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Vol. 10, Issue 7, July 2014

Your neighborhood. Your magazine. The Premier “Shop Local” Community Magazine Directly Mailed To 18,000 Homes In Trinity & Surrounding Areas This Independent Community News, Business & Dining Guide Is Directly Mailed Once Each Month To: Aristida, Champion’s Club, Chelsea Place, Country Place, Ellington Estates North, Ellington Place, Fairway Springs, Fox Hollow, Foxwood, Greenbrook Estates, Heritage Lake, Heritage Springs, Hills Of San José, Hunter’s Ridge, Hunting Creek, Longleaf, Magnolia Estates, Nature’s Hideaway, Oak Ridge, Riverbend, Riverchase, River Crossing, River Oaks, Riverside Estates, Riverside Village, Riverside Villas, Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, Southern Oaks, Spring Lake, The Sabals, Thousand Oaks, Timber Greens, Trinity, Trinity East, Trinity Oaks, Trinity West, Veterans Village, Woodbend, Woodgate, Wyndgate & Wyndtree

By Dara Tucker Excel Creative Learning Academy (ECLA) is celebrating its Anniversary this month! Two years ago, the new state-of-the-art preschool academy opened its doors in the Medical Arts Building on the Medical Center of Trinity campus on State Road 54, offering full preschool programs for babies from six weeks old up to children through age four, and some programs for elementary age students. Excel Creative Learning Academy aims to provide a safe and interactive learning environment that will engage, enrich and empower the lives of their students. While I visited the campus I noticed students learn through handson projects in their interactive, enrich-

ing classrooms. Teachers use state-approved Creative Curriculum and SMART Board technology to help each child’s education and character development. In addition to seeing children engaged in their daily routine, I also saw first-hand an enrichment program called Tumbles Gymnastics, but Excel Creative Learning Academy also offers Happy Feet soccer, and Little Techs and Spanish starting fall 2014. ECLA’s dedicated staff starts with Director Erika Mahoney. Erika has a background that includes early childhood education and she is a Florida state licensed teacher for grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Erika came on board at ECLA before See “ECLA” on page 50.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: CARES Awarded......................3 News Briefs...........................4-5 Calendar..................................6 Alex’s Place Restaurant....10-11 One Hour Air.................14-15 Dr. Cara Hacht...............18-19 No. 1 Home Roofing.......22-23 Academy of Dance Arts..............26-27 NTP Presents Seussical......30-31 LOKEY/ Clearwater Jazz Poster Unveiling............34-35 Grout Tech.......................38-39 “Mission I Do”.................42-43 Florida Hospital North Pinellas........................44-45 Plant Native...................46-47 Exploring Local Parks.....52-53 Jennie Serrentini..................56 Classified................................58

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perks like memory foam dental chairs that are super comfortable, but he also brings fun to orthodontics with great contests and giveaways! Like this year’s 3rd annual “Summer of Music and Smiles” contest, which this year gives patients a chance to win tickets to Luke Bryan and One Direction! Creating beautiful smiles is more than a job for Jeremy Albert, DMD, MS and his fantastic team at Albert Family Orthodontics. Dr. Albert truly enjoys bringing happiness to others as his patients can tell you. Jennifer McCoy writes in an online review, “Couldn’t be happier! The ENTIRE staff is warm and friendly! My children who are NOT in braces want to go to the appointments to enjoy the lobby - warm cookies, video games and a movie! My son’s teeth and smile look amazing––and Dr. Al-


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CARES AWARDED AS OUTSTANDING NON-PROFIT BY THE WEST PASCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles Directly mailed once a month to nearly 18,000 households in zip code 34655. 220 Safford Ave. S. Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Phone: (727) 943-0551; Fax: (727) 942-2432 Advertising E-mail: info@nnlflorida.com Editorial E-mail: editorial@nnlflorida.com © 2014 Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles is published by Ads 2 Publications, Inc. Publisher Tim Selby General Manager Jim O’Reilly Editor Kim Thomas Advertising Sales Matt Selby Jared Nager Jim O’Reilly Alexis Selby Billing Manager Doreen Selby

Billing Assistance Tina O’Reilly Correspondents Julie Kanehl Katie Thomas Dara Tucker Marcy Sanford Alexis Selby Art Director Dat X. Do Graphic Artists Dat X. Do Tony Sica

Nothing that appears in the Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles may be reproduced, whether wholly or in part, without permission. Opinions expressed by Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles writers are their own

A special presentation by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce (WPCC) for the Outstanding NonProfit of 2014 was made by WPCC President to the CARES Board and CEO. From left: Bill Aycrigg, CARES President and CEO; Michael Clark, Board Member; Dee Thomas, Immediate Past Chair; Terry Haas, Board Member; Chip Wichmanowski, West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Presi-

dent; Bobbi Tafara, Board Chair; Jamie Mick, Board Member; Thea Johnson, Immediate Past Chair; Mary Ann Finneran, Board Vice Chair; Leigh Massengill, Board Member; Laina Schneller, Board Member; Rebecca Bell, Board Member; Dr. Joseph Pino, Board Member; Gregory Gay, Board Member. CARES is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of older adults.

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Since 1973, CARES has helped people stay at home, stay independent, stay connected and stay informed through health, social and support services. CARES services are also designed to help working caregivers so they may continue to pursue employment and business operations while caring for elder family members. For more information visit: www.CARESfl.org

and do not reflect the publishers’ opinions. Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles is always happy to accept outside editorial submissions to the paper. Please call for outside editorial submission and advertisement deadlines. Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles will consider previously non-published outside editorial submissions that are double spaced, typed and less than 500 words. Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles reserves the right to edit and/or reject all outside editorial submissions and makes no guarantees regarding publication dates. Unsolicited editorial materials will not be returned. Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles reserves the right to edit &/or reject any advertising. Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the actual cost of the advertising space itself, not for the validity of any claims made by its advertisers. Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles is published by Ads 2 Publications, Inc.

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Outdoor Water Conservation Water is our most precious resource; we have an opportunity to ensure water for all people, animals, and the environment by increasing the efficiency at which it is used and changing the wasteful habits. Currently, the average Pasco County resident uses 115 gallons of water per day for indoor use, while a majority of water used, per person, is for outdoor use. Pasco County Utilities would like to share some tips on water conservation and to provide the water restrictions schedule to assist with this effort. The biggest use of water at home is generally the irrigation system. Irrigation can use water at an average of 5-10 gallons per minute and 500-1000 gallons per hour. Over watering can kill the lawn, waste money, and hurt the environment, so irrigate only when it is necessary. It is necessary to water the lawn when there are signs of wilt or during the warmer seasons on your specified watering day. Optimize your watering schedule by

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use of a shutoff nozzle or a hand hose will allow the operator to direct a specific flow of water with less waste and can be shut off easier without turning off the hose base nozzle.

watering only once a week and ¾ an inch of water per cycle. Root health determines if a plant needs more or less water to thrive. Cutting the grass to the appropriate height for the specific grass species will encourage roots to grow deeper, while cutting the grass too low can weaken the grass and allow for invasive weeds to grow. Shallow roots require more water for sustenance; deeper root structures hold moisture longer and cause the grass to become more tolerant to drought, disease, and lawn pests. Gardening choices will affect the water needs of each plant. Foreign plant species require more water to adapt to the climate and may even compete with the native plants. Mulching (2”-3” inches of layers) can help to retain moisture, prevent erosion, and suppress weed growth. Unattended water equipment can waste a hundred gallons in minutes. Water can be saved by using the proper equipment at the nozzle. The

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Water Restriction schedule: Irrigation of established lawns and landscaping is authorized for one day per week. Pasco County Utilities customers with addresses ending in 0 or 1 can water from 12:01–8 a.m. and 6–11:59 p.m. Addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water on Tuesday from 12:01–8 a.m. and 6–11:59 p.m. Addresses ending in 4 or 5 can water on Wednesday from 12:01–8 a.m. and 6–11:59 p.m. Addresses ending in 6 or 7 can water on Thursday from 12:01–8 a.m. and 6–11:59 p.m. Addresses ending in 8 or 9 can water on Friday from 12:01–8 a.m. and 6–11:59 p.m. For more information on water restrictions, please visit pascocountyutilities.com at the Water Restrictions tab. Gulfside Hospice’s Thrift Shoppes Holding Back to School Supply Drive for Kiwanis It may be summer, but Gulfside

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Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care is already working to collect supplies for children in Pasco County for the next school year. Beginning Tuesday, July 15 and running through Tuesday, August 5, Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes will be collecting school supplies for the Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco. Anyone who donates to the drive will receive a voucher for 25% off a single item (sale items and furniture excluded) valid for up to one week after donating their items at any Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe location. School supplies needed include: Backpacks - for both younger and older children; colored pencils; crayons; erasers; folders; glue sticks; markers; notebooks; paper; pencil case; pens; scissors; yellow pencils. Donations are accepted Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe locations. Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe locations are: •Dade City Thrift Shoppe 37925 Sky Ridge Circle; 813-7827200 •Hudson Thrift Shoppe - 12154 US Highway 19 in Bayonet Point; 727-861-4900

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•Lutz Thrift Shoppe – 1930 Land O’Lakes Blvd; 813-909-0485 •New Port Richey Thrift Shoppe – 6117 State Road 54; 727-842-7262 • Zephyrhills Thrift Shoppe36524 State Road 54; 813-788-5461 All of the school supplies collected will be distributed to needy children in Pasco County through the Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco. For more information about the school supply drive, call any of the Thrift Shoppes or visitwww.ghppc.org. The Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco, chartered in 1967, sponsors the Every Child A Swimmer Program and

supports The Red Apple, S.O.L.V.E., weekend Food Backpack Program for needy kids and collects school supplies which they donate to seven local elementary schools for needy kids. The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Westside Deli, 7611 Little Road, in New Port Richey. If you are interested in learning more about our work for the community and membership please contact Tom Burke at 727 8422254. For more information, please call 800-561-4883 or visit www.ghppc.org.

