New Tampa- May, Vol. 3, Issue 5 Tampa Bay News & lifestyles

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Editor / Publisher Matt Selby

Creative Director Carla Dubis

Assistant Editor Kim Thomas

General Manager Jim O'Reilly

Graphic Design Tony Sica Dat X. Do (Dave)

Advertising Sales Matt Selby Mary Dorey Jim O'Reilly

Billing Managers Doreen Selby Tina O'Reilly

Quality Control Carol Selby

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Our Partnership With The Rays = Tickets for our readers! We have BIG NEWS!!! For the 4th year in a row, we have entered into an promotional partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays and they offered us six press level season ticket seats! This incredible package includes hundreds of tickets for amazing games during the entire season! And although we are a family owned and operated business with plenty of relatives and great friends here in the Tampa Bay area, who are huge Rays fans, there is no possible way we can make it to every single game. But we are always rooting for our Rays no matter where we are. After all, we are all about being loyal to local, especially when it comes to our sports teams! Obviously we don’t want these prime, press level tickets going to waste, and who better to share them with than you, our loyal local readers. So we came up with a contest to give you a chance to WIN BIG with tickets to go see the Rays. Each month, starting in May and ending in September, we will give away multiple press level (sec.204) Rays’ tickets to 5 lucky winners. One Grand Prize winner per month will receive 6 tickets and 2

parking passes. Two 1st Runner Up winners will get 4 tickets and 1 parking pass, and the last two 2nd Runner Up winners will have fun at the ball park with 2 tickets and a parking pass. This contest will be a lot of fun and we are really happy to give back to our community, for always supporting us. You make what we do possible, plain and simple. We wish we could make every entry a winner. Good luck! Here’s How to Enter! First thing you need to do is get on your computer or smart phone and show us some online love! Like and Share Our Social Media Pages! Like our Facebook page: TampaBayNewsandLifestyles and follow us on instagram @TampaBayNews and share it with your friends. The more you like our posts and interact with us on social media the more opportunities you have of winning! Extra points will be awarded to those who give us an awesome and genuine review on Facebook. 5 stars go a long way! Good Luck and GO RAYS!

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By Carla Dubis

Faces of Courage is a small non-profit organization located in Tampa Bay, that offers free camps and events for women, men and children with cancer and blood illnesses. But do not let the word “small” throw you off. They have served over 7,500 cancer patients with day outing and weekend camps since they started back in 2004. Even though Faces of Courage is located in Florida, women, men and children from all over the country attend some of the camps. Faces of Courage is the first organization in the nation to tailor a women’s weekend camp for minority cancer survivors and is considered a leader in minority outreach and education. Peggie Sherry, a cancer survivor herself, founded the camp. “I took my inheritance and I started Faces of Courage, and since 2004 we’ve had over 7,000 campers through the program, and all of the programs are free,” Peggie said.

on - your survival rate is pretty high.” Since the programs and camps are provided at no cost (FREE) to the participants, Faces of Courage relies heavily on the support of the community to sponsor the campers. It costs about $250 to host a camper for the weekend, so contributions are always needed and welcomed. Some of the camps they will be hosting this year include; “The Women’s Cancer Retreats (two camps for women diagnosed with any type of cancer), Young Adults (ages 13 and up) and Kids (ages 2-12 years of age). With the Young Adults and Kids they also include the well siblings at the programs. Allowing the young adults and children to bring a sibling helps them feel more at ease and comfortable during the experience.

2017 Faces Of Courage Camp Dates!

Peggie managed to create a safe and fun environment, where people with any type of cancer or blood illnesses, can get away from the routine, and enjoy typical camp activities such as fishing and archery, but also massage and acupuncture.

Young Adults Camp – June 2-4 Women’s Camp – September 8-10 Santa’s Workshop Weekend- Kids Camp – December 1-3

While members naturally support one another, Faces of Courage is a camp, not a support group. Advice and help is readily available, but the organization primarily focuses on creating a fun, relaxed environment for women, men and children with cancer and other blood illnesses. Each camp and / or program aims to create an environment free of judgment for campers to take a break from the everyday stresses of overcoming their illnesses.

