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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

Excel Creative Learning Academy in Trinity Raises the Bar for Early Childhood Education

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Want to give your walls a punch of individuality? Williams Window Treatments has a great selection of wallpaper from current designers – I loved the designs by Candice Olson! Some other fun choices include the ultracool murals by Urban Chic, and grass cloth, a style revival that I love! Williams Window Treatments makes custom top treatments, draperies and sheers, and even bedspreads – so that you can truly make your home unique and celebrate your own style. Why go to a big box store, where you have very limited choices, and often, not a lot of help? Price should not be a reason. Williams Window Treatments offers inexpensive options as well as top-of-the-line name brands, so if you See “Williams Window” on page 40.

Nominate Someone Today Who Makes a Difference................3 Calendar / News Briefs............4 Christmas in July a Success.......5 Premier Choice Fitness..........8-9 Pasco County Public Transportation....................14 SAT & ACT Test Tutoring.....18 Taso Italiano.....................22-23 Chris Cooley.....................26-27 Hope United Methodist Church........................28-29 TCBY Trinity....................30-31 Moffitt Volunteers.............32-33 Tampa Bay Plumbers........34-35 Dr.’s Choice Weight Loss..36-37 Fosters for Teens Needed.......44 Color Classifieds.....................46

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Excel Creative Learning Academy has been raising the bar for early childhood education from the moment they opened their doors in 2012. Offering the tightest of security measures, including fingerprint technology, an advanced age-appropriate learning curriculum for all ages, and wholesome meals prepared on campus, Excel Creative Learning Academy’s goal is to engage, enrich and empower their students. What’s more, they are the only 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week preschool to offer extended and even overnight hours for children from 6 weeks old to 12 years old. Excel Creative Learning Academy (ECLA) is conveniently located on the Medical Center of Trinity campus, at 9332 S.R. 54 on the second floor of the Medical Arts Building. It’s hard to imagine a safer

place for a child while they are away from their family, and the safety precautions that this school provides for the children and their families are out of this world. Children love being able to ride an elevator on their way to their cool school, and parents rave about the privacy and the peace-of-mind that comes with ECLA’s unique location. Richard Michael chose ECLA for his family and says, “Hands down the best! The entire staff and all of the teachers are amazing! My son loves attending this school, he is excited to go every day!” Excel Creative Learning Academy provides programs for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children, moving them along through the curriculum based on their individual abilities. This fall they will be adding an additional classSee “ECLA” on page 42.

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Nominate Someone Today Who Makes A Difference Making a difference matters, and when we hear about those very special people who tirelessly work to help others, it often inspires us to do what we can to try to make a difference on an individual level. That is why local doctors and husband-and-wife team, Stephanie Eldridge, MD and Amir Shirmohammad, MD want to bring recognition to individuals who live here in Tampa Bay and make a difference for others with their Trinity Family Physicians’ Tampa Bay Making A Difference Award. Neighborhood News & Lifestyles is honored to share these inspiring stories with our readers. Past winners include Ann Poole, Caitlin Shannon and Jim Carow. Anne Poole of Heritage Springs, was recognized for her work with the Special Olympics of Pasco County. Dr. Shirmo says that since he and Dr. Eldridge have been supporters of the Special Olympics (since 2008), Ann has helped to raise $20,000 a year on average, and this year, $25,500 was raised. Caitlin Shannon created Sparkle Power, a charity organization that gives goody bags filled with fun items to bring “the

power of a little sparkle” to children in local Tampa Bay Area hospitals. Jim Carow was the first Past Award Winners: recipient of Caitlin Shannon, Jim Carow, Trinity Fam- and Ann Poole pictured with ily PhysiDr. Shirmohammad cians’ Tampa Bay Making A Difference Award; hon- us why they qualify) for the next ored for his passion for helping others Tampa Bay Making A Difference through his volunteer work with the Award by email at iWork outreach program at Idlewild editorial@nnlflorida.com. Baptist Church in Lutz (Idlewild.org). Trinity Family Physicians and Looking for the Next Candidate Who Makes A Difference! Trinity Family Physicians’ Tampa Bay Making A Difference Award will continue to honor individuals who make a difference. If you know someone who makes a difference in the lives of others in Tampa Bay, Trinity Family Physicians and Neighborhood News & Lifestyles want to hear from you! Please submit your nominees (and tell

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Neighborhood News & Lifestyles ask that you please share your thoughts and comments with us on our facebook pages: facebook.com/trinityfamilyphysicians and facebook.com/neighborhoodnewslifestyles. Trinity Family Physicians is located at 1817 Cypress Brook Drive, Suite 101 in Trinity, FL. Log on to trinityfamilyphysicians.com for additional information about Dr. Eldridge and Dr. Shirmohammad.

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Calendar & News Briefs Medical Center of Trinity Holds Fifth Annual “Expressions of Thanks” Youth Art Contest Medical Center of Trinity announces its fifth annual “Expressions of Thanks” youth art contest to be held from September 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016. Participants and their families are invited to a reception Sunday, November 6 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. when certificates/prizes will be awarded and artwork will be on display. All art entries will be on display from November 6 – 27, 2016. Medical Center of Trinity invites all youth from grades K through 12 to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans, those who currently serve our great nation and their families. Students are invited to submit artwork, poetry, or an essay. Rules for the youth art contest are as follows: • Students submitting artwork, poem or essay must be in grades K12

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• Artwork must fit on an 8½” x 11” sheet of white paper • Artwork must be original and hand drawn/written • Students are allowed to use color with paint, pens, pencils, crayons and markers • Artwork should depict student’s idea of saying “Thank you to Veterans and members of the military” • No digital art, internet art, clipart or cut outs will be judged • Artwork must have the student’s name, grade and the name of the school printed clearly on the back All artwork must be submitted by September 30, 2016, to Medical Center of Trinity in one of two forms: • In person at the information desk at the main entrance 8 am - 8 pm Medical Center of Trinity 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, FL 34655 OR • Citrus Park ER (24/7) 12922 Sheldon Road, Tampa,

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FL 33626 • By mail: Medical Center of Trinity, Attention: Youth Art Contest 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, FL 34655 Each participant will receive a recognition certificate. First place winners in each grade level will receive a $25 gift card. The grand prize winner will receive their choice of either a bicycle or an iPod Nano! For more information call 727834-4868 or email MedicalCenterTrinity@hcahealthcare.com Florida Cancer Affiliates Holds Bi-Weekly Cancer Support Groups Support Groups are conducted by licensed clinical social workers and meet at Florida Cancer Affiliates Trinity Center, located at 3611 Little Rd. Anyone touched by cancer and their families are encouraged to attend. General Cancer Support Group meets every other Wednesday. If interested in joining, call 727-8084818. Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month. To join this group, call 727-372-9159. “Man to Man” Prostate Can-

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cer Support Group meets 2nd Tuesday, monthly; call Dennis Brown at 727-992-4401 to join or for information. Morton Plant Mease Support Groups Calendar WELLNESS/OTHER Every Monday, September 12, 19 and 26, 1-3 p.m.––CPAP / BI PAP Clinic held at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Sleep Disorders Center 1st Tuesday, Monthly (next: Sept. 6) 10 a.m.––Ostomy Support Group meets at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 4th Tuesday, Monthly (next: Sept. 27) 5:30-6:30 p.m.––Bariatric Support Group held at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Starkey Tower: Meeting Rooms 2 & 3. Phone Number for All Events (727) 953-6877 or visit: www.BayCareEvents.org Support groups and classes are free to the public unless fee is noted. LOCATION SITES: BayCare Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey

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Phi Delta Kappa’s Christmas in July Big Success for Pasco Kids First On Wednesday July 13th, the Phi Delta Kappa fraternity held a Christmas in July event at their fraternity house located at 11301 Phi Delt Way in Odessa from 6:30pm - 8pm. Thirty children whose parents participate in the Healthy Families PascoHernando program with Pasco Kids First were treated to a party by the Phi Delta Kappa brothers including a visit from Santa Claus with gifts such as backpacks, school supplies, clothing and shoes to give them a kick start to the school year. The brothers each adopted a school aged child between 4 and 17 years old and their infant or toddler siblings for the event and provided pizza and sandwiches thanks to Johnny Brusco's Jersey Mikes. The kids also wrote letters to give to Santa telling him what they did this year to be

on the nice list and their wishes for Christmas. The Healthy Families program is a voluntary program for at risk families providing positive parenting and goal setting skills with a success in assisting families with babies and young children become self-sufficient. More info about Phi Delta Kappa: The Florida Alpha Lambda Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa is the only named Fraternity in the United States not associated with a College or University. The fraternity of 57 brothers of a variety of

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different occupations including teachers, police department, restaurant and store managers, doctors and contractors meet weekly at their PDK Banquet Hall on SR. 54 in Odessa. The rental of the facility support the day to day operations of the Facility and the local Charitable Endeavors of the Florida Alpha Lambda Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity.