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Community Calendar Vacation Bible School Aug. 1 & 2, 6–8:30 PM––Kids are welcome! Vacation Bible School will be offered at Keystone Community Church on August 1 and 2 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. This is a free event and children ages 4-12 are welcome to participate. The church is located near the southwest corner of state road 54 and highway 41, 21010 SR 54, Lutz, FL 33558. Keystone Community Church is a non-denominational church, which holds service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. For more information or to enroll call (813) 948-4522 or online www.keystonecommunity.org. Youth Group Ice Cream Social Sat., Aug. 2, 2–4 PM––The Youth Group of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in New Port Richey is holding an Ice Cream Social. Make your own sundae, cookies and punch also available. There is no charge but donations will be welcomed. A tour of St. Stephen’s stained glass windows is planned. The church is located one

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block east of U.S. 19 off Gulf Drive at 5326 Charles Street, phone 727-8494330. Tarpon Springs HippieFest Aug. 16, 4–10 PM––The Tarpon Springs Merchants Association is hosting a HippieFest in Historic Downtown, 111 E. Tarpon Avenue, and the Sponge Docks, 828 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. There will be food trucks, beer truck, bands, vendors, VW Beetle Club, Best Dressed Hippie contest and many of the shops in the Historic Downtown & at the Sponge Docks will stay open into the evening. This is a free family event. Additional information www.TarponSpringsFloridaUSA.com or contact Rea Sieber 727-641-8012. World Champion Close-up Magician Michael Ammar at Merlin’s Theater Sat., Jul. 26, shows at 4 PM & 8 PM––Watch incredible close-up magic in an intimate setting! Advance tickets Adults $15 or children under 12 are

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$12. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.visualmagicshop.com/events or at the Box office at 7148 Congress Street, NPR (Mon. - Sat., 10 am to 6 pm). Tickets at the door if available are $20-adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Call 727-748-8800 or 727748-8822 for more information. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art to Host Annual Community Fun Day Sun., Aug. 3, 1–5 PM––The dogdays of summer are here, and LRMA is offering a way to beat the heat with Community Fun Day. LRMA will fling open its doors and invite the entire community to its annual summer party. The culminating event of the exhibition An Arts Legacy: George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs, Community Fun Day features entertainment, refreshments and guided tours for all ages. Activities include art-making stations and special artist workshops. In addition, Brooker Creek Preserve will be onhand with special activities, the Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble will perform and Indaba Spa at Innisbrook will offer free hand massages. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

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Tennis League Forming The Tri-County Tennis League is forming with play for men and women. Seeking individuals, teams and facilities to call in to participate/register their interest. League play will be organized for all age play divisions of such as 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s year old divisions and more. League play will also be done strictly by player rating leagues irrespective of age, thus champions will be named and all can play. Call Walt Bockmiller, (813) 527-8211. Senior Sports: Softball, Golf, Tennis & More Senior Sports offers fun filled sports for seniors to play and meet new friends. Senior Sports offers a Over 60 co-ed Slo Pitch Softball League (fall and winter), Golf at a variety of courses every Wednesday year round, and Bowling every Thursday in Lutz-year round. New sport offerings: Tennis League and Indoor Volleyball League. Most of these sports are in Pasco County. We desire fun through fitness with abundant sportsmanship! If you would like to enjoy laughter together with new friends or desire more information on Senior Sports activities please call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.

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Let “Mom” Make You Something Special at Alex’s Place Restaurant & Bar By Julie Kanehl If you’re hungry for a restaurant that serves home-style cooked meals with flair, but makes you feel at ease and at home, then you’ve got to go to Alex’s Place Restaurant and Bar in Port Richey. Located at 7845 Grand Boulevard near the Cotee River, Alex’s Place is one of those rare places where the owners not only know you by name, but want you to call and let them know you’re coming so they can make you something they know you’re going to like, even if it’s not on the menu. Owned by Alex and Sholeh Babazadeh, they’ll tell you right off the bat to just call Sholeh, “Mom.” Everyone does, and she likes it that way. Open for lunch, dinner and drinks, Alex’s Place is much larger than it appears. In fact, it’s huge! With multiple rooms to dine in, two bars, indoor and outdoor seating, flat screen TVs and a game room that includes a pool table, it’s a wonder that Alex’s

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Place isn’t packed all the time. And I haven’t even mentioned the menu yet. The truth is, “Mom” is an amazing cook. While she has a cook on staff, she does a lot of the cooking herself, and everything that comes out of the kitchen is so good. Primarily American fare with a touch of her Persian heritage sprinkled in, the burgers are handmade and juicy, the sandwiches are assembled with care, and the specials are gone before you can say Port Richey five times fast. Speaking of specials, there really are too many to mention, but Mom told me that Friday night is prime rib night adding, “The prime rib is served at 5, but you better make a reservation if you want some because it’s usually gone by 5:15!” I know you’re tempted to laugh here, but she’s serious. While most restaurants have people call for reservations so they can save you a seat, “Mom” wants you to call so she can make you up something special. It’s no wonder people come in and feel like they’re at home.

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The menu aims to please with appetizers, snacks, salads, sandwiches and delicious entrees. Beautifully plated, the food listed on the menu is what you might expect at an American bar and grill, but the taste is distinctly homemade. From their Buffalo Shrimp to their Baby Back Ribs, there’s something on the menu for everyone. That said, as a customer you get the impression from the get-go that “Mom” will probably make you anything you ask her for, if she’s in the mood to make it. For example, if

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you’re going to go, call ahead and ask her to make some of her Kalam Polow. Don’t ask what it is, just ask her to make it, because I, personally haven’t stopped thinking about it since I tried it the other day. Of course, that’s not on the menu, and it’s only a side dish, but trust me on this. Decidedly relaxed, Alex’s Place is the perfect place to come with friends or family for a relaxing meal, to watch the game, to shoot some pool or to grab a drink. Their drink menu is extensive, and their two bars are literally filled to the brim with premium and

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Alex’s Place in Port Richey is a one of a kind restaurant with delicious, home-style cooking and a great atmosphere with plenty of room for large parties well liquors. There’s a healthy wine list on every table and a drink menu that includes a chocolate martini I intend to go back and try. My experience also included hearing from my daughter that Alex’s Place had “The best fries EVER,” which from a fry connoisseur, should mean something to all of you. The thing about Alex’s Place is that you can come as you are. The food tastes great, Mom’s going to make you feel comfortable no matter what, and whatever life’s been throw-

ing at you, you’ll feel better with some good home-style cooking and one (or two) treats from the bar. Although there’s no children’s menu, Alex’s Place is family friendly especially during the day, and with multiple dining areas to choose from, guests can choose between having a nice quiet meal or having that sports bar experience. Specials run all week long, and I know I mentioned the Friday night prime rib, but I also have to mention that Tuesday is always 2-for-1 fajitas

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starting at 5 p.m., and that Thursday has a rotating special between beef stroganoff, lasagna, urban steak and stir-fry. There is a special on Saturday night but “Mom” said it’s always different and to “call for a reservation.” If you’re looking for a nice place to have a party, Alex’s Place Restaurant and Bar offers plenty of room, the food is delicious, and “Mom” has an amazingly affordable catering and events menu that starts at just $15 per person and includes two hot meals, salad, fruit and dessert.

Already popular with locals, Alex’s Place is ready to welcome you and your friends into the fold, so call “Mom” and tell her you’re coming. Alex’s Place Restaurant & Bar is located at 7845 Grand Blvd. in Port Richey, Florida. They are open Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–12 a.m. To make a reservation, although you never need one, call 727-843-9690. To keep up to date with all of the fun things happening at Alex’s Place, follow them on facebook at www.facebook.com/Alexsplace.

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Don’t Sweat This Summer! One Hour Air is “Always on Time…or You Don’t Pay a Dime!” By Katie Thomas We are in the full swing of summer and it is a hot one! Luckily, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating serves North Pinellas and Pasco Counties – from neighborhoods right here in Trinity and New Port Richey, to nearby Tarpon Springs, East Lake and Palm Harbor out to Port Richey and Land O’ Lakes – with quick, efficient and reliable service 7 days a week every day of the year! So if you start having air conditioning problems, you won’t have to sweat it out and suffer, One Hour Air is backing you up with customer service that excels in every possible way and if they miss their appointment time, you don’t pay a dime! Reliability and trust are the building blocks that One Hour Air uses as the foundation of their business. Family owned and operated, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating in Tarpon Springs brings family value

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and complete customer care to the community. Run by the O’Kelley family since 2010, One Hour Air’s team is composed of Ed O’Kelley, Kim O’Kelley and Corey O’Kelley; truly a familyrun business with traditional business values of treating customers fairly in every respect. Ed is an experienced electrical engineer and Corey has a background in business and finance. Sales and Marketing Director Kim O’Kelley had been working in the air conditioning business for many years when she learned about One Hour Air. “I was really impressed with their code of ethics, values and beliefs. They really believed in taking care of their customers. After my first training, I came home and told my family all about the company.” So when the opportunity came to become the new owners of One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, the O’Kelley family decided to take an already great business and make it even better.

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“Our main concern is customer service,” says Ed. “We do our dead level best to make sure everyone is happy, including our employees.” That commitment to excellent service is probably why, in just four years, The O’Kelleys have turned One Hour Air in Tarpon Springs into a thriving success. Customers have spread the word that One Hour Air is dependable and honest, growing the company’s customer base through many referrals. Satisfied customer Ryan Bailey says, “We have dealt with several local air conditioning companies over the last 15 years while living in the Bay Area and One Hour Air was by far the

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best of them all! We were well pleased with our experience from the first appointment made over the phone, to the very last handshake with Ed O’Kelly after all the work was completed. Our A/C problem was identified quickly and everything was explained thoroughly. We were provided with several options and never felt pressured. We were impressed with the professionalism, demeanor

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not have reached such great success and high ratings or customer service. Ed says, “Our employees help us become successful. They have great attitudes and strive to give great customer service. We are only as successful as our employees make us, so we want them to be happy, skilled and professionally trained.” Ed not only strives to make employees happy, he also makes it his personal mission to provide each customer One Hour Air is there for you – keeping you cool with a personalized expewith service that is excellent & fast! rience, which is one of the reasons One Hour Air is ranked within the top five and attitude of each and all the technifor the nation’s customer service satiscians. Ed kept in contact with us throughout the process and made sure faction rating by Net Promoter Score (NPS), receiving the President’s Award we were completely satisfied with at the annual conference for having the every aspect of the installation and top NPS score for all 300 One Hour services provided.” Air Conditioning & Heating franchises One Hour Air team Ed and Kim both agree that without the high qual- in the United States. Businesses that NPS rates over 65 are considered to ity professionals working together for provide world-class service - One One Hour Air, the company would