Faces of Courage is always thrilled to get the word out to cancer patients, potential volunteers and supporters. Tampa Bay News and Lifestyles is always happy to assist organizations such as this one, so spread the word, after all, we are all about supporting our local community anyway we can.

Peggie said, “you see the transformation of someone who walks in scared to death of the c-word. When they leave, they can actively talk about their cancer. If you really just face it head

If you would like to donate to this incredible organization, volunteer or enroll in a program or camp please visit their website: or follow them on social media through their Facebook page at cancercamp

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Wade Boggs: Hometown Boy To Devil Rays Legend By Jon Harder

season at Tropicana Field against the Detroit Tigers. Tampa Bay was down 11-0 in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to scoring outbursts by Detroit in the second, third, and fifth innings. Justin Thompson was lights out through five. Then, #12 stepped up to the plate. With a 2-2 count and Quentin McCracken on first, Boggs, in crouched stance, drove a line drive off the lefty Thompson to right field. Off the barrel of the bat, Boggs’ natural power helped take the ball into the sixth row, making him the first man to hit a home run in the incredibly short life of the Tampa Bay franchise. Boggs’ home run on March 31, 1998 also signified his 110th of his career, as well as his 2,801 hit all-time.

When Wade Boggs signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on December 9, 1997, it was an instant boost of credibility, as a perennial All Star and established veteran in the world of Major League Baseball signed on with one of the two new expansion teams coming into the league.

Although the Devil Rays’ comeback fell just short 11-6, the Wade Boggs round tripper was a feel-good for all fans of the fledging franchise. However, that fell in comparison to August 7, 1999 for both the franchise and the veteran third baseman.

However, there was more to the story than just a baseball signing. Boggs graduated from Plant High School in Tampa in 1986 and his primary residence was in the Tampa Palms region of Tampa. He even owned and operated a fish farm, starting in 1986, called Finway, just south of Hawthorne, FL with his father.

It was 494 days and 198 hits later, and Boggs found himself at the plate against left handed pitcher Chris Haney in the bottom of the sixth. The Devil Rays were in the middle of a figurative shootout with the Cleveland Indians, down 117. With a 2-2 count and Terrell Lowery on first, Boggs took a Haney fastball to right field. Off the barrel of the bat, Boggs’ natural power helped take the fly ball 10 rows deep into the ecstatic Tropicana Field stands, not only cutting the Indians lead to 11-9, but making a boatload of history in the process.

Tampa was in Boggs’ blood, and he was fixing to end his career with the upstart Devil Rays franchise. Who knew he would have two seminal moments in franchise history?

On March 31, 1998, the Devil Rays started their inaugural

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Wade Boggs became the first man to hit a home run for his 3000th hit. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez both did it a

decade later with the Yankees. More importantly, it was big for the Devil Rays franchise. The fan base had its first true hero and really took in what the hometown boy gave to them in the first two seasons of its existence. August 7, 1999 was the date of Boggs’ last home run in Major League history and 10 hits later, Boggs went down with a debilitating knee injury that ended his season. At 41, he decided to call it a career at the end of the 1999 campaign. Wade Boggs ended his professional playing days with a career .328 batting average, totaling up 3010 hits, 118 home runs, 1014 RBIs, and 1513 runs scored. However, his two monumental home runs in Devil Rays history live on. In both spots where Boggs’ home runs landed in right field, two yellow chairs stand out in a sea of blue, both marked with a metal plate documenting the accomplishments. Also, on April 7, 2000, the Devil Rays retired #12, forever etching Boggs’ short, but memorable tenure in Tampa Bay into immortality. In a time of uncertainty for Tampa Bay baseball, reliving the glory days of the beginning of the Devil Rays is a positive thing for the fan base. Wade Boggs’ two big home runs in Tampa Bay’s first two seasons is the perfect example of a hometown boy done good. Plus, it was a tremendous way for Boggs to retire from baseball: by giving moments back to a community that helped develop him into a superstar athlete. Florida deserves the Devil Rays and Wade Boggs’ memories need to be preserved forever. Log on to: – Read About the Stars of Today and Legends on Tomorrow

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Become The Best Version Of Yourself With Samantha Taylor! the team at Samantha Taylor Fitness. I am on the second month of personal training sessions at their Carrollwood location, and I am already 10lbs lighter than I was two months ago. Making the decision to join the personal training sessions was easy for me. I’m very selfconscious, so the thought of working out in front of a lot of people, especially men, gave me anxiety. Someone suggested I looked into “Samantha Taylor Fitness,” since they were an all-women’s facility that offered personalized training sessions and other programs designed for women only. So I reached out to Samantha, and I couldn’t be happier I did!