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Premier Choice Fitness, Home of the 28-Day Total Body Transformation! By Julie Kanehl Premier Choice Fitness, conveniently located at 7322 Little Road in New Port Richey, has been helping people transform their bodies and change their lives for the better since it opened seven years ago. The 15,500sq.-ft. full service fitness center is considered a home away from home by thousands of members who love Premier Choice Fitness (aka PCF), and wouldn’t choose to work out anywhere else. Catherine Ausdemore said, “My home away from home! I look forward to my workouts and I truly look forward to training with my awesome trainer/drill sergeant, Andy! Best ever! I highly recommend Premier Choice Fitness and love the staff too! They are supportive, fun, and an extension of my family!” Owned and operated by Rick Carlson and Diane Mikailonis, Premier Choice Fitness is a family owned and operated business, instead of a

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corporate numbers-driven gym. They take a personalized approach to their business, and offer a wide range of workout options for their customers including cardio equipment, free weights, fitness classes, boot camps and more. There’s a myriad of options at PCF! If cardio is the name of the game in your book, there’s an entire room dedicated to cardio. If weights are where it’s at, there’s a room for that as well! If you love to take fitness classes where you can dance and sweat; they offer everything from yoga to kickboxing to Zumba. At Premier Choice Fitness, you can personalize the kind of program you want to participate in. They have different membership options, starting at just $10 a month, so what were those excuses again? Meet the Trainers! While it costs only $10 a month to join Premier Choice Fitness, hiring one of their trainers is the way to go if

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you truly want to make a change for the better. They can help you meet your goals, get you through a plateau or work with you on any areas where you may need a modification due to an injury. Training Manager, Andy Villicana, is an ISSA certified personal trainer who served 11 years in the United States Marine Corps as a Drill InstrucMaria before Premier Choice Fitness, and after! tor. Andy says “don’t let that scare you away; I am more personal trainer than help clients meet and exceed their fitdrill instructor, most of the time! ness goals. Greg Barnes is an ACE cerWe’re here to help. Premier Choice tified personal trainer who served six Fitness offers four Body Transformayears in the United States Army. His tion Specialists, and we have sometraining allows him to work with all thing to help everyone.” Adding, types of clients with a focus on “Training is an additional cost, but the Olympic lifting. benefit outweighs the cost.” Ben Browning is an ACE certified In addition to Villicana, three adpersonal trainer and former Military ditional certified trainers are on staff to Police Officer who also served our

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Mindy, before and after! country with the U.S. Army for a decade. Browning says, “Teamwork is key. As your trainer it’s not a business agreement but rather a partnership. We succeed together or we fail together. Nothing is meant to be easy and that’s what makes all the sweat and effort worth it. Through struggle we will find success.” Alex Phillips graduated from FSU with a B.S. in Exercise Science and is American College of Sports Medicine certified. She spent twelve years as a competitive soccer player, and says, “Life is all about balance, especially, in the fitness world. If you can’t make it

progress and see that their clothes are starting to feel better, it makes a huge impact. We have the right price-point, the right experience and the right vibe.” Adding, “Our reward comes when that girl who thought she’d never wear a bikini, posts a bikini picture on Facebook, or when a client says they’ve been able to Mimi, before Premier Choice Fitness, and after! get off their blood pressure medicine or their diabetes medicine because in the gym six days a week, it is ok. It they are living a healthier lifestyle, it’s can’t always be your biggest priority a big deal. We hear hundreds of these between everyday life duties; however, stories and that’s because we deliver it should be A priority. As someone on the things that we tell our clients.” who has been active all of their life, I Sigrid Whitehead said, “I abknow what it takes to keep motivated solutely love this gym, I hate calling it as well as how and when it is necessary that because it is way more. I have to set a new goal. It is important to come to love many of the members never get discouraged when facing and I absolutely love the staff, they your long journey to a healthy and fit make it feel more like a home than a lifestyle.” gym. The fitness instructors all are Villicana says, “Our trainers have great as they all bring something difa good, broad spectrum of experience, ferent to the table. Whatever your fitand there’s not a scenario that I ness needs are whatever your fitness haven’t heard. But, when our clients level is Premier is the answer.” begin to see the week-to-week Doing what they can to foster a “no excuses” mentality, Premier Choice Fitness even offers a Kidzone for their members, giving the kiddos a wonderful place to play so mom or dad can focus on their health and their fitness. Chelsea Amir said, “Best gym by far! Everyone is so nice and helpful. The trainers actually want you to succeed. The kids’ area is awesome as well. The ladies are great and do a great job handling my son that has a hard time leaving me. I highly recommend this gym and the 28-day boot camp.”

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Yes, You Too Can Do Boot Camp! While boot camp may sound serious, it takes being serious about your health to make a difference! So, get serious! There’s a boot camp at Premier Choice Fitness for everyone. It’s fun, it’s exciting and it makes a huge difference to do it in a group. Workouts become fun! The PCF 28-Day Boot Camp Rocks! Designed to help people shed their unwanted pounds in the quickest way possible, each of their 40+ scheduled workouts are led by one of their certified personal trainers. Results oriented, the fast-paced program is for anyone who wants to get serious about losing the weight. Personalized to meet each person’s unique goals, the group setting makes the workout fun and exciting. Premier Choice Fitness also offers a Boomer Boot Camp for seniors who want to get healthy and stay healthy! Nicole Deignan said, “Premier is awesome! I was in a rut, unmotivated and bored with my workouts before I joined Premier. The boot camp program helped me get back on track and the challenge motivated me again! Everyone is so friendly and the trainers are all fantastic. All the classes and equipment are great. I started training with Ben and he has not let me down. He challenges me more and more every session and is always ready to help with any questions I have. I am so much stronger than I was a couple months ago.... love this gym!” Premier Choice Fitness is located at 7322 Little Road in New Port Richey. Gym hours are Monday – Thursday from 5 a.m.–10 p.m., 5 a.m.–9 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 232-8600 or log on to www.PremierChoiceFitness.com.