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Hour Air has been ranked with an 88 out of 100, phenomenal! As well a high NPS rating, One Hour Air is a proud award winner of Angie’s Super Service Award for 2013 and 2012! The Super Service Award is Angie’s List’s highest honor and puts One Hour Air in the top five percent of companies on Angie’s List. In 2012 One Hour Air received “Medium Size” and “Overall” Business of the Year by the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the awards One Hour Air has received, the true testament to their superior service comes from customers. Frank Petracsek says, “One Hour Heating and Air go above-and-beyond to make sure I am satisfied. The service they provide is exceptional and they are ridiculously quick to respond. I recommended them to anyone I meet. I find today more companies are forgetting about how important it is to be kind to your customers. This is where One Hour Air in Tarpon Springs shines!” If you are in need of air conditioning and heating services, One Hour Air is your reliable and trustworthy neighborhood go-to! One Hour Air is committed to helping their cus-

tomers at any time of the day or night. When it’s time to choose, install or maintain your air conditioning system, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating is a company that you can rely on and trust. From installation, repairs, maintenance, and system replacement, to new equipment orders - One Hour Air does it all. When you call One Hour Air, they will conduct a free, no-obligation, no-pressure estimate and discuss everything with you including energy-saving tips, possible tax credits and information about the importance of having the right kind of equipment. Plus you will receive the best warranty in the business! There’s a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, as well as a guarantee that they will be on time, because they know that your time is valuable. Customers simply come first at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating. One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating is located at 1787 South Pinellas Ave, Suite #400, in Tarpon Springs. For a free estimate or for more information, please call (727) 940-9250 or visit online, www.OneHourAirWestPasco.com. One Hour Air is available 24/7 365 days a year.

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Personalized Care With Dr. Cara Hacht Her patients say she has “Magic Hands” and “Hands of Gold” By Dara Tucker Dr. Cara Hacht is both a Licensed Massage Therapist and Doctor of Chiropractic who is dedicated to providing families with a natural, holistic approach to preventive healthcare and wellness. Located on Old County Road 54 in New Port Richey, Dr. Hacht provides her patients with prompt, professional and friendly service. Her goal is to ensure the satisfaction of every patient, while offering knowledgeable service in a supportive and caring environment. Through a complete array of chiropractic services and healthy lifestyle approaches, Dr. Cara Hacht strives to help patients learn how to maintain harmony of mind, body and spirit. Dr. Hacht worked as a massage therapist for six years before she started chiropractic school to help her grow professionally and better help clients in need. In 1994 she graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa with a

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Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and Bachelor of Science in Biology. In fall of 2011, Dr. Hacht opened her current location on Old County Road 54, but she’s been practicing in New Port Richey for over 20 years. Caring Chiropractic Services While I visited her office Dr. Hacht explained more about chiropractic to me. She says, “Chiropractic adjustment is the art of introducing a specific force in a precise direction applied to a vertebrae that is subluxated or out of place. The doctor identifies the location of the subluxation, determines the exact direction and the best way to correct the positioning. The adjustment itself is a movement of the spine that is done either by hand or with a computerized instrument in a very quick movement. Normally, chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. In fact, most of my patients absolutely love getting an adjustment. They actually look forward to the time that they can get adjusted because it feels terrific

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for them. But, apprehension about an adjustment causing some pain or discomfort sometimes keeps the person who can greatly benefit away.” Dr. Hacht’s background in massage therapy enables her to know how to work with her patients’ soft tissue through massage techniques while adjusting patients. Sometimes, without massage techniques, patients tense up in anticipation of their adjustment. This can make their muscles sore later. Her relaxing of trigger points before an adjustment has lead many of her patients to say she has “magic hands” or even “hands of gold.” A high-low table is another convenience for patients, which makes it easier for people to get off the table. A disc compression table helps with disc injuries, and onsite x-ray equipment allows patients to quickly get a diagnosis without having to go somewhere else to get x-rays. All ages of patients can be seen by Dr. Hacht, who says people of all ages benefit from chiropractic care. She explains, “Although limited scientific ev-

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Dr. Cara Hacht idence exists, there are very large amounts of anecdotal evidence to suggest that babies suffering from problems such as colic, breast feeding issues, lack of sleep, asthma all benefit from chiropractic treatment. For all ages, we help with neck and back pain, wellness care, slip and falls, auto cases and sinus problems. We get to know our patients and look at how we can help them create a foundation of good health no matter what their age.”

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eat, and will teach you how to provide your body with the nutrition it needs. The 30-minute workshop will be limited to 10 people per session, and gluten-free snacks will be served. Marion Helphrey explains how Dr. Hacht’s care has positively affected her life, “I have experienced the kind of pain that can change your attitude about A high-low table makes it easier life, people, and daily (L-R)Nancy Raimo, LMT, Tara Caruana, RN for patients to get adjustments activities. It is at these and Cara Hacht, DC, LMT times when you start Looking Out for Your Overall She worked as a clinical exercise to believe that things will never get Health trainer for over ten years, so alongside better. Some time back, I met with Dr. Tara Caruana, RN has a backDr. Hacht, Tara wants to give patients Cara Hacht at her office. Her apground in nutrition, and works with the tools to help themselves, so they proach to my situation with back pain Dr. Hacht and a full-time massage feel good inside and out. was unique in that she treated me in therapist, Nancy Raimo, LMT to proBecause Dr. Hacht and her staff the non-traditional chiropractic sense. vide patients with a full range of opwant their patients to have overall It was more like having a good friend tions to improve their lives. Tara has health, this summer they are offering in the business. She progressively over ten years’ experience helping free seminars on gluten-free diets open treated my back and knee issues, and it people make better nutrition choices to moms, dads and kids ages seven seemed that the proverbial flowers to help improve joint pain, inflammaand older. The workshop will explain started to bloom. I now realize that tion and other auto immune diseases. to families what to eat and what not to things DO get better. The pain started

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to minimize, and my once positive attitude started to rematerialize. My exterior pain was someway linked to my internal attitude towards life in general. Everything about her office conveys a sense of wellbeing inside and out, beginning with the ladies that greet me, to the décor, to the skilled hands that treat me. From the hardened strength of a construction worker to the gentle sensitivity of a loving mother, all of us could benefit from Dr. Cara’s kind and effective approach to healing the body and the soul . . . Dr. Cara is truly a blessing in my life.” Dr. Hacht accepts most major insurance companies, and offers reasonable new patient plans for people without insurance. Cara Hacht, DC, LMT is located at 8052 Old CR 54, New Port Richey. If you would like more information about the gluten-free seminars, chiropractic care, massage therapy, or healthy eating, please call (727) 375-5858, or visit the website www.DrCaraHacht.com. Dr. Hacht’s office is open Mon. and Wed. from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 3–6:30 p.m.; Tues. from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; and Thurs., 1–7 p.m.; closed Fri., Sat. and Sun.

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3/3/3 plus office/den - 2514 htd sq ft Shows like a model formal lv & dr rooms, kitchen overlooks family room, master w/sitting area, two guest bedrooms w/their own bathrooms, extended paved lanai w/view of the pond. $345,000

3/3/3 plus office or den - 2515 htd sq ft - Formal living & dining rooms w/wood floors, Kitchen w/granite counters & backsplash, wood cabinets overlooks family room w/tile flooring. Oversized screened lanai w/5 ceilings fans w/a spectacular view of the golf course plus an outside patio to enjoy the sun! Too many extras to list. Its a must see for $390,000. 2/2/2 1556 htd sq ft. MASTER PIECE & MODEL PERFECT. 18" tile flooring in all main areas, wood cabinets w/pullout shelves, granite counters wall oven, cook top in kitchen which overlooks the family room Formal lv & dining rooms w/soaring lace ceiling, plus much more! $215,000

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Don’t Wait! Protect Your Home with No. 1 Home Roofing By Julie Kanehl A home’s roof is one of those things that people tend to forget about until there’s a problem with it, and often times, those problems aren’t noticed until water damage has occurred in one of the interior portions of the home, which means more cost. That’s why it’s important to be proactive, have your roof checked, and to know who to call in an emergency. No. 1 Home Roofing has years of experience and an experienced roofing crew ready to protect your home. They service the entire Tampa Bay Area, and offer something unique – a roofing showroom! No. 1 Home Roofing’s showroom is located at 35753 U.S. Hwy 19 N. in Palm Harbor. There, you can clearly see all of your options, take home samples, and choose exactly the right products that meet your roofing needs. Started by Kris Szostek and his wife more than a decade ago, No. 1 Home Roofing has become one of the most recognizable companies in town. Family owned and operated, No. 1 Home Roofing has an impressive

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showroom, a fleet of work trucks and trailers, and a crew that is committed to each project. Buster Simon, who partners with the Szosteks, said, “Our office and our brand presence make us unique. Our customers love being able to come in to our showroom, choose samples, see pictures, and know that we are going to be there.” John Vigliatura said, “No. 1 Home Roofing, Inc. from the first day I contacted their office and received the proposal to replace my roof, until the last day of the job, I can only say it was a most pleasant experience. Their crew was great, gracious, and hard working. Each time I called or stopped by their office, the customer service was exceptional; they went out of their way to answer my questions, and provided the paperwork I needed.” The other thing that makes No. 1 Home Roofing a safe bet, is that they offer free estimates and don’t take any money up front once they’ve been hired. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau and serving all of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, No.1 Home

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Roofing employs three roofing crews who are experienced roofing professionals, not subcontractors, so customers can rest assured that they’ll be working with people they can trust. Simon says, “Our guys drive our trucks, and wear our uniforms so that customers know who is on their property at all times and rest assured that they’re in good hands.” Help When You Need It, No Money Up Front! No. 1 Home Roofing offers roofing solutions for new construction, residential, and commercial

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property owners. Whether you need a shingle roof, want to install or repair a tile roof, or want a flat roof, No. 1 Home Roofing is ready to protect your home from the elements, and your wallet from shock. Whatever your roofing needs, No. 1 Home Roofing is ready with a roofing solution, from shingles to metal and from tile to concrete and clay. One customer said, “These guys are great! My roof was completed on time and the bill was for the amount bargained for. I would recommend No 1 to anyone needing a new roof.” If you know that you need to re-