Statistics show that 90% of people who set a resolution for the New Year quit or give up by the second week of February. Meaning, most people have already given up on their new year’s resolutions by now. Have you? If you are truly determined to make 2017 the year you finally reach your goals, then this article is for you. Get ready to experience something that is going to Improve your life forever! You’ll get abundant energy, have higher selfesteem, a flat stomach, a lifted and firm butt, toned arms and thighs without following strict diets and doing boring workouts. Get ready for the Samantha Taylor Fitness life changing experience! Let’s face it, change is hard. If it were easy, then everyone would do it. It takes a great desire and a lot of determination to make a change in your life, especially when it comes to adopting a fit and healthy lifestyle. The good news is that change is possible… you just need to want it, more than you want to eat that slice of chocolate cake. Easier said than done right? I know, I’ve been there… actually, I AM THERE right now. But… who am I? and why should you care about what I have to say? Well, I am someone who has struggled with weight problems since I was a kid. I am someone who used to eat an entire pizza while chugging it down with beers most weekends. I am someone who tried many unhealthy ways to lose weight, from popping fat burners to trying all sorts of “low calorie crash diets.” I am the woman who realized those crash diets were just a temporary fix. I am the woman who got engaged 4 months ago, while being at her highest weight EVER. But most importantly, I am the woman who is determined to change all that. I’m currently working on achieving my own weight loss resolutions with the help of

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When I first met with Samantha, I confess that I thought to myself “Here we go again, another beautiful woman in great shape who is going to tell me I need to work out for hours and stop eating everything I love. What can she truly know about weight struggles?” You can imagine how completely shocked I was when in the middle of our conversation she mentioned her addiction to sweets and past binging habits. “I remember gorging myself on fattening sweets (I dealt with this for at least 15 years). I remember times, when I was about 12, of going to the grocery, buying a whole cake, saying this is the last time I’m going to do this (yeah right) eating almost the whole thing, until I felt sick, and repeating that cycle over and over.” Having control over what she ate was not easy. “I was not able to control myself if I had a craving for something, I would just eat it. I didn’t feel like I had control, like the urge to eat that food just took over and nothing would stop me.” Samantha could have easily developed another severe eating disorder of bulimia but she was spared her from it. “Many, many times I would eat high fat foods in high quantity to the point I would feel ill. I thank God He spared me from bulimia. Instead of vomiting I would exercise to get rid of the excess calories. Now I have learned a whole new attitude about it. It took me 10 years to get to this point but I can teach you how to get there much faster!”

influence in my life guiding me and gently transforming me, I couldn’t of done it on my own. I know, because I tried many years without Him” Samantha said. “Your body is your temple. Therefore, you need to nourish it, protect it, glorify it,” she added.

Getting To Know Samantha Taylor

Samantha Taylor is a Health & Fitness Expert, top female Personal Trainer and Health Motivational Speaker. She has been a certified personal trainer for over 20 years. She has trained literally 1000’s of people, most of them have been women. She was formerly the #1 personal trainer at Lifestyles Family Fitness for three years! (out of about 2000 trainers!!!) Her success rate with clients is phenomenal; she definitely gets extraordinary results! She’s dealt with her own difficult eating challenges and has learned to overcome many of them. She listens to your needs, applies that with her ability to asses your body, develop the right kind of program... and watch out, because some serious transformations are going to start happening! Samantha has an extreme talent for teaching you how to eat a way you will love so that you can stay fit and healthy for the rest of your life! Because she loves to eat, and she also loves what eating healthy does for her energy, health and body!

I would have never guessed the road she traveled to get to where she is now. I was quick to judge and that was a mistake I have yet to learn, never judge a book by it’s cover. Today, Samantha is the epitome of a healthy and strong woman. She immediately became someone I could relate to, and someone whose steps I wanted to follow. Samantha’s husband played a big role in her transformation. “When I met my husband, he was in phenomenal shape as a bodybuilder. He is the one who got my excitement and passion going for health & fitness. Once I saw what it did to my body, I’ve been hooked for the last 24 years!” said Samantha. Samantha also credits God for her recovery and being able to stick to a healthier lifestyle, ”I give all the credit to the God for without His

How long will it take to see results?