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Pasco County Public Transportation Expansion of Service Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) works to make commuting easy and efficient for Pasco County travelers. PCPT buses purchased new in 2012 have security camera systems installed that enhance the safety and security of the riding public as well as the drivers. In addition, a sound insulation package provides for a more comfortable, quiet ride. The buses can carry up to 34 passengers and offer low-floor passenger access for ease of boarding and alighting through front and rear doors. While investing in buses to offer passengers a safe and comfortable ride, PCPT’s Cross County Connector spans the entire east-west length of Pasco County along State Road 54 (Route 54) as this corridor continues to develop into a major east-west growth center. PCPT buses travel along S.R. 54 hourly from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Destinations include: Medical Center of Trinity, Mitchell Ranch Plaza, Super Target in Odessa, Collier Commons, the Shops at Wiregrass, The Florida Hospital, The Grove,

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Zephyrhills Plaza, and the Zephyrhills City Hall/Library. PCPT Expansion of Service on Regional Connector Route 54 This expansion includes the following improvements: 1. Improving frequency of buses to hourly from the current two-hour frequency 2. New Saturday Service 3. Improving connections to go cross county by extending the 54 route from Little Road to US 19, this will improve connections for the following routes: 14, 18, 19, and 25 4. Improving regional connections to Pinellas/PSTA and Hillsborough Counties/HART 5. Two new buses for the expansion of service have the following amenities: individual reading lights, deep padded plush seats, and luggage racks 6. Expansion will help in the economic development of the SR 54 corridor, and will improve access to education, shopping, employment and healthcare on the route SR 54

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7. A new route will be added in Land O’ Lakes in the spring of 2017, and will connect with the Route 54 8. The SR 54 improvements are funded by FDOT – two buses, operational and marketing costs 9. Wi-Fi on all buses Advertisement on PCPT Buses PCPT’s buses are designed to provide a sleek and modern appearance, which actually makes them a perfect canvas for advertising. Back in 2011, PCPT approved a contract with Black Jack Media Group to manage an interior and exterior bus advertising

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program to generate additional revenue. There is ad space that can be sold to businesses on the interior and exterior of PCPT buses, which will include full or partial exterior wraps as well as inside placards. This revenue will supplement funding in support of operations associated with public transportation. Visit the Pasco County Public Transportation website, www.ridepcpt.com for information on bus routes. The website also has information about advertising on PCPT buses.

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SAT AND ACT IMPROVEMENT: GETTING READY FOR THE FALL By Dr. Wayne Adams The ACT Exam on September 10th begins the fall series of college admissions exams, followed by the first SAT Exam on October 1st. There are two more ACT Exams in the fall: October 22nd and December 10th; and two more SAT Exams in the fall: November 5th and December 3rd. Now that the results for the June SAT are in so we have two tests for a little history, most students believe that the SAT Exam is far more difficult than the old SAT Exam, and is now more difficult than the ACT Exam. The College Board maintains the new SAT Exam is a better predictor for success in college and the standardized bell curve will smooth out any inconsistencies and problems, but college admissions officers remain skeptical until they see several years of data. As in the past, I suspect the actual corrolation between the SAT Exam and scores on IQ tests will remain about the same. Whatever the reality is now or will become, the simple fact that colleges take into account the SAT Exam for admitting students will guar-

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antee its continuing importance to students and parents. More students nationwide appear to be shifting to the ACT Exam as their primary interest, with the SAT as supplemental if they are not happy with their ACT scores. The two key reasons are the ACT Exam has changed little (except for the essay), it is totally acceptable as a standardized exam for college admissions officers, and if a student takes the ACT then that student does not have to take any SAT Subject Tests (as most top colleges require for full consideration). On the new SAT, my students continue to improve 200 – 350 points on the Writing, Reading, and Math sections. The new “total score” of 1600 combines the individualized Writing and Reading scores into one “superscore” titled “Reading”, and a separate inividualized Writing score incorporates the results of the Essay. As you can see, the scoring has become far more complicated. I always show my students exactly how the new scoring system works as part of their doing their best on the exam. Getting students used to the new

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distribution of math questions, and especially the longer sentences, takes a modified tutoring approach. So far, all of my students have made this transition well – although it takes a little more time focused on the math. The is where my “reverse engineering” has proven particularly valuable so students not only understand the way to do problems correctly, they understand “the way the test thinks”, which is particularly helpful when selecting between two possible answers. Both the SAT and the ACT Essays now require far better “critical thinking” that includes identifying issues; developing a logical argument; using evidence; far more detailed understanding of style elements such as tone, diction, and syntax; and correct grammar. Most of my students are weak in each of these areas, even those capable of being admitted to the finest colleges and universities. So I have added a special section with proprietary handouts to help strengthen these areas. If you would like to talk with me further, please call me at 727-2530639 or send an e mail to me at

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wwa0811@mykolab.com. And I am sure you will like my Special Supplement titled “How To Negotiate With Colleges” that has saved from $1,000 to $10,000 a year for many of my students and their parents. Dr. Wayne Adams is one of the top SAT and ACT Tutors in the country and a former Dean of a Graduate School of Business and Full Professor. His students have been admitted to Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Princeton, Cornell, Duke, U Chicago, U Penn, Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech, UCLA, USC, Boston College, Northeastern, UF, FSU, USF, UCF, Florida Gulf Coast, St. Leo’s, New College of Florida, U Miami, FIU, and many other colleges and universities; often with academic, athletic, or music scholarships. Normally, student scores increase 200 to 300 points on the SAT, and 4 – 8 points on the ACT. He has degrees and advanced studies from Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, Columbia International, and Luther Rice. You can contact him at 727-253-0639 or wwa0811@gmail.com.

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Find “All The Best!” at Taso Italiano, Serving Lunch & Dinner!

Recently voted #2 out of 22 restaurants in the Trinity area by TripAdvisor, Taso Italiano has long been loved for its hand-cut steaks, fresh caught seafood, and amazing entrées that are perfect for date nights and complemented further by the beautiful lounge area and well-stocked bar. But now there is even more to love about Taso Italiano as the restaurant now offers an inexpensive, yet delicious lunch menu, as well as a “family style” dinner menu for parties of six or more. The great

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daily specials, magnificent pizza and pastas, talk-of-the-town entrées, and friendly, attentive servers make Taso Italiano a favorite dining spot for locals and “not-so-locals” alike. Taso Italiano’s menu include a kids’ section, fresh salads, pizzas and scrumptious appetizers, in addition to a broad selection of land, sea and pasta entrées. There are daily features from all categories inclusive of land, air and sea, and fresh pastas daily. “Regulars” at the restaurant are known by name,

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and never tire of the delicious creations and daily specials at Taso Italiano. “Our genuine passion is to provide people with what they’re not going to get anywhere else,” says Taso Italiano owner Taso Stassi. “My father used to say, ‘All The Best’ which is what we strive for here at Taso Italiano.” Authentic, right down to the homemade sauces that come out of the kitchen, Taso Italiano is the perfect place to dine when you want the healthy, delicious tastes of the Mediter-

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ranean for the menu offers a mix of Italian, Greek and French cuisine with the best of American specialties. Proudly featuring recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation in the Stassi family, Taso’s inspiration comes from his experience in helping his father Euripides Stassi, who owned and operated L’Epicure, a fine dining restaurant on Long Island that served the wealthiest patrons in New York. Taking the advice he learned from L’Epicure’s chefs early

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iano and every day features specials! You’ll find delicious lunch specials for as low as $6.95! The full liquor lounge has daily drink specials, and Happy Hour is offered daily until 6 p.m. The dinner specials at Taso Italiano are always amazing and easily rival the entrées at high-end, five-star restaurants! The 2 for $22 Early Bird menu at Taso Italiano is unbeatable and includes items such as Baked Ziti, Antipasto, Stuffed Shells, Ravioli, Greek Village salads and more. Check out Taso Italiano’s ad on page 11, which features coupons for some great deals good through September 19th, 2016. Owner Taso Stassi pictured with his lovely right hand, Sabrina on, Taso says he expects his staff to “learn it and learn it the right way.” Adding, “You’re only as good as the help at your side,” Taso shares credit for the restaurant’s popularity with his talented staff and lovely right hand Sabrina. Specials are Awesome at Taso Italiano! Every day is special at Taso Ital-

Taso Italiano is located at 4016 Little Road in New Port Richey. Dine-in, carryout and catering are available. Hours are: Noon to 9 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Live music for your entertainment every Wednesday through Saturday. Call (727) 807-7900 or visit www.tasoitaliano.com for more information. “Like” Taso Italiano on facebook and stay updated on weekly specials!