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No. 1 Home Roofing takes care of roofing needs for all types of roofing, offering repairs and new roofing for both residential and commercial roofs place your roof, their showroom is an excellent place to start. There you can browse samples by some of the leaders of the industry, look at colors, read reviews, and talk with a specialist who knows what a Florida roof really needs. With brands like GAF, Timberline, Owens Corning, and Landmark, just to name a few, you’re in good hands. Simon says, “All of our roof shingles are 130 m.p.h. wind resistant.” If you have a roof leak and need an expert to come and assess the situa-

tion quickly, No. 1 Home Roofing is at the ready to respond to your call within 24 hours, and always does your estimate for free and at your convenience. Working weekends to accommodate their customers when needed, No. 1 Home Roofing is fully licensed and insured, and their goal is complete customer satisfaction. Experienced at working with insurance companies, when necessary after an emergency, they can make sure that your home is safe and protected throughout the process. Whether you need to repair,

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re-roof or start from scratch, No. 1 Home Roofing will give you affordable options. No. 1 Home Roofing offers free hail checks, and actually, hail damage is usually a right for replacement through your home insurance, but most people don’t know they have hail damage, or any roof damage until it’s too late, and the problem is much bigger than it might have been had it been checked regularly. No. 1 Home Roofing checks for hail damage for free, just like they offer a free estimate. Here’s what to expect when you call No. 1 Home Roofing: You’ll get a free, full-written estimate on your roof at a time that is convenient. Your estimate will include samples of all of the material that they intend to use, and all of the licensing and insurance information. You’ll get an experi-

enced crew who is professional, courteous and hardworking. Simon says, “No subcontractors, no money up front and no surprises!” If you are looking for a company who does excellent work and installs it right from the get-go, call No. 1 Home Roofing and mention at estimate time that you read this article in Neighborhood News and Lifestyles to receive a $300 discount. No. 1 Home Roofing is located at 35753 US 19 N in Palm Harbor. The showroom is open Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and they are available to perform free estimates at other times by appointment. For more information or to inquire about a free estimate or a free hail check, call 727-781-ROOF (7663) or visit their informative website at www.no1homeroofing.com.

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Dance, Perform & Grow at Academy of Dance Arts in New Port Richey

If you have a little one who is full of energy, loves to perform and gravitates toward that spotlight, it’s time to get them signed up at Academy of Dance Arts! Dancing is not only great exercise; it is a fascinating fusion of brainpower, muscle power, talent and effort. Ever changing, a dancer is always growing, so whether your child is three or thirteen, there’s always a dance class going on at Academy of Dance Arts that will be educational, fulfilling and most of all, fun! Located

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in the Woodgate Plaza at 2325 Seven Springs Boulevard, Academy of Dance Arts is convenient to all of the surrounding communities, making it an excellent choice for busy families. Academy of Dance Arts is owned by “Miss Regina” PalazzoloVera, who grew up here and it’s still her favorite place to hang her toe shoes. Dancing since the age of three, Miss Regina always knew that she wanted to have her own dance studio, and when you walk into it

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you can feel the love and commitment that she has given to her dream and to her students. Miss Regina opened Academy of Dance Arts in 2009 after graduating from the University of Tampa with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Dance Education. She took a chance and opened her studio, and before long it grew and grew, and eventually she had to move next door to the larger space so that she could accommodate her growing group of dancers.

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Offering classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, and a great beginner class for the wee ones called Creative Movement, the Academy of Dance Arts is a great destination for students of all ages. Whether they’re absolute beginners or advanced dancers with years of experience, children have fun while being taught the core foundation of dance. Advanced dancers make up the Academy of Dance Arts Competition Team that travels throughout Florida, com-

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peting in various regional dance competitions and conventions. Miss Regina says, “We are focused on providing a high quality dance education for all of our students.” She adds, “I have girls that come here that just want to have a great time, and then I have girls that want to learn how to dance properly, so I think we do a great job at providing a balance of both.” Always learning and challenging herself, Miss Regina offers a lot of growth opportunities for her students ranging from a large selection of upcoming fall classes that start in August to her expanding group of dance team competitors who audi-

tion each year to participate. This summer the studio has been packed with dancers participating in their summer dance camp programs, and there’s still time to sign up for one last program during the week of July 21–25. Designed for the advanced dancer, this Monday through Friday evening dance camp opportunity will feature multiple dance styles and techniques. Academy of Dance Arts’ Open House! If you want to come and see all that Academy of Dance Arts has to offer, there’s no better time than their Open House Event on Saturday, July

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26 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., because parents and perspective students alike can come and meet the dance faculty and check out the fall schedule. In fact, if you sign up for fall classes at Open House event, Miss Regina will waive the registration fee! While Miss Regina teaches the majority of the classes at Academy of Dance Arts, this year, she is officially welcoming Miss Daria to her teaching staff. Miss Daria has been assisting Miss Regina since the studio opened, and has an amazing background in dance that has taken her as far away as Europe. Her chosen style of expertise is Hip Hop, and she is excited to watch her students advance. Another addition to the Academy of Dance Arts staff this year will be Miss Jaci Green, who has been one of Regina’s assistants. Miss Jaci will be teaching tap beginning this fall. If you’re not sure what your child would like to try, Miss Regina and her staff welcome your child to try any or all of the classes that they might be interested in during the first week of the fall schedule! Just pay the registration fee ($30 for new students and $20 for returning students), and let your child see what they are drawn to when the new season begins! The class sizes range from private, one-on-one classes to small

group classes. Whichever class you choose, you can rest assured that students of Academy of Dance Arts are being taught the true fundamentals, vocabulary skills and techniques that dancers need to advance in their chosen style, all the while having fun and making friends! Miss Regina says, “I really believe that what makes our studio different is our focus on offering professional quality dance education. My background in dance education, dance history and the many dance cultures of the world give our students a unique perspective.” Always focused on continued dance education, Miss Regina often provides opportunities for her students to attend conventions where they can receive additional training and education. If you’re looking for a dance studio where your child will feel welcome, gain an impressive dance education, and have the opportunity to truly flourish, check out Academy of Dance Arts in New Port Richey. The Academy of Dance Arts is located at 2325 Seven Springs Boulevard at the Woodgate Shopping Plaza. For more information, call 727-372-2320 or visit online, www.rpacademyofdancearts.com.

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New Tampa Players Presents Seussical™ Contributed By Susan Duic “If you never did, you should...These things are fun and fun is good!” Dr. Seuss’s characters are coming to life in Lutz! Presented by New Tampa Players, Seussical™’s talented, multi-generational cast performs this fun magical, musical the first two weekends in August at CrossPointe Church of the Nazarene. This show is fun for the entire family. Tony award winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty co-conceived Seussical™ with Eric Idle based on the works of Dr. Seuss. “We were so lucky to have had such a great turnout for auditions. I had actually planned on a cast of 35, but ended up with 48 since the talent was so vast,” explains director Craig Hartfield. “What’s also fun is that not only does the cast include students from the performing arts middle and high school programs in Hillsborough and Pasco counties, but our cast includes siblings as well as parents and children.” The cast and crew of Seussical™

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come from all over Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. New Tampa resident and 2013 Freedom High School graduate Allison Giles is both choreographing and playing a “Bird Girl” in the show. Her mother Shelley is Costume Designer and her brother Cameron, who plays a Wickersham, recently graduated from Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts and will attend Berkeley Prep in the Fall. There are other cast members from Progress Village including Shelby Zimmerman, who is a veteran at New Tampa Players. She plays “JoJo” (shared role with McKinnley Nelson) and also has starred as “Helen Keller” in The Miracle Worker and “Marta” in The Sound of Music for New Tampa Players. McKinnley and his twin sister Rylie are also NTP veterans and have performed most of their young lives. Brad, Kris and Allyson Cloversettle are all in Seussical™ and bring life to the characters. Brad plays “The Cat in the Hat,” his sister, Allyson is “Mrs. Mayor” and his mom Kris is in the

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Ensemble. Both he and Chaz May are both graduates of Blake High School’s School of the Arts and they will both earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Florida. Chaz is “Horton the Elephant” in the play. Upcoming Steinbrenner senior Sydney Weinreb is excited to make her debut with New Tampa Players as a “Bird Girl.” A member of “Entourage,” Steinbrenner’s “Glee-type” show choir, Sydney has played many lead roles in the area including “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret. Another newcomer to New Tampa Players is Kailani Maeda. Playing “Young Kangaroo” in Seussical™, Kailani is also a performer at Busch Gardens. New Tampa Players has brought together a cast for Seussical™ with tal-

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ented adults and children from all over the area. Schools represented include: Steinbrenner High School, the Hillsborough Performing Arts magnets: Progress Village Middle School, Orange Grove Middle School and Blake High School; Pasco’s Dayspring Academy and the home-school program DeArmon CAST as well as private and neighborhood schools in Wesley Chapel, Carrollwood, Lutz and Land O’Lakes, to name a few. Blake High’s Cameron LeVine says, “I'm so happy to be cast in New Tampa Players production of Seussical ™. This is my first

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Seussical™, based on the stories of Dr. Seuss, weaves together characters from fifteen of his beloved stories. With The Cat and the Hat as Narrator, Horton the Elephant takes the audience on an exciting and funny adventure through Dr. Seuss’s wonderful worlds and characters. Seussical™ opens Friday, August 1st and runs the first 2 weekends in August. Fridays: August 1 & 8 at 8 PM; Saturdays: August 2 & 9 at 2 PM and 8 PM; Sundays: Lutz residents and siblings Madison LeVine August 3 & 10 at 2 (Ensemble) & Cameron LeVine (Yertle the PM. Located at: Turtle/The Grinch) CrossPointe Church of the Nazarene -919 Deshow there and I hope it’s not my last. buel Road in Lutz, FL. Tickets: Already, I can tell that there are some Adults: $15; Students/Seniors: $14; great people at this theatre and I canGroups of 10 or more: $12. Tickets not wait to perform with them all. I’m can be purchased at the door or onalso so happy to be able to share the line at www.newtampaplayers.org. stage with my little sister, Madison, For more information: (813) 386 – playing a “Who.” This show will defi6NTP (6687). nitely be a “can't miss!”