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While browsing through Samantha’s website I got to read hundreds of incredible testimonials. But one in particular stood out to me. Chris’ weight loss success story is truly inspirational.

She had to say this about her experience:

”Before I finally made a phone call to Samantha, I had seen her articles and advertisements in our local paper for several years! During those years, I gained about 10 pounds each year with a combination of bad eating habits, a stressful job and no exercise. I went on a cruise with my mother and when I got back I looked at the photos we took. I could not believe the person in the photos was me - how had I become so out of shape? I thought I didn’t have time to work out but Samantha convinced me that I had to make time and also make the changes in my eating habits to become healthy and lose weight. The time I have spent with Samantha has been one of the best investments I’ve made in my life - she has inspired me to eat healthier and how to work out effectively to lose the fat I needed to lose without losing muscle. She has shown me a way that I can follow for the rest of my life. I went from a size 14 to a size 4 in 7 months and I lost 55 lbs.! I feel better and have more energy than I have in years. I encourage you to give her a call today - don’t waste another day! You can do it too with her help. And the best part about this is, I have now kept it off for 9 years! Until meeting her, I had never been able to keep weight off!” This is a picture of Chris before and after:

Samantha Taylor Fitness will work for you.

No matter your age or how active you are, there is a program just for you. I am in my early 30’s and I am working out with women who are in their early 40’s and into their 60’s! and let me tell you… they are totally kicking my butt! Samantha is determined to helping us achieve our goals… she truly cares about our success, and that makes all the difference. You may be thinking... “I’m not in good shape and I haven’t exercised in a long time or never. Will I be able to do it?” YES YOU CAN! They make it very comfortable with beginning at your own fitness level. You will amaze yourself at how great you’ll do! I never worked out in my life, and I am on my second month of personal training and currently lifting 10lb weights, I started my first week lifting 3lb weights! So What Is Group Personal Training and How Does it Work? Simply put…you get results and you are working out with a small group of other women. Training with a group is a lot of fun because you have other women that are also achieving their goals, your trainer always changes your workouts and the time flies by.

on-one, just you and the trainer, focusing on any of your trouble areas. Their training formula reduces stress and shuts down your fat storage hormones so you’ll stop storing fat in your back, stomach and thighs. At Samantha Taylor Fitness they blend cardio, muscle toning and stomach flattening exercises all into one fun and quick workout. This will help you save lots of time by melting fat, toning your muscles and flattening your stomach all in the same workout. In Addition to Personal Training, Samantha also has a Fitness Program called Fit Body Boot Camp. This program is offered at all of Samantha’s locations and their brand new Carrollwood location. Most of her clients start off with Personal Training, like myself, but if you’re up for a faster paced, more intense workout, try the boot camp. How Do I Get Started? The first step is to contact Samantha Taylor at 813-920-7733. Tell her you are ready to get in the best shape of your life. Let her know if you are interested in the boot camp or the personal training.

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NEW TAMPA D1 Tampa Sports and Fitness Expo Featuring Weights for Warriors Lift-A-Thon *Proceeds raised from the Lift-A-Thon will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project* Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss: *Raffles! *Door Prizes! *D1 Tampa Memberships deals! *Food/Drinks and various Vendor booths from local businesses in the Tampa Bay Area! *Fun for the whole family! & Much much more! Location: 6918 Gunn Highway Tampa, FL 33625

* Entertainment * Bands * Roaming Princesses and Super Heroes * Playgrounds * Spraypad * Dog Park * and More! Free, fun and family. It’s going to be an outstanding event! Vendor and Exhibitor Options are available. Please email for more details. Date(s): May 20, 2017 Hours: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Admission: FREE Location: 1710 N Highland Ave Tampa, FL 33602

shrimp with field greens that’s grilled with Intensity Academy’s Saucy Everything. • Charbroiled Oysters: Fresh oysters hot off the grill mixed with Intensity Academy’s Garlic Goodness sauce, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and butter. • Mussels: Nature’s thriftiest delicacy will be in a broth of Intensity Academy’s Chai Thai Teriyaki & Chai Sweet Chili sauces with a honey hype spice and fresh basil. The demonstration will be ongoing so join us at your convenience…just don’t miss it! Date(s): May 27, 2017 Hours: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Location: 11743 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33618


PLAY THAT SONG TOUR - SUMMER 2017 w/ O.A.R. & Natasha Bedingfield American pop rock band Train has released ten studio albums, two live albums, one video album, four extended plays, 30 singles, four promotional singles, and over 26 music videos.