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Chris Cooley Wants to Earn Your Vote to be a New Voice for Pasco It’s all about the people of Pasco County for Chris Cooley, who says he is determined to bring residents together and form a community that everyone can be proud of. He spends 90% of his life in District 5; in fact, this is where his business is located. He’s there 7 days a week and works hard to grow his business and employ a number of Pasco County residents. Chris says that over the past 10 years, he has noticed more and more of the same downward trend, especially in regard to the District 5 portion of the county. When asked why he wants to run for District 5 Commissioner and be a voice for the community, Cooley states, “I see so much potential here and there’s just no reason why year in and year out it’s the same story. The crime is higher here than in the rest of the county. In fact, in the past three years we lead the county in total number of drug arrests. There is an obvious issue with crime in District 5 and

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I don’t think anyone can question that. I’ve never been one to just sit around and complain and never take action so I started watching the County Commission meetings. I decided to step up and be the new voice for District 5 in Pasco. I can get things done. I can work with anyone and come up with solutions to difficult problems, as I have done throughout my career. I live and spend so much time here I felt it would be irresponsible to continue to stand by idly and do nothing about it so here I am. “The current County Commissioner for District 5 has been in his position for 12 years, has vocally stated he plans to run for another two terms, and when he originally ran for the job he promised economic growth. So far that economic growth hasn’t come and to give him another four years of failure just doesn’t make sense.” Cooley adds, “When I finally

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decided to go all in was when I started researching more about the SunWest Park project. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s going to take us 97 years to get our initial investment back. How is that a good deal for Pasco County? We were told it was such a great thing for Pasco, how profitable it will be and how much economic growth it would create. Well guess what? Ninety-seven years to get back an initial investment is the worst deal I’ve ever seen negotiated! It’s not a good deal for Pasco; it’s a good deal for the investors and I’ll make sure this kind of skewed deal never happens again.” Chris has been in corporate America for 18 years. Every position he’s ever had has been a leadership role going all the way back to when he was 18 years old and joined the Marine Corps. “I have a call to serve that is inherent within me,” he shares. “My family is the same way; my younger

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Chris Cooley says, “I am a regular person, not a puppet, pawn, or slave to the political machine. I go to work, I hunt, I fish, I am a musician – I have hobbies and interests just like each one of my neighbors. I care about my family, my children, and those that we call friends and neighbors. I am not looking for a career; I have one. I am looking to affect a positive result.” and older brothers are both Marines as well. My mother always told us, ‘Don’t come to me with a problem;

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taxes on our residents; we need to raise our revenue by creating jobs and keeping our neighbors working here in Pasco. We need to truly help our existing small businesses in addition to bringing in more opportunities. We need someone who understands the business world – who knows how Chris Cooley and his family to get deals done. We need come to me with a solution.’ I’ve been to change the way this county does raised that way and I’ve raised my chil- business and I have a plan for it. We dren the same.” need to become proactive and stop Chris Cooley says he can find the being reactionary because leadership solutions and shares his frustration. that is only reactionary ends up taking “Things aren’t getting done. We the easy way out, like raising taxes. We aren’t bringing jobs here. Last year need to plan for down the road so we taxes were raised yet again and that’s don’t get hit in the face like we have just a lazy, quick, band-aid to a probbeen for 12 years.” lem that only hurts the community in Chris looks forward for future the long run. We don’t need to raise opportunities that will make Pasco

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more appealing to businesses, which will bring higher paying jobs. “We need to prepare for and entice multiple areas including manufacturing, medical research, and start laying the groundwork for high speed Internet, which will attract the growing tech marketplace. We need to expand our training facility presence to grow our employable base of residents for these companies to pull from. We need to embrace the largest growing Veteran population in the country by developing a transitional training facility. There are two areas that Veterans need assistance for: Our growing homeless Veteran population, and the Veterans who are just now leaving their current military service. Many don’t understand that the military trains people in healthcare, administration and accounting. They train people with skill sets to be electricians, mechanics, contractors, and so much more. Why are we not embracing this talented pool of people that already have leadership traits and a hardworking frame of mind?” Chris continues, “We need to develop a plan and then work that plan to become more multi-faceted in our approach.”

Quick Bio: Chris Cooley has been married to his wife Jennifer for 15 years and they have two daughters, two sons, and two grandchildren. Chris and Jennifer moved to Pasco County after Chris’ brother Josh, who was a Pasco Deputy, was wounded in Iraq while serving in the Marine Corps. Chris is a service connected disabled Veteran himself (USMC), and comes from a family where military service was a core value, with his brothers serving as well. Chris Cooley joined the Marine Corps directly out of high school and served from 1988-1992 with Tours of Duty including: Mediterranean Sea, Desert Shield/Storm, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the Red Sea. Honorably discharged as a Corporal at 22 years old, Chris Cooley had already achieved the following Awards: 2 Letters of Commendation, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Southeast Asia Campaign Ribbon-3 stars, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon-3 stars, 2 Certificates of Meritorious Appreciation, Good Conduct Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Marine Unit Citation. More at ChrisCooleyFl.com .

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Hope United Methodist Church – “Great Place to Worship!” If you are looking for a church to call home, then visit Hope United Methodist Church to see for yourself why the members love their church and church family. Mary Ann Zarket is just one of many who give Hope United Methodist Church a five star rating! Mary Ann says, “The church is absolutely wonderful. The people are great and they make you feel like a part of the church the minute you walk through the doors. Great place to worship.” Sunday morning worship is offered at three different times: Traditional Service is at 8:15 a.m. and a Contemporary Service is offered at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Here, you are welcome to come as you are, and if you want to bring your coffee, that’s fine too. Pastor Kelly W. Smith, known as Pastor Kelly or P.K., was asked to serve at Hope UMC nine years ago. He says that he knew immediately that there was something special about the

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people who worship at Hope UMC. “My sense was how warm and inviting and very real the congregation was,” shares Pastor Kelly. “We felt a warm welcome here right away. It’s in the DNA of the church. When people greet you, they greet you with warmth and a smile that is sincere.” Pastor Kelly adds that Hope UMC welcomes people to come as they are. “Our style of worship is very down to earth, very real-life. Some attend services wearing jeans or shorts, and some wear ties. There is not a lot of pretense here; we tend to be very real and honest with ourselves and others.” Many in the area are already familiar with Hope UMC from past visits to their popular holiday events. Every fall, families find their pumpkins and make memories at Hope UMC’s picture-perfect pumpkin patch. Christmas is made even more special with Hope UMC’s popular interactive exhibit “Experience Bethlehem” featuring live actors. Sharon Crippen

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says, “Love their Christmas outdoor live presentation – love being in Florida for that – what a tribute to the world’s “FIRST CHRISTMAS GIFT” . . . such dedication of God’s children to share His plan . . . love it, love them, would recommend that everyone see it.” Vacation Bible School is popular with parents and impressed parent Amy Griffiths Chianella shared, “This is our first year with VBS 2016 and everyone has been so amazing and organized. To hear my 4 yr. & 6 yr. old tell me how much fun they have and love it makes my heart soar. Thank you everyone.”

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Hope UMC is home to Hope N Play Preschool, which serves 55 children every week during the school year. Hope UMC is currently in the process of designing and building a new, 10,000-sq.-ft. education wing, which will provide the church with an expansion for its pre-school facilities, as well as more meeting space for

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small group meetings such as study and fellowship groups for youth and adults. New member Cherylann Ferg writes, “What an amazing church! The people are super friendly, the worship is incredible and Pastor Kelly brings messages each week that are REAL and life applicable and he holds your attention. WE LOVE our new church.” And Julie Chasney shares, “I have been at Hope for 15 years and

they are my family! I have grown so much in my faith and knowledge! Come and visit and find “hope”!” Hope United Methodist Church is located at 2200 Little Road in Trinity, right across the street from J.W. Mitchell High School. Sunday’s Traditional Service begins at 8:15 a.m. and Contemporary Services begin at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Childcare is provided during all worship services.

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TCBY - America’s Favorite FroYo Treat to Beat the Summer Heat! By: Katie Thomas Cool off and beat the summer heat! Enjoy a delicious frozen yogurt treat at TCBY of Trinity, located at 3140 Little Road in the Mitchell Ranch Plaza. TCBY stands for “The Country’s Best Yogurt,” which is as true as it is cold, creamy and delicious! The amazing taste of TCBY frozen yogurt makes it hard to believe that most flavors are 96, 98 or 100 percent fat free! It’s both tasty and healthy – a combination you just can’t beat! TCBY yogurts are unlike any other FroYo in that they are produced in accordance with proprietary recipes unique to TCBY. Owners of TCBY of Trinity, Jay and Patti Silar were the first to open a Self-Serve TCBY franchise on the West Coast of Florida more than five years ago, and the bright and happy TCBY remains popular. That is be-

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cause it is simply delicious! As a pioneer in frozen yogurt (fro-yo), TCBY fro-yos are tested by the National Yogurt Association and have earned the Live and Active Culture Seal of Approval. TCBY offers GMO-free, proteinrich and nutrient-rich products that give cold treat lovers a chance to enjoy their favorite flavor with no guilt! TCBY even has designated Super FroYo flavors that not only offer great taste, but also provide additional fiber, vitamin D, calcium, protein and more! There are seven types of live active cultures (probiotics yay!) in TCBY’s yogurt blends, which means you can enjoy your treat and boost your health all in one! To be designated a Super FroYo flavor, the frozen yogurt serving must have the following: •3 grams or more fiber •4 grams or more protein

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free diet, TCBY offers great tasting gluten-free flavors. And even though yogurt is the main game at TCBY, the company caters to people who want a treat without the dairy with delicious sorbet flavors such as Ruby Red Grapefruit, Orange, Pink Lemonade, and Mango! The summer months

provide a bigger variety of dairy-free sorbets. Cool Down With TCBY! TCBY is the perfect place to enjoy a treat with your family or friends and the variety of flavors and toppings will make everyone happy! .

Trinity’s TCBY is bright, colorful and airy. The atmosphere is always fun – perfect for a date night stop, a family outing, or a snack break while out catching Pokémon! The friendly staff greets you with a smile, and if you can’t make up your mind, they are helpful in offering suggestions and allow you to sample flavors if you please! You never have to pick just one flavor either! Fill your 16 or 25 oz. cup with one or many flavors! Choose from tons of toppings or try a delicious banana split! TCBY now offers milkshakes in any flavor, which makes grabbing a cool treat on the run that much easier! TCBY of Trinity currently has the following flavors available in soft serve: Golden Vanilla, Chocolate, White Chocolate Mousse, Cookies & Cream, Cake Batter, Strawberry, Orange Sorbet, Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet, Honey Vanilla Greek and No Sugar

Added Blueberry Delight. In addition to the 10 soft serve yogurts, TCBY Trinity now offers four new hand-dippped, rotating flavors with waffle bowls and cones. Handdipped flavors include: Mocha Almond Fudge, Chocolate Chip Mint, Rainbow Cream, Butter Pecan, Pralines & Cream, Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough, Cotton Candy, and Peanut Butter Delight. Stop by TCBY of Trinity for a healthy, delicious and sweet treat that helps beat the summer heat! Make sure to ask for a loyalty reward card that gives you 1 point for every dollar you spend, and after 30 points you earn a $3 coupon. If you’re looking for gift that’s sure to be enjoyed, purchase a TCBY gift card for any amount. TCBY of Trinity is located at 3140 Little Road in the Mitchell Ranch Plaza and is open Monday – Sunday, noon – 10 p.m. daily during the summer months of June, July and August. Please call (727) 375-1177 for more information about spirit nights, and check out TCBY of Trinity’s Facebook page or website, www.tcbytrinity.com, for upcoming events and flavors.

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Moffitt Cancer Center Volunteers Making a Difference! During his 32-year career with the cruise industry, Malcolm Weathers traveled all over the world and retirement isn’t slowing him down. He visited Denmark this year and Africa is on the horizon for 2017, but perhaps the most meaningful trip he makes, is the one he takes twice a week to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Weathers is often the first face patients see as they arrive for surgery and he’s the person family members rely on to stay updated during a loved one’s operation. Weathers is one of 700 volunteers who give their time at Moffitt. He’s been a volunteer since 2010 and earned the title of Volunteer of the Year in 2015. Weathers says, “Volunteering at Moffitt is special to me because I have a feel-good attitude when I leave. It inspires me because of the people I help. I see them and they’ll write me a note or they’ll send me a box of candy or cookies that they’ve made. I’ve gotten flowers. Because when they’re there for four or five, six hours it’s probably the most hectic time they’d ever spent in their life, waiting for the

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results of the operation and then to see if their loved one is going to be okay. So you’re there to help them and that’s inspirational.” Weathers lost his father and several friends to cancer and feels volunteering at Moffitt is a way he can touch the lives of the patients. He has a lot of friends who volunteer with a variety of organizations to get out of the house for a few hours, but that’s not how Weathers views his volunteer duties at Moffitt. Instead, he looks forward to helping people and gaining inspiration from their strength. Weathers jokes that he sometimes walks 2 ½ - 3 miles on the days he volunteers. “At the end of the day you get in your car and you start to leave and you say, ‘I’m tired.’ It’s a good tired, if there is such a thing,” Weathers explains. “But, you feel like you’ve done something very rewarding and that’s what it’s all about with me it’s to take care of the people there, the patients.” Weathers estimates he’s touched hundreds of lives as a Moffitt volunteer. His motto is “never leave anyone

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The volunteers at Moffitt Cancer Center find it very rewarding to be able to make a difference in the lives of those undergoing treatment for cancer in the dark” and he stands by it. He fondly recalls a woman who was waiting for her husband of 55 years to come out of surgery. He knew she was scared, so he gave her up to the minute information about her husband’s procedure and tried to help her

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relax until it was time for her to meet with the physician. He says, “she walked out of the conference room and said, ‘We did it, Malcolm.’ I said, ‘No, well I didn’t do it.’ And she said, ‘Yeah, you were part of the team. From the surgeons to the recovery

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that you will be contributing to the prevention and cure of cancer. Join our team by visiting Moffitt.org/Volunteer or calling 813-745-2254.

nurse to pre-op nurses and you, you’re a good listener.’ And that’s what it’s all about at Moffitt, you want to be there when the people need you.” Become a Moffitt Volunteer Moffitt volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. Many have been touched in some way by cancer and have joined our team to help make a difference in the lives of others. One of the many benefits of volunteering at Moffitt is the satisfaction of knowing

About Moffitt Cancer Center Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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By Matt Selby What if I told you the “good guys” from the “good ol’ days” still exist? We’re talking about the blue collar guys that treat you and your family as they would treat their own. At times, it seems like a thing of the past. If you spend five minutes online you’ll find negative reviews on many plumbing companies in the area. In today’s economy it’s tougher than ever to find honest, hard, fair work but we’ve found it. We found a company who will work hard for you and your family to fix any and all of your plumbing and/or septic problems. Most importantly, they’re a reputable and licensed company. I’m talking about Tampa Bay Plumbers! Owner Ryan Pelky demands excellence from everyone on his

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team. “I take personal responsibility for every job no matter how big or small,” says Pelky. “This company obsesses over quality and our customer experience. I can promise you this…if you’re not happy with something we did for you, I will make it right. Go ahead and look them up next time you’re online and you’ll find glowing reviews from tons of satisfied local customers. You’ll find an Angie’s List Super Service Award, an almost 5 star review on Facebook (you can’t please everyone), an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau, and an almost 5-star rating on just about every review site on the net including google which they boast a 4.8 out of 5 rating! That’s no easy task especially when you have competitors constantly hiring other

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people to fake bad reviews online. It’s a sad world we live in but it’s a reality that not enough people know about. I guess what I’m saying is, even if you don’t take my word for it, you can trust the reviews of countless more people. I put my trust for all my personal and business plumbing and septic needs in the hands of Tampa Bay Plumbers; in fact, one of my best friends in the world, Ryan Penna, plays a paramount role within the company as their production manager. I trust Ryan and after hearing him talk so

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highly about the company he works for I knew I wouldn’t regret hiring them. Tampa Bay Plumbers will be working on a model home I’m building personally here in Tampa very soon. As Mr. Pelky says himself, there’s no job too big or too small. Sometimes the small stuff is the most inconvenient – leaky toilets, clogged drains (because your kids are brilliant and decided their toys wanted to go swimming in things they shouldn’t), garbage disposal repair, superficial leaks and bursts all the way through

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able. We treat every plumbing project like an emergency and never sacrifice quality. Our 24/7 availability definitely is a huge selling point for us and we never charge an overage rate for Saturday or Sunday work like many others in our industry under normal circumstances. We are true work-o-holics from our owners all the way down to our entry level positions.” Let’s talk about backing up what you sell. Tampa Bay Plumbers ofOwner Ryan Pelky and Production Manager Ryan Penna fers a minimum 1 year warranty on all work and even has a 10 year warseptic repair and maintenance, and and our guys have the experience ranty for some jobs! They also offer a trenchless repairs. that others simply don’t have. Many free consultation and water quality Ryan Penna and I sat down and others don’t even operate with the test to check for hard water, odor or I asked Ryan Pelky what he thinks proper licensing. We do plenty of other potentially dangerous toxins so sets Tampa Bay Plumbers apart from residential but also have very large regardless of your plumbing or septic others in the industry. He said, “First commercial jobs that other, smaller needs at the moment make sure you off, we have over 25 years of expericompanies would never tackle or be take them up on that. ence locally here in Tampa dating trusted with so we have the man “Our prices match or in most back to before we were Tampa Bay power to get the job done. We have cases are lower than any other repPlumbers. Much of our crew has the most technologically advanced utable company in the area and we been a constant over the past decade plumbing tools and equipment availserve the entire Tampa Bay Area.

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We don’t lose a customer over price very often and if we do it’s because the customer goes with an unlicensed contractor,” says Ryan. If Tampa Bay Plumbers can help you, please give them a call at 813-Plumber. Tell them Matt from Neighborhood News and Lifestyles sent you and receive $50 off your project, repair or maintenance. Customers such as myself love these guys for a reason so rest assured you will be in great hands with Tampa Bay Plumbers!

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Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss Helps You Get the Weight Off & Keep It Off the Healthy Way By Julie Kanehl It’s important to know that first of all, you can do it! Losing weight isn’t easy, but with the proper nutrition, exercise and help from a doctor at Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss, you can start seeing results in just a matter of weeks. At Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss, they guide you every step of the way, celebrating your successes with you, and guiding you when you’ve gone off the path. You don’t need a special occasion, a new year or a deadline to get started. Today is a great day to start making the change you’ve been dreaming of. You can do it the right way, the healthy way, at Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss. As someone who has struggled with weight loss myself, I can say for sure that it can be done. It takes consistency over a longer period of time, it takes learning how to say no to something you might really want to eat, and putting your mind over mat-

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ter when it comes to craving those midnight snacks. I lost 50 pounds over the course of 6 months a few years back. I was walking and counting every calorie that I ate. However, when life got hard, I went back to my old habits and the weight came right back. I was devastated. I’d worked so hard, and it came back so quickly! But that’s because I wasn’t doing it right. If I’d gone to Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss, I would have received an education about how the food I ate really affected my body, and therefore my weight. As a self-proclaimed carbaddict, I knew that sugar and carbs were bad for me, but I don’t think it truly hit home how those foods were sabotaging all of my exercising and good intentions. When I went to Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss, I finally saw the light. They don’t offer any tricks, there aren’t selling any fad products behind their counter. Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss is where you go when you’re done with the excuses

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and you’re ready to change your life. You are not alone, you can do it and they can help! Don’t Waste Your Time and Money on Fads! See a Doctor for Proven Results Located inside the Suncoast Urgent Care at 10730 S.R. 54 in Trinity, (facing Duck Slough Blvd.), Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss has been helping people change their lives for nearly a decade. Board Certified Physicians Peter C. Duic, MD and John P. Opyoke, MD co-developed Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss to offer patients a safe and effective way to lose unhealthy, excess weight. Up to date on all of the latest scientific studies, these physicians are specialists in the field of weight loss. As members of the Obesity Medicine Association, Drs. Duic and Opyoke are committed helping each of their patients achieve their goal of living a long, healthy life. At the end of the day, medically speaking, weight loss isn’t just about looking

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Feeling and looking great after a major weight loss! great in your bathing suit. It’s about eating right so that you can be healthy! Each patient who comes to Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss receives a comprehensive and detailed consultation with one of the physicians. They will talk to you about your individual

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population is overweight! We try to make the diet and program easy to understand, easy to follow and make it simple so that our patients can be totally confident in getting results.” It’s no surprise that with all the science and commitment, local patients are seeing real results. Dr. Duic says, “We create a standardized diet for our patients that we adjust as time goes by. Our diet isn’t as Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss helped this client rigid as others and we make (at left and above) lose weight and gain health! sure that the food on the eating and exercising habits, your diet is appetizing.” goals and your expectations for the Melissa, who has had success with program. Additionally, each patient re- the program, said, “This program was ceives a physical, lab work, and an fantastic. Not only did they help me EKG for your heart. As part of the reach my goal with weight loss, but I program, the physicians will determine became more enthusiastic about getif a Vitamin B12 shot, a multivitamin ting in shape and eating healthy. From or an appetite suppressant will be necthe very first appointment with the essary. physician I learned not just what I Dr. Duic proudly states, “We are should be eating but why the program up to date on the most current thinkworks. They gave me a very simple ing on the subject of weight loss. We and logical explanation about the diet put some real brain power and collabI was to follow and why. I very much oration from all over the country into appreciated that it was both simple to the methods and treatments in our follow as well as the fact that the program.” Adding, “Two-thirds of the physician took the time to help me to

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understand it.” She added, “Regular follow up appointments kept me accountable to my progress and what most impressed me was the availability of knowledgeable staff to transition me to a regular diet which they call the maintenance phase, once I reached my goal weight.” Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss is also committed to helping their patients when they reach periods of plateau, helping them get through it so that they can continue on their weight loss journey. Most importantly, they work with their patients to keep the weight off. In a letter to Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss, James said, “You guys helped me to change my life. Your structured diet, and education program helped get me started on my journey. I was motivated to start a program, but your enthusiastic support and weekly advice and teaching helped me not only stick to the program but consistently improve my accomplishments and set loftier goals. I think this is what truly differentiated your program. I came in at 325 pounds and wanted to get to 250 pounds. While I was motivated you guys definitely kept refocusing me on

my abilities and potential. I got wonderful results and subsequently we tailored my diet to fit my needs as I increased my exercise regimen to twice per day. I finished at 195 pounds. Wow, this was fantastic. This included multiple customizations of my diet to meet my exercise and nutritional requirements. I couldn’t have done this without Doctor’s Choice and the unique way that you guys will customize diet’s based on how your patients are doing!” When it’s time to get serious about your health, don’t waste your time with diets. See a doctor, and learn how to lose weight the healthy way. You can do it, and Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss is committed to guiding you every step of the way. Doctor’s Choice Weight Loss is part of Suncoast Urgent Care, which has 2 locations: 10730 S.R. 54, Suite 104 in The Trinity Village Center, and at 4112 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill. Both locations open 7 days a week; Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–9 p.m. and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sun. Please call 372-3888 to make an appointment; www.drswtloss.com for more information.

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“Williams Window” Continued from page 1 want to splurge on window treatments in the main part of your home and save money in the bedrooms – you have the option to one-stop-shop. Owner Pam Williams, says, “We are extremely competitive with the big box stores in terms of our blinds!” She adds, “If I can save my customers money in certain places, I can better help them put their money where its best showcased within their home.” You will love the great variety of choices and the personal attention at Williams Window Treatments, and you’ll be dealing directly with the owners. Pam Williams opened William s Window Treatments fourteen years ago after working in the industry for nearly twenty years. Pam is joined by her husband Robert and son Steven; they are hands-on owners who will take care of your needs every step of the way from choosing the look you want, to measuring and installing your new window treatments or wall coverings! “We are very people-oriented,” says Pam. “Our clients like the fact that the owner and his son do the in-

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stallations. We make sure that everything fits, we install everything ourselves and we don’t use any subcontractors. And because we make so many custom treatments, we like to measure and provide a free design consultation to all of our clients.” Pam explained that motorization is big in blinds and shades. Steven and Robert are trained to professionally install all of the products that Williams Window Treatments offers. The Williams family stands behind their work and their products, and the excellent reputation of their company is worth far more to them than anything. Local Realtor Melody Meoni trusts Pam when it comes to helping

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her clients make the right choices when trying to sell a home. She had Pam go out and look at a home on the market with a large window that was bare. Looking at the space, which had a gorgeous open backyard and a nice tall privacy fence, Pam recommended doing nothing and leaving the window bare to fully embrace the view. Melody had thought exactly the same thing but wanted Pam’s opinion. Hearing an honest opinion that cost a small business owner a sale, Melody said, “Pam, that is why I refer my clients to you – I tell them, ‘Pam Williams is not just out to make a sale, she is going to tell you the truth.’ ” It’s important to Pam to help clients find what is right for them –

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Pam Williams and her son Steven even if it means telling them to wait. She explains that there are times when she can see that a client isn’t quite ready to make a decision. She says, “I’ll tell them that it is okay to wait.” Every few months, new fabrics come out so if you don’t find the look you want the first time you look, go back later and see what’s new! Pam says, “I enjoy helping people

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choose, and I don’t like people to rush into their decisions. Many of our window treatments have lifetime warranties, and we want them to love them for years to come.” A Designer’s Dream Showroom! Williams Window Treatments is one of the few Hunter Douglas authorized dealers around, and offers every product that they carry, and

every book. And speaking of books, you’ll want to take some time to browse through the shelves of wallpapers styles! Sample fabrics for draperies line one entire wall, ceiling to floor, so whether you are looking for sheers or formal draperies that open and close by remote control, you’ll love the selection! Williams Window Treatments has an extensive line of hard and soft treat-

ments, and a unique drapery department that offers top-of-the-line draperies in the finest materials. Their selection is so impressive, that designers from all over Tampa Bay frequent their showroom. That said; Williams Window Treatments is one of the few window treatment design companies that will utilize any material that you may have to help keep costs down. Another unique feature

that Williams Window Treatments offers is upholstery services. In addition to providing eye-catching and jaw-dropping window treatments, they also reupholster chairs, sofas and even decorative bedding and headboards to complement your design. Williams Window Treatments has an A+ rating with Angie’s List and has great reviews. One review by customer Trish S. of Trinity reads, “Robert and his son installed verticals in every major door and window opening. I am DELIGHTED with their service and efficiency and plan on using them again for the ‘west wing’ of the house as well. Great team!” Williams Window Treatments is located at 947 Broadway St. in Dunedin and the showroom is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Monday – Friday; 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday; closed Sunday. Find more information atwww.williamswindowtreatments.net or call 727-738-8004.

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Demonstrating a Commitment to Technology, Communication & Curriculum for All One of the many things that make ECLA so unique is the philosophy behind the school. They are not a chain, but a private preschool, avoiding the term daycare because of the amount of effort and attention aimed at participation in a fun and engaging learning curriculum, even for the youngest of children. Director Erika Mahoney is dedicated to this program’s philosophy, and as a Certified Teacher in the state of Florida for Kindergarten through 6th grade, Mahoney is uniquely qualified as director to create a curriculum for the children in her care that not only meets, but exceeds the standards. She says, “As a former educator, my job is to get them ready for Kindergarten.” Technology is introduced to the classroom from day one, as the teachers are able to seamlessly expand the walls of their classroom by using their SMART Board. This is fantastic, as many children will have a SMART Board in their classrooms when they

room for three- and four-year-olds. ECLA also offers a before and after care program for school-aged children who attend Trinity Elementary School! ECLA is an amazing school for children of varying ages, abilities and interests. According to their website, ECLA is focused on keeping their class sizes small and “comply with NAEYC standards and exceed the Florida Department of Children and Families Child Care Rules and Regulations Under Chapter 65C-22 of the Florida Administrative Code for Child Care Standards.” What that means for parents, is that their children are receiving the individual care and attention that they deserve. Jillian Byrd-Fernandez said, “This is a place that feels more like a family that truly goes above and beyond. I have a child with special needs and it was a difficult decision to put him in childcare. Fortunately, I found Excel Creative Learning Academy. The entire staff has accommodated my son’s needs and has provided a loving and nurturing environment for him. I

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enter Kindergarten. Children learning, growing and playing throughout the day at Excel Creative Learning Academy have the opportunity to experience hands-on activities and projects, character development, enrichment opportunities and more. One of the other ways that ECLA uses technology is through a phone app called Digital Daily Notes. Through the app on their smart phone, parents have access to these notes and can find out how things are going at school, when their child napped, when they used the restroom or had their diaper changed, and what they ate throughout the day. Teachers love sharing pictures through the app as well, and parents are relieved to know that their child is having a great day while they are away. ECLA also uses their check-in and out program to share notes with parents and to facilitate communication. While technology, communication and curriculum are important, there’s nothing as important as having the right teachers! The staff at ECLA is handpicked by Mahoney for their educational experience, their dedication to their students, and for their commitment to the ECLA philosophy. Each

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teacher completes a background check, and the entire school is under the watchful eye of Mahoney, as there’s a camera in each classroom, hallway and on the playground. In fact, even when Mahoney is at her desk, she can see each of the children. This is a fantastic tool, not just for the director, but for the staff-and for parents as well. Mahoney says, “We use the camera system as a tool. We tell parents

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Small group learning

Smart board technology

that we will pull up anything they’d like to see.” This commitment to accountability is very unique, and gives parents peace-of-mind. For example, if a child gets a boo-boo while playing on the playground, the parent can see how it happened. The school is eager to be a team with each child’s family, and is dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of each child while teach-

ing them and helping them to grow. Mahoney adds, “We work really hard to be a top notch school, and not a daycare. Even though we take infants as young as 6 weeks old, we do so much more than a traditional daycare.”

play safely outside, deepen relationships with their friends and have some good old-fashioned fun! This year, Excel Creative Learning Academy installed additional sunshades over the playground, allowing the children the chance to enjoy playing outside on their state-of-the-art playground facility without being exposed to the hot sun. While playing outside, the kids have the chance to visit and participate in the herb garden, the flower garden and the vegetable garden! What a wonderful opportunity for children to realize where food comes from! Speaking of food, Excel Creative Learning Academy provides an affordable lunch program that is made entirely in-house. Equipped with a warming kitchen, ECLA offers a healthy lunch for children that the kids actually want to eat! Parents can sign up for the entire month or simply

choose the days they’d like to participate. ECLA is a 100% peanut-free facility! Tiffany Nance said, “I love Excel Creative Learning Academy! We were really nervous about sending Kody to school since he has never been away from the both of us since he was born. As soon as we walked in I knew this was the perfect school for him… We love this school, and so does Kody!” 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. For more information on ECLA’s programs, call (727) 372-4977 or visit ExcelCreativeLearningAcademy.com

Play that Enriches and Excites! ECLA has a beautiful outdoor playground that allows the children to

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Foster Homes Needed for Teens! Teens in foster care are just like other teens. They are in need of a strong, stable and caring adult like YOU who will help them become the person they are striving to be. When you open your heart and home to foster children, you open the possibilities for them...you foster hope. What does it take? You need to be at least 21 years old, have appropriate housing and be able to pass a background screening. You will need to complete a home study and 24-hours of special training called Professional Parenting. You must have adequate space and be able to provide for your family now—although you will receive financial assistance to help care for the child, you cannot rely on this to pay your bills. To be a foster parent, you can be single or married—have a family of your own or be an “empty-nester”. Please join us for our free informational session to learn how you can make a difference in the life of a teen by becoming their foster parent. Johnson at djohnson@eckerd.org or by calling (727) 456-0600, ext. 2085. Our next meeting is being held: Eckerd Community Alternatives oversees the Thursday, September 22nd at 6 p.m. at foster care system in Pinellas and Pasco Counties the office of Eckerd Community Alternatives, and ensures the safety, well-being and permanency located at 7916 Evolutions Way, Suite 102, of 3,100+ children each day. Children in foster care Trinity FL. You may RSVP by emailing Diane didn’t ask to be abused or neglected. They didn’t

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ask to be removed from their homes, forced to change schools, or, in some cases, separated from their siblings. Today’s foster parents provide temporary care for children, but leave lifelong impressions on their lives. For more information, please log on to Eckerd.org/Foster.

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Mary's Cleaning Service - Licensed, insured and bonded for professional residential/commercial cleaning in the tri county area. No home or office too large or small. We supply all the necessary cleaning products that will leave your home/office looking and smelling wonderful!! We are a pet friendly company and treat your pet and home/office as if they were our own. Weekly, biweekly & monthly rates available. Call for a free estimate today with a dependable and trustworthy company!! Call Mary (727)389-0347. House Cleaning…Just like mom! The old fashioned way!! I don’t cut corners, I clean them. Yes I wash windows, too! I am a professional, reliable, honest cleaning lady With ten years of excellent experience & references. All materials and equipment provided. Extremely meticulous & an eye for detail. Surfaces are polished and sanitize. I clean in-between & each crevice. Also I will be the only one cleaning your house. FREE Dog Walking! Ask for Lucia 813297-2300. Located in Pinellas County. Licenses and Insured.

Having a Baby? Let's personalize the room together with custom hand painted murals. Very reasonable prices and FREE estimates. Call Diane at 727-494-7993. KRISTIN's CLEANING SERVICE GREAT PRICES TOO. If you have a small home or condo rates start at only $40 for 2 hours. $10 for additional 3rd hour. I supply ALL cleaning products. 100% reliable. Mom of 8 with over 20 years experience! Pet Friendly, Excellent references. Angie's List Service Award Winner. Calls or TEXTS best (727)423-4997 Senior care services. Short or long term. Medical care, Drs. appts., home cooked meals. Honest and reliable. Excellent ref., lic. with 37 yrs. exp. Reasonable rates. Call 727-421-8997. . CARPET, TILE & GROUT LINE and UPHOLSTERY CLEANING. Trust-worthy Owner/Operator Service. Truck mount steam cleaning. Pet Stain & Odor Removal Specialist. Upfront Pricing & Honest Recommendations. Safe for your family and pets eco-friendly cleaning. Also, in-home Dry Area Rug Cleaning. Insured. Call Ross 727-916-2314 www.GreenTechCarpetCleaning.com

Certified Nurse Assistant. Licensed, caring and reliable. Independent and in your home. Over 25 years experience in taking care of the elderly with various illnesses. Short term or long term care available. Servicing New Port Richey, Trinity, Palm Harbor, Clearwater and Belleair. Call Lucille at 727-657-8414. Email: Ladyharvey43@gmail.com. Lic #: 186529

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PROFESSIONAL WINDOW CLEANING by GREAT PANES 18 years of servicing homeowners: Any type home, any window- any where. Screen, sill and track cleaning included. FREE, simple, NO PRESSURE Estimate. My promise: “You owe me nothing until you are 100% satisfied!” Licensed and insured. Call Tom 727-777-6030 www.greatpanesfl.com LOW COST PRESSURE CLEANING. HOUSES • POOL CAGES • DRIVEWAYS AND SIDEWALKS • POOL DECKS • PVC FENCES • CLEAN OUT GUTTERS • CALL DARIN. www.lowcostpressurecleaning.com. 20+ years experience. Licensed and insured. (727) 207-9176 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 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! A NEW LOOK Pressure Washing. 2 car driveway $60 (includes all front sidewalks). 3 car driveway $75 (call for long driveways). Most pool decks & cages $125. I also gently clean home exteriors, gutters, fascia, soffits & fences - Free estimates. Landscape cleanup and odd jobs too. Heritage Springs, Trinity & more! Resident of 34655. www.anewlookpw.com Call Randy 727-271-2920

Call Jim O’Reilly at 943-0551 to place your ad in the COLOR Classifieds your neighbors really do read! 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

E D U C A T I O N / T U T O R Private Writing Tutor! High school, college, or adult personal/professional, writing projects. English grammar, punctuation, research writing (APA, MLA), essays, reports and college statements of purpose. Experienced (25 years), college English instructor. I can help you meet any writing/editing challenge. Available: mornings, afternoons and weekends. Call: 727.277.2099 Dyslexia/Reading Interventionist- Wilson Certified Reading Teacher and Certified Teacher (K-8) with over 20 years teaching experience. Offers dyslexia screening and interventions for children with dyslexia and other language processing differences. Scientifically proven effective interventions are used to teach the dyslexic child. If your child struggles in school, I can help! Call (727)482-4118 and visit my website odysseydyslexiaservices.com

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR FAMILY OWNED AND OWNER OPERATED ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. Owner performs all jobs. We offer 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, EC13005494, and insured. For all your electrical needs call CHARGER ELECTRICAL SERVICES @ 727937-5999.

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Donna's Cleaning Angels is looking for an office assistant, 3-5 days a week. Must have office experience. We are looking for an individual that can work efficiently in our fast pace office. Job duties include handling incoming and outgoing calls, scheduling, data entry, and filing. Organization and Multitasking skills are a must. Our office is located in the Holiday area. We are the largest cleaning service in Tampa Bay with 25 years in business, and we are seeking a Hardworking individual to assist our growing our Company. Please Call Our office for an interview at 727-942-8289 We are looking for a polished and professional Medical Receptionist, LPN and Medical Assistant to join our team full time in Trinity. A warm, friendly, outgoing personality and kindness to our patients is required! MUST have experience in a medical office setting (no exceptions), must be able to multi-task, be highly organized and pay attention to detail. We work as a team, and should be able to fill in for other office roles as needed. Must have experience using computers. EMR experience (E-Clinical Works) preferable. Full benefits available. Email your resume to trinitymedicaloffice@yahoo.com

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MOVING/ESTATE SALE Sept. 2nd & 3rd, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Persea Court in Trinity, near Mitchell Blvd. and Little Rd. Furniture, Linens, Tools and much more! Don’t miss the deals!

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)992-2923 Jessie 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.

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Profile for Tampa Bay News & Lifestyles Magazine

Trinity - Vol. 12, Issue 8, August 2016  

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

Trinity - Vol. 12, Issue 8, August 2016  

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