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LOKEY Motor Company Hosts Clearwater Jazz Holiday Poster Unveiling By Katie Thomas With superb fare and the relaxing sounds of jazz playing, June 17th was a splendid night for everyone attending the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Poster Unveiling at LOKEY Motor Company in Clearwater. LOKEY opened its beautiful Mercedes-Benz showroom to host a brilliant party to celebrate Clearwater Jazz, musicians and art. Guests enjoyed a night of live jazz entertainment, a silent auction, delicious catered food and the poster unveiling for Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2014. The celebration of jazz and art had everyone in attendance feeling spirited and ready for the upcoming 35th Clearwater Jazz Holiday event that begins October 16th. With four days and nights of beautiful sunsets, fantastic music and delicious food everyone is jazzed for this year’s Clearwater Jazz Holiday! The night was fabulous and en-

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joyed by all. Penelope Daskalos of LOKEY Motor Company, says, “The Clearwater Jazz Poster Unveiling was truly a spectacular event! Our LOKEY Mercedes-Benz Showroom was beaming brightly with all the A Jazz Quartet of students from several Bay area high guests in attenschools kept the crowd’s attention with cool jazz tunes dance. The incredibly talented During the poster unveiling, as Jazz Band filled the room with beautiwe waited in anticipation to see the ful music while Chef Erwin prepared gorgeous artwork that will represent his truly scrumptious and delectable Clearwater Jazz’s 35th Anniversary, food and all the guests were smiling attendees were served fantastic hors and laughing trying to decide which d’oeuvres catered by E & E Stakeout extraordinary silent auction to bid Grill and Guppy’s Seafood Grill and on. It was an exceptionally remarkable Bar. We were graced with the rhythand amazing evening.” mic sound of hand-selected high

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The artist, Rick Hohimer school artists playing in a jazz quartet, which allowed for good vibrations during the silent auction. The food, beverages and sound of gorgeous jazz made for a perfect evening to support a local tradition, to keep the love of jazz alive.

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The crowd in attendance at LOKEY for the 2014 Clearwater Jazz Poster Unveiling enjoyed a great evening of food and entertainment While waiting for the poster unveiling guests were able to bid on silent auction items. All proceeds from the auction support Clearwater Jazz and the educational program they keep up year-round for students. Clearwater Jazz joins with the Pinellas Education Foundation to reward two promising student musicians with scholarships every year. These scholarships are made possible by the High Notes Society members and cherished sponsors who donate every year at Clearwater Jazz fundraisers. Clearwater Jazz sends a big thank you to these members, because “without them our programs for keeping a passion for music alive

would not be possible.” As a non-profit organization, Clearwater Jazz has fundraisers throughout the year to support their educational programs and jazz highlights. This year’s poster artist, Rick Hohimer (R.J.), designed the gorgeous piece of art with the intent to reflect the style of narrative expressionism. Hohimer’s brushstroke is influenced by French chemist Chevreul, who was an influence of George Seurat. Hohimer’s work is compared to creating an emotional energy with color brilliance and saturation through his juxtaposition of tones on canvas. His work is said to,

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“envelop the viewer by creating alluring scenarios and inviting active participation in the story the artist has begun. The uniqueness of this art is that each time we look; we eagerly walk into his world.” Hohimer’s brilliance and intensity in his work emits energy similar to that of the famous works of Van Gogh, Gauguin and Emil Nolde. LOKEY Motor Company would like to thank everyone who came out to support Clearwater Jazz. For more information about Clearwater Jazz and to see a line-up of the many talented musicians who

will be part of the 35th Clearwater Jazz Holiday, visit online at www.clearwaterjazz.com. Tickets are on sale now for the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. For more information about LOKEY Motor Company, located at 19820 US Hwy 19 N in Clearwater, visit www.lokeymotorco.com or stop by the beautiful Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti showroom to check out the beautiful vehicles available. (See the LOKEY ad on page 47 to see how you can save $500 at LOKEY Infiniti!)

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Save Time and Money with Grout Tech By Kim Thomas Before you spend thousands of dollars remodeling and re-tiling your bathroom or kitchen be sure to call Grout Tech for a FREE estimate on cleaning or repairing old dingy tile and grout. Grout Tech can breathe new life into your existing tile work, making everything shine like new at a fraction of the cost. Grout Tech is a family owned business serving Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties. With over ten years of experience in the industry, Grout Tech specializes in cleaning and sealing tile and grout, recoloring grout, re-caulking showers and tubs, and repairing grout and broken tiles. Grout Tech will renew existing grout and tile to its original beauty by cleaning and maintaining the tile and grout lines. John Cole and his wife were ready to re-tile their entire bathroom before calling BJ at Grout Tech. “Our bathroom tile was over 40 years old it was looking grungy and very dull. We called Grout Tech and we are extremely pleased with our results!

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With the help of Grout Tech, even the dirtiest and oldest of floors can be restored and renewed to their original beauty and splendor. We saved so much money by having the grout in our shower resurfaced and the tile cleaned and it looks brand new,” John shares. BJ is happy to set your appointment, come out and give you a free estimate. She stresses, “It is important for me to be respectful of our customers’ time so I will always arrive at the time we set.” In addition to always arriving in a timely manner, BJ says that they can keep their prices low because they are a family owned business and not a franchise. She explains, “What many people don’t understand is that franchises are often forced to charge more for their services because they have to maintain their franchise fees, but not with Grout Tech.” Not

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only does Grout Tech keep its rates competitive, but the company will also honor any other quote as long as it is in writing. Because grout is a porous material, trying to remove stains is seemingly impossible. BJ explains, “Color sealing grout lines is one of the many services we offer and it is definitely the most effective way to create a perfect, new look.” Using a step-by-step process, Grout Tech begins by using a cleansing product to remove all bacteria and surface dirt with special machinery. They will then apply a color seal (of your choice). Once the sealer is applied the grout lines will be permanently protected from any stains.

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The color seal also guarantees against cracking, chipping and peeling. Additionally, they will also cosmetically fix or replace chipped or cracked tiles, making your bathroom or kitchen tile like new again. Carla Bartow, a satisfied customer, shares her experience, “When BJ came out to give us a quote, she looked at the job and I could tell immediately that she knew what she was talking about. We had our family room, kitchen and dining room re-grouted. They also re-grouted the tub, shower and base of our toilet in our bathroom. They were fantastic! Not only were they professional and reliable but they also completed the job much faster than we had anticipated.”

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Excellent Service Leads to Referrals Throughout the years, Grout Tech has grown through its many referrals from happy customers. People really appreciate that Grout Tech saves them time and money, but it is the excellent service provided that has really helped this business grow. Doris Strathearn, another Grout Tech success story, said that before calling Grout Tech her bathroom and guest bathroom shower and floor grout had deteriorated over time and the tiles were dull and stained. “The

tile was in good condition but it was stained so we had Grout Tech come out and clean them and they turned out very well.” They were so pleased that they have already referred Grout Tech to neighbors in their community. Grout Tech can also remove and re-caulk around sinks, baseboards, tubs and showers serving to clean up old moldy areas and keep your dry wall free from water damage. From old to new in just one day! To find out more about Grout Tech’s services or for a free estimate call BJ at 727-768-6828.

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The Barn at Crescent Lake at Old McMicky’s Farm Is Honored to Announce…

A Salute to Our Military Old McMicky’s Farm is honored to announce “Mission I Do,” a $25,000 All-Inclusive Dream Wedding Gift to a Wounded Veteran, sponsored by Old McMicky’s Farm and generous Bay Area businesses. This gift is in appreciation of the men and women who serve in our military and in honor of those who have been wounded in combat. The “Mission I Do” $25K Dream Wedding Giveaway will provide one active duty or military veteran, residing or stationed in the Southeast U.S. (to include Alabama,

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Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) or the District of Columbia, and wounded in combat, the wedding of their dreams at the breathtaking, lakeside location of The Barn at Crescent Lake at Old McMicky’s Farm. The event will be held on November 16, 2014 and will host up to 100 of the winning couple’s friends and family members for a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception valued at over $25,000. This amazing wedding will in-

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clude everything a couple dreams of on their wedding day, and local industry partners have graciously donated all services. Sponsors include: Amici’s Catered Cuisine, Blue Skies, Celebrations 24, Life Long Studios, Spunky Spirits, Tampa Wedding Studio, Darin Crofton Photography, Gold & Diamond Source, Denise Anne Cards & Stationery, Marriott Tampa Waterside, Connie Duglin Linens, Publix Aprons Event Planning, BLU Moon Transportation, Michele Renee Studio, Sensational Ceremonies, Jon’s Bridal,

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Painted Creations by Brenda, and Fireleaf. This gift includes: a wedding ceremony and reception facility, professional, full-service wedding planning and day-of-wedding management services, food and beverage catering, two professional photographers and videography, ceremony and reception decor, professional entertainment for ceremony and reception, florist, wedding cake, officiant, up to 100 guest invitations and stamps, wedding rings for both bride and groom, hair and makeup for bride

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riety of events providing a rustic, country charm. The winning couple will enjoy a beautiful, lakeside wedding with a romantic reception in the beautiful, vintage barn. If you are a veteran or active service member who has suffered a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while serving in combat from 2001 – present, and are stationed or live in the Southeast U.S. or the District of Columbia, you may qualify for our 2014 “Mission I Do” $25K Dream Wedding. All branches and ranks are welcome to apply. Applications must be completed in full electronically on Old McMicky’s website and received before August 15, 2014. The winning couple will be announced to the public on August 31, 2014 (the winning couple will be contacted on August 30, 2014). To apply for “Mission I Do”, please visit OldMcMickys.com and click the “Community Giving” tab to view the qualifications for entering and to complete the online application. For more information about Old McMicky's Farm or to book your next trip, call (813) 9201948.

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The Only “A” Rated Hospital in Pinellas County By Kim Thomas Florida Hospital North Pinellas recently received an “A” rating for patient safety from the national LeapFrog Group through its Hospital Safety Score – Spring 2014. And, it is fortunate for East Lake area residents that the only “A” Rated hospital in Pinellas County is nearby. Located in Tarpon Springs at 1395 South Pinellas Avenue, Florida Hospital North Pinellas focuses on becoming the community’s choice in times of need. Whether you need an ER, are seeking cancer treatment, or you are looking for guidance on ways to live healthier, the Florida Hospital North Pinellas is

a whole new hospital in terms of funding, research, technology, staff, physicians and outreach. One of the things that really sets this hospital apart, is the many programs and events that Florida Hospital North Pinellas hosts to benefit the community. The hospital’s motto, “The Skill to Heal, The Spirit to Care” is backed up by actions. In fact, the hospital has two great events lined up in July that we’d like to share with our readers. One is the Community Baby Shower and the other is a men’s health initiative that offers men 40 and over some great incentives to take care of their health.

COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER If you are expecting a baby or planning a baby, or if you recently had a baby, then you shouldn’t miss the Community Baby Shower that will be hosted at the hospital on Sunday, July 20, from 2–4 p.m. The informative afternoon will feature many vendors and giveaways, and participants will receive a free gift and be entered to win drawings throughout the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the birth center, have

questions answered, and meet staff and physicians including Thomas J. Umstead, MD and David F. Marler, MD, two well-respected, local doctors of obstetrics and gynecology who are affiliated with Florida Hospital North Pinellas. There will be activities for everyone at the Community Baby Shower including a HUGE birthday celebration! That’s right, if your baby was born at Florida Hospital North Pinellas in the past 18 months, then please


come and enjoy your baby’s celebration with all of the other babies and parents. There will be a supersized birthday cake! The 1st Year Birthday Party Celebration will be from 2 – 3 p.m. FOR MEN – PLAYER’S CLINIC SCREENING DAY Okay men, we know you hate to go to the doctor, but Florida Hospital North Pinellas is giving you a great incentive to take care of your health! Prevention is the biggest game changer in avoiding disease and injury. If you are a man over age 40, then you are invited to join the Special Teams of Florida Hospital North Pinellas for its Player’s Clinic Screening Day on Sunday, July 27. Florida Hospital’s Special Teams will help keep you in the game, and then will get you into one for free! Florida Hospital is the exclusive hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is partnering with the Buccaneers to invite men to “Guard Your End Zone” by getting a head-to-toe health assessment in a single day and score FREE Bucs tickets! Requirements: Participants must be over age 40 to qualify and must complete Player’s Clinic Screening Day for age appropriate screenings to receive two complimentary game

passes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pre-Season Game on Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. against the Miami Dolphins. This offer is only valid with completed screening and while supplies last, so don’t delay – get in the game and visit www.GuardYourEndZone.com for your Free Playbook for Prevention Guide. Florida Hospital North Pinellas Cares for its Community! Florida Hospital North Pinellas has a mission that was born of faith, and reaches out to everyone in our community in a spirit of caring, healing and educating. Through their Healthy Happenings program, which provides educational seminars and screenings for free or for a discounted rate, Florida Hospital’s goal is to be your health partner, and to help you live long, healthy life. They do this by partnering with local companies and businesses that are willing to share their time and their resources. Activities include informational seminars on a wide variety of topics from insomnia to nutrition, blood pressure screenings, flu shots, support groups, childbirth classes, blood drives and even free personal training opportunities, just to name a few. Under the umbrella of Adventist

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Health System (AHS), Florida Hospital North Pinellas is now part of the largest, not-for-profit, Protestant health care provider in the nation. Now, Adventist Health System supports 44 hospitals in 10 states and employs nearly 55,000 individuals. AHS, locally known as Florida Hospital, has five locations around the Tampa Bay Area, and 24 in the state. Florida Hospital North Pinellas is a bigger and better hospital than it has ever been in the past, and is now an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a Primary Stroke Center, and is armed in the fight against cancer. The staff and

physicians are there for you to help you, whether you are bringing new life into the world as a new mother, or whether you are looking for the best care possible in managing a disease, or need life-saving surgery – you can count on Florida Hospital North Pinellas, the only “A” Rated hospital in Pinellas County. Florida Hospital North Pinellas is located at 1395 S. Pinellas Avenue in Tarpon Springs. For more information, or to see how short their ER wait time is, visit www.fhnorthpinellas.com, or call the main number at (727) 942-5000.

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Bring Life to Your Landscape – Plant Native! By Marcy Sanford For more than 25 years the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has been teaching gardening and nature enthusiasts how to bring color and beauty to their yards by using plants native to Florida. “One of my favorite native wildflowers is called Green Eyes,” says Nature Coast Chapter President Julie Wert. “It blooms year round, does really well in sandy, well-drained soil, and it smells like honey.” Julie says that there are many native trees and plants that will provide beautiful color for you year round, but you do have to do a bit of searching to find them. And that’s where the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) can help you out. They have plant sales twice a year where a wide range of native trees, vines, and wildflowers will be available. The next one will be October 18 at Harvester United Methodist Church at 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. “We love our native plants,” says Nature Coast Chapter Vice Presi-

dent Jonnie Spitler. “We have learned that planting natives does bring life to the landscape.” Julie agrees, “There are many reasons to plant native plants. Because native plants are adapted to Florida’s weather conditions, they require less watering and so you will be conserving water. You will also need less fertilizer and you’ll find that the plants are easier to take care of. Also using native plants gives you a real sense of place in your landscaping. Much of the landscaping around the area looks like it could be anywhere but when you use native plants, you are representing Florida.” In addition to their very popular plant sales, the Nature Coast Chapter of the FNPS has monthly meetings and fieldtrips where you can learn more about a wide variety of gardening and nature topics. They meet the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center. “We bring in experts in their field,” says Julie. “Recently, archaeologist Barbara Hines talked to us about how native people used plants

every day. In September we’ll have a gardening program, and in October wildflower expert Walter Taylor will come speak to our group.” All Nature Coast Chapter meetings are open to the public. Julie says the best way to find out what programs are coming up is by going to their Facebook page (facebook.com/PascoNativePlants). The monthly field trips are also

open to the public. “We try to organize field trips that will be fun and informative for our members,” says Julie. “We have been to Withlacoochee State Forest for a guided hike with a ranger and a geologist. For July, we’re planning a trip to Honeymoon Island and in August we are going kayaking in the Hillsborough River State Park.”

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“Our group is a great way to connect with other people who enjoy nature and gardening,” says Julie. When you become a member of the Nature Coast Chapter you will receive monthly newsletters and biannual magazines that will give you more information on incorporating native plants into your landscape. You will also get discounts on conferences. There are a wide variety of memberships available from student to family. The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is open to everyone. To become a member you

can go to the Florida Native Plant Society website and become a member (be sure to choose the Nature Coast Chapter) or you can attend one of their monthly meetings and fill out a membership form there. For more information about the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society visit their webpage http://naturecoast.fnpschapters.or g/ or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PascoNativePlants, or attend a monthly meeting. Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’Lakes Blvd, in the back meeting room. Use the entrance off the courtyard on the south side of the building.

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“ECLA” Continued from page 1 the facility opened two years ago, so she truly has been able to see her original vision of ECLA to engage, enrich and empower come to life. The lead teachers that Erika initially hired, and the additional ones that have been added as the program grows, are still at ECLA. The staff is selected for educational background, experience and training, and all are background checked. Infants as young as six weeks can begin their care at Excel Creative Learning Academy, but with only eight children in the class with two teachers, there often is a waiting list for these coveted spots. Once children are in their toddler years, the staff works with parents as they see children are ready to move up to a class that is developmentally appropriate. The two-year-old class, called “Investigators,” has two teachers for 18 students, while the three-year-old “Voyagers” class has two teachers with a maximum of 20 students. Students in these classes, as well as the fouryear-old class, have the option to attend five days a week, three days

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(Monday, Wednesday and Friday), or two days (Thursday and Friday). ECLA’s four-year-old class called “Innovators” is not a state VPK program, which Erika says allows for more flexibility for both parents and the students’ day. In this class students are often found learning in small group rotations, taking virtual field trips on the class SMART Board which engages visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners, and interacting with circle time activities. Erika explains, “There’s a focus on developmentally appropriate early literacy and math skills in our four-year-old class. Our

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job is to get them ready for kindergarten.” Excel Creative Learning Academy believes developing and encouraging partnerships with families is an essential part of their success, and they are committed to children’s safety. One way they can quickly communicate with parents is through notes that are on the small computer touch screens that families use to check their child in and out, and can even run their credit card through for convenient paying. After signing your child in or out each day, you also use your fingerprint to

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enter into the children’s area of the facility – an additional precaution on top of the buzz-in front entrance – to insure children’s safety. Erika and her assistant director have a digital feed of the halls and classrooms so they can video monitor the facility. Even students with peanut allergies can feel safe at Excel Creative Learning Academy, since they are 100% peanut free. Daily notes go home with children, which include sleep habits, what they ate, and other notes. Three and fouryear-olds take home learning packets that help keep parents aware of what

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ganic lunches to be provided at an additional cost, and researching the possibilities. If you’d like more information about ECLA’s programs, call (727) 372-4977 or visit www.ExcelCreativeLearningAcademy.com. Excel Creative Learning Academy is located in the Medical Arts Building on the Medical Center of Trinity Campus at 9332 SR 54, Suite 204, and is open Mon. – Fri., 6:30 a.m.– 6:30 p.m., with an option of weekends and nights available based on demand.

sight words the children are working on, and it includes a little activity to be completed. ECLA wants parents to be involved and these types of family connections, homework, and daily notes help you feel like you understand your little one’s day while away from you. School-Age Programs Excel Creative Learning Academy has a growing before and after school program for children at Trinity Elementary School. Students take the school bus right from ECLA to Trinity Elementary, and in the afternoon from Trinity Elementary to ECLA. Erika explains, “We have very low ratios for our before and after program, so students receive personal attention, homework help, including through SMART Board technology, and benefit from our flexible hours of 6:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., outside of the school day.” Except major holidays, ECLA is open when public school is closed, so they provide camps for school-aged children during winter, spring breaks, and summer. The last Saturday of every month ECLA holds a Parents’

Night Out from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. for children from the age of six weeks through 5th grade (11 years old). As an added convenience your child does not have to be enrolled in ECLA for Parents Night Out! Because ECLA is a 24/7 licensed facility they have night and weekend care available based upon demand. They are currently taking names on a waiting list for both, so if you are in need of weekend or nighttime care, be sure to call. Room to Play Outside Although ECLA’s 7,000-squarefoot facility is tucked away in the Medical Arts Building on the Medical Center of Trinity campus, they do still have a beautiful outside play area. One group of children use the playground at a time that will include a vegetable garden, herb garden and flowers in the fall of 2014. Even the younger children get outside time through stroller walks starting at six months old. Parent Sue Beane sums it up beautifully, “We could not have picked a better preschool experience for our son. The staff is caring, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Andrew is

