current publications, the website will display the full copy of each of the Neighborhood News & Lifestyles magazines (allowing the viewer to digitally flip through from page to page) as soon as the paper hits mailboxes. Once the current issue is posted, our readers will have the opportunity to write their own personal feedback regarding experiences with the businesses highlighted and view the experiences of others. You will also be able to view video testimonials of local business owners, as they talk about their experiences advertising in the Neighborhood News & Lifestyles.

We would also like to give a huge shout-out and thank you to web developer/designer Ashley Knoblach for all the hard work she has put into creating an interactive, innovative website for the Neighborhood News & Lifestyles. Here are a few key features that our website now boasts: • User Friendly Navigating Our website is easy and convenient, allowing you to find exactly what you are looking for, regardless of how familiar you are with the computer. • Search Engine Friendly Optimized for performance, our site is easy to read and index by search engines like Google, Yahoo, AOL and Bing. • Mobile & Tablet Ready Built on a scalable 12 column grid , our site will adjust to any screen size regardless of the browser or device. • Polls, Comments & Sharing Integrated with Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, it's easy to vote, comment

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and share our content across multiple networks. • Email Subscriptions You now have the option to sign up to receive issues via email for free! Ashley, who also works on the website for the Neighborhood News in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, has seen a drastic increase in views from the moment she took over nearly three years ago. When she started, their website was averaging 300 hits a month and since the launch of their new website that number shot up to an average of 2,000 views a week – that is incredible! We hope to see the same great success with the launching of our new website, so we encourage you to check out our publication online at www.NeighborhoodNewsFL.com and let us know what you think. Neighborhood News & Lifestyles strives to be the best news magazine in the area – that you know and love!

Neighborhood News & Lifestyles Directly mailed once a month to over 13,000 households in zip codes 33626 & 34677 118 Tarpon Ave. East, Suite #8 Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Phone: (813) 928-6124; Fax: (727) 943-0556 Advertising E-mail: westchasenn@yahoo.com Editorial E-mail: westchasenn@yahoo.com © 2012 Westchase NeighborhoodNews is published by ADS 2 Publications, Inc. Publisher Tim Selby General Manager Matt Selby Editor Alexis Selby Advertising Sales Jim O’Reilly Ken Burke Gregg Vorbeck Accounting Manager Doreen Selby

Correspondents Kim Thomas Julie Kanehl Amy Paterson Katie Thomas Jeff Berlinicke

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Art Director Tony Sica Graphic Artists Dat X. Do Tony Sica Billing Assistant Tina O’Reilly

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Community News Briefs Westchase Resident, Founder of Philadelphia on March 17. Local Nonprofit Forward Thinking “I am so honored to have received Initiatives, Wins Prestigious Nathis prestigious award from the Freetional Award from Freedoms Foundoms and Leavey Foundations,” said dation Campbell. “I can’t think of anything Freedoms Foundation at Valley that could make me more proud than Forge selected Westchase resident to be honored as an educator. It was Debra Campbell, founder of Forward humbling to be in the company of such Thinking Initiatives, as one of 15 educreative teachers and to see the woncators from throughout the U.S. to be derful programs that are out there.” honored with its prestigious Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. The Leavey Awards, now in its 35th year, is among the nation’s top honors bestowed upon outstanding teachers who create and conduct programs in entrepreneurship. Campbell received the Leavey Award for her work with Forward Thinking Initiatives (FTI), a nonprofit she founded in 2004 to teach entrepreneurship, creative thinking and innovation to teens throughout Tampa Bay. She Debra winning a national award recognizing and the other award winners were honored at a gala awards her work with Forward Thinking Initiatives dinner at the Loews Hotel in from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

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Forward Thinking Initiatives is unique in that it teaches teens practical skills through games and simulations, and provides a hands-on approach to not only creating products and services, but also building business plans around them. FTI recently entered a partnership with Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). They will launch a series of business and innovation summer camps in MOSI’s Idea Zone this June for teens entering grades 6 – 12. For more information about the camps or to register online, go to www.campfun.org or e-mail campbell@forwardthinkinginitiatives.com. The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge encourages citizens to become informed and active participants in the political and economic life of our Nation. It has 26 volunteer chapters and more than 3,000 volunteers supporting its programs throughout the county. For more information about Forward Thinking Initiatives please visit www.forwardthinkinginitiatives.com. Center for Training & Evaluating Health Professionals to Have $5.7M Annual Economic Impact on Tampa Bay The University of South Florida

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(USF) Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which opened its 90,000 square-foot downtown Tampa facility in February, is on the fast track to becoming a national model for improving medical training, evaluation and patient safety, and creating needed healthcare solutions through cutting-edge technology, innovation and simulation. The new center is a 38 million dollar facility that was fast-tracked and completed in less than 14 months of construction, with 350 construction workers on site. CAMLS is expected to become a job engine for Tampa Bay, bringing 30,000 or more health professionals to the region each year. CAMLS is projected to have a $5.7 million annual impact on the Tampa Bay economy going forward, with an increase of at least five percent yearly. For more information please contact Paul Ayres at (813) 2247847 or payres@health.usf.edu. USF and Tampa Bay Lightning Team Up to Offer Sports Management MBA Made possible by a partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning and The Lightning Foundation, the See “News Briefs” on page 22.

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Community Calendar Toastmasters’ Public Speaking and Leadership Group Join the Oldsmar Toastmasters for their weekly meetings every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m., where they will teach you the valuable skills of public speaking and communication, which in turn will help you with job placement and advancement in the workforce as well as life itself. Toastmasters International was started in 1924 and helps build solid pubic speaking skills. Whether it's the ability to speak in front of large groups or in social settings, the organization claims to help to build confidence in any communications situation. The meetings are held at Aston Gardens, located at 12951 West Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa. For more information please call (727) 9429008.

Music With Mar Bring your little tykes every Monday at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for exciting and educational music classes. Created by Maryann Harman, "Music With Mar." offers fun for both kids and adults through music. Music with Mar., Inc. is an internationally respected com-

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pany dedicated to using music and movement in child development to get more parents involved with their children in positive activities while using music to prepare them for the future. The adult and child participate together in music activities, aiding in the child’s total development as well as enhancing the adult’s understanding of the importance of involvement in these classes. The class is led by Karen Gliddon and classes are held at 207 Buckingham Ave E. in Oldsmar. No pre-registration is required and classes are only $7.00. For more information please visit their website at musicwithmar.com, email info@musicwithmar.com or call (727) 7814MAR.