Tampa Bay Moms Group is excited to invite you to our annual Family Fair! This year we have moved to a new venue that allows for even more family fun!

Date(s): May 26, 2017 Hours: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Admission: $17 - $81.50 Location: 4802 N Us Highway 301 Tampa, FL (813) 740-2446

The Family Fair will feature many activities for everyone in the family:

Intensity Academy’s Saucy Seafood Spectacular

* Swag Bags for the first 100 Families * Giveaways * Food Trucks * Vendors * Crafters and Artisans * Local and National Companies Exhibiting * Pregnancy, New Parent and Family Products and Resources * Camps, Schools,& Activities and Vacation Deals * Healthy Living, Medical and Special Needs Resources and Support * Pet Adoptions * Face Painters & Balloon Artists * Outdoor Games

Make way and time for “The Saucy Queen” as the creator of Intensity Academy brings her allnatural gourmet sauces, winners of 53 national awards, to Just Grillin for a Saucy Seafood Spectacular on May 27th. Stop in Just Grillin anytime that day between 11 AM and 2 PM for a FREE demonstration. This Tampa based hot sauce company will use three of their signature sauces on a variety of fresh seafood and the best part get to taste it all too!

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The menu for the demonstration features: • Shrimp Bang Shrimp: A healthy twist on bang

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival Join us for the 5th Annual Tampa Bay Margarita Festival! Enjoy a HUGE variety of Margaritas, an awesome lineup of bands w/ headliner BARENAKED LADIES, and the BIGGEST fireworks show to end the night! Date(s): May 27, 2017 Hours: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Admission: Presale $15, Early $18, Advance $20, Regular $25 Location: 600 N Ashley Dr Tampa, FL 33602

Sunset Music Festival 2017 The sixth consecutive Sunset Music Festival returns in 2017 to Raymond James Stadium in

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Tampa on May 27-28th, bringing with it dance music’s most in-demand players to soundtrack a Memorial Day weekend blowout! Make the journey to SMF with us and get a taste of the freshest sounds, from today’s fast-rising newcomers to top tier mainstays. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter the event. To purchase and consume alcohol, you must be at least 21 years of age. Date(s): May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017 Hours: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM Location: 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy North Lot Tampa, FL 33607

Alabama “Southern Drawl Tour 2017 with Charlie Daniels Band From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields to international stars that went on to sell 73 million albums while changing the face and sound of country music, ALABAMA, hits the road with the “Southern Drawl Tour 2017”. Date(s): May 28, 2017 Hours: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Admission: $26 - $86 Location: 401 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602

Stadiumlinks Golf Tampa - PLAY FROM THE UPPER DECK Stadiumlinks is transforming the world’s most iconic stadiums into a one-of-a-kind golf experience. Have you ever fantasized about teeing it up from the upper deck of your favorite pro football stadium or major league ballpark? Imagine yourself standing on tee boxes elevated hundreds of feet above while aiming at nine target flags located on greens that are custom designed into the playing field. Register for a tee time and you will join a rare club of individuals who get exclusive access to almost every inch of some of the world’s most legendary stadiums. Whether you’re hanging out inside the clubhouse, teeing off from one of our nine epic tee boxes, competing in The Chipping Challenge, or relaxing and hanging out at our luxurious VIP Lounge after your round, your experience at the stadium will be filled with memories that last a lifetime. Complimentary golf clubs will be available for use at each of the tee boxes, so feel free to leave your clubs at home. Register early because the limited spots sell out rather quickly and tee times will not be available the day of the event. Date(s): June 2, 2017 - June 4, 2017 Location: 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33607

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“Christina was amazing and set up our trip to Hawaii. I wasn’t even thinking of going, but when I saw the deal she posted in her Facebook travel page (Christina’s Travel Deals and Promos) and the savings... I was hook, line and sinker and off to the Islands we went. It was absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to book my next trip with Christina.” L. Michelle Pentifallo First in Real Estate Services, Inc. Owner/Broker

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On Friday, 04-21-2017, The Riders Group from Post #4412 visited the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Home located in Land O’Lakes. The Riders Group is formed and based out of the VFW #4412 in Hudson and is a yearly supporter of the Baldomero Lopez Home. Over the past several years the Riders Group hosts a Valentines Day Poker Run which is open to the public and also the local motorcycle groups to come together and enjoy a safe ride, food and entertainment and raffles. All proceeds go to these Veterans who served this country and now we gather to honor them for their service. Each year, the VFW #4412 also transports these veterans from the Baldomero Lopez Home into their post and host a luncheon to these vets. This year we contacted the Administrator, Marlies Sarrett and requested this donated check to be split equally to all 120 veterans in the home at this time so each veteran can use it how they choose. A magazine, candy, deck of cards or whatever they choose. It was agreed on and we were again welcomed with open arms from the Administration and staff. These veterans just love the meet and greet along with checking out the motorcycles. The interaction is amazing and brings smiles, laughter, stories and some tears. Although it’s a small jester, the joy is bigger and emotional. Our Veterans were acknowledged, respected and honored on this day and everyday. Thank you to the administration and staff for welcoming us and thank you to our veterans who served our country to ensure the freedom we have today. Just look at the veteran sitting in his wheel chair like he’s riding a bike, that says it all. Riders Group #4412

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS COLLABORATE WITH SENIOR ARTISTS TO BRING INTERGENERATIONAL ART PROJECT TO NORTH TAMPA The Life Enrichment Center and Legacy Preparatory Academy are working together to create a 27-panel art project with a focus on character, education, and art.

they will paint the 27 panels. Project sponsors currently include: TECO (in memory of Heywood Turner, former Life Enrichment Center Board Member and friend) and Imaging Experts, whose donation will assist in setting up a designated art room with art supplies at Legacy Prep following the project.

During the first three Wednesdays in May, Legacy Preparatory Academy’s art scholars from the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades will come together with Life Enrichment Center artists for an afternoon of music and art.

The Life Enrichment Center (LEC) is a private, non-profit located in North Tampa whose mission is for its students to fulfill their lifelong creative potential through the ageless engagement of the arts. Over 20 classes are offered each week and subject matter includes: oils, acrylics, drawing, creative writing/ storytelling, watercolors, pastels, jewelry making, glass, and much more. The majority of LEC students fall into the 55+ age range with several artists working well into their 90’s.

Each afternoon will begin with the students performing selected pieces of music from a variety of genres, including: “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, “Dona Nobis Pacem”, “Scarborough Fair”, “Sir Duke” and many others. Following the performances and lunch, the young art scholars will be paired with senior artists and together

Legacy Preparatory Academy serves grades K-8 and is a tuition-free public charter school. Their mission is to provide a unified learning environment where scholars are taught how to be lifelong learners, parents are engaged, and educators go that extra step to ensure that education matters.

“I am one of the most beautiful people in the world. Look beyond my outer features, my dress, and even the color of my skin. Look at my mind, my character, and my determination to be who I am, Somebody.” This is the beginning of the Legacy Preparatory Academy Scholar’s Pledge. This pledge, along with symbols representing education, service, growth, determination, and success, will be woven throughout 27 pictograph art panels, each 3’x3’ in size. When displayed together the panels will create a unified mural, however, each panel has a unique design and message of its own.

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Garage Guru What’s going on with my car?

Brought to you by Christian Brothers Automotive, New Tampa and Wesley Chapel

“That pesky Check Engine Light came on again – the

light that looks like a motor. Last time I tightened my gas cap and it went away. Not this time. My friend’s husband says ignore it. I’m a single Mom. I need my car to last. Now’s a bad time for a big bill. I’m so nervous. I cannot get stranded on the side of Highway 75 on my way to work. What’s the truth? Should I be concerned?” (Arbor Green, New Tampa)

I get it! You’re afraid to drive your car with that light blaring at you. You really need to avoid unneeded car repairs. But, you’re afraid of getting stranded or damaging the only car that gets you to work and the kids to school. What a dilemma. I think I can help. Simple answer is Yes! Be concerned - but don’t panic yet and don’t spend money you don’t have to. First, is the lighted picture of the motor flashing, and is the car “bucking”, or “chugging”, or dying on you? If yes, then be very concerned and tow it to your trusted garage right away. Hopefully you have AAA or check your insurance. You could have towing coverage and don’t know it.

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If it’s not flashing and running normallythen be calm, but you’re not out of the woods yet. Don’t ignore it. Your car’s computer has sensors that have detected something it doesn’t like. It’s like your nose smelling something funny and your brain saying you need to check this out. When it’s convenient take it to your garage where they will usually “read fault codes” for free. Experienced Technicians will get an idea how serious the problem might be. However, to determine the correct repair requires “diagnostic testing”, usually costing less than $100. It’s worth it otherwise the Technician is guessing and you could pay for work that does not fix the problem. Hope this helps you feel calmer and more confident that you know what to do now. I’d really like to hear how it turns out. Here’s a question for you to consider: “If I pay for diagnostic testing and authorize the repair you recommend but it doesn’t fix my car, will you still expect me to pay for the work?” Think about that and we’ll take that on next time. We are eager to hear about your car concerns. Is your car acting up or have you wondered about how some part of your car works?

Drop us a note at: and we will offer our honest opinion. Christian Brothers Automotive, where we care for your family by caring for your family car.

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The Future Of Bruce B. Downs By Michelle Naktin

studies showed sophisticated rail systems in booming cities like Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta unfortunately did nothing to decrease road congestion. The committee’s recommendation was that the county commit $278-million over a 10 year period to build more roads and widen existing ones. The idea of the light rail In November of 1999 the county’s citizen coalition had a system was scrapped and never mentioned again. discussion regarding the traffic issues along Bruce B Downs In early 2015 segment A of the expansion began from Bearss Boulevard and the possibility of a light rail system in addition to Avenue to Palm Springs Boulevard. This portion of the expansion other options to help relieve residents of congestion and other would take the 4 lane road and make it into an 8 lane divided roadway in efforts to relieve congestion and safety concerns. traffic concerns. As far back as one can remember, each person has a horror story about his or her drive down Bruce B Downs Boulevard, and at every community meeting, no matter what the topic at hand is, everybody tells it.

Over the last couple years the $24.7 million dollar project has continued to move forward with the help of funding through the Transportation Regional Incentive Program ( TRIP ) and the Department of Transportation. In October 2016 Hillsborough County Public Works and Prince Construction began on segment D. This portion of the Bruce B Downs widening will convert Bruce Several New Tampa locals were interviewed and many B. Downs Boulevard between Pebble Creek Boulevard and described their daily commute as “no laughing matter.” Their day County Line Road from a 4-lane roadway into an 8-lane divided to day drive consists of a maze of orange construction barricades, roadway. The project will provide a landscaped median, drainage road crews, and angry drivers. “Every few days is a different traffic improvements, pedestrian safety features, sidewalks, a multi-use pattern and you never know what to expect” said one frustrated path, and an upgraded traffic signal system. This expansion is the driver. “A 20 minute drive could take an hour, you just never know.” largest transportation project currently under way in Hillsborough One thing is for sure and that’s each morning the roadways of County. New Tampa are gridlocked. So what can you expect? While construction is underway be New Tampa committee members met and revealed that prepared for temporary lane closures and slow traffic through On November 17, 1991 Tampa City Council member Shawn Harrison gave a statement to the Hunter’s Green Community Association stating that light rail “is something we’ve got to explore further.” Although this discouraged New Tampa residents, they didn’t give up.

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construction zones. Although some work may take place weekends or into the evening hours, a majority of the work will be done weekdays between 8am and 5pm. While construction crews will make every effort to minimize disruption, lane shifts and temporary road closures will occur. Hillsborough County Public Works and Prince Construction personnel reassure they will take all measures to make sure your commute is as safe and efficient as possible. In the end they are confident this project will elevate the current issues that local commuters are experiencing. The FDOT understands that while construction is underway some frustrations may continue, however, they appreciate your patience and expect to have work completed by late 2018.

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