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more than ready for kindergarten thanks to the loving staff at Excel Creative Learning Academy.” During my visit at Excel Creative Learning Academy I noticed how the children were actively involved in age-appropriate activities, and were having a great time doing it! The facility was very clean and engaging, but also secure. It was also obvious that Erika and her staff make it a priority to listen to their families. As ECLA is growing, Erika and the staff are taking feedback they hear, such as a request for or-

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Exploring Parks is a Great Way to Enjoy Florida Nature! By Marcy Sanford Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Whether you want to run, hike, bike, or prefer to relax while looking for birds, wildlife, or beautiful plants and flowers, our area has plenty of opportunities for you to explore the great outdoors. No matter what your interests, there is a good chance that Lake Park at 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz will have something you’ll want to do. There is a large, fun playground with beautiful views of one of the parks five lakes. A gazebo, picnic tables, and covered areas provide the perfect place to relax while your kids play. In addition to lakes, the 589-acre Lake Park is home to cypress swamps, pine flat woods, and hardwood hammocks making it a sanctuary for birds and wildlife. If you want to get some exercise in a beautiful location, this is a great choice with its exercise trail and two-mile scenic hiking trail. If you prefer watersports or just

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want to take in the view from the lakes, you can also rent canoes or kayaks. Lake Park also has primitive camping sites. In addition to these amenities Lake Park is home to an archery range, a BMX bicycle track, two equestrian arenas, and a radio-controlled car track, making it one very unique park. These facilities are open to the public except during races, events, and tournaments. With all of this to offer, Lake Park is the perfect combination of fun activities, excitement, and breathtaking beauty. Lake Rogers Park at 9010 North Mobley Road in Odessa has two fresh water lakes, pine flatwoods, and oak hammocks. The lakes on this 272-acre park provide foraging habitat for wading birds, bald eagles, and osprey. If you’re quiet and lucky, you might also spot raccoons, opossums, otters, or bunnies here. You can pack a lunch and enjoy a nice picnic at one of the many shelters or picnic tables inside the park. There is also a group campsite for overnight

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stays. The 2.5mile dirt trail that circles around Lake Rogers is a scenic, meandering trek through a shady forest with frequent views of the lake. Along the way, there are signs that highlight information about some of the local plants or animals you might see. There is also a canoe launch for non-motorized boating and fishing and a nature trail that is an offshoot from the main trail. With more than 8,000 acres, you could visit the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve (10500 Wilderness Park Blvd, New Port Richey) many times and still not see everything the park has to offer. The park has an information kiosk, open space, camping area,

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horse corral and equestrian trail, nature and paved multi-purpose trails, day use area, shelters and pavilions, playgrounds, and horseshoe and volleyball courts. You could spend days exploring all the trails inside the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve. The multi-purpose trail consists of 7.3 miles of paved surface for bike riding, rollerblading, jogging or walking and it connects to the 42-mile long Sun-

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coast Trail. There is a 10-mile equestrian trail and 13 miles of hiking trails. More than 177 different species of birds have been spotted on the birding trail, which was designed by the Audubon Society. One unique feature at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park is the Solar System Walk. On this walk, you’ll find a series of signs, starting with a picture of the sun followed by pictures of the all the planets in our solar system. A short distance from the sun is the Mercury sign, then Venus, Earth and Mars – the inner planets. Each sign has a list of the planet’s distinctive features, as well as statistics like their mass, diameter and the distance and time it takes to orbit the sun. Although it is no longer considered a planet, Pluto was the last stop in the solar system for many generations. On this planetary hike, it lies a mile from the sun. “From the Sun to Pluto” can be found on the park’s bike path, near Parking Area 8, Shelter 5. The newest addition to the preserve will be especially appealing to bikers. At the end of June, Pasco County dedicated a new off-road bike trail, designed to showcase some of the park’s natural beauty. Members of

the South West Association of Mountain bike Peddlers (SWAMP) used hand tools and small pieces of heavy machinery to groom the trail and designed it to be in the shade. The first 7-mile section dubbed the Magnolia Trail is an access trail to the heart of what is anticipated to be a 35-mile trail system inside the park. The Magnolia Trail leaves from parking lot #10 and winds through pine uplands, old growth oaks, scrub oak, flat woods, wetlands, cypress domes, and a beautiful lily pond. If you’re just interested in a day outside, the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve has 7 shelters, 4 restroom buildings, and one large playground providing plenty of space for you and your whole family to enjoy a relaxing day outside. All of the parks have entry fees (usually $2) as well as additional fees for camping and renting shelters. The hours vary depending on the season. For more information about parks in Hillsborough County, visit http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/ For more information about parks in Pasco County, visit http://www.pascocountyfl.net/

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“Dr. Albert” Continued from page 1 orthodontic care affordable to all. We will miss our visits to his office. Dr. Albert Family Orthodontics comes highly recommended in this household.” While kids absolutely love Albert Family Orthodontics, it’s perfect for adults too. Casey Odell writes, “Teeth came out PERFECT! Love the results! I was a little nervous when I first made an appointment, seeing as how I am a little bit older, but I couldn’t be happier! The office is nice, clean, and modern. Staff and Dr Albert were super friendly, helpful, and ready to answer any questions and work with you. I will be recommending anyone and everyone that needs a perfect smile to come here!” Dr. Albert grew up locally and truly has become a leader in the community, where he now lives with his family. An alumnus of local East Lake High School, Dr. Albert now brings his services to the Pasco and Pinellas communities as a specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. A graduate (with honors) of The University of Florida’s College of Dentistry, he also completed

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his Orthodontic Residency, received his Orthodontics Certificate, and earned his Master’s of Science Degree from UF. This year, Dr. Albert was privileged to take part in two important outreach projects that provided free dental care to Floridians and abroad in Haiti. Mission Possible! Locally, Dr. Albert joined other dental professionals to provide free dental care to 1,660 people at the first Florida Mission of Mercy (FLAMOM) event, which was held at the Florida State Fairgrounds on March 28-29 of this year. Dr. Albert says, “With the help of over 1,400 volunteers, we provided 8,000 dental procedures equaling approximately $1.1 million dollars’ worth of free care.” When Pastor Douglas Poole of Cypress Meadows Community started planning a mission trip to Haiti, Dr. Albert stepped up to volunteer along with other members of his church, not really knowing what to expect. They went to an outskirt community on the northwestern coast of Haiti where people haven’t received much outside help due to the remote location. Dr. Albert explains, “It was a leap of faith. There

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Dr. Albert feels priveleged to have been able to go and help people in Haiti and local people in need at the Florida Mission of Mercy event this year was no setup other than a chair, instruments and anesthetic, but we were still able to help a lot of people. I pulled 39 teeth; extractions are a great way to help people in those circumstances because it eliminates the pain and prevents infection.” Dr. Albert is thankful to the many local dentists who donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss. “We had three large suitcases full of donated supplies from our generous local dentists. It is sad to say, but for a lot of the children there, they did not have their own toothbrush or any way to

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clean their teeth. They were clutching those toothbrushes like the best gift you could imagine!” Dr. Albert is humble about the great success of Albert Family Orthodontics and is very appreciative of his patients and the community’s trust in him. So, he does his best to give back – both to his patients and the community. Brilliantly, he blends contests with community outreach, such as the recent Pet Palooza contest. “Our patients posted pictures of themselves with their pets and had a chance to win gift cards to PetSmart,

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and for every picture posted, we donated $3 to the Humane Society. It was another way to get people engaged and a neat and fun way to give back to the community.” Once again this year, Albert Family Orthodontics held its “Making a Change” contest for local schools and was able to give $1,000 to Dayspring Academy, $250 to Seven Springs Middle School, and $250 to River Ridge Middle School. “I went to each school and met with the principals to give them the check personally,” shares Dr. Albert. “They had immediate needs and I was so

happy that we were able to help.” To decide the winners of the “Making a Change” contest, Albert Family Orthodontics lists all of the schools in the area that their patients go to on its facebook page, and people vote for their favorite school. The top three schools with the most likes are then entered into a random drawing for the top prize. Some of Dr. Albert’s contests are just to give back to his patients, like a recent contest that utilized the popular website Pinterest. “Re-Pin to Win” was super easy; all that was required to be in the running to win an Xbox One was to re-pin a graphic design provided by the Albert Family Orthodontics. The “Summer of Music and Smiles” contest, though, is a definite favorite of patients of all ages. This year’s concerts to win include four tickets to Luke Bryan’s September 6

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concert and four tickets to One Direction on October 3. The “Summer of Music and Smiles” contest runs from July through August, and to enter, Albert Family Orthodontics’ patients just post a picture of themselves on facebook and have their friends vote for them to win. Community is important to Dr. Albert, who is a member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Trinity. Every year, Albert Family Orthodontics hosts a “Candy Buy Back” after Halloween, where sweets are donated to troops stationed overseas. Albert Family Orthodontics also participates in Toys for Tots through the Salvation Army every holiday season. Besides all the fun and games, Dr. Albert provides conveniences that many other offices don’t have, from self check-in options and free Wi-Fi, to freshly brewed Keurig Coffee and freshly baked Otis Spunkmeyer choco-

late chip cookies. The wait is never long, and there is plenty of entertainment from the large flat-screen televisions to XBOX Kinect and iPad kiosks, loaded with the latest apps and movies. Patients and their families love Albert Family Orthodontics in Palm Harbor and Trinity! Albert Family Orthodontics is located in Trinity at Trinity Professional Place, 1806 Short Branch Drive, Suite #102, and in Palm Harbor at 2445 Tampa Road, Suite A. Both locations are open Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The offices can be reached at (727) 376-2770 (Trinity) and (727) 7817475 (Palm Harbor) or visit online at albertfamilyortho.com where you will find more information. “Like” Albert Family Orthodontics on facebook to receive upcoming event and contest information!