Adult Fitness Program, Drop-in Class, Pilates Mat Based on Joseph Pilate’s traditional mat work, students will be led in a systematic approach of sequenced exercises. The technique enhances postural alignment, strength, and flexibility and the mat work is adaptable to all levels. Please bring a mat, as they are not provided. Classes are held every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Westchase Swim &

Tennis Center, located at 10405 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa. Classes cost $8.00 per person. For more information please visit their website at www.westchasewca.com/cms or call (941) 7044964.

Free Comedy Show If you are looking for some fun, come out to the free Comedy show, held once a month, at 8:30 p.m. at the Chase Club, featuring new comics every month. Although the comics change, one thing stays the same – a good time will be had by all. Enjoy $3 Craft Beers and $5 Martini's during the show. 21+ is welcome and reservations are available. The Chase Club is located at 12129 W Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa. Upcoming dates for the shows are May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11 and September 8. For more information or to schedule a reservation please call (813) 814-258 or visit the Facebook page for Chase Club.

Sweetwater Sunday Market Head over to the ever popular Sweetwater Sunday Market, held every Sunday at 12 p.m. noon at the Sweetwater Organic Market, located at 6942 W Comanche Ave. in Tampa. The

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Sweetwater Organic Market focuses on organic products that promote ecofriendly living. Among a variety of locally grown produce and specialty food items, you'll also find vendors offering all-natural clothing, crafts and beauty products. The Sweetwater Sunday Market is free to the public and provides fun for the whole family with green-living seminars, live music, dancing, and open mic for emerging performers; pets are welcome. For more information visit their website at www.sweetwaterorganic.org/sunday-market/ or call (813) 887-4066.

Teen Business and Innovation Camps Brought to you by Forward Thinking Initiatives, teens entering grades 612 get the opportunity to start their own business this summer and make some real money before the summer ends in the Teen Business and Innovation Camps; held at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in MOSI’s Idea Zone, located at 4801 East Fowler Ave in Tampa. Teenagers become entrepreneurs in these fun-filled, hands-on camps. During the morning Biz Innovation Station See “Calendar” on page 23.

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Tru Beauté Med Spa: For a Beautiful You! By Marcy Sanford Facials and massages aren’t just a way to treat yourself, they are a vital necessity that can boost your confidence and self-esteem and help you with pain and skin problems. In Florida, where the sun shines most days, a facial is a way to keep your skin revitalized and looking its best despite daily sun damage. If your muscles ache from daily stress, a massage can be a great way to help you feel better and get relief from chronic pain. This is where Tru Beauté Med Spa steps in! A physician-owned spa that opened this past November, Tru Beauté Med Spa creates a relaxing and serene environment, where you can just sit back and relax and allow yourself to be pampered, helping you to feel rejuvenated and marvelous. Their professional staff offers a wide array of services and will work with you to customize a treatment plan to help you look and feel your best.

Meet the Staff Niven Kanaan is a licensed medical esthetician. She began her career as a

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Niven Kanaan Valerie K. Mancertified permanent ton-Amyot, LMT makeup artist in 2000 and has worked at several beauty spas in Saint Petersburg and Tampa, in addition to her experience working with many plastic surgeons throughout the area, helping finish the final touch of plastic surgery procedures. Valerie Manton-Amyot is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist. Before coming to Tru Beauté Med Spa, she worked at chiropractic offices and injury centers and it definitely shows through her concern for her clients. “Many of my clients have had injuries or have recurring pain from stress or other issues,” states Valerie. “I enjoy being able to help them by relieving their pain. Each client is different and I work with them to de-

termine the best plan to help them.” Valerie is also certified in hot stone massage and has extensive experience with prenatal massage, deep tissue modalities, relaxation techniques and reflexology. Jennie Molloy Jenny Molloy is the final member of the team at Tru Beauté Med Spa. She is a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the American Academy of Medical Esthetic Professionals and is considered an expert injector of wrinkle relaxers Dysport and Botox and wrinkle fillers Restylane, Juvederm, Perlance and Radiesse. Jenny was also a 2007 finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Health Care Hero's Award and is listed in the TBBJ's 2008 Book of Lists and Manchester Who's Who among business and professional women.

Services Offered Tru Beauté Med Spa offers a variety of services, including Permanent Make-up, HydraFacials, Wrinkle Relax-

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ers, Wrinkle Fillers, SkinMedica Facials, SkinMedica Facial Peels, 3-D Eyelash Extensions, Massage Therapy, waxing, and more. They feature pharmaceutical-grade skincare products by SkinMedica, as well as Revitalash and Latisse.

Massage Valerie’s massages are a blend of Swedish techniques with myofascial and deep tissue therapy, including myofascial release, trigger point therapy, range of motion, stretching and more to work on problem areas. The massage at Tru Beauté Med Spa was so great that I was still serene while supervising my kindergartener’s lunchroom table at school afterwards. I have the usual aches and pains that come from the regular stress and abuse we put our bodies through, plus a few more that have developed after turning 40, and Valerie was able to work them all out. She incorporates stretches into her massages and uses heated bamboo sticks. The combination of the heat and the stretches really enhanced the massage, giving my aching muscle some much-needed relief.

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Tru Beauté features pharmaceutical-grade skincare products by SkinMedica, Revitalash and Latisse.

Facials If you have never had a HydraFacial, you should definitely try one. The HydraFacial is one of the most popular and effective facials Niven Kanaan offers at Tru Beauté Med Spa. “The HydraFacial treatment is the newest advance in non-laser skin resurfacing,” states Niven. “The facial is so effective because it treats skin from the dermis layer up – not just on the surface. We are unique at Tru Beauté because we are one of the few med spas in Tampa to offer this type of facial. The HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and an-

tioxidant protection, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive and non-irritating. The HydraFacial treatment improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, congested and enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin and brown spots.” Suitable for most skin types, the HydraFacial can even be customized for more mature faces and deeper wrinkles by adding a protein to help skin build up with collagen. Niven works with her clients to determine their facial needs. “I customize my skin care procedures to each individual's needs, from anti-aging, acne treatments, scars, fine lines and wrinkles and more,” states Niven. The process begins with a Visia complexion analysis. The Visia machine takes a picture of your face that shows pore size, UV spots, sun damage and wrinkles. Niven uses this information to customize facials and tracks the effectiveness of the facials with subsequent photos. Niven can also help clients develop a regime to continue the benefits of the facial at home, with the highly effective Skin Medica line of products. After just one HydraFacial, my skin looked brighter and clearer and felt softer and smoother; I even noticed my brown spots became more faded.

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I’m definitely hooked and can’t wait to have another one to see how much better my skin can be.

Permanent Makeup Tru Beauté Med Spa offers a full array of permanent makeup options, including eyelash enhancement, eyebrow shaping, and permanent eyeliner, as well as full lip color and lip liner. Using the hand method, the permanent makeup at Tru Beauté Med Spa is carefully and artfully applied, using a special cosmetic pigment by Softap, which is placed just below the surface of the skin using an etching motion. The best part is – there is no recuperation time – so as soon as the procedure is finished you leave with a naturallooking enhanced beauty without any delay!

Wrinkle Relaxers and Fillers If you are looking for a safe and effective way to diminish your fine lines and wrinkles and add volume and fullness to your face, then make an appointment at Tru Beauté Med Spa today and let expert technician Jenny add youth and beauty to your appearance with the use of wrinkle relaxers and fillers. Proof that a spa is a success is determined in part by its repeat clients. And Valerie, Niven and Jenny pride

themselves on the number of loyal clients they have maintained over the years. Soha Haidar has been a client of Niven’s for many years. In fact, Niven helped Soha look her best for one of the biggest days of her life – her wedding. Soha said, “Niven established a step-by-step program leading up to my big day. She began with face peels and ended with putting on my 3D lashes a few days before the wedding. I couldn't have been more relaxed and prepared for my wedding. I felt confident and absolutely beautiful. The day of wedding, Niven did my make-up, as well as my mother’s, my sister’s and my niece’s. We were absolutely happy with our make-up and looked stunning. I recommend Niven Kanaan and Tru Beauté Med Spa for any occasion, they provide excellent and professional service. Thank you for making my wedding experience easy and stress less." Tru Beauté Med Spa is located at 6328 Gunn Highway, Suite C in Tampa. They are open Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., by appointment and are also available for appointments on Saturday. For more information or to schedule at appointment please call (813) 9601800, email TruBeaute@gmail.com or visit their website at www.TruBeauteMedSpa.com.

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Wine Has Never Had So Much Flair! By Alexis Selby “Wine is part Science, part Mother Nature and the rest is a miracle,” states owner LuAnn Shapiro. Spanning back thousands of years , wine has been an important part of life for many people and is closely intertwined with the history of agriculture, cuisine, literature, mythology, medicine, leisure, religion, civilization and humanity itself. Evolving over the centuries, wine-making has continued to grip the human imagination, inspiring passion and ingenuity. “Almost everyone has a story about wine, it is an emotional connection,” states LuAnn. “Wine plays a big role in many people’s lives. I find it rewarding to be able to share my passion for wine with others.” Napa Flair Wine and Boutique brings you wines from all over the world, allowing you to experience different cultures, climates, tastes and

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culinary customs without ever leaving your own neighborhood. Napa Flair is a wonderful culmination of LuAnn’s experience in retail and wine, boasting hundreds of quality wines from as little as $7.99, as well as one-of-a-kind antiques, art, gourmet olive oils, dips, gourmet pastas and balsamic vinegars. Napa Flair provides a relaxing, upscale atmosphere, allowing customers to come in and take their time browsing though the huge selection of wines; which they offer at a very reasonable price. “I find unique quality high-end wines, as well as wines for every price point,” states LuAnn. For LuAnn, the art of wine and cooking has always been an important part of her life and a passion that was passed down from her parents. This life-long passion lead LuAnn to the Culinary Institute of America in St Helena. The Culinary Institute of America, located in the heart of Napa Valley, is the only location in the

Browse hundreds of vintages and find some new favorites from Napa Flair’s generous selection of wine. United States which offers the Advanced Certified Wine Professional Certification. While studying at The Culinary Institute of America LuAnn had the privilege of being tutored by several Master Sommeliers, which is a huge privilege and honor. A Master Sommelier, of which there are only 200 in the entire world, is someone

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who has dedicated their entire life to the studying of wines and is the highest level one can reach in wine expertise. After achieving first the Certified Wine Professional Certification, LuAnn continued on to gain recognition as an Advanced Certified Wine Professional. LuAnn was tested upon everything including geography, geol-

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in any other stores. If Napa Flair doesn’t have a specific wine you are looking for LuAnn will do all she can to make sure you get it, inLuAnn Shapiro hosts weekly Wine cluding callTastings & Wine Appeciation classes ing wine ogy, varietal type, wine representatives and asking around and and food pairing, history of each wine finding ways to get it. country and so much more. LuAnn is all about customer servUpon graduation from the Culiice and does all she can to make sure nary Institute, LuAnn was hired as a you find exactly what you are thirsting professional wine taster by the author for. She will make you feel welcome of The Wine Bible, Karen MacNeil. the moment you walk through the Often tasting more than 25 wines a doors and will gladly help you as best day LuAnn gained an in-depth knowl- as she can. At Napa Flair you will get edge of the characteristics of quality one-on-one customer service and wine. Hartwell Vineyards, a hidden helpful advice, in a friendly, relaxing gem on the Silverado Trail was the setting where you can just take your next in LuAnn’s ‘Wine Adventure’. time and browse through the hunPrivate Wine and Cheese Pairings, dreds of different wine selections. Sales, Marketing, and Special Events Another one of LuAnn’s many fulfilled her desire to share wonderful specialties is the art of pairing wine wines with fellow wine enthusiasts. with food, which really makes a differLuAnn’s goal is to bring in fabulous ence in the satisfaction of a nice dinquality wines and to assist each client ner. Until meeting LuAnn I had no in finding wines that fit their budget idea that certain wines went better and palate. “It’s gratifying to turn with specific food selections- I was people on to new wines,” states definitely wrong! LuAnn taught me LuAnn. that certain elements, such as texture LuAnn has so much knowledge and flavor, in both food and wine when it comes to wine and loves givreact differently to each other and ing advice and helping customers and finding the right combination of these friends pick the wines that are right elements will make the entire dining for them. “I have the knowledge to experience more enjoyable. When seguide my customers in finding wines lecting a wine to be paired with food, they will truly appreciate,” states one must consider the aroma and flaLuAnn. With her vast education and vor of the wine and pair it up with a expertise LuAnn will assist you in food dish that is complementary to finding exactly what you are looking that wine. Wine is something I have for and introduce you to exquisite always enjoyed, white wine being my wines that you might not have even favorite, but before meeting LuAnn I heard of and won’t be able to find just thought white wine went with anywhere else. LuAnn is tied in with everything. Her advice really helped all the wine representatives in the area, me in selecting wine and food that most of which are local and have complements each other and I will unique local wines that aren’t carried continually be seeking more great

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ideas and wine pairings in the future. All of Napa Flair’s antiques are imported directly from Europe, many of which are unique to Napa Flair. Canadian artist Leanne Laine showcases her true talent through her beautiful wine paintings, each of which can be purchased at Napa Flair. Leanne can also customize the paintings to just the right size you want. If you are looking for something fun to do on a Friday evening than gather up your friends and stop in at Napa Flair between 5:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. to take part in their one-of-akind wine tasting experience. Along with exotic wine selections, Napa Flair will also be serving delicious appetizers and tasty finger food. Each Friday Napa Flair will be featuring new wines from around the world. These wine tastings are a great way to discover new wines that you might never have tried before and allow you to experience tastes and selections from all around the world. If you are like me and love wine, but get overwhelmed by all the choices and have no idea what wine is right for you, coming to these wine tastings is a must. Napa Flair’s wine tastings give you the opportunity to sample new wines every week and help you find the wines that are truly right for you. Napa Flair also boasts a beautiful new wine bar, providing a place where you can just kick back and enjoy great company in a peaceful environment. With their new wine bar you have the option of buying beer and wine by the glass, or you can also buy a bottle of wine right form the store and savor a glass there. If you and your friends can’t finish the bottle, no need to worry because LuAnn can cork the wine for you, allowing you to take the bottle home for your own enjoyment. Napa Flair now has their onpremise license and is the perfect venue to host your private party or fundraising event, providing guests with an intimate, sophisticated atmosphere that is ideal for any occasion.

Having your event at Napa Flair will definitely make a statement and will leave your guests will a sense of elegance and class. Napa Flair also offers Wine Appreciation Classes at 6:30 p.m. on alternating Wednesday and Thursday nights once a week. For only $20.00, which goes towards the cost of the wine, LuAnn will teach you the art of tasting wines and show you ways to get the most enjoyment out of every wine you taste. Each week LuAnn will be showcasing different wines and teaching you new techniques to get better fulfillment out of the wine-tasting experience. These hands on classes are a lot of fun and a great way to meet and connect with people in your neighborhood. Classes fill up fast so if you are interested please give LuAnn a call to put your name on the list for the next class. If you are a true wine or beer enthusiast you can even purchase all the items needed to make your own wine or beer. At a reasonable price Napa Flair sells wine and beer making kits, which include all the basic components needed to make you own beer or wine. It is a very fun and educational learning process and is really an awesome experience. At Napa Flair they also sell labels or can help you design your own, making the perfect gift for yourself or others. Broaden your horizons into the vast world of wine and experience the many tastes the wine culture has to offer. With all the wines to choose from, your favorite wine might be just one sip away! Napa Flair is located at 11967 Sheldon Road in Tampa. Their hours are Tues.-Friday 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. and Sat. 12 p.m.- 9 p.m. For more information please call (813) 920-7058 or (813) 449-1831, visit their website at www.NapaFlair.com, or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/napaflair.

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Owners Troy and Rachelle (left). The 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck fleet rises to the occasion in the Tampa Bay area, removing your junk in a timely and professional manner. By Katie Thomas ot Junk? Convenient pick-up, upfront pricing, junk removal services and responsible disposal make 1-800-GOT-JUNK? the company in your area to call for the hectic job of spring cleaning, or any other major clean-out project. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? began in 1989 and is a full-service junk removal service for residential, commercial and construction site locations. The company has saved over 1.5 billion pounds of junk from landfills; making the removal of your junk easy and ecofriendly. There is no reason to hold on to those unwanted and unneeded items any longer! 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is the largest junk removal franchise in the world. The company has over 200 franchise partners in the United States, Canada and Australia. You may even have seen them at work on the popular A&E TV show Hoarders. Local 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise owners Troy and Rachelle invested in GOT-JUNK? over six years ago. After working in medical sales (Troy) and as a medical technologist (Rachelle), the couple was ready to try starting a business on their own and both agreed that looking into franchising would be a smart place to start. Troy and Rachelle sat down and took an evaluation through a franchise placement company that ultimately led them to choose 1-800-GOT-JUNK? as their future business endeavor. Troy says, “There was no other business like GOTJUNK? in the area. Rachelle and I became educated in

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junk removal services and marketing aspects of the business, which got us to the point we are at now.” Rachelle and Troy service Hillsborough, Pasco and Northern Pinellas areas with complete full-service junk removal, professional call services and free estimates based on volume of the junk being removed. Junk removal is easy with 1-800GOT-JUNK?. Begin by making a call to Rachelle and Troy’s professional calling service and schedule a pick up time convenient for you. Receive a two-hour time window for the arrival of the trucks and you will get a phone call 15-30 minutes before the promise window. Once the guys are on-site with their trucks they will give you an estimate, load up your unwanted goods into the truck and leave you with a less cluttered, more organized space – junk free! Why 1-800-GOT-JUNK? When choosing a junk removal service, go with the company that has proven their top service standards. In 2009, Troy and Rachelle received an award for best customer service within the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise system. Their customer service was rated #1 out of 300. Troy and

Rachelle pride themselves on hiring the best people for the job. Their junk removal system consists of seven employees who are efficient and quick in what they do. Mike and Rachelle have a motto to be the “Fed-Ex of junk removal”. Troy explained that their business focus points include: on-time service, clean shiny trucks, upfront rates and friendly uniformed drivers. The couple uses the latest in communicative technology; the call service can send out information directly to the trucks so customers can receive same-day service. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? disposes of any and all non-hazardous materials. GOT-JUNK? specializes in household junk items including appliance removal, refrigerator removal, mattress removal, furniture, carpet, television set and tire removal. The company also will remove office junk, offering computer, printer and monitor recycling. Not only does GOTJUNK? remove all your home and office extras, the company can take care of leaf removal, rubbish removal, offers an alternative garbage removal and dumpster, and will remove disaster preparation materials. GOTJUNK? recycles or donates

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everything they can whenever possible in order to help sustain a better environment. Rachelle says, “We recycle as much as we can. Sixty percent of the materials we remove are donated to Salvation Army, Goodwill, Hospice and thrift stores.” Rachelle and Troy are residents in the area and know the importance of giving back and being involved with their community. 1-800-GOTJUNK? has made it possible for the couple to stay active in helping their community. “We donate trucks and cleanup services to Keep Pinellas Beautiful,” explain the pair. “We also donate recycled desks and furniture to Youths in Power to Achieve, which is an after-school program for underprivileged kids in the area that focuses on business and entrepreneurial programs.” Rachelle and Troy are advocates of the Children’s Cancer Society, a program that hits close to home since their five-yearold has been diagnosed with leukemia. Rachelle says, “Troy and I make a good team together. We have the same goals and we know what it takes to run a business. Having strengths in such different areas has made us flexible and able to provide

our customers with what they need.” Rachelle and Troy fully believe in their business, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, and they are fully confident that their services work for everyone. Book an appointment to move the clutter and old junk out of your life now; 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is coming into their busy season! Troy and Rachelle’s 1-800-GOTJUNK? office is located in Carrolwood. Call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to schedule a free estimate and/or pick-up or visit 1800gotjunk.com for additional information.

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Dr. Galeano Is Dedicated To Creating Your Best Smile By Julie Kanehl When choosing an orthodontist for your child or for yourself, it is important to choose someone who is educated, experienced and dedicated to the wellbeing of their patients. Fernando Galeano, D.D.S., M.S.D., is all of those things and more. Located in the Cypress Professional Center, just off of Tampa Rd. in Oldsmar, Dr. Galeano’s office is just a short drive from Palm Harbor, East Lake, and Westchase.

Meeting Dr. Galeano Dr. Galeano earned both his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and his Master of Science in Dentistry at the Temple University Dental School in Philadelphia, PA in 1989. He is the third generation in his family to be involved in dentistry, so you could definitely say that improving smiles is in Dr. Galeano’s blood. He puts his patients and their families first, and believes in really spending the time to get to know them. He has worked in this area for over 20 years, and after being

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part of a larger group practice for many years, he opened his first practice in 2002 in Tampa near USF. In 2006 he opened up this new location and has enjoyed building this practice from scratch. “I really enjoy the hands-on aspect of working with patients. I enjoy talking to my patients and their parents and giving them my undivided attention,” says Dr. Galeano. Dr. Galeano, who was born and raised in Honduras and is fluent in Spanish, is a family man. Married for 16 years to his lovely wife, Claudia, he is the father of two teenagers, so he completely understands all sides of the equation when it comes to kids and orthodontics. The importance of a beautiful and healthy smile is an affordable investment that continues to pay off for the rest of a person’s life, and more than that, when teeth are aligned properly, they perform the way that they are supposed to, preventing pain and problems down the road. Having a beautiful smile is important for more than aesthetic reasons. Teeth that are not overly crowded are easier

Fernando Galeano, D.D.S, M.S.D to clean, floss and take care of. Dr. Galeano is committed to continuing his education so that he is up on the latest technology in his field, and he is a member of many organizations within his field including: The American Dental Association, Florida Association of Orthodontists, Hillsborough County Dental Association, Pinellas County Dental Association, West Coast District Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Southern Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists and the World Federation of

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Orthodontists. Kerry Raynor says, "My daughter Megan is a patient. What I love about him is that he sees her personally and he adjusts her braces, instead of her getting an assistant or technician. My daughter needed headgear because of an overbite, and now her smile is so beautiful. There's been such a huge difference in her smile. We’ve been thrilled. He’s so warm and so good, and there’s never been any pain, and she is very happy with the results.” Treatment for Children and Young Adults Dr. Galeano offers free consultations for his patients, and sees patients of all ages. After all, it’s never too late to improve your smile, but most of his patients are children and young adults. The American Association of Orthodontists actually recommends that children come in for their initial screening appointment around 7 or 8 years of age. This is a free screening that helps Dr. Galeano to make a plan that is personalized for each child. Dr. Galeano says, “The first per-

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manent molars come in at that time and it’s important to have a screening to see what is happening and to see if there are any problems that can be intercepted.” Interceptive Treatment can be done on children who have a crossbite, or who have had a thumb-sucking habit that affected their teeth, or who have severe crowding. Just like anything else medical, when you catch things like this early, they are easier to treat. Dr. Galeano sometimes applies braces during this part of the treatment plan, but most of the time he uses apparatuses and orthodontic appliances to address any problems. Normally, Dr. Galeano recommends that girls begin getting braces between the ages of 9-11, and boys between the ages of 10-12 when most of their molars have come in. The reason to begin early, he says, is because while a patient is still growing, a good orthodontist can use the growth to their advantage and guide the teeth along into the right place. Braces come in a wide variety of styles, but the goal is the same. Whether you are looking for traditional metal braces, gold braces, ceramic braces (with clear brackets), or

Invisalign braces, Dr. Galeano can assess your child’s orthodontic needs and provide a treatment that is effective and affordable. The average full orthodontic treatment lasts two years, and Dr. Galeano’s practice accepts most Dental PPO plans, and he offers an interestfree finance program that allows the treatment to be broken up into affordable payments. “Whenever possible, I try to help parents out and keep the cost down,” says Dr. Galeano.

Adult Treatment It is never too late to improve your smile. Many adults who did not have the opportunity to have braces when they were young are finding that a beautiful smile increases their self-esteem as well as their overall oral health. Invisalign is a system of clear trays that align your teeth over a period of time, and they are very popular with adults who want to improve their smile without having the appearance of wearing braces. During the initial examination, Dr. Galeano would take x-rays and look at the patient’s overall dental health to assess

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the best plan of action. One thing is for sure, regardless of your age, Dr. Galeano and his staff will make you feel welcome, make sure you are comfortable and educated about each step of the process, and make sure you are smiling ear-toear when your orthodontic treatment is complete. A beautiful smile is an investment that continues to pay off for years and years to come, so why wait? Come in and see Dr. Galeano for a complimentary consultation right away.

Galeano Orthodontics is located at 150 Pine Avenue N., Suite A, in the Cypress Professional Center of Oldsmar. Office hours are Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Dr. Galeano works out of his Tampa location. Patients can see Dr. Galeano at either location. For more information visit their website at www.galeanoortho.com or to make an appointment call (813) 8558505.

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“Chris Johnson” Continued from page 1 the real estate business. In 2004, Chris moved to Odessa and fell in love with the beauty of the natural lakes in the area, along with the breathtaking lakefront properties and gorgeous estates. It was then that Chris realized his dream of helping others to share in this beautiful piece of paradise and began focusing on properties in Odessa and surrounding areas. After earning his real estate license in 2006, Chris quickly became an expert in lakefront properties, luxury homes, gated communities and equestrian estates. Chris says, “I cater to the luxury market and work within a lot of gated communities in the area.” Chris also specializes in short sales and foreclosures, and is known for being a frontrunner as a short-sale specialist in 2008. By helping people understand the short sale process and ridding the burden of debt, Chris has become well-known in the area for being honest and forthright. Chris is very personable and trustworthy and as a buying agent will strive to get you the home or property of your dreams. He will work with your budget and do all he can to ensure you

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$699,000 - For Sale on Lake Keystone - Quaint Lakefront Cottage w/ Detached Mother In Law Suite are getting the best bang for your buck! Working within your budget, Chris will find the home or property that is right for you! As an Odessa resident he is well aware of the surrounding neighborhoods and knows exactly where the deals lie. Chris is also very familiar with the Westchase area, a neighbor to Odessa, as well as with the lakes of the Central Florida Region, and over the years has worked his way throughout the Tampa Bay Area, helping to find his clients a place to call home. Check out Chris’ personal website, www.FLLakeHouse.com to learn more about the lakes of Central Florida. He created this informative website so that future buyers and/or sellers can get in-depth knowledge about our lakes.

Chris says, “Good real estate agents can be compared to professional surfers. When they see a big wave coming in they get themselves in the perfect position to catch that wave and ride it to the best of their ability, because the next wave may not be nearly as big. Right now we are experiencing a wave of hungry buyers with very little good food in the buffet line. It’s time to work hard and find these buyers some homes!” As the real estate market starts to pick up again, the options you have as a seller begin to flourish and with the help of Chris, as your listing agent, you will be ensured that your house or property receives its full worth in a selling transaction. “As a listing agent my job is to get you the most money for

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your house or property,” states Chris. Statistics from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) show that Chris has sold three times more lakefront property than any other agent in Odessa from 2008 to 2011 – and he has high hopes of keeping that record for this year and in the many years to come! If you are interested in buying or listing your lakefront property or any type home for that matter, Chris Johnson is your guy! Historically, Chris has primarily been a listing agent, as the majority of his clients were people trying to sell their homes. But, as the market continues to change and the surge of buyers steadily increases, Chris is quickly working towards maintaining an even 50/50 distribution of clients looking

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to list and market so those lookthey can ing to buy. fully underIn addition stand what to working options they as a listing have. agent and a Doug buyers Leoni, the agent, Chris Principal also works Broker at Sias a transac$350,000 - Pending Under Contract in Nine mons & tion broker, Leoni Home Eagles - Golf Course / Pond View in which he Loans, LLC represents both the buyer and the and close friend of Chris describes the seller, facilitating the real estate transac- real estate market, “The best way to tion and ensuring that both parties describe what we are experiencing right come together and settle for a fair now is that for the past four years we price. had ‘regular home buyers’ who needed “Attention to detail is very impora home and suddenly got scared to buy tant in real estate,” states Chris – which anything due to the market initially is why Chris makes it a point to thorbeing overheated and the continuous oughly review each of his contracts, un- tumbling of home prices. No one derstanding the time lines and sticking wanted to jump on the sinking ship, so to them. Over the years Chris has acnow you have this pent-up demand for quired a vast knowledge of the real espeople who really do need a new tate market and is constantly home. It is like the flood gates have researching the market, following it opened and it is off to the races!” Chris’ knowledge and expertise of closely in order to be one of the first to know any changes that might be occur- the area, coupled with his awareness of the real estate market and dedication to ring, as to better serve his clients and his clients, assures you that your money bring them the most up-to-date inforwill not go to waste. As the real estate mation and listings. Chris also firmly market begins to prosper, wouldn’t it believes in educating his clients on be nice to know that you have a friend what is happening in the real estate

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you understand the options that are right for you. Whether you are selling your home or looking for a place to call home, Chris Johnson is the man for the job! Christopher Paul Johnson, P.A. Future Home Realty Direct: 813-817-5747 Office: 813-426-3400 Email: chris@cjnow.com $999,000 - 15 Acre Equestrian Estate on Lake Artillery you can trust – one who will help you make the most of your hard earned money or investment and who will help

Douglas Leoni Simons & Leoni Home Loans, LLC Direct: 813-267-0305 Office: 813-258-6767 x25 Email: dougleoni@aol.com

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“Surf Shack” Continued from page 1 worked out really great.” Adam and Jason grew up helping with Jim’s restaurants, that is, when they weren’t hanging out at the beach, which is where they learned many of the valuable lessons that have led to the creation of Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen. "Surf Shack really began as a dream amongst all of us," says Adam. "We wanted to celebrate the surf culture." There are plenty of restaurants that serve seafood, but Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen takes it a step further, importing food that isn’t just the standard beach fare. The fish tacos, combined with the Mexican and Asian-inspired cuisine is not like most meals offered by the typical beach restaurants. If you close your eyes, Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen makes you feel like you are on the ocean in Southern California with not a care in the world and surfboards adorn the walls and hang from the ceilings with a true California motif. If you don’t look past the tiki– styled outdoor dining area into the parking lot you might swear you were in SoCal. “This is about a lifestyle,’’ says Jason. “We want to make people

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feel like they are in Southern California, without the exorbitant costs of living on that coast.” Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen was built with as many ‘green’ and recycled materials as possible. The take-out containers are biodegradable and Earth-friendly, and, like many people who ascribe to the California lifestyle, there are plenty of healthy alternatives on the menu. Even the walls are made of reclaimed wood. As for the menu, the food is fresh and everything is made-to-order. “From our homemade tortilla chips and our ‘Almost Famous Salsa’ all the way to our made-to-order-freshsqueezed margaritas with all-natural agave nectar, we do all we can do to give you the freshest menu choices,’’ states Jason. “We are all about fresh and vibrant flavors, which is why we use as many local and organic items as possible.”

The fare at Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen ranges from burgers to quesadillas, with many exotic options to choose from as well; but there’s one thing that really defines them – the tacos. They serve tacos in almost every way imaginable and the fish tacos are a true specialty. Thursdays are the big day at ‘The Shack’ when tacos are $2 all day and if there is a line, the wait is worth it. If fish tacos aren’t for you, check out their filet mignon tacos – they are out of this world! You also have the option of combining filet and shrimp in the Surf and Turf Tacos that boast a distinct Hawaiian/Asian taste that is incredible. Other favorites include the Bangin’ Shrimp Tacos, the Longboard Fish

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Tacos, and the Bonzai Tacos. In case you haven’t noticed, there is a bit of a trend towards the tacos, even though the menu is filled with many other options. The Bangin’ Shrimp Tacos, filled with Gulf shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, and sliced avocado, along with chipotle mayonnaise are definitely not an item to be missed and really takes the taco to an entirely new level. If tacos aren’t the way you want to go, check out the Tuna Poke Salad, which is served up with fresh sushi grade tuna, sliced jicama, and tossed in a mango passion fruit dressing. The Citrus Seafood Salad and the Taco Salad (there goes the tacos again), are some other Surf Shack favorites). The Citrus Seafood Salad is a combination of beer battered cod, shrimp, cilantrolime aioli, and pico de gallo. The Taco Salad, served with marinated chicken, guacamole, sour cream and mixed greens, showcases these delicious selections inside a red-chili tortilla shell. The Asian-fusion food, which is extraordinary in both taste and presentation, is capped off by the bowls, which come in a variety of styles that use organic noodles and freshly made sauces. “Each of our bowls are made with organic noodles and sauces like the citrus soy sauce and our Thai peanut sauce,’’ states Jason.

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The Longboard Fish Tacos and Orange Chicken Bowl are a few of the favorites at Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen. Although Surf Shack Coastal lengthy list of refreshing craft beers and Kitchen may be new in town, it has aldelicious cocktails. ready started to make a difference in “The service is friendly and the the Westchase community by raising food quality is excellent, especially conmoney for the Westchase Charitable sidering most of the items are under Organization, Davidson Middle eight dollars,” states a happy customer. School, Bryant Middle School, and “They have incredible Sangrias, and my other local causes. During the month kids love the California Cannoli of April (Autism Awareness Month), dessert. I strongly recommend Surf Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen also doShack! The look and the feel of it is so nated one dollar for every Ocean Blue great. I would be happy going here at Margarita Sold. least twice a week!” Daily specials range from $5 burSurf Shack Coastal Kitchen is rito Mondays to Wing Wednesdays, allocated at 12217 West Linebaugh though Taco Thursdays is still the Ave. in Westchase. Hours are Mon. – biggest night of the week. On Sundays, Wed. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Thur. – kids eat free with the purchase of an Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sun. adult entrée. The kids menu includes 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. To order takeMac ‘n Cheese, chicken tenders and out, or to plan a catered event, call tacos. Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen also (813) 475-5916 or visit www.surfoffers a full liquor menu, including a shackkitchen.com.

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“News Briefs” Continued from page 4 University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Business will offer an MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management. Launching this August, the twoyear degree program will emphasize the business fundamentals of the sports and entertainment industry and provide graduate students with paid internships to help them experience how those lessons play out in the industry. “Our metropolitan location is rich with sports and family entertainment businesses and our region has been the host to the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup, the World Series, and NCAA Tournaments,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “Our partnerships will help prepare students for careers in sports and entertainment management all over the world.” For more information please contact Lorie Briggs at (813) 974-7280 or lbriggs@coba.usf.edu. Port of Tampa Receives $22.5 Million for Major Infrastructure Improvements The Tampa Port Authority, the energy gateway for all of west central Florida, serving almost nine million

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people, has received $22.5 million in state funds toward the modernization and expansion of its primary petroleum terminal complex. Critical to consumers and the economic vitality of the region, all of the automobile gasoline and aviation jet fuel for the region's airports, including Tampa and Orlando, moves through the port. Modernization and expansion of the port’s primary petroleum terminal will enable the port to continue to underpin the region's economic growth, viability and job creation. For more information please contact Andrew Fobes at (813) 905-5132 or afobes@tampaport.com.

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“Calendar” Continued from page 6 camps, teens create products and learn how to build a company around their product. During the afternoon Biz Kids camps, teens learn how to start their own company with a business plan. They will get lots of help to get their company off the ground right. Each camp is unique, so sign up for all four! Camp Dates: Biz Innovation Station 1: June 1115 Mon. – Fri. 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Biz Kids 1: June 11-15 Mon. – Fri. 12:30 – 3:00 a.m. Biz Innovation Station 2: June 1822 Mon. – Fri. 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Biz Kids 2: June 18-22 Mon. – Fri. 12:30 – 3:00 P.M. Extended care hours are available through MOSI. The cost is $250 per camp (MOSI members, sign up for two camps and get $50 off) and there is no refund available after May 11. Register online at www.campfun.org. For more information please visit www.forwardthinkinginitiatives.com or email Campbell@forwardthinkinginitiatives.com.

Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause

Opened at MOSI, September 16, 2011 and on display for one full year, Target America is an Interactive Exhibit on the Costs and Consequences of Illegal Drugs. Target America offers students a dynamic journey exploring the origins of drug production, international distribution of narcotics, the negative impact drugs have on communities, damaging costs to the environment, physiological effects caused by drugs, and current practices in prevention and treatment. The Target America exhibit provides a teacher resource guide which includes previsit/post-visit materials that incorporate Sunshine State Standards within Target America’s thematic content, classroom exercises, gallery activities, and information for booking school tours. Target America’s exhibit content and the educational materials will enhance the drug prevention programs occurring in your schools and provide a safe environment to create awareness about the damages drugs cause in our communities and ultimately on our children. Target America is held at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), located at 4801 East Fowler Ave in Tampa. The cost is $16.95 per person. MOSI is open Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information please visit www.targetamerica.org.

My name is Donna Ferrante and I am the owner of The Cleaning Angels. We are a cleaning service that is located in Pasco County. We also service Pinellas & Hernando Counties and are now expanding into Hillsborough. I am originally from Gorham, a small town in the white mountains of New Hampshire, where hard work, honesty and dependability are part of our everyday routine. Being half Italian & half French Canadian makes for perfection in every way! I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My family has an Italian restaurant that is in it’s 65th year of business and is going into a 5th generation. The dedication and success in my cleaning business is due to the closeness of my wonderful family. I am proud and honored to say that I am following in the footsteps of my parents and grandparents. “We know how to cook, clean and we give 100% to the business.” Besides the influence of my family, I attribute the success of my company to a determined attitude, a tremendous amount of ambition and meticulous attention to detail which is all accompanied by an unstoppable drive. After 14 years of cleaning on my own, I now have a team of great girls that I refer to as “My Cleaning Angels”. Move over Charlie, Donna has Angels too! We are not the everyday cleaning service, as many of my competitors are; we are an extremely detailed cleaning service. Using the basic principles of mutual respect combined with good old-fashion elbow grease, the angels produce homes with a heavenly sparkle. Our customers love our back-to-basics, old-fashion cleaning techniques. From top to bottom, corner to corner, and everywhere in between. As owner of this business, I know what my customers are looking for and what they expect from a cleaning service. They want a detailed cleaning, but one that is also affordable. I make sure that my “Angels” have enough time to spend in each and every home, to get the proper job done. We go to extra lengths such as removing knobs from your stove, cleaning the light bulbs in your vanity, getting in between the tight space of your washer and dryer, the dust that accumulates above your medicine cabinet, and even the tracks of your sliding glass doors. If you would like a FREE estimate, allow us to make your life easier by giving us a call today. We offer weekly, biweekly, monthly, move-in and move-outs. If you’re unhappy with your current service or if you’re looking for the best, call The Cleaning Angel Cleaning Service today at 727-942-8289. We are Licensed, Bonded and Insured.

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A Therapy Like No Other at Quantum Leap Farm By Lynn Bankston How would you like to find a dynamic and fun way to heal and thrive? Hippotherapy – physical therapy with horses – is a fun, oneof-a-kind therapy for children and adults… and we’re not just horsingaround! At Quantum Leap Farm we have recently added Hippotherapy to our existing therapeutic riding and equine assisted self-exploration programs. Hippotherapy is a very dynamic and exciting therapy that utilizes traditional physical, occupational, and speech therapy treatment

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strategies. These are combined with a horse’s natural movement to create a program that achieves optimal, functional outcomes for every participant. We use horses to help people overcome physical challenges. In Hippotherapy, horses provide a dynamic base of support to stimulate trunk control and core strength, consistent and rhythmic stimulation, and sensory integration. Research shows that many therapies become more beneficial when coupled with repetitive, patterned rhythms. A rider experiencing a horse’s gait at the walk or trot can enhance improvements in function aided by the horse’s natural rhythmic movement. This movement activates muscles, reflexes, and neuro networks involved in postural control, motor planning, walking, body awareness, sensory systems, and a variety of other factors involved in retraining and returning

injured bodies to higher function. The types of challenges we address here include orthopedic dysfunctions, neurological deficits, balance & vestibular issues, amputations, and general muscle weakness or deconditioning. We are working with children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, orthopedic issues, and many more conditions. The best part of Quantum Leap Farm’s Hippotherapy program is that it is fun. Clients who are coping with challenges and pain find interacting with our horses, therapists and instructors, volunteers and their fellow participants as healing as the therapeutic movement itself! We focus our treatments on improving the activities of daily living along with the unique goals of each client. There are very few individuals who could not participate in our pro-

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gram. As long as they are willing to try, we can do the rest! We work closely with an individual’s doctor and rehab team (when applicable) and periodically reassess their progress in order to be certain we are reaching their goals. As Quantum Leap Farm’s Hippotherapy Director and Physical Therapist, I have had the opportu-

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nity to combine my equestrian background and knowledge with my manual therapy skills for the benefit of our clients. Our program is growing as we add more horses to our superb team, and as we host two Hippotherapy courses this year (see below for details). These courses will train therapists to implement Hippotherapy into their treatment strategies and how to begin a Hippotherapy business themselves. Our herd of horses includes big and small, narrow and wide, white to black and every color in between.

They are all sweet, willing and careful. They each have unique talents and offer individuals a very personal experience. Quantum Leap Farm horses are selected with great care and consideration for safety. Therapy horses have extensive training and all of them have wonderful personalities. We work with our horses carefully to maintain their health and interest in their therapeutic work. We also make sure that they get to relax and be outside—that they get to be horses everyday! We really enjoy what we do here at Quantum Leap Farm and invite you to call if you’d like to come for a visit. We are glad to answer your questions about any of the programs we offer. Contact Quantum Leap Farm Tuesday through Saturday. We would love to see you soon! Quantum Leap Farm can be reached at (813) 920-9250, or call Lynn Bankston, MPT, directly at (813) 957-7174. Check out our website www.quantumleapfarm.org for more information and be sure to look at our calendar of events. Let us know how you would like to become involved with Quantum Leap Farm!

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