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Vol. 6, Issue 4, April 2013

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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, Bay Arbor, 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

Mystic Fish –– Enjoy Fine Cuisine Dining at Affordable Prices

There is just nothing like the uplifting feeling of a good spring-cleaning, fresh air and sunshine! And no one understands that better than Donna Ferrante, owner of Donna’s Cleaning Angels, LLC, whose clients enjoy the freshness of a good springclean after every visit. Donna has built a solid reputation for exceptional service and a superior outcome, which her customers have shown their appreciation for by recommending her cleaning business to family and friends. With hard work, determination and a commitment to keeping clients happy, Donna built her cleaning business one client at a time and has grown from The Cleaning Angel Cleaning Service

to Donna’s Cleaning Angels, LLC – a fully licensed, bonded and insured company whose employees are background checked, drug-free and covered by worker’s compensation. A Business Built on Caring for Others More than 20 years ago, as a single mother, Donna started cleaning as a 2nd job to earn extra money for her family. It quickly became clear to both her and her clients that caring for people’s houses was her purpose, a way to make others feel good about their surroundings. Donna was crowned “the cleaning angel” by one of her first clients, an elderly lady she bonded with who See “Cleaning Angels” on page 44.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: We Salute You 2 Veterans.......3 News Briefs...........................4 Community Calendar..........6-7 The Golf Club................10-11 The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor & The Cat Nap Inn.............14-15 Lasting Impressions .............18 Nikki’s Glitz & Glam .....22-23 Les Grandes Dames ........24-25 Academy of Dance Arts......26-27 Kugler’s GOLO Outlet.......30-31 Salon Solei ...............................34-35 Action Fishing Adventures.....36-37 YMCA Summer Camps...............39

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decoratively form a necklace around the restaurant, and handmade stained glass windows that soften the light and lighten the mood. From the beautiful saltwater fish tanks that exude class and elegance to the fossil-inlayed booths that come all the way from Italy, Mystic Fish is an experience, and that’s before you’ve even tried the food! After all, it is the food that is the foundation for any great restaurant, and Mystic Fish delivers on all counts, offering a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes that make good on their namesake. One regular customer says that Mystic Fish has “Consistently excellent

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If you’re looking for an exciting restaurant where the food is exquisitely prepared and the ambiance is classy and fun, then look no further than Mystic Fish Seafood Grill & Bar in Palm Harbor. Whether you’re taking someone special out for a drink, meeting friends for dinner and dessert, or impressing a few coworkers with a meal they’re not likely to forget, Mystic Fish is the ultimate hot spot in town for drinks, small plates and fine cuisine. Described as a “Neighborhood Gem,” “Fit for Foodies,” with a “Stellar Wine List,” Mystic Fish was OpenTable.com’s 2012 Diner’s Choice Winner for Best Food, Best

service, Mystic Fish has been a favorite of many locals for more than 11 years. A bit of a local secret, Mystic Fish regulars love having the option of making a reservation, and enjoying a night out at their favorite restaurant without the long wait time. And, with reservations, Mystic Fish is very accommodating of late-night diners. The Mystic Fish décor Mystic Fish offers fine dining and exquisitely makes guest feel like they are a prepared cuisine at affordable prices pearl in the heart of the sea, Service and Best Overall! surrounded by artwork created just for A truly unique dining experience Mystic Fish patrons by artisans from because of its unparalleled menu, inall over the world. In fact, there are credibly cool décor and personable over 1,200 Mexican abalone shells that

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We Salute You 2 – A Tribute To Our Veterans The We Salute You 2 Fundraiser, which will be held on Monday, May 27 at the Riverside Veranda Grill House Restaurant in Tarpon Springs, offers a unique way to help raise money and awareness for our returning Veterans. The We Salute You event is a family-friendly all day event (see www.wesaluteyou.us for details). The Riverside Veranda Grill House Restaurant, located at 10 Dodecanese Boulevard on the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, will be utilizing its vast parking lots and facility to host this event. The event is presented in two parts: The Daytime Outdoor Event (noon – 4:30 PM) and the Indoor Evening Event (5–10 PM). Daytime Outdoor Event: Tickets are not required for the daytime event, noon – 4:30 PM, which will include: * Safety and emergency vehicles surrounding the event, from all around the county. * Entertainment provided by Arista Entertainment, including young performing artists and concerts. * From the Court of Two Sisters– –a display of wartime memorabilia. * Items will be available for purchase: An All American hot dog, ham-

burger BBQ luncheon, with drinks, ice cream, face painting, balloons and Memorial Day t-shirts. (Net Proceeds from the sales of these items will benefit this event.) Evening Indoor Event: Tickets are required for the 5–10 PM event and are $10 per person. Evening Festivities will include: * We Salute You welcomes event Keynote Speaker: MAJ Pete C. Chambers. Guest speakers are Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. * The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Tarpon Springs Mayor David O. Archie. * Entertainment provided by Bobby Palermo (BobbyPalermo.com) * Court of Two Sisters display of wartime memorabilia * Armed Forces Medley * Event Photo Specialist will provide a portrait free of charge (www.eventphotoinc.com) * Tarpon Springs Police Honor Guard, National Anthem - Sandy & Evangelia Chambers * Sit Down Dinner - Served by the Volunteers of the We Salute You Event

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- provided by - The Riverside Veranda Grill House (www.riversidegrillehouse.com). * Award Ceremony - The Sand Soldiers of America will be choosing Veterans who have served and that are in need in our Tampa Bay community. Proceeds from this event will be presented to the selected We Salute You 2 Award Recipients. The goal is to raise $10,000 this year and with your support, the non-profit group knows it can get there. A $10 ticket contributes to this goal, please help and get involved. About the Sand Soldiers of America: The mission of Sand Soldiers of America is a non-profit organization serving veterans, active troops and military families. We offer help — when help is needed most — to those who have given so much to our country (www.sandsoldiersofamerica.org). The event is being supported by Barlas & Chambers (barlaschambers.com) and Resource Solutions as a community service project. To purchase a ticket, made a donation or get more information on the event, visit www.wesaluteyou.us or call 727474-0382.

East Lake Area Neighborhood News Directly mailed once a month to nearly 15,000 households in zip code 34685, 34688 & 34677 220 Safford Ave. S. Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Phone: (727) 943-2946; Fax: (727) 942-2432 Advertising E-mail: info@neighborhoodnewsfl.com Editorial E-mail: editorialdept@neighborhoodnewsfl.com © 2013 Eastlake Area Neighborhood News is published by Ads 2 Publications, Inc. Correspondents Publisher Tim Selby General Manager Jim O’Reilly Editor Kim Thomas Advertising Sales Matt Selby Tim Selby Jim O’Reilly Ken Burke

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Community News Briefs

It’s Going to Be One Great Summer – Join East Lake Woodlands Country Club! It’s time to get more involved at East Lake Woodlands Country Club (ELWCC) as the summer approaches. If you haven’t already made plans for your children, ELWCC has incredible summer program, festivities and events to include camps for children starting as young as age 5 years old. The Family Fun Summer membership is designed for the "family on the run." Get a taste of all aspects of the country club lifestyle including tennis, golf, fitness and pool, plus access to Family Fun events. The mem-

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bership includes a Family Fun Passport filled with gift certificates to use throughout the Club as well as discounts on the kids camp. To show appreciation of the East Lake Woodlands residents, ELWCC is offering a preferred rate of $350 per family for June, July & August. The Summer Fun Membership kicks off with a Memorial Day Pool Party that you don’t want to miss. Hurry! This program is limited! Contact our Membership Department (727) 784-8576 ext. 12 for more information, email kellie.sprague@ourclub.com or ELWCCMembership.com.

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Raffle to Help ELCL Can Win You A Vacation! There are only a few days left to buy raffle tickets for a donation to East Lake Community Library’s Take a Chance/You Could Win fund raising project, sponsored by the Friends of East Lake Community Library. Money is needed to purchase Sunshine State readers for the library’s summer reading program. Donors could win a 2night stay at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort (value $588) or activities at 17 other venues (total value over $1800). Other prizes include a round of golf for 4 at the Crescent Oaks Golf

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Club or Wentworth Country Club, tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, and admission to art museums in the Tampa Bay area. Donate $1 for one chance, $5 for six, or $10 for 15 chances. The drawing will be held at noon on April 15, which is the beginning of National Library Week. The summer reading program benefits 500-600 children each year at East Lake Community Library. East Lake Community Library is located at 4125 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor; 727-773-2665; eastlakelibrary.org.

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Dunedin High School Scottish Highlander Band to Perform at ELCL Apr. 14, 2 PM––“Sunday at the Library” Musical Series at the East Lake Community Library concludes its inaugural season with a performance by the Dunedin High School Scottish Highlander Band. Sponsored by the Friends of the East Lake Community Library, this series of concerts have been a welcomed cultural addition to the community. The Highlander Band has won many awards around Florida and also internationally. Come and enjoy an afternoon concert and immerse yourself in Celtic culture and music. All donations for the concert series are used to promote programs at the East Lake Community Library. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door on the day of the concert. Please call for more information at 727-773-2665; eastlakelibrary.org. Meeting About Deer Population Mon., Apr. 15, 7 PM––“How to Live With Our 4-Legged Friends” meeting is open to the public and will be held at the United Methodist

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Church, 2801 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the residents how to get along with the native wildlife in the area, namely the deer. There is a group of residents that believe the deer are over-populated because they are eating the plants and shrubs around their homes. They would like to see archery hunting of the deer allowed in the East Lake/Brooker Creek area to stop this problem. There is also another group of residents that believe archery hunting would be very dangerous as children and adults walk and play in the woods of East Lake and Brooker Creek. Several speakers at this meeting will tell the residents things that they can do to discourage the deer from eating their landscape. A representative from the Fish and Wildlife Dept. will also be speaking and will have the facts on the deer population in this area. Residents, both for and against archery hunting of the deer in the East Lake Area will be allowed to speak. If you would like to find out that's happening with the wildlife in the area, please plan on attending this meeting. For Ques-

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Author Paul Tsompanas Speaks at ELCL Tues., Apr. 16, 6:30 PM––the featured Authors Showcase speaker will be Paul Tsompanas, a former senior Congressional staff member and an accomplished and award-winning reporter for New Mexico and California newspapers, as well as contributing articles to national magazines. His nonfiction book, Juan Patron: A Fallen Star in the Days of Billy the Kid, is about the territory of New Mexico in the late 1870s whose hero Juan Patron lived through one of the bloodiest sagas of the American West known as the Lincoln County War in New Mexico. Patron strived to tame a frontier plagued with violence, greed, and illiteracy. Patron went on to become Speaker of the New Mexico Territorial house at age twenty-five, the youngest person to fill that seat in New Mexico history. Please join us for an engaging talk at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Rd, Palm Harbor, 727-773-2665. 4th Annual 4-Hearts Charity Golf Classic Fri., May 3––4-Hearts will host it’s 4th Annual Golf Classic and

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Fundraiser at Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Check-in is 7:30 AM and the tournament starts at 8 AM. Proceeds benefit The Michael Nicholson Foundation (www.tunneltotowers.org/PDFs/MichaelNicholson.pdf), set up for the Tampa war hero who lost three limbs in Afghanistan, and Saddle Up Riding Club www.saddleupridingclub.org located in Pinellas Park, Florida that promotes independence and self confidence through equine therapy to children, families and our military personnel. The 18-hole golf classic will include a shot-gun start, hole in-one contest, men’s and women’s longest drive and closest to the pin award. Participants will receive a gift package, buffet lunch and enjoy raffle and auction activities. Guests who are available for lunch only are welcome to join us for our delicious picnic style buffet, raffle and auction. Player registration is $100 per player. Luncheon Only tickets are available for $20. Sponsorship Opportunities are available; contact Karen Levine: 727612-0515 or Karen@4-hearts.org. Visit www.4-Hearts.org for more information.

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MVP Sports Complex Hosts 2013 East Lake Baseball Camp Jun. 10–13, 9 AM – 1 PM, Session 1 Jun. 17–20, 9 AM – 1 PM, Session 2 Jun. 24–27, 9 AM – 1 PM, Session 3 Camp is held by Head Coach Dan Genna and staff. All sessions are Mon. – Thurs., 9 AM – 1 PM @ East Lake High School. Camp is for ages 6 – 12; campers will be grouped by age and skill level. Early Registration Special: $100 if registered before June 4; Regular Registration: $110 June 5 and after. Make check payable to East Lake Baseball Boosters. Mail check and registration form to: East Lake High School c/o Dan Genna, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688. Camp Highlights: Camp T-shirt, Slip and Slide (bring towel last day), Individual Instruction, Team Fundamentals, Games, Drills & skills, High School Style Workouts, Guest Speakers. Camp Notes: Campers should wear baseball pants or shorts and tshirts. Campers should wear cleats but bring tennis shoes. Campers will need to bring snack & lunch. Please provide campers with snack and drink; concession stand will be open. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on

the campers! Space is limited, so take advantage of the early registration special! Go to Eastlakebaseball.biz for forms or email dgenna@tampbay.rr.com. Florida Herb Society November meeting Tues., Apr. 16, 6:30 PM––Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St. Clearwater, (corner of Seminole and Ft.Harrison - just a few blocks north from the Clearwater Library). Bob Huttick and MaryAnn Kirk from the Seminole Community Garden will share tips on harvesting and cooking with fresh herbs. Our goal as the FHS is to educate members and the general public in the growing and preservation of herbs for use in culinary, medicinal, and decorative purposes. Come to share and/or learn! Refreshments and herbal swaps begin at 6:30 PM. Visitors are very welcome. Questions? Please call Emily Wenzel (727) 365-8574 or emily@floridaherbsociety.org. First meeting is free! $25 per year to join! Celebrate Me Home – Helping Children Find Homes Through Adoption Wed., May 22––Please mark your calendars and make plans to join Heart

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Gallery Kids for a celebration of hope, family and home at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Help us find FOREVER families for children. Reception 6 PM; Dinner 7 PM. Event hosts: Tampa Bay Rays and Centerplate. Visit www.HeartGalleryKids.org for details about ticket sales, sponsorship opportunities and "Celebrate Me Home" information, as well as to learn more about children waiting for forever families. Nar-Anon Family Groups Meetings Nar-Anon is a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else's addiction and there are meetings held weekly. For more information about Nar-Anon, visit Naranonfl.org or call the Help Line, 1-888-9478885. Local meetings are as follows: Tuesdays, 6:45 PM––All Saints Church, 1700 Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs Saturdays, 10 AM––United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave. in Oldsmar Wednesdays, 8 PM––Asbury United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Rd. in New Port Richey Mondays, 7 PM––Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave. in Palm Harbor (Off Alt 19, 2 blocks south of Alderman Rd)

Mondays, 7 PM––Turning Point, 6227 Sheldon Rd. in Tampa Tuesdays, 7 PM––Hope Church, 5107 Lutz Lake Fern Rd. in Lutz. *Narateen at same location, day and time Tuesdays, 8 PM––First United Methodist Church of Dunedin, 411 Wood St., (Behind church in Fellowship Hall) Begonia Society of Tampa Bay Sat., April 27, 10:30 AM––the Begonia Society of Tampa Bay will host Michael Kartuz of Kartuz Greenhouse in Vista, CA. For 53 years, Kartuz Greenhouse has been offering distinctive varieties of rare and exotic plants. Begonias, Gesneriads, Hoyas and Passionflowers comprise his key specialties. Many of his offerings are his own hybrids that are now sold and grown everywhere. He will be speaking on his experiences in hybridizing and growing Begonias primarily. The meeting is free and open to the public. First time guests get a free Begonia. The meeting is at the Famous Tate Distribution Center, 6403 N. 54th Street (just west of 56th- enter from Diana). For more information, contact Merle DeLand at (863) 738-8722. See “Calendar” on page 39.

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Where The Weather Is Always Perfect, And It’s Always Tee Time. By Alexis Selby Located in the heart of Westchase, The Golf Club is a unique bar, unlike any other in the Tampa Bay Area – bringing you a high-definition golf experience in an upscale, club atmosphere, complete with three VIP rooms, a full liquor bar, 1500 square

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feet of covered patio, and plenty of flat screen TVs. As the first of its kind in Tampa, The Golf Club provides customers with the ultimate year-round golfing experience, and their TruGolf simulators are specially designed for golfers of every skill level; where you can play the world’s most legendary courses with extreme realism, without

(L-R) Bartender Anna, Co-Owner Michael Schuh and General Manager Adam Orlando

state of the golf simulators, with over 80 of the world’s finest courses to choose from, all while staying in Tampa.” As Westchase’s newest bar, The Golf Club mixes the ability to play some of the world’s most prestigious golf courses with the chic atmosphere of a martini bar to create the ultimate “club” experience. “The Golf Club is for anyone that’s looking for an inexpensive venue on the high end side,” says General Manager Adam Orlando. Uniquely tailored for both men and women, whether you are lounging outdoors on their spacious outdoor patio, sipping a drink at their large wrap-a-round bar, or playing a round of golf in one of their private VIP rooms, The Golf Club is the place to go for a good time!

any restrictions – such as daylight, temperature, bugs, mud or rain – holding you back. When looking to start a bar, owners Michael Schuh and David Coia wanted to bring something new to the area. “We wanted to offer something that hadn’t been offered yet,” says Mike. “We are Tampa’s first indoor golf club, where you and up to seven of your friends can play on one of four

Golf Simulators The Golf Club showcases four TruGolf Golf simulators, the nation’s leading golf simulator manufacturer, and provides guests with an all-encompassing golf experience, featuring 83 of the world’s best courses, including Pebble Beach and Tory Pines. For those new to golf, the simulators are great, and offer guests a perfect way to

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practice on their swing and their game, without having to endure the Florida heat, or the unpredictable weather conditions. Their simulators are specially designed for golfers of all skill levels – from beginners to pros – and include many state-of-the-art features, including, 10×12 foot screens, 36 modes of play scoring styles, closest to pin and longest drive competitions, handicap score adjustment, multiple view selections, and so much more. The VIP Experience If you’re looking for the ultimate VIP experience, The Golf Club offers VIP lounge areas, where you can enjoy bottle service, a private waitress, and an exclusive area for you and your guests. Their VIP rooms can accommodate anywhere from eight to twelve people and each of their simulators are designed to accommodate up to eight golfers, giving plenty of room for you to play whatever course you select, as well as space for you to relax whenever you want to take a break. Each private room has its own privacy curtain, wraparound couch, realistic turf flooring, a USB port for your phone, free WiFi access and its own thermostat, giving you the option to control the

bar, and a has huge selection of libations to choose from, including over 100 different bottled beers, 24 beers on tap, and a variety of specialty drinks – such as their fusion Martinis, made with fresh fruit. “We have one of the best scotch and coThe Golf Club’s spacious and hip wrap-around bar gnac selections of is perfect for groups of all sizes any bar in the area,” says Mike, temperature – it really is like having as he reveals that their liquor menu your own personalized club. even includes the famous cognac Louis The Golf Club is a great place to XIII; which at a price of $185 a shot is host your next event or party, and the only for those who feel like splurging a private VIP rooms are perfect for corlittle. In addition to drinks, The Golf porate events, bridal showers, bacheClub also has a small menu of finger lor(ette) parties, or birthday parties. foods, including pizza, wings, chicken You even have the option of renting sliders, and jalapeno poppers. out the rooms for sporting events, The Golf Club also has a fullywhere you can watch your favorite stocked Pro Shop, where golfers can team on the ultimate big-screen, while not only rent a full set of clubs for only enjoying all the luxuries of your own $10, but can buy gloves, shoes, shirts, VIP suite. putters, golf clubs, and other golf acThe Golf Club boasts a full liquor cessories. Sponsored by Nike, their Pro Shop features the latest and greatest gear and golf equipment from this leading sports retailer, including Covert, Nike’s newest line of golf clubs. The Golf Club has many great specials throughout the week, including Happy Hour Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., and 1/2 off draft beer and golf from 9 p.m. until close on Tuesdays. Monday Night is S.I.N. Night at The Golf Club, where from 9 p.m. – close guests enjoy $2 wells, $3 calls and $4 premiums, as well as $2 domestic beers, $3 imports, and $4 craft beers. Ladies, come in on Wednesday night

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from 8 p.m. – close for Ladies Night, and take advantage of free golf, $2 wells, and domestics, in addition to $3 calls, house wines and import beers. Every Thursday enjoy $3 Dewars, and 1/2 off all wines by the glass as you listen to their live Jazz band on the patio. On Fridays and Saturdays stop by for a drink and experience the upbeat music of their live DJ. For more information on specials please visit their website at www.TheGolfClubTampa.com. Each week, The Golf Club also hosts their weekly golf scramble, giving competitors the chance to win $500; so if you think you’ve got what it takes, come in and see for yourself! Just come in anytime from open till close, Sunday through Thursday and record your score. The cost is $50 for a team of two, and competitors can enter up to two times a week. In addition to their weekly competitions The Golf Club also has monthly tournaments, charity events and their annual golf tournament. The Golf Club has something for everyone, whether you want to watch your favorite sports team on one of their flat screen TVs, relax on the outdoor patio and catch a cool breeze, play a round of golf with your friends, or sit at their stylish wrap around bar and enjoy the upscale atmosphere. The Golf Club – where the weather is always perfect, and it’s always tee time. The Golf Club is located at 12950 Race Track Road in Westchase. Hours are Sun. – Thurs. 11a.m. – 2 a.m. and Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. For more information or to schedule a tee time, please call (813) 814-4441, email Michael@TheGolfClubTampa.com, or visit TheGolfClubTampa.com. Find it on Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheGolfClubTampa.

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The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor & Cat Nap Inn By Kim Thomas “Cats are not small dogs!” So said the poet T.S. Eliot and so say Robert A. Marrazzo, D.V.M. and the staff of The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor. Since 1996, he and his welltrained staff of cat lovers have expertly cared for thousands of cats and their people from throughout the Tampa Bay Area. “Cat owners might be surprised to learn that many veterinarians don’t know a lot about cats,” said Dr. Marrazzo. “Most of what we are taught in veterinary school relates to dogs, as is the continuing education we take after we graduate.” The typical small animal hospital is not even half and half dogs and cats. Many veterinarians see 75% or more dog patients, with the remainder being cats and other species. From the moment you enter The Cat Hospital, you’ll realize that such is not the case here. This place is different - it is not your typical animal hospital. Cats rule within these four walls, and the attention shown to making the veterinary visit for a cat and their person a less stressful experience is everywhere you turn. Sorry, no loud barking dogs here, nor any hint of the odor typically encountered in animal hospitals. Feline artwork including oils, pastels and photographs capturing feline beauty, magic, and whimsy adorn the walls, and soothing music plays in the exam rooms, the boarding area, and the hospital ward. More importantly, the veterinarians and the staff here have committed their professional lives to cats, and learning everything they can about cats, their medicine, surgery, and the best way to handle them. They are devoted to treating cats like the unique animals they are, and not as if they were small dogs. This is a place where sick cats can go, and be treated like cats - and get better!

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Why a Cat-Only Hospital? Dr. Marrazzo founded The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor for a few important reasons: The first was out of pure selfishness - he LOVES cats, and everything about them! His second reason was to provide an atmosphere where cats and their owners could come, and not experience the additional stresses found in other veterinary offices. “Cats lounge around 364 days a year plucking hairs in the quiet of their home,” said Dr. Marrazzo, “then one day a year, we pluck them up, stuff them in a cat carrier, place them in a jostling loud car, and then set them down on the floor of a crowded waiting room, where dogs are barking loudly, and sticking their nose in the front door of their carrier. Can you imagine how stressful that experience is?” Lastly, treating cats only allows the doctors and staff to dedicate their focus toward learning everything there is to know about your cat. They possess a strong commitment to continuing education for veterinarians and the entire staff, so that they all stay up on the latest advances related to cats. Cats Are Over-Vaccinated and Often Treated Like Small Dogs The Cat Hospital provides everything a cat and their person might need, from kitten-hood, through their adult and golden years, then on to endof-life care. Dr. Marrazzo says, “We believe that the most important role we can provide is to be good listeners and counselors. Veterinary medicine is a threesome involving the patient, client, and doctor. It is only after closely examining your little rascal, and considering what you’ve told us that we come up with treatment plans that are best for your cat and you.” The veterinari-

ans here are often pleased, yet disappointed, at how many times their clients tell them, “Wow, I wish my old veterinarian had been as thorough as you.” The doctors at The Cat Hospital are big believers in the ‘Above all else, do no harm’ philosophy of medicine, also ‘If they don’t need it, why give it?’ Since 1999, the Cat Hospital has adhered to the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ recommendations that showed that cats were being overvaccinated. “Unfortunately, to this day, many veterinarians treat the annual visit as an opportunity to turn your cat into a pin-cushion, and give them vaccines they don’t need,” said Dr. Marrazzo. He added, “Coupons in fliers boasting of ‘cat vaccination packages’ are simply a disservice to you and your cat, because the majority of cats do NOT need all of these vaccinations. They need a thorough examination by someone who is knowledgeable, who listens and who pays attention to your concerns.” At The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor, your cat will be treated as an individual and his or her unique needs will be addressed only after speaking with you, and examining your cat. Sorry, no vaccine packages here. The Cat Doctors – A Passion for Cats Dr. Marrazzo is a cat person, and truly loves cats. It takes one to know one and when he said, “Cats are the most unique creatures I’ve ever met; they have what I call cat powers” – I knew I’d met a kindred spirit in that I knew just what he meant. His passion for cats runs through everything he does. Dr. Marrazzo continued, “Cats are intuitive and have very strong powers of observation. If more people would open their hearts to share their lives with a cat, they’d be surprised at the positive energy that a cat can bring

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into their life.” Dr. Marrazzo graduated from Cornell University, then attended the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine, where he received his degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, being awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Award for academic excellence in veterinary medicine and surgery. After graduation, Dr. Marrazzo actively sought out positions that allowed him to learn from leaders in the field of veterinary medicine, including practicing in internal medicine, and neurology / neurosurgery practices. He has an extensive background in emergency medicine and surgery, and critical care, and also did relief work and has practice in over 30 different veterinary hospitals in both New York and Florida. That experience allowed him to see veterinary medicine practiced at it’s very finest, and at its very worst. Not only is he a healer, but Dr. Marrazzo is an Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Medical Technology at St. Petersburg College where he enjoys sharing his knowledge with groups of students. According to him, it is like teaching in an examination room to his clients, but on an even larger scale. Dr. Marrazzo is proud of his long

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The staff at The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor: (L-R) Randi, Melissa, Bree, Dr. Marrazzo & Ernie the cat, Erika, Cindy, Chris & Oscar the cat affiliation with the American Association of Feline Practitioners, which is an organization dedicated to improving knowledge about cats, and providing guidelines for veterinarians about proper cat care. He was recently honored by being appointed to the Executive Board of that international organization. Excited to practice alongside Dr. Marrazzo, Angela M. Avok, DVM, MBA, MSM, joined the team at The Cat Hospital in 2011. She has MBA and Master of Science in Management degrees from University of Central Florida, and was already very successful in business when she decided something was missing and went back to school to pursue a new career as a veterinarian. Leaving that part of her life behind, she went back to veterinary school, receiving her veterinary degree from the University Of Florida in 2010, along the way receiving the numerous feline awards and accolades. “I knew I wanted to work with cats so I started taking extra shifts and rotations so I could learn everything possible from feline-related cases,” says Dr. Avok. “That is also why I wanted to practice here with Dr. Marrazzo. I moved to this area specifically to work beside him, and share his knowledge about veterinary medicine specific to cats.” Dr. Avok was recently named by

the AVMA and AAFP as an emerging leader in the field of veterinary medicine. She enjoys all aspects of feline medicine and surgery, and has a great fondness for geriatric kitties. The Cat Friendly Staff Nursing care staff are a very important part of your cats care, just as a well-trained nursing staff is in a human hospital. The Cat Hospital is very proud to have three Certified Veterinary technicians on its staff, where most animal hospital have none. These licensed veterinary care givers are the animal equivalent of Registered Nurses for humans. These well-trained experts in cat care do your cat’s dental cleaning, monitor their anesthesia along with the doctors, administer treatments, do laboratory tests, and provide hospital nursing care for patients. The hospital and staff have been certified as a Cat Friendly Practice Gold Award Designee by the A.A.F.P. which means that they are sensitive to the unique needs of cats in hospital design, but more importantly in the handling of feline patients, and can expertly deal with frightened cats. Purrfect for Cats & Their People! Cats love this place and so do their owners! During my visit to The Cat Hospital, I overheard a client, Bill

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Williamson, praising the staff. He mentioned how the certified technicians there do such an excellent job! “I’ve been to a lot of other places where they didn’t do a good job with my cat, but they are great here. This place is very good, or I wouldn’t bring my cat here.” Rebecca and her mother Marty were in with her four cats. “Dr. Marrazzo has saved my cats’ lives,” shared Rebecca. It took her 30 days to catch a stray one kitten, Snowshoe, who had a badly malformed leg turned backwards on itself at the ankle. Other vets told Rebecca that the leg needed to be amputated. “Dr. Marrazzo came up with a plan to try to save Snowshoe’s leg based on his own experience with a shoulder injury. He bent her leg back to a more normal position over time under anesthesia, and then created hand-made splints. She now uses that leg as if nothing had happened to it.” Another of Rebecca’s cats, Sweet Paws, was in terrible shape when she caught him, having many broken teeth and a ruptured eardrum due to traumatic injury to his face. After treatment and finally free of pain, Sweet Paws is a different cat. Rebecca said, “Now he’s my couch potato buddy. And the great thing is, Dr. Marrazzo didn’t think of him as a feral cat.” The Hospital – One of Four FelineOnly AAHA Hospitals in Florida Attention to cat-considered detail abounds here. Unlike a practice that sees cats and dogs, there are none of the smells or sounds that will startle or upset a cat. In fact, it smells really good in there. The entire hospital is well ventilated, flooded with natural light, and is kept spotlessly clean. This place is all about cats! This facility is truly state-of-theart, and is one of the best equipped facilities in the area. It is one of only four feline-only American Animal Hospital Association hospitals in the state of Florida, meaning that the hospital is

held to very high standards of care, and for the equipment it contains. The lobby and exam rooms all have natural lighting to put cats and humans at ease, and feel welcome. The hospital has two human pediatric incubators for sick cats, two human patient warmers where most animal hospitals have neither of these. There is a dental surgery suite, a digital x-ray room, and a surgical suite. State-of-the art monitoring equipment is the norm here as well. Every cat who has a dental cleaning has digital x-rays taken of their teeth. Dr. Avok said, “Most cats dental problems are below the gum-line. So if your veterinarian is not taking x-rays before a dental cleaning, they are doing you and your cat a disservice.” An in-house lab and pharmacy eliminates the wait for lab work results and medication. And, speaking of the pharmacy, did you know that some of the same medicine that works for humans and dogs would kill a cat? The team members at The Cat Hospital are full of good-to-know information for cat owners. The Cat Nap Inn also goes out its way to offer cats a home-away-fromhome environment for leaving your cat when you go out of town. There is a view of the outside through windows in the multi-storied cat condominiums, which are designed to be spacious with multiple levels to satisfy a cat’s curiosity and desire to be up high. If you adore your cat, like I do, you would do well to bring him or her to The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor where your cat is not treated like a small dog – they speak meow there. The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor and The Cat Nap Inn are located at 2501 Alternate 19 North in Palm Harbor. Visit WeSpeakMeow.com for additional information about the doctors and staff, plus a virtual hospital tour, or call 727-785-2287. The hospital encourages visitors at any time for a tour of its facility.

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“We Make You Sparkle!” By Lenay Ruhl Nikki’s Glitz & Glam Boutique brings designer fashions from all over

the world to the Tampa Bay area, offering clothing for every occasion. The store is currently speckled with bright colored tops, dresses, jewelry and

boots, offering customers an array of beautiful spring fashions. Conveniently located at 34246 US 19 N in Palm Harbor, Nikki’s Glitz & Glam Boutique aims to have unique, one-of-a-kind outfits, carrying designer names such as Jovani, Tony Bowls, Mac Duggal, Sherri Hill, Sue Wong, Cameron Blake, Mon Cheri-Montage and Ivonne D. As one of the top ten prom stores in the United States, Nikki’s Glitz & Glam is a full service boutique offering trendy, casual clothes along with formal attire and a full-service tuxedo rental business.

They carry 15 of the top formalwear designer labels, handpicking gowns and dresses at apparel shows throughout the year. Nikki’s receives new clothes every day so shoppers can always expect to find new surprises at every visit. Not just a prom store, Nikki’s Glitz & Glam Boutique welcomes customers of all ages, shapes and sizes; from junior size girls to full figured women and those in-between. The boutique section carries sizes XS-XL, and the formal section offers sizes 0-24W. Nikki’s accommodates special orders along with being able to provide alterations, and recently started its own customized tuxedo rental through Jim’s Formal Wear. Jim’s is the largest tuxedo wholesaler in the United States. Although they do not carry wedding dresses, they do have attire for mother of the bride and groom, cocktail party dresses,


prom and homecoming gowns, and wedding guests’ garments. “We’re more competitive because we’re a family owned business,” said Toni Positano, compared to stores at the mall offering classy and formal wear. Toni and her team, including her son Nicholas Positano, strive to find customers the perfect outfit that is flattering to their body type and in style.

They go as far as the fitting room and beyond to help the girls find the perfect fit and flattering design. Nikki’s Glitz & Glam strongly discourages online ordering, because things are not cheaper online and to find the perfect dress for your body, you need to try several styles. Along with the personal attention customers receive at Nikki’s Glitz & Glam Boutique, the store also offers layaway, special ordering, and alterations. “We make you feel special,” said Toni. Shopping for a special occasion dress can be very stressful. Everyone wants to look their absolute best at events and it is so important to step out feeling confident and fabulous, but it can be frustrating when you have been to every store at the mall with no success. “Girls come in crying, and when they leave they are all smiles,” said Nick. Every customer is greeted and catered to at Nikki’s Glitz & Glam. Positano and her staff build rapport with their customers. “We know our regulars by their names,” Linda Gargano, a store employee, chimed in. Toni referred to Gargano as her right

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hand girl who provides unmatched customer service. A Glitzy Family Legacy Nicholas Positano was the inspiration for the name of the boutique. Working there full-time (while attending college), he now heads the newly added tuxedo rentals. As a kid, he grew up in his mom’s stores, first at her consignment shop that Toni owned and operated for 17 years, before opening Nikki’s Glitz & Glam Boutique. Nicholas has been working alongside his mom since he was nine years old and has gained knowledge of fashion. Currently pursuing a degree in business, he hopes to take over for his mom some day. “Now me and my mom are like business partners,” said Nicholas. “I know everything about the business.” Positano is very proud of her son. “He’s very business minded,” she said, praising Nicholas’ ability to merchandise and coordinate colors, skills that help her immensely as they travel together to apparel shows. Together, Toni and Nicholas travel to apparel shows all over the country, from Atlanta to Vegas and even locally in West Palm and Miami. Nicholas described the markets as consisting of big show rooms with hundreds of different brands. The market is designed to show viewers new styles. They attend fashion shows, runway shows, and many meetings looking for and to understand the hot trends to keep Nikki’s Glitz & Glam current. “I try to find unique, quality items at an affordable price,” said Toni, about the markets. They also have the opportunity to get input from the designers themselves and discover what is in style around the world. As they select their stock orders, Toni and Nicholas are continually envisioning outfits. They are selecting dresses, tops, designer jeans and jewelry that could collectively be worn together.

Toni Positano gained a lot of her experience from running her own consignment shop. It was while working there that she realized she wanted to be able to keep up with the trends, so she started saving her money. “I wanted to be able to handpick my merchandise,” she said. “It was my dream but I couldn’t afford it back then, so with lots of hard work and dedication…” her voice trailed off as she proudly looked around the store. Nicholas chimed in, talking about the importance of their customers’ support to the business over the last year. “We have so many customers who leave here with good impressions,” said Nicholas. “The nicest part of our business is when you get to help people and see them happy when they leave.” They talk about how girls come in completely stressed out about finding the perfect dress, and how hard they work to make sure they help these girls in distress “say yes to the dress!” Positano reflected about watching the Academy Awards, the elegant women sparkling on stage. Her passion for fashion inspired her to help local girls achieve their goals without breaking the bank. “A lot of people have small budgets, and we can make you sparkle on a small budget,” said Toni. Nikki’s Glitz & Glam periodically hosts fundraisers and fashion shows, and currently has tickets for sale for the upcoming event on April 14; Nikki’s is partnering with the Florida HospitalNorth Pinellas to host “Remember When” which will feature a fashion show, a luncheon and a dance. Nikki’s Glitz & Glam Boutique is located at 34246 US Hwy 19 N in Palm Harbor. Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Mon, Tues, Wed; from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thurs. & Fri.; and Sat. from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; closed on Sun. Visit online at NikkisGlitzandGlamBoutique.com or call 727-785-3399 for additional information.

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Les Grandes Dames Brings Women's Tennis to a Whole New Level By Diane Galemmo East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar hosted this season’s Les Grandes Dames Spring Cup tennis tournament on March 7-9. The weather was beautiful and the tennis was spectacular. "This is East Lake's fourth year hosting the event," says tennis director Jake Bryan. "It is a national event and we're extremely pleased that we were selected to have it here." Les Grandes Dames was created in 1978 by national and international tennis champions, (the late) Nancy Reed and Mary Ann Plante, both from Winter Park, FL. It is essentially a senior women's professional tour whose players are among the best senior women tennis players in the country. It is also open to retired tennis pros. Some of the pros who participated in the past are: Billie Jean King, Wendy Overton and Nancy Richey. A strong field of competitors in their 50s, 60s, and 70s traveled from IL, VA PA, TX, NJ, NY and MA. to participate. And, of course, many came from Florida. Players have to be

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U.S.T.A. (United States Tennis Association) members in order to compete. The winners and finalists receive prize money (depending on the number of players in the draw), flowers, and a pair of new high-tech socks. The entry fee for the tournament was $65 for singles and $50 for doubles. Among the players was our own hometown champion Ria Graham, 75, of New Port Richey, who played and won with her partner Judith Siracusa in the 70s doubles. She is ranked 5th in the nation in singles, and 10th nationally in doubles. In Florida she is ranked #1 in singles and #2 in doubles. (All rankings are 2012 results). Graham, who did not get serious about tennis until she was in her 40s, hails from the Netherlands and plays out of Innisbrook in Palm Harbor. She has often won the Innisbrook year-end club championships both in singles and doubles. Graham won tennis' International World Cup with her super-senior team U.S.A. in Antalya, Turkey in 2010. In doing so, the U.S.A. beat out Ireland, Switzerland, Australia and Germany at love! An impressive victory. Other hometown champs, both of

whom are tennis pros at East Lake Woodlands Country Club Tennis Center, are Karen Olson (ranked 21 nationally in singles, 2012 results), from Oldsmar, and Lori Burdell, from Dunedin who played in the 50s division. Olson slipped in just in time, as she just recently turned 50. Olson was a semi-finalist in singles, losing to Susan Boyer, the eventual winner of the tournament. Olson says, "I actually

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had four tough matches. In four days, I played six matches, four of which went to three sets." She won the doubles in last year's tournament. She learned the game from her mom, who is also a competitive player, and has been playing since she was eight. Olson grew up in Missouri and has played competitively in national tournaments as a junior. She attended Missouri State University on a tennis

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this is the first tournament I played in 30 years, and I was kind of surprised. I did better than I had anticipated." Burdell and Olson ran a tennis festival on March 23 for both adults and kids, where they were taught to play from one of the club's pros. East Lake Woodlands supplied all the equipment, Karen Olson, of Oldsmar, teaching pro at East Lake Woodlands, semi-finalist at Les Grandes Dames Singles refreshments and giveaways. AcCompetition, 50s division cording to tennis Photo by Karen Haymon Long director Jake Bryan, this will scholarship. Burdell and Olson parttake place once each quarter of the nered and came in 3rd in the doubles year. Call the club at 727-785-2212 competition. "That's the first time for further information. we've (Olson and I) actually played toMarika Landholm hails from Gergether," says Burdell, who is originally mantown, NY and played in the tourfrom Pittsburgh and started playing nament for the first time. She is in the tennis when she was 10 years old. 50s age range and is ranked #17 in the "After I watched that Billy Jean, 2012 national 50s category. She has 5 Bobby Riggs tournament, that's what children, ages 7 through 17, all of who got me going. And, believe it or not, play tennis, both recreationally and in

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tournaments. She was a national winner in her age group last June at Yale University. A former teacher of sociology, and a 35-year player, Landholm lives on a farm in Germantown where she, along with her family, grows apples and grapes. All the players got "goody" bags containing a tee shirt, a cap, suntan lotion and lots of other goodies. The main sponsors were Suncoast Tennis Foundation USTA; and USTA, Florida section. Match sponsors were Bayshore Solutions and Green Market Cafe in Oldsmar. On Mar. 7, a complimentary player's dinner party was held at the clubhouse for all players, and match sponsor Green Market Cafe provided lunch for the 3rd consecutive year. Tournament Director Jake Bryan headed the tennis committee. Karen Olson was the Tournament Chairperson. Co-chairs Maureen Hourigan and Judy Foster, along with 16 others who served on the committee, assisted Olson. Karen Olson says, "Every year we have a wonderful group of ladies to help out with donations, hospitality, housing and publicity to make this event fun for everyone. 'Thank you.' And a very special 'thank you' goes out to Maureen Hourigan for all of her dedication and hard work for this tour-

nament." Additional sponsors and donors are too numerous to mention here but they are all gratefully appreciated for their generous donations and for their zealous work. The NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) is the most accurate rating system available and was developed by the U.S.T.A in 1979. Player levels are based on a scale from 1.0 to 7.0, with 1.0 being someone who is just starting to play tennis and 7.0 being a world-class professional who makes his/her living from tournament prize money. Most of the players in Les Grandes Dames were in the 5.0 category. According to the NTRP rating system, a 5.0 player possesses all the shots, has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot and exceptional consistency. Here are the final results: Women's 50 singles, (2) Susan Boyer defeated (1) Kathy Vick; Women's 50 doubles, (2) Boyer/Thomson defeated (1) Vick/Warden; Women's 60 singles, (1) Kerry Young defeated (2) Susan Bramlette; Women's 60 doubles, Smith/Young defeated (1) Bramlette/Cooper; Women's 70 doubles, Graham/Siracusa defeated Borcherding/Dimond.

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The Academy of Dance Arts Instills Self-Expression, Discipline & Passion By Katie Thomas No matter your age, ability or personal style, Academy of Dance Arts, located on Seven Springs Boulevard in New Port Richey, is a wonderful place to tap into artistic, beautiful movement in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Regina Palazzolo-Vera, owner and director of Academy of Dance

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Arts, loves her job and takes pride in teaching her students to focus on the expression and artistry of dance while having fun along the way. Regina is a New Port Richey native and has possessed a passion for the art of dance throughout her life. She opened The Academy of Dance Arts in March of 2009 after graduating from the University of Tampa, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance Education. The Academy of Dance Arts is composed of two spacious studios that allow plenty of room for freestyle movement and a number of diverse classes. Mirrors line the walls in order to allow students to perfect their form as they work on mastering the art of dance across the hard wood floors. Regina says, "We focus on molding a well-rounded dancer so that the student is prepared to move forward and grow in the art of dance." Classes are offered afternoons and evenings, Monday through Friday, and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Regina and her staff offer several different types of classes for various ages at her studio including ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, hip hop, acrobatics

and Hawaiian/Tahitian dance; all of which are one hour in duration. Offering a variety of different dance forms allows students to find their own style and they learn to combine different dance style into a medley of their own unique flair. Regina teaches the tap, ballet, modern and jazz classes. Instructor Pomaika'i Nash teaches Hawaiian dance class, and instructor Nicole Brown teaches the hip hop classes. A combo class is offered for ages

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four and five that consists of one-half hour of ballet and one-half hour of tap. Also, there is a class available for children ages three and four called Creative Movement, which is a 45minute class that offers a fun way to introduce students (and parents) to dance. The movements and activities introduce the beginning fundamentals of ballet, jazz and tumbling. The students also play games that enhance cognitive and social development, as well as teaching classroom etiquette.

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Adults looking to learn a new technique or continue their dance education will enjoy Zumba, Jazz or one of the other classes offered for adults. Regina believes that there is always time to learn and experience new dance styles, no matter age, background or ability.

Registration for Summer Dance Camp & Competitive Dance Teams Academy of Dance Arts is holding a Summer Dance Camp that will keep your kids busy and having fun while school is out. The kids will be learning new dance moves, enjoying arts and crafts, and will even get a pool party at the end of the week at Regina's house! The first camp will be held July 8–1¬2 for kids ages 5-10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dance Camp at Academy of Dance Arts is a great solution for summer boredom and an enjoyable way to get kids out of the

house with an interest that can benefit them a lifetime. All dance styles will be introduced at the camp, which will allow dancers to find a style they love for future pursuance. The second summer camp held is a night master class held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for experienced dancers age 11 and up. This summer camp lasts from July 15–18, with a focus on jazz contemporary and ballet. Students will work on technique, form and strength building. The Academy of Dance Arts began a competition team this year and is in search of dedicated dancers with a drive to compete. “My students are really excited to compete and we are looking forward to building a great team,” says Regina. Academy of Dance Arts will be attending between three and four competitions a year within Central Florida. The Academy of Dance Arts competition team will focus on a blend of dancing. Regina

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says, “Kids should be experienced in a variety of different styles to join the team. Dancers have to be very dedicated and motivated to join the competition team. We practice on the weekends, which make the competition team a full time commitment.” Competitive Dance Team Auditions for new team members (2nd grade & up) of the Academy of Dance Arts’ Competitive Dance Team will be held on June 22. Academy of Dance Arts will participate in 3–4 competitions this year. If you are interested, please call the studio (372-2320) the week of June 10th to get the date and time for the mandatory parent/dancer informational meeting that dancers and parents must attend.

The Academy of Dance Arts is a wonderful program that instills hard work, dedication and skills into dancers of all ages, while being a fun and exciting program. Fall Registration Open House is on July 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Academy of Dance Arts where quality dance education is provided by experienced, patient dance instructors who are current on the ever-evolving dance world. Academy of Dance Arts is located at 2325 Seven Springs Blvd. in New Port Richey. For additional information, including class schedules, visit www.rpacademyofdancearts.com or call (727) 372-2320.

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GO TO GOLO for Great Discount Prices By Katie Thomas Great deals and prices on electronic goods, household wares, clothing and much more are now readily available at Kugler’s GOLO Outlet. Conveniently located on U.S. Highway 19 North in Palm Harbor, GOLO Outlet offers customers a diverse selection of name brand items at wholesale prices. You will love their wonderful customer service, wide selection and prices that won’t break your bank because Kugler’s strives to always “go low” on their prices.

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GOLO Outlet opened last November and celebrated its Grand Opening on December 7th. Modeled after owner Brad Kugler’s GOLO internet wholesale business (www.golo.co), GOLO Outlet in Palm Harbor is the first of its kind; offering the best closeout discounts available on the best name brands at a local level. Kugler’s GOLO.co and GOLO Outlet are retail divisions of Brad’s company DVA, Inc., which he began over 25 years ago. DVA, Inc. is a family-owned wholesale and liquidation company that specializes in buying and selling excess inventory, overstock, and

closeout consumer electronics. Every year DVA, Inc. would host a huge annual warehouse sale for locals to come in and find great discounts. Brad and his team at DVA began brainstorming and realized that beginning a warehouse-like retail store in the area would be beneficial in business and the community, leading to the birth of GOLO Outlet! GOLO works as a buyer in overstock merchandise that you would normally buy at big box stores and then sells items at lower prices. Beginning with DVD sales, GOLO grew into a thriving business that offers an expansive selection at wonderful

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prices; there truly is something for everyone at GOLO. With new merchandise added every day and can’tbe-beat pricing, GOLO Outlet is a thrifty alternative in shopping. GOLO has experienced retail staff dedicated to helping you find just what you’re looking for. Brad Kugler stops by the store every day to ensure customer service is right on track. I met with manager, Tony Armer who explained, “GOLO prides itself on providing quality customer service and products priced fairly.” Fully stocked with movies of all variety, GOLO is the perfect place to build up your entertainment collection

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great variety of products at the lowest price possible. GOLO is never the same place twice! Every day you can check out their Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/KuglersOutlet) to Brad Kugler speaking with Charlie Belcher Find great deals on DVDs, CDs, electronics, find updated photos of what from Fox 13 News about his passion for GOLO small appliances, clothes, books, toys & more is in the store for home. GOLO offers a huge selecwaiting for you! GOLO is not only fully stocked in tion of electronics including cameras All online orders come with free great electronic consumer goods; with accessories, tablets, e-readers, reshipping on everything, every day GOLO provides a great choice of furbished electronics, computers, lap(perfect for shipping gifts of all sizes)! books, small appliances, housewares, tops, video/audio players, HDTVs, Kugler’s GOLO Outlet works hard to clothes, toys and more! Whether you monitors, Apple products, GPS navibring the local area a budget friendly are looking for a brand new Kruger gators and much more! All electronics resource to satisfy your consumer coffee maker, flat screen television, have a 30-day money back guarantee, potted plant holder, spring accessories, needs. GOLO customer Lindsay Blakso you are ensured to get what it is enship says, “I went on their first day a gift for a child or a great new outfit; that best suits your needs. Games and GOLO Outlet has new inventory with of opening. Everyone at the store was game systems can also be found at extremely helpful and friendly. I found unbeatable prices every week! Get GOLO for a great price. Enjoy some really amazing deals on gifts and decked out in up-to-date electronics GOLO’s selection of consoles, XBOX, and all the accessories at GOLO Outa few things for myself, some of which XBOX360, PS2, PS3, Wii, Nintendo I KNOW retail for 70 percent or more let. DS, Gameboy and gaming accessories than what I paid. I will definitely be GOLO is a unique business dediof all types! stopping in from time to time and reccated to providing customers with a

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ommend anyone who wants an amazing deal to check out this store!” GOLO truly is worthwhile stop for those looking for a deal. Customers are treated with ultimate respect. GOLO understands that times are tough and funds can be tight; this is why they offer the fairest prices for items that would cost much more at other stores. Chris Jenkins says, “Big thanks to Tony Armer at Kugler’s GOLO Outlet store for helping me get my laptop situation squared away. What an awesome little joint! You should wander in there and look around.” Shoppers love Kuglers GOLO Outlet and you are sure to love it too, so get in there and check out their inventory and the “GOLO” prices that everyone is raving about. GOLO Outlet is located at 31555 U.S. Highway 19 North in Palm Harbor and is open Mon. – Sat., from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sun. Please call 727-329-9991 for more information or visit www.golo.co to see the latest inventory. Like GOLO’s Facebook page to stay upto-date on store specials and blowout deals!

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Salon Solei Celebrates Ten Years as East Lake’s Premier Salon By Katie Thomas Treating yourself to a salon day and a new hairstyle is one of the best ways to welcome spring and Salon Solei is the perfect place for a fresh cut, color and style to have you turning heads, and you can have a fabulous mani/pedi to go with those new sundresses and sandals! You can find Salon Solei conveniently located just north of Tarpon Woods in The Shoppes at East Lake, on East Lake Road in Palm Harbor. Salon Solei celebrated its tenth year in business on March 7th in fashion forward style; the place is immaculate, and the new aesthetic provides the salon with a great vibe! Owner Marissa Insolia recently renovated the salon’s space, complete with new shampoo bowls, pedicure spas, floors, paint and fabulous decor! Client, Paulette Grekonich, congratulates Salon Solei on its ten-year anniversary, “I started going to Salon Solei when I moved from Michigan. A lot of great talent, caring and fun people. Congratulations! Here’s to many, many, many more great years.” Marissa Insolia has enjoyed being

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a part of the East Lake community since she moved here with her family back in 1990. She graduated from East Lake High School, worked as a nail technician throughout college and knew she wanted to open her own salon in the local area. Not one to give up on a dream, this busy mom and wife has built a beautiful, top-notch salon where clients can expect exceptional service every visit. Salon Solei is exclusively partnered with Redken and Pureology, offering a full line of hair care products from both brands. With a goal to stay educated within the industry, the Salon Solei crew continuously attend hair shows, classes and take advantage of educational opportunities in-salon from Redken and Pureology. Currently, Salon Solei has the most Redken Certified colorists of any salon in Florida and will continue to send stylists to NYC’s Redken Exchange to become Redken Certified Colorists. Marissa has plans to have all of Salon Solei’s stylists Design and Color Certified through Redken. She says, “We have new stylists joining our already brilliant team that are very talented. A few of our stylists recently got back

photos by Believe Photography from the Redken Symposium Hair Show in Las Vegas, where they learned about color and design techniques and the latest innovations in hair care.” Salon Solei client Carol-Lynn Roman says, “Salon Solei is second to none in our community. I can honestly say that all Salon Solei stylists are talented and go the extra mile to please you. I can’t pick a favorite! When you walk in the door you will be well cared for and you will leave with rockin’ stylish hair. Thanks for always making me

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feel beautiful Salon Solei!” Salon Solei has some new Redken products that give amazing results. Perfect for redheads, Reviving Red is an at-home treatment to lock in the red. I wish I would have known about this awesome product months ago when I was struggling to keep my locks glowing fiery red! Redken’s Reviving Red is just the fix for fast-fading color. Salon Solei has keratin treatments that are very popular. Global Keratin and Keratin Express treatments

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ish, OPI GelColor, Minx nails, glitter gel toes, and acrylic nails. A nail specialist will be more than happy to help you decide which of these trends is suitable for your lifestyle. The new pedicure spas are an excellent way to unwind with a relaxing soak complete with shiatsu massage. Salon Solei’s nail specialists will take you away for an hour and leave you with totally pampered feet. Finish the look with your choice of polish, gel, or Minx for the best looking feet on the block!

Club Solei Savings! can be life changing! With the humidity in Florida, keratin treatments are the answer for smooth, silky hair and significantly reduced frizz. Keratin is an all-natural product and has no chemical base, so it is totally safe for your hair! Salon Solei also offers all of the latest nail trends, such as Shellac, Gel-

Salon Solei frequently runs promotions for its customers, along with Club Solei, the salon’s loyalty club, which is free to join and for every dollar spent in the salon, clients earn points that they can use toward services or products. By signing up for Club Solei, clients will also receive coupons on his/her birth-

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day as well as rewards for referring friends. Salon Solei has been built on referrals. When you walk out of Salon Solei you will probably be asked over and over again, “Where do you get your hair done?” Salon Solei offers referral program to clients; for each person you refer you will receive a 20 % discount coupon. Coupons can be stacked, so if you refer five people, you’ll receive 100% off! Unbeatable! Marissa stresses the importance of buying hair products from a local salon instead of a big box store. When sold outside of a certified salon, the product can never be guaranteed to be up to date or to have complete certified ingredients. Buying products from a local salon is a great way to support a local business and ensure that you are receiving the real-deal. Marissa is always running specials on products. In fact, right now, (*while supplies last) if you purchase one full size of any Salon Solei’s best-selling hairsprays from Redken and Pureology, you will receive a matching travel size for free! Walk-ins are welcome at Salon Solei and the salon is always welcoming new clients. Marissa wants readers to know that they are always looking for experienced talent to join their team. You’ll love the family-friendly atmos-

phere at Salon Solei, where everyone works together as a team to focus on clients and build relationships. Appointments can be made online (www.salonsolei.com) or just give the salon a call. The salon sends appointment reminders via text message the day before your appointment to confirm. “We are happy to offer free consultations,” says Marissa. “Our stylists do a thorough consultation to help determine your needs and make sure they can get you the desired look before getting started! They work together as a team and don’t mind clients trying out or using different stylists within the salon to their liking. We have a truly amazing staff.” Salon Solei is located at 2659 East Lake Road, at The Shoppes at East Lake in Palm Harbor. Hours are Tues. – Thurs., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. Closed Sun. and Mon. Please call 727-789-5858 to book an appointment or visit online at www.salonsolei.com, where you will find bios for all of the stylists and staff. Follow Salon Solei on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare. Current opening on staff for stylist. Please forward resumes to marissa@salonsolei.com.

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Action Fishing Adventures with Captain Mike Manning Your Tarpon and Snook Specialist! By Katie Thomas There is no other thrill that quite compares to catching a big one! The adrenaline that surges through your body when reeling in a nice sized trophy fish is a complete rush – the best kind of fight you can experience is out on the beautiful Florida waters while sports fishing. Action Fishing Adventures, ran by Captain Mike Manning is your shot to hook a big one and have the time of your life on the glassy, blue-green Florida flats. Captain Mike received his US Coast Guard Captain License in 1994 and has run fishing charters from Homosassa to St. Petersburg and further south to Boca Grande. Captain Mike is a Florida native, born and raised in New Port Richey; he has spent his life fishing the local waters. Mike’s love and passion for fishing led him to evolve into a flats fishing, inshore, backwater, near shore fishing guide. Mike knows the ins and outs of the

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west gulf coast waters like the back of his hand and is well respected within the fishing community. Captain Mike’s drive to catch speckled sea trout, kingfish, bull redfish, tarpon and snook is insatiable and has earned him a reputation as one of the finest guides on the Gulf Coast. Capt. Mike runs an impeccably kept 24’ Avenger powered by a stateof-the-art Yamaha 300. His Avenger is specifically designed to get you on the fish from the backwaters to the near shore reefs in the Gulf. “My boat draws just inches of water, yet offers a full transom and adequate freeboard to safely fish in most any condition,” explains Capt. Mike. “A high thrust electric trolling motor is utilized in stalking wary tarpon and a push poll is used to creep up on tailing fish in shallow water.” Rest assured that Captain Mike’s boat is outfitted beyond all Coast Guard Standards and decked out in the best gear/tackle you need; you’ll

A day spent fishing is a day well spent! Call Captain Mike to put you in the action! be safe and prepped to reel in the catch of your life. With a lifetime of fishing experience and over thousands of fish hooked, Captain Mike is your local go-to guide. He will host you on his boat for a guided trip from as far north as Homosassa to as far south as Boca Grande. Action Fishing Adventures offers inshore light tackle fishing in the Tampa Bay Area for snook, tarpon, redfish, kingfish, shark and grouper.

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Mike knows the sweet spots around our coastline and you won’t be disappointed in the amazing adventure you are going to have during his guided trip. If you have ever had the chance to reel in a tarpon, then you know how addictive this sport truly is. I caught my first tarpon when I was 16, off Egmont Key in St. Petersburg. I fought that huge “silver king” for almost two hours and when I finally got

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it in I was exhausted, happy, near tears and full of adrenaline! I can honestly say it was one of the best fishing experiences of my life and watching that big tarpon jump in an awe-inspiring display of acrobatic twists was a beautiful sight that anyone could appreciate. Captain Mike says, “There is nothing like it when a bright silver tarpon weighing anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds clears the water by six feet.” Mike visits Boca Grande during tarpon season every year and hooks the big beauties during competitive tournaments. “After many years of tarpon fishing I decided to keep track of how many tarpon my clients jump during tarpon season from April to July in Boca Grande,” says Capt. Mike. “I thought this would be a great way to show potential clients just how good the tarpon fishing is in Boca. During the 2011 tarpon fishing season my clients jumped a whopping 513 tarpon, with the largest fish over 225 pounds! During the 2012 tarpon fishing season, my clients jumped 409 tarpon. In 2012 there was a small decline in the fishing due to weather conditions, but we still did great. This is why Boca Grande is world famous for

tarpon fishing. There is no place in the world that you go and hook that many tarpon in that short of a time frame!” Fishing a trip with Captain Mike at Action Fishing Adventures is a great way to bond with your family, have a fun trip with friends or show off Florida’s natural beauty to visitors. Mike has been featured on Fox 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay with Russell Rhodes, Left Coast Fishing National Syndicated Fishing Show, and has been featured in St. Petersburg Times outdoor column with Terry Tomin, Outdoor Editor Suncoast Fisherman’s Guide and selected as a guide to write for Capt.’s Corner for St. Petersburg Times sports column. Captain Mike has the experience you want in a fishing guide and his fun, loving attitude is a treat to anyone with a love for fishing or a desire to learn. Call Action Fishing Adventures for an experience of a lifetime with Captain Mike. (727) 243- 8918 or e-mail Captain Mike at mike@catchtarpon.com. Visit www.catchtarpon.com for great photos, fishing facts and more information. *Mention this article for $50 off a full day of fishing.

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Make Your Summer A Memorable One At YMCA Summer Day Camp Sunshine, blue skies, warmer temperatures and school winding down can only mean one thing – it’s time for summer camp! The YMCA of the Suncoast offers a safe and caring environment where kids and teens have fun, learn new skills, get outdoors, make friends and make memories. “Spending the summer at camp is not only a valuable and safe experience for youth, it’s also important to their personal development,” says G. Scott

Goyer, President and CEO of the YMCA of the Suncoast. “Camp helps youth develop social skills and decision-making skills, and learn from new experiences.” Camping experts at the YMCA say that summer camp can have a meaningful impact on youth in several ways: • Youth experience “unstructured” playtime that they normally don’t have at home or school, thus

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learning how to become independent, make smart choices, solve problems and work with others. • The experience of trying and learning new things, including adventurous outdoor activities, gives youth confidence and helps them develop healthy life-long habits. • As fewer youth are spending time outdoors, camp helps them develop an awareness and appreciation for nature. • At camp youth are cared for and given guidance, and feel a part of a community, allowing them to feel comfortable being themselves. • Youth learn from other campers and counselors, and make new friends to share it all with. The YMCA provides exciting and education summer camp options that appeal to both parents and kids. From tennis to golf, art, dance, and basketball, campers have a variety of options throughout the summer. Our most popular, Adventure Camp, allows kids

5-14 to explore different themes each week with field trips and special events. The YMCA of the Suncoast’s programs are affordable experiences for families, with financial assistance available to send any child to camp this summer. For more information about YMCA Summer Day Camp in the East Lake area, visit us online for camp registration and details: www.ymcasuncoast.org or call the North Pinellas Branch at 727-7729622.

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“Calendar” Continued from page 1 Medical Center of Trinity Seminars & Classes *All Classes at 9330 SR 54 in Trinity. Seating is limited and reservations are required and can be made for the following classes at 727-8345630 or email MedicalCenterTrinity@HCAHealthcare.com. Apr. 24, 10 AM––Medical Center of Trinity Offers Nutrition & Diabetes Class conducted by a Registered Dietitian on the 4th Wednesday of every month. The class is geared toward helping people newly diagnosed with Diabetes and those having a history of Diabetes make better food choices. The class will teach basic principles of nutrition and diabetes including meal planning, how food affects blood glucose, label reading & dining out with diabetes. Apr. 19, NOON––“The Fearless Factor” seminar will be presented by Nilesh Desai, MD, Board Certified in internal medicine. Dr. Desai will discuss how fear is a natural and instinctive response that helps to protect & keep us safe. He will discuss embracing your life with bravado to do the right thing, to be prepared for emergencies and to nourish your sense of adventure so that fear does not become a factor in your health &

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happiness. Admission is free & a complimentary light lunch will be served. Apr. 20––“Screened and Fabulous!” seminar is an opportunity to set time aside for girlfriends, moms and daughters to get a mammography screening. Participants are encouraged to come with a group or by themselves and enjoy an entirely new experience in mammography screening. Appointments begin at 9 AM at the Medical Center of Trinity Women’s Imaging Center located in the Medical Arts Building east of the main entrance of Medical Center of Trinity. Breakfast, appetizers and refreshments will be served. Appointments are required! Call Penny Stevens at 727-834-4888 to schedule your appointment. 2nd Tuesday Monthly, 4 PM–– Monthly MS Support Group is conducted by a speech therapist. Family members are also invited to attend. 2nd Wednesday Monthly, 7 PM–– “Helping HANDS” (offering Hope for Autism and Neurological Disorders) Monthly Support Group Meeting for Family Members/Friends Impacted by Autism is a community support group for parents, family members, and friends impacted by autism and related neurological disorders such as Tourette’s, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Aspergers, or other Autism Spectrum disorders. For more

information contact Jonica Chittum, mother of a child with Autism. Jonica coordinates speakers and resource fairs on a regular basis based on the needs of the group at the time. Email jonica.chittum@HCAHealthcare.com or call 727-793-6006 (phone) or 727534-8230 (cell). Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HelpingHANDs.Trinity Relatives and family members impacted by Autism and Related Neurological Disorders have an opportunity to meet with parents with similar issues at the regular monthly meetings. The primary goal is to connect special needs families by bringing the community together to support, each other, gain more knowledge, raise awareness, & pool resources to effectively help the children. 3rd Thursday, Monthly, 3 PM–– Lymphedema Support Group. Lymphedema is a persistent swelling, usually affecting an arm or leg, that sometimes occurs as a side effect of cancer treatment. This condition results from the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid and tissue proteins. The underlying cause in all cases is damage to the lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system that circulates infectionfighting proteins throughout the body. May 9, 5:30 PM––Yaser Bassel, MD to Join David DiPiazza, MD for Medical Center of Trinity’s “Girls’

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Night Out” Presentation. Yaser Bassel, MD, urologist, will join David DiPiazza, MD, urologist, in the “Girls’ Night Out” education series that features “Back to Family, Back to Work, Back to Life” presentations, to encourage women to take time to correct health conditions that keep them from fully enjoying their family, professions and life. Four robotic assisted surgery physicians will offer options for hysterectomy, bladder issues, and gall bladder surgery that may result in less pain, less scarring, and a quicker recovery period. Girls’ Night Out will consist of three interactive 20-minute presentations: · Single Site Gall Bladder Surgery presented by Keith Chisholm, MD, general surgeon · Healthful Bladder Issues presented by David DiPiazza, MD, urologist and Yaser Bassel, MD, urologist · What’s Going on Down There: minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, presented by Parveen Vahora, MD, gynecologist Admission is free & complimentary refreshments will be served. Seating is limited & reservations are required. For more information on Medical Center of Trinity, visit www.MedicalCenterTrinity.com or call (727) 8344000. “Follow us” on Twitter, or “Like Us” on Facebook.

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“Mystic Fish” Continued from page 1 food and service at reasonable prices. Eventide (i.e.) early bird) specials are an incredible bargain for menu items. Both seafood lovers and carnivores will not be disappointed. We always bring our visitors here with complete confidence that they will be pleased by their dining experience. I am rather particular in evaluating restaurants and this one is my favorite.” It’s no wonder that Mystic Fish receives such high praise. Its menu features fresh catches from local fish markets and they always carry at least half-a-dozen fresh fish selections, which can be prepared menu-style or any way that you desire. Co-Owner and Chef, Doug Bebell, says, “The true cornerstone of any good seafood restaurant is the shellfish. You can’t serve fresh and quality shellfish such as mussels, clams and oysters without demand and volume.” More than fresh fish and shellfish, Mystic Fish’s menu showcases grill favorites like Choice New York Strip, Roasted Breast of Chicken, Braised

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Boneless Beef Short Ribs, and Porterhouse Pork Chops. Regulars also rave about their other delicacies, like their New Zealand Rack of Lamb and Maple Leaf Duck Breast. One diner wrote a five star review on OpenTable.com, saying, “Marvelous time, superb food, outstanding service, as always. We are regulars and love this place. The fresh selections are outstanding.” Chef Doug says, “We’re affordable. If people haven’t been here, they should come try it, and if they haven’t been in awhile, they should come again because we’re always changing our menus.” Come for Drinks, Stay for Dessert Mystic Fish’s full liquor bar serves it all, including American craft beers and offers a stellar wine list. Chef Doug says, “The wine list is very affordable with hand-selected, by the glass and bottle selections. Expect to add another 30-40% for the same bottles when dining in Tampa or around town.” You can choose to dine at the bar at one of the high-top tables; there are drink and small plate specials every night. Mystic Fish’s elegant bar is a

perfect place to catch up with friends, meet up with co-workers for a bite, or share something sweet with someone you love. Eventide Specials For those of you who like to dine early, the Eventide Specials are a great opportunity to dine like a king for less. Specials include Early Dinners, which are a select group of six menu options that are served with a salad or soup of the day, a fresh vegetable and potatoes or rice. Early Dinners include such delicious choices like their Kona Crusted Salmon, Lump Crab Cake and even their Baked Atlantic Cod “Piccata” just to name a few, all for less than $13. There are other affordable options as well on the Eventide Specials Menu, and just to give you a “taste,” it offers a Half Rack of Lamb, Pork “Osso Bucco,” Bouillabaisse, Filet Mignon and even Maine Lobster Tail for less than $20 a plate. Eventide Drink Specials include a glass of house wine and well cocktails

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for only $2.50, and of course the twohour Happy Hour at Mystic Fish begins at 4:30, whether you’re at the bar, or at a table. Small Plates & Signature Dishes Small Plates are a fantastic way to try your favorite dish, or better yet to share a few of your favorite dishes with your friends. Chef Doug says, “We have more than 20 small plates to choose from, and we have the Best Prime Burger in Tampa Bay. It’s an 8 oz. prime rib burger that is served on a toasted bun with grilled onions, Wisconsin cheddar and steak fries.” He adds, “When you think Mystic Fish, you think seafood, but we have much more to offer, [like] New Zealand

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your dessert – Mystic Fish offers a mouthwatering selection of ports and dessert wines! Barbara and Tom said, “Couldn’t have been better from beginning to end. Incredible service and value on their early event Diners love the fine-dining atmosphere and delectable entrees and small plates at Mystic Fish, menu. The entrees which is the perfect place for after-work socializing, catching up with friends, and date night! were outstanding and just the right Rack of Lamb, All Natural Bison Tenand hit high marks in all aspects of portions. The dessert menu is unique derloin, Hormone Free Chicken, presentation, quality and flavor!” and topped off a fabulous meal with USDA Choice Angus Steaks, Paella, just the right amount. Can’t wait to go Pasta and even Vegetarian options.” The Sweetest Finish back!” From Shrimp Cocktail to EscarThe dessert options at Mystic Fish got “Mystic Style,” and Calamari Fries are really popular because not only are Make a Reservation for Tonight to Prince Edward Island Mussels, the they delectable, they are affordable. Reservations are preferred at Myschoices seem endless. If you are hunThe presentation alone is top-notch, tic Fish Seafood Grill & Bar, and dingrier for more, their Signature Dishes but it’s the gourmet taste of classics ers enjoy the convenience of being are the way to go. That’s where you’ll like Flourless Chocolate Cake, Crème able to secure a table at one of the find the Maine Lobster Tail, the Brulee, Key Lime Panna Cotta and finest restaurants in town while elimiShrimp & Scallop Ravioli and the Carrot Cake that have everyone saving nating the long wait time that comes Bronzed Chilean Sea Bass, among just enough room for a taste. Like the with the territory at so many other other choice options. Small Plates, they are perfect for one, local spots. One diner said, “From the moor order a few for the table, and everyMother’s Day is right around the ment we walked in the service was one can indulge their sweet tooth! corner, and if you’re looking for the outstanding! The food was wonderful Don’t forget that you can always drink perfect place to show her how much

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you love and appreciate her, Mystic Fish will be open that Sunday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. to help you celebrate! Mystic Fish Seafood Grill & Bar is located at 3253 Tampa Road in Palm Harbor in the Cloverlake Plaza, between U.S. 19 and Lake St. George Dr. Open Mon.–Sat., 4:30 p.m.–the last reservation leaves the restaurant, and from 4:30–8 p.m. on Sun. To make a reservation, call 727-771-1800 or visit the website, www.3bestchefs.com/mystic. Mystic Fish offers carryout availability and can provide private luncheons, as well as catering.

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“Cleaning Angels” Continued from page 1 was under Hospice care. One day, after Donna left a crystal angel for her, the lady told her caretaker that Donna was her cleaning angel, and shortly after passed away. All these years later, Donna is still emotional as she tells the story of how she came to name her business. Donna comes from a hard-working family of entrepreneurs and grew up with a strict work ethic. Being half Italian and half French Canadian, she was raised to be a hard worker, honest and dependable in a small town in the white mountains of New Hampshire called Gorham, where her family has owned an Italian restaurant for over 66 years. Donna explains, “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 percent to the business.” In addition to her family’s influence, Donna attributes the success of her company to a determined attitude,

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a tremendous amount of ambition and meticulous attention to detail, which is accompanied by an unstoppable drive. An example of this drive was when after years of working on her own, she broke her ankle and hand in an accident. Donna knew she couldn’t continue cleaning on her own, and prayed for the future of her business and made the decision to hire her first employee. Detailed Cleaning When You Need It “I offer a very unique and personable cleaning service,” explains Donna. “My teams spend twice the time as other services for less money. The cleaning is top to bottom, complete and comprehensive. Donna realizes that many of her clients are working longer hours than ever. “They simply need help,” states Donna. “Even ten years ago, cleaning services were for the rich. Today, it is a necessity for many families and the cost is budgeted in just like the electric bill and utilities. The last thing my clients want to do on their day off is spend it cleaning their homes; time is precious and they would much rather be spending free time with family and friends.” Whether you are a retiree, busy

with your career, or a full-time mom, Donna’s “Angels” will make your life easier. Donna’s Cleaning Angels work in teams and tackle your dreaded chores with an aim to please! They enter with a smile and alight on every surface leaving it polished and shining. And now is the perfect time to call; Donna’s Cleaning Angels is offering a $75 discount on a deep, springcleaning. Donna’s Cleaning Angels, LLC has received the esteemed designation from its clients of being their number one cleaning service in Tampa Bay for the detailed, trustworthy and reliable service. Many people ask Donna where she finds such excellent help. She handpicks her “Angels” through close associations at area churches and Career Central. “I feel that this is a great way to find good, honest people,” says Donna. Donna’s Cleaning Angels work in teams, and there is a team leader on every job. “The girls are happy when they work together,” says Donna. “It’s safer for them and they have good energy together.” Plus, the teammates hold each other accountable and checks behind each other to make sure nothing is missed. Customers truly appreciate

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Donna and her Cleaning Angels detailed cleaning service, whether they enjoy a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or seasonal cleaning, and they have spread the word about Donna’s Cleaning Angels far and wide. Donna’s Cleaning Angels clean the Florida homes of folks from as far away as Alaska and even Canada! Of course, it is the locals who first embraced Donna and her Cleaning Angels. Steve Fiske, President of the North Pinellas Regional Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Mayor of Palm Harbor, says that he stays so busy and he loves coming home knowing that his Cleaning Angels have made his home into his own little slice of heaven. He says that he recommends the Cleaning Angels to everyone as a detailed cleaning service. Some, who have a second home here, love knowing that their homes are being cared for and kept dust-free and ready for their arrival. Eric Fosler, of Buffalo NY, has a home in Tarpon Springs and is delighted with Donna’s Cleaning Angels, knowing that he can pop in at any time and his home is perfect. Shari Wyler, of Anchorage AK, has a vacation home in New Port Richey and frequently entertains guests there. Before every visit,

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with everything they need to provide an exceptional clean in the most efficient way possible. The cleaning teams check off a list, covering everything from baseboards to the ceiling fans to the stainless steel hood over the stove. Donna explains that when her Cleaning Angels come to clean your house, they know their hard work is appreciated and rewarded, which means you’ll consistently get a thorough cleaning that won’t disappoint. Comment cards, meetings with the staff, and client calls to make sure the job was done correctly also help ensure customers are not only happy with the first cleaning, but every cleaning with Donna’s Cleaning Angels. Building honest, dependDonna’s Cleaning Angels is a detailed cleaning service with a stellar reputation for able relationships is just as improviding customers with efficient, exceptional cleaning every time! portant to Donna as providing quality cleaning. “My girls are Donna’s Cleaning Angels make sure with the year-round service of the home is ready for visitors, and then Donna’s Cleaning Angels at his Trinity ‘my girls’—we are like a close knit family,” says Donna. “I appreciate and go back after they leave to give the home. He says, “The Cleaning Angels take care of them and they appreciate house a thorough cleaning. Ottawa, make sure that everything is perfect and take care of our clients. It’s a winCanada / Trinity, Florida resident for us when we return.” win situation. Using the basic princiSteve Kesler has been very pleased Donna’s girls are fully equipped

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ples of mutual respect combined with good, old-fashioned elbow grease, the angels produce a heavenly sparkle. Our customers love our back-to-basics, old-fashioned cleaning techniques, often reminding them of how their grandmothers used to clean.” At the end of the day when it’s time to unwind, relax and enjoy a great meal, Donna and Steve frequently dine at local restaurants, including Central Park Restaurant in New Port Richey. Central Park’s owner Chris Michael loves to converse with them. “We’ve found that we have some of the same customers,” says Donna. “And we agree that we are fortunate to advertise in Neighborhood News & Lifestyles and we absolutely love the staff there.” Reflecting, Donna says, “At the end of the day I thank God for my blessings – the great people who work for me, a great business, my health, my home, my loved ones and my family. God bless you all.” If you are ready for a heavenly clean, call Donna’s Cleaning Angels at 727-942-8289. Gift certificates are available and perfect for Mother’s Day.

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East Lake - Vol. 6, Issue 4, April 2013  

The April edition of the East Lake Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles.

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