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Congratulations Jennie Serrentini! By Alexis Selby Dedication. Hard Work. Perseverance. No one knows these three words better than local Tampa Bay resident Jennie Serrentini. Committing herself to a goal, a year after the birth of her first child Jennie has proudly gained National recognition as a top fitness competitor. Placing 2nd in the WBFF Fitness competition in Orlando and proudly earning her

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WBFF Pro card, Jennie will be competing this year in the WBFF World’s in Las Vegas. An inspiration to all, Jennie will proudly represent Tampa Bay this coming August. As owner of local workout studio Boot Camp Madness Fitness, Jennie has made it her mission to not only keep herself in shape, but has motivated others to do the same, pushing her clients to reach their fitness goals and helping them to maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle. Since opening her studio over a year ago with partner Maria Wasp Callahan, the success stories have been endless. Jennie says, “What an amazing feeling being on that stage. Hard work pays off and feeling the empowerment that comes along with it is indescribable. Be proud ladies and go for your dreams. Nothing is impossible, especially when you have heart. Your love for what you do will take you where ever you want. So dream big and kill your goals, and when you’re done with those, move on to the next. I’m excited to help you get there, so when you’re ready to commit, so I am. Lets do this!” A testament to their success, Boot Camp Madness Fitness has recently moved to a newer, bigger facility to better accommodate the growing number of clients. Their new location is 5910 Pine Hill Rd Suite 7 in New Port Richey. For more information please call (727) 859-6395 or email bootcampmadnessfitness@gmail.com.

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Cleaning Service. Give yourself the ultimate cleaning that you deserve. Responsible, reliable, honest, with references. Ask for Yvonne at 727-645-7779. Free Estimates. Certified CNA Caregiver. My purpose is to improve my clients quality of life. Individual services designed to meet your specific needs. 19 years experience, level 2 background and references available upon request. Reasonable rates. Insured. Please call Celeste at 727945-3893. Griswold Home Care “Exceptional Services for More Than 30 Years” We believe in extraordinary home care at affordable rates. Let us help you stay safe and independent in your own home. We only refer experienced, professional and compassionate caregivers to assist with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, shopping and light housekeeping. Call us at (813) 907-8155 (NR#30211139) Klean Slate Professional Cleaning Service How do you want to spend your time? Let us focus on the cleaning, so you can focus on whatever you choose! We are a Licensed, Insured & Bonded professional cleaning company serving Pasco, Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties. Weekly, biweekly & monthly rates available. Call for a free in home estimate today! Call today for our Spring Cleaning Special: $75 OFF ($25 OFF your first, third and fifth cleanings) - (866) 88-KLEAN (885-5326). Lilly Pad Pet Sitting. 20 years vet tech and pet sitting experience. Licensed and insured. Reasonable rates and extremely reliable, high quality service! I care for: horses, goats, dogs, cats, birds and exotics. The best care out there for all of your pets! Contact Jackie at: (727)255-9432 Frank's Handyman Service. No job too small. FREE Estimates. Senior Discounts. Call 813-625-2765. Insured. Deborah's Bookkeeping Service. No Job Too Small! 20+ years experience. Reasonable rates. Call or email for your day or evening appointment to discuss your bookkeeping needs. 727-376-2340 or deb.toro.59@gmail.com Dorothy Cleaning Services. Houses, Apartments, Offices, Vacancies, Move In/Out, Free Estimates. Call us today! 727-372-5431 AFFORDABLE POWER WINDOW REPAIR - BILLY FIX-IT SERVICES (MOBILE SERVICE) “WE COME TO YOU”. Specializing in •Power Window Repair •Power Door Locks •Door Handle Replacement •Side View Mirrors •Door Glass Replacement. Over 8 years in Pinellas County now serving Pasco County. Mention this ad to receive $10. off a new window motor and/or regulator replacement. CALL BILLY FIX-IT SERVICES 727-793-4624 OR VISIT www.powerwindowguy.com FOR A FREE QUOTE!

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CNA Offering Non Medical and Medical Care. Designed to fit individuals needs. Includes flexible hours and over nights. Housekeeping, errands, doctors visits, transportation, meal prep, special dietary needs, and medication supervision. To customize a plan for you or your loved one , call Barb Wilken at 727-277-8562 or email barbwilkencna@gmail.com. References and level 1 and level 2 back ground checks available upon request. CAKES FOR FUN-Reasonably priced Decorated Cakes for all occasions, made especially for you. From small parties to corporate events. Also available, Cupcake Towers and Cookie Trays. Over 25 dog breed cookie cutters! Minimum 2 week notice, more for larger events including weddings. Visit our site: http://xanadu05.wix.com/cakes-forfun or call (727) 375-5446. A NEW LOOK Pressure Washing-2 car driveway $55 (includes all front sidewalks). Add $10ea. for 3 car and corner lots. Most Pool Decks & Cage $125. Fascia, soffits, gutters $100-$125 or whole home exterior most $150-$200. Fences $1per foot. Landscape cleanup and odd jobs too. www.anewlookpw.com. Call Randy 727271-2920 HOUSE CLEANING SERVICES: 14 Yrs. Experience, Honest, Reliable, Reasonable Rates, Trinity References. Call Rhonda: (727) 326-5447 Mary's Cleaning Service - Licensed, Insured & Bonded professional serving Pasco, Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties. No home too large or small. We supply all the necessary cleaning products that will leave your home looking & smelling wonderful! We are a pet friendly company & treat your pets & home as if they were our own. Weekly, biweekly & monthly rates available. Call for a free in home estimate today & get all of your housecleaning needs fulfilled. Call Mary (727) 389-0347 Tile and Hardwood Installation. Experienced and competitive. Over 20 years experience in tile, natural stone, laminate and hardwood flooring. Can provide referenced upon request. No job too big or too small. We aim to please! Don’t waste your money or your time on your next flooring project. Call Gilberto, 813-401-4593 or Ethan 813493-7426.

Call Jim O’Reilly at 943-0551 to place your ad in the COLOR Classifieds your neighbors really do read! FREE Estimates! Call George’s Painting Today! 727-645-8215. LAWN CARE - GREEN WITH ENVY. Fertilization Lawn, Shrub and Pest Control Specialist. Hire Green with Envy and hire your neighbor. We have over 22 years in the business. We would love to earn your business! Full Service Chemical Company, Liquid & Granular Fertilization, Weed Control and Insect Control. Call Green with Envy for a free estimate and ask us about a Trinity neighbor discount. We are licensed and insured. (727) 772-4177. J&J ALUMINUM & RESCREENING INC. New Pool enclosures, patios, lanais, etc. Rescreening your existing areas. Great prices! Excellent work! SCC#131157465. DON'T DELAY CALL J&J TODAY! (727)9922923 Jessie Lawn Care & Tree Specialist. We Offer Lawn mowing, Lawn Spraying, Pest Control and Fertilizer, Tree Pruning and Removal, Mulch, Sod and Landscaping Licensed & Insured. CALL Green Land Lawn Service (727)376-2325 SCREENING & RESCREENING SERVICES: Pool Enclosures, Lanais, Florida Rooms, Screen Rooms. Vinyl Film Windows, Vinyl Film Replacement, Vinyl Film Window Cleaning. Pressure Cleaning, Pool Enclosures, Pool Decks, Drives & Sidewalks. Licensed CBC 057155, Insured, Family Owned & Operated. Wayne Allen Building Contractor 727-842-6100. ADDITIONS & REMODELS: Complete design build services for Additions, Remodels, Kitchen and Bath Makeovers, Screen Enclosures, Universal Design, Storm Shutters, Soffit and Fascia Repairs. Local family owned and operated since 1990 – certified building contractor # CBC 057155 – www.mywabc.com. Wayne Allen Building Contractor 727-842-6100. Reliable and honest cleaning lady offering professional cleaning service. I will also walk your pet and care for your home if in need of a vacation. Over 25 years of experience! If you are looking for an organized and efficient cleaning person, call today for appointment. 727-372-2823 or 727-505-4798

"A" Behaving Pets. A creative solution for your pet's behavior issues. Not just dog training…works great for Dogs, Cats, Birds and other small animals. Stress management for rescue pets. 12 years in Pet Care Business! Also offering Pet Sitting in Trinity, East Lake and NPR. Conyact Marina at: 813-4165301 or abehavingpets@gmail.com. Thank you for your Business!

Is your PC Running Slow? We can run a complete diagnostic to see if you have any viruses, malware, spyware on your system or if you just need a memory upgrade. Do you have multiple computers and want them to "talk" to each other? We can help! Call 727498-5215 for help today! IF WE CAN'T FIX IT, IT'S FREE... GUARANTEED!

George’s Painting. Interior/Exterior. All Work Performed by Owner. No Spraying. All Done by Hand! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Dependable. Affordable. 32 Years Experience.

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many services, from switch replacements to panel changes and spa hook ups. Reasonable rates. Keep this ad on your refrigerator, we do troubleshooting as well! Licensed, ER13013648, and insured. For all your electrical needs call CHARGER ELECTRICAL SERVICES @ 727-937-5999.

EDUCATIONAL INSTRUCTION Tutoring for elementary students by (retired) teacher with 35 years experience. Will personalize practice in reading, writing or math. References available. Watch your child gain more self-confidence as skills improve! Call Dianne @ 376-3700. Writer and English Tutor - Do you need a keen eye to review, edit or rewrite important paperwork (cover letters, résumés, government forms, or other academic or professional materials)? If you struggle to organize your thoughts while writing, or need assistance speaking or writing English, contact a credentialed teacher and published writer for an affordable, per page rate. 727-264-7776. National Board Certified teacher with 20+ years experience, will tutor your child in math, reading and writing (grades K-5). Personalized reading and writing instruction (grades K-12). H.S. SAT/ACT Lang. Prep. Help your child achieve success and confidence with one on one support and assistance. References available upon request. Call Suzann @ 727 992-4574

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Trinity Fitness Center and Weight Loss Clinic LOOKING to fill positions in Sales!! Rodan + Fields Skin Care Line needs business reps who are passionate about helping others with skin care treatment products and earning commission based pay! ALSO, looking for a eager self starter as a weight loss coach!! Commission based pay for both positions and must love to network and be social! WILL TRAIN the right person. SEND resume or any info in regards to these jobs to mdcompletefitness@gmail.com or Call 727-4631250.

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CONDO FOR RENT - 55 + Community. 4436 Pelorus Dr. New Port Richey, FL 34652. FREE credit check/cable/trash. UNFURNISED. 2 bed/2 bath/2 patio. Lower unit central air/ heat. Living, kitchen, dining, inside laundry, key storage, Dishwasher, pool/jacuzzi, carport, many amenities. Near shopping/churches/restaurants. Annual Rental Lease Required. $799 per month . Contact: 727-807-9907

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Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles

Profile for Tampa Bay News & Lifestyles Magazine

Trinity - Vol. 10, Issue 7, July 2014  

The July edition of the Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles.

Trinity - Vol. 10, Issue 7, July 2014  

The July edition of the Trinity Